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Flathead Reservation Information 2002, Montana
       The Flathead Indian Reservation is located in northwestern Montana on the western slope of the Continental Divide and encompasses portions of four Montana counties - Flathead, Lake, Missoula and Sanders. The reservation area consists of a beautiful valley surrounded by Flathead Lake to the north and the Cabinet Mountains and Mission Range to the west and east, respectively. The rolling prairie on the western edge of the reservation is mainly used for cattle grazing, while the eastern area is mainly agricultural and forested land. The Flathead Indian Tribe organized in 1935 under the Indian Reorganization Act. The Flathead Reservation is the fourth largest Indian reservation in Montana.
Characteristics Unit Total 1/ American Indian
Operators 2/
Characteristics Unit Total 1/ American Indian
Operators 2/
Farms   Number 931 155 Operators Number 1,442 190
Land in Farms  
Reservation Acres in Farms
Acres
Acres
889,986
782,173
489,867
482,937
Operator Gender Male
Female
942
500
130
60
Total Cropland Farms
Acres
726
146,820
117
24,598
Primary Occupation Farming
Other
772
670
93
97
Harvested Cropland Farms
Acres
604
83,561
89
14,837
All Operators Average Age 52.5 51.6
Irrigated Land Farms
Acres
654
89,497
99
14,650
Operators Living on Reservations 1,323 187
All Wheat for Grain Farms
Acres
Bushels
35
7,333
290,410
4
370
26,900
Barley for Grain Farms
Acres
Bushels
27
2,114
141,805
7
623
37,950
Forage Land

Farms
Acres
Tons, dry
515
70,665
168,075
81
13,430
28,545
       
Horses and Ponies Inventory Farms
Number
521
4,156
91
793
Horses and Ponies Sold Farms
Number
117
549
19
65
Cattle and Calves Inventory Farms
Number
520
52,840
93
9,594
Cattle and Calves Sold Farms
Number
489
35,714
82
6,656
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.