Eagle Butte, Cheyenne River-Standing Rock Reservation
The city of Eagle Butte has to be one of the most well off Native American settlements. Main Street has many businessess. In fact, Main Street in North Eagle Butte, looks like any normal white city of the same size. This Cheyenne River District city, is the largest Native American settlement on the Reservation. In the 2010 census, the population of North Eagle Butte and Eagle Butte (both settlements are the same), South Dakota was 3,272. North Eagle Butte had a population of 1,954, while Eagle Butte had a population of 1,318. There is a total of 959 housing units in the city, which gives the city of Eagle Butte an average household size of about 3.4 persons per housing unit. Many of the housing units are mobile homes.
The city covers an area of 13.6 sq. mi. North Eagle Butte covers 12.7 sq. mi., while Eagle Butte covers 0.9 sq. mi. Native Americans including mixed bloods, accounted for 94% of the city's population. Whites accounted for 6% of the population. Although Eagle Butte is the seat of government or capital of the Cheyenne River Reservation, around 38% (more than a third of the city's population) of the city's citizens, live below the poverty line. By looking at the google earth photos provided, you will probably think the city is doing better economically which it probably is. The number of people living under the poverty line in Eagle Butte must be much lower, or the population of Eagle Butte is much higher. Many people are employed in government positions, such as the schools in the city, and the city's college, and the government of the Cheyenne River Reservation. Unemployment is 11%, which should mean overall the city's citizens are doing good. However, with nearly 40% of Eagle Butte's citizens living under the poverty line, it means something is wrong.
Eagle Butte is a beautiful settlement which does have many businessess and also many government jobs. There are a few large apartment buildings in the city as you will see in the google earth photos. Economically, the settlement is one that is very poor according to statistics. However, that could be a misconception. The population of Eagle Butte is probably much higher. Eagle Butte's zip code is 57625.
It is a large settlement which has 1,000s of people living there. Eagle Butte's population is growing. According to the 2010 census, Eagle Butte increased in population by 490 people over the previous 10 years. That is a major population gain. It has an elevation of 2,408 feet above sea level. Below are several google earth links to photos of the beautiful Anishinabe-Dakota city of Eagle Butte, Cheyenne River-Standing Rock Reservation.