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Piapot (Payepot - one who knows the
secrets of the Sioux)

(Reference: Who Was Who in Native American
History by Carl Waldman)

Piapot, a Cree Indian, was born in 1816. His parents died of smallpox. He and his grandmother with whom he lived were captured by the Sioux Indians and lived with them for 14 years until freed by a Plains Cree war party. The knowlege he obtained from the Sioux helped him to become a Cree war chief against other tribes.

In 1870 Piapot and his Cree warriors were defeated by the Blackfoot at the last major inter-Indian Battle near Fort Whoop-up in the North West Territories now known as Southern Alberta.

In 1875 he finally signed Canadian Treaty No. 5 ceding lands in Qutappelle Valley, Manitoba. He moved his band west to what is now Saskatchewan.

Piapot led his band in an act of resistance against the railroad and the whites coming into Cree lands, by pulling up stakes and placing teepees in the path of track-layers.

He settled near Regina. He and his warriors did not participate in the 1885 Second Riel Rebellion. When his people held an unlawful Sun Dance Piapot was deposed by Canadian officials.

However his band continued to abide by his authority. In 1901 Manitoba officials paid homage to him. He died in 1908.

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