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Blackfoot versus Blackfeet

Q: We were informed through various websites that the "Blackfoot" and the "Blackfeet" tribes are not one in the same. They are two totally different groups. Is that true?

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A: Yes and no--"Blackfoot" is the name used by the tribes in Canada and "Blackfeet" is the name used by the tribe in Montana, so they are politically distinct, but they consider themselves the same people, speak the same language, and both take their name from the same word, Siksika, which means "black foot" in the language both groups speak.

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