Page Feedback

Two Medicine Fight Site

Two Medicine Fight Site

Information

There is a public overlook and monument available along the highway at any time. The site itself is about 25 miles southeast of Browning, Montana in Pondera County on the eastern edge of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. (Access by permission from private landowner only).
Access to the overlook is free of charge
lat: 48.4915363 long: -113.364551

Located along the Two Medicine River, the Two Medicine Fight Site is the location of the only violent encounter on the expedition of Lewis, Clark, and the Corps of Discovery. The site is a High Potential Historic Site along the Lewis and Clark Trail and represents many firsts for the United Sates and for the expedition.

The Two Medicine Fight Site represents the first encounter with the Blackfeet Nation, a Native American Tribe that for much of the trip through Montana had been narrowly avoided. The Blackfeet nation were enemies to many of the tribal nations that the Corps of Discovery were in alliance with, such as the Nez Pearce and Shoshone nations. The Blackfeet Nation was also understandably unwelcoming to white men. It is no surprise that when Meriwether Lewis and three others, George Drouillard (an interpreter hunter, and cartographer), and brothers Joseph and Reubin Field (two of the expeditions top hunters) were walking on Blackfeet Territory and happened on a group of young Blackfeet tribesmen, there was fear of an outbreak of violence. However, the expedition narrowly avoided any violence during the initial meeting.

On the evening of July 26, 1806, the camp was awoken to the sound of Blackfeet attempting to steal firearms. Unsuccessful in their attempt, two to three Blackfeet tribesmen were killed while the rest escaped. Quickly after this encounter, the campsite was packed up and the expedition fled in fear of a larger attack.

In addition to the Two Medicine Fight Site being the first encounter with the Blackfeet Nation and first violent encounter, it was also the first military conflict between the US and a plains tribe.

Today, the Two Medicine Fight Site is still in the Blackfeet Indian territory on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. To access the site, permission is required.

Nearby Attractions

Distance Unit:

Nearby Trails

Distance Unit:

Hauser Hiking Trail

A trail starting at Hauser Dam and overlooking the Missouri River.

lat: 46.765794328365 long: -111.88708305359
Missouri River to Hauser Dam

lat: 46.7649385 long: -111.8858237
Portage Camp Overlook

lat: 47.5052849 long: -111.3007715
Judith Landing

lat: 47.7408449 long: -109.6284022
Buffalo Jump

lat: 47.4796208 long: -111.5247388
Blue Mountain

lat: 46.8148437 long: -114.1806973
Clearwater to Dunnigan Gulch

lat: 46.9502198 long: -113.3787584
Decision Point

lat: 47.9249036 long: -110.4985534
James Kipp Landing

lat: 47.6276519 long: -108.6854877
Judith Landing to Woodhawk Wilderness

lat: 47.7400888 long: -109.6276312
St Lawrence Creek Fishing Access

lat: 45.7109992 long: -111.0506995
Black Sandy Lake Access

lat: 46.7455285 long: -111.8866754
Send Feedback

Instagram Feed