Rocky Boy Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana
Jean Marie River, Northwest Territories
This settlement is located in the Northwest Territories, but more properly, the Dehcho Nation. The settlement covers an area of 37 sq. km. Jean Marie River is located northwest of huge Great Slave Lake, and just southeast of Fort Simpson. The climate of the region, is one in which long cold winters occur every year, and has three mild summer months which are a few degrees warmer than locations which are located close to Great Slave Lake. Jean Marie River's population is 81. Non Indians make up 5 out of the total population of 81. Anishinabe Indians, Athabascan Indians, and Inuit Indians all live in the small settlement. There is a total of 23 housing units in the settlement, which gives Jean Marie River an average household size of around 4.0 persons per housing unit. However, knowing how native settlements differ from white settlements, it is very likely that Jean Marie River's average household size is closer to 7.0 to over 8.0 persons per housing unit. If that's the case, the population of Jean Marie River must be much larger than claimed. It could be close to 150.
Historically, the settlement can trace its roots back to the late 18th century after the whites commenced to invade that region. The whites commenced to barter with the Athabascan and Inuit Indians to the great dismay of the Anishinabe people who warned them about the whites. After the whites commenced to barter with the Athabascan and Inuit Indians, they commenced to use the trade products to launch devastating plague warfare assaults on them. In the matter of a few short decades, the Athabascan and Inuit population had been decimated by about 90%. In all likelihood, the Anishinabe people are the most numerous Indians of the Northwest Territories. They had been warned by the Seven Fires Prophecy that the invading whites would be responsible for new diseases which would completely decimate Indian populations. They took measures to defend themselves, while the Athabascan and Inuit Indians, did not. Below are several links to photographs of Jean Marie River, Dehcho Nation. Just aerial photos. No road photos.