In 1968, Chief Earl Old Person of the Blackfeet Indians of Montana, and other tribe members, sought the aid of the Small Business Administration in setting up a new company. The Blackfeet Indian Writing Company was established in 1971, with production facilities located in Browning, Montana, USA. The company employs over 100 tribe members and is 80% tribe-owned.
The company produces wood pencils and pens, and introduced the 'Earth Pencil', an eraserless pencil produced entirely from natural products, including soy ink for imprinting.
Blackfeet Indian Writing Company, Inc.
P.O. Box 729
Browning, MT 59417 USA