Rocky Boy Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana

Battle of Punished Woman Creek

This battle was supposedly a part of the Northern Cheyenne Exodus but it was really a part of the ongoing conflict that began in Montana in either 1874 or 1876. Supposedly this battle was fought soon after the September 13-14 Turkey Creek Fight which was fought in Oklahoma. While enroute to either another Kansas location or possibly Nebraska, to escape from the white invaders, this group was pursued by white soldiers numbering some 250 under the command of Colonel William Lewis. They planned an ambush but an over eager Anishinabe soldier ruined it. Anishinabe soldiers, however, did manage to prevent the white soldiers from capturing them. They killed several American soldiers including Colonel William Lewis.

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