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Native American Tribes of Montana

Welcome to our Montana State Facts section, part of an educational project designed to provide information about indigenous people in different U.S. states. Follow the links to the right of our tribal map for more information about the language, culture and history of each Montana tribe, or scroll below the map for Montana Indian activities including a wordsearch, fact sheets, and words from the Native American languages of Montana. Feel free to print any of these materials out for classroom use!

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American Indians in Montana

The original inhabitants of the area that is now Montana included:

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*The Assiniboine Indians
*The Blackfeet Indians
*The Cheyenne Indians
*The Crow Indians
*The Gros Ventre Indians
*The Kootenai Indians
*The Salish Indians
*The Sioux Indians
*The Shoshoni Indians

Other Indian tribes driven into Montana after Europeans arrived included:

*The Chippewa tribe
*The Cree tribe

There are seven federally recognized Indian tribes in Montana today.

Here are the addresses of Montana's Indian reservations:

*Blackfeet Nation:
PO Box 850
Browning, MT 59417

*Chippewa Cree Tribe:
Rocky Boy Route
Box Elder, MT 59521

*Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes:
P.O. Box 278
Pablo, MT 59885

*Crow Tribal Council:
PO Box 159
Crow Agency, MT 59526

*Fort Belknap Indian Community (Assiniboine and Gros Ventre):
RR1 Box 66
Harlem, MT 59526

*Fort Peck Indian Community (Assiniboine and Sioux):
RR1 Box 66
Harlem, MT 59526

*Northern Cheyenne:
PO Box 128
Lame Deer, MT 59043

Teaching and learning activities about Montana Indians:

Feel free to print these out to use at school!

*Montana Tribes Word Search: Printable puzzle hiding the names of Montana's Indian tribes.
*Montana Language Greetings: Learn to say "hello" in several Native Montana languages.
*Montana Native Animals: Learn the Native American names of Montana animals.
*Montana Indian Facts for Kids: Answers to frequently asked questions about the tribes of Montana.
    We currently have pages for the Assiniboines, Blackfoot, Crows, Gros Ventre, Sioux, and Cheyennes.

Recommended books about Montana Native Americans:

*Montana Native Americans:
   Introducing Montana's Native American history and culture to kids.
*The Montana Cree: A Study in Religious Persistence:
   Interesting book about religion and tradition on a Montana Indian reservation.
*Montana Native Plants & Early Peoples:
   Interesting book on the herbalism and lifeways of Montana tribes.
*Ancient Visions:
   Art book of ancient Indian petroglyphs and pictographs in Wyoming and Montana.
*Lakota Noon:
   The history of Custer's defeat by Sioux warriors at Little Big Horn.
*We Know Who We Are: Metis Identity in a Montana Community:
   Book about a mixed-race Native American community in Montana.
*Montana's Indians, Yesterday and Today:
   Photoessay on the Native Americans of Montana.
*Coyote Stories of the Montana Salish Indians:
   Collection of Flathead Indian legends from Montana.
*Uses of Plants by the Indians of the Missouri River Region:
   Handbook of herbs, food crops, and plant lore among the prairie tribes.
Crossing Mountains: Native American Language Education in Public Schools:
   An in-depth look at Montana language preservation and usage.

Other resources about American Indian history, culture and society in Montana state:

*Montana-Wyoming Tribal Leaders Council: Intertribal organization representing the seven Indian nations of Montana.
*Montana Indian Reservations: Page for kids with facts and pictures about the state's native people today .
*Montana Reservations: Extensive profiles of the Montana Indian tribes including culture, history, and contacts.
*Montana Indian Nations: Montana Indian links page.

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