The Center Pole is a Native non-profit grassroots organization founded in 1999. Our "Living Culture" campus is located at the foot of the Little Big Horn Battlefield National Monument on the Crow Indian Reservation in Montana. For over 20 years, we have listened to our community. Originally founded as a youth development organization, the Center Pole has expanded our work to include diverse interwoven projects and programs which meet the expressed needs of their people for a stronger Crow community. The expansion includes an alternative energy demonstration project, food sovereignty, digital archives, an art and culture facility, an indigenous media and education center, and a radio station to give the Crow people a voice.
We teach and model entrepreneurship through our social enterprises: a cafe and coffee shop, a Native Arts gift shop, a resale shop, trail rides, battlefield tours and tipi stays. These enterprises create sustainability for our programs while offering job training and employment to community members.