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Chief Big Bear
Birth: 1825
Jackfish Lake
Lloydminster Census Division
Saskatchewan, Canada
Death: Jan. 17, 1888
Cut Knife
Kindersley Census Division
Saskatchewan, Canada

Cree Indian Leader. A noted leader and great warrior, Big Bear was born about 1825 near Fort Carlton to the Cree-Ojibwa chief Black Powder. Eventually becoming a Cree leader, and spokesman for discontented Indians, Big Bear refused to sign Treaty six in 1876, linking it as bait meant to trap the Indians. By 1884, he was convinced that any form of overt resistance to the white man was futile. He then cooperated with another Cree leader, Poundmaker, and urged united Indian action, in an attempt to get a better deal from the Canadian Government. Big Bear's peaceful ambitions caused dissent within his band and he lost influence and authority to more aggressive followers, who were prepared to fight to accomplish a restitution of Indian grievances. During the spring and summer of 1885 be was unable to restrain his band and on two occasions his followers resorted to violence, killing nine white settlers at Frog Lake and burning Fort Pitt. Big Bear, although showing personal restraint throughout, was nevertheless considered by the authorities the leader of his band. He spent the two years following the rebellion in prison, convicted of treason-felony. He was released in the winter of 1887-88, moving to the Little Pine reservation, where he was reported to be ill and refusing all medical aid. Big Bear, visibly crushed at the loss of a traditional life style and disillusioned by his failure to unite his people, lost the will to live and died quietly the following spring. (bio by: Mongoose) 
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   Little Bear (____ - 1921)*
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Poundmaker Indian Reserve
Kindersley Census Division
Saskatchewan, Canada
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Originally Created by: Mongoose
Record added: Dec 07, 2003
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