Rocky Boy Tribe
Chippewa Indians of
One of several settlements which are a part of Blackfeet Reservation, Babb has a population of 174 according to 2010 census. Native Americans (147 or 85%) including mixed bloods (6 or 3%), make up 88% of Babb's population. Whites make up 12% of it's 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 this Ojibway community an average housing unit size of near 2.5 persons per housing unit. Chief Rocky Boy fled to Babb in June 1885 or during 1885's Northwest Rebellion. 2010 population of Babb's zip code area, is 460. Indians account for 325 of it's 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. It (Babb's zip code area) could be chief Rocky Boy's Reservation. However, it has to extend east to South Fork of Milk River and Milk Rivers confluence. And St. Mary's River to Canada, may be a boundary. Links to a map of Babb and zip code area 59411 are below.
History of Babb includes a well known forced relocation of Ojibway's (possibly Inuk'sik Blackfeet of southwestern Montana) led by chief Rocky Boy, to Blackfeet Reservation, in November of 1909. Ojibway's or Inuk'sik Blackfeet, were set aside a Reservation between Forks of St. Mary River (Babb is about 6.5 miles southwest of St. Mary's River Fork and North Fork of Milk River or 7 miles north where St. Mary's River has another fork about a quarter of a mile northeast of St. Mary Visitor Center) and forks of Milk River. Chief Rocky Boy probably negotiated an agreement in which St. Mary's Rivers Fork and North Fork of Milk River, which is 6.5 miles northeast of Babb, became a boundary or St. Mary's River from that location, to Canada, was a boundary. It's well known that chief Rocky Boy's Reservation commenced 20 miles north of Browning where Milk Rivers Middle Fork and South Fork are located. Finding his Reservation is a bit difficult yet we know Forks of St. Mary's River and Milk River, are involved. In late 1910, chief Rocky Boy's brother chief Pennato, led an Ojibway Exodus off this Reservation. In 1910, it became public that Glacier National Park was established. That caused that Ojibway Exodus and forced relocations of those Ojibway's who did not leave areas where Glacier National Park is. Proof that chief Rocky Boy's Reservation actually extends west to Glacier Counties western boundary.