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We are open! Monday through Friday 8am-5pm all year. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic -There will be a limit of 10 persons at one time in the museum. Visitors must wear masks/face coverings, use hand sanitizer at entrance, sign in names, date of visit, address and answer if you have been out of state in the last 14 days(if you reside in the area), social distance, temperature check. Call 406-675-0160 for additional information.

Come visit Three Chiefs Culture Center Museum and enrich your knowledge and understanding of the Salish, Pend d’Oreille and Kootenai Tribes. Come share a part of our lives, our history and our culture through our museum and rotating exhibits in our education room.

The Museum

Our museum area is small as we are rebuilding exhibits with incoming new collections and collections pieces that were recovered from the fire at The People’s Center and are now being taken care of by trained conservators. Our collections received sever to minor heat, soot and water damage in the fire. The museum exhibits are where the most of our collections were recovered from. We are blessed that they were saved and are being cared for professionally. They will be returned and once again be displayed for you to see and learn from again.

Admission to the museum is “Donations” at this time to see the exhibits that tell the story of the devastating arson caused fire of September 6,2020 and how we are recovering and rebuilding.  A horse exhibit, tribal history, articles on display that have been returned again such as Chief Martin Charlo’s vest.

The exhibits display artifacts from CSKT history which are assembled in a manner that helps visitors understand aspects of traditional Tribal life as it existed from over 100 years ago through present day.  We remind our visitors that our history and culture is continuing to grow and evolve every day. 

Sit for a while and view the video about the story of the Buffalo/Bison “In The Spirit of Atatice” a film by The Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes.

“At one time the American bison roamed the continent in populations that reached 30-60 million. At that time, oral accounts recall a Pend d’Oreille man named Atatice who envisioned what would become the first bison conservation efforts on the Flathead Reservation. “Atatice saw the buffalo disappearing and he knew something needed to be done,” filmmaker and Atatice’s descendent Roy Bigcrane said. “He had the idea to bring the buffalo home and start a herd.” The word for buffalo is qwaqwiy, film and narrator Roy Bigcrane said. “It means the many blacks because they used to cover entire landscapes” Char Koosta News article Dec. 6, 2018

Mon ‒ Thu: 08am ‒ 05pm
Sat ‒ Sun: closed

Donations

Three Chiefs Culture Center
St. Ignatius at the Allard Complex
St.Ignatius, Montana 59865
Phone Number: (406) 675-0160
Fax Number: (406) 675-0260