Native Plant Gardens
About the Native American Center Garden
The Native American Center Garden outside of the University of Montana's Payne Family Native American Center provides an opportunity for public education and a living laboratory for students. Fittingly, it sits on the site of a historic Salish Indian encampment, and the building is designed to reflect that legacy as well as the heritage and cultures of all Montana tribes.
The Native Plant Gardens at the Payne Family Native American Center contain native grasses and bushes connecting eight "Circles of Life." Each Circle represents an ecoregion of Montana and the tribe or tribes that live within that area. Within each Circle are plants, shrubs, or bushes native to that ecoregion and important to Montana's Native peoples. Explore each tribe below to learn more about their Circle of Life.