Associated Tribes

A map of northwest and north-central states with Yellowstone National Park and tribal reservations
Yellowstone National Park has 27 associated tribes. Note: Map shows Tribal reservations; it does not show historic territory.

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Today, there are 27 associated Tribes who have ancestral and modern connections to the park.

  • Assiniboine & Sioux Tribes of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, Montana
  • Blackfeet Tribe of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation of Montana
  • Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of the Cheyenne River Reservation, South Dakota
  • Coeur D'Alene Tribe
  • Comanche Nation, Oklahoma
  • Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Reservation
  • Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation
  • Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation
  • Crow Creek Sioux Tribe of the Crow Creek Reservation, South Dakota
  • Crow Tribe of Montana
  • Eastern Shoshone Tribe of the Wind River Reservation, Wyoming
  • Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe of South Dakota
  • Fort Belknap Indian Community of the Fort Belknap Reservation of Montana
  • Kiowa Indian Tribe of Oklahoma
  • Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana
  • Lower Brule Sioux Tribe of the Lower Brule Reservation, South Dakota
  • Nez Perce Tribe
  • Northern Arapaho Tribe of the Wind River Reservation, Wyoming
  • Northern Cheyenne Tribe of the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation, Montana
  • Oglala Sioux Tribe
  • Rosebud Sioux Tribe of the Rosebud Indian Reservation, South Dakota
  • Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of the Fort Hall Reservation
  • Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate of the Lake Traverse Reservation, South Dakota
  • Spirit Lake Tribe, North Dakota
  • Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of North & South Dakota
  • Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians of North Dakota
  • Yankton Sioux Tribe of South Dakota
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Park History

Learn about Yellowstone's story from the earliest humans to today.

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European Americans Arrive

In the late 1700s, fur traders traveled the Yellowstone River in search of Native Americans with whom to trade.

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Expeditions Explore Yellowstone

Formal expeditions mapped and explored the area, leading to the nation's understanding of the region.

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Birth of a National Park

Learn about Yellowstone's early days as a national park.

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Modern Management

Managing the national park has evolved over time and dealt with some complex issues.

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Today's National Park Service

The National Park Service manages over 80 million acres in all 50 states, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Guam, and American Samoa.

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Timeline of Human History in Yellowstone

The human history of the Yellowstone region goes back more than 11,000 years.

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The Earliest Humans in Yellowstone

Human occupation of this area seems to follow environmental changes of the last 15,000 years.

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Historic Tribes

Many tribes have a traditional connection to this region and its resources.

Last updated: March 14, 2024

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