June 22, 2001 |
A controversial plan to explore for oil in a Montana valley adorned with indigenous rock art has been put on hold after tribal leaders offered to swap reservation land for the drill site, known as Weatherman Draw. The dispute over Weatherman Draw brought together several Indian tribes, the Sierra Club and the National Trust for Historic Preservation and marked the first test, outside Alaska, of the Bush administration's policy to open up more public land to energy exploration.
September 19, 1991 |
Along the North Fork of the Big Hole River, Wilford Halfmoon stopped to listen. And there it was again, just beyond the wind--the sound of battle, a faint rumbling that came up from the pines and, growing louder, dizzied his head with whirling visions.
July 4, 1988 |
For the next few weeks, at least, tourists who visit the site of Custer's Last Stand will have a new, but decidedly unofficial, memorial to ponder--a black metal plate that honors the "Indian Patriots" who defeated the U.S. cavalry here. The memorial plaque was hurriedly installed June 25, the 112th anniversary of the Battle of the Little Bighorn, by American Indian activists--despite the objections of the National Park Service rangers who administer the facility.
March 2, 1991 |
The U.S. Forest Service on Friday approved an exploratory oil and gas well inside a huge tract of wild land sacred to the Blackfeet Indians and considered prime grizzly bear habitat by Montana wildlife officials. The area, called the Badger-Two Medicine, lies alongside Glacier National Park, and the Forest Service's decision concedes that park visitors will be able to hear and see the well from certain trails inside the park.
July 10, 1996 |
A few hundred miles south of the ranch where the anti-government "freemen" were surrounded by the FBI, another potentially explosive standoff has emerged between Crow tribal leaders and non-American Indian businesses refusing to pay a resort tax. Several of the businesses, situated on patches of private land within the sprawling reservation, recently received final notices: Pay the tax now or risk seizure and sale of property at any time.
October 23, 1989 |
Buster Yellow Kidney rode his horse into a clearing high on a ridge in the Rocky Mountains and gazed across to Goat Mountain, where he and his late wife used to fast and purify themselves. "I've only gone back up there twice since she died," the Blackfeet tribal elder said, his aging features set in a solemn mask. Then his face brightened and with a sweep of his gnarled hand, he added: "This whole country is sacred to us."