Jerry Potts' father was a Scottish clerk and his mother a Blood Indian. As a youth he developed his skills as a tracker and as a fighter against the Crees and Assiniboines who were enemies of the Blackfoot, Bloods and Piegan Indians. He became a great hunter and guide.
Jerry Potts fought for the Blackfoot confederacy by commanding the Bloods in the 1870 war which was initiated by the Cree Indians. Potts was at Fort Whoop-Up when the fight started. The Bloods sent for Jerry. He headed a war party which got around behind the Crees and forced them into the open and across the river. Potts was later quoted as saying there were so many Crees that you could shut your eyes, fire, and still hit a Cree. In addition to the exchanging of shots several Crees were severely injured by the Bloods throwing rocks in the air so that they showered on the Crees down the hill.
Assistant Commissioner James Macleod of the Northwest Mounted Police hired him in 1874 to act as a guide and interpreter. He assisted them in their campaigns against outlaws and whiskey traders.
Jerry Potts was accepted by the Indians and the whites alike. He remained in the service of the Mounties until his death in 1896.