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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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Dull Knife is Deceived

Dull Knife was an important Anishinabe ogima among the Cheyenne and was one of the principle ogimak who masterminded the Anishinabe exodus off the Great Sioux Reservation. Not very long after Dull Knife led the exodus off the Great Sioux Reservation, he and his followers were captured by American soldiers. That occurred on October 23, 1878 near Fort Robinson, Nebraska. The nearly 150 Anishinabek were sent to Fort Robinson and held as prisoners of war. The massacre that occurred there on January 9, 1878, is known as the Fort Robinson Massacre. While being held as captives, Red Cloud and his subjects, who had recently been relocated to Pine Ridge, paid a visit to Fort Robinson in December of 1878, to talk with ogima Dull Knife. Ogima Dull Knife reached an agreement with Red Cloud and the Americans. He told them he would no longer attempt to commence any diasporas as long as if the Cheyenne could live peacefully at Pine Ridge. What ogima Dull Knife meant, was to simply allow the Anishinabe people of Pine Ridge, to keep their Anishinabe identity alive. Little did ogima Dull Knife know, that his white enemies were planning on retribution while they were negotiating with him, and other Anishinabe ogimak had refused to return to the Great Soiux Reservation.

On January 9, 1879, the revenge seeking Americans deliberately attacked the Anishinabe people in Fort Robinson. They killed many of the 150 unarmed (white historians may claim otherwise) Anishinabek but many were capable of escaping, including ogima Dull Knife and his family. Of the 150 Anishinabe prisoners of war, over 20 were killed and 33 were wounded. The white soldiers captured 65 of the Anishinabbek and returned them to Fort Robinson. Of the 65, 33 of them were wounded. A total of 38 Anishinabek managed to escape in two groups. One numbered 32 while the other 6. They were pursued by the American soldiers who eventually caught up to them and refused to accept their surrender. They chose to deliberately kill them. They killed 23 including Dull Knife. Only 9 survived. They were returned to Fort Robinson. The other 6 were were captured and then forced to stand trial for the murders committed in Kansas. They were executed. Total Anishinabe casualties in this planned act of revenge, was 29 killed and 33 wounded. Those Anishinabek who were recaptured were returned to the Great Sioux Reservation, where they joined with the Anishinabek who did not participate on the exodus and the Dakotas and other Indians. They were forced to lose their Anishinabe identity.

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