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Belcourt, North Dakota
Belcourt water tower and Turtle Mountain Middle School
Belcourt water tower and Turtle Mountain Middle School
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Belcourt, North Dakota is located in North Dakota
Belcourt, North Dakota
Belcourt, North Dakota
Location in North Dakota
Belcourt, North Dakota is located in the United States
Belcourt, North Dakota
Belcourt, North Dakota
Location in the United States
Country  United States
State  North Dakota
County Rolette
 • Total 6.0 sq mi (15.6 km2)
 • Land 5.8 sq mi (15.0 km2)
 • Water 0.2 sq mi (0.5 km2)
1,962 ft (598 m)
 • Total 2,078
 • Estimate 
 • Density 346.3/sq mi (133.2/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 701
FIPS code 38-05740
GNIS feature ID 1027873

Belcourt is a census-designated place (CDP) in Rolette County, North Dakota, United States. It is within the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation. The population was 2,078 at the 2010 census.

The community is the seat of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians. Belcourt was originally known as Siipiising, which is Anishinaabe (Chippewa) for "creek that sings with life-giving water." The name refers to what European Americans called "Ox Creek", which flows through the center of town.

Belcourt was laid out in 1884. The community was named Belcourt in honour of Georges-Antoine Belcourt,. Father Belcourt was a French Canadian Roman Catholic diocesan priest and missionary who served the Chippewa and Métis throughout his ministry in the mid-nineteenth century. Belcourt advocated politically on the behalf of the Anishinaabeg and Métis in Canada and in the United States until 1859. Father Belcourt described the Chippewa historical territory in the Pembina River basin as covering an area about 400 miles from north to south and 500 miles from east to west.

The town is served by different forms of media, such as KEYA, a tribal radio station that can be found at 88.5 FM; and the Turtle Mountain Times, the tribally owned newspaper that was established in 2003. The Tribal Independent, an independently owned online newspaper, was established in 2011 and folded in 2012.


Belcourt is located at 48°50′26″N 99°44′48″W / 48.84056°N 99.74667°W / 48.84056; -99.74667 (48.840666, -99.746588).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 6.0 square miles (16 km2), of which, 5.8 square miles (15 km2) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) of it (3.36%) is water. It is named after Father Belcourt.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1980 1,803
1990 2,458 36.3%
2000 2,440 −0.7%
2010 2,078 −14.8%
2019 (est.) 2,038 −1.9%

2,270 population on
January 1, 2021 Estimate

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,078 people, 711 households, and 465 families in the city. The population density was 357.8 inhabitants per square mile (138.1/km2). There were 783 housing units at an average density of 134.8 per square mile (52.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 2.6% White, 0.2% African American, 95.8% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 0.1% from other races, and 1.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.4% of the population.

There were 711 households, of which 36.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 27.0% were married couples living together, 30.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 7.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 34.6% were non-families. 30.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.88 and the average family size was 3.54.

The median age in the city was 27.8 years. 35.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 10.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.6% were from 25 to 44; 21.2% were from 45 to 64; and 8.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.3% male and 50.7% female.


This climatic region is typified by large seasonal temperature differences, with warm to hot (and often humid) summers and cold (sometimes severely cold) winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Belcourt has a humid continental climate, abbreviated "Dfb" on climate maps.


The local school district is the Belcourt School District (Turtle Mountain Community School).

See also

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