Associated Tribes

A map of northwest and north-central states with Yellowstone National Park and tribal reservations
Yellowstone National Park has 26 associated tribes. Note: Map shows tribal reservations; it does not show historic territory.

NPS/Yellowstone Spatial Analysis Center

 

There are 26 current tribes that have historic connections to the lands and resources now found within Yellowstone National Park.

  • Assiniboine and Sioux
  • Blackfeet
  • Cheyenne River Sioux
  • Coeur d’Alene
  • Comanche
  • Colville Reservation
  • Crow
  • Crow Creek Sioux
  • Eastern Shoshone
  • Flandreau Santee Sioux
  • Gros Ventre and Assiniboine
  • Kiowa
  • Lower Brule Sioux
  • Nez Perce
  • Northern Arapaho
  • Northern Cheyenne
  • Oglala Sioux
  • Rosebud Sioux
  • Salish and Kootenai
  • Shoshone–Bannock
  • Sisseton Wahpeton
  • Spirit Lake
  • Standing Rock Sioux
  • Turtle Mountain Band of the Chippewa
  • Umatilla Reservation
  • Yankton Sioux
 
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Park History

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

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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.

Three Nez Perce on horseback.

Ethnography

Many tribes have a traditional connection to the land and resources of Yellowstone.

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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.

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 has grown to manage ~83 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.

Last updated: June 4, 2018

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Mailing Address:

PO Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190-0168

Phone:

307-344-7381

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