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Wind River Reservation

This Ojibway Reservation has a troubling past. Below is a map of Wind River Reservation, links to google earth photos of Fort Washakie, it's demographics which are very difficult to determine correctly. Wind River Reservation was established on July 3, 1868 for Shoshone People (we know they are Ojibway) only. Wind River Reservations original land area was 3.2 million acres. It didn't take long for white leaders to return demanding Reservation land! On September 26, 1872 Wind River Reservations southern third was ceded. We know Shoshone People are Cheyenne and Arapaho Ojibway's! In 1878, Shoshone Ojibway leaders at Wind River Reservation became concerned after they learned Arapaho Ojibway's numbering around 950, were being allowed to settle at Wind River Reservation. They had just been defeated in Montana's 1876-1877 War. Both groups of Ojibway's were obviously fighting each other! Arapaho People settled east of Shoshone People. On May 21, 1887 an Executive Order established an American Military Reservation with a land area of 1,405 acres at Fort Washakie. Usually American leaders first established Military Reservations within Reservations after Reservations were first created. It indicates civil strife ay Wind River Reservation in 1887. Why? I suspect the United States was preparing to Relocate many Montana Ojibway's to Wind River Reservation. Montana Ojibway's were extremely hostile at that time. They were expecting their vast Montana Reservation to be eradicated. That happened on May 1, 1888 when Sweet Grass Hills Treaty was illegally signed. It's better known as the infamous 10 cent an acre Treaty.

After creating their military Reservation in 1887, they increased the number of American Soldiers at Fort Washakie. Many Arapaho and Shoshone Soldiers were also employed during that time! On March 3, 1891 a commission was appointed to negotiate a Wind River Reservation land cession. Not an acre or two. It was 1.2 million acres. Both Arapaho and Shoshone leaders agreed to cede 1.2 million acres of their Reservation north and east of Big Wind River. In 1893, they increased the land cession to 1.6 million acres. American leaders were preparing to Relocate 1,000's of Montana Ojibway's during that time. American leaders supposedly didn't ratify 1891's land cession yet we know better. Those Montana Ojibway's Relocated to Wind River Reservation after 1887, were very hostile and demanded their own Reservation. And they were set aside their own Reservation. Big Wind River is it's south boundary. American leaders had to deal with chief Rocky Boy and possibly chief Big Bear (there may be evidence he lived well into the 20th century) who refused to ratify 1888's Treaty. They and their Ojibway Subjects continued to live throughout their vast Montana Reservation. Whites called them landless yet that was derogatory to Ojibway leaders in Montana. By 1895, American leaders had conspired to round up 1,000's of Montana Ojibway's led by chief Rocky Boy and chief Big Bear. In May of 1896, American Soldiers led by Colonel Pershing and Ojibway Soldiers led by chief Little Bear, invaded Montana's vast Ojibway Reservation. During May, June and July of 1896, they had rounded up 1,000's of Montana Ojibway's at Great Falls and boarded them onto train boxcars to be Relocated. One location was Wind River Reservation. As mentioned, American leaders had already planned for the Relocations in either 1887 or 1891!

All these land problems at Wind River Reservation are difficult to ascertain yet you'll never read of anything pertaining to Ojibway People and Montana. It's for a reason! On April 21, 1896 American leaders along with Arapaho and Shoshone leaders, used an excuse to conceal what was happening. Arapaho and Shoshone leaders agreed to set aside 100 square miles for a State Park. Today it's known as Hot Springs State Park of Wyoming which is yet a part of Wind River Reservation. However, what they really did was Relocate 100's of Montana Ojibway's to Wind River Reservation. That's what they don't want you knowing! Chief Rocky Boy and chief Big Bear were enraged at what happened. Many of the 1,000's of Montana Ojibway's Relocated in 1896, were Relocated to Canada. Chief Big Bear had to stand trial for his role in 1885's Northwest Rebellion. He was acquitted! He then returned to his native Montana. Both chief Rocky Boy and chief Big Bear, remained defiant and continued to honor treaty that created their vast Montana Reservation. By 1902, chief Rocky Boy was constantly told by his Ojibway Subjects to find Reservation land for them. He agreed and on January 14, 1902 he sent letter to President Roosevelt telling him chief Rocky Boy was leader of all landless Ojibway's in various locations in the United States in need of Reservations. They denied his request for Reservations yet accepted his proposal to allow his Ojibway Subjects to settle on unsurveyed land or unallotted Reservation land.

At Wind River Reservation was much unallotted land. It was known of by both Reservation leaders and white leaders. On April 21, 1904 American leaders prepared Wind River Reservation for allotments. Not only for Arapaho and Shoshone People yet also for chief Rocky Boy's Montana Ojibway's. American leaders ratified April 21, 1904's agreement on March 3, 1905. On June 2, 1906 President Roosevelt's Proclamation supposedly opened 1,472,844.15 acres to white settlement. A total of 246,822 acres was allotted to 2,401 citizens of Wind River Reservation and chief Rocky Boy's Montana Ojibway's. At this time there's a dispute about Wind River Reservations correct boundaries. They took it to court and the court sided with Wind River Reservation leaders. Wind River Reservation has same boundaries it had in 1874. It's an off limits Reservation! However, it won't change what has happened. They have to accept their Reservation boundaries as depicted on map below! We don't want that land area! And the Thermopolis region is a shared park! Ojibway leaders agreed to set aside that region to be a Reservation Park. It remains a part of Wind River Reservation! They will not accept being Ojibway at this Reservation. They don't know who they are and probably could care less!

Fort Washakie Road View

Fort Washakie Road View

Fort Washakie Road View

Fort Washakie Road View

Fort Washakie Road View

Fort Washakie Road View

Fort Washakie Road View

Fort Washakie Road View

Demographics of Wind River Reservation

Land Area: 3,051.8 sq. mi. or 7,904.2 sq. km. (1,953,178 acres)

Population: 5,759

Indian: 5,046 (it includes mixed bloods and Mexicans)

White: 604 (won't include Johnstown's white population)

Black: 6

Asian: 3

Languages: Corrupted


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