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Flathead Reservation Information 2007, 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

1,061

243

Operators

Number

1,689

287

Land in Farms  
Reservation Acres in Farms

Acres
Acres

901,577
818,171

592,271
573,812

Operator Gender

Male
Female

1,063
626

183
104

Total Cropland

Farms
Acres

752
110,862

170
25,140

Primary

Occupation

Farming
Other

722
967

101
186

Harvested Cropland

Farms
Acres

659
70,032

147
16,528

All Operators

Average Age

54.8

54.1

 Irrigated Land

Farms
Acres

734
94,663

148
18,186

Operators Living

on Reservations

1,465

242

All Wheat for Grain

Farms
Acres
Bushels

45
9,357
463,280

4
671
34,207

Barley for Grain

Farms
Acres
Bushels

27
2,239
143,382

5
306
16,888

Forage Land

Farms
Acres
Tons, dry

516
53,668
128,126

130
15,265
33,110

       

Horses and Ponies Inventory

Farms
Number

574
4,763

154
1,355

Horses and Ponies Sold

Farms
Number

127
434

33
100

Cattle and Calves Inventory

Farms
Number

522
51,295

154
14,542

Cattle and Calves Sold

Farms
Number

478
38,096

133
10,465

1/ Data are for farms and ranches reporting at least some agricultural production on reservations during 2007.
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.