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Fort Belknap Reservation Information 2002, Montana
       The Fort Belknap Indian Reservation is located in north central Montana, forty miles south of the Canadian border and twenty miles north of the Missouri River. The reservation is south of the Milk River with nearly 92 percent of the reservation in Blaine County and the rest of the reservation in Phillips County. Almost all of the northern portion of the reservation consists of flat glacial plains and alluvial bottoms, while the southern portion consists of rolling grasslands and two mountain ranges, the Bearpaw Mountains and the Little Rocky Mountains. The Fort Belknap Indian Tribe organized in 1935 under the Indian Reorganization Act. The Fort Belknap Reservation is the fifth largest Indian reservation in Montana.
Characteristics Unit Total 1/ American Indian
Operators 2/
Characteristics Unit Total 1/ American Indian
Operators 2/
Farms   Number 121 83 Operators Number 197 111
Land in Farms  
Reservation Acres in Farms
Acres
Acres
829,926
704,030
634,270
606,023
Operator Gender Male
Female
136
61
75
36
Total Cropland Farms
Acres
86
165,763
52
79,522
Primary Occupation Farming
Other
114
83
55
56
Harvested Cropland Farms
Acres
67
62,636
34
21,732
Operator Average Age 52.8 53.2
Irrigated Land Farms
Acres
31
11,343
14
5,405
Operators Living on Reservations 111 101
All Wheat for Grain Farms
Acres
Bushels
27
43,985
1,244,800
9
15,246
419,300
Barley for Grain Farms
Acres
Bushels
9
1,295
41,063
4
605
(D)
Forage Land

Farms
Acres
Tons, dry
51
17,608
23,056
27
6,195
5,251
       
Horses and Ponies Inventory Farms
Number
69
647
54
512
Horses and Ponies Sold Farms
Number
9
35
6
23
Cattle and Calves Inventory Farms
Number
72
16,026
46
6,228
Cattle and Calves Sold Farms
Number
73
10,374
46
4,190
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. (D) Not disclosed.