Sitting on the rolling foothills just east of Glacier National Park, Browning is the largest community on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. Each summer, Browning hosts North American Indian Days—one of the largest gatherings of U.S. and Canadian tribes. The celebration includes dancing, traditional games, a pow wow, Indian relay and rodeo. Learn more about the Blackfeet Tribe by visiting the Museum of the Plains Indian and nearby shops and galleries. Visit Glacier Peaks Casino while you’re in the area.
Spend the night in a real teepee at the Lodgepole Gallery & Tipi Village—located 2 miles west of Browning. Blackfeet tribal member, noted artist and historian Darrell Norman, (Blackfeet name Ee-Nees-Too-Wah-See), gives Blackfeet Cultural History Tours, accompanying you in your vehicle to significant historical sites on the reservation. Darrell’s artwork is also on display at the village’s on-site gallery.
The Town of Browning, incorporated in 1919, is the Agency Headquarters for the Blackfeet Indian Reservation and has been since 1895. Browning was named after Daniel M. Browning, who was then the Commissioner of Indian Affairs working in Washington D.C.
Visit the Blackfeet Country website for more information.
Browning serves as the Agency Headquarters for the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, home to the largest tribe in Montana—the Blackfeet Nation. Their name comes from the dark painted moccasins they wore. There are three branches of the Blackfeet peoples—the Northern Blackfeet (Siksika), the Blood and the Piegan or Pikuni. Tribe members call themselves "Niitsitapi" (nee-itsee-TAH-peh) meaning "the real people." The Blackfeet Nation’s annual pow wow celebrations include North American Indian Days and the Heart Butte Indian Days.
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