Crow Native Days - Indian Relay, Crow Tribe

Crow Native Days - Indian Relay, Crow Tribe Information

Crow Native Days is a week-long festival that takes place each summer, attracting visitors from far and wide who are eager to experience the rich cultural heritage of the Crow Tribe. Held in the last week of June, for over 70 years, this event showcases many activities, including traditional dances, music performances, art exhibitions, rodeos and the highly anticipated Indian Relay Race. The Crow Tribe, also known as the Apsáalooke People, has a long and storied history, and Crow Native Days serves as a platform to honor and preserve their traditions. Crow Native Days are held at the Crow Agency powwow grounds against the breathtaking scenery of Big Sky Country in Montana.

One of the highlights of Crow Native Days is the Indian Relay Race, a thrilling equestrian sport that originated among the Plains Indians. The race involves teams of three riders who compete in a relay-style event, showcasing their horsemanship skills and agility. Spectators can feel the excitement as the riders thunder past, swiftly changing horses at each lap. The Indian Relay Race combines speed, strategy, and teamwork, making it a spectacle not to be missed. Dressed in colorful regalia, the riders represent their respective tribes with pride and honor. The pounding of hooves and the spirited cheers from the crowd create an electrifying atmosphere, immersing spectators in the heart-pounding action. As the teams race towards the finish line, you can feel the intensity and passion that fuels this incredible sporting event.

Crow Agency is also steeped in history, being the site of the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, just a few miles away, where visitors can learn about the famous battle and its significance. The Bighorn National Forest is approximately 60 miles south for outdoor enthusiasts, offering a wealth of hiking trails, camping sites and stunning vistas. The Pryor Mountains, about 40 miles to the west, provide additional opportunities for outdoor adventures. 

Visitors to Crow Native Days will find a range of accommodations in nearby Hardin, just 15 miles to the north of Crow Agency. Travelers can reach Crow Native Days via Billings Logan International Airport, 65 miles northwest of Crow Agency. The nearest Amtrak station is also in Billings, where visitors can travel by train.

Crow Native Days - Indian Relay, Crow Tribe

Travel information
  • Time Zone: Mountain Standard Time

Event Dates

Starts: June 23, 2024

Ends: June 25, 2024

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