Blackfeet Tribal Council Visit the Blood Tribe November 29, 2022
Story and photos by Todd Eagle Child
The Blackfeet Chairman Illiff “Scott” Kipp Sr, along with Members of the Blackfeet Tribal Business Council of the Amskapi Piikani Blackfeet Nation, graced the Blood Tribe/Kainaiwa with a visit on Tuesday, November 29, 2022.
Fellow Siksikaitsitapi Blackfoot Confederacy members were met by Blood Tribe Chief Roy Fox, Makiinima, and members of Council along with Senior Executive Officer, Rick Soup.
The group stopped by Kainai Forage’s new processing plant which exports premium Timothy hay internationally and is a national agricultural success story. The group also visited the Blood Tribe Agricultural Project which recently added 21 new pivots in their West End Big Lease, and will add an additional 3,100 acres to its 25,000 acres of irrigated land.
Towards the end of the day, the remaining group toured the state-of-the-art Blackfoot facility: the new $48 million Red Crow Community College. The group exchanged gifts to honor the visit between the two Siksikaitsitapi Blackfoot Confederacy Nations, the Amskapi Piikani Blackfeet Nation and Blood Tribe/Kainaiwa.
(L to R) Blood Tribe Councillor Diandra Bruised Head, Blood Tribe Senior Executive Officer Rick Soup, Blackfeet Tribal Business Councilman Pat Armstrong, Executive Assistant to the Blackfeet Council James McNeely, Blood Tribe Councillor Maria Russell and Red Crow Community College Executive Assistant to the President and Public Relations Fee Marule-McLean at the Red Crow Community College’s main atrium in Stand Off, AB on November 29, 2022.
A gift exchange between the Blood Tribe/Kainaiwa and the Amskapi Piikani Blackfeet Nation joined by Chief & Council Executive Assistant Stacey Iron Shirt in front of Red Crow Community College artwork from William Singer III on November 29, 2022.