Published August 6, 2016
BOX ELDER, MONTANA— On Thursday, with the help of Plain Green, the Chippewa Cree Tribe kicked off their 52nd Annual Powwow celebration honoring the centennial anniversary of the establishment of the Rocky Boy’s Reservation.
This year marks 100 years since the establishment of the Rocky Boy’s Reservation, named “Rocky Boy” after a leader of a band of Chippewa Indians. For the over 7,000 members of the Chippewa Cree Tribe, the centennial celebration marks a monumental point in their tribal history.
Since 1916, when the Chippewa Cree settled on the reservation, they have worked to observe and pass their heritage from one generation to the next. Now, a century later, they continue to honor those who have positively impacted the tribe and celebrate the traditions they have worked so hard to preserve and share.
Celebrating 100 years this weekend
“This celebration plays a key role in both preserving tribal culture and educating non-members about our values and customs,” said Plain Green staff member, Steve Parker. “We are proud to be able to support this year’s powwow and make this event possible for our community and all those who will be in attendance.”
As an online lender that is wholly owned by the Chippewa Cree, Plain Green not only functions as the economic development arm of the Tribe, but also plays a critical role in making events like the powwow possible. Plain Green has been a major financial backer of the annual powwow for over five years, and continues to be a pillar of support for the community.
“This celebration is not only an important aspect of our way of life, but also plays an important role in keeping the traditions of our ancestors alive,” continued Parker. “Our goal at Plain Green is to provide financial, employment, and business opportunities to the Chippewa Cree Tribe and Community. Whether it is providing scholarships to graduating high school seniors, mentoring students to guide them through the college entrance process, volunteering within our community, or supporting our 100th Annual celebration—Plain Green wants to see our community, and our Tribe, prosper.”
The 52nd Annual Powwow will continue through Sunday, August 7, 2016.