The Asham Stompers, a Manitoba-based Metis dance group that will perform Saturday and Sunday at an area French festival, are purveyors of the Red River Jig, a dance said to have been created by early-day Metis trying to attract fur traders to their community.
Descendants of Chief Little Shell at Turtle Mountain and elsewhere seek recognition as their own tribe They are few in number. They are scattered. The history they share, more or less, is splintered and disputed.
The money from the new agreement announced Tuesday won’t go to every enrolled member of an American Indian tribe in North Dakota and Minnesota.
Delvin Cree, a member of the Pembina Treaty committee of the Turtle Mountain Chippewa Reservation in Belcourt, N.D., said only certain enrolled members of that tribe will get money from the new agreement.
This weekend’s celebration of the Metis heritage is getting under way at the International Peace Garden. The Metis people were of Cree and French lineage. Descendants can be found in Minnesota, Manitoba and North Dakota, including members of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa.The tribe is organizing the first International MetisFest at the Peace Garden, a park that straddles the U.S.-Canada border north of Dunseith and signifies the peace between the two nations.
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