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.


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

Learn how to transform former farm fields and pasture into native prairie in our latest video.

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