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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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The February 7, 1861 Bascom Affair


Probably in response to the Battle of Mimbres River, Anishinabe ogimak ordered a force of their soldiers to commence to raiding the white farms and ranches located in Arizona and New Mexico. On January 27, 1861, a force of Tonto Apache Soldiers raided the ranch of John Ward, kidnapping his 12 year old stepson and stealing his livestock. Ward complained to the nearest American military post and one Lieutenant George Nicholas Bascom and a force of 54 American soldiers, were ordered to attempt to find Ward's 12 year old stepson. During the search for the 12 year old stepson of Ward, Bascom actually met with Apache ogima Cochise. Bascom asked Cochise if he knew anything about the capture of the 12 year old boy and said no. Instead of accepting Cochise word, Bascom had Cochise imprisoned but he managed to escape. After Cochise escaped, Bascom captured five members of Cochise's family.



After Cochise learned of 5 members of his family being captured by the whites, he ordered his soldiers to capture 4 whites. On February 5, 1861, Cochise sent a message to Bascom requesting an exchange of prisoners but Bascom refused. Cochise then ordered his soldiers to attack a group of Americans and they captured three more, on February 2, 1861. Cochise offered to exchange them in return for his 5 family members. Bascom refused. On February 7, 1861, Cochise ordered his soldiers to attack Bascom and his 54 soldiers, while they were fetching for water. After the battle, Cochise fled to the north of Mexico (Sonora) and the war to halt the Anishinabe exodus to Mexico was on. Cochise ordered the 7 white hostages executed after entering Mexico. Bascom had Cochise's brother and his two nephews executed. As for the whereabouts of the 12 year old stepson of John Ward, he certainly was not captured by Cochise.



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