Experience Native America Along the Lewis and Clark Trail

Native Peoples have a complex relationship with the Lewis and Clark expedition. The stories of the tribes should be more than a backdrop to the Expedition, they are an integral part of the story of the United States. Lewis and Clark were seen as ambassadors to the tribes they encountered. They were instructed to gain the friendship and allegiance of the tribes for military and economic reasons.

One reason the tribes were so helpful to Lewis and Clark was because of Sacagawea, and her infant son Baptiste, who accompanied them. The Expedition passed through the historic territories of more than fifty Indian tribes and bands. Some tribes have moved away from the Trail, but still have an interest in their historic territories. Today, the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail crosses historic lands of over three dozen sovereign nations.

Visit Indian Country

You can visit many of the tribes Lewis and Clark met along the Trail. The Lewis and Clark Trail not only re-shines a light on key historical moments and tribal lands, but it also showcases the Tribes today. Visit tribal cultural centers, museums, restaurants, attractions and take part in cultural events where the public is invited. Learn about the history of the tribes that lived along the Trail before the Lewis and Clark Expedition and enjoy their tourism experiences available today.

Enough Good People

From 2003 to 2006, The Circle of Tribal Advisors worked together during the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commemoration in order to tell the American Indian story. This project expands on the groundwork, contributions and learnings from the Circle of Tribal Advisors and offers new opportunities for tribes to share their stories to visitors from around the globe through cultural tourism.

Tribal partners are invited to nominate destinations and experiences along the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail to be featured on this website. Nominate a Destination or Experience > 

The American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) offers more information about tourism experiences on Native lands. Explore Native America > 

Chief Lookingglass PowWow – Nez Perce Tribe

Powwows are a way of meeting to join in dancing, singing, visiting, renewing old friendships, and making new ones.