Fort Belknap Indian Community of the Fort Belknap Reservation of Montana

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Who is the Fort Belknap Indian Community of the Fort Belknap Reservation of Montana?

This federally recognized tribe is made up of members from two tribes: the Assiniboine and the Gros Ventre.

Official Tribal Name: Fort Belknap Indian Community of the Fort Belknap Reservation of Montana

Address:  656 Agency Main St, Harlem, MT 59526
Phone:  406-353-2205
Fax:  406-353-4541
Email: Directory

Official Website:  www.ftbelknap.org 

Recognition Status: Federally Recognized

Traditional Name / Traditional Meaning:

The Gros Ventre tribe originally split off from the Arapaho tribe. Their name for themselves is A’aninin, meaning “white clay people.” 

Common Name:  Gros Ventre and Assiniboine 

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Gros Ventre was the name given to this tribe by the French, and means “big belly.” See this detailed explanation of Sioux Names.

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The Gros Ventre are also known as the Atsina.

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Region:  Great Plains

State(s) Today:  Montana

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Confederacy:  Sioux Nation

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Reservation: Fort Belknap Reservation and Off-Reservation Trust Land
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Buy an Assiniboine t-shirt

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Annual Indian celebrations such as the Milk River Indian Days, Hays Powwow, and Chief Joseph Memorial Days feature traditional dancing and various cultural activities. 

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Create your own reality
Lakota Star Legends
Legend of the Talking Feather
The End of the World according to Lakota legend
The Legend of Devil’s Tower
The White Buffalo Woman
Tunkasila, Grandfather Rock
Unktomi and the arrowheads

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The Sioux Drum

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Tribal College:  Aaniiih Nakoda College
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Assinaboine and Gros Ventre People of Note:

James Welch (1940 – August 4, 2003) was an award-winning A’aninin (Gros Ventre) author and poet.

Bein Es Kanach (Red Whip) was a famous A’aninin  (Gros Ventre) chief.

Theresa Lamebull (1896 – August 2007) At 111 years of age, she is believed to have been be the oldest living member of the Gros Ventre Tribe of Montana and possibly the oldest Native American ever recorded.

George Horse-Capture (1937 – 2013) was a Gros Ventre anthropologist and author, who became a curator at the Plains Indian Museum and the National Museum of the American Indian.

Arthur Amiotte, (Oglala Lakota)-Painter, Sculptor, Author, Historian

Musicians:

Bryan Akipa, flutist (Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate)

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Tribe History:

Assiniboine and Gros Ventre Tribes and Fort Belknap Reservation Timeline
Descendants Remember Battle of Little Big Horn

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