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Fort Belknap

A’aninin Nakoda

Fort Belknap Indian Reservation


The Fort Belknap Reservation is home to two tribes, the Assiniboine, or Nakoda, and the Gros Ventre, who refer to themselves as A'aninin or "People of the White Clay." Combined enrollment is approximately 4,000.



The combined reservation and additional tribal lands encompass 650,000 acres of the plains and grasslands of north-central Montana.



The Bureau of Indian Affairs and the tribe are the major employers. The Little Rockies Meat Packing Company, Inc. is the first tribally owned, USDA-inspected meat packing facility in the U.S. The Reservation is working to develop tourism and marketing Native American artisans. The tribes manage a 300-head buffalo herd. Antelope, bird and gopher hunts are available; licenses and guides are required.


Points of Interest

Fort Belknap Community College / Aaniiih Nakoda College

Two-year associate's degrees in the Arts and Sciences are offered, along with one-year certificates. The Tribal Archives are located on campus, along with a student-built library.


Harlem 406.353.2607

Fort Belknap Tourism Office and Information Center

The Information Center offers RV parking, showers and picnic grounds.


Harlem 406.353.4350

Mission Canyon/Natural Bridge

Popular attractions in this scenic area include the Natural Bridge, Wilson Park, Devil's Kitchen, and Needle Eye and Kid Curry's Hideout. Picnicking and camping available.


South of Hays

Saint Paul's Mission Church

Established in 1887 by the Bureau of Catholic Missions, St. Paul's Mission Church now serves as a kindergarten through eighth grade school.


Hays 406.673.3300

Fort Belknap Reservation

Map of Fort Belknap Reservation

Fort Belknap Tourism Office

PO Box 552, Harlem MT 59526

Fort Belknap Indian Community Council