Crowfoot (c. 1821–1830 – 25 April 1890) or Isapo-Muxika, was a chief of the Siksika First Nation. His parents, Istowun-eh'pata (Packs a Knife) & Axkahp-say-pi (Attacked Towards Home), were Kainai. His brother Iron Shield became Chief Bull. He was only five when Istowun-eh'pata was killed during a raid on the Crow tribe, & a year later, his mother remarried to Akay-nehka-simi (Many Names) of the Siksika people.
Blackfoot Chief - Blackfoot Nation is made up of 4 nations, Piegan, Siksika, Northern Piegan, & Kainai or Blood Indians. The 4 nations come together to make up what is known as the Blackfoot Confederacy, meaning that they have banded together to help one another. The nations have their own separate governments ruled by a head chief, but regularly come together for religious & social celebrations. Today the only nation that resides within US boundaries in Montana is Piegan, or Pikuni.
Aatsista-Mahkan or Running rabbit (c.1833–c.1911) - chief of Blackfoot Siksika First Nation. Son of Akamukai (Many Swans), chief of Biters band, & following death of his father in 1871, he took control of the band. He was known for his generosity & kindness, & for his loyal protection of his family. In 1877, he was a signatory to Treaty 7, but he & his people continued to follow the bison until 1881, when he & his people were designated to settle on a reserve, 60 miles east of Calgary, Alberta.
"Love is something you and I must have. we must have it because our spirit feeds upon it, we must have it because, without it we become weak and faint. without love our self-esteem weakens. without it our courage fails. without love, we can no longer look out confidently at the world. with love, we are creative. with love, we march tirelessly. with love, and with love alone, we are able to sacrifice for others." Chief Dan George, Geswanouth Slahoot, Tse-lai-Watt Nation (1899-1981)
Smithsonian National Museum of the First Nations. The museum’s east-facing entrance, its prism window and its 120-foot high space for contemporary Native performances are direct results of extensive consultations with First Nations. The museum’s architect and project designer is Douglas Cardinal (Blackfoot Nation).
A Blackfoot Indian at St. Mary Lake at Glacier National Park. The Blackfeet were pressured to give up part of their reservation in Montana to create a national forest that eventually became Glacier National Park. Then the Great Northern Railway used many of them as tourist attractions in the company's advertising.