Lame Deer, Montana

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Lame Deer (Mea-véʼhoʼeno in Cheyenne) is a census-designated place (CDP) in Rosebud County, Montana, United States. The population was 2,018 at the 2000 census. Lame Deer is part of the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation and the home of the Chief Dull Knife College. Lame Deer is the starting location of the movie Powwow Highway. Every year, the town hosts the 4th of July Pow Wow.



Lame Deer is located at (45.621819, -106.658079).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 55.6 square miles (144.0 km²), all land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 2,018 people, 526 households, and 401 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 36.3 people per square mile (14.0/km²). There are 573 housing units at an average density of 10.3/sq mi (4.0/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 5.80% White, 0.05% African American, 92.47% Native American, 0.05% Asian, 0.15% from other races, and 1.49% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.18% of the population. 67.9% spoke English, 28.9% Cheyenne and 2.7% Crow as their first language.

There were 526 households out of which 44.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.9% were married couples living together, 27.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.6% were non-families. 21.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.77 and the average family size was 4.42.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 43.7% under the age of 18, 9.6% from 18 to 24, 25.4% from 25 to 44, 16.3% from 45 to 64, and 5.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 22 years. For every 100 females there were 93.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.2 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $19,828, and the median income for a family was $19,821. Males had a median income of $26,484 compared with $23,500 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $7,247. About 46.9% of families and 50.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 59.4% of those under the age of 18 and 49.0% of those 65 and older.

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