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In the early 1800 and 1900s the Yellowknives were the largest and most powerful tribe in the geographic area In 1900 at the signing of Treaty 8 with the Crown the Yellowknives were the largest tribe to sign the treaty Chief Snuff of the Yellowknives was the one who stepped forward to sign the treaty This treaty was Treaty 8 1900 Chief Snuff lived on the south shore and east arm of Great Slave Lake The people that lived on the Taltson and created a life in the area were dubbed the Rocher River people in the 1920s Chief Snuff had a cabin he resided in which was located about ten miles from Rocher River on a little piece of land beside the water called Snuff Channel which was located on the Taltson River The Yellowknives continued to reside in this area until the early 1960s The Yellowknives were forced to relocate due to a fire that burned down the schoolhouse in Rocher River Not too long after the records show that the Taltson River hydro dam was built The last chief of the Rocher River Yellowknives was Chief Pierre Frise who was chief in the 1960s and was strongly opposed to the building of the Taltson River dam During this point the real Yellowknives were dispersed to Fort Resolution Yellowknife and other areas of Canada As can be seen and verified through historical records the original Yellowknives continued to be the largest tribe in the north until the 1900s verified by the historical treaty documents From the 1920s through the 1940s the Yellowknives still retained their true identity and were well known by the names of Yellowknives Redknife Copper Indians The native name that the Yellowknives called themselves is Tatsanottine although Sir Franklin dubbed them the Yellowknives later due to their use of copper in the making of tools weapons and so on Even the name where they resided is a derivative
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