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Rolling River First Nation

These Saulteaux Ojibway's live in southwest Manitoba. Below is a map of their correct Reserve. Their Reserve is supposedly very small. It covers a land area of only 51.53 sq. km. or 32.0 sq. mi. On-Reserve population according to 2016's census, is 392. They have 139 dwellings with 134 lived in. Average household size is 2.9 persons per household. They have no organized settlements at Rolling River First Nation. All housing units which number 134, are located along roads within their Reserve. Around 85 speak Ojibway Language at Rolling River First Nation. These Ojibway's are plains Ojibway People or in Ojibway Mus-co-tay'o, which means Prairie People. Their history was written for them by whites and is fraudulent. Authentic Ojibway leaders refused to recognize HBC hired mixed bloods as authentic leaders. Either chief Big Bear or Chief Yellow Quill were these Ojibway's real leader. There is evidence they were set aside a rather large Reserve around 1874-1877 or so, they shared with Gambler, Keeseekoowenin and Waywayseecappo. We will name this Ojibway Reserve Riding Mountains Ojibway Reserve. Canada refused to honor treaty. It may have been because of chief The Gambler. He was grandson of John Tanner. In 1789 or during 1774-1795's Revolutionary War, John Tanners Ojibway mother instructed her husband Manito Gishig, to kidnap 9 year old Tanner from her ex husband John Tanner Sr. who was living near Cincinatti, Ohio. He definitely didn't want to yet did. It was a child war!

He was brutal to young Tanner. He nearly killed him with his axe. His mother nursed him back to health. She then hired an Ojibway to kill her husband. Afterwards, she fled the war zone to a location that was safer for her mixed blood son. She was a high ranking Odawah Ojibway or trader. They moved to northwest Ontario then Manitoba. Tanner was very familiar with southwest Manitoba. She raised her son to be a trader. He was taught how to hunt and trap. He eventually returned to live with whites. In 1846, his house was destroyed in a fire. Around that same time, highly respected Henry Rowe Schoolcrafts brother was murdered. They suspected Tanner of killing him. Tanner was probably killed shortly afterwards. They found his body in a bog a few years later. After white settlers invaded this Reserves region and learned about chief The Gambler, they protested like children to steal this legitimate Ojibway Reserve.

In 1881, it was reported that Gambler, Sakimay and Waywayseecappo's population was 490, with 270 at Riding Mountains which indicates this Reserve is legitimate. They reported that of Sakimay's 1881 population of 130, 55 were at Fort Walsh which means Montana Ojibway's are involved. They had yet to relocate to their Reserves in southeast Saskatchewan and southwest Manitoba. Those that had yet to settle on their Reserve numbered 325 in 1881. However, those 55 from Sakimay, did settle at their Reserve or Birdtail Sioux Reserve. At Waywayseecappo, they have a town named Birdtail. There are at least 3 Reserves or Districts of Riding Mountains Reserve, yet probably 4. They are Gambler, Keeseekoowenin, Rolling River and Waywayseecappo. Evidence suggests that Rolling River is their 4th Reserve or District. They lived at Riding Mountains Reserve then were forced to relocate. Chief The Gambler had to send many of his Ojibway Subjects to Valley River Reserve. They are furthest from Riding Mountains Reserve and must be included as a District of this Reserve. Canada set aside a smaller Reserve along Qu'Appelle River and Assiniboine River. Only Gambler and Sakimay Ojibway's, settled at Fort Ellice Reserve.


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