Nakoda A'aninin Fort Belknap
The Fort Belknap Reservation is home to two tribes, the Assiniboine, or Nakoda, and the Gros Ventre, who refer to themselves as A'aninin or "People of the White Clay." Combined enrollment is approximately 4,000.
LOCATIONThe combined reservation and additional tribal lands encompass 650,000 acres of the plains and grasslands of northcentral Montana.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs and the tribe are the major employers. The Little Rockies Meat Packing Company, Inc. is the first tribally owned, USDA-inspected meat packing facility in the U.S. The Reservation is working to develop tourism and marketing Native American artisans. The tribes manage a 300-head buffalo herd. Antelope, bird and gopher hunts are available; licenses and guides are required.
Fort Belknap Tourism OfficeR.R. 1, Box 66
Fort Belknap Agency
Harlem, MT 59526
Fort Belknap Indian Community Council: www.ftbelknap.org
POINTS OF INTEREST
Fort Belknap Community College
Two-year associate's degrees in the Arts and Sciences are offered, along with one-year certificates. The Tribal Archives are located on campus, along with a student-built library.Fort Belknap Agency
Fort Belknap Tourism Office and Information Center
The Information Center offers RV parking, showers and picnic grounds.Harlem
406-353-8471 or 406-353-8473
Mission Canyon/Natural Bridge
Popular attractions in this scenic area include the Natural Bridge, Wilson Park, Devil's Kitchen, and Needle Eye and Kid Curry's Hideout. Picnicking and camping available.South of Hays
Saint Paul's Mission Church
Established in 1887 by the Bureau of Catholic Missions, St. Paul's Mission Church now serves as a kindergarten through eighth grade school.Hays