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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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Trenton Indian Service Area




It is actually a part of Fort Peck Indian Reservation. Trenton is supposedly a part of the Turtle Mountain Reservation but that is incorrect. An office was established in Trenton for the Chippewa's who were supposedly allotted over 500,000 acres in Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota after the fraudulent 1892 treaty known as the infamous 10 cent an acre Treaty, was ratified by the United States in 1904. At the present time, the Trenton Indian Service Area claims the population of the Chippewa's in the Montana and North Dakota Counties within its area (in Montana it covers Sheridan, Roosevelt, and Richland Counties - in North Dakota they are Divide, Williams, and McKenzie Counties) is over 2,600.



Fort Buford Indian Reservation and the Land Allotments

Later on in 1895, the 900 sq. mi. Fort Buford Military Reservation was shut down. This happened on October 1, 1895. On April 21, 1904, the infamous 10 cent an acre Treaty or the McCumber Agreement, was ratified by the United States. Afterwards, it caused all kinds of problems for ogima Rocky Boy who assumed the role of the principle leader of the Chippewa's. It was reported that 390 Chippewa families moved to the Trenton area which is the Fort Buford Indian Reservation which is actually Fort Peck Reservation, from northern North Dakota. Many of them also moved to Spirit Lake Reservation in North Dakota and obviously Turtle Mountain Reservation. Most remained in the Great Falls, Montana region.



It was reported that the Trenton Chippewa's were allotted 131,000 acres in Williams County, North Dakota where part of the Fort Buford Indian Reservation is. In fact, the 131,000 acres is probably that part of the Fort Buford Indian Reservation located in Williams County, North Dakota. The United States allowed some mixed bloods to settle on the Reservation to corrupt the Chippewa's. By the 1970s, the Chippewa's owned only around 22,000 acres of the original 131,000 acres allotted them in Williams County, North Dakota.



Commencing in 1905, or about a year after the infamous 10 cent an acre Treaty or McCumber Agreement was ratified, over 3,000 Chippewa's applied for land allotments at the Glasgow, Montana land office. Over 400,000 acres was allotted them. When you take into consideration the 131,000 acres allotted to the Chippewa's in Williams County, North Dakota, the total acres allotted the Chippewa's is well over 500,000 acres. Fort Buford Military Reservation covered 900 sq. mi. or 576,000 acres. So the entire Chippewa Fort Buford Indian Reservation was allotted to individual Chippewa's. Exactly how much of that land remains Chippewa is not correctly known. However, the old Fort Buford Military Reservation, is a part of Fort Peck Reservation.



Demographics of the Trenton Indian Service Area (it's actually a part of Fort Peck Reservation)

Covers 900 sq. mi. or 576,000 acres

Population is over 2,600

Settlements

Trenton: Population is 524. The small mountain range which begins in eastern Montana ends in the Trenton area as you can tell by the google earth photos.

South Trenton: It's population is included with that of Trenton. South Trenton is a mile southwest of Trenton. South Trenton has about 30 housing units and a population of possibly around 90 to 100.

Trenton has around 175 or more housing units and covers an area of 26.0 sq. mi. A few Chippewa's are farming on some of their land allotments around Trenton. From the Trenton office, the affairs of the Chippewa's in the Trenton Indian Service Area, are carried out. However, the Trenton Indian Service Area is considered to be a part of the Turtle Mountain Reservation. That is incorrect. Trenton must be included with Fort Peck Reservation. There are several businesses in Trenton, as well as a school, along with the Trenton Indian Service Area Tribal office. Since the community is doing fairly well economically, the average household size should be around 3.0 persons per housing unit. Below are links to several photohraphs of the Chippewa town of Trenton.



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South Trenton Full Photograph From Above

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