Rocky Boy's Reservation is near the Canadian border, in north central Montana. It is graced by the Bears Paw Mountains, which provide a dramatic contrast to the flat bottomlands of this area.
Rocky Boy's is home to members of the Chippewa-Cree tribe and has more than 4,000 residents. The name "Rocky Boy" was derived from the name of a leader of a band of Chippewa Indians. It actually meant "Stone Child," but it was not translated correctly from Chippewa into English and "Rocky Boy" evolved.
Rocky Boy's residents who work on the reservation are employed by the schools, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Indian Health Service and tribal government. There is also some wheat farming and post and pole production. The tribe is actively working toward development of its natural resources to be able to provide more jobs and income for its people.
POINTS OF INTEREST
CHIPPEWA-CREE RECREATION AREA
Many outdoor recreation opportunities are available, including Bear Paw Ski Bowl, a tribally owned, fully operational ski area. The Chippewa-Cree Recreation Area is located 29 miles south of Havre in the Bears Paw Mountains.
- Location: Bears Paw Mountains
- Phone: 406.395.4207
STONE CHILD COLLEGE
A two-year college, Stone Child offers associate's degrees in the Arts and Sciences. There are future plans for a cultural center on campus.
- Address: 8294 Upper Box Elder Rd, Box Elder, MT 59521
- Phone: 406.395.4875
- Website: https://stonechild.edu/WP/
CHIPPEWA-CREE TRIBAL COUNCIL
The Chippewa Cree Business Committee is the governing body of the Tribe. The eight Council members and Chairman are elected at large; serving four years on staggered terms. Elections are held in the fall of every even numbered year.
- Address: R.R. 1, Box 542 Box Elder, MT 59521
- Phone: 406.395.4282
- Fax: 406.395.4497