Gordon Crowchild, former Tsuu T'ina First Nation chief, dies at age 85

Tsuu T'ina First Nation is planning to hold a state funeral for former chief Gordon Crowchild who died at the age of 85.
Gordon Crowchild was the chief of the Tsuu T'ina First Nation from 1968 to 1976. (Tsuu T'ina First Nation)

Former Tsuu T'ina First Nation chief Gordon Crowchild has died at the age of 85.

He was chief from 1968 to 1976 and is credited with being involved in the early negotiations for the southwest Calgary ring road.

“Chief Gordon Crowchild will be remembered for achievements in his many roles that he lived. As a chief, for his frankness in the local, provincial and national political scene and his great love for his community," said a statement issued by Tsuu T'ina First Nation.

Crowchild was known for being passionate about rodeo and was inducted into the Canadian Rodeo Hall of Fame.

"Professional cowboys showed respect to him wherever he went," said the nation's statement. "Those that would come to the Calgary Stampede would always seek him out and share a story or two."

The Tsuu T'ina Nation will hold a state funeral for Crowchild, although no date has been set.