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Most people know Crow Agency as a reservation town nearly 60 miles southeast of Billings.

But that town is the third Crow Agency, built as the reservation continued to shrink.

The first Crow Agency was built northeast of Livingston, when the Crow Tribe’s reservation totaled more than 35 million acres. As miners and settlers encroached, the reservation shrunk to 8 million acres and, in 1875, the Absaroka Agency moved to a spot south of Absarokee, along the Rosebud River.

Anyone interested in learning more about the second Crow Agency is invited to visit the site Saturday and hear a presentation by archaeologist Steve Aaberg.

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The Absaroka Agency Preservation Committee is inviting Crow tribal members from Pryor and Crow Agency, along with the public, to enjoy lunch at the Cobblestone School at noon; tour the site at 1 p.m.; and travel to Columbus to the Museum of the Beartooths to view a model of the agency at 2 p.m.

The event is free.

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