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Rocky Boy Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana Needs Your Help
Rocky Boy Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana needs funding to establish offices at Blackfeet Reservation, Crow-Northern Cheyenne Reservation, Flathead Reservation, Fort Belknap Reservation and at Great Falls, Montana where Hill 57 Reservation is located. Our goal is to gain Tribal Recognition at Blackfeet Reservation, Crow-Northern Cheyenne Reservation, Flathead Reservation and Fort Belknap Reservation and Federal Recognition for Rocky Boys Tribe of Chippewa Indians at Great Falls with Reservation. Your donation will be greatly appreciated. Below is my paypal link where you can donate to this very important cause for survival. If you are interested in becoming a member of Rocky Boys Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana, you can fill out a form here . In comments box, please include your tribal affiliation. In Montana, members of Blackfeet, Crow-Northern Cheyenne, Flathead, Fort Belknap and Rocky Boys Reservation are automatically members of Rocky Boys Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana. However, if you are a member from another tribe (Reservation) your application will be approved if you have proof of membership from your tribe (Reservation).
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Saddle Lake First Nation
Located about 50 miles west of Frog Lake, Alberta is the Anishinabe Saddle Lake First Nation. There are two Reserves which make up this First Nation. They cover an area of 30,315 total hectares or 74,910 total acres. The Reserve population is 6,087. During the 1885 Northwest Rebellion, the region between Lac la Biche, Saddle Lake, and Frog Lake was an active war zone. The reason for the large Reserve size and large population is probably linked to the landless Chippewa's from Montana. Below is a link to a map of the Saddle Lake Reserve.
Large numbers of Montana Chippewa's fled up to the Cypress Hills region and further north after the Black Hills War. White historians claim it was the Dakota and Nez Perce who fled but it was really the Chippewa's who first fled to the west (read the Seven Fires Prophecy) into Idaho, Oregon, and Washington but the United States stopped the westward exodus, which resulted in 10,000s of Chippewa's and other Montana Indians, fleeing up to Alberta and Saskatchewan.
Most settled around the Cypress Hills but many others fled up further north to where the Saulteaux Reserves including the Moosomin, Thunderchild, and others are located and on in to central Saskatchewan. The whites did not want the large Indian population living around the Cypress Hills and forced many to relocate to eastern and northern Saskatchewan and even Manitoba, and obviously central and northern Alberta. They merged with the northern Ojibwa's or the Muskego or Muskegowuk which means Swampy People in Anishinabe. The whites commenced to calling the northern most Ojibwa's the Swampy Cree long ago. Both the Plains Cree and Woodland Cree, are extensions of the northern most Ojibwa's or the Swampy People. Ogimak Big Bear and Sitting Bull, led them up to Canada. After 1900, ogmia Little Bear helped many landless Montana Chippewa's settle down on some Alberta and Saskatchewan Reserves.
Treaty 6 and the 1953 Saddle Lake Creation
Though it was historically written that the ancestors of Saddle Lake signed Treaty 6 in the 1870s, Saddle Lake was not established until 1953, which nearly coincides with the Saulteaux Chippewa adhesion signings to Treaty 6. On May 24, 1944; May 13, 1950; November 21, 1950; August 18, 1954; and May 15, 1956 a number of Saulteaux leaders signed adhesion to Treaty 6. Though not a connection to the Treaty 6 adhesion signings by the Saulteaux Chippewa's is above surface which proves Saddle Lake is involved, there is strong evidence that what followed after each of the adhesion signings to Treaty 6, is related to the creation of Saddle Lake. In 1953, the Blue Quill or Yellow Quill Chippewa's, Whitefish Lake, and Saddle Lake Reserves were established. Canada probably forced many of the Saulteaux Chippewa's from the Northwest Territories to relocate to northern Alberta. Other locations the whites forced the Saulteaux Chippewa's of the Northwest Territories to relocate to in northern Alberta, are the Bigstone, Dene Tha', and Little Red River Reserves.