By Jessica A. Knoblauch
June 16, 2020
VICTORY! On June 16, 2020, a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., rejected a Louisiana company’s bid to keep its oil and gas drilling lease in Montana’s Badger-Two Medicine region, adjacent to Glacier National Park.
The decision settles a decades-long fight to protect lands and waters sacred to the Blackfeet and critical for wildlife habitat.
FOR MORE THAN 10,000 YEARS, the Badger-Two Medicine area near Glacier National Park in Montana has provided strength, subsistence, and cultural identity for members of the Blackfeet Nation.
The Blackfeet believe that their people were created among the mountains and springs that rise from where Badger Creek and the Two Medicine River trace their headwaters. But the Blackfeet aren’t the only ones who value the region. The oil and gas industry also have their eyes on the area — and for more than 30 years, they’ve been fighting to drill the hell out of it.