Facilities

Visitors are often surprised by the size of our Living Culture Campus and the facilities that have been created to meet the evolving needs of the community we serve. We create space.

 

Currently you'll find:

  • Human space and animal space

  • Food space - Garden space - Art space - Healing space - Cultural space

  • Re-sale and Retail space

  • Radio station space

  • Cultural Vacation space

  • Teaching space

  • Spiritual space

Planned expansion:

Click here to learn about our expansion project planned in partnership with Portland State University's Center for Public Interest Design, and the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN). The project will foster principles that reflect just energy transition and indigenous decolonization education, including food sovereignty, regenerative farming, conservation and ecological stewardship, intergenerational healing and indigenous-appropriate community and youth development.

WELLKNOWN BUFFALO CAFE AND NATIVE ARTS GIFT SHOP

Travelers and community guests enjoy specialty coffee drinks, ice cream, healthy foods and the opportunity to purchase authentic Native art and traditional medicinals. Eco-friendly strawbale construction.

Originally planned to serve as a typical café and coffee house, featuring traditional foods, the building has taken on an expanded role to meet the immediate and critical needs of the community.  Daily meals are now prepared in the kitchen for serving or delivering meals to Elders. The cooks are interns being trained to prepare delicious healthy meals using produce from the food bank.

COMMUNITY FOOD DISTRIBUTION CENTER

This building houses our reservation-based system to transport and distribute “recovery foods".  Currently, Center Pole transports and distributes about 120,000 pounds of recovery foods per month, over a million pounds per year. Food is distributed from the Center Pole’s warehouse in Garryowen every weekday and is also transported into the communities of Crow Agency and Lodge Grass on the Crow Indian Reservation and Busby and Lame Deer on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation. During the distribution, a meal or snack is served for the Elders and others in need of the community. 

CULTURAL CENTER/MEETING CENTER

This 1,640 square-foot- building is a site for cultural events, community meals and ceremonies.  It offers a bathroom, sleeping space, a children's library, a kitchen and a great room. Eco-friendly strawbale construction.

BUFFALO NICKEL RE-SALE SHOP

The Buffalo Nickel is a social enterprise that gives the community access to high quality recycled clothing and housewares at prices matching reservation budgets. This project is in partnership with the Bargain Box in Cody, Wyoming.

 

Its revenues help to support our food distribution program.

EARTH LODGE

This Spiritual space is used for healing, individual meditation and group activities.

HORSE BARN AND PASTURES

Our herd is a part of our family.  They are trained on-site.

Professional wranglers are available for horseback rides to Little Big Horn National Monument.  We also have pasture walks/rides for those who are new to riding.

VOLUNTEER AND GUEST ACCOMMODATIONS

Rustic accommodations are available in Crow style tipis or campsites.

The Center Pole is a 501 c 3 Native non-profit organization. All contributions are tax deductible.

 

The generous contributions of individuals, corporations and foundations allows us to maintain our programs and services.

The Center Pole

The Crow Indian Reservation

PO Box 71

3391 I-90 Frontage Road Garryowen, MT 59031

 

(3 miles south of the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument)

 

 

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