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The Blackfoot Nation is a confederacy of four closely related and allied culture groups, belonging to the Algonquian language family. Historically, the Blackfeet inhabited the northwestern plains of North America. Their territory stretched east from the Rocky Mountains to the Great Sand Hills on the present-day Saskatchewan/Alberta border and south from the North Saskatchewan River in Alberta to the Yellowstone River in Montana. Today, three groups – the Apatohsipiikanis, the Kainais, and the Siksikas – have individual reserves in Alberta, Canada. The fourth group – the Aamskaapipiikannis – are located in the USA, on the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana. The reservation and reserves are all located within the much greater, historical Blackfoot territory. While many types of Christianity have been introduced to the Blackfeet, some continue to practice their traditional religion. The Blackfoot religion is centered upon maintaining mutually beneficial relations between the Blackfeet and...
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