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Rocky Boy Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana Needs Your Help
Rocky Boy Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana needs funding to establish offices at Blackfeet Reservation, Crow-Northern Cheyenne Reservation, Flathead Reservation, Fort Belknap Reservation and at Great Falls, Montana where Hill 57 Reservation is located. Our goal is to gain Tribal Recognition at Blackfeet Reservation, Crow-Northern Cheyenne Reservation, Flathead Reservation and Fort Belknap Reservation and Federal Recognition for Rocky Boys Tribe of Chippewa Indians at Great Falls with Reservation. Your donation will be greatly appreciated. Below is my paypal link where you can donate to this very important cause for survival. If you are interested in becoming a member of Rocky Boys Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana, you can fill out a form here . In comments box, please include your tribal affiliation. In Montana, members of Blackfeet, Crow-Northern Cheyenne, Flathead, Fort Belknap and Rocky Boys Reservation are automatically members of Rocky Boys Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana. However, if you are a member from another tribe (Reservation) your application will be approved if you have proof of membership from your tribe (Reservation).
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This settlement on the Flathead Reservation, is named after chief Arlee. Chief Arlee did not relocate with his people to the Flathead Reservation in 1855 as the United States wanted them to do. About 4 years after the 1862-1868 Snake River War ended (1872), chief Arlee made the decision (he signed the treaty which forced the Indians living in the Bitterroot Valley to leave for the Jocko Reservation - it is now known as the Flathead Reservation) to lead his people to the Jocko Reservation. He may have done so to escape from increasing violence in the beautiful Bitterroot Valley, which is about 100 miles south of the Flathead Reservation, or because of American government threats against his people, if they did not leave the beautiful Bitterroot Valley. By 1870, around 1,000 illegal white settlers were living in the Bitterroot Valley. Illegal white settlers were slowly invading the Chippewa controlled Bitterroot Valley during the late 1860s and early 1870s, after the end of the 1862-1868 Snake River War.
After chief Arlee led his people to the Jocko Reservation, they commenced to settle down. They eventually built new homes and started to once again cultivate the land. The settlement of Arlee was actually initiated by either the Kootenai or the Pend d'Oreille, in 1856. Chief Arlee had nothing to do with founding the settlement of Arlee, but the settlement is named after him. Probably because he led many of his people there to live. Arlee covers 6.5 sq. mi. which means it is spread out, and considered to be a CDP (Census Designated Place), or not a true city or town. The population of the settlement is 636 according to the 2010 census.
Of course, the illegal white settlers have grown to number about 45% of the settlements population. Indians make up 50% of Arlee's population but knowing how some Native Americans rather identify their race as non Native American, means Native Americans make up more than 50% of the population of Arlee. As mentioned, chief Arlee originally lived in the Bitterroot Valley. He obviously wanted to always live there with his people but the extremely corrupted racist whites, made it clear they wanted the Bitterroot Valley for themselves. Chief Arlee was obviously full of hatred for the white racists and did confine his emotions in order to keep the peace, while he led his people to the Jocko Reservation. Around 34% of the settlements population lives under the poverty line. There are at least 268 housing units in Arlee which means the average housing unit size for Arlee is around 2.5 persons per housing unit. Below are several photographs of Arlee, Flathead Reservation.