Rocky Boy Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana






Arlee, Montana


This settlement of the Flathead Reservation, is named after chief Arlee. Chief Arlee did not relocate with his people to Flathead Reservation in 1855 as the United States wanted them to do. About 4 years after the 1862-1868 Snake River War ended (1872), chief Arlee made the decision (he signed the treaty which forced the Indians living in the Bitterroot Valley to leave for the Jocko Reservation) to lead his people who are the Nez Perce Ojibway's, to the Jocko Reservation. After chief Arlee led his people to the Jocko Reservation, they commenced to settle down. They eventually built new homes and started to once again cultivate the land. Flathead Reservation does not recognize the Nez Perce yet chief Arlee and the Nez Perce were the first to settle at Flathead Reservation. Arlee covers 6.5 sq. mi. which means it is spread out, and considered to be a CDP (Census Designated Place), or not a true city or town. The population of the settlement is 636 according to the 2010 census. Indians make up 50% of Arlee's population but knowing how some Native Americans rather identify their race as non Native American, means Native Americans make up more than 50% of the population of Arlee. Around 34% of the settlements population lives under the poverty line. There are at least 268 housing units in Arlee which means the average housing unit size for Arlee is around 2.5 persons per housing unit. In the first photo below, is the Indian village. You'll notice i used a color line that surrounds the village, to let you know it's the Indian village. Below are several google earth photographs of Arlee, Montana.



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