Native American Headdresses from the Tom C. Clark Collection

Justice Clark with members of the Blackfeet Tribe in Montana, 1963The Tarlton Law Library Special Collections department is proud to house two Native American headdresses gifted to Justice Tom C. Clark, and included as part of the Justice Tom C. Clark Papers. Clark received the first of these two artifacts on May 5, 1949 while serving as U.S. Attorney General from representatives of the Kiowa, a Native American tribe living in Oklahoma. On July 17, 1963, Justice Clark traveled to Montana to give the keynote address at the Glacier Park Seminar of State Trial Judges where he was presented with the second headdress by Blackfeet tribal leader Earl Old Person. Justice Clark was inducted into the Blackfeet tribe and given the honorary name of “Mountain Elk.”

For more information on the headdresses and Justice Clark’s involvement in landmark Indian law cases visit the spotlight page at or stop by the Special Collections Department.

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