The Flathead Indian Reservation is home to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribes. The tribes are a combination of the Salish, the Pend d'Oreille and the Kootenai. Of the approximately 7,753 enrolled tribal members, about 5,000 live on or near the reservation.
North of Interstate 90 between Missoula and Kalispell, fertile valleys and towering mountain peaks of northwestern Montana surround the Flathead Reservation. The reservation comprises over 1.2 million acres.
There are many ways to discover more about CSKT:
Nkusm-Salish Immersion School: www.salishworld.com
The Peoples Center museum and gift shop: www.peoplescenter.org
Salish Kootenai College: www.skc.edu
The Tribal publication, The Char-Koosta News: www.charkoosta.com
Annual Arlee Powwow: www.arleepowwow.com
POINTS OF INTEREST
Cultural Center "The People's Center"
For thousands of years the Salish, Pend d'Oreille and the Kootenai have inhabited lands that eventually became western Montana and the surrounding region. The People's Center tells the story of these tribes through a museum, an exhibit gallery, educational programs and a quality gift shop. 406-675-0160
Flathead Lake State Park
Flathead is the largest freshwater lake in the West. Points of interest on the lake include Wild Horse Island and five other scenic state units on the reservation: Finley Point, Yellow Bay, Big Arm, Wayfarers and West Shore. Except for Wild Horse Island, all units offer camping, fishing, boating and swimming. 406-752-5501
The National Bison Range/Pablo National Wildlife Refuge
Approximately 500 readily visible bison roam nearly 20,000 acres of natural grassland. Visitors are also likely to see elk, bighorn sheep, antelope and deer on self-guided auto tours, year-round. 406-644-2211
Ninepipe National Wildlife Refuge and State Wildlife Management Area
This area is one of Montana's designated Wildlife Viewing sites. It is an exceptional wetland complex, prime for bird watching. 406-644-2211
St. Ignatius Mission
Established in 1854, the mission was built by Native Americans under the direction of Catholic missionaries. There are 58 original murals by Brother Joseph Carignano on its walls and ceiling. The Mission Range of mountains provides a striking backdrop for the mission. 406-745-2768
Salish Kootenai College
Tours of campus are available. The college offers two- and four-year degrees. A nine-hole executive golf course, Silver Fox, is part of the campus. 406-675-4800
51383 Highway 93 North
Pablo, MT 59855