The Kootenai Tribe, also known in Montana as the Ktunaxa Ksanka Band, welcome all nations and the general public to a pow wow weekend of dancing, Indian gambling, and traditional food the third weekend of July. A relatively low-key pow wow in Elmo with a view of Flathead Lake, Standing Arrow is organized by the Kootenai Cultural Committee.
The Kootenai share sovereignty on the Flathead Indian Reservation with the Salish and Pend Oreille people. Together they form the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. Culturally, however, they are distinct. The Kootenai or Ktunaxa tongue is a language isolate, unrelated to any language in the world. Ktunaxa elders make a strong case that their ancestors have been in the Crown of the Continent for 10,000 years.
Salishan dialects migrated into the Rocky Mountain region a few thousand from the Pacific Coast. Most of the tribes of the Columbia River Basin - the Nez Perce, the Coville, the Okanogan, and the Kalispel to name a few - are members of the Salish tradition.
Every 4th of July weekend, the Salish-Pend Oreille cultural leaders organize the Arlee pow wow about 20 miles north of Missoula.