Although Native American presence is described in the Little Missouri headwaters region in the existing literature, tribal traditions enacted on these landscapes is not well detailed. For this reason, the development of the Ross Ethnographic Context, from which the information on this website was drawn, relies extensively on general tribal ethnographies and, like most cultural resource management studies, depends on field surveys to connect cultural resources found on the land to the context.

The Ross Ethnographic Context reviews the broad pattern of tribal culture and known association with the region through time. It proceeds with ethnographical synopses of the tribal groups with whom the peoples of the consulting tribes on the Ross Project are largely affiliated but does not include synopses for every consulting tribe.

Consulting tribes to the Ross Project who are not specifically referenced in the Ethnographic Context are encouraged to help us grow this resource by submitting supplemental information via the link below.

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