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1 The poverty rate for the Blackfeet decreased from 47% in 199 to 33.8% in. In, the Blackfeet had a higher unemployment rate (68.%) than the average unemployment rate for all Montana reservations combined (1.6%). The percentage of school age children eligible for free and reduced school lunch on the reservation decreased from 83.6% in 7 to 81.6% in 1. Poverty Rate The poverty rate for the Blackfeet was 33.8%, while the rate for all Montana reservations was 3.4% in. From 199 to, the poverty rate for the reservation and all Montana reservations decreased. Poverty Rate All s 1 (%) In (%) In Little Shell not included for 199. Poverty Status By Age In, the reservation had a greater percentage of individuals under the age of 18 in poverty than the state average, and a lesser percentage of individuals 18 to 64 years of age in poverty Poverty Status By Age () Under & Over Unemployment Rate In, the Blackfeet had a higher unemployment rate (68.%) than the average unemployment rate for all Montana reservations combined (1.6%). Unemployment All s 1 (#) Available for work,478 27,7 (#) Employed 1,7 13,419 (#) Not employed 3,73 2 (%) Unemployment Rate* *Calculated by dividing the number of not employed individuals by the number of individuals available for work. 1 Little Shell not included. Page 1

2 Utilization of SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) & TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) From 9 to 1, the monthly average number of SNAP households increased by 7.% for the reservation and 12.4% for all Montana reservations. Monthly Average Utilization 1 All s 2 (#) Households for 9 1,9 8,227 (#) Households for 1 2,9 9,247 (%) Change Calculated by adding Native American data for Glacier and Pondera 2 Native American data of households living on or near Montana s reservations except Little Shell. Calculated by adding Native American data for Big Horn, Blaine, Choteau, A General Assistance (or GA program) through the Bureau of Indian Affairs exists for Native Americans residing on the reservation. GA serves as a last resort when no income exists and eligibility for other assistance programs is not available. GA data is currently unavailable. TANF information is currently unavailable. Free & Reduced School Lunch Eligibility From 7 to 1, the Blackfeet had a higher percentage of eligible students for the school lunch program than the average for all Montana reservations combined. In 1, student eligibility on the Blackfeet was 81.6%, while all Montana reservations averaged 7%. The percentage of school age children eligible for free and reduced school lunch on the reservation decreased from 83.6% in 7 to 81.6% in Eligible for Free & Reduced School Lunch* All s *Calculated by dividing the number of eligible students by the total number of students enrolled in schools residing on or near the reservation. Any missing data has been supplemented with existing school data from 8. Utilization of LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) From 3 to 9, LIHEAP utilization increased by 24.3% for the reservation and 3% for all Montana reservations. Yearly LIHEAP Utilization 1 All s 2 (#) Households for 3 7 1,378 (#) Households for ,792 (%) Cha nge Calculated by adding Native American data for Glacier and Pondera 2 Native American data of households living on or near Montana s reservations except Little Shell. Calculated by adding Native American data for Big Horn, Blaine, Choteau, Other home energy assistance is available on the reservation that is not included here. Page 2

3 Medicaid Utilization Estimates From 8 to 9, the monthly average number of Medicaid recipients increased by.1% for the reservation and.3% for all Montana reservations. Monthly Average Utilization 1 All s 2 (#) Recipients for 8 3,91 16,673 (#) Recipients for 9 3,94 16,727 (%) Change Calculated by adding Native American data for Glacier and Pondera 2 Native American data of recipients living on or near Montana s reservations except Little Shell. Calculated by adding Native American data for Big Horn, Blaine, Choteau, Population From 199 to, the Blackfeet gained about.% of its population, while the state of Montana gained about 11.4% overall. Population Change (#) In 199 8,49 799,6 (#) In 1,1 92,19 (%) Change Labor Force From 199 to, the labor force in the reservation increased by 3.3%, while the labor force for all Montana reservations increased by 23.6%. Labor Force All s 1 (#) In 199 3, ,9 (#) In 4,66 48,36 (%) Change Little Shell not included. Age Distribution For 199 and, the age distribution for the reservation indicates a greater proportion of individuals under the age of 18 reside on the reservation as compared with the state. Age Distribution (199) Age Distribution () Under & Over Under & Over Page 3

4 Dependency Ratios In, the dependency ratio for the reservation of 8% was greater than the state average of 63.7%. The dependency ratio for the reservation was greater than the state ratio due to a higher percentage of young people residing on the reservation. Dependency Ratios (%) In (%) In The dependency ratio for a given group is the economically dependent portion of the population to the potentially employable portion of the same population. Educational Attainment Age and Older From 199 to, the percentage of reservation residents age and over that did not obtain a high school diploma decreased from 33.2% to.6%. The percentage for the state decreased from 19% to 12.8%. Education Levels (199) Education Levels () Less than diploma graduate Some college Bachelor's degree & higher Less than diploma graduate Some college Bachelor's degree & higher Ranges of Income The reservation (.9%) had a greater percentage of households earning less than $, a year than the state average (37.3%) in Under $, Income Ranges () $, $24, $, $49, $, & above Page 4

5 Median Income In, the median and per capita income amounts were lower for the reservation than for the state overall. Median Income () ($) Median Household Income 24,646 33,24 ($) Per Capita Income 9,71 17,1 (#) Total Households 2,949 9,7 Personal Income by Source The Median Household Income represents the middle value of household incomes. Fifty percent of household incomes fall below the median value, and fifty percent of household incomes fall about the median income amount. Information is currently unavailable. Transfer Payments Information is currently unavailable. Page

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