Darrin Old Coyote
A citizen of the ApsÃ¡alooke Nation (Crow Tribe), Darrin Old Coyote has served as Chairman of the Crow Tribe’s Executive Branch since 2012. Given the Crow name Ishbilaxe Itche (“One who has a Good Drum”) when he was less than a year old, Old Coyote is the founder and Drum keeper of the renowned Black Whistle Singers. A member of the Piegan clan and a child of the Ties in a Bundle and Whistle Water clans, Old Coyote was raised by his grandparents Henry Old Coyote and Evelyn Covers Up, who taught him the ApsÃ¡alooke belief ways at a very early age.
Old Coyote obtained a bachelor’s degree in History with a minor in Native American Studies from Concordia College in Moorehead, Minnesota in 1995. Upon graduation, he returned home to serve as a language teacher with the Crow Tribe’s Head Start program. In 1997, he moved on to the Lodge Grass schools, where he taught Crow music and dance and also Crow language and history. In 1998, Old Coyote served as General Manager for the 80th Annual Crow Fair Celebration, titled “Tepee Capital of the World.” In 2000, the Crow Tribe Executive Branch appointed Old Coyote to the Crow Cultural Commission as Director of the Cultural Department, where he worked with many ApsÃ¡alooke Elders to preserve and perpetuate the ApsÃ¡alooke way of life, work he continues to this day.