Chief Old Person received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Montana in 1995. For 26 years, Chief Old Person and the Rawhide Singers of the Blackfeet Nation honored and celebrated UM’s graduates during commencement ceremonies. UM estimates that Chief Old Person and the Rawhide Singers celebrated the achievement of more than 40,000 UM graduates.
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Earl Old Person, traditional and political leader of the Blackfeet Indian Tribe who served longer than any head of state except Great Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, died on Wednesday. He was 92.