BLACKFEET NATION (PIKUNI)
- The Blackfeet Reservation, headquartered in Browning, is the third largest reservation in Montana encompassing approximately 1.5 million acres.
- The reservation is home to 56% of the enrolled tribal members and is the largest Indian population in Montana.
- There are three branches of the Blackfeet peoples-the Northern Blackfeet (Siksika), the Blood and the Piegan or Pikuni.
- The tribe call themselves "Niitsitapi" (nee-itsee-TAH-peh) meaning "the real people."
- The reservation's economy is primarily agriculture based. The principal crops are wheat, barley and hay.
- The tribe's annual celebrations include North American Indian Days and the Heart Butte Society Celebration.
Constitution and By-Laws for the
Blackfeet Tribe of the Blackfeet Reservation
The Blackfeet Tribal Business Council consists of nine members elected from four districts of the Blackfeet Reservation. These districts include Browning, Heart Butte, Seville and Old Agency Districts. The tribal business council serves four-year terms. Terms are staggered, and elections are held in June of every even numbered year. The next general election is set for June of 2014.
The current membership of the Blackfeet Tribal Business Council include:
- Willie A. Sharp Jr., Chairman 2010-2014
- Forrestina "Frosty" CalfBossRibs, Vice-Chair 2012-2016
- Cheryl Lynn Little Dog, Secretary 2012-2016
- Shannon Augare, Council Member 2010-2014
- Earl Old Person, Council Member 2012-2016
- Paul McEvers, Council Member 2010-2014
- William "Bill" Old Chief, Council Member 2012-2016
- Roger "Sassy" Running Crane, Council Member 2012-2014
- Woodrow "Jay" Wells, Council Member 2010-2014
PO Box 850 | All Chiefs Square
Browning, MT 59417
Phone: (406) 338-7521 | Fax: (406) 338-7530
Official Website: www.blackfeetnation.com