An act of spite between allies
Sometimes, the cooperation and relationship between the Metis and their Indian relatives was less than cordial.
One story tells of an 1856 Metis hunt which included 900 men, women, and children, that encountered an Ojibwe war party of 300 men. The encounter happened between the Maple and Rush Rivers [Cass County, ND].
During the expedition, the Metis hunting party was camped when the Ojibwe marched up to them. They tried to enlist the Metis to help them in a battle with a camp of Sioux (near Devil’s Lake) that they were intending to attack. The Metis declined as they were focused on hunting and hadn’t the will to participate in a bloody battle.
Their refusal enraged the Ojibwe who, when finding they could not induce the Metis hunters to enter into their scheme of aggression, took revenge by breaking the rules of the hunt the next day and driving the buffalo off out of spite.
From Wheeler-Voegelin, Erminie, 1903-The Red Lake and Pembina Chippewa