Fort Belknap Reservation


This Reservations history is corrupt and there is evidence Fort Belknap Reservation may not be a Reservation. Why would chief Little Bear request for Little Rockies Mountain Range to be his Reservation in 1913? And why do they refer to this Reservation as Fort Belknap Indian Community? Below is a map of Fort Belknap Reservation and excerpts from a 1913 news article about chief Little Bear and links to google earth photos of Fort Belknap Agency or just Agency and demographics of this Ojibway Reservation. On May 1, 1888, Sweetgrass Hills Treaty supposedly created Fort Belknap Reservation. At that time (1888) Fort Belknap Reservation had a land area of 537,600 acres or 217,559 hectares. In 1890, they reported that Fort Belknap Reservation had a population of 1,722. Today, it's population is slightly over 2,700. Today, Fort Belknap Reservation has a land area of 675,147 acres or 273,222.2 hectares. Chief Rocky Boy's Ojibway Subjects were a concern to American leaders during early 1930's. In 1934, they reported they wanted to add land to Fort Belknap Reservation for chief Rocky Boy's Ojibway Subjects, as well as to Rocky Boy's Reservation and at Great Falls. Fort Belknap Reservation received most land. Close to 140,000 acres. Fort Belknap Reservation is one of chief Rocky Boys many Reservations and Reserves. There are 3 organized communities within FBR. They are Fort Belknap Agency, Hays and Lodge Pole. However, there are other communities that are included as being a part of those 3 organized communities. They are actually distinct communities. Dodson and Harlem are off Reservation yet are predominantly Ojibway Towns.



This Reservation is mysterious. Chief Little Bear had connections to Fort Belknap Reservation. He told whites in Lewistown, Montana in December 1913, that he was an American ally and helped fight Ojibway's during 1876-1877's War in Montana. He was well acquainted with Fort Belknap Reservations region. He made mention of Black Butte and Rocky Point. There's a Black Butte east of Lewistown and north of Fort Maginnis. However, Wild Horse Lake is 20 miles or 32 kilometers southeast of Black Butte. Another Black Butte is located 13 miles or 21 kilometers west of Fort Belknap Reservation. There's a Wild Horse Reservoir 47 miles or 76 kilometers slightly southeast of that Black Butte a few miles west of Fort Belknap Reservation. And there's another Black Butte well west of Wild Horse Lake near Lewistown. Ojibway leaders considered 1 mile to be 1 league which is 3 miles. From that Black Butte a few miles west of Cascade, Montana, to Wild Horse Lake near Lewistown, it's 157 miles or 251 kilometers. Chief Little Bear obviously told them 50 leagues. His interpreter Peter Kenawash, possibly had difficulties translating chief Little Bears information. Between Great Falls and Musselshell River, Ojibway leaders never ceded that land. There's no proof that land was ceded. Chief Little Bear made it clear, he went towards Black Butte and Rocky Point, to fight in that war against chief Sitting Bull in 1876. They used Milk River to reach Missouri River then proceeded west towards Black Butte, which is 6 miles or 10 kilometers west of Blackfeet Reservation or Missouri River.



Chief Rocky Boy had been lured off of his Blackfeet Reservation in August of 1913, to relocate to a new Ojibway Reservation near Great Falls. It was reported in newspapers in summer of 1914, that chief Rocky Boy was headquarted in Great Falls with 700 of his Ojibway Subjects. These two events are related. Chief Little Bear did not like chief Rocky Boy. American leaders were going to reduce chief Little Bears Fort Assiniboine Indian Reservation. Thus, why he was requesting for a new Ojibway Reservation. It's known that several hundred Ojibway's were forced off of Rocky Boy Reservation rolls in 1916 or 1917. So we know exactly how many were forced off of RBR rolls. That be 575. They had no choice. They had to vacate Fort Assiniboine Indian Reservations ceded portion. Most probably settled at Fort Belknap Reservations extreme south near Little Rockies Mountains. Later, chief Rocky Boy's Ojibway Subjects were relocated to Fort Belknap Reservation. That be 1934 and after. Many Ojibway's at Fort Belknap Reservation, continue to cling to their Ojibway Nationality. Reservation leaders won't recognize them however.



Fort Belknap Agency Road View

Fort Belknap Agency Road View

Fort Belknap Agency Road View

Fort Belknap Agency Road View

Fort Belknap Agency Road View

Fort Belknap Agency Road View

Fort Belknap Agency Road View

Fort Belknap Agency Road View












Demographics of Fort Belknap Reservation

Land Area: 1,055 sq. mi. or 2,732.2 sq. km.

Population: 2,851 (2010 census)

Language: Corrupted

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