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Rocky Boy Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana Needs Your Help
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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They have been accused of being partly Indian and partly non Indian by white historians. But the people known historically as the Metis (metis is pronounced as may-tay) are in fact a totem (dodaim) of the Anishinabe people. Though the Anishinabe Mete or Mede totem (dodaim) was not as numerous as the military and police totem of the Anishinabe people (the Chippewa's) or other Anishinabe totems such as the merchants (Odawa's), and the keepers of the fire (the Potawatomi), their role in Anishinabe society was yet significant. Their totem (dodaim) was centered on the healthcare and to a degree the religious affairs of the Anishinabe people, as well as the welfare of their education. The origins of the Metewiwin (Medicine Society) starts with the awareness of the Seven Fires Prophecy. They knew that when their white brethren eventually invaded that new diseases would emerge. That is exactly what occurred after the whites invaded in the 15th century. Maytaynabeg (medicine men or doctors) were formed after the Anishinabe people became aware of the Seven Fires Prophecy. They were instructed to experiment with herbs in order to attempt to discover new medicines which would help the Anishinabe people survive the onslaught of the coming plagues.
There is a reason why the Anishinabe (they are the Algonquin's, Chippewa's, Cree, Matay, Ottawa or Odawa's if you prefer, Sioux, Potawatomi, and probably the Abenaki and Blackfoot as well) population is very high at the present time. And, of course, i am referring to the Metewiwin or Medicine Society of the Anishinabe people. Today, there are probably 600,000 to over 700,000 Anishinabe people. The Sioux are in fact Anishinabe. You only need to know about Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan and Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario to understand exactly what point i am trying to make clear for you. The Sault in Sault Ste. Marie, is pronounced exactly like Sioux. It was the French who named the Chippewa's who lived near Sault Ste. Marie, the Sioux. They named them the Sioux after the name of the Sault Ste. Marie trading post. Even at the present time Chippewa's of the Sault Ste. Marie region of Michigan refer to themselves as the Sault (Sioux) Tribe of Chippewa Indians. On the plains of extreme southern Canada, the Anishinabe people living there became known as the Sault-teaux. It is pronounced like "Soe-Toe." However, the whites conspired in the 19th century to corrupt these plain Ojibwa's by extending the name Sault (Sioux) to "Sault-Teaux or "Soe-Toe." The word for medicine in Anishinabe is not Mashkiki as it is known by at the present time. In the Anishinabe language the real word for medicine is mete (pronounced as may-tay) or mede (pronounced as may-day).
And Medewiwin (or Metewiwin) means Medicine Society in the language of the Anishinabe people. Mete members were instrumental in defending Anishinabe lands and rights in particularly the 1860s-1880s time period. Sitting Bull was born and raised among the Anishinabe Mete living near what is now the Winnipeg region of Manitoba, Canada. He was a Maytaynabay (medicine man or doctor) who became a powerful ogima (chief) by the 1870s. Through their efforts two rebellions were initiated by Mete ogimak (leaders) in 1869-1870 which is known historically as the 1869-1870 Red River Rebellion, and the 1885 Northwest Rebellion. They also organized Anishinabe diasporas up into northern Quebec, northern Ontario, northern Manitoba, northern Saskatchewan, northern British Columbia, the Northwest Territories and that includes what is now Nunavut, and the Yukon, and Alaska, during the 19th century. They also left on the diasporas and settled down in the locations previously mentioned. Below is a list of the Anishinabe Mete population of those locations. Alberta is by far the most important location because the whites left them with large Reserves. In Saskatchewan, they have numerous settlements and is where they are the most numerous. In Alaska, the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and Yukon the Mete are in fact living there. The whites are trying to force them to lose their Anishinabe identity.