Rocky Boy Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana
July 17, 1879 Battle of Milk River
Still pursuing Ojibways who had yet to surrender or relocate to new Reservations, a force of 676 American Soldiers under command of Colonel Nelson A. Miles, as well as 143 of their Indian allies, or a force of nearly 850, was sent out to round up Ojibways who still refused to relocate to new Reservations. Battle of Milk River was a part of Mullan Road War. A list of Mullan Road War battles is above. Historians claim that it was ogima Sitting Bull who led Ojibways at Battle of Milk River on Thursday July 17, 1879. We must remember that historians claim that ogima Sitting Bull fled up to Canada in 1877, so that bit of historical information must be corrupted. At that time, not only was Colonel Miles sending American Soldiers and their Indian allies, out to battle Ojibways who refused to relocate to new Reservations, they were also instructed to kill off wild game that roamed throughout Montana. According to historians, Ojibways numbered over 300, with many being women and children. American Soldiers may have attacked Anishinabe People near Saco, Montana which is about 37 miles south of Canada and 37 miles northwest of Glasgow, Montana, and just east of present day Fort Belknap Reservation, and west of Fort Peck Reservation.
Though Blackfeet Reservation supposedly existed then or in 1879, there's a problem. Why? If Blackfeet Reservation existed in 1879, it covered nearly all of northern Montana, between North Dakota and Glacier National Park. They were at peace or living on their Reservation. This battle was fought on Blackfeet Reservation. Unless, there was no Blackfeet Reservation that covered nearly all of northern Montana in 1879 which is true. That Reservation was probably eradicated in 1868. Turtle Mountain Reservation existed then and was adjacent to an old Blackfeet Reservation to it's south. What actually transpired was 100s of Ojibways being forced to leave Turtle Mountain Reservation, between Musselshell River and Rocky Mountain Front, to new Reservations at Fort Belknap Reservation and Fort Peck Reservation. Ojibway People were not pleased with how they were being treated. Their leaders became agitated and decided to return south and that led to Battle of Milk River. A short battle followed in which they claim 3 Ojibways were killed and 3 wounded. White casualties were also 3 killed and 3 wounded. American Soldiers then destroyed all belongings that belonged to Ojibways which forced them to relocate to Fort Belknap Reservation and Fort Peck Reservation.