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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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Located along the eastern shores (around 5 miles to the east) of James Bay, the Chippewa Treaty 9 Reservation settlement of Chisasibi has a population of 4,484 according to the 2011 census. The community has 785 housing units and an average household size of 5.7 persons per housing unit. Around 3,725 continue to speak Anishinabe at Chisasibi. They are largely descended from the military and police totem (the Chippewa's) and the merchant or trade totem (Odawah or Ottawa's) of the Anishinabe Nation. Either Chisasibi means Great River in Anishinabe or something that is obviously related to a river. If it is Great River, it should be pronounced as Mis-sis Sip-pi or Git-chi Sip-pi. If in fact a forced relocation happened as stated below, it is likely the whites allowed many foreign Asian people to move to Chisasibi and the other settlements listed below. Chisasibi has a significant Asian population. Non Indians make up over 10% of the population of Chisasibi. Below is a photo of the Chippewa Treaty 9 Reservation settlement of Chisasibi.

Forced Relocation

In 1980, a suspicious event changed the lives of the Chisasibi Anishinabek. They were forced to relocate from an island they claim was named Fort George. The island is actually situated in what appears to be a delta. It does look like an island but only so far as the river which separates it from the mainland. The distance between the island and the mainland is a fifth of a mile or about 1,000 feet. In James Bay are several large islands. And we know the Anishinabe people are infatuated with islands. The largest is Akimiski Island. It's width at it's widest point is 27 miles. It's length at it's greatest length is 61 miles. It covers 3,001 sq. km. or 1,158 sq. mi. And it is a turtle shaped island. Since historical evidence tell of a forced relocation from an island, all of the James Bay communities are involved. If the relocation did not involve any islands, the forced relocation probably involved the Chipewyan or Chippewan, of the interior of the north of Manitoba and the interior of Nunavut. That commenced in either the 1940s or 1950s. The following communities are located near Akimiski Island with the closest one's first:

Attawapiskat - 16 miles to the west

Kashechewan - 40 miles to the southwest

Fort Albany - 46 miles to the southwest

Wemindji - 80 miles to the east

Chisasibi - 94 miles to the northeast

Eastmain or Kachimumiskwanuch - 98 miles to the southeast

Moosonee - 100 miles to the south

Moose Factory - 102 miles to the south

Waskaganish - 117 miles to the southeast

York Landing - Inland

Abitibiwinni - Inland

Shamattawa - Inland

Fort Severn - Inland

Though the whites have been up front about the forced relocations which include the forced relocation of the Chipewyan or Chippewan, from the interior of the north of Manitoba and the interior of Nunavut, the forced relocation from an island in James Bay is the one being carefully ignored. And the forced relocation of the York Factory Anishinabek to York Landing is definitely related. That commenced in 1957 or near the same time as the forced relocation of the Chippewan from the interior of the north of Manitoba and interior Nunavut, to the coastal sellements along Hudson Bay. So the actual time the forced relocations from Akimiski Island commenced, was either 1957 or shortly before. Below is a google earth photo of the turtle shaped island of Akimiski.

Photo of Chisasibi

Photo of Akimiski Island

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