Friday, November 6, 2009

Remembering Leonard Mountain Chief

Leonard Mountain Chief was born on November 6, 1939 on the Blackfoot Indian Reservation in Montana. He was a rancher and active in his community of Heart Butte, Montana. He served three terms as chairman of the Land Bureau and Tribal Gaming Committee. Since 1948 Leonard appeared in over 17 films including “War Party” (1989), “The Patriot” (1998) and several documentaries. He was a champion fiddler and played in both Nashville and Hollywood and once headlined a country jamboree at the College of Great Falls in 1987. He performed with such country singers as Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings. Leonard appeared in one Euro-western “Il Mio West” (aka Gunslinger's Revenge) (1998). Mr. Mountain Chief died in Heart Butte, Montana of a heart attack on March 29, 1999. We remember Leonard Mountain Chief today on what would have been his 70th birthday.

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