Leaders

According to oral and written history, there have been many prominent Ĩyãħé Nakoda leaders of the past and present.

This section provides information about six Ĩyãħé Nakoda Chiefs that historically are known for specific reasons:

Bear Paw (Jacob Bear Paw) was a signator on behalf of the southern Ĩyãħé Nakoda group at Treaty 7 in 1877, and was Chief of what became known as Bearspaw Band.

Chi-ne-ka (John Chi-ne-ka) was a signator on behalf of the central Ĩyãħé Nakoda group at Treaty 7 in 1877, and was Chief of what became known as Chiniquay (now Chiniki) Band.

Ki-chi-pwot (Jacob Ki-chi-pwot) was a signator on behalf of the northern Ĩyãħé Nakoda group at Treaty 7 in 1877, and was Chief of what became known as Jacob's Band.

Moose Killer (Peter Wesley) was Chief of what became known as Wesley Band (formerly Jacob's Band).

Sitting Wind (Frank Kaquitts) was sole Chief of the three Bands when they briefly united as one in 1974.

Walking Seal (John Snow) was the longest-serving elected Chief of the Ĩyãħé Nakoda, as Chief of the Wesley Band for 28 years between 1968 and 2000.


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