Rocky Boy Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana
Fishing Lake First Nation & History
This band of Saskatchewan Chippewa Indians, has a history that may indicate they had problems negotiating with the whites. Their First Nation was possibly established when ogima Yellow Quill signed Treaty 1 in 1871, at Lower Fort Garry, Manitoba. However, the band eventually separated into three independant bands, which could indicate some discontent was being felt by many of the Chippewa Indians under ogima Yello Quill's leadership. Ogima Yellow Quill also signed an adhesion to Treaty 4. A mysterious event occurred which resulted in this band of Chippewa Indians leaving their homes in the Portage la Prairie region of southern Manitoba, to move to southern Saskatchewan, just before 1885, where they now live. Many were led north into the caribou hunting lands of the Chipewyan by chief Kinistin. Some may have originally lived in Montana. They were forced out of Montana after their leaders followed the Seven Fires Prophecy and commenced an exodus to the west. The United States stopped it but the Chippewa's then fled up to Alberta and Saskatchewan. Fishing Lake First Nation covers 4,004.40 hectares or 9,885 acres. Below is a map of this Reserve which is related to Yellow Quills of the Blue Quills.