GLACIER’S NATIVE AMERICA SPEAKS PROGRAM

Connecting with Glacier’s First People

The Native America Speaks program is the longest running Indigenous people’s speakers series in the National Park Service system. This inspiring program began in 1982 and provides visitors with connections to the history, culture, and language of Glacier National Park’s first people.

Through this sacred connection to Glacier National Park, the Glacier Conservancy has devoted their efforts to building lasting relationships and preserving the traditions, language, and land of the Blackfeet, Salish, Pend d’Oreille and Kootenai peoples.

2024 Program Schedule

This schedule is subject to change. Check the park calendar for the latest details.

Sunday, June 2, 8:00 PM: Jack Gladstone, Many Glacier Hotel Lucerne Room (Lake Level), Many Glacier Valley

Sunday, June 9, 8:00 PM: Jack Gladstone, Many Glacier Hotel Lucerne Room (Lake Level), Many Glacier Valley

Thursday, June 13, 1:00 PM: Darnell Rides at the Door, Museum of the Plains Indian in the neighboring community of Browning, MT.

Thursday, June 13, 8:00 PM: Danielle Antelope, Rising Sun Campground Amphitheater

Sunday, June 16, 8:00 PM: Jack Gladstone, Many Glacier Hotel Lucerne Room (Lake Level), Many Glacier Valley

Monday, June 17, 7:00 PM: Alicia Yellow Owl, Two Medicine Campground Amphitheater, Loop B, Two Medicine Valley

Monday, June 17, 8:00 PM: Vernon Finley, Apgar Campground Amphitheater, Lake McDonald Valley

Tuesday, June 18, 8:00 PM: Kevin Kicking Woman, Many Glacier Campground Amphitheater, Many Glacier Valley

Wednesday, June 19, 8:00 PM: Kevin Kicking Woman, St. Mary Campground Amphitheater, Loop C, St. Mary Valley

Thursday, June 20, 8:00 PM: Treyace Yellow Owl, Chewing Black Bones Campground

Friday, June 21, 8:00 PM: Don Fish, Two Medicine Campground Amphitheater, Loop B, Two Medicine Valley

Saturday, June 22, 11:00 AM: Danielle Antelope & Termaine Edmo, 1913 Ranger Station (1/2 mile east of the St. Mary Visitor Center near the Red Eagle Lake trailhead), St. Mary Valley

Saturday, June 22, 8:00 PM: Mariah Gladstone, Rising Sun Campground Amphitheater

Sunday, June 23, 8:00 PM: Jack Gladstone, Many Glacier Hotel Lucerne Room (Lake Level), Many Glacier Valley

Monday, June 24, 9:00 AM: Iron Shield Creative – Hike, Meet at the South Shore Trailhead (next to the Two Medicine Lake Boat Dock), Two Medicine Valley

Monday, June 24, 7:00 PM: Gen Huitt, Apgar Campground Amphitheater, Lake McDonald Valley

Monday, June 24, 8:00 PM: Iron Shield Creative, Two Medicine Campground Amphitheater, Loop B, Two Medicine Valley

Tuesday, June 25, 8:00 PM: Raven Heavy Runner, Many Glacier Campground Amphitheater, Many Glacier Valley

Wednesday, June 26, 7:00 PM: Blackfeet Singers and Dancers, St. Mary Visitor Center (Enter through the side doors near the restrooms), St. Mary Valley

Thursday, June 27, 1:00 PM: Danielle Antelope, Museum of the Plains Indian in the neighboring community of Browning, MT.

Thursday, June 27, 8:00 PM: Termaine Edmo, Chewing Black Bones Campground

Friday, June 28, 8:00 PM: Robert Hall, Two Medicine Campground Amphitheater, Loop B, Two Medicine Valley

Friday, June 28, 9:00 PM: Jack Gladstone & Rob Quist, Fish Creek Campground Amphitheater, Lake McDonald Valley

Saturday, June 29, 8:00 PM: Treyace Yellow Owl, Rising Sun Campground Amphitheater

Sunday, June 30, 8:00 PM: Jack Gladstone, Many Glacier Hotel Lucerne Room (Lake Level), Many Glacier Valley

Monday, July 1, 7:00 PM: Frank Finley, Apgar Campground Amphitheater, Lake McDonald Valley

Monday, July 1, 8:00 PM: Kevin Kicking Woman, Two Medicine Campground Amphitheater, Loop B, Two Medicine Valley

Tuesday, July 2, 8:00 PM: Joseph Running Crane, Many Glacier Campground Amphitheater, Many Glacier Valley

Wednesday, July 3, 7:00 PM: Blackfeet Singers and Dancers, St. Mary Visitor Center (Enter through the side doors near the restrooms), St. Mary Valley

Friday, July 5, 8:00 PM: Darnell Rides at the Door, Two Medicine Campground Amphitheater, Loop B, Two Medicine Valley

Saturday, July 6, 8:00 PM: Alicia Yellow Owl, Rising Sun Campground Amphitheater

Sunday, July 7, 8:00 PM: Jack Gladstone, Many Glacier Hotel Lucerne Room (Lake Level), Many Glacier Valley

Monday, July 8, 7:00 PM: Steve Arca, Apgar Campground Amphitheater, Lake McDonald Valley

Monday, July 8, 8:00 PM: Raven Heavy Runner, Two Medicine Campground Amphitheater, Loop B, Two Medicine Valley

Tuesday, July 9, 8:00 PM: Mariah Gladstone, Many Glacier Campground Amphitheater, Many Glacier Valley

Wednesday, July 10, 7:00 PM: Blackfeet Singers and Dancers, St. Mary Visitor Center (Enter through the side doors near the restrooms), St. Mary Valley

Thursday, July 11, 1:00 PM: Treyace Yellow Owl, Museum of the Plains Indian in the neighboring community of Browning, MT.

Thursday, July 11, 8:00 PM: Vernon Marceau, Chewing Black Bones Campground

Friday, July 12, 8:00 PM: Don Fish, Two Medicine Campground Amphitheater, Loop B, Two Medicine Valley

Friday, July 12, 9:00 PM: Sadie Peone-Stops, Fish Creek Campground Amphitheater, Lake McDonald Valley

Saturday, July 13, 8:00 PM: Don Fish, Rising Sun Campground Amphitheater

Sunday, July 14, 8:00 PM: Jack Gladstone, Many Glacier Hotel Lucerne Room (Lake Level), Many Glacier Valley

Monday, July 15, 7:00 PM: Robert Hall, Apgar Campground Amphitheater, Lake McDonald Valley

Monday, July 15, 8:00 PM: Kevin Kicking Woman, Two Medicine Campground Amphitheater, Loop B, Two Medicine Valley

Tuesday, July 16, 8:00 PM: Termaine Edmo, Many Glacier Campground Amphitheater, Many Glacier Valley

Wednesday, July 17, 7:00 PM: Blackfeet Singers and Dancers, St. Mary Visitor Center (Enter through the side doors near the restrooms), St. Mary Valley

Wednesday, July 17, 8:00 PM: Joseph Running Crane, Glacier Park Lodge Lobby, located across from the Amtrak Station in East Glacier Park, on MT 49.

Thursday, July 18, 8:00 PM: Darnell Rides at the door, Chewing Black Bones Campground

Friday, July 19, 8:00 PM: Danielle Antelope, Two Medicine Campground Amphitheater, Loop B, Two Medicine Valley

Saturday, July 20, 11:00 AM: Mariah Gladstone, 1913 Ranger Station (1/2 mile east of the St. Mary Visitor Center near the Red Eagle Lake trailhead), St. Mary Valley

Saturday, July 20, 8:00 PM: Iron Shield Creative, Rising Sun Campground Amphitheater

Sunday, July 21, 8:00 PM: Jack Gladstone, Many Glacier Hotel Lucerne Room (Lake Level), Many Glacier Valley

Monday, July 22, 7:00 PM: Vernon Finley, Apgar Campground Amphitheater, Lake McDonald Valley

Monday, July 22, 8:00 PM: Mariah Gladstone, Two Medicine Campground Amphitheater, Loop B, Two Medicine Valley

Tuesday, July 23, 8:00 PM: Alicia Yellow Owl, Many Glacier Campground Amphitheater, Many Glacier Valley

Wednesday, July 24, 7:00 PM: Blackfeet Singers and Dancers, St. Mary Visitor Center (Enter through the side doors near the restrooms), St. Mary Valley

Thursday, July 25, 1:00 PM: Speaker TBD, Museum of the Plains Indian in the neighboring community of Browning, MT.

Thursday, July 25, 8:00 PM: Raven Heavy Runner, Chewing Black Bones Campground

Friday, July 26, 8:00 PM: Treyace Yellow Owl, Two Medicine Campground Amphitheater, Loop B, Two Medicine Valley

Friday, July 26, 9:00 PM: Jack Gladstone & Rob Quist, Fish Creek Campground Amphitheater, Lake McDonald Valley

Saturday, July 27, 8:00 PM: Termaine Edmo, Rising Sun Campground Amphitheater

Sunday, July 28, 8:00 PM: Jack Gladstone, Many Glacier Hotel Lucerne Room (Lake Level), Many Glacier Valley

Monday, July 29, 9:00 AM: Iron Shield Creative – Hike, Meet at the Red Eagle Lake Trailhead, St. Mary Valley

Monday, July 29, 7:00 PM: Gen Huitt, Apgar Campground Amphitheater, Lake McDonald Valley

Monday, July 29, 8:00 PM: Robert Hall, Two Medicine Campground Amphitheater, Loop B, Two Medicine Valley

Tuesday, July 30, 8:00 PM: Joseph Running Crane, Many Glacier Campground Amphitheater, Many Glacier Valley

Wednesday, July 31, 7:00 PM: Blackfeet Singers and Dancers, St. Mary Visitor Center (Enter through the side doors near the restrooms), St. Mary Valley

Thursday, August 1, 7:00 PM: Jack Gladstone & Rob Quist, Apgar Campground Amphitheater, Lake McDonald Valley

Thursday, August 1, 7:30 PM: Kevin Kicking Woman, Chewing Black Bones Campground

Friday, August 2, 7:30 PM: Don Fish, Two Medicine Campground Amphitheater, Loop B, Two Medicine Valley

Saturday, August 3, 7:30 PM: Raven Heavy Runner, Rising Sun Campground Amphitheater

Sunday, August 4, 8:00 PM: Jack Gladstone, Many Glacier Hotel Lucerne Room (Lake Level), Many Glacier Valley

Monday, August 5, 7:00 PM: Steve Arca, Apgar Campground Amphitheater, Lake McDonald Valley

Monday, August 5, 7:30 PM: Vernon Marceau, Two Medicine Campground Amphitheater, Loop B, Two Medicine Valley

Tuesday, August 6, 7:30 PM: Robert Hall, Many Glacier Campground Amphitheater, Many Glacier Valley

Wednesday, August 7, 7:00 PM: Blackfeet Singers and Dancers, St. Mary Visitor Center (Enter through the side doors near the restrooms), St. Mary Valley

Thursday, August 8, 1:00 PM: Speaker TBD, Museum of the Plains Indian in the neighboring community of Browning, MT.

Thursday, August 8, 7:30 PM: Iron Shield Creative, Chewing Black Bones Campground

Friday, August 9, 7:30 PM: Don Fish, Two Medicine Campground Amphitheater, Loop B, Two Medicine Valley

Friday, August 9, 9:00 PM: Robert Hall, Fish Creek Campground Amphitheater, Lake McDonald Valley

Saturday, August 10, 11:00 AM: Darnell & Smokey Rides at the Door, 1913 Ranger Station (1/2 mile east of the St. Mary Visitor Center near the Red Eagle Lake trailhead), St. Mary Valley

Saturday, August 10, 7:30 PM: Alicia Yellow Owl, Rising Sun Campground Amphitheater

Sunday, August 11, 8:00 PM: Jack Gladstone, Many Glacier Hotel Lucerne Room (Lake Level), Many Glacier Valley

Monday, August 12, 7:00 PM: Sadie Peone-Stops, Apgar Campground Amphitheater, Lake McDonald Valley

Monday, August 12, 7:30 PM: Treyace Yellow Owl, Two Medicine Campground Amphitheater, Loop B, Two Medicine Valley

Tuesday, August 13, 7:30 PM: Edwin “Sooney” Little Plume, Many Glacier Campground Amphitheater, Many Glacier Valley

Wednesday, August 14, 7:30 PM: Joseph Running Crane, St. Mary Campground Amphitheater, Loop C, St. Mary Valley

Thursday, August 15, 7:30 PM: Robert Hall, Chewing Black Bones Campground

Friday, August 16, 7:30 PM: Vernon Marceau, Two Medicine Campground Amphitheater, Loop B, Two Medicine Valley

Friday, August 16, 8:00 PM: Jack Gladstone, Lake McDonald Lodge Auditorium, Lake McDonald Valley

Saturday, August 17, 7:30 PM: Danielle Antelope, Rising Sun Campground Amphitheater

Sunday, August 18, 8:00 PM: Jack Gladstone, Many Glacier Hotel Lucerne Room (Lake Level), Many Glacier Valley

Monday, August 19, 7:00 PM: Vernon Finley, Apgar Campground Amphitheater, Lake McDonald Valley

Monday, August 19, 7:30 PM: Alicia Yellow Owl, Two Medicine Campground Amphitheater, Loop B, Two Medicine Valley

Tuesday, August 20, 7:30 PM: Darnell Rides at the Door, Many Glacier Campground Amphitheater, Many Glacier Valley

Wednesday, August 21, 7:30 PM: Raven Heavy Runner, St. Mary Campground Amphitheater, Loop C, St. Mary Valley

Wednesday, August 21, 8:00 PM: Robert Hall, Glacier Park Lodge Lobby, located across from the Amtrak Station in East Glacier Park, on MT 49.

Thursday, August 22, 1:00 PM: Mariah Gladstone, Museum of the Plains Indian in the neighboring community of Browning, MT.

Thursday, August 22, 7:30 PM: Treyace Yellow Owl, Chewing Black Bones Campground

Friday, August 23, 9:00 PM: Jack Gladstone & Rob Quist, Fish Creek Campground Amphitheater, Lake McDonald Valley

Saturday, August 24, 7:30 PM: Termaine Edmo, Rising Sun Campground Amphitheater

Sunday, August 25, 8:00 PM: Jack Gladstone, Many Glacier Hotel Lucerne Room (Lake Level), Many Glacier Valley

Monday, August 26, 9:00 AM: Iron Shield Creative – Hike, Meet at the South Shore Trailhead (next to the Two Medicine Lake Boat Dock), Two Medicine Valley

Monday, August 26, 7:00 PM: Steve Arca, Apgar Campground Amphitheater, Lake McDonald Valley

Monday, August 26, 7:30 PM: Mariah Gladstone, Two Medicine Campground Amphitheater, Loop B, Two Medicine Valley

Tuesday, August 27, 7:30 PM: Edwin “Sooney” Little Plume, Many Glacier Campground Amphitheater, Many Glacier Valley

Wednesday, August 28, 7:30 PM: Joseph Running Crane, St. Mary Campground Amphitheater, Loop C, St. Mary Valley

Thursday, August 29, 7:30 PM: Danielle Antelope, Chewing Black Bones Campground

Saturday, August 31, 7:30 PM: Don Fish, Rising Sun Campground Amphitheater

Sunday, September 1, 8:00 PM: Jack Gladstone, Many Glacier Hotel Lucerne Room (Lake Level), Many Glacier Valley

Monday, September 2, 7:00 PM: Frank Finley, Apgar Campground Amphitheater, Lake McDonald Valley

Monday, September 2, 7:30 PM: Termaine Edmo, Two Medicine Campground Amphitheater, Loop B, Two Medicine Valley

Thursday, September 5, 1:00 PM: Raven Heavy Runner, Museum of the Plains Indian in the neighboring community of Browning, MT.

Sunday, September 8, 8:00 PM: Jack Gladstone, Many Glacier Hotel Lucerne Room (Lake Level), Many Glacier Valley

Sunday, September 15, 8:00 PM: Jack Gladstone, Many Glacier Hotel Lucerne Room (Lake Level), Many Glacier Valley

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The Blackfeet Nation’s Historical Relationship with Glacier

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How is the Glacier Conservancy Honoring Native American Tribes?

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What Makes the Native America Speaks Program So Significant?

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The Blackfeet Nation’s Historical Relationship with Glacier

The Blackfeet Nation were the keepers of nearly 28 million acres of land stretching from the Northern Great Plains to regions of southern Canada. These Great Plains Indians were known as nomadic hunter-gatherers, living in tipis and based their livelihood off of hunting buffalo and gathering other natural resources provided by Glacier’s eastern mountains. 

Due to interference from the U.S. government, the Blackfeet Indians were left with a gradually shrinking territory. The destruction by outsiders of their once abundant supply of bison left them without their primary food and materials source. Forcibly confined from their nomadic lifestyle, they were left impoverished. In 1888, under these conditions the Blackfeet signed an agreement where they retained their present-day reservation for sole use of the Blackfeet Nation. The Blackfeet Reservation sits along the eastern edge of Glacier National Park, covering nearly 1.5 million acres of rolling plains and Rocky Mountain Front. For more information about Glacier National Park from the perspective of the Blackfeet Tribe, you can book a guided tour with Sun Tours.

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How is the Glacier Conservancy Honoring Montana’s Native American Tribes? 

Each summer at Glacier National Park, the Blackfeet, Salish, Kootenai, and Pend d’Oreille tribal members share their knowledge of the history and culture of Native America with visitors as part of the Native America Speaks program. These programs are offered in campgrounds, lodges, and at St. Mary Visitor Center. This year the park is expanding to include programs in Browning and Babb, MT.

The Native America Speaks program provides content and connectivity with presenters from the Blackfeet, Salish, Pend d’Oreille, and Kootenai peoples. Proceeds help the Glacier National Park Conservancy continuously support the Native America Speaks program.

    PRESENTERS & PROGRAMS

    Blackfeet Singers and Dancers

    The Blackfeet Singers and Dancers provide insight into contemporary and traditional Native American history and culture through narration and dance demonstrations. These captivating dances share Blackfeet history and culture through narration and fancy, jingle, traditional and grass dance demonstrations.

    Jack Gladstone

    Native America Speaks co-founder and Blackfeet Nation singer-songwriter, Jack Gladstone, provides stirring presentations featuring a compelling “mosaic of music, lyric poetry, and spoken word.”

    Rose Bear Don’t Walk

    Rose Bear Don’t Walk provides compelling talks about ancestral food of the Salish people, and science-based ideas about reclaiming a traditional and healthy diet revolving around native plants.

    Vernon Finley

    Vernon Finley shares stories that describe the history of the area, giving insight into the Kootenai cultural perspective and what Glacier means to their community.

    Mariah Gladstone

    Having grown up attending park programs with her father, Mariah Gladstone now offers her own programs too, featuring narratives that guide visitors through tribal stories, animal legends, and character portraits of Native American heritage.

    Native American dancers dressed in feathers and beadwork

    What Makes the Native America Speaks Program so Significant?

    Now celebrating its 41st anniversary, the Native America Speaks program has been the cornerstone of Glacier’s tribal community engagement project. Native America Speaks is the longest-running Indigenous speaker series in the National Park Service. Your support funds over 100 events in Glacier each year, attended by more than 7,500 visitors. This award-winning program provides a unique window into the meaning and history of the place we now call Glacier National Park from the different perspectives of the Blackfeet, Salish, Pend d’Oreille and Kootenai peoples.

    With continued Conservancy support, the park will employ a full-time ranger to enhance relationships with local tribal communities. It will also support a VISTA volunteer to help create training programs enabling young Blackfeet to find employment in Glacier, and will fund over 100 Native America Speaks presentations throughout the park and on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation.

    SOURCES:

    1.“American Indians.” National Parks Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, June 2016, www.nps.gov/glac/learn/education/american_indians.htm.

    2. Graetz , Rick, and Susie Graetz . “This Is Montana.” This Is Montana – University Of Montana, www.umt.edu/this-is-montana/columns/stories/blackfeet.php.

    3. “Native America Speaks.” National Parks Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, Aug. 2019, www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/nas.htm.

    4. “Our Lands.” Blackfeet Nation, blackfeetnation.com/lands/.

    5. Weiser, Kathy. “The Blackfoot Indians – ‘Real’ People of Montana.” Legends of America, Oct. 2019, www.legendsofamerica.com/na-blackfoot/.

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