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Nett Lake Reservation

It was an Ojibway location very important on their eastward and westward migration. Below is a map of Nett Lake Reservation which is located 34.6 miles or 51.6 kilometers northeast of Leech Lake Reservation. Nett Lake Reservation is also known as Bois Forte Reservation. It was eradicated after 1889's Nelson Act. However, the United States recognized (actually established) Nett Lake Reservation after 1898's War. All Ojibway Reservations in Minnesota were eradicated after 1889's Nelson Act, except Red Lake Reservation and a small part of White Earth Reservation. Bois Forte or Nett Lake, has two settlements. Their largest is Nett Lake which serves as their Reservations administrative center. About 4 miles southeast is South Nett Lake or Zagakwandagonabek. In Ojibway Language they name this area A-sa-bii-ko-ne Zaaga-i-ganiing. It's a locative that supposedly means At The Lake For Netting. It actually means Nett Lake Reservation. To be precise it's Assab Ga-mi'ig which means Nett Lake Place. In Ojibway, Nett Lake Reservation it's pronounced Assab Gami Ishkonigan. Word for Reservation in Ojibway Language is ish-kon-i-gan. South Nett Lake is a smaller settlement. Nett Lake Reservation is almost entirely a wilderness. 2000's population was 657. Indians made up 71% of their population while whites made up 28% of their Reservations population. Most whites live at Deer Creek Reservation which Nett Lake Reservation leaders gave to them. They are not looking out for Ojibway's best interests. Nett Lake Reservation is actually 3 times larger. Researches on how English and Canadian leaders negotiated with Ojibway leaders about new Ojibway Reservations, details land allotments to individual Ojibway's and those land allotments became Ojibway Reservations and could not be sold per treaty agreements. American leaders also practiced that same procedure. Ojibway leaders considered 1 mile to be 1 league which is 3 miles. Thus, why Nett Lake Reservation is actually 3 times larger. There are 3 parcels of land that make up Nett Lake Reservation. They are Nett Lake, of course, and Deer Creek Reservation and Lake Vermillion Reservation. On September 30, 1854, Ojibway leaders in Montana agreed to land cessions and creations of new Ojibway Reservations. They quickly found out they were lied to. Lake Vermillions region was highly sought after by Ojibway leaders and a Reservation was set aside there in 1854. However, American leaders refused to honor treaty. On April 7, 1866, what is now Nett Lake (aka Bois Forte) Reservation was created. Deer Creek Reservation which covers 1 township was also created. Nett Lake Reservation has a land area of 152 sq. mi. or 393.7 sq. km. Including Deer Creek Reservation it's 188 sq. mi. or 486.9 sq. km. Including Lake Vermillion Reservation it's 189.6 sq. mi. or 491.1 sq. km. However, this Reservation is 3 times larger or 568.8 sq. mi. or 1,473.2 sq. km.

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