A North-west Mounted Police Post was located in this area which became known as the Wood Mountain Post. The famous Sitting Bull fled to Canada with approximately 5000 of his followers after the battle of the Little Bighorn in 1876. They settled near this post. After Sitting Bull returned to the United States in 1881 a few of the Lakota, members of the Hunkpapa clan, remained in Canada under the leadership of Chief Wambligi.

In 1907 a request was made for a reserve near the town of Moose Jaw. The Canadian government was at no obligation to set aside reserve land for this band as they were not Canadian Indians and they did not sign treaty with the Crown. However, in 1913 a reserve was granted to this band of Sioux near the old Wood Mountain post.