The Badger-Two Medicine region is an almost entirely unroaded expanse of mountains, ridges, river valleys and wetlands along Montana’s Rocky Mountain Front that is sacred to our people. Over thirty years ago, this area was leased illegally without tribal consultation and approval.
In 2015, the federal Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and USDA Secretary Thomas Vilsack lent their support for cancellation of the illegal leases stating impacts to the Blackfeet tribe’s cultural and religious practices that would result from development.
The government has now formally acknowledged that drilling in the Badger-Two Medicine would cause devastation beyond repair and is taking steps to right a wrong done to our people decades ago. But we know corporate interests are unlikely to back down from the fight and neither are we. We won’t end our battle until Badger-Two Medicine is permanently protected from oil and gas development.
WE OPPOSE DRILLING ON OUR SACRED LANDS FOR THE FOLLOWING REASONS:
1) The leases were granted illegally in 1982 without tribal consultation.
2) Energy development would negatively impact and interfere with the Blackfeet people's lands, and the use of it for cultural, historical and religious purposes.
3) Drilling would compromise the water quality and disrupt extraordinary habitat for rare and sensitive wildlife species.
4) Reserved hunting, fishing and timbering rights would be compromised.
5) Fracking the “Backbone of the World” would desecrate both the landscape and the cultural identity of present and future generations of Blackfeet people.
6) Roads, trucking bridges and well pads would disturb sacred lands in the heart of the Badger-Two Medicine.
Read more about the history of oil and gas leases (1855-2014) in the Badger-Two Medicine