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BLACKFOOT CREE BATTLE

(This information is written on the sign near
Highway #3 at the river Bottom west of Lethbridge)

In the late fall of 1870 this valley was the scene of the last great battle between the Blackfoot and Cree. Led by "Big Bear," "Piapot" and "Little Pine," the Cree and their Assiniboine allies swept down upon the Bloods whose numbers had been decimated by smallpox. Word of the attack was sent to the South Peigans, who along with the Blackfoot and Bloods soon out-maneuvered the Cree attackers, riddled them with fire from superior rifles and drove them into the river. The following year a permanent peace was concluded between the two groups.
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