Born a few miles south of Rapid City in March 1852, as a youth he took part in skirmishes with Crows and Piegans
At High River, there I saw the biggest number of Indians I ever saw together, consisting of Blackfeet, Bloods and Piegans
The Blackfoot tribes inhabited the emerging borderland and received very different treatment by the Mounties than at the hands of the US Army, with its massacre of Piegans
on January 23, 1870, in Montana Territory.
38) The following year saw the total disappearance of the buffalo from the northern prairies and Scollen's work among the Blackfoot, Blood, Piegans, and Sarcees brought him face to face with their destitution.
Over the course of his career he learned to speak the Cree, Blackfoot, Piegan, and Michif languages with varying degrees of fluency.
At the crossing of Badger Creek we ran on to 12 lodges of Piegans
and their chief, a tall fine looking man, exhausted all his native eloquence in trying to dissuade us from going any farther north, saying the Blackfeet would shoot if we invaded their domain to prospect.
We all started back to camp and had not reached our wagons when the Crows swept down near the Piegans and opened fire on them, killing four.
There lived among the Piegans a family of Bloods, the whole family, young and old, had whitish grey hair and they were called "Grey Heads.
The Piegans were having their war dance and Old Grey Head coolly took his gun and stood guard while his woman took down the lodges and the young fellows (there were four sons) got the horses rounded up.
The third day we came up with a camp of fifty lodges of Piegan Indians, and before we had made camp we were surrounded, and they bothered us so that we had to drive them away.
William stated, "The Bloods, Blackfoot and Piegans
are all right now, and talk very friendly.
Hunting Party (1911) (Plate 1, front cover) and Piegans
(1908) (Plate 9) showed groups of Indian men advancing across the open plains.