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Apsaalooke

The People

About 75 percent of the Crow tribe's approximately 10,000 or more enrolled members live on or near the reservation. Eighty-five percent speak Crow as their first language. This tribe was called "Apsaalooke," which means "children of the large-beaked bird." White men later misinterpreted the word as "crow." Chief Plenty Coups was the last chief to gain that status in the traditional Crow manner. He lived until 1932, leaving his land and home as a park for all people.

 

LOCATION

The Crow Reservation is in southcentral Montana, bordered by Wyoming on the south, with its northwestern boundary about 10 miles from Billings.

 

ECONOMY

For many years the vast coal deposits under the eastern portion of the reservation remained untapped. One mine is now in operation and providing royalty income and employment to tribal members. The Crow operate only a small portion of their irrigated or dry farm acreage and about 30 percent of their grazing land. They maintain a buffalo herd of 300 head.

 

Points of Interest

Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area and Yellowtail Dam

The canyon features spectacular scenery, wildlife viewing, boating, fishing and camping. There are two visitor centers, one at Fort Smith and one at Yellowtail Dam.

 

Fort Smith 406.666.2412
nps.gov/bica

Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument Reno-Benteen Battlefield

These monuments commemorate the Sioux/Cheyenne victory over the Seventh Cavalry. The Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument features museum exhibits, an interpretive center and ranger-led programs.

 

Crow Agency 406.638.2621
nps.gov/libi

Chief Plenty Coups State Park

This is the home and grave site of the well-known Crow Chief, Plenty Coups. His home is a National Historic Landmark and the park also includes a visitor center and large scenic picnic area.

 

Pryor 406.252.1289
stateparks.mt.gov

Little Big Horn College

Little Big Horn College is a public two-year community college chartered by the Crow Tribe of Indians. Eight Associate of Arts degrees are offered at the college.

 

Crow Agency 406.638.3139
lbhc.edu

Crow Nation

Map of the Crow Nation

Crow Tribal Executive Branch

Address
PO Box 159 Crow Agency, MT 59022
Phone
406.638.3700
Fax
406.638.3881