Blackfeet Tribe Of Indians
Although we have 16,000 enrolled members, we have many more that claim Blackfeet ancestry. In the 2000 census, 85,750 people identified themselves as having Blackfeet heritage. We are the largest Indian tribe in Montana and one of the largest tribes in the United States.
Our rugged, picturesque 1.5 million acre (3,000 square mile) reservation in Montana has a population of about 10,000, including 8,500 enrolled Blackfeet, several hundred Blackfeet descendents and Indians from other tribes, and a few hundred non-Indians. The other 7,500 Tribal members are scattered all over the world.
The Blackfeet people have occupied the Rocky Mountain region for more than 10,000 years. In the 18th and 19th centuries, the four Blackfeet bands—the North Piegan, the South Piegan, the Blood, and the Siksika—occupied much of the northern plains and were nomadic, following the seasonal grazing and migration of buffalo. Members of the Blackfeet Nation in the United States primarily descend from the South Piegan. To this day, we use the land for cultural and spiritual purposes.
The Blackfeet Nation works hard to retain its culture in the modern era. Annual celebrations of Blackfeet culture include the North American Indian Days Celebration and The Heart Butte Indian Days, featuring traditional dancing, singing, drumming, stick games, and rodeos.
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