In May 1981, the Band Government at the time named Short Bear Tribal Council, by Band Council Resolution requested surplus crown lands from the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada as part of the outstanding treaty land entitlement owed to Long Plain Reserve.
On August 14, 1981 the 45 acres of Federal Crown land which is located adjacent to the City of Portage la Prairie, Manitoba was transferred to Long Plain Reserve. These lands are described as, In the Province of Manitoba, in Parish of Portage la Prairie, in the Long Plain Reserve No. 6 and being: those portions of River Lots 50, 51, and 52 contained within the limits of Parcel “A” as shown on a Plan of Survey filed in Portage la Prairie Land Titles Office as No. 1212, a copy recorded in the Canada Lands Surveys Records as No. 67767; said Land containing 18.31 hectares or 45 acres more or less.
The lands were originally used as an Indian Residential School called Portage la Prairie Presbyterian Indian Residential School. The lands included a two-storey brick building approximately 2,058 square metres. In 1984, the building was renovated and became home to the Yellowquill College Inc. many years. The College then moved to Assiniboine Avenue, Winnipeg in the year 2000 sixteen years later.
In 1992, the First Nation held a referendum for designating the lands and assented to by a majority of the electors of the First Nation and accepted for leasing and accepted in April 1994. In the year 2000, the LPFN Council entered into a ground or head lease with Arrowhead Development Corporation for 50 years. The lands were designated for education and training purposes.
In 2004, the Frist Nation requested to amend the purpose of the lease to allow for education training and office facility, commercial leasing ancillary purposes.
In 2008, a referendum was held to amendment the existing designation for the Yellowquill Site now called Keeshkeemaquah Reserve, to extend the ground or head lease term for additional 75 years making the term expire in 2,119.
The lands are now subleased to the Keeshkeemaquah Conference and Gaming Centre, Miskwaanakwadook Place, Arrowhead Gas Bar, Rufus Prince Building, White Cross Drugs and Walk-in Clinic and Long Plain Housing Authority.