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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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De Smet, Coeur d'Alene Reservation
It is one of only two settlements on the Coeur d'Alene Reservation which is predominantly Native American. The 2010 census reported a population of 175. Native Americans including mixed bloods and Hispanics, make up 93% of the population of De Smet. Native Americans alone account for 68% of the population while Hispanics account for 4%. Whites account for 7% of the cdp's population. De Smet has a total of 55 occupied housing units which gives De Smet an average household size of 3.1 persons per housing unit. Tensed is located about 1/2 a mile to the north.
Many Chippewa's were still living on the Coeur d'Alene Reservation in 1909, when the United States sent in Special Allotting Agent John F. Armstrong, to negotiate with ogima Rocky Boy about the past years Swan Valley Massacre and allotting land to the Chippewa's of western Montana and northern Idaho. A new Chippewa Reservation was set aside in Valley County, Montana which covered 2,160 sq. mi., for the Chippewa's of western Montana and northern Idaho. Many Chippewa's were being held as POWS after the Swan Valley Massacre of October 1908. Many Chippewa's fled off the Flathead Reservation and hid out in the adjoining Swan Valley but were captured. In 1909, the Chippewa's learned the railroad owner (owners) were going to charge too high rates for transporting them to the Valley County Reservation so the United States negotiated with ogima Rocky Boy about establishing a new Chippewa Reservation on the Blackfeet Reservation, between St. Mary, Babb, and the Canadian border.
They were relocated there in November of 1909. It is likely a few of the Chippewa's from the De Smet area relocated to the Babb Chippewa Reservation. Most Chippewa's living on the Coeur d'Alene Reservation, obviously stayed. After the Chippewa young ones were forced to attend white controlled schools on the Coeur d'Alene Reservation, they were forced to stop speaking their native language and then robbed of their nationality. Below are several links to pictures of De Smet, Coeur d'Alene Reservation.