Rocky Boy Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana
The September 17-19, 1868 Battle of Beacher Island
Once again the invading whites attempted to halt Anishinabe diasporas towards the west and to the north of Mexico. Some of the Anishinabe people from the Colorado and Kansas region, also fled up to Montana. Thus, the reason there is a Black River and Swan Creek Chippewa population in Montana. White historians will claim that the Anishinabe soldiers were raiding the whites settlements and that is why this battle was fought. Do not believe that. It was the whites who were the troublemakers. After 79 white settlers were killed in Colorado Territory in 1868, the racist Philip Sheridan, a General in the American Army, took control of the Department of the Missouri. His orders were to halt further Anishinabe diasporas towards western Colorado, then to Utah. Each time the Anishinabe people moved to a new location, illegal white settlers soon arrived to that location. It led to war between the Anishinabe people who were following prophecy, and the whites who were full of greed.
In response to the white troublemakers endurring many a death at the hands of enraged Anishinabe soldiers, the Americans raised a force of 48 civilian militia with the latest Spenser Repeating Rifles (revolvers) to battle the Anishinabe soldiers who were most likely fleeing from the evil white race. The white civilian militia did not need to be trained. They only needed to known how to shoot a gun. The Battle of Beecher Island was fought between September 17-19, 1868, in what is now Yuma County, Arizona. Since the Americans had the superior weapons the battle was won by the Americans. Supposedly the Anishinabe soldiers numbered close 600, while the whites numbered 50. Anishinabe casualties in the battle were probably high since the whites had the superior weapons. The whites found 10 dead Anishinabe soldiers on the battlefield, but they obviously endurred many more casualties. American casualties were 6 killed and 15 wounded, or nearly hald of their force. That does indicate that the Anishinabe soldiers probably did number close to 600. The important Anishinabe ogima Roman Nose, was killed in this battle.