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21 CHIEF PLENTY COUPS Through a vision quest at the age of ten Crow Chief Plenty Coups acquired the ambition to develop his mind as well as his bodyto pursue peace and friendship with the white man and to be a guide for his people as they adapted to the lifestyles brought by settlers.This vision led him to cooperate with the changes coming to his homeland. At the end of his life Plenty Coups and his wife Strikes-the-Iron donated the land they lived on for future generations to enjoy and learn about his culture. It is preserved today as Chief Plenty Coups State Park near Pryor MT. Plenty Coups is perhaps best remembered however for his representation of all Native Americans during the dedication of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier where he gave one of the most eloquent and remembered speeches of all time. NATIVE CULTURE Some of the most colorful histories exist within Montanas seven Indian Reservations and twelveTribal Nations. Each area offers a unique look into the culture and heritage of the Indian people as their stories philosophies and religions are truly inherent to the building blocks of the state.Visiting these parts of Montana will be an experience unlike any other to be had while traveling our stateas many will tell you the Indian people are the spirit of Montana part of what makes it such a sacred place. Two of the seven Montana Reservations are near Billings the Crow and the Northern Cheyenne. The Crow Reservation was established near Hardin in 1851. The original name of the tribe was the Apsaalooke which in native tongue means children of the large-beaked bird. Misinterpretation turned the tribe into the Crow over time. Visit the Chief Plenty Coups State Park chief-plenty-coups and other attractions on the reservation described below. The Northern Cheyenne Reservation was established in 1884 and is located in southeastern ATTRACTIONS ON THE RESERVATIONS BIGHORN CANYON NATIONAL RECREATION AREA Crow Reservation www.nps.govbica LITTLE BIGHORN BATTLEFIELD NATIONAL MONUMENT RENO-BENTEEN BATTLEFIELD Crow Reservation www.nps.govlibi CHEYENNE INDIAN MUSEUM AND GIFT STORE Cheyenne Reservation 406-784-4516 GUIDED TOURS OF THE BATTLEFIELD LITTLE BIGHORN BATTLEFIELD VISITOR CENTER Crow Reservation 406-638-2621 CHEYENNE TRAILRIDERS Cheyenne Reservation 406-784-6150 CROW FAIR POWWOW The Crow Fair Powwow is the largest Indian celebration held in Montana. Traditionally held in mid-August visitors are welcome to enjoy the powwow activities. RESERVATION ETIQUETTE Powwows are a reflection on the rich heritage of the Native people and a celebration of their culture. Ask about general tribal visitation and powwow etiquette. Photography may or may not be welcomed and many cultural traditions are observed in both daily life and in special events. Asking permission for a photo or for guidelines on etiquette is always acceptable and recommended Montana near Billings. The Reservation boasts many notable attractions including a historical buffalo jump burial sites of Indian chiefs Custers last camp before the Battle of the Little Bighorn and St. Labre Indian School. It would also be worthwhile to ask about the Crazy Heads Freshwater Spring cultural centers and museums that exist throughout the reservation Head Chief and Young Mule Hill Rosebud Battleeld and Two Moons Monument. Annually youll nd a Fourth of July Powwow full of culture as well as the Ashland Labor Day Powwow in which many drummers and dancers from a variety of tribes participate. Visitors are welcomed at both events. See etiquette below Other Montana tribes include Blackfeet Flathead Fort Peck Fort Belknap Little Shell and Rocky Boy. Log on to for more information on the Montana Indian Nations. BILLINGS GUIDEBOOK Native Culture BILLINGS HISTORY Crow Fair Powwow