Blackfeet Connections

A guide to the organizations and events of the Blackfeet Reservation

About the Blackfeet People

The Blackfeet people, also known as the Ampskapi Pikuni band of the Blackfoot Confederacy, have occupied the Northern Plains and the Rocky Mountain regions for more than 10,000 years. There are four Blackfeet bands – the North Piegan, the South Piegan, the Blood and the Siksika. In the 18th and 19th centuries the bands occupied much of the Northern Plains and they were nomadic, following the seasonal grazing and migration of the buffalo. The Ampskapi Pikuni band of the Blackfoot Confederacy is the only band located in the United States. There are more than 17,000 members of the Blackfeet tribe and it is one of the largest tribes in the United States.

About the Blackfeet Reservation

The Blackfeet Reservation is located in Montana along the Rocky Mountain Front, where the Northern Plains meet the Rocky Mountains. The reservation boarders Glacier National Park to the west and consists of nearly 1.5 million acres of land. The land is still used for cultural and spiritual purposes to this day. The town of Browning is the hub for the Blackfeet Reservation.

About the Blackfeet Government

The governing body for the Blackfeet is called the Blackfeet Tribal Business Council (BTBC). It consists of nine Tribal Council Members. The BTBC handles all tribal business for enrolled members of the tribe. There are four districts that divide the reservation. For more information visit http://blackfeetnation.com/government/.

About this Interactive Map

The purpose of this map is to provide resources, locations and information for the Blackfeet people in an easy-to-use format. Mountain-Pacific Quality Health (Mountain-Pacific) created this map through the Partnership to Advance Tribal Health (PATH) project. One goal of the PATH project is to improve health for American Indians and Alaska Natives by improving the quality of care though the implementation of best practices and the identification of operational improvement needs. Mountain-Pacific is the federally designated Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) for the state of Montana and is leading the PATH work in the state in partnership with HealthInsight, a QIN-QIO. This three-year initiative is funded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

Developed by Mountain-Pacific Quality Health, the Medicare Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) for Montana, Wyoming, Alaska, Hawaii and the U.S. Pacific Territories of Guam and American Samoa and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Contents presented do not necessarily reflect CMS policy.

*Photo courtesy Parker Wood