The Chippewa Cree Tribe
accounted for about $28.2 million in uses, or 35.4 percent of the total.
On January 9, 1997, the Tribal Council of the Chippewa Cree Tribe of the Rocky Boy's Reservation passed a resolution approving the water rights compact between the Tribe and the State of Montana, thus settling the Tribe's claims to water within the State of Montana.
Historically, the area was part of the large territory north of the Missouri and Musselshell Rivers designated for the Blackfeet Nation, including the Piegan, Blood, Blackfeet, and Gros Ventres Tribes, in a treaty negotiated in 1855.(69) Plains Cree Chief Broken Arm was among the signatories to the treaty,(70) although historians have concluded that he was only present as a witness and that the Cree Tribe was excluded from the peace treaty.(71) Out of this larger territory a Reservation for the Blackfeet, Gros Ventre, Piegan, Blood, and River Crow Tribes was established north of the Missouri and Marias Rivers on April 15, 1874.(72)
The Rocky Boy's Reservation was originally inhabited by members of the Chippewa and Cree Tribes
. However, because of extensive intermarriage over the years, the tribal rolls list members only as "Chippewa Crees." In 1935, the Chippewa Crees adopted a tribal constitution for the "Chippewa Cree Tribe
," officially recognizing the coming together of the two tribes into one.
The Plain and Wood Cree Tribes
of Indians, and all other the Indians inhabiting the district hereinafter described and defined, do hereby cede, release, surrender and yield up to the Government of the Dominion of Canada for Her Majesty the Queen and her successors forever, all their rights, titles and privilege whatsoever to the lands included within the following limits ...
The dance has been practiced by the Blackfoot and Cree tribes
from the Plains of Montana and Alberta Canada where the dance and the men who perform this dance are held in the highest esteem with great respect for it's rich tradition and history.
The stories of origins of the hand games are different among different Cree tribes
, said Whiskyjack.
Many French fur traders married into the Ojibwa and Cree tribes
as the Canadian fur trade moved west in the 17th and 18th centuries.