Sweetgrass First Nation

Sweetgrass First Nation

 

Chief Laurence Paskemin

 

Council                                                                                                                                                         Contact Info

Ralph Fox                                                                                                                                                     P.O. Box 147

Lavina Adams                                                                                                                                         Gallivan, Saskatchewan S0M 0X0

Hazen Paskemin                                                                                                                                        Phone (306) 937-2990 

Trina Albert                                                                                                                                                  Fax (306) 937-7010

Jean Pooyak

 

History

Chief Sweet Grass (Weekaskookwasayin) signed TREATY 6 on September 9, 1876, with the Fort Pitt Indians, but was killed about six months later. He was succeeded by his son, Apseenes (Young Sweet Grass); he was unable to hold the band together, which began to splinter. In 1882, Young Sweet Grass and seventeen followers joined Wah-wee-kah-oo-tah-mah-hote (Strikes him on the back), who had signed Treaty 6 at Fort Carlton on August 28, 1876. Wah-wee-kah-oo-tah-mah-hote was chief from 1876 to 1883; but he was deposed in 1884, and Young Sweet Grass became chief. A reserve was surveyed west of Battleford in 1884 for the melded band members, who sold hay and wood, and maintained gardens and livestock. Currently the band controls 20,354.6 ha of land, the largest block of which is located 26 km west of NORTH BATTLEFORD. There are 1,577 registered members, 537 of whom live on reserve.