Lame Deer, Montana

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Lame Deer, Montana
Looking south on Cheyenne Ave near the center of town.
Looking south on Cheyenne Ave near the center of town.
Location of Lame Deer, Montana
Location of Lame Deer, Montana
Coordinates: 45°37′22.9722″N 106°40′0.1122″W / 45.623047833°N 106.666697833°W / 45.623047833; -106.666697833Coordinates: 45°37′22.9722″N 106°40′0.1122″W / 45.623047833°N 106.666697833°W / 45.623047833; -106.666697833
CountryUnited States
 • Total55.6 sq mi (143.9 km2)
 • Land55.6 sq mi (143.9 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
3,327 ft (1,014 m)
 • Total2,018
 • Density36.3/sq mi (14.0/km2)
Time zoneUTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-6 (MDT)
Area code(s)406
FIPS code30-42250
GNIS feature ID0773196

Lame Deer (Meaveʼhoʼeno in Cheyenne[1]) is a census-designated place (CDP) in Rosebud County, Montana, United States. The community is named after Miniconjou Lakota chief Lame Deer, who was killed by the U.S. Army in 1877 under a flag of truce south of the town.[2] It was the site of a trading post from the late 1870s.[3]

It is the tribal and government agency headquarters of the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation. This is the location of the Chief Dull Knife College and the annual Northern Cheyenne Powwow.


Lame Deer is located at (45.621819, -106.658079).[4] According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 55.6 square miles (144 km2), all land.


According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Lame Deer has a semi-arid climate, abbreviated "BSk" on climate maps.[5]


Languages (2000) [6] Percent
Spoke English at home 67.87%
Spoke Cheyenne at home 28.88%
Spoke Crow at home 2.70%
Spoke Dakota at home 0.54%

As of the census[7] of 2010, there were 2,052 people, 521 households, and 401 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 36.3 people per square mile (14.0/km2). There are a total of 613 housing units, which makes at an average density of 10.3 per square mile (4.0/km2). The racial makeup was 93.7% Native American, 4.3% White, 0.03% African American, 0.01% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.4% of the population.

Of the 521 households, 40.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 36.5% were married couples living together, 26.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.0% were non-families. 19.4% of the households had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.90 and the average family size was 4.53.

The population was spread out, with 43.7% under the age of 18, 55.1% 21 or older and 5.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 23.9 years. For every 100 females there were 93.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.2 males.[6]

The median household income was $28,700 and the median income for a family was $32,039 43.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 45.8% of those under the age of 18 and 46.9% of those 65 and older.[6]

Education and culture[edit]

The Northern Cheyenne Arts and Crafts Center, Charging Horse Casino and Cafe, and Lame Deer Museum are located here.[8]

Chief Dull Knife College is a Native American tribal community college and land grant institution located in Lame Deer.

The main office of the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center, which works to prevent family violence, is located in Lame Deer.[9]

The Lame Deer High School Morningstars[10] play in the 3B conference with the Baker Spartans, Colstrip Colts, Forsyth Dogies, St. Labre Braves, and Broadus Hawks.


  1. ^ "Cheyenne Dictionary". Chief Dull Knife College.
  2. ^ Lame Deer, Seeker of Visions by John Fire, Richard Erdoes, p. xxiii
  3. ^ "Lame Deer". Montana Place Names Companion. Montana Historical Society. Retrieved 5 April 2021.
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  5. ^ Climate Summary for Lame Deer, Montana
  6. ^ a b c "Community Facts". Retrieved 2014-03-07. "Community Facts" American FactFinder, United States Census Bureau
  7. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  8. ^ "Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation". Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation. Archived from the original on 2014-10-01. Retrieved 2014-11-02.
  9. ^ "Lame Deer woman works nationally to end violence against Native females". Retrieved 2014-11-02.
  10. ^ "Member Schools". Montana High School Association. Retrieved 19 April 2021.

External links[edit]

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