Assiniboine Indians





A tribe of the Siouan family; first mentioned in

the Jesuit Relation of 1640. They separated from the parent stock

early in the seventeenth century, and moved north and north-west to the

region about Lake Winnipeg. Later they spread over the country west of

Lake Winnipeg, to the foot-hills of the Rocky Mountains. Their

population was estimated at 8000 in 1829. One-half this number perished

in the smallpox epidemic of 1836. They are now settled on reservations

in Alberta, and in Montana. =Bib.=: Hodge, Handbook of American

Indians.





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