Reservations by Tribe


US Indian Reservations by Tribe

In this section we sorted indian reservations by tribe or tribal affiliation so you can easily see which tribes live on a particular reservation. Sometimes an indian reservation bears the name of the principal tribe, but other tribes also live on that reservation.

There are only two kinds of reserved lands that are well-known: military and Indian. An Indian reservation is land reserved for a tribe when it relinquished its other land areas to the U.S. through treaties.

More recently, Congressional acts, Executive Orders, and administrative acts have created reservations. Today some reservations have non-Indian residents and land owners.

There are approximately 275 Indian land areas in the U.S. administered as Indian reservations (reservations, pueblos, rancherias, communities, etc.). The largest is the Navajo Reservation of some 16 million acres of land in Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah.

Many of the smaller reservations are less than 1,000 acres with the smallest less than 100 acres. On each reservation, the local governing authority is the tribal government.

Approximately 56.2 million acres of land are held in trust by the United States for various Indian tribes and individuals. Much of this is reservation land; however, not all reservation land is trust land.

On behalf of the United States, the Secretary of the Interior serves as trustee for such lands with many routine trustee responsibilities delegated to BIA officials.

The states in which reservations are located have limited powers over them, and only as provided by federal law. On some reservations, however, a high percentage of the land is owned and occupied by non-Indians.

Some 140 reservations have entirely tribally owned land.
Some tribes do not have any reservation lands, while other tribes have serveral.

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Blackfeet and Blackfoot Reservations

The Blackfoot Confederacy or Niitsítapi (meaning “original people”) is the collective name of three First Nations bands in Alberta, Canada and one Native American tribe in Montana, United States. The US – Canadian international border divided their territory.

Cheyenne Indian Reservations

tsetsehesestahaseNorthern Cheyenne Approximately 5,000 Northern Cheyenne, along with members of other tribes and with non-Native Americans, live on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in Montana. Lame Deer is the tribal and government agency headquarters.

Chippewa Indian Reservations

The Chippewa or Ojibway Indians are one of the largest groups of American Indians in North America. There are nearly 150 different bands of Chippewa in the northern part of the United States and in southern Canada (especially in Ontario, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan), living on many different reservations and reserves.

Crow Reservation
Gros Ventre Reservations
Most Populous Indian Reservations
Pend d’Oreilles Indian Reservations
Salish Indian Reservations
Shawnee Reservations
Sioux Reservations