Many individuals from the Crow and Northern Cheyenne tribes generously gave of their time, memories, and knowledge so that priceless stories could be recorded and retained before being lost. We gratefully thank them for their efforts and give these educational resources in their honor. These interviewees shared stories from their personal and cultural histories in order to preserve this important history, educate the public, and to promote understanding. We urge our web users to approach these materials in the same spirit. We provide these resources to students, teachers, researchers, and the general public for educational purposes.

Access to the American Indian Tribal Histories Archive collection

Interviewees shared stories from their  personal and cultural histories in order to preserve this important history, educate the public, and to promote understanding. We urge our web users to approach these materials in the same spirit. We provide these resources to students, teachers, researchers, and the general public for educational purposes.

To help ensure proper use of the archive, the Western Heritage Center requires a free registration process to gain access to the archive. For more information, please click on Register for the Archive.  These tribal oral histories are passed down through family or clan. Each account is told by individuals with specialized knowledge and may not necessarily reflect the history of the tribe as a whole.  From the ordinary to the divine, these stories survived for generations despite attempts at repression and assimilation.

For Permission To Use Archival Materials please email archives@ywhc.org or call 406-256-6809.

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American Tribal Histories Project Staff

A letter from Francine Spang Willis, Former Director, American Indian Tribal Histories Project (2003-2008)

The mission of the American Indian Tribal Histories Project is to preserve and maintain American Indian tribal histories and cultures from an American Indian perspective. Often, in the past, knowledge about each tribe’s history and culture has been told or written from a non-Native perspective by historians, agencies, scholars, and reporters. For this project, Crow and Cheyenne tribal members share their tribal history and culture from their own perspective.

Preserving tribal history and culture, from a Native perspective, for future generations is important. As well, sharing tribal history and culture of each tribe, from tribal members’ perspective, with Native and non-Natives, will help bring about a deeper understanding of America’s first people. Through the American Indian Tribal Histories project, some Crow and Cheyenne cultural knowledge is available to many audiences in a variety of ways including traveling and on-line exhibitions, public viewing stations, educational DVDs, teacher resource CDs, on-line language presentations, and an oral histories archive collection.

Explore this website and you will find the extraordinary gifts of cultural knowledge select Crow and Cheyenne tribal members would like to share!

Sincerely,

Francine Spang Willis, American Indian Tribal Histories Project

Francine Spang Willis, Former American Indian Tribal Histories Project Director
Mardell Plainfeather , Former Crow Field Director
Jona Charette, Former Northern Cheyenne Field Director
Rubie Sooktis, Former Production Coordinator