The tribes of North Dakota contribute greatly to our state, and we welcome you to explore reservations and experience Native American culture. Learn about each tribe’s history, language and traditions by visiting attractions like reconstructed earthlodge villages or attend a powwow and celebrate the culture through song and dance.
There are approximately 30,000 Native Americans living in North Dakota. Though the individual tribes have distinct and different origins, histories and languages, Plains Indians are united by core beliefs and values that emanate from respect for the earth and an understanding of humankind’s relationship with nature.
Just as the name “Dakota” means “friend” or “ally” in the Lakota language, the hand of friendship and hospitality is extended to you as you journey here to explore the reservations and discover the beauty of Indian culture.