Anishinabe
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Rocky Boy Tribe
of
Chippewa Indians of
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Big Arm, Montana


Since 2000, population of Big Arm has increased from 131 to a 2010 population of 177. In 2000, Indians made up 30% of Big Arm's population. However, there are two locations where Big Arm is. One is located on Indian owned land (Flathead Reservation owned land) which is predominantly Indian. Another is located on white owned land and is predominantly white. Big Arm is a CDP or census designated place. It covers 5.4 sq. mi. or 14.0 sq. km. Ojibway People who live at Big Arm, are known as Dayton Creek Kootenai. Elmo is another Dayton Creek Ojibway Kootenai community located 3.4 miles or 5.5 kilometers northwest of Big Arm. In Ojibway, Big Arm is pronounced as Chi Nic. A small area just south of Flathead Lake, is that part of Big Arm that is Ojibway. There are 40 or more housing units in that small area. Below is a google earth map i drew of that part of Big Arm that is Ojibway. Below that is a googlemaps map of Big Arm. You'll notice a difference. I would estimate 80 to 120 people live at that part of Big Arm that is Ojibway. Don't be confused by this information. Just north of that part of Big Arm that is Ojibway, are cottages owned by vacationers. Flathead Reservation leaders have to evict or get rid of those cottages. They don't belong there. A 2010 census puts Big Arm's Indian population at 44% and white population at 55%. What is unusual about Big Arm, is a number of housing units (167) is almost equal to Big Arm's population which is 177. Only 43% of them housing units are actually occupied which means most are used by vacationers. Big Arm is located along Big Arm Bays south shores. Elevation is 2,953 feet above sea level. Zip code is 59910. Below are several links to google earth photos of Big Arm, Montana.





Big Arm From Road

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Google Map of Big Arm


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