ERIC Number: ED184777
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: N/A
The Blackfeet: Five Viewpoints. Blackfeet Heritage Program.
Browning School District 9, MT.
The past and present of the Blackfeet Tribe are the subject of the five essays in this document. Written by young tribal members, the essays are intended for readers unfamiliar with the tribe. The first essay, "Before the Reservation", is an introduction to the early history and life style of the tribe, including its migration to the Great Plains over 300 years and subsequent rise to power as "the most formidable and warlike people on the Northwestern Plains." The second essay explores treaties and agreements with the U.S. government, Executive orders and proclamations, and the 21 Acts of Congress affecting the Blackfeet Reservation. Three pages of maps show the diminishment of tribal lands from the wide extent of those territories held by the Blackfeet at the height of their power in 1851 to the area within the boundaries of the present day Reservation. The third essay, on tribal government, describes past and present political organization with particular attention directed to the functions of the Tribal Business Council. The fourth essay, "Education," begins with a description of the earliest mission schools of the mid 1800s and ranges through all of the different types of schools operated on behalf of the tribe, including the four schools presently operating on the reservation. The final essay gives an overview of the Tribe, quickly summarizing its past history and then moving into conditions on the reservation today (government, demographic data, educational system, housing, health, religion). (DS)
Descriptors: American Indian Culture, American Indian Education, American Indian Reservations, American Indians, Boarding Schools, Chronicles, Cultural Background, Day Schools, Demography, Federal Indian Relationship, Federal Legislation, Government Role, History, Life Style, Parochial Schools, Public Schools, Secondary Education, Treaties, Tribes
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Historical Materials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Browning Johnson O'Malley Committee, MT.
Authoring Institution: Browning School District 9, MT.