1. Six Nations Reservation, Ontario.
Six Nations is the largest First Nation in Canada with a total of 23,902 band members, consisting of the Mohawk, Cayuga, Onondaga, Oneida, Seneca and Tuscarora nations. It is the only territory in North America that has the six Iroquois nations living together. Six Nations is located in Southern Ontario, South of Brantford, ON and North of Lake Erie. Conveniently located in the centre of the Reservation, is The Bear’s Inn. The Inn is within walking distance to Six Nations Village life, sports complex, restaurants and aboriginal shops. A visit to The Bear’s Inn is like traveling into the heart of Six Nations history and culture.
2. Nuu Chah Nulth Reservation, British Columbia.
The Nuu Chah Nulth is a group of smaller First Nations that reside on the West Coast of Vancouver Island. Nuu Chah Nulth means “all along the mountains and the sea,” in English; rightfully so with their breathtaking landscapes along the Pacific Rim and inland islands. Most tourists opt for accommodations in the surf-town of Tofino when they come to the island. However, there is a lesser known surfers-haven down in the rainforested peninsula town of Uculet that takes the (Pacific-mud) cake! Here, you can stay at the elegant Surfs Inn Cottages, participate in surf lessons, go whale watching, and soak up all of the Nuu Chah Nulth culture that you can!
3. Blackfeet Indian Reservation, Montana.
The Blackfeet Indian Reservation is an Indian Reservation of the Blackfeet Nation in Montana. It borders Alberta in the North and Glacier National Park in the West, making up an impressive 3000 square miles. The Reservation is one of the country’s most notoriously beautiful recreation areas for vacationers. It is ideal because it borders Glacier National Park and is within easy driving distance to Yellowstone National Park. Spend a night in East Glacier Park Village and spend your day on a Blackfeet Trail Tour and the Bison reserve. The slogan of the Blackfeet is, “Póóhsapoot, (come here!) because you will find things that you didn’t know existed. You might even find yourself.”
4. Metlakatla Native Reservation, Alaska.
The Metlakatla Indian Community is the only remaining Native Reservation in Alaska. Metlakatla is located on Annette Island in the Alexander Archipelago in Southeast Alaska, and was formed from the Tsimshian Native Band. The community thrives on tourism and Native art work and welcomes all new visitors to partake in their traditional activities and customs. The four Tsimshian tribes of Metlakatla are the Eagle, the Raven, the Wolf and the Killer Whale. This theme continues throughout the town of Metlakatla, and even the beautifully decorated Metlakatla Inn & Suites. A large airfield was actually constructed on the island during WWII, so the Reservation is very accessible.
5. Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation, Ontario.
The Chippewas of Nawash First Nation are an Ojibiway First Nation living in the Bruce Peninsula of Ontario. Cape Croker, or Neyaashiinigmiing (Ojibiway for “a point of land surrounded by water”), is a spectacular 6,000 hectare peninsula of land jutting out into the blue waters of Georgian Bay and dominated by the limestone bluffs of the Niagara Escarpment. Visitors can camp out at the affordable Cape Croker Indian Park and spend their days hiking the Bruce Trail, swimming in Georgian Bay, canoeing, or simply soaking up the sun with a day at the beach. With over 300 campsites, remote or comfortable, there is something for everyone!
6. Navajo Nation, Arizona.
The Navajo Nation is the largest Native Reservation in all of North America, occupying all of North-eastern Arizona, a South-eastern portion of Utah, South-western Colorado and North-western New Mexico. With thousands of choices in accommodations, visitors can set their holiday apart from any other by sleeping in an authentic Navajo “Hogan”, a scared dwelling or shelter, in Monument Valley. During the day, visitors can take jeep, hiking, horseback and self guided tours at many of the attractions located in the Navajo Nation. Another fun idea for one night’s accommodation might be to stay at the interesting Wigwam Hotel, South of the Reserve, in Holbrook. Visitors sleep in giant Native Tee Pees.
7. Miccosukee Indian Reservation, Florida.
The Miccosukee Indian Nation is split up into three main Reservations of land, with the largest being the Alligator Alley Reservation, in Southern Florida. The Miccosukee Nation owns a Resort and Casino in Miami, as well as a number of other popular tourist destinations in and around Miami. Visitors can spend a night in a hammock-style Camp and Indian Village in the heart of the Florida Everglades, gaining an insight into the rich culture, lifestyle and history of the Tribe. The Village offers craft and cooking workshops, Native Island and airboat tours, alligator demonstration and Tribal festivals. While traveling in Florida, visitors would make the right decision by choosing the Indian Village over urban Miami.
8. Skull Valley Indian Reservation, Utah.
The Skull Valley Indian Reservation is the Goshute (“Desert People”) Indian Reservation, located between Salt Lake City, and the Great Salt Flats of Utah. The Reservation provides the perfect gateway to the vast Salt Flats and their astonishingly beautiful views. The flats are one of the most overlooked destinations in North American sightseeing, but they will impress the most indifferent tourist. Visitors can stay in the nearby Simpson Springs Campground, for an astonishing five dollars per night! The Campground is open year round and provides desert attractions such as rock hounding, four-wheel-driving trails, and wide open country for you to explore.
9. Fort Mojave Indian Reservation
The Fort Mojave Indian Reservation straddles the Colorado River, and the State line of both California and Nevada. The Reservation is within driving range to Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Lake Havasu City, Palm Springs, and Joshua Tree National Park. It would be easy for visitors to drive to or from surrounding locations, or stay at the Avi Resort and Casino, complete with hotels, golf course, RV park, restaurants and bar, lunges and clubs, and plenty of nightlife and entertainment. An annual Pow Wow each February brings Native Americans from tribes across the United States, to the Mojave Reservation.
10. Quileute Reservation, Washington.
Visit The Quileute Reservation and make the most out of your time at the Quileute Oceanside Resort. With 73 accommodations spread among multiple facilities, you can stay in a “wolf den” or rent an R.V. to camp out along the picturesque and relaxing beaches of the Pacific Ocean. The Resort offers many tours within the Reservation lands, including surf adventures, storm watching, and the popular Twilight tours. The Quileute Reservation and La Push beach were made famous by Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series, but are certainly capable of making a name for themselves.