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Browning, Montana


Located in the central or south central portion of Blackfeet Reservation, is the Ojibway cdp of Browning. Browning is one of the largest Native American cities in the United States. Browning is the largest Ojibway city. Most of the Indians living in Browning are Algonquian yet many are Athabascan, Lakota, Nez Perce, Shoshone, and Salishan. Browning can be classified as being of three specific areas. They are North Browning, Central Browning, and South Browning. You will come across information which claims each area is a city of its own but that is not true. All three areas of Browning are connected which means the three areas are one city. However, laws are separating each district which can't be changed at the current time. Those people living on the west side of Browning have the beautiful Rocky Mountains (Glacier National Park) as an ideal scenery. The west side of Browning may possibly have more housing units built in the future. Below are google earth road views of Browning and below that more information about the three Browning communities and a map of Browning, Montana.



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Road Closeup Photograph

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The population of Browning is likely larger than estimated. It is common to see up to 3 to 6 cars around one house, which could be an indication of two or more families sharing the same housing unit. The Ojibway population in Browning (Central Browning) in 1992 was 165, or about 15% of Brownings 1990 population. If the same holds true for the two other areas (South Browning and North Browning), the total Ojibway population for all 3 settlements, may be near 800 or higher. To understand this confusing information, the link to the google map of Browning below will help you. Enlarge the map to see the city limits of Browning. To the north is North Browning and to the south is South Browning. So possibly around 800 or more Ojibway's are still clinging to their Anishinabe identity in the Browning area. The population of Browning including North Browning and South Browning, is 5,209 according to the 2010 census.



Map of Browning


Central Browning

It is the main location of the city or it is considered to be in fact the city of Browning. It covers 0.3 sq. mi. Browning (Central Browning) has 409 housing units and a population according to the 2010 census, of 1,016. Some 94% of Browning's (Central Browning) population is Native American. Around 6% are non Indian. The citizens of Browning (Central Browning) are doing well financially. Around 29% live below the poverty line. Central Browning is the oldest part of present day Browning. West Central Avenue is the main street going through Central Browning. It goes from west to east for about four blocks. Many a business is located on West Central Avenue. Other high traffic streets in Central Browning are North Peigan Street, Public Square Street, 1st Avenue Southwest, and 2nd Avenue Southwest. Central Browning has more trees than North Browning and South Browning. It also has many mobile homes. It's also on fee land which means it gets State financial support.



South Browning

South Browning covers 2.4 sq. mi. and has a population of 1,785. There are a total of 526 housing units in South Browning. Around 96% of South Browning's population is Native American. Around 3% is non Indian. What is alarming about South Browning is the fact that 49% of the population lives below the poverty line. South Browning has quite a few duplexes. The main schools for Browning are within South Browning. Main streets in South Browning are Southeast Boundary Street which is also known as US. Highway 2, Sesame Street, and South Peigan Street. South Browning has few business establishments. It's located on Trust Land which means far less financial support.



North Browning

It is by far the largest area of Browning. North Browning has a total of 645 housing units and a population of 2,408. Most of the citizens of North Browning are doing well financially. Around 37% of the population lives below the poverty line. North Browning covers 3.0 sq. mi. The main streets going through North Browning are North Peigan Street where the city's hospital is located, Starr School Road, and State Highway 464 which is also known as Duck Lake Road. Brownings best housing units are located in North Browning. Compared to Central Browning, North Browning has almost no trees. South Browning also has few trees. Unlike Central Browning and South Browning, North Browning has streets which are not uniform. Most of Central Brownings and South Brownings streets are square shaped. Many of North Brownings streets are U-Shaped or have a culvesac. Their housing units appear to have been constructed without thoughts of being aligned together, as they are in Central Browning and South Browning. North Browning will have more housing units built, especially on the west side, and community leaders will eventually have the housing units aligned. North Browning does have a creek or river going from west to east, which separates it from Central Browning. It rightfully makes the community a distinct settlement. Other high traffic roads going through Browning are Agency Road, All Chiefs Road, and Grandpa Road. It's located on Trust Land which means less financial support.



In all, the city of Browning has a total of 1,650 housing units and a total population of 5,209 according to the 2010 census. That is according to the estimate of the whites. Browning has an average household size of 3.5 persons per household. However, if the average housing unit size (up to 8.0 persons per housing unit) on the Pine Ridge Reservation is correct, that probably means Browning's population could be near 10,000 or over 10,000, because of the obvious similarities existing on western Reservations, especially in Montana and the Pine Ridge Reservation.



Browning is a growing city and is experiencing growth problems, as all growing cities do. From north to south, Browning is a good two and a half miles. From west to east, Browning is just under a mile in width. Browning covers a total area of 5.7 sq. mi. Though they claim that North Browning and South Browning, are not a part of the city of Browning, using google earth you learn otherwise. All three areas of Browning are just one city. There are many businesses in Browning, including an Iga, Taco John, Subway, and many others. Browning is the capital of the Blackfeet Reservation which means many government jobs. Then the schools of Browning employ many as does the college located in the city. The main street is either West Central Avenue or Southeast Boundary Street which is also known as State highway 464 in North Browning. Southeast Boundary Street may have the most business establishments in Browning.



Browning is going through an economic crisis. Lack of trees and lawn care, indicates the citizens of Browning are having to use their money to take care of each other. However, North Browning and South Browning, are located on Trust Land which means far less financial support. They don't have enough money to enjoy comfort. The city needs new housing as the city's leaders have loudly protested. It is obvious that many of the housing units in Browning are shared by more than one family, and Brownings population is much larger than estimated. Most of the citizens of Browning will not leave the Reservation. That represents a tough problem for the city's leaders to confront. They need money to help their city's citizens improve ecomonically, and especially for new housing units. They know the whites don't care for them and want them to disappear.



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