History is our Heritage...

Timeline of the BTAP project

Chief Red Crow

Red Crow was made Chief in 1870 and recognized the need for change.

"Chief Red Crow built the first house on the reserve, planted the first crop and brought the first cattle. He was the first to use oxen and furniture and his wives where the first Bloods to make yeast bread"

The Lethbridge Herald, August 5, 1969, Page 3.


  • 1877Chief Red Crow signed Treaty 7 under the Indian Act (1867)

  • 1977 BTAP Concept

  • 1989 Tripartite Agreement

  • 1989 Blood Tribe Irrigation Bylaw

  • 1991 BTAP Incorporated

  • 1993 – 42 Years Headlease

  • 1994 BTAP Makiinimaa Office Opens

  • 1997 Blood Tribe Forage Processing Plant Incorporated

  • 2018 Aohkii (2018) Ltd.

  • 2018 West End Headlease Expansion - 21 New Pivots

  • 2019 Amended and Re-Stated Headlease

  • 2019 Kainai Forage Limited Partnership

  • 2020 Amendment #1 to Headlease

Born in 1830, in the wake of the declining buffalo herds and a rise in disease, Chief Red Crow lead the Blood to take up farming as means to preserve the life of his people, it’s indigenous culture and political freedom. Red Crow died quietly on the banks of the Belly River on August 28, 1900.