An estimated 20 percent of Native Americans are Catholic. In recent decades, the Catholic Church has made significant efforts to incorporate Indian traditions into Catholic liturgies, and the Diocese of Helena has made a strong commitment to ministries with Native Americans.
Celebrated this year for the 65th time, Indian Days is a four-day powwow that draws about 10,000 participants. Hosted by the Blackfeet Nation, Native Americans from every region of the country and Canada attended. They came together -- many dressed in spectacularly elegant and intricately decorated native attire -- to dance, play games and socialize in the arbor, a stadium-like arena.