Overlooking Lake Sakakawea

Native American Culture

The sovereign First Nations who share geography with North Dakota are an essential part of the state’s history. From the bluffs of the Missouri River to the sweeping prairies and woodlands near the Canadian border, the legends of North Dakota are anchored by the culture of its first people. From Sitting Bull to Sakakawea, the state is rich in Native American history and culture, as well as history of explorers like Lewis and Clark who were intrinsically bound to the Native heritage. 

We welcome you to explore tribal lands and experience Native American culture, history, heritage, beauty and art through historic sites, interpretive centers, museum, Native-owned businesses, resorts, casinos, scenic byways and more.

There are approximately 30,000 Native Americans living in North Dakota. Though the individual tribes have distinct and different origins, histories and languages, Native Americans are united by core beliefs and values that emanate from respect for the earth and an understanding of humankind’s relationship with nature.

Tribal Tourism

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.

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