Sacred land on the Blackfeet Reservation near Glacier National Park in Montana is under threat from possible gas and oil drilling by a Louisiana gas company, Solenex. “The 130,000-acre pristine landscape, known as the Badger-Two Medicine region, serves as critical habitat for grizzly bears, elk and cutthroat trout. The area is also culturally significant to the Blackfeet Nation, who believe that their people were created among its mountains and springs.
For more than 10,000 years, the Badger-Two Medicine region has provided strength, subsistence and cultural identity for tribal members. For the Blackfeet, who have lost so much over the past few centuries, the Badger-Two Medicine area remains one of the last strongholds of the tribe’s values.”
This campaign was an overwhelming success; the US Department of Interior ruled to cancel the oil leases and pledged to protect the Badger Two-Medicine region for the future. In June 2020, a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., upheld the cancellation of the last remaining federal oil and gas lease in Montana’s Badger-Two Medicine.