Discover Native American Culture
The sovereign First Nations who share geography with North Dakota are an essential part of the state’s history. We welcome you to get to know the culture, traditions, language, stories, art, and more by exploring tribal lands and historic sites, museums, and scenic trails and byways.
There are approximately 30,000 Native Americans living in North Dakota. Though the individual tribes have distinct and different origins, histories and languages, the First Peoples of North Dakota are united by core beliefs and values that emanate from respect for the earth and an understanding of humankind’s relationship with nature.
A Proud History
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 tribal lands and discover the beauty of Native American culture.