Members of White Bear Return to Reserve


Members of White Bear who had left their reserve and gone to the Turtle Mountains in the United States in 1887 returned throughout the fall, spring, and summer of the following year.

There were few economic opportunities for members of the White Bear band, owing to a lack of nearby market opportunities to sell their agricultural crops. This lack of economic opportunity likely contributed to many band members leaving the reserve for the United States, though their return shortly after suggests that they did not fare better south of the border.