Apsaalooke - Crow
About 75 percent of the Crow tribe's approximately 10,000 or more enrolled members live on or near the reservation. Eighty-five percent speak Crow as their first language.
This tribe was called "Apsaalooke," which means "children of the large-beaked bird." White men later misinterpreted the word as "crow."
Chief Plenty Coups was the last chief to gain that status in the traditional Crow manner. He lived until 1932, leaving his land and home as a park for all people.
LOCATIONThe Crow Reservation is in southcentral Montana, bordered by Wyoming on the south, with its northwestern boundary about 10 miles from Billings.
ECONOMYFor many years the vast coal deposits under the eastern portion of the reservation remained untapped. One mine is now in operation and providing royalty income and employment to tribal members. The Crow operate only a small portion of their irrigated or dry farm acreage and about 30 percent of their grazing land. They maintain a buffalo herd of 300 head.
Crow Tribal Executive BranchPO Box 159
Crow Agency, MT 59022
Crow Nation Office of Tourism:
POINTS OF INTEREST
Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area and Yellowtail Dam
The canyon features spectacular scenery, wildlife viewing, boating, fishing and camping. There are two visitor centers, one at Fort Smith and one at Yellowtail Dam.Fort Smith
Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument/Reno-Benteen BattlefieldThese monuments commemorate the Sioux/Cheyenne victory over the Seventh Cavalry. The Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument features museum exhibits, an interpretive center and ranger-led programs. Crow Agency
Chief Plenty Coups State Park
This is the home and grave site of the well-known Crow chief, Plenty Coups. There is a display of Crow artifacts and history, and a scenic picnic area.Pryor
Little Big Horn CollegeLittle Big Horn College is a public two-year community college chartered by the Crow Tribe of Indians. Eight Associate of Arts degrees are offered at the college. Crow Agency