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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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One of several settlements which are a part of the Chippewa Blackfeet Reservation, Babb has a population of 174 according to the 2010 census. Native Americans (147 or 85%) including mixed bloods (6 or 3%), make up 88% of the population. Whites make up 12% of the population or 21. Babb covers 9.5 sq. mi. Elevation is 4,524 feet above sea level. Babb has up to 80 occupied housing units which gives the community an average housing unit size of near 2.5 persons per housing unit. Babb's housing units are in several clusters and many isolated. They should organize the main clusters of housing units into distinct communities since they are separated by at least 1 mile. The largest cluster of housing units is located just off Highway 89 before reaching W Shore Road. There are 17 housing units in that location. It's about a couple of blocks from Main Babb. About 0.8 miles to the southwest is another cluster of housing units adjacent to Route 3. That location should be classified as a distinct community. As many as 10 housing units are located there. Then in the main part of Babb, along each side of Highway 89, are 20 or more housing units. The rest of the housing units are isolated.
There are more than 10 business establishments in Babb including an airport, antiques & gift shop, bar, cafe, fire department, gas station, general store, motel, supper club as well as a post office, school, and several others. The Babb location is an entrance to Glacier National Park. Economically, most citizens of Babb are not doing good. The Median Household Income was $9,605 in 2010. If that is correct it likely represents a larger population than 174. Zip code is 59411. The 2010 population of the zip code area Babb is located in, is 460. Indians account for 325 of the population of 460. Whites account for 144. Asians account for 5. Mexicans account for 4. Blacks account for 3. Zip code area 59411 covers 246 sq. mi. and includes Babb, Duck Lake, Peigan Crossing (border station), and St. Mary. The Babb zip code area borders the Blood Reserve of Alberta. It may not show up on google maps, but according to the leaders of the Blood Reserve, their Reserve borders the Blackfeet Reservation. Links to a map of Babb and zip code area 59411 are below.
History of Babb includes the well known forced relocation of the Chippewa's (the Inuk'sik Blackfeet of southwestern Montana) led by chief Rocky Boy, to the Blackfeet Reservation in November of 1909. The Chippewa's or Inuk'sik Blackfeet, were set aside a Reservation between the Forks of the St. Mary River (Babb is about 7 miles to the north) and forks of the Milk River. Land east of the forks of the Milk River, to about 7 miles east of Browning, to near Mission lake, on to the eastern border of the Reservation, is largely farm land. All land west of the area described above, became the new Chippewa Reservation in 1909. Citizens of the Chippewa Blackfeet Reservation don't know it but they are Chippewa. Most know southwestern Montana is Blackfeet domain. They don't know, however, that the Chippewa's led by chief Rocky Boy who were forced to relocate from southwestern Montana to the Blackfeet Reservation in November of 1909, are the Blackfeet people who lived in southwestern Montana.
Climate conditions at Babb are typical for locations in high elevations. It's similar to the climate of St. Mary which is 6 miles to the south but probably a bit windier in the winter. It can get in the 20s for low temperatures in the hottest month of July. Babb is situated in the same narrow mountain valley as St. Mary which long ago was a large lake. The narrow mountain valley both Babb and St. Mary are in, extends for about 11 miles between St. Mary and Babb. Today, Lower St. Mary Lake is what remains of the once larger lake. The Babb area is much like St. Mary but the mountains to the east are not as high as the mountains east of St. Mary. Thus, Babb is prone to get some chinook winds during the winter months. However, Babb is not open to the plains. To the east near Duck Lake, the elevation is over 800 feet higher than where the largest housing units cluster is, which has an elevation of 4,500 feet above sea level. Winters are long and cold but not as cold as you would expect. Average highs during Decembers, January's, and Februarys are 31, 32, and 36. Average lows for the same months are 15, 13, and 16. Summers are short and warm. Average highs for June's, July's, and August's are 68, 78, and 78. May and September have average highs of 60 and 67. Of course, the climate stats are from St. Mary. Babb has a weather station but it's not located in Babb. It may be located near the border station about 9 miles to the northeast. That location is on the plains. The Babb weather station supposedly recorded a wind gust of 106 mph in 2003. Below are several links to pictures of Babb, Blackfeet Reservation.