"Chief Rocky Boy"


Chief Rocky Boy

Chief Rocky Boy was a Ojibwe leader after whom the Rocky Boy Reservation in north central Montana was named. His Ojibwe name, Chief Asiniweyin, was translated as "Rocky Boy". Although "Stone Man" is the correct translation of Chief Asiniweyin's name, "Rocky Boy" and "Stone Child", which are both derivatives of that name, became common. In 1915, Chief Rocky Boy and a coalition of Montana residents asked president Woodrow Wilson for a reservation for the landless bands of Ojibwe in Montana. On September 7, 1916 the 64th Congress designated a tract of land, once part of the abandoned Fort Assiniboine Military Reserve, as a home for the Ojibwe Indians. The Cree leader Little Bear and his band joined Rocky Boy and his people. Rocky Boy passed away the morning of April 18, 1916. The Great Falls Daily Tribune eloquently stated, "In that passing, one of the most picturesque of the Indian characters in the last third of a century of Montana history disappears from the stage and the passing marks the closing of a unique chapter in Montana Indian history." Rocky Boy lived his philosophy of love one another and help one another. He was in his eighties.

"Chief Rocky Boy", oil on linen, 1994, private collection, Münster, Germany,

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