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Crow Indian Reservation
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Site of Little Bighorn Battlefield and "Custer's Last Stand"
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Anthony P
Abington, PA7 contributions
I have had the distinct pleasure to visit the Crow Indian Reservation as a historian studying the area. Their approach, care, and love of history is strong . Crow Indian Reservation is dedicated, self-motivated, methodical, and very is a great community. I learned a great deal from the Crow Indian Reservation. I certainly would recommend any one visit the Crow Indian Reservation and learn about the Crow nation.
Written August 31, 2022
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Jennie WB
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Beautiful Landscape. While there it is a must to visit Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument and give yourself time to look around. In another area is the Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area. If you fish, be sure to visit here and take it all in. If you head into Lovell Wyoming you can take a boat ride through the Canyon. The Montana side had nothing to really see of the Canyon (I was there in March and I'm not sure if you could gain access during summer months? everything was closed so I had no-one to ask) In another location is the Chief Plenty Coups State Park is a state park located approximately 0.5 miles west of Pryor, Montana, on the Crow Indian Reservation. "Chief Plenty Coups' (Alek-Chea-Ahoosh) Home, located in the state park, is a National Historic Landmark with several contributing resources. The only museum of Apsáalooke culture in the United States is located here along with a memorial to Plenty Coups and his achievements." (info in quotations is from the state park website.) Enjoy your time there, take it all in.... Just be safe.
Written March 19, 2020
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Loretta F
Carefree, AZ407 contributions
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For many years....I have wanted to attend the August Crow Nation Fair and Rodeo. Why you ask? First it is an experience which can hardly be described! It in a small way to experience the history of Native peoples! Being Anglo, I have read a bit of information on the history of the west in Montana. After once being told about the Crow Nation Fair and Rodeo, with its 1000 + tee pees, traditional pow wow dance, the Rodeo with its "Bare Back Relay Races" the Fair has been on my "bucket list"!
The events did not disappoint! We spent two and a half days watching all events and appreciating the beauty and history before us.
There are places to stay near Crow Agency but they were full by the time we made our plan to attend. As a result, we had to stay in Billings, Mt...about 60 miles one way from the Reservation. Even though we could drive 75 it was still a long drive but we made it because of the amazing experience we were privileged to witness. If going again, we would book early and stay in Hardin which is much closer!!!!
The first day we watched an afternoon Rodeo events and the Bare Back Relay events were the highlight. We purchased a two day pass to get into the evening PowWow but that does not get you into the Rodeo. There is an small fee of $6.00. There is food and water available for purchase but you are allowed to bring in food and water.
The Fair Ground is surrounded by tee pees, set up by families who we learned, pass their spaces down through the family. The idea is the family members are to return to their roots and reflect on their past. I will say that for the most part, we observed that the participants still drive their ATV's and trucks around while many use horseback to get around. The evening events are to begin at 6:00 pm with the Grande Entry which is amazing....the dance and drum competitions follow. There is a program which one can purchase for a small fee. The competitions go on till about midnight. There is a fireworks display at the second evening as well.
The fair is very much like the ones you and I might have attended----rides, food and vendors. The food is the usual with exception of Fry Bread stands with lots of toppings and taco/enchilada stands. The vendors were selling lots of items needed by the attendees to make items for the regalia they wear. Also for sale, items needed to make crafts they sell. Lots of interesting things to see.
Each morning at 10:00 AM on the outskirts of the Fair Grounds is a grand parade which is not to be missed. If you have portable chairs it is best to bring them both to the Pow Wow and Parade as seating is limited and certainly not to be expected.
Getting to the Fair Grounds requires a fee and one pays at a pay-stop on the road leading to the Grounds. They give you an armband to wear but honestly, no one ever asked to see it.....so not sure if a two day pass is needed as no one checked the second day. We attended Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning.
We found that the website offers a way to contact the committee with questions and I recived answers to my inquiries.
We will remember this experience forever and are grateful to the Crow Nation for allowing us to attend.
Written September 10, 2015
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Dreamer13615
Gillette, Wyoming7 contributions
Outside of Billings Montana about a hour south or so you will find the Crow Indian reservation where you can watch the reinactment of Crusters Last stand. You can also drive through where the fight acutally happened. History is real and great adventure for young and old alike. I took my kids they loved walking and driving around seeing the place where history was made.

We also hit the State Fair in Billings, MT its a blast every year, young and old alike love the rides and Great Grandma even joined in.
Written May 5, 2005
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BingoTodd
Sheffield, UK54 contributions
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We were lucky to be in the area when the annual Crow Fair took place. This is a huge Pow Wow where Native American Indians from all over come to celebrate their culture together. It was great to see the vivid costumes and the dances which had been passed down over the generations. As a white English person, I felt privileged to have witnessed the event.
Written August 29, 2014
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Amber V
Philadelphia, PA4 contributions
Enjoyed getting literally lost here because apparently T-Mobile doesn't have towers here & I didn't have service :) I did a road trip from PA to CA and had multiple stops in between states. I wanted to visit here because I am part Crow. It's peaceful here I'm glad I took the time to just wind down & relax traveling through the Crow Indian Reservation. I was hoping to meet more people than I did but it was getting dark & was very clear (by observation) that once the sun goes down everyone vanishes (unless everyone was hiding from me) lol Either way, don't regret it.
Written January 24, 2018
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Judy J
Sheridan, WY48 contributions
Crow fair is a delightful fair offering a lot of great viewing of Native American Dancing, pride and passion for their heritage. The Tribe is very welcoming and the fair is a great highlight for anyone - there is a morning parade not to be missed - be sure and take chairs - there isn't a lot of seating available. Good Food around the center and great vendors.
Written August 28, 2017
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Harriet A
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Really spectacular, and well worth visiting. As one reviewer wrote, timing is flexible and it’s all a bit chaotic, but just go with the flow and follow the crowds. Soak it all up and enjoy!

It’s held at Crow Agency; don’t expect signs, but follow the crowds.

Non-tribal members pay $20 each to get in; you’re given a wrist band, meaning you can come and go.

The grand parade starts at 10am, and the pow wow at 1pm. There’s also apparently an evening pow wow at 7pm. All events announced by a gun shot.

The rodeo begins at 2pm and is slightly further away; you’ll need to drive the two miles or so. It’s $10 each to enter - $5 for over 65s and children.
Its quite something to watch - cattle roping, races and bucking broncos.

The whole day is very special; it’s not intended for tourists, so being there as a visitor is an incredible experience and something you’ll never forget.
Written August 18, 2019
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lisa w
sandy utah311 contributions
Couples
The Crow reservation is not touched at all by tourism, but filled with Native culture. The Rodeo and Crow Fair are worth a long drive for.
Written August 15, 2015
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Sue T
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Solo
Sadly. I have attended many Indian pow wows and rodeos. Reaching its 97th year as I looked around the area there have been very little improvements to the rodeo grounds or where the Pow Wow is located. The Crow tribe has the resources but not apparently the will to improve the experience. The weekend Pow Wow and rodeo if improved could be a major international attraction of done well. The rodeo grounds in such poor shape and there seemed to be no National Standards for the treatment of animals.
Written August 15, 2015
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