Criers Hill

Located adjacent to the current Chippewa Cree Tribal Offices, this historic site was named after the original use of the hill as a place in which tribal members could gather to hear news from within the community.

Shortly after the establishment of Rocky Boy’s Reservation, an elder named Kennewash was selected as the camp Crier due to his ability to project his voice across a large area surrounding the Hill.

In the early period of the reservation’s history, electricity and telephones were not available to assist with communication, and the spoken word was relied upon as the method to deliver daily news and announcements to those who gathered. It was said that Kennewash’s voice was so loud, and made more emphatic by the natural rock walls surrounding the area, that he could be heard in all districts of the reservation, including Haystack, Parker School, Parker Canyon, and Duck Creek.

The Crier’s position, near the top of the hill on the east side, is located near a spring, which was used by all of the reservation’s people when Sundance were first held in the area. This hill is, therefore, an important place not only to the history of the Reservation but also because of its sacred and cultural importance.

Thanks to recent preservation efforts coordinated by the Chippewa Cree Cultural Resources Preservation Department, this important site will continue to stand as a symbol of Chippewa Cree heritage for future generations.

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