Last updated: 3/22/2021
Belcourt, North Dakota
Street Address
3959 SkyDancer Way NE
Belcourt, ND 58316
Mailing Address
3959 SkyDancer Way NE
Belcourt, ND 58316
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Kathy Peltier-Zaste, Director

The purpose of the center is to preserve the written documents and artifacts of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, and to make historical materials available for use by the Turtle Mountain people and others who desire to learn more about the Tribe and its unique cultural heritage.


The heritage museum features displays and information on the unique culture and heritage of the Turtle Mountain Chippewa people. Our museum is filled with items reflecting our rich Chippewa, Cree, and Metis traditions. There are sculptures created by our many talented local stone carvers, and painting by our artists. Our traditional history collection includes many objects that show our unique culture in all its physical beauty. We welcome you to stop by and take a step back in the rich history of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians of North Dakota.


The Turtle Mountain Chippewa community is a vibrant multi-cultural community that includes traditions from the Ojibwe (Anishinaabe) people and the Metis/Cree people to create a culture that is both unique and beautifully colorful and vibrant.

The Mission of the Turtle Mountain Chippewa Indian Heritage Center is to preserve, promote, and apprise the history, culture, and language of the Tribe in order to promote wellness within the community and surrounding communities by educating the public - especially the youth - of the beautiful, health, holistic, diverse and living cultures here, and how this can be used to benefit the lives of community members now, and in the generations to come.


The Turtle Mountain Indian Historical Society and Heritage Center was established in 1981 with a constitution and by-laws as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

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The Turtle Mountain region of North Dakota is one of the most scenic areas of the state. It is a birch and aspen tree-covered wonderland, dotted with numerous lakes and endless recreational opportunities for the whole family. The world-renowned International Peace Gardens can be found here, and this history-rich area includes something for everyone. Even during the winter, recreation is non-stop, with skiing, snowmobiling, and more!


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