Rocky Boy Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana
Charlo, Flathead Reservation
It is one of 23 settlements on the Flathead Reservation. Charlo is supposedly predominantly white but that could be off. For one, there are few businesses in Charlo. A cdp (census designated place) the size of Charlo, should have far more businesses than the cdp currently has. The 2010 census reported a population drop for Charlo. From the 439 population from the 2000 census, the population of Charlo has dropped to 379, according to the 2010 census. Lack of employment is probably why the population of Charlo declined. Charlo should be classified as a town rather than a cdp. It has the appearance of a small town. It is not spread out over a large area as well.
According to the 2010 census, whites made up 74% of the cdp's population, while Native Americans made up 8%, and mixed bloods and Hispanics, made up 16% of the population of Charlo. There is a problem! Charlo is a town. It is not a rural settlement. Charlo covers 2.0 sq. mi. It has a total of 175 housing units. However, the main part of Charlo has around 150 to 160 housing units. The main part of Charlo covers 0.3 sq. mi. Some of Charlo's population lives away from the main part of Charlo. The first picture link below shows the main part of Charlo. The main part of Charlo may have a population of 350 to 400. It depends on average housing unit size. If the 2.5 persons per housing unit Charlo now has is the same for the main part of Charlo, the population of the main part of Charlo may be near 350 to 400. Less than 15 businesses along main street indicates another story.
Charlo is named after chief Charlo. Chief Charlo and many Native Americans including the Chippewa's, Kootenai, Nez Perce, and Salish under his leadership, were still living in the Bitterroot Valley up to 1891. In late 1891, they were forced by the United States to leave the Bitterroot Valley for the Flathead Reservation. Chief Charlo and the Native Americans under his leadership, became dominant on the Flathead Reservation. He refused to accept the Flathead Land Act which the United States enacted to steal Reservation land. When chief Charlo died in 1910, the United States wasted very little time in enforcing the land act intended to steal the Reservation. Thus, why so many whites live on this Reservation.
I suspect the cdp of Charlo is in fact predominantly Native American. The cdp does not have the appearance of the normal white settlement of 400 people. In fact, Charlo resembles Pablo very much. Though records claim Charlo is a white cdp, i have to consider what first stands out. Of course, that is the appearance of the cdp. Below are several links to pictures of Charlo, Flathead Reservation. They follow Main Street and Montana 212 which are the same street.