described by First Boy - James Larpentuer Long, Fort Peck
Assiniboine-Sioux, in The Assiniboine: From Accounts of
the Old Ones Told to First Boy (James Larpenteur Long),
edited by Michael Stephen Kennedy , University of Oklahoma
Press, 1961, p 16 (originally published as Land of the
Nakoda by the Montana Writer Program in 1942)
only way an estimate of the population of the tribe was
made, before the white man came, was to count the bands
and the number of people in each band. At the peak of
their popu-lation the Assiniboine tribe consisted of thirty-three
bands which had from 700 to 1000 persons in each band.
1823, Renville estimated the number at 28,000 (7,000 warriors
and 3,000 lodges ) . By 1908, Curtis placed the Assiniboine
population at 1,217 in the United States and 873 in Canada.