Rocky Boy Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana

Carcross/Tagish First Nation & History

This Anishinabe band or community, has two communities in the Yukon. Their tribal history probably involved being members of the Iron Confederation of the Anishinabek. According to the 1832 Edinburgh Encyclopedia, the Athabascan People or Dene People, are Algonquin or speak Algonquin. They supposedly discovered gold which led to the 1896-1898 Klondike Gold Rush. However, the Klondike Gold Rush was probably a white military action to halt the Chippewa Exodus to Siberia. Commencing around 1877, 10,000s of Montana Chippewa's fled up to Alberta and Saskatchewan, where they merged with 10,000s of Chippewa's already living Alberta and Saskatchewan. They followed prophecy and migrated west but used the route to interior Alaska to avoid white naval ships. During the winter they walked across the Bering Sea into Siberia. Most had reached Siberia before the whites stopped the exodus in 1896. The population of the Chippewa Treaty 8 Reservation community of Carcross and Tagish or First Nation, is 122.

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