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Fort Belknap Reservation Information 2007, 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

224

175

Operators

Number

334

234

Land in Farms  
Reservation Acres in Farms

Acres
Acres

800,087
581,416

499,153
445,220

Operator Gender

Male
Female

231
103

168
66

Total Cropland

Farms
Acres

134
166,684

94
89,756

Primary

Occupation

Farming
Other

166
168

96
138

Harvested Cropland

Farms
Acres

112
67,986

75
33,318

All Operators

Average Age

53.0

54.6

 Irrigated Land

Farms
Acres

50
22,200

26
6,081

Operators Living

on Reservations

250

173

All Wheat for Grain

Farms
Acres
Bushels

26
37,427
1,087,052

12
19,762
572,276

Barley for Grain

Farms
Acres
Bushels

4
524
30,775

2
(D)
(D)

Forage Land

Farms
Acres
Tons, dry

100
30,020
51,294

67
13,391
16,298

       

Horses and Ponies Inventory

Farms
Number

152
1,731

122
1,341

Horses and Ponies Sold

Farms
Number

29
242

19
197

Cattle and Calves Inventory

Farms
Number

128
23,136

89
8,355

Cattle and Calves Sold

Farms
Number

125
17,196

86
7,752

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.  (D) Not disclosed.