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Piegan Blackfeet

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The Piegan are an Algonquian people from the North American Great Plains.

Blackfeet in Browning Montana 2007-07-14 by Walt Hsu

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They were the largest of three Blackfoot-speaking groups that made up the Blackfoot Confederacy; the Siksika and the Kainai were the others.

The Blackfoot Confederacy or Niitsitapi is the collective name of three First Nation band governments in the provinces of Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia, and one Native American tribe in Montana, United States.

The Kainai Nation is a First Nation band government in southern Alberta, Canada, with a population of 1000 members in 2005,

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The Piegan dominated much of the northern plains during the nineteenth century.

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After their homelands were divided by the nations of Canada and the United States of America making boundaries between them, the Piegan people were forced to sign treaties with one of those two countries, settle in reservations on one side or the other of the border, and be enrolled in one of two government-like bodies sanctioned by North American nation-states.

The United States of America, commonly referred to as the United States or America, is a country in the Americas.

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These two successor groups are the Blackfeet Nation a "federally-recognized tribe" in Montana, USA and the Piikani Nation, a recognized "Indian band" in Alberta, Canada.

The Blackfeet Indian Reservation or Blackfeet Nation is an Indian reservation of the Blackfeet tribe in the U.S. state of Montana, primarily made up of the Piegan Blackfeet branch.

In Canada, an Indian band or band, sometimes styled as a First Nation band or simply a First Nation, is the basic unit of government for those peoples subject to the Indian Act.

The Piikani Nation is a First Nation, representing Canadian Indigenous peoples known as the Northern Piikani or simply the Peigan.

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Today many Piegan live on the Blackfeet Reservation in northwestern Montana, with tribal headquarters in Browning.

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There were 32,234 Blackfeet counted by the 1990 US census.

The Twenty-first United States Census, conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States to be 248,709,873, an increase of 9.8 percent over the 226,545,805 persons enumerated during the 1980 Census.

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In 2010 the US Census reported 105,304 persons identified as Blackfeet

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