The Montana Office of Public Instruction affirms that there are 12 American Indian tribes in Montana and seven reservations that have been established. The 12 tribes in Montana are:

  • Assiniboine
  • Blackfeet
  • Chippewa
  • Cree
  • Crow
  • Gros Ventre
  • Kootenai
  • Little Shell
  • Northern Cheyenne
  • Pend D’oreille
  • Salish
  • Sioux

There are nearly 80,000 individuals of American Indian heritage in Montana, most residing on one of the seven Indian reservations. The seven reservations are:

  • Blackfeet Reservation
  • Crow Reservation
  • Flathead Reservation
  • Fort Belknap Reservation
  • Fort Peck Reservation
  • Northern Cheyenne Reservation
  • Rocky Boy’s Reservation

Among the 12 tribes in Montana there is an extensively diverse range of languages, rituals, histories, and belief systems that thrive and offer their unique, rich experiences to the growth and sustenance of Montana. Also offered annually and welcoming to the public are powwows, consisting of tribal dancing, ceremonies, and hundreds of visitors. Here is a snapshot of annual events by specific tribe:


~ North American Indian Days, second week of July

~ Heart Butte Celebration, first weekend of September

Crow Nation

~ Crow Native Days, third weekend of June

~ Crow Fair and Rodeo, third weekend of August

Salish and Kootenai Tribes

~ Arlee Fourth of July Celebration, fourth of July

~ Standing Arrow Powwow, third weekend of July

Fort Belknap Assiniboine and Gros Ventre Tribes

~ Wasay Wakpa Wachi Powwow, third weekend of July

~ Milk River Indian Days, fourth weekend of July

~ Hays Community Powwow, second weekend of August

~ Chief Joseph Powwow, first weekend of October

~ Fort Belknap Veterans Powwow, second weekend of November

Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes

~ Red Bottom Celebration, third weekend of June

~ Badlands Celebration, fourth weekend of June

~ Wadopana Celebration, first weekend of August

~ Turns Around Celebration, third weekend of August

~ Fort Kipp Celebration, fourth weekend of August

~ Poplar Indian Days, first weekend of September

Little Shell Tribe

~ Little Shell Elders and Veterans Traditional Powwow, second weekend of August

Northern Cheyenne

~ Memorial Day Powwow, fourth weekend of May

~ White River Days Celebration, fourth weekend of June

~ 4th of July Powwow, fourth of July

~ Ashland Labor Day Powwow, first weekend of September

Chippewa Cree Tribe

~ Rocky Boy’s Powwow, first weekend of August