Lame Deer, Montana
Chief Dull Knife College,
Northern Cheyenne Reservation
1 College Dr, Lame Deer, MT 59043
Native American Environmental Justice
The Northern Cheyenne Reservation is located in present-day southeastern Montana, and is approximately 444,000 acres in size with 99% tribal ownership. They have approximately 12,266 enrolled tribal members with about 6,012 residing on the reservation, in mostly rural areas.
Water access in rural areas can be difficult, with many Northern Cheyenne people relying on bottled water as a source for drinking and daily use. Other people get their water from underground wells or nearby springs. There is not much publicly available information about the drinking water on the Cheyenne Nation, however, residents often receive boil water notices and other alerts that their water is not safe for drinking. Thus, 501CTHREE has partnered with Chief Dull Knife College to provide access to safe, clean water that is tested regularly for all of the residents of the nation.
Chief Dull Knife College is a community based, land grant, and tribally controlled community college established to provide quality educational opportunities to residents of the Northern Cheyenne Reservation and surrounding communities. Inspired by Chief Dull Knife’s determination, their mission is to provide Northern Cheyenne culturally influenced education through quality life-long learning opportunities.
The Water Box at CDKC was made possible by a donation from The One Valley Community Foundation. At One Valley Community Foundation, they believe in the power of all people to make a difference in Montana's communities. Since 1998, the foundation has served the Gallatin Valley’s communities with the mission to enhance the present and future quality of living in the community through innovative charitable activities that provide leadership, identify charitable needs, and galvanize resources.
Water Box Impact
Single-use 16 oz. plastic bottles replaced
Gallons of clean water distributed
Kilograms of greenhouse gasses avoided