The Stoneys are the original “people of the mountains” known in their Nakoda Language as the Iyarhe Nakoda and previously as the Iyethkabi.
They are called by many different names historically and in current literature:
- Stoney Nakoda (incorrectly as Stony)
- Mountain Stoneys (or Sioux)
- Rocky Mountain Stoney (or Sioux)
- Warriors of the Rocks
- Cutthroat Indians
- (in Plains sign language, the sign of cutting the throat) or wapamathe.
Historically, their neighboring tribes designate the Stoney Nakoda as “Assiniboine,” a name that literally means “Stone people” or “people who cook with stones”.
Stoney Tribal Administration
The Stoney Tribal Administration is the administrative arm of the Stoney Nakoda Nation.
It's function is the management in all aspects of the nation including personnel, finance and programming.
The role is to carry on the business of the nation.
The Stoney Education Authority represents four schools on three separate reserves: Nakoda Elementary School and Morley Community School are on the Morley reservation; Ta Otha School is on the Big Horn reservation; and Chief Jacob Bearspaw Memorial School on the Eden Valley reservation.
The Stoney Education Authority is situated west of Calgary and covers a large area. We have approximately 1,100 students within these four schools with a
dedicated staff of professionals to educate and nurture our students.
Our schools strongly value the importance of cultural programs. Students are
given the opportunity to participate in programs such as: drumming, hoop dancing, traditional dance and song, Stoney Language, culture outdoor education, and exchange programs (experiencing other cultures). Our high schools offer Alberta Learning courses in Aboriginal Studies for graduation credits. Every student
attends Stoney / Nakoda Language and culture class.
The school community powwows are ways for the school to demonstrate its deep
commitment to our students' culture. These are open to the public and therefore provide an opportunity for parent, school, and community engagement. Powwows are an opportunity for student cultural learning and practice.
The Stoney Education Authority strongly supports and provides quality Stoney language and culture programming. As a Nation the Stoney’s value our their cultural heritage and through educational programs strive to keep their culture and language alive. At the same time they recognize the need for skilled workers and economic development on their reservations. To this end they support their members to further their education and to continually strive for success.
From daily language and culture classes, smudging sessions, trickster storytelling sessions, singing and drumming, Elder sessions, Sweat Lodge ceremonies, weekly field trips to traditional Stoney Nakoda Sites, YMCA Exchange Programs, traditional hunt camps, cultural ceremonies and events, pipe ceremonies, horsemanship and horse ceremonies the Stoney Education Authority ensures their students are well engaged and immersed daily in Stoney culture, language and heritage.