Anishinabe
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Rocky Boy Tribe
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Chippewa Indians of
Montana








Kiowa, Montana


It is located on the west end of the Blackfeet Reservation which is an Anishinabe Reservation established in 1902 or 1909. Chief Rocky Boy led several hundred Chippeway's from northern Idaho, southwestern and western Montana including the Great Falls region, to the new Chippewa Blackfeet Reservation in November of 1909. It was the fourth Blackfeet Reservation. Surplus land in the east of the Chippewa Blackfeet Reservation, was opened up to white settlement in 1911. Kiowa is about 12 miles miles west of Browning, 6 miles southwest of Starr School, and located in the mountains. Kiowa is spread out over several square miles. The number of housing units in Kiowa is probably near 20. However, many may be cottages for vacationers. Kiowa has at least one store. There is a motel which is probably near the store. Kiowa's population is probably between 30 and 50. It depends on if any of the housing units are cottages. Some of the housing units are located along highway 89. Kiowa looks like a tiny town along highway 49 or Looking Glass Hill Road.



Looking Glass may still be in use as a surname at the Blackfeet Reservation. During the Thralls census of the Chippeway's under ogima (chief) Rocky Boy's leadership, between April 8-14, 1909, one Chippewa woman used the name Looking Glass. In Anishinabe it is pronounced as Wap-mon or Wa-pa-mon. She was probably related to chief Looking Glass who was killed in action shortly after the Battle of Bear Paw, which was fought over a five day period in late September 1877 and early October 1877. Chief Looking Glass attempted to flee to Canada but was killed. The woman who was counted during the April 1909 census, may have been his grand-daughter.



Kiowa is located between East Glacier Park Village and St. Mary's. However, Kiowa is not the resort village that East Glacier Park Village and St. Mary's are. The elevation of Kiowa is 5,075 feet above sea level. I'm not certain if Indians make up the majority of the population. Reason being the close proximity of Glacial National Park. But since the settlement is not a major resort location, that alone should indicate that Kiowa is probably predominantly Indian. Below are several links to google earth photos of Kiowa.





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