Explore the lives of the Northern Plains Indians on the Upper Missouri

Earthlodge people hunted bison and other game, but were in essence farmers living in villages along the Missouri and its tributaries. The site was a major Native American trade center for hundreds of years prior to becoming an important market place for fur traders after 1750.


Four students doing archeology.


This unique three-day event investigates Hidatsa cultural resources with student-focused archeology.

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Beaded Moccasins

Photo Gallery of the Robinson Collection

Explore the photo gallery to view Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara beadwork and quillwork from the historic Robinson collection.

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Youth learning about archeology.

Kid's Camp

Come to Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site this July for some summer fun.

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Native Prairie Restoration Video

Native Prairie Restoration

Discover the stories of native prairie grasses and the ongoing efforts to preserve them for future generations.

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