Gordon Belcourt, one of the Rocky Mountain West’s most influential Native American leaders died Monday in Billings.
He was Executive Director of the Montana-Wyoming Tribal Leaders Council from 1998 until his death. He was known for building the organization into a powerful regional voice on Native issues, especially public health.
Gordon’s daughter Annie Belcourt says her father’s traditional Blackfeet name, Meekskimeeksskumapi, means Mixed Iron Boy.
She says it’s a name reflecting the strength her father carried with him through his life.