Embrace the rich Native American culture and history in North Dakota

2 Nov 2023


As November marks the observance of National Native American Heritage Month, North Dakota Tourism is honoring and celebrating the rich heritage, diverse cultures, and invaluable contributions of Native American communities to the state. Just as the name “Dakota” means “friend” or “ally” in the Lakota language, North Dakota extends a hand of friendship and invites visitors to interact with and experience Native American culture.

Here are some of the best ways to experience Native American culture in North Dakota:

Central North Dakota 
The North Dakota Heritage Center and State Museum is located on the grounds of the state capitol building in Bismarck and offers visitors an overview of Native American history and culture in the state. It has one of the nation’s largest collections of Plains Indian artifacts, second only to the Smithsonian. Now through April 2025, visitors can check out the new exhibit, On the Edge of the Wind: Native Storytellers & the Land, in the Governor's Gallery. This exhibit explores the connections between cultural practices, regional landscapes, and tribal oral narratives. Based on interviews with Native storytellers and knowledge keepers, this exhibition includes photographs, artifacts, and video recordings of elders recounting traditional stories from all over the state.

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