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If you’re going to be in Montana in August, make sure you don’t miss the Crow Fair Powwow and Rodeo which is one of the biggest rodeos in the United States. Held on August 14-19 in Billings, the Apsaalooke people of the Crow Indian Reservation showcase exquisite cultural activities like the powwow where hundreds of dancers dressed in colourful, traditional Native American regalia compete in contests where they dance in time to the drum. The Apsaalooke people showcase traditional beadwork, buckskin and leather work, and hold a morning parade with horse riding and elaborately decorated cars. This event also includes an All-Indian rodeo with professional cowboys and cowgirls riding from all around the United States in addition to the much-loved Indian-Relay horse races. The celebration ends with a ‘Dance-Through-Camp’ which is meant as a prayer for good things for the Crow Tribe and for the coming year.

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.

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.

North American Indian Days, Browning, Blackfeet Indian Reservation