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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 16, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 10 TKS LITHBRIDOE HERAID Monday, July 16, 1973 Bloods, RCMP poiv-ivow 6 new Kainai chiefs By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer F o u r A1be r t a n s were among six outstanding Cana- dians stripped to the waist, painted by an Indian med- icine man and presented with a chiefs headrsss Sun- day during the RCMP cen- tennial pow-wow at Standoff. The rituals, including prayers for a, long life, were part of an initiation cer- emony the men participated in when inducted as hon- orary chiefs of the Blood tribe. RC1IP commissioner W. L. Higgitt, from Ottawa, was named Great Great Chief; RCMP a s s i s tant commis- force The approximately people attending the RCMP centennial pow-wow watch a display of precision horsemanship, gymnastics and dog-master team- work. sioner V. M. Seppala. of Ed- monton, became Chief Sean From Afar; Pierre Berton, journalist, historian and tele- vision personality from To- ronto is now Chief Big Bloom and N. R. Crump, for- mer Canadian Pacific Rail- ways president now living in Calgary became Chief Eagle RJis. The Kainai honorary chief- tainship was also presented to two'Lethbridge men dur- ing the legendary ceremony. Alex Johnston, a noted au- thority on Indian history and native grasses in Southern Alberta, is now Raining Chief. Joe former Leth- bridge alderman and for- mer managing editor of The Herald was named Chief Morning Rider. The induction of the six men into the Kainai chief- tainship leaves only four honorary chief vacancies. It is Blood tribe tradition that there can only be 40 living honorary chiefs. In an acceptance speech commissioner Higgit pledged to "keep giving the same service the RCMP gave to Canadians over the last 100 years." Pierre Berton told those attending the ceremony that ritual is terribly important if "we're to remain Cana- dians." "We must not only have it must have more of he said. When speaking up for In- dian rights in the future, Mr. Berton claimed be will speak with more conviction "be- cause I am now one of you." Mr. Balla quoted an o'd treaty in saying "and there shall be peace as long as the rivers flow" and he suggest- ed everybody try a little harder to keep the state- ment a reality. The Kainai chieftainship vras cnry one of many ev- ents in a day-tang RCMP centennial pow-wow present- ed in commemoration of toe long-standing peaceful rela- tionship the RCMP and the Bloods have had over the past 100 years. The RCMP. decked oat hi scarlet and fuil dress, and many of the Blood Indians, is native regalia and cos- tume, provided a colorful setting as an RCMP centen- nial Winchester rifle was Chiefs all Left to right, Joe Balla, former Lethbridge alder- man and former managing editor of The Herald; V. AA. Seppala, assistant commissioner of the RCMP; Alex Johnston, Southern Alberts historian and a specialist in native grasses with the Canada Re- search Station, Lethbridge; journalist-television per- sonality Pierre N. R. Crump, fprmer CPR president; and W. L Higgitt, RCMP commissioner. presented to Chief Jim Shot Both Sides by the RCMP in appreciation of 100 years of peaceful association. Centennial neck medal- lions were given to the Blackfoot confederacy chiefs hi attendance and Inspector Glen Gordon of the Leth- bridge RCMP presented cen- tennial certificates to 97- year-old Rosey Davis, of fee Btood Reserve, and to re- tired RCMP officer George Krause. Mrs. Davis is the oldest B'ood Indian alive with an early association with the RCMP and Mr. Krause is the oldest member of the fore; alive who was stationed at Standoff. Providing the musical en- teriammrat for the historic occasion were the Coarley Bull Shields group from tie Blood Reserve and the piece RCMP band from Ot- tawa. An RCMP police dog, horsemanship and gymnas- tics displays provided a sample of the force's preci- sion training to the esti- mated 3.009 people in atten- dance during the afternoon. A buffalo barbecue follow- ed by an Indian concluded the celebrations. Phorot by Rick Ervin and Harry Neufeld ;