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Fort Berthold Extension

FRTEP - 1862

The Fort Berthold Indian Reservation is
home to the Three Affiliated Tribes (TAT) which consists of the Mandan,
Hidatsa and Arikara people. There are 9,500 enrolled members of the
Three Affiliated Tribes and currently the resident Indian population of
the Reservation is approximately 3,776 (Three Affiliated Tribes -
Overall Economic Development Plan, 1996).

The Fort Berthold
Indian Reservation is located in the northwest corner of North Dakota
about 1 1/2 hours from Montana and approximately 1 hour from the
Canadian border. The Reservation occupies sections of six counties:
Mountrail, Dunn, McKenzie, McLean, Ward and Mercer. The total land and
water mass within the boundaries of the reservation is approximately
one million acres. The back up waters of Lake Sakakawea, formed from
the garrison diversion dam in 1951, covers approximately 155,000 acres
of reservation land. Of the 980,000 acres of reservation land, 356,998
acres are individually allotted and managed by Bureau of Indian
Affairs, 353,790 acres are in the returned homestead area and farmed by
private non-native farmers, 152,000 acres are in the reservoir taking
area and managed by the Army Corps of Engineers (North Dakota Blue
Book, 1996).

The western portion of the reservation is located
along the Missouri choteau (Hills of the Missouri) The topography in
the west and to the south is characterized by rolling uplands,
scattered large hills and buttes with well developed valleys and
badlands making this area best suited for livestock and ranching. The
eastern portion of the reservation is typical of the Great Plains
region, characterized with rolling hills and valleys, which are close
together and small. This productive eastern portion of the reservation
is used for farming; wheat, canola, soybeans, flax, peas and hay.

With the only bridge crossing the lake located on the northwest corner
of the reservation, travel from the northern points of the reservation
to the southern regions is difficult, with commutes to southern
communities of over 100 miles one way.

Impact Statement

NDSU Extension has had a presence on the Fort. Berthold Reservation for
over 30 years. During this 30 year span the Fort Berthold Extension
Service has provided assistance to tribal entities and governmental
agencies along with aiding and working with numerous adults and youth
in following areas:

  • Natural Resources, Environmental Management, Ranching and Livestock
  • Agriculture, horticulture and gardening
  • 4-H and youth development
  • Food, nutrition and parenting
  • Financial management

Extension Programs

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Natural Resources and Agriculture Fort Berthold Extension

Extension strives to serve the ranching and agriculture communities, from cow-calf operations, horse programs, forage and cattle nutrition, to crops and horticulture. Programs have included; low... Read more

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4-H & Youth Development Fort Berthold Extension

4-H is a program that provides experiential learning for youth. Kids learn a skill, do a project and apply to a real life situation. 4-H programs provide an outlet for youth to experience many... Read more

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Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) Fort Berthold Extension

EFNEP's target audience is low-income families with young children in the household. Programs deliver education and hands on activities in the areas of Dietary Quality, Food Purchasing, Physical... Read more