Rocky Boy Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana

Elbow Lake, Minnesota

Located in White Earth Reservations southeastern portion, CDP or Census Designated Place of Elbow Lake or Vi Ga-miiz (in Ojibway biminik means elbow yet we have to include a plural along with a past tense and future tense) so bi or vi is an Ojibway correct word for elbow so Vi Ga-miiz means Elbow Lake. Ga-miiz means little lake. Ga-mi-chi means big lake. Kit-chi ga-mi means great lake and ocean. Ga-mi is a general term used for any specific lake. Elbow Lake is completely surrounded by a forest, with several large and small lakes in close proximity. It is a beautiful location, especially during spring, summer, and autumn. Population of Elbow Lake is 104. Around 75% of it's population is Native American and 25% is white. There are 62 housing units in Elbow Lake. Average household size is tiny when compared with other Chippewa settlements. It is actually slightly over 1.5 persons per housing unit. This settlement is actually in three different locations. Since this settlement is located in an area where some resorts are situated, it allows many of it's citizens an opportunity to find employment. This settlement is doing well financially. Around 24% live below poverty line. Elevation is 1,593 feet above sea level. Below are several google earth photos of Elbow Lake, Minnesota and links to other White Earth Reservation communities.

Elbow Lake From Above

Elbow Lake From Above

Elbow Lake From Above

Elbow Lake From Above

White Earth Reservation


Aspinwall Lake
Bad Boy Lake
East Jack Haw Lake
Elbow Lake
Gull Lake
Ice Cracking Lake
Jack Haw Lake
Little Elbow
Long Lake
Long Lost Lake
Maple Grove Township
Pine Bend
Pine Point
Rice Lake
Round Lake
Snider Lake
South End or Auginaush
South Strawberry Lake
South Twin Lakes CDP (Census Designated Place)
South White Earth
Strawberry Lake
The Ranch
Trailer Park Village
Wadena Lake
West Naytahwaush
West Pine Point
West Rice Lake
West Roy Lake
West Snider Lake
White Earth
White Earth Lake

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