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FORT PECK INDIAN RESERVATION

The sprawling Fort Peck Indian Reservation, Montana’s second-largest, stretches for nearly 100 miles along US-2, and for 50 miles north. Home to 6,800 Assiniboine and Yanktonai Sioux, but co-owned by non-Indians as a result of unscrupulous land dealings encouraged by the 1887 Dawes Act, the reservation offers few sights or services to outsiders. Travelers interested in tribal life can best experience it at weekend events like the annual Red Bottom Day celebrations (held every June in Frazer, west of Wolf Point); the Wild Horse Stampede rodeo in July, the oldest rodeo in Montana; or the Wadopana Pow Wow (early August). The latter two events are held in Wolf Point, the reservation’s largest town.

  Slated to become the site of the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame, Wolf Point is halfway across the reservation, and home to cafés and motels like the Sherman Motor Inn ($40–60; 406/653-1100) at 200 E. Main Street, which has clean rooms and a decent restaurant. Another 55 miles east of Wolf Point down US-2, nearly at the North Dakota border, Culbertson (pop. 796) is a quiet town with a disproportionate number of farm-implement and feed dealers—the tourist brochures brag about the “ever-expanding SVO Oilseed processing plant.” Located a mile east of town, the Montana Visitor Center houses a good local history museum. There are also a couple of cafés in town, including the classic three-meals-a-day Wild West Diner (406/787-5374) right on US-2 at 20 E. 6th Street. The King’s Inn ($40 and up; 406/787-6277), at 408 E. 6th Street, is a clean, modern motel.

The Great Northern: Glasgow to Culbertson map

The Great Northern Route Detail: Glasgow to Culbertson

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