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Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, North Dakota (U.S.)

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Last modified: 2018-08-09 by rick wyatt
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[Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, North Dakota flag] image located by Esteban Rivera, 9 April 2018

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The Band

The Chippewa (Ojibwe language: Mikinaakwajiw-ininiwag) is a Native American tribe of Ojibwa and Métis peoples, based on the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation in Belcourt, North Dakota. Around the end of the eighteenth century, prior to the advent of white traders in the area, the formerly woodland-oriented Chippewa, who had been in what is now Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan, moved out onto the Great Plains in pursuit of the bison and new beaver resources to hunt and trade. They successfully reoriented their culture to life on the plains, adopting horses, and developing the bison-hide tipi, the Red River cart, hard-soled footwear, and new ceremonial procedures. By around 1800, these Indians were hunting in the Turtle Mountain area of present-day North Dakota. They refer to themselves as Anishinaabe meaning “THE ORIGINAL PEOPLE.” The Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa are primarily members of the Pembina Band of Chippewa. Descendence may include intermarriage with other Chippewa bands, Cree, and other nations who make up the membership of the Turtle Mountain Band.

The name Chippewa, a mispronunciation of Ojibwa, Ojibway, Ojibwe, Saulteaux, and Anishinabe are all names that refer to the same group of people. The word “Ojibwa” refers to “something puckered up.” One theory is that it comes from the way in which the people made their moccasins.
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Esteban Rivera, 9 April 2018

The Flag

One image of the flag is seen here: However, there's an actual waving flag here: (source:, which actually features their logo (,800x800,075,f.u3.jpg) over a horizontal white flag, adorned with flowers on the border.
Here is an image of that flag: (source:
Esteban Rivera, 9 April 2018