Rocky Boy Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana






Whitefish River First Nation


This Ojibway Reserve is located a few miles north of Lake Huron. Below are google earth photos of this Ojibway town. In Ojibway, it's name is Whitefish River or Sip-pi A-tig-a-meg. It means River Whitefish. Whitefish River First Nation are signatories to September 9, 1850's Robinson-Huron Treaty. Their Reserve is actually much larger and is connected to Whitefish Lake and Point Grondine Reserves. All three are a same Reserve. Chief Wabakekik or Waubekeke signed for Whitefish River. Chief Shawenakishick or Shawenekeshick signed for Whitefish Lake. Chief Kitcheposkissegan (Papasainse) signed for Point Grondine Ojibways. Chief Wabakekik was set aside a Reserve 9 miles in front or in width and extending 15 miles inland. It is located near Killarney, Ontario. It should extend to Whitefish Rivers mouth which is 2/3 of a mile or 1.0 kilometers west. His Reserve covers 135 sq. mi. or 349.6 sq. km. Chief Shawenakishick was set aside a Reserve between Whitefish River and Wanabitaseke River (Wahnapitae River). Supposedly 7 miles inland or extending 21 miles inland. Chief Kitcheposkissegan or Papasainse, was set aside a Reserve extending 18 miles inland and 4 miles in front or width. His Reserve covers 72 sq. mi. or 186.5 sq. km. Ojibway leaders considered 1 mile to be 1 league or 3 miles. So Whitefish Rivers mouth is their western boundary and Wahnapitae Rivers mouth is their eastern boundary. This Reserve may cover an area of land of 1,500 sq. mi. or 3,885 sq. km. Whitefish River First Nation, according to 2016's census, on-Reserve population is 456. They have 256 dwellings with 176 lived in. Average household size is 2.6 persons per household. Ojibway Language is yet widely spoken. According to 2016's census, around 155 people speak Ojibway at Whitefish River. That's about a third of their population.



Map of Whitefish River Reserve

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