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Reservation: Blackfeet
Tribes: Blackfeet (Siksika), Blood (Kainah), Piegan
Acres: 959,644
Established by: Treaty of Oct. 17, 1855 (XI, 657); unratified treaties of July 18, 1866, and July 13 and 15 and Sept. 1, 1868; Executive orders, July 5, 1873, and Aug. 19,1874; act of Apr. 15, 1874 (XVIII, 28)Executive orders, Apr.13, 1875, and .July 13, 1850, agreement made Feb. 11, 1887, approved by Congress, May 1, 1888 (XXV, 1291; agreement made Sept. 26, 1895, approved by act of June 10, 1896 (XXIX, 353): act of Feb. 27.1906, confirming grant of 356.11 acres, and 120 acres of unsurveyed land. (See XXXIII, 816.) Lands now in process of allotment.


Reservation: Crow
Tribes: Mountain and River Crow
Acres: 1,844,182
Established by: Treaty of May 7, 1868 (XV, 619); agreement made June 12, 1880, and approved by Congress Apr. 11, 1882 (XXII, 42); agreement made Aug. 22, 1881, approved by Congress July 10, 1882 (XXII, 157); Executive orders, Oct. 20, 1875, Mar. 8, 1876, Dec. 7, 1886; agreement made Dec. 8, 1890, ratified and confirmed in Indian appropriation act approved Mar. 3, 1891 (XXIV, 1039-1040); agreement made Aug. 27, 1892. (See Ind. Aff. Rep., 1892, p. 748; also President’s proclamation, Oct. 15, 1892. XXVII, 1034.) Act of Apr. 27, 1904 (XXXIII, 352), to amend and  ratify agreement of Aug. 14, 1899. Under act of Feb. 8,1887 (XXIV, 388), and act of Feb. 28, 1891, (XXVI, 794), and Executive order. June 8,1901 (modifying Executive order of Mar.  25, 1901 ), 447,914.90 acres have been allotted to 2,272 Indians, and 1,822.61 acres reserved for administration, church, and cemetery purposes, leaving unallotted and unreserved 1,844,182.49 acres, and 14,711.96 acres on ceded part have been allotted to 81 Indians.


Reservation: Fort Belknap
Tribes: Grosventres (Atsina) Assiniboin
Acres: 497,600
Established by: Treaty of Oct. 17, 1855 (XI, 657); unratified treaties of July 18, 1866, and July 13, and 15 and Sept. 1, 1868; Executive orders, July 5, 1873, and Aug. 19,1874; act of Apr. 15, 1874 (XVIII, 28)Executive orders, Apr. 13, 1875, and July 13,1880; agreement made Jan. 21, 1887, approved by Congress May 1, 1888 (XXV, 124); agreement made Oct. 9, 1895, approved by act of June 10, 1896 (XXIX, 350).


Reservation: Fort Peck
Tribes: Assiniboin, Brulé Sioux, Santee, Teton, Hunkpapa and Yanktonai Sioux
Acres: 1,766,000
Established by: Treaty of Oct. 17, 1855 (XI, 657); unratified treaties of July 18, 1866, and July 13, and 15 and Sept. 1, 1868; Executive orders, July 5, 1873, and Aug. 19,1874; act of Apr. 15, 1874 (XVIII, 28)Executive orders, Apr. 13, 1875, and July 13,1880; agreement made Jan. 21, 1887, approved by Congress May 1, 1888 (XXV, 124); agreement made Dec. 28, 1886, approved by Congress may 1, 1888 (XXV, 113).


Reservation: Jocko
Tribes: Bitter Root, Carlos band, Kutenai, Lower Kalispel, Pend d’Oreille
Acres: 1,128,182
Established by: Treaty of July 16, 1855 (XII, 975). Under acts of Apr. 23, 1904 (XXIII, 302), Feb. 8, 1887 (XXIV, 388), and Feb. 28,1891(XXVI, 791), 2.378 Indians have been allotted 220, 950.12 acres, and under act of Apr. 23, 1904, 2,524.70 acres have been reserved for tribal uses, and under act of Apr. 23, 1904, as amended by act of Mar. 3, 1905 (XXXIII, 1049-1080), 6,774.92 acres have been reserved for agency purposes, 4,977 acres for water power, etc., and 431.62 for town-site purposes, and 69,760 acres (approximately) were granted by the act of Apr. 23, 1904, to the State of Montana for school purposes, aggregating 305,418.36 acres, leaving unallotted and unreserved 1,128,181.64 acres. These lands, and the lands reserved for town site purposes, are, with the exception of timber lands, to be disposed of as provided for by section 8 of the act of Apr. 23, 1904 (XXXIII, 302).


Reservation: Northern Cheyenne
Tribes: Northern Cheyenne
Acres: 489,500
Established by: Executive orders, Nov. 26, 1884, and Mar. 19 1900; act of Mar. 3, 1903 (XXXII, 1000).



MLA Source Citation:

Hodge, Frederick Webb, Compiler. The Handbook of American Indians North of Mexico. Bureau of American Ethnology, Government Printing Office. 1906. AccessGenealogy.com. Web. 7 October 2014. http://www.accessgenealogy.com/native/montana-indian-reservations.htm - Last updated on Aug 28th, 2013


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