Bannack Indians

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They are a Shoshonean People. They are closely related to the Northern Shoshonean People who lived in Montana, Wyoming, Idaho and Oregon. They are an admixture of Ojibway and non Ojibway. According to 19th century Anishinabe author Andrew Blackbird, the Ojibway Language was spoken among the Shoshone People. He describes in his 1887 book, about the Ojibway People or Anishinabe People, following prophecy and migrating west to the Rocky Mountains. Below is an excerpt from Blackbirds late 19th century book:



There were also a small tribe of Indians, beside the Chippewas, that resided on the north side of the strait whose principal village was situated at the place now called St. Ignace, but the Ottawas and Chippewas call this place to this day (Naw do we que yah mi shen ing) which is a compound name from (Naw do we) the name of the tribe who resided there, and (Na yah me shen), point of land in water. And afterwards part of the Ottawas came over from their Island and resided with them, during the days of old Saw ge maw, who was one of the great warriors and leaders of the Ottawas. But afterwards Saw ge maw quarreled with them and broke up the confederacy and drove them off. Here, too, at about this time, part of the Ottawas left the country in anger because they were cheated out of one of the great feasts they were having on some particular occasion. These went far west and joined the Shoshonee tribe of Indians, whose country lies on the side of the Rocky Mountains, and consequently the Ottawa language is quite extensively spoken among that tribe of Indians to this day.



Blackbird did not tell the truth. He wrote on more than one occasion of Ottawa's migrating west. They migrated west because of prophecy. They did not migrate west to the Rocky Mountains because they were cheated out of one the great feasts they were having. That's ridiculous. Ojibway Soldiers probably forced them to migrate west with them. The Ottawa's were really Ojibway's who absorbed many non Ojibway's among them. So many that the Ojibway's became a minority among them. The Ottawa's were pronone to help the whites and they paid horrifically for it. They were natives to the region east of the Great Lakes. Blackbirds family, however, was captured by Ojibway Soldiers in North Dakota or South Dakota, and brought east by the Ojibway Soldiers. Blackbird was not Algonquian. The Ottawa Language was obviously non Ojibway. They were forced to speak Ojibway by the Ojibway People. However, they did include some of their native words. They became very few as a result of a trust of whites. So Ojibway was spoken among the Shoshonean People?



Today, the Bannack live at Wind River Reservation and Fort Hall Reservation. They are Shoshonean or an admixture of Ojibway and non Ojibway. They may rather identify as being Shoshone than Bannack. However, they are the same people. They also lived at Lemhi Reservation in Idaho. Most people think Lemhi Reservation was eradicated in 1907. That isn't true. The Bannack lived within the Blackfeet Reservation. The southwestern part of Blackfeet Reservation located in southwest Montana. Chief Rocky Boy was their leader.