ᒥᔪᑌᐦ ᑲ ᐃᐧᓴᒥᐦᐟ ᐊᐄᐧᔭᐠ
miyoteh ka wisamiht awîyak
"Our mission is to maintain and inspire the traditional values that relate to the Ojibwa and Nei-yahw way of life for its people through established principles: culture, history, language and life."Our Vision:
Identify cultural resources that are integral to Ojibwa and Nei-yahw heritage and way of life, including places, plants, oral histories, written records, and objects.
Preserve cultural and historic resources both on and off-reservation through documentation and active mitigation.
Protect cultural and historic resources through tribal and NRHP designations, tribal programs, and partnerships with federal and state agencies.
Interpret cultural resources for new generations of Ojibwa and Nei-yahw tribal members, promoting learning opportunities involving all ages of the population.
Our Fundamental Resources:
- Duncan Historically significant places located on reservation lands, off-reservation trust lands, and across the nine-state area that encompasses our ancestral homeland; this area covers the historic travel routes of the Chippewa, including Rocky Boy’s band, across Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and traditional homelands of the Cree in North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming and Montana
- Medicinal and sacred plant resources
- The Chippewa, or Ojibwe, language and the Cree, or Nei-yahw, language
- Prophecies, place names, landscape narratives, traditional values, and other oral histories maintained by the elders of the tribe
The history of the people of Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation in many ways reflects the history of Indian country in America in the Twentieth Century. There were overt efforts to do away with Native Americans in general. There were aggressive efforts made to Christianize tribal people, to transform hunter-gatherers to farmers, and in general “civilize” those that were seen as uncivil. Some of this was done with a paternal (and patronizing) approach.
Many Indian children, particularly following the Great Depression, were sent to boarding schools where many aspects of Chippewa Cree culture was eroded and influenced by Anglo American culture; but beginning in the 1960’s a resurgence of a commitment to learning language and maintaining “traditional culture” ensued. The tribe commissioned the elders to document The Philosophy of the Chippewa Cree, and Cree language was introduced into the schools and day care programs.
While the Chippewa and Cree have unique histories, they are now building a common heritage. It is in this spirit this web site is put together. We are developing a site here to pay tribute to the generations who have left, to empower the current generation of our people, and to ensure that for generations to come, the Chippewa Cree people will have access to their history, opportunity to learn and understand their language, and to able to live in a way maintaining their culture.
As our web site develops you will also be able to access our Tribal Historic Preservation Office for questions on the section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and how it applies to Rocky Boy. In addition to any questions on development within the exterior boundaries of the Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation as well as off reservation issues on compliance.
Located adjacent to the current Chippewa Cree Tribal Offices, this historic site was named after the original use of the hill as a place in which tribal members could gather to hear news from within the community. Shortly after the establishment of Rocky Boy’s Reservation, an elder named Kennewash was selected as the camp Crier due to his ability to project his voice across a large area surrounding the Hill. In the early period of the reservation’s history, electricity and telephones were not available to assist with communication, and the spoken word was relied upon as the method to deliver daily news and announcements to those who gathered. It was said that Kennewash’s voice was so loud, and made louder by the natural rock walls surrounding the area, that he could be heard in all districts of the reservation including Haystack, Parker School, Parker Canyon, and Duck Creek. The Crier’s position, near the top of the hill on the east side is located near a spring, which was used by all of the reservation’s people when Sundances were first held in the area. This hill is therefore a significant place not only to the history of the Reservation, but also because of its sacred and cultural importance. Thanks to recent preservation efforts coordinated by the Chippewa Cree Cultural Resources Preservation Department, this important site will continue to stand as a symbol of Chippewa Cree heritage for future generations.
Please continue to check back for updates as we are adding digital archives including documents, photographs, audio, and even films.