Rocky Boy Tribe
Chippewa Indians of
Norman Wells, Northwest Territories
This settlement is located in the Northwest Territories, but more properly, the Sahtu Nation. The settlement covers an area of 93 sq. km. Norman Wells is located to the west of huge Great Bear Lake, and to the southeast of Fort Good Hope. The climate of the region, is one in which long cold winters occur every year, and has around three mild summer months which are a few degrees warmer than locations which are closer to huge Great Bear Lake. Norman Wells's population is officially 761 with non Indians making up 460 of the total population of 761. Anishinabe Indians and Athabascan Indians, live in the small settlement. Officially there are 302 housing units in Norman Wells. Norman Wells's average household size is about 2.5 persons per housing unit.
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 Norman Wells, Sahtu Nation.