The third of four threadbare Westerns produced by Resolute Pictures and starring Rex Bell, Ruth Mix, and Buzz Barton, Fighting Pioneers was rather too haphazardly made for its epic theme. Crow Indian Chief Blackhawk (Chief Standing Bear) is mortally wounded in a failed attempt to attack a wagon train. Escorted by Cavalry Lieutenant Bentley (Bell), Wa-No-Na (Mix) brings her father back to the reservation to die. Before he expires, the chief makes his daughter the leader of the tribe, to the chagrin of Eagle Feathers (Chief Thundercloud). The latter conspires with crooked trading post operator Hadley (Stanley Blystone) to attack yet another wagon train, but Wa-No-Na and Bentley successfully foil the attack. With the villains behind bars, Wa-No-Na signs a peace treaty and leads her tribe to new hunting grounds.
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