Council of Chiefs–2000

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Relations between the Blackfoot and the white man got off to a bad beginning when members of the Lewis and Clark expedition killed two Piegan warriors in the summer of 18065. The Piegans were one of three bands that made up the Blackfoot nation. From that day forward, for the next sixty years, the Blackfoot would prove to be a fierce and formidable foe, an implacable enemy of white men forever. Blackfoot chiefs and the leaders of the various warrior societies, met in council to develop strategy and make plans for their continuing crusade against the intruder. Young men listened to the wisdom of the elders, and no one spoke at all of appeasement or surrender. It was said that the white chiefs also met to plan and plot for war. But they stayed far away and the Blackfoot had never seen them. The white chiefs sent others to do battle on their behalf� and they had so many to send. Those who made decisions for the People would take up arms themselves and ride first into the fray. The cloak of authority and leadership hung heavy on the shoulders of those who were entrusted with making decisions that would determine the destiny of the People. The impatient pleas of young warriors, impetuous and eager for honors, were tempered by the cautious counsel of older men who had too often heard the wails of women made widows by war.