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Blackfeet Reservation Information 2002, Montana
       The Blackfeet Indian Reservation is located in northwestern Montana along the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains and includes most of Glacier County. On the north the reservation borders the Canadian province of Alberta. The reservation shares its western border with Glacier National Park and its southwest border with the Badger-Two Medicine portion of the Lewis and Clark National Forest. Other natural boundaries include Birch Creek and Cut Bank Creek. Elevations vary from a low of 3,400 feet in the southwest to a high of over 9,000 feet at Chief Mountain on the northwest boundary. The Blackfeet Indian Tribe organized in 1935 under the Indian Reorganization Act. The Blackfeet Reservation is the third largest Indian reservation in Montana.
Characteristics Unit Total 1/ American Indian
Operators 2/
Characteristics Unit Total 1/ American Indian
Operators 2/
Farms   Number 354 198 Operators Number 584 262
Land in Farms  
Reservation Acres in Farms
Acres
Acres
1,602,499
1,291,180
957,487
879,268
Operator Gender Male
Female
404
180
182
80
Total Cropland Farms
Acres
256
463,949
113
81,718
Primary Occupation Farming
Other
400
184
164
98
Harvested Cropland Farms
Acres
219
245,530
88
38,215
All Operators Average Age 50.7 50.0
Irrigated Land Farms
Acres
94
32,158
34
6,818
Operators Living on Reservations 426 256
All Wheat for Grain Farms
Acres
Bushels
98
113,100
2,769,434
16
7,582
146,387
Barley for Grain Farms
Acres
Bushels
99
87,349
3,366,252
25
11,679
369,434
Forage Land

Farms
Acres
Tons, dry
166
43,782
70,260
78
18,811
24,349
       
Horses and Ponies Inventory Farms
Number
214
2,995
142
2,313
Horses and Ponies Sold Farms
Number
35
269
21
230
Cattle and Calves Inventory Farms
Number
222
42,318
139
21,781
Cattle and Calves Sold Farms
Number
213
26,503
135
13,464
1/ Data are for farms and ranches reporting at least some agricultural production on reservations during 2002.
2/ At least one of the reported operators (out of a maximum of three) is self-identified as American Indian either exclusively or in combination with other races.