Rocky Boy Tribe
Chippewa Indians of
New Town, Fort Berthold Reservation
It is a city which looks like it is doing very well economically. New Town had a population of 1,367 in 2000. According to the 2010 census the population of New Town increased to 1,925. Main street in the Fort Berthold settlement of New Town, goes on for a good 6 blocks, with numerous businesses along the entire stretch of the six blocks. Compared with other Native American settlements such as Belcourt, Browning, Red Lake, Pablo, Pine Ridge, Poplar and others, New Town appears like the normal white city with a population of a little over 1,000. Around 66% of the settlements population is Native American, 29% are white, while the rest is mixed and Hispanic. There is a total of 512 housing units in New Town. Of the total of 512 housing units, around 30% are mobile homes. New Town covers 0.7 sq. mi. Around 23% of the settlements citizens live below the poverty line. If that is correct a problem over population exists. There are far too many business establishments in New Town, for New Town to have nearly 25% of its population living below the poverty line. Its population must be higher. Before the whites invaded, the New Town region was home to the Chippewa's and their allies (subjects) the Arikara, Hidatsa (the Crow) and Mandan, and probably the Assiniboine.
There is very likely a good reason why the Fort Berthold city of New Town is doing so well. In 1953, New Town was founded as a result of the United States daming up the Missouri River in the region to prevent flooding, generate electricity, and possibly to destroy the ancient Indian civilized settlements that existed in that region before the whites colonized the region. Two Fort Berthold settlements were inundated by the resevoir (Lake Sakakawea) created by Garrison Dam. They were Sanish and Van Hook. New Town is the capital of the Fort Berthold Reservation. It's zip code is 58763. Below are several links to photographs of the Anishinabe-Dakota city of New Town, Fort Berthold Reservation.