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MONTANA NATIVE AMERICAN TOURS

Enjoy an authentic “Native Experience” while learning about the history and geography of the region

See the culturally rich Plains Indian lands located all across Montana traveling with a local Blackfeet Native certified guide and state licensed outfitter. Enjoy interpretive stories of Native culture and history and gain understanding of our culture's past, present, and future. In addition to our ancestral lands, we’ll also discuss our National Parks, State Parks within the state of Montana.

 

Customize your adventure FOR A FULL DAY OR HALF DAY TOUR!

CHOOSE FROM MANY OPTIONS  BELOW WITH TRIPS ORIGINATING IN GREAT FALLS, MONTANA. 

Great Falls is Montana’s third-largest city, known as the “Electric City” due to its numerous hydroelectric dams built on the Missouri River. The city sits among four large falls that were both a magnificent spectacle and a formidable barrier to early river travel. Grand vistas can be found in every direction; Great Falls is surrounded by mountains and buttes on three sides, as well as vast plains to the north.

CM RUSSELL MUSEUM: Two hour tour

 Take a look at the art and soul of the real West at this amazing Great Falls museum featuring Charlie Russell’s works in all types of media, personal items and artifacts. The museum has the most complete collection of Charles M. Russell works and personal objects in the world.

The museum also has outstanding pieces from his contemporaries. The complex includes Russell’s original log studio and his home.

The mission of the C.M. Russell Museum is to collect, preserve, research, interpret, and educate on the art and life of Charles M. Russell; the art and lives of his contemporaries; and the art of preceding and ensuing generations that depicts and focuses on the culture, life, and country of Russell’s West.

URSULINE CENTRE: Two hour tour

 The Ursuline Academy opened in 1912 as a school for grades kindergarten through high school, including a boarding school for girls. The Collegiate Gothic building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1991. Today, the Centre is owned by the Ursuline Centre Historical Foundation, and offers a preschool, a conference and retreat ministry and a museum. 

The Ursuline Heritage Museum tells the story of the Ursuline Sisters who came to Montana in 1884 as missionaries to the Native Americans and white settlers. The Heritage Museum offers a treasury of Native American artifacts, antique furnishings, musical instruments, and more.  The museum also offers a collection of over 100 hundred years of history of the Ursuline Sisters, their lives, and how they helped shape the history of Montana.

GIANT SPRINGS STATE PARK: One hour

Giant Springs was discovered by the Lewis and Clark Expedition in 1805 and is one of the largest freshwater springs in the country. The springs flow at a rate of 156 million gallons of water per day and the water stays at a temperature of 54 degrees. This is also the site of the Roe River, once listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's shortest river.

LEWIS AND CLARK INTERPRETIVE CENTER: Two hours

Re-live the 1804-06 Lewis and Clark Expedition’s 8,000-mile journey across western North America in the comfort of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Interpretive Center. Built into a scenic bluff with spectacular views of the Missouri River, the Center’s exhibits and programs bring alive the indomitable spirit of exploration.

The Interpretive Center chronicles the journey of Lewis and Clark, as well as the important experiences with Plains and Northwest Indians. Learn details of the plants and animals that expedition members documented. Feel the Expedition’s disappointment at the impossibility of a Northwest Passage water route.

THE HISTORY MUSEUM, One hour

Located near the Missouri River along historic Machinery Row, The History Museum makes its home in the old International Harvester building. Built in 1929, the structure housed the implement dealership for thirty years until Northern School Supply purchased it in 1959. The Cascade County Historical Society acquired the building in 1998 to house its museum, archives, collection and gift shop.

The History Museum is home to more than 10,000 artifacts, more than 70,000 photos and 4,500 square feet of archives, all collected from Central Montana over the past 40 years. We take great pride in ensuring the preservation, interpretation and accessibility of our historic collections. Researchers from all 50 states and several foreign countries have taken advantage of the services we offer.

Exciting permanent and special exhibitions are on display throughout the year and the public is welcome free of charge!

 

 

 

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ST. PETER'S MISSION: Two and half hours which includes travel time

St. Peter's Mission was founded approximately in 1874 when Sister Amadeus and three other Ursuline nuns came to Cascade. St. Peter's Mission was a boarding school/academy for Native Americans.

The St. Peter's Mission Church and Cemetery, also known as St. Peter's Mission and as St. Peter's-By-the-Rock is a historic Roman Catholic mission located on Mission Road 10.5 miles (16.9 km) west-northwest of the town of Cascade, Montana, United States. The historic site consists of a wooden church and "opera house" and a cemetery. Also on the site are the ruins of a stone parochial school or boys, a stone convent and several outbuildings.

FIRST PEOPLES BUFFALO JUMP: Two hour tour

First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park is an archaeological site with possibly the largest bison cliff jump in North America. Native peoples used this site for at least a thousand years before Lewis and Clark passed through here.

See for yourself how Native Americans hunted for bison at this prehistoric bison kill site, just south of Great Falls. For more than 600 years, Native Americans stampeded buffalo over the mile-long cliff. Today, the top of the jump gives you panoramic views of the Rocky Mountain Front and the Missouri River valley as well as the buttes and grasslands that characterize this Great Plains setting.

RYAN DAM: One hour and half

Ryan Dam is a hydroelectric dam on the Missouri River 10 miles (16 km) downstream from the city of Great Falls the dam is 1,336 feet (407 m) long and 61 feet (19 m) high; its reservoir is 7 miles (11 km) long and has a storage capacity of 5,000 acre feet (6,200,000 m3). The dam is built on the largest of the five Great Falls of the Missouri. Since 1915, the six-unit powerhouse on the left side of the dam has occupied a significant portion of the 87-foot (27 m) high waterfall.

HISTORIC FORT BENTON: Four hours which includes travel time

Fort Benton is recognized as a National Historic Landmark, because of the importance it played as the head of navigation on the Missouri River and the opening of the northwest and western Canada. Fort Benton "The Birthplace of Montana"™ is home to the Heritage Complex; The home of Old Fort Benton, The Museum of the Upper Missouri, The State of Montana's Museum of the Northern Great Plains, Homestead Village, The Hornaday Smithsonian Buffalo Gallery, The Upper Missouri River Breaks Interpretive Center, The Overholser Research Center, The Schwinden Library, and The Montana Agricultural Center. Walk along the steamboat levee and the part of the town once known as the bloodiest block in the West. View the ruins of Historic Fort Benton, which is currently under archaeological study and in the process of being reconstructed.

 

Pricing

 

PRICING:

FULL DAY:

6 hours plus travel includes lunch and non-alcoholic beverages.

Group sizes:

  • 2-10 people: $120.00 per person per day
  • 14-20 people: $100.00 per person per day

 

 

 

HALF DAY:

4 hours plus travel includes lunch and non-alcoholic beverages.

Group sizes:

  • 2-10 people: $85.00 per person per day
  • 11-20 people: $65.00 per person per day

MULTI-DAY: Call for pricing.

406-450-8420 or email: blackfeetoutfitters@gmail.com

 

 

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