Northern Cheyenne Tribe
PO Box 128 | 600 Cheyenne Avenue
Lame Deer, MT 59043
Phone: (406) 477-6284 | Fax: (406) 477-6210
Official Website: www.cheyennenation.com
Approximately 5,000 Northern Cheyenne, along with members of other tribes and with non-Native Americans, live on the reservation. Lame Deer is the tribal and government agency headquarters. There are four other districts that comprise the whole reservation.
The rugged country of the Northern Cheyenne Reservation is in southeastern Montana. It covers 445,000 acres and is bounded on the east by the Tongue River and on the west by the Crow Reservation.
Major employers include the St. Labre Indian School, the federal government, tribal government, power companies and construction companies. The education system, farming, ranching and small businesses contribute to the economy.
POINTS OF INTEREST
Chief Two Moons Monument
This historic monument was built in 1936 in memory of Chief Two Moons, who participated in the Battle of the Little Bighorn.
Northern Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce
The Chamber has a gift shop showcasing Native American art and beadwork. An RV Park is also available for overnight stays.
Chief Dull Knife College
Associate's degrees in the Arts and Sciences are offered, along with vocational programs. The John Woodenlegs Memorial Library is a part of the college. Food service, library and gift shops are open to the public.
St. Labre Indian School and Museum
This school was established in 1884 by the Franciscan Order. The visitor center, Cheyenne Indian Museum and Gift Store are important showplaces of Cheyenne heritage and art.
Constitution and By-Laws of the
Northern Cheyenne Tribe of the Northern Cheyenne Reservation
The Northern Cheyenne Tribal Council consists of members elected from each of the following districts: Ashland, Birney, Busby, Muddy, and Lame Deer. The President and the members of the Tribal Council serve four year staggered terms.
The current membership of the Northern Cheyenne Tribal Council include:
- Llevando "Cowboy" Fisher, President 2012-2016
- Winfield Russell, Vice-President 2012-2016
- Tamera Ontiveros, Treasurer Appointed
- Melissa Lonebear, Secretary Appointed
- Conrad Fisher, Council Member 2014-2018
- Joe Fox Jr., Council Member 2014-2018
- Deanna Harris-Small, Council Member 2012-2016
- Benjamin D. Headswift, Council Member 2014-2018
- Sheldon King, Council Member 2014-2018
- Loranzy "Oly" McMakin, Council Member 2012-2016
- Tracy Robinson, Council Member 2012-2016
- William E. Rowland, Council Member 2014-2018
- Eloise E. Snow, Council Member 2012-2016
- Merlin Sioux, Council Member 2012-2016
- The Northern Cheyenne Reservation encompasses 440,000 acres of land, with Lame Deer serving as tribal headquarters.
- Nearly 55% of the 9,043 enrolled tribal members live on the reservation.
- The tribe call themselves "Tsis tsis'tas" (Tse-TSES-tas) which means "the beautiful people".
- The Cheyenne Nation is comprised of ten bands, spread all over the Great Plains, from southern Colorado to the Black Hills in South Dakota.
- The economy is primarily supported by the federal government, tribal government, farming/ranching, and non-native/native owned businesses. The tribe is the largest employer on the reservation.
- The tribe's annual celebrations include the Lame Deer 4th of July Pow Wow, Northern Cheyenne Memorial Day Celebration and the Ashland Labor Day Pow Wow.