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If you’re looking for an entertaining day with colour and movement, then head to the United Tribes Technical College International Powwow held in the Lone Star Arena at United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck. This year marks the 50th anniversary of this powwow and will be held on September 6-8. Dancers and singers dressed in unique cultural regalia will wow audiences as they perform while keeping in time with the drum. This annual celebration is sure to keep you entertained as it showcases over 1500 dancers and drummers from across the United States and Canada that represent over 70 tribes. You can even buy traditional arts and crafts from over 40 Native American artists selling their work at the powwow including handcrafted jewellery, war shields, rugs, woven baskets, and pottery.

The Akta Lakota Museum & Cultural Center at St. Joseph’s Indian School aims to honour and preserve the rich culture of the Lakota people. The museum has an intriguing collection of artefacts and displays that can be used to educate people about the unique history of the Lakota people and their fascinating culture today. There are four key parts of the museum tour including Camp Circle which focuses on the historical relationships between the tribes and Two Worlds Meet which looks at the arrival of the Euro-American explorers and traders in the early 1800s. Broken Promises details the U.S. government’s involvement in the loss of traditional lands and treaties, while Continuity and Change focuses on how Native Americans have adapted to their new way of life and successfully preserved their rich heritage and important traditions.

The Wind River Indian Reservation Driving Tour allows you to immerse yourself in Native American culture through significant sites and idyllic scenery. The Wind River Indian Reservation is home to the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes, and the tour starts at the headquarters of the government of these tribes at Fort Washakie. On this tour you will see Fort Washakie Cemetery where the last chief of the Shoshone Tribe is buried, as well as Sacajawea’s cemetery which has a life-sized bronze statue honouring the famous guide of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. You can also explore the Eastern Shoshone Cultural Center which has intriguing exhibits of tribal arts and crafts, as well as St. Stephen’s Mission which has original buildings from the Catholic Mission and a historic remodelled Church where Mass is held. Learn more about the tour.

Montana is home to seven Indian reservations including Blackfeet, Crow, Flathead, Fort Belknap, Fort Peck, Northern Cheyenne, and Rocky Boy’s as well as the state-recognised Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa. A new Indian Country Montana Guidebook has just been released which provides insightful background information and fun facts on each Reservation. The book also provides information on three road trips that will take you to breathtaking state parks, interesting museums, tasty restaurants, and on fascinating native American guided tours. You will not only see panoramic views of Montana’s scenery on each road trip but will also learn more about the fascinating Native American history. Check out the guidebook here.

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