NATIVE AMERICANS & FIRST NATIONS PEOPLE
The Crow Indian tribe, Apsaalooke in Siouan, or Absaroka or Apsaroke, are indigenous peoples of the Great Plains, who, lived in Yellowstone River valley, which extends from WY, through MT and into ND where it joins the Missouri River. Name was given them by the Hidatsa tribe, meaning "people or children of the large-beaked bird." Today, the vast majority live on Crow Indian Reservation in south-central MT reservation, covering more than 3,600 square miles, 5th-largest Indian reservation in USA.
This Native American Heritage Month, we recognize indigenous people who hold a high respect and understanding of nature. Early Native Americans were attuned to recognizing animal behavior and skilled at observing clouds to predict good weather or impending storms. We were grateful to work with the Shoalwater Bay Tribe for their Air Quality Monitoring System. Photo: Blackfoot tribe encampment. Courtesy of the United States Department of the Interior, National Park Service.