The Blackfeet Nation Welcomes You
The Blackfeet Indian Reservation is home to the 17,321-member
Blackfeet Nation, one of the 10 largest
tribes in the United States. Established by treaty in 1855, the reservation is located in northwest Montana.
When entering the Blackfeet Nation from any of the four directions, you will be welcomed by two warriors on horseback. From scraps of rusted automobiles, bits of barbed wire and the stones of an old
mission school, Blackfeet tribal member and artist Jay Laber has created a statue of two Native American warriors astride their horses at each of the four entrances to the Blackfeet Reservation.
These warriors are very unique, as each part of the statues and the bases are comprised of materials specific to significant events in Blackfeet history.
The bases of these warriors were built with recycled sandstone blocks from the Holy Family Mission, built in the late 1800s on the Two Medicine River. The horses and riders were constructed of old cars which
were destroyed in the Flood of June 8, 1964.
Located in scenic turnouts, off either US Highway 2 or Montana Highway 89, each warrior can be appreciated year-round.
This artwork is based on the principle of the Native American tradition that you make use of what's available to you in your natural environment. Use of man-made objects left behind in
nature long ago create images of native culture today.