Bois Forte Band of Chippewa
, "Men of the Thick Fir-woods"; commonly but erroneously shortened to Zagwaandagaawininiwag
, "Men of the Thick Boughs") are an Ojibwe
Band located in northern Minnesota
, along the border between the United States
.J. Mooney and C. Thomas. "Sugwaundugahwininewug" in Handbook of American Indians North of Mexico
, edited by Frederick Webb Hodge (Smithsonian Institution, Bureau of American Ethnology Bulletin 30. GPO: 1910. Their landbase is the Bois Forte Indian Reservation
, of which the Nett Lake Indian Reservation holdings are the largest of their reservation holdings. The Bois Forte Band is one of six contituent members of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe
. In 2007, the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe reported having 3,052 people enrolled through the Bois Forte (Nett Lake) Reservation as members of the Bois Forte Band.
The Bois Forte Band is an amalgamation of three separate groups, of which the Zagwaandagaawininiwag
was the largest component. Others now considered part of the Bois Forte Band includes the Lake Vermilion Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
and the southern half of the Little Forks Band of Rainy River Saulteaux
. Due to their very peaceful existence, Warren reports they were called the "Rabbit" (Ojibwe language: Waabooz
). Under the Treaty of Paris
and the Webster-Ashburton......