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(January 2019)

Animbiigoo Zagiigan First Nation

This community of Ojibway Indians live just southeast of Lake Nipigon. Their tribal history is one which is quite a mystery. In 1921 (it coincides with chief Crazy Boy who may have been chief Rocky Boy, negotiating with Cascade County, Montana leaders about Reservation land), Canada recognized these Ojibway People who may have come from Montana. There was another forced relocation of Montana Ojibway's in 1921-1922. Canadian historians claim they were originally a part of Lake Nipigon Band of Ojibway's. They or LNBO, were recognized after 1850's Robinson-Superior Treaty. They were possibly a part of Lake Nipigon Reserve. It was one of three Ojibway Reserves set aside with 1850s Robinson-Superior Treaty signing. In 1921, Canadians finally agreed to recognize this band of Ojibway's by claiming they were from various groups of Ojibway's who lived around Lake Nipigon. 1850's Robinson-Superior Treaty was agreed upon by Ojibway leaders who were lied to by whites. This Ojibway Robinson-Superior Reservation community of Animbiigoo Zaagi'igan (aka Lake Nipigon) or First Naton, has a population of 3 according to a 2015 census. That's on-Reserve population. Off-Reserve population is 485. Most live in white communities. Around 87 live on crown land. Canada did not cooperate with these Ojibway People after recognizing them in 1921. They are from Montana and also include Ojibway's native to Lake Nipigon's region. Their Reserve is probably larger and may surround Lake Nipigon. Preordain 19th century Ojibway Traditionalists to lead their people north, to avoid what happened. Canada and England lied. We or Rocky Boy Tribe of Chippewa Indians, will investigate this community. It's probably an RBTCI Reserve. It's located along Partridge Lakes south shores. It covers around 5.0 sq. mi. or 13.0 sq. km. Animbiigoo Zaa-gi-i-gan means Thunder Lake. Correct pronunciation is "Ga-mi A-ni-mi-ki" which means Lake Thunder. Zagaigan in Ojibway means Reservoir. Gami means lake.

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