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Siksika Nation Culture and History

People: The Siksika Indians are one of the major cultural divisions of the Blackfoot Confederacy of the northern Plains. Traditionally, the Siksika lived primarily in what is now Alberta, Canada. However, due to intermarriage among Blackfoot bands and traditional nomadic lifestyles on the Northern Plains, there have also been Piikani people living in the neighboring areas of Montana, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan. Today, most Siksika people live on the Siksika First Nation in Alberta, but other Siksika descendants can also be found among the Blackfeet Nation, the Piikani First Nation, the Blood First Nation, and in local non-tribal communities in Montana and Alberta.

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Names: The name Siksika literally means "black foot," and was the source of the English name for the Blackfoot Confederacy. Because of this the term "Siksika" has sometimes been used to refer to all Blackfoot people (and especially their language) rather than just the original Siksika tribe. Alternate spellings that have been used for the Siksika include Siksiká and Siksikawa.

Our Siksika Websites

Siksika Language:
    Information and language learning materials from the Blackfoot language, spoken by the Siksika and their relatives.
Blackfoot Facts for Kids:
    Questions and answers about the Blackfoot tribes.
Blackfoot Legends:
    Collection of Siksika and other Blackfoot Indian legends and origin stories.

Siksika Tribal and Community Websites

Siksika Nation:
    Official homepage of the Siksika First Nation of Alberta.
Siksika Board of Education:
    Homepage of the Siksika educational department.
Siksika Nation High School:
    Homepage of the Siksika tribal highschool.
Siksika Children's Services:
    Homepage of the Siksika tribal office for child and family services.

Books for sale on the Siksikas

Crowfoot, Chief of the Blackfeet:
    Biography of the Siksika Indian chief Crowfoot.
Blackfoot Ways of Knowing:
    Excellent book on the culture, traditions, and worldview of the Blackfoot people.
Native American Indian Books:
    Evolving list of books about Piikanis and American Indians in general.

Maps of Siksika Indian Lands

First Nation Reserves in Alberta:
    Map showing the location of the Siksika reserve in Canada.

Siksika Lifestyle and Tradition

Siksika * Siksika/Blackfoot * Siksika Nation * Siksika Indian Nation:
    Siksika culture, lands, and people.
Siksika Indians:
    Online exhibit of artifacts from the Siksika tribe.
Siksika Flag:
    Siksika tribal flags.
Siksika:
    History of the Siksika Nation in Canada.
Chief Crowfoot * Crowfoot, Blackfeet Chief * Chiefs of the Blackfeet:
    Sites about the Siksika chief Crowfoot.

Siksika Politics, Issues, and News

Aitsiniki Siksika News:
    Tribal newspaper of the Siksika Nation.
Siksika Nation News:
    Online archive of Aitsiniki news articles.
Siksika First Nation in crisis from flooding on Bow River * Siksika flood victims demand action:
    Dramatic helicopter images show flooded Siksika Nation * Blockade over Siksika flood rebuilding fears:
    Siksika Band flood victims demand answers on donation money:
    News articles about the 2013 Siksika Nation flood and its aftermath.

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Links, References, and Additional Information

   Siksika Nation:
   Encyclopedia articles on the Siksika tribe.



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