Fort Belknap Indian Community
656 Agency Main Street
Harlem, MT 59526
Phone: (406) 353-2205 | Fax: (406) 353-4541
Official Website: www.ftbelknap.org
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 northcentral 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
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.
Fort Belknap Agency
Fort Belknap Tourism Office and Information Center
The Information Center offers RV parking, showers and picnic grounds.
406-353-8471 or 406-353-8473
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.
Constitution and By-laws for the
Fort Belknap Indian Community of the Fort Belknap Reservation
Fort Belknap Indian Community Council consists of the President and the Vice President, who are elected to serve a four year term. Eight Council Members, consisting of four Gros Ventres and four Assiniboine members are elected every two years. The President and Vice President appoint a Secretary Treasurer, who serves four years.
The current membership of the Fort Belknap Indian Community Council include:
- Mark Azure, President 2013-2017
- George Horse Capture Jr., Vice-President 2013-2017
- Robert Bearcub, Secretary/Treasurer Appointed
- Donovan Archambault Sr., Council Member 2015-2017
- Kyle Bigby, Council Member 2015-2017
- Lynn Cliff Jr., Council Member 2015-2017
- Curtis Horn, Council Member 2015-2017
- Alvin "Jim" Kennedy, Council Member 2015-2017
- John K. Hawley, Council Member 2015-2017
- Dominic R. Messerly, Council Member 2015-2017
- Warren D. Morin, Council Member 2015-2017
- Fort Belknap Indian Reservation, headquartered in Fort Belknap Agency, is ranked fifth in land base with 652,000 acres.
- There are 6,693 enrolled tribal members, of whom 3,429 live on or near the reservation.
- The reservation is home to two tribes, the Assiniboine and the Gros Ventre. The Assiniboine refer to themselves as "Nakoda" meaning the generous ones. The Gros Ventre call themselves "A-A-NI-NIN" meaning the White Clay People.
- The main industry is agriculture, consisting of cattle ranches, raising alfalfa hay for feed and larger dry land farms.
- The tribe's annual celebrations include Lodgepole Pow Wow in June. Milk River Indian Days in July and Hays Pow Wow in August.