Bonaparte Indian Band

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Bonaparte River Indians on horseback
A stop sign in both English and Secwepemctsín (Shuswwap) on the Bonaparte/Stuctwesemc Reserve.

The Bonaparte Indian Band a.k.a. Bonaparte First Nation, is a member band of the Shuswap Nation Tribal Council of the Secwepemc (Shuswap) people.

Indian Reserves and communities[edit]

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The band's main community is on the Bonaparte Indian Reserve No. 3, located 50°51′00″N 121°22′00″W / 50.85000°N 121.36667°W / 50.85000; -121.36667 (Bonaparte Indian Reserve 3)[1] comprising 704 ha., usually known as the Bonaparte Reserve, between Cache Creek and the terminus of Highway 99 at the Hat Creek Ranch or Lower Hat Creek (a.k.a. Carquile), Some band members work as guides, interpreters and wranglers for the Hat Creek Ranch, which is a heritage museum/restoration of a roadhouse of the Cariboo Wagon Road and had been the homestead of Donald McLean, former Chief Trader at Fort Kamloops and one of the combatants and casualties of the Chilcotin War of 1864.

Other reserves are:[2]

The reserves were created when the government of the Colony of British Columbia established an Indian Reserve system in the 1860s.


The Bonaparte Indian Band are also called the Stuctwesemc in Secwepemctsín, which means "people of Stuctuws" (also spelled St'uxwtews). Band population is 815, with 584 living off-reserve.[11]


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