In this paper, we first discuss how "culture," "sovereignty," and "experience" matter for researchers when working in partnership with tribes and AI/AN people and second provide a thematic summary of reflections provided by Montana-based community members and researchers. While the first section is presented as overarching insights for researchers working with AI/AN communities, we acknowledge that each community is distinct and that "place" also matters. It is essential for researchers to come to understand the particularities of place, including local histories and experiences with research, as part of building meaningful and effective research relationships. As such, we have made an attempt to emphasize the voices of Montana community members working in tribal research contexts in the first section as well as focus on Montana voices in the second section. We hope that this framework helps to anchor researchers navigating the growing information available on developing meaningful and ethical relationships with AI/AN communities.