The People’s Center is the place to experience the rich cultural heritage of the Salish, Pend d’Oreille and Kootenai tribes. The traditions and culture of our tribes have been passed down orally from generation to generation since time began. As our lifestyles change with time and technology, we continue to preserve and protect our heritage, history and culture. We invite you to explore the artifacts and exhibits, and to hear the stories of our people in their own voices. We also invite you to participate in our cultural activities, our celebrations, known as pow-wows, and other events reflecting the Tribes. We are owned and operated by the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes (CSKT).
The People’s Center perpetuates this rich heritage, through our tradition of oral history, and by creating opportunities of exchange between tribal elders, youth and the public. Through education, we hope to dispel myths and stereotyping of Native Americans and create better understanding between all peoples. We are owned and operated by the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes and are located in Pablo, Montana on the Flathead Indian Reservation.
Our museum is 1200 square feet of exhibits that help tell our stories and share our cultures and traditions and includes the original vests of tribal members Sub Chief Arlee and Martin Charlo. Historical beaded vests they wore long ago. These vests have come home to help us share the stories of two of our past chiefs, beaded regalia made and worn our Salish, Pend d’Oreille and Kootenai people. Historic tools, photographs and histories to learn about our people of today and yesterday.
Our wonderful gift shop offers the visitor authentic Native American made custom beaded, designed items from not only CSKT members but tribal people who live in the area. Gifts to take home and remember your visit on the Flathead Indian Reservation.
We offer guided tours of our museum, families, groups and individuals. Traditional native Games, arts & crafts and many special programs upon request. Annual Social Pow-wow (Celebration) every third Saturday in August. Native American Awareness Week yearly in September. Classes every Friday to learn to bead, sew or craft an item to take home.
We are open year round for your convenience.