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Fort Assinniboine, Havre

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Fort Assinniboine was a United States Army fort located in present-day north central Montana (historically within the military Department of Dakota). It was built in 1879 and operated by the Army through 1911. The 10th Cavalry Buffalo Soldiers, made up of African-American soldiers, were among the units making up the garrison at the fort. Determining that this fort was no longer needed after the end of the Indian Wars, the US Army closed and abandoned it.

In 1916 Congress authorized a reservation for the Rocky Boy's Band of Chippewa, who were landless. It became known as Rocky Boy's Indian Reservation, named after the chief who had sought the reservation. A portion of the fort was ceded in 1916 for use as a reservation; the land extended in both Hill and Chouteau counties. This was intended for landless Chippewa who had been pushed west out of their traditional territory. In the event, landless Cree and Metis, refugees from Canada, also settled at the reservation.
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  • We absolutely loved touring the fort and hating the history of the fort and the Buffalo Soldiers. Great tour guide and information of the area. 
    We absolutely loved touring the fort and hating the history of the fort and the Buffalo Soldiers. Great tour guide and information of the area.  more »
  • When we arrived we had to go in the library to pay for the guide. The guide was really good in that. Two people came to visit as well. However, 10 minutes later they left. Most of the buildings... 
    When we arrived we had to go in the library to pay for the guide. The guide was really good in that. Two people came to visit as well. However, 10 minutes later they left. Most of the buildings...  more »
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  • Nice place, currently owned by the university. They have some people living there. 14 of the original structures are still standing though several have been repurposed and changed over the years. Nice informative tour that included a walk around the remaining grounds and historical photos carried by the guide. Not much changes as far as government (over) spending on stuff that is quickly obsolete. Our government spent a fortune to build this fort, to protect citizens from a threat that didn't really exist, then quickly abandoned the whole property when it was clear it wasn't needed.
  • Love this place to clear the mind

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