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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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Pryor's Fork Battle August 14, 1872

After the 1868 Fort Laramie Treaty, for the next few years the American military did little to force their way onto the eastern Montana plains, but by the early 1870s they were definitely planning their Montana invasion. On one occasion during that time period, the American soldiers who numbered around 600 and a large number of civilians, defeated a force of brave Anishinabe soldiers who had been following their movements. The battle occurred during the white invaders 1872 Yellowstone Expedition. A few years before the 1872 Yellowstone Expedition, they established a fort between Helena and what became Harlowtown, Montana. They named it Fort Baker but changed the name to Fort Logan in 1878. This fort was used by the white invaders during the 1872 Yellowstone Expedition. Exactly hown many of the 1,000 or more white soldiers who participated in the 1872 Yellowstone Expedition were eventually stationed at Fort Baker, is not known but many were. Fort Baker was important because it was located just south of the capital of the Anishinabe Nation. That be where present day Great Falls, Montana is.

On July 26, 1872 the white invaders had ordered surveyors into eastern Montana to commence an all out white invasion into Anishinabe Montana. Around 400 American soldiers under the command of Major Eugene Baker, were ordered along to protect the surveyors. They were to not only protect the surveyors but also build up the number of white soldiers already stationed in Montana. They left Fort Ellis, Montana on July 27, 1872. Their movements were eventually learned of by Anishinabe scouts, who always kept that portion of their country (that includes down in northeastern Wyoming) guarded. Another large force of perhaps 600 white soldiers and 400 civilians, left Fort Rice, North Dakota on July 26, 1872 and marched westwards to join with the 400 white soldiers led by Baker. After the Anishinabe soldiers caught wind of the illegal American movements, they planned a night time attack but were defeated.

They obviously were motivated to attempt a night time attack because of the Americans superior weapons. According to Indian accounts they suffered around 140 casualties with about 100 killed. Their high casualties were the result of the Americans using their superior weapons on them. American casualties were only 9 with two being killed. Again white parents do not want their children reading this historical information. Many, if not most, of the brave Anishinabe soldiers were still using bows and arrows during this time, while the whites had machine guns, repeating rifles, and revolvers. What good came from this battle for the Anishinabe Nation was their eventual defeat of the white invaders. The 1872 Yellowstone Expedition was a failure. However, the white invaders obviously did succeed in building up their number of soldiers in Montana, especially at Fort Baker. At Fort Baker, the number of white soldiers was probably increased dramatically after the 1872 Yellowstone Expedition. After the 1873 Yellowstone Expedition the number of white soldiers stationed at Fort Baker was possibly in the 1,000s.

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