Legend of Omaha chief will live on

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The Indian chief known as Blackbird ruled the Omaha tribe at a time when the Omaha ruled the Missouri River in this area. It was in the late 1700s, before people of European descent began to flood the region, even before Lewis and Clark made their famous voyage of discovery. The only white people who ever met Blackbird were French and Spanish fur traders, and yet the Omaha chief achieved such prominence that Lewis and Clark paused during their historic journey in 1804 to visit his grave site on a bluff overlooking the river.