Little Shell Band of the Chippewa Tribe

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The Little Shell tribe is recognized by the state of Montana and was granted Federal Tribe recognition in 2019.

Tribal Headquarters[edit | edit source]

Tribal Office
615 Central Avenue W
Great Falls MT 59404

Reservations[edit | edit source]

The Little Shell Chippewa Tribe does not have a reservation. Members of the tribe are scattered throughout Montana with some living outside the state. [1]

History[edit | edit source]

The Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana, often shortened to "Little Shell", were located in the Red River-Pembina region during the mid-19th century. In 1892, following the renegotiation of the Treaty of 1863, the Little Shell tribe was left without land. The tribal numbers were in the several thousand, but without a reservation or enrollment, there is no documentation of the exact population. The tribe is of Métis descent.[2]

Records[edit | edit source]

The majority of records of individuals were those created by the agencies. Some records may be available to tribal members through the tribal headquarters.They were (and are) the local office of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and were charged with maintaining records of the activities of those under their responsibility. Among these records are:

Important Websites[edit | edit source]

Bibliography[edit | edit source]

  • Vrooman, Nicholas Curchin., Rick Newby, Pamela Bunte, Anne Coyner, Sandra F. Kennedy, JoEllen Shively, Brenda Snider, and Jackie Trotchie. "The Whole Country Was ... 'One Robe'": the Little Shell Tribe's America. Helena, MT: Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana, 2012.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. “Home,” Home, accessed August 11, 2020,
  2. “Culture,” Montana Little Shell Tribe, accessed August 14, 2020,