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Leech Lake Reservation


They claim Leech Lake Reservation only owns a small percentage of their Reservation or Konigan. Below are links to google earth photos of Ball Club and maps of Leech Lake Reservation. First one is of Chippewa National Forest and second is the Leech Lake Reservation set aside on May 7, 1864 and it's land addition for Montana Ojibway's on March 19, 1867. Ojibway People named this location "Ga Za-ga-skwad-ji-me-kaag." It means "Where Leeches Are." However, it's incorrect! It must be "Ga Za-ga-skwad-ji-me Ka." It means "Leeches Are There." The Ojibway word for "Leech" is "Za-ga-skwad-ji-me." Three large lakes within their Reservation, cover nearly 300,000 acres. They claim that over 560,000 acres is owned by Federal Government. However, U.S. Federal Government holds Reservation land in trust for Indian Nations, which means their Reservations land that covers over 560,00 acres is, in fact, owned by Leech Lake Reservation. Leech Lake Reservation has a land area of 1.6 million acres or 2,500 sq. mi. or 6,475 sq. km. Leech Lake Reservation's Ojibway Population in 2010 was 5,157.



This Reservation or Leech Lake Reservation, has a history that's somewhat of a mystery. Leech Lake Reservation is one of chief Rocky Boy's Reservations. We have to include Chippewa National Forest for obvious reasons. In fact, Chippewa National Forest is Leech Lake Reservation. We can exclude that region from Cass Lake to west of Cass Lake, that's within LLR, as not being within LLR. Not all of Cass Lake however. The map below will help you! The area is not within Chippewa National Forest which means much if not most is "fee land" or land subject to city, county, State and Federal Taxes. Cass Lake's north limits is "Trust Land" or land owned by LLR's government. For reasons i rather not disclose, I'll only include that portion of LLR within Chippewa National Forest. After 1898's Rebellion, American leaders returned the Leech Lake Reservation set aside with May 7, 1864's Treaty. Chippewa National Forests boundaries closely follow the Leech Lake Reservation set aside on May 7, 1864. However, excluding it's west portion that reached White Earth Reservation.



Chief Bemidji continued to live within the boundaries of May 7, 1864's Treaty that set aside Leech Lake Reservation at Lake Bemidji. He didn't relocate to the smaller Leech Lake Reservation until the mid or late 1890's. Leech Lake Reservation was created on February 22, 1855. It was very small and Pillager Ojibway leaders rejected it. They used their pejorative in describing Reservations and Reserves they disliked. They used "ish" as their pejorative. So "Ish-kon-i-gan" actually means their dislike for small Reservations. And "Ish-kon-i-gan" means Reservation and Reserve in Ojibway. There are many Ojibway settlements within LLR. However, LLR leaders are prohibited from establishing new Ojibway settlements on Chippewa National Forest Land which means American leaders are not following treaty agreements.



Ojibway's became enraged in 1898 at LLR about American deceptions. They considered Red Lake Reservation and White Earth Reservation to be a part of Leech Lake Reservation. On March 19, 1867, American leaders used Hole in the Day to sign an illegal treaty that diminished LLR. Leaders of LLR refused to accept March 19, 1867's Treaty. They were very angry about whites tearing down their forests also. It erupted into violence on October 5, 1898. Battle of Sugar Point saved LLR. Ojibway leaders were enraged after Battle of Sugar Point and openly warned whites about yet being warlike. To ease their intense rage, American leaders created Minnesota Forest Reserve (Chippewa National Forest) on June 27, 1902 for chief Rocky Boy. On January 14, 1902, chief Rocky Boy sent a letter to President Roosevelt requesting for Reservations for his Ojibway Subjects. He claimed he was leader of Chippewa Indians that were living in different parts of Untied States without homes and Reservations. He was denied Reservations yet was approved to settle at existing Reservations where land was added to those Reservations. One is Leech Lake Reservation.



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