February 22, 2014

Blackfeet and Blackfoot Reservations


The Blackfoot Confederacy or Niitsítapi (meaning “original people”) is the collective name of three First Nations bands in Alberta, Canada and one Native American tribe in Montana, United States. The US – Canadian international border divided their territory.

Blackfeet Reservation

Buy Blackfeet HatThe Blackfeet Reservation in Montana is home to the Blackfeet Tribe of Montana, who are primarily Southern Siksika peoples. Of the approximately 15,560 enrolled Blackfeet tribal members, there are about 7,000 living on or near the reservation. About 27% of the enrolled members are at least 3/4 blackfeet. They were originally part of the Canadian tribes, but got split by the US – Canadian border. The US Government changed their name from Blackfoot to Blackfeet, probably because of a clerical error.

Blackfoot Reserve

The Blackfoot Reserve is on the Bow River in Alberta, Canada. Also known as Siksika Nation Reserve or Siksika 146, it  is home to the Siksika Blackfoot. It has a land area of 696.54 km², making it the second-largest Indian reserve in Canada (after Blood 148, Alberta). It is located 87 kilometres (54 mi) southeast of Calgary. It is bordered by Vulcan County, Wheatland County, and the County of Newell, and is located at an elevation of 857 metres (2,812 ft). The Canada 2011 Census reported a population of 2,972 inhabitants. The reserve is home to the Blackfoot Crossing historical park.

Blood Reserve

The Blood Reserve No. 148  is situated between the Belly and St. Mary rivers, in Alberta, Canada. It is home to the Blood First Nations and was established under the provisions of the Treaty 7. As of December 2013, Blood 148 had a total registered population of 11,791.

Piegan Reserve

The smaller Piegan Reserve, also known as Piikani 147, (formerly Peigan 147) is home to the Piikani Blackfoot. It is located a short distance west of the Blood Reserve on the Oldman River in Alberta, Canada.  It is located 61 kilometres (38 mi) west of the City of Lethbridge. It has a land area of 430.31 km², making it the fourth-largest Indian reserve in Canada. The population in 2011 was 1,217.

Reservations by Tribe
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