Chippewa Cree Tribe

The Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation is home to the Chippewa Cree Tribe, a tribe rich in language, culture, traditions, and history. The name “Rocky Boy” was derived from the name of a leader of a band of Chippewa Indians. It actually meant “Stone Child,” but was mistranslated, and “Rocky Boy” evolved. Tucked between the prairie and Bear Paw Mountains, the Reservation offers ample opportunity for outdoor recreation and exploring the natural environment including the Chippewa-Cree Recreation Area and Bear Paw Ski Bowl.

On June 14, Lt. Governor Cooney, Jason Smith, Director of Governor’s Office of Indian Affairs, Tara Rice, Director of Depart. of Commerce, Kathleen O’Leary, Deputy Commissioner of Dept. of Labor & Industry, Ken Fichtler, Chief Business Development Officer of Governor’s Office of Economic Development, and Elisa Fiaschetti, Governor’s Office of Economic Development, met with the Chippewa Cree Tribal Council and stakeholders to discuss the community’s accomplishments and successes, as well as their challenges and roadblocks to success, and discussed potential paths forward.

Rural Partners Highlights

Elk, National Bison Range, Moiese, Glacier Country

During the Rural Partners visit we discussed priorities, and the challenges and opportunities to reaching these priorities were identified and discussed. These included:

  • Infrastructure
  • Business Development
  • Opportunity Zones
  • Broadband
  • Food Sovereignty
  • Renewable Energy

Food Security and Food Sovereignty is a priority for the Tribe. We partnered with Deloitte Consulting and No Kid Hungry on a project to explore how connectivity can enhance food sovereignty and security efforts on the Rocky Boy Reservation. Project documents can be downloaded below: