Rocky Boy Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana
Hobbema, Samson First Nation
Located in central Alberta, about 45 miles south of Edmonton, is the large Anishinabe city of Hobbema. There are four Anishinabe Reserves located in and around Hobbema. The city alone has a population of 3,295. However, i have read online that the population of Hobbema is 12,000 but they probably counted the entire population of the four Reserves. I don't know which estimate is the truth. However, i have counted the on-reserve population for the four Reserves which make up the Samson First Nation. The total on-reserve population is close to 11,000. For a city with such a low population, the crime rate there is extraordinary high, especially the murder rate. The settlement is better known as the Samson First Nation. Instead of murder capital, it should be referred to as Martyr capital. There is a total of near 11,000 Anishinabek living on the Reserves at Hobbema and surrounding the Hobbema region. The size of the Reserves that make up the Samson First Nation is 32,114 hectares or 79,355 acres. The Blood Reserve is more than four times larger and yet has a smaller on-reserve population than the Samson First Nation.
For some reason something is keeping the Anishinabe people on their Reserves there. It must be the economy! Edmonton is only 45 miles away, and other large white cities are close by. A good economy must be in place to keep the people there. I have included links below to pictures of the beautiful Anishinabe city of Hobbema. By the looks of the city, you would think crime is not a serious problem there. It does not look like the slums of New York City and Philadelphia. On the contrary, Hobbema looks fresh and inviting. It is a beautiful small city. The weather report below is from nearby Edmonton. The Anishinabe people who live on the four Reserves which make up the city of Hobbema, originally lived in Montana. Ogima Smallboy originally lived in the Butte, Montana but relocated up to Alberta sometime after 1900.