Stop the Desecration of Hill 57

Stop the Desecration of Hill 57

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In 1914 Chief Rocky Boy Led his band through Canada and Montana area. Though there was not enough supplies to go around for his tribe and he wanted a reservation for his people. In 1921 Cheif Rocky Boy negotiated with Cascade County officials to occupy Mount Royal and Hill 57 (Due to the Heinz 57 sign). Chief Rocky Boy invited all Landless tribes to join him. In the Mid 30's there were 300 to 500 Ojibway's living on the land. In 1934 the Indian reorganization act was passed and tribes were being sent to other reservations. Specifically, the families who lived at Hill 57 came from two different refugee groups. These groups were the Métis—mixed-blood Ojibwa and Cree societies descended from the fur-trader communities of eastern and central Canada—and the Little Shell band of Ojibwas, who migrated west from the Turtle Mountain Reservation in North Dakota. Common family names among this group were: Azure, LaPierre (Now know as Lapier), Collins, Laframboise and Poitras. During the 1940s and 1950s, the living conditions at the Hill 57 settlement were crowded and unsanitary.

With families of Hill 57 struggling  to survive in homemade dwellings it got noticed by the government. In 1957 Montana senator James E. Murray petitioned the Bureau of Indian Affairs to designate Hill 57 as a reservation, but federal officials replied that the people should enroll themselves at existing reservations or relocate to a different urban area. Eventually many of the families moved into the city of Great Falls or to other Montana towns. During this era many family members of the tribe had passed away to be buried on the hill. My grandmother would tell me stories about living on Hill 57 and the people who had passed away there. An elder of my tribe stated "Many are buried up on the hill." My Grandmother when she passed away six years ago she wanted to be left on Hill 57 with her ancestors. My family made the long trek up the steep side of the Hill to place her ashes. 

Just recently my cousin had passed away. My family headed up to the hill with balloons for remembrance of his birthday. We were shocked to find that Hill 57 was surrounded by barbed wire and no trespassing signs. My uncle stated, "that no one had the right to dig up our burial land." There are so many people who had been buried or had their ashes spread upon the Hill. There are Bulldozers and cranes on what is a sacred burial site for my tribe. They are developing this sacred land and desecrating the graves of my ancestors. Please help me stop this.

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