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.