Native Americans of Eastern Montana

The Sioux began their flight towards the west, southwest and Canada from the Midwest due to the influx of settlers that were moving west and the ever present military.  The Treaties of 1851 Laramie Council were signed and broken by the U.S. Government, and then the 1868 Treaty of Fort Laramie had been signed and also broken by the U.S. Government.  Then, in 1879, the Sioux were forced west and other directions.  They eventually settled near the Fort Peck Agency in northeast Montana and the Fort Peck Agency was established.  The main offices of the agency, and the Tribal Museum, are at Poplar, Montana.  The Sioux and Assiniboine live on the reservation and are among the proudest of all tribes.  You need to attend a powwow someday.  You will enjoy the experience.

In southeast Montana, the Crow Reservation was established by the Treaty of 1851.  The Crow Tribe signed treaties in 1825, 1851 and 1868 with the United States.  Its headquarters is at Crow Agency, Montana.  At Lame Deer, Montana is the agency headquarters of the Northern Cheyenne.  The Northern Cheyenne Tribal Lands were originally reduced to an established reservation with defined boundaries in November 1884.

The reservations have special social and cultural/religious events and activities.  Tribal powwows and rodeos are social events usually open to the public.  Powwows are social gatherings featuring generations old drumming and dancing, and traditional dress and food.  When visiting these events and public places such as museums, churches and tribal facilities, it is important that guests show respect and courtesy.  It should always be kept in mind that the powwow dance area is sacred.


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