Internal Division within Yellow Quill band


A conflict erupted among the Yellow Quill band at Portage La Prairie, resulting from an internal division within the band among those that followed Chief Yellow Quill, those that followed Short Bear (aka Young Chief), and those who wanted to create an independent band with a chief of their own choice. Alexander Morris was sent to mediate this dispute, and to provide bureaucratic consent for the division of the band. He was also present to listen to their concerns about the reserve land offered to them under Treaties 1 and 2.

Morris' settlement of the dispute would result in the creation of the Long Plain First Nation, with their own Chief and Council. The settlement was seen favourably by Short Bear who advocated for the creation of a new reserve.

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