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Windy Boy: Sweet Grass Hills purchase monumental for Chippewa Cree


March 15, 2019

Havre Daily News/Ryan Berry

Clouds blow over the Sweet Grass Hills Wednesday. Tribal officials say the purchase of 280 acres of land in the hills helps regain and preserve a key part of history and culture for the Chippewa Cree Tribe of Rocky Boy's Indian Reservation.

Wednesday, March 6, was a monumental day for Chippewa Cree Cultural Resources Preservation Department Director Alvin Windy Boy Sr., he said.

That was the day the Chippewa Cree Tribe of Rocky Boy's Indian Reservation regained a piece of its history, purchasing 280 acres of land in the Sweet Grass Hills.

"We, as indigenous people to this land, became strangers in our own land," he said. "Accessibility to sites was always a hindrance over the course of time. But fortunately ... my grandfather, that I have seen and witnessed, had a good relationship with many farmers and ranchers in the area,...

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