The Flathead Indian Reservation
The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes are comprised of the Bitterroot Salish, the Pend d’Oreille and the Kootenai tribes. The Flathead Reservation of 1.317 million acres in northwest Montana is our home now but our ancestors lived in the territory now known as western Montana, parts of Idaho, British Columbia and Wyoming. This aboriginal territory exceeded 20 million acres at the time of the 1855 Hellgate Treaty.
Polson is located on the Flathead Indian Reservation in Northwest Montana. Polson lies in a natural amphitheater at the south end of Flathead Lake. This charming lakeside community is the trading center for one of Montana’s most fertile farming areas. In a prime cherry growing region and home to numerous cherry orchards, Polson celebrates with an annual Cherry Festival.
The broad, sweeping Mission Valley south of Polson is bordered by the rugged, snow-capped Mission Mountains. The Flathead River that flows from Polson features whitewater rafting and Kerr Dam. The National Bison Range at Moiese just south of Ronan Montana with its large herds of Bison, Elk, Deer, Antelope and Bighorn Sheep is nearby, as well as the Ninepipes and Pablo Wildlife Refuges for bird watchers.
Ronan is a community of approximately 3000 people. It is primarily a farming and ranching community although there is some industry as well as a retail community that offers most of the goods and services that anyone could ask for. Ronan is located on the Flathead Indian Reservation which is on US Hwy 93 approximately 60 miles north of Missoula and 12 miles south of the fantastic Flathead Lake. We are sometimes referred to as the "Seed Potato Capitol" of Northwestern Montana.