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cultural perspective

The Apsáalooke People

Messengers for Health serves the communities of the Crow Reservation.
We are the only non-profit organization doing this work.

Established in1868, the Crow Indian Reservation is located in south-central Montana, bordered by Wyoming to the south and the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation to the east. The largest of the seven Indian reservations in Montana, it encompasses approximately 3,606.54 square miles: about 2.2 million acres. which includes the northern end of the Bighorn Mountains, Wolf Mountains, and Pryor Mountains. The Bighorn River flows north from the Montana-Wyoming state line, journeying north to the Little Bighorn River just outside Hardin, Montana. Part of the reservation boundary runs along the ridgeline separating Pryor Creek and the Yellowstone River. Reservation headquarters are in Crow Agency.

There are currently over 14,000 enrolled Crow members, most of whom live within the Crow Nation. More than three-fourths of the Crow Nation population describe themselves as American Indian/Alaska Native, with an average age of approximately 30 years. (2021 Community Health Assessment Report)  Eighty-five percent speak Crow as their first language. The Crow communities include: Crow Agency, Fort Smith, Hardin, Lodge Grass, Pryor, St. Xavier, and Wyola.

“The Crow Country is in exactly the right place.
Everything good is to be found there.
There is no country like the Crow Country.”

Chief Eelápuash 


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