Chief Looking’s Indian Village

The Mandan Indians lived at Chief Looking’s Village from about 1550 to 1781. This location was chosen with an eye towards defense overlooking the majestic Missouri River valley, where they planted gardens of corn, squash, beans, and sunflowers. The Mandan villages were the center of continental intertribal trade for centuries and were renowned for their hospitality.

Guided Tours – Closed for Season

Overview

The Mandan Indians lived at Chief Looking’s Village from about 1550 to 1781. This location was chosen with an eye towards defense overlooking the majestic Missouri River valley, where they planted gardens of corn, squash, beans, and sunflowers. The Mandan villages were the center of continental intertribal trade for centuries and were renowned for their hospitality.  The village is located in what is today north Bismarck along the banks of the Missouri River.

Features
  1. Visit Chief Looking’s Village with an indigenous guide and learn about the Mandan trade, horticulture, and defenses.
  2. Chief Looking’s Village’s location overlooks Sibley’s chase and the Sioux river crossings. Modern day landmarks such as the University of Mary, the blockhouses of Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park, and the Burlington Northern railroad bridge easily demarcate Gen. Sibley’s chase, the Sioux river crossings, and White Lodge’s escape north.
  3. Take in the story of the Burnt Boat skirmish below Chief Looking’s Village between Fort Benteen miners and Black Eye’s band of Lakȟóta.
Location & More

Where: Chief Looking’s Village, located at 2023 Burnt Boat Dr, Bismarck, ND.
Meeting place: Bismarck-Mandan CVB (Convention & Visitors Bureau), located at 1600 Burnt Boat Drive, Bismarck, ND
Activity level: Some walking, handicap accessible paths.
Duration: Starting at 11 am and lasting about an hour
Tour Guide: Dakota Goodhouse
Price: $18/person