Native Americans of the Yellowstone Region

Yellowstone’s Native American Indian traditions can be observed throughout the park, most notably at one of several Indian reservations, where you can watch powwows and learn about local legend and history.

St. Stephens Mission Church

St. Stephens Mission on the Wind River Reservation

The History of Christian Missions on Indian Reservations In the mid 1800′s, amid turmoil between Native Americans and encroaching white settlers, the United States Government established a “Peace Policy.” The goal of the policy was to relocate Indian tribes from their ancestral homes to land set aside for them. These land allocations are known as Read More...

The Sacajawea gravesite flanked by the graves of her two sons, Bazil and Jean Baptiste.

Sacajawea’s Secret Gravesite

In 1804, Lewis & Clark chose Sacajawea as their guide and interpreter for their expedition. Read about her controversial life and the debate about where she is buried Read More...

Shoshoni Tipis Sheepeater Tribe

Discover Unknown Yellowstone: Sheepeater Tribe Legend

Yellowstone was the permanent home of one Native American tribe: the Sheepeaters, so-called for their primary food source, bighorn sheep. There’s just one problem: None of that turns out to be true. Read More...

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Visit Crazy Horse Memorial in South Dakota

This South Dakota landmark honors Crazy Horse, the legendary Lakota leader, and his people. Read More...

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Chief Washakie: Great Leader of the Shoshone people

Chief Washakie earned a reputation that lives on to this day-fierce warrior, skilled politician and diplomat, great leader of the Shoshone people, friend to white men. Read More...

Little Bighorn Memorial

Yellowstone Country Is Indian Country

Yellowstone National Park area is full of Indian lore and reservations to explore. Read More...

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Visit Fort Hall Reservation

Established by the Fort Bridger Treaty of 1868 as a 1.8-million acre homeland for the four distinct bands of Shoshone and one Northern Paiute band, the Bannock, that once inhabited this region. Read More...

Bighorn Medicine Wheel

Bighorn Medicine Wheel

While traveling in Wyoming, plan a stop at the Bighorn Medicine Wheel. Read More...

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See a Powwow Near Yellowstone

Powwows serve to preserve the rich heritage of Native American culture and allow tribal members to participate in traditional rituals. Read More...

Cheyenne Reservation

Visit a Native American Reservation

Native American history flourishes in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho, where a dozen Indian reservations are located. Read More...

Wind River Powwow

Wind River Country – Native American History, Rodeos, and Casinos

Powwows, two casinos, and pioneer history. As the southeast gateway to Yellowstone and the Tetons, Wind River Country offers exceptional attractions that can’t be found anywhere else. Read More...