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Crow Nation. Tourism. Original Crow Name. Apsaalooke Apsáalooke Apsaroke Absarokee Absaro-kee Ap-sah-loo-kah Absaroka. Crow Reservation , Montana. 10,930 enrolled members (December 2003) 7,583 live on the reservation (December 2003)

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original crow name
Original Crow Name
  • Apsaalooke
  • Apsáalooke
  • Apsaroke
  • Absarokee
  • Absaro-kee
  • Ap-sah-loo-kah
  • Absaroka
crow reservation montana
Crow Reservation, Montana
  • 10,930 enrolled members (December 2003)
  • 7,583 live on the reservation (December 2003)
  • area: 3,565 square miles (9233,35 square kilometres)
  • language: Crow – Siouan branch of the Hokan-Siouan linguistic stock
  • number of Crow language speakers: 4,280 speakers (1990 census)
  • 7 main communities: Crow Agency, Wyola, Lodge Grass, Garryowen, St. Xavier, Fort Smith and Pryor
brief historical timeline
Brief Historical Timeline
  • 1400 – ancestral tribe were living at present upper Great Lakes of

Canada and the US

  • 1450 – split into 2 groups
      • contemporary Hidatsa – settled on the Missouri
      • Apsaalooke – moved to their present-day homeland in Montana and Wyoming
  • 1743 – the first contact with the whites
  • 1825 – the first treaty with the US
  • 1840’s – smallpox epidemics
  • 1850 – the first siege of Crow Tribe by Sioux
  • 1851 – the 1st Treaty of Fort Laramie - reservation established
  • 1864 – the Crows resisted the Sioux, Cheyenne and Arapaho on East

Pryor Creek

  • 1868 – the 2nd Treaty of Fort Laramie
  • June 25, 1876 – the Battle of Little Big Horn
  • 1903 – Annual Crow Fair established
  • 1905 – land cessation, Crow territory reduced
  • 1950’s – modern-day problems of Crow increase
sources of tribal income and jobs
Sources of Tribal Income and Jobs:
  • Ranching and farming
  • Resources leases (land, sand, gravel, water, timber, coal, oil and gas)
  • Government services
  • Tourism
tourism attractions in montana
Tourism Attractions in Montana
  • Glacier National Park
  • Grant-Kohrs Ranch
  • Little Big Horn Battlefield National Monument
  • Madison River Canyon Earthquake Area
  • Virginia City/Nevada City
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Outdoor activities (fishing, wildlife-watching, visiting Native American sites, cross-country skiing, hunting, rock-climbing, rafting)
  • Events
crow attractions and events
Crow Attractions and Events
  • Attractions
      • Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area and Yellowtail Dam
      • Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument/Reno-Benteen Battlefield
      • Chief Plenty Coups State Park
      • Little Big Horn College
          • Apsaalooke tours
  • Events
      • Annual Crow Fair (3rd week in August)
      • Annual Crow Native Days (since 2002, June)
      • Annual Battle of the Little Big Horn Re-enactment

(June 25)

projects
Projects
  • Crow Place Name Project

- documenting Crow place names and chronicling the stories behind them

  • The Montana Tribal Tourism Alliance
    • intertribal cooperation in tourism development
  • Crow Tribal Tourism Office
itrr research findings
ITRR Research Findings
  • 84% of Crow Reservation residents feel the Crow Tribe should promote tourism
  • 67% enjoy meeting and interacting with tourists
  • 66% think there are obstacles to tourism development on the Reservation
  • 20% indicate that their place of employment provides a majority of their products or services to tourists or tourist businesses
  • the three most frequently used sources of travel information prior to visiting Montana
      • internet (48%)
      • auto clubs (26%)
      • travel guide books (25%)
obstacles to tourism development
Obstacles to Tourism Development
  • Financing
  • Infrastructure
  • Underdeveloped supply of recreation activities
  • Information sources
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