The explosive conditions on the southwestern prairies in the 1870s could have led to war. Two men of great stature, Crowfoot and James Macleod, preserved the peace. James F. Macleod (1836-1894), lawyer, militiaman and Assistant Commissioner of the North West Mounted Police, arrived in the troubled area in 1874. He and his men expelled the whiskey traders and, despite the prejudices of the age, administrated the law with impartiality. Macleod thus gained Crowfoot's respect, confidence and friendship. The Blackfoot people consequently supported the Mounted Police, and signed a treaty with Canada in 1877.
The complex association of Crowfoot and Macleod has been captured by Montreal graphic designers Wanda Lewicka and Jean Morin in a pair of se tenant stamp which connect opposing portraits of the two men on a common background. The designs are based on photographs in the collection of the Glenbow Archives. The photograph of Crowfoot was taken by Alexander Ross in 1887.