Rocky Boy Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana
Ojibway Indians of Oregon
To learn about the Ojibways who live in the State of Oregon, we have to again turn to Andrew Blackbirds 1887 book "History of the Ottawa and Chippewa Indians of Michigan," which includes the historical information about the Ojibwa Language being extensively spoken among the Shoshonean People. According to Sarah Winnemucca, her father chief Winnemucca, was the leader of all Paiute People. He was not Paiute. Chief Winnemucca was Shoshone which means he was Ojibway. On September 12, 1872, the Paiute and Shoshone were set aside the Malheur Reservation of Oregon. During the Chippewa Exodus (white historians refer to them as the Nez Perce) of 1877, 10,000s of Nez Perce who are really the Amikwa Chippewa's, fled into Oregon and Washington. American leaders anticipated such an event because they knew about the Seven Fires Prophecy. They added land on to Malheur Reservation on May 15, 1875 and January 28, 1876. However, they did not anticipate so many Chippewa's migrating into eastern Oregon. After they arrived to Oregon, they contacted the superintendent of Malheur Reservation and requested to be allowed to live there. Their request was denied. Soon after, the Ojibway Indians of Oregon commenced to wage war. It is known as the 1878 Bannock War. To end the conflict, the United States allowed the Chippewa's to live at Malheur Reservation. However, they had no intentions of keeping their promise. They broke treaty in 1883 and forced both the Paiute and Shoshone Chippewa, to relocate to Warm Springs Reservation and Yakima Reservation of Washington State. We know the Athabascan People or Dene People, are Algonquin. So the Grand Ronde and Siletz Reservations also belong to the Ojibways of Oregon. Their population is small in Oregon for many reasons.