Alexis Nakota Sioux First Nation
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.
|Alexis Nakota Sioux reserves|
|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|
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. 
Members of the Alexis First Nation are of the "Stoney" or "Nakoda" ethnic group. The 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.
Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation has a custom electoral system based on section 10 of the Indian Act. Current chief and council were elected on June 17, 2006, and will hold their positions until June 16, 2010.
|Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation Chief and Council|
|Councillor||Erwin Dino Letendre|
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
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.
- Indian and Northern Affairs Canada First Nations Profile, retrieved 2012-04-21
- Indian Act, 1985 ss.2-10 (PDF), retrieved 2007-07-23
- INAC First Nations Profile, governance, retrieved 2007-07-23
- Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation homepage
- Stoney Language Department of the Alexis Nation. Seasons
- Stoney Language Department of the Alexis Nation. Family