Alexis Nakota Sioux First Nation

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The Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation no. 437 is a Nakoda First Nation which reserves near Edmonton, Hinton, and Whitecourt, in the Canadian province of Alberta, and headquartered at 54° N and 114°, about 85 kilometres (53 mi) west of Edmonton . The Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation is a member of Treaty 6.

Reserves[edit]

Alexis Nakota Sioux reserves
Reserve Location Area(hectares)
Alexis Indian Reserve 133 70 km NW of Edmonton 6175.2
Alexis Cardinal River Indian Reserve 234 73 km NE of Hinton 4661
Alexis Elk River Indian Reserve 233 87 km SE of Hinton 98
Alexis Whitecourt Indian Reserve 232 13 km NW of Whitecourt 3544.9


Demographics[edit]

As of March, 2012, the total registered population of the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation is 1779 persons. There are 508 registered males, and 459 females living on their own reserve. [1]

Members of the Alexis First Nation are of the "Stoney" or "Nakoda" ethnic group. They Stoney are sometimes considered part of the Assiniboine. Both of the terms "Stoney" and "Assiniboine" stem from outsider's descriptions of how those peoples cooked by using heated stones (Assiniboine is from Ojibwe language asinii meaning "stoney" and bwaan meaning "cooker"). Both the Stoney and the Assiniboine are related to the Sioux people. Their traditional language is Nakoda/Stoney, or Isga Iʼabi.

Chief and Council[edit]

Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation has a custom electoral system based on section 10 of the Indian Act.[2] Current chief and council were elected on June 17, 2006, and will hold their positions until June 16, 2010.[3]

Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation Chief and Council
Title Name
Chief Tony Alexis
Councillor Roderick Alexis
Councillor Darwin Alexis
Councillor Henry Alexis
Councillor Erwin Dino Letendre
Councillor Lonnie Letendre
Councillor Jaclyn Mustus
Councillor Gloria Potts


Annual Celebrations[edit]

Pow-wow/Fastpitch tournament[edit]

In the arbor during the grand entry, Alexis powwow 2007.

The Alexis Annual Pow-wow Celebrations and Fastpitch Tournament is held on the Alexis reserve each summer in July. The Fastpitch tournament draws prizes of about $14,000 depending on the number of teams entered. The Pow-wow is generally divided into various categories, such as a drum contest and dance contests based on ages and/or styles. Competitors from many different First Nations participate.

Lac Ste. Anne Pilgrimage[edit]

The main townsite is located on the shores of Lac Ste. Anne, which the Nakota Sioux call Wakâmne, or God's lake. Every summer there is a pilgrimage to the lake which is attended by up to 40,000 over four days, most of First Nations and Métis descent.

Lac Ste. Anne pilgrims enter the waters during the blessing of the lake.

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