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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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The January 29, 1863 Bear River Massacre


It was one of the earliest battles in the so called 1862-1868 Snake River War. Supposedly the United States attacked a group of Shoshone Indians (they are really Anishinabek who absorbed a great many Uto-Aztecan people amongst them) on January 29, 1863, at where present day Franklin County, Idaho is. It was the filthy white Mormons who instigated problems with the Anishinabe people of southern Idaho and northern Utah, after they fooled the native tribes of that region into believing they meant them no harm. In 1847, the filthy white Mormons, with evil intentions, lied their way in to the Salt Lake Valley. That did not go well with the Anishinabe Nation who knew the filthy white Mormons were filthy liars and not there to help Indian people as they so tried to impress on the native Indians. However, Anishinabe ogimak knew it was more humane to first allow the whites who tried to impress on the native Indians that they only wished to preach among them, an opportunity to do as they expected. It didn't take the Anishinabe people and other Indians of that region, to learn exactly what the filthy white Mormons wanted. Their land is what the filthy white Mormons wanted.



In response to the constant flow of unwanted illegal white settlers crossing their land and killing the wildgame which roamed throughout their land, Anishinabe ogimak ordered their brave soldiers to commence attacking the unwanted white settlers. Ogima Mis-sta-hi Mus-Squa or chief Big Bear, may have been living in southern Idaho at the time of this tragedy. In fact, if he did, he may have been an important Anishinabe military ogimak. In response to the constant Anishinabe attacks on the illegal white settlers who either were trespassing on Anishinabe land or settling down on Anishinabe land, the United States sent a force of their soldiers from California, to the Utah region. They were led by Colonel Patrick Edward Conner. The United States was anticipating an hostile Anishinabe response because they had sent a few of their mineral surveyors into southwestern Montana, to search for gold. They discovered gold on Grasshopper Creek which is located in southwestern Montana, on July 28, 1862. What followed was an intense war in which nearly 2,000 Indians and whites were killed or wounded. No major battles occurred, excepting this event which was a massacre. After Anishinabe ogimak learned that the whites had discovered gold on their land, they knew what would follow.



Anishinabe soldiers were ordered to intensify their attacks on the unwanted illegal white settlers, throughout southern Idaho and northern Utah. The war for control of the Montana region was on. After gold was discovered in southwestern Montana, the whites built trails leading from Utah to southwestern Montana. Anishinabe soldiers, probably led by ogima Big Bear or ogima Mis-sta-hi Mus-Squa (his Anishinabe name), launched raids on the whites attempting to reach southwestern Montana, from the Utah region. One attack on the Montana trail, led to 11 white people being killed by Anishinabe soldiers. The whites tried to apprehend several Anishinabe ogimak including ogimak Bear Hunter, Sanpitch, and Sagwitch. They chose instead to launch a winter campaign against the Anishinabe people of southeastern Idaho. On January 29, 1863, a force of 300 American soldiers who had snuck their way into the southeastern Idaho lands of the Anishinabe Nation, by traveling at night, reached a camp (the Anishinabe people of that region were probably long civilized) of Anishinabe people, along the Bear River.



On the early morning hours of the 29th of January, 1863, the Americans attacked the Anishinabe settlement. They claimed the temperature outside at the time was a bitterly cold -20. Of course, the Americans had the superior weapons which included the howitzer, machine gun, and revolver. The first American assault was driven off, with numerous American casualties. After their first assault failed, the Americans separated then attacked the Anishinabe settlement along several sides. It proved to work. According to historians, the Anishinabe soldiers ran out of ammunition after two hours of fighting. They even claimed the Anishinabe soldiers tried to cast lead ammunition during the battle. That indicates they were civilized. After the Anishinabe soldiers ran out of their ammunition (that includes bows and arrows), they obviously tried to surrender to the Americans but the Americans refused. Instead, the American soldiers killed as many defenseless Anishinabe men, women, and children as they could. Their actions would lead to Anishinabe retaliations later on. Anishinabe casualties in this massacre were supposedly 246 killed, an unknown number wounded, and 164 captured. American casualties were 21 killed and 46 wounded. American casualties would have been higher if the Anishinabe soldiers had prepared for the onslaught. However, they didn't expect the battle to occur. It was a surprise American assault on their settlement. American soldiers committed horrific crimes during the massacre. And Anishinabe soldiers would retaliate later on.





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