Rocky Boy Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana

Heart Lake First Nation

Located northeast of Edmonton, Alberta, this Ojibway Heart Lake First Nation, has a total of two Reserves. They are Heart Lake 167 Reserve and Heart Lake 167A Reserve. They are from chief Big Bears Ojibway's from Montana. After American Soldiers attacked Ojibway's living in Montana in 1876, chiefs Big Bear and Sitting Bull led 10,000s to Alberta's and Saskatchewan's Cypress Hills. Chief Big Bear met white negotiators at Fort Carlton and possibly Fort Pitt in Saskatchewan, in August and September of 1876, or just after fleeing to them Cypress Hills. He told them he would sign treaty in 1877. However, it took him until December of 1882 to actually sign treaty. His subjects demanded of him to sign treaty and he obliged them. His subjects agreed to relocate 100's of miles north to near Fort Pitt, Saskatchewan. They then selected locations to live at. One was Heart Lake. They think they are Cree. Their fear of prophecy is so great, they refuse to identify as being Ojibway. They are a disgrace to Ojibway Traditionalists. According to 2016's census, on-Reserve population of Heart Lake is 184. Below is a google earth satellite image of Heart Lake.

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