History

Weekaskookeesayin (Sweetgrass) was an original signatory of treaty # 6 on September 9th, 1876 with the Fort Pitt Indians. However, Wah-wee-kah-oo-tah-mah-hote (Strike him on the Back) signed Treaty #6, as the Chief, at Fort Carlton on August 28th, 1876 with the Willow Cree Indians.

Wah-wee-kah-oo-tah-mah-hote was succeeded by Apseenes (Young Sweetgrass) prior to the surveying of a reserve. This Band settled in the Battle River area just South westerly of Battleford.

Strike Him on the Back’s followers numbered 190 and young Sweetgrass’ followers numbered 17 as of December, 1882. Today there is a population of 1,467 with 488 of these members living on the reserve.

Chiefs:

1876 – 1883 Wah-wee-kah-oo-tah-mah-hote (Strike Him on the Back)
1884 – 1846 Apseenes (Young Sweetgrass)
1920 – 1924 Harry Atcheynum (Son of Chief Strike Him on the Back)
1925 – 1954 Sam Swimmer (Son of Yellow Mud Blanket)
1956 – 1957 Andrew Swimmer
1957 – 1958 Ben Atcheynum
1958              James Favel
1959 – 1960 Solomon Albert
1961 – 1962 John Weenie
1963 – 1964 Adam Paskemin
1965 – 1966 Ben Atcheynum
1967 – 1970 Joseph Weenie
1971 – 1972 Ben Atcheynum
1972             Stephen Pooyak
1973 – 1974 Ben Weenie
1974 – 1979 Stephen Pooyak
1979 – 1982 Gordon Albert
1983 – 1984 Roderick Atcheynum
1985 – 1988 Don Pooyak
1989 – 1999 Edward Standinghorn