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The Little Shell band of Indians from Hill 57 consists of the tribes Chippewa and Cree.

These two tribes wandered Montana together in search of land.  It was not until Chief Rocky Boy's death, when a reservation was finally granted by the government, known as Rocky Boy's Reservation.  The two tribes consisted of Chief Rocky Boy's Chippewa tribe from the Dakota's, and Chief Little Bear's Cree tribe from Canada, who fled from the Riel Rebellion.

A Picture of Chief Rocky Boy of the Chippewa
Courtesy of the Montana Historical Society
Montana's Indians, Yesterday and Today, William L. Bryan Jr.

Besides staying on the reservation, some Indians chose to stay closer to Great Falls and ended up on the abandoned land, Hill 57, named after an advertisement placed there for Heinz 57 sauce.

Another Picture of Chief Little Bear
courtesy of Musem of the Rockies Photo Archive, Montana State University
The Montana Cree, Verne Dusenberry

Living conditions were poor, as most Indian tribes had to live this way.  There was and still is lots of social injustice amongst tribes and poverty was at large.  Many survivors do not like to talk about what life was like on Hill 57, but some believe it should be told, the truth is always knowledgeable, even if no one wants to hear it.

Now there are only a few families left on the Hill, most have moved into the town in better living conditions.

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Chief Little Bear of the Cree

Courtesy of the Montana Historical Society
Montana's Indians, Yesterday and Today, William L. Bryan Jr. courtesy of Musem of the Rockies Photo Archive, Montana State University
The Montana Cree, Verne Dusenberry

Chief Four Souls, son of Little Bear
courtesy of Musem of the Rockies Photo Archive, Montana State University
The Montana Cree, Verne Dusenberry

Chief Little Shell

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