Grant Bulltail was born on May 29, 1940 on the Crow Reservation. Grant was raised in part by his Great Grandfather He Comes Up Red, (1847-1947) who saw that Grant was a child who could listen and remember.  He Comes Up Red gave Grant many stories and songs about the tribe’s traditional travels in an area between Canada, the Mississippi River, Texas, and the Columbia River.

Grant is a descendant of many leaders and chiefs in the Apsáalooke (Crow) Tribe including: Chief Long Hair (Treaty of 1825), Chief Little Black Dog (Treaty of 1825), Chief Double Face (Treaty of 1825), Chief Plays With His Face (Treaty of 1825), Chief White Horse (Treaty of 1855), Chief Wolf Bow (Treaty of 1868), Chief Blinky (Treaty of 1868), and Chief Plenty Coups (Treaty of 1872).

Grant grew up on a horse ranch in the Pryor Mountains of Montana. He became a working cowboy as well as a professional rodeo cowboy.  He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1962, honorably discharged in 1966. He married Linda Door on February 3, 1967.  He graduated with a BA degree from Eastern Montana College in 1974. He attended Utah State University, Logan in 1975 and was a folklore student of Dr. Fife.

Work experience includes Shell Oil Company, based in California and teaching at various Montana high schools. He worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the State of Montana.  He taught at Little Bighorn College, Crow Agency, Montana.  He retired in 2001, and has been a consultant with anthropologists and historians, including:


Before There Were Parks: Yellowstone and Glacier Through Native Eyes, narrated by N. Scott Momaday (2009).

Peter Nabokov and Larry Loendorf, Restoring a Presence:  American Indians and Yellowstone National Park (Norman, OK: Oklahoma University Press, 2004).

Bulltail, Grant and Joe Medicine Crow. 2003:  Heart Mountain Memory Project, MS 201, Oral History Collection, Interview 54, Grant Bulltail, April 8, 2003. McCracken Research Library, Buffalo Bill Historical Center 

Bulltail, Grant. 2002 MS 201, Oral History Collection, Interview 102,  Grant Bulltail, Cody (Heart Mountain Memory #2) and Meeteetse and Tensleep,  8/21/02--8/22/02. McCracken Research Library, Buffalo Bill Historical Center., Cody, WY.

Every Morning of the WorldEthnographic Resources Study, Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area (National Park Service, 1994). 

Additional work by Grant Bulltail can be found in the Grant Bulltail Collection from Utah State University in Logan.