The Great Blackfoot Treaties


Great Blackfoot Treaties

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“A must-read for historians and their students.”-Annette Bruised Head, Kainai High School Principle, Blood Tribe

The expansive ancestral territory of the Blackfoot Nation ranged from the North Saskatchewan River in Alberta to the Missouri River in Montana and from the Rocky Mountains east to the Cypress Hills. This buffalo-rich land sustained the Blackfoot for generations until the arrival of whisky traders, unscrupulous wolfers, smallpox epidemics and the encroachment of white settlers on traditional hunting grounds. These factors led to widespread poverty and demoralization, forcing the Blackfoot to appeal to the Canadian government for protection.

Written by Hugh Dempsey


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