Census Shows Growth at Four Montana Reservations

By Beacon Staff

GREAT FALLS – New census data shows population growth on four of Montana’s seven Indian reservations, with the largest increase at the smallest reservation.

Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation, governed by the Chippewa Cree Tribe, grew 24 percent between 2000 and 2010.

The Great Falls Tribune reports the smallest reservation in terms of land mass expanded by 647 people to bring the total population to 3,323.

The Flathead Reservation’s population increased by 8 percent and the Northern Cheyenne Reservation grew by 7 percent. The Blackfeet Indian Reservation’s showed the smallest increase, 3 percent.

Fort Belknap Indian Reservation saw a 4 percent population decrease and the Fort Peck Indian Reservation’s population dropped by 3 percent.

The Crow Indian Reservation saw no growth over the decade.

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