Rocky Boy Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana

Thunderchild First Nation & History

Located near the Saulteaux First Nation (both Reserves are really the same Reserve) is the Thunderchild First Nation, which is one of the many settlements of the Chippewa Treaty 9 Reservation. It was supposedly established in the 1880's. In 1908-1909, the Thunderchild Reserve was supposedly eradicated and the citizens forced to move to where the present day Jackfish Lake Saulteaux and Moosomin communities are, and about 35 miles to the northwest where a new community was set aside. It wasn't just the Thunderchild who lost their Reserve in 1909, the Moosomin Reserve was also eradicated and their citizens forced to relocate with the Thunderchild. The 1908-1909 relocations, coincide with the Montana Chippewa's being forced to relocate to the Blackfeet Reservation, which could indicate many Montana Chippewa's were deported to the Thunderchild Reserve. Originally, the Thunderchild and Moosomin Reserves were connected and located a few miles northwest of North Battleford, Saskatchewan. We know the Thunderchild are Saulteaux. In fact, they are the Saulteaux from Jackfish Lake.

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