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.
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."
June 7, 2001 |
Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton was pressed to reconsider allowing oil drilling in a Montana valley sacred to Native Americans. A permit to drill was issued last month to a company owned by a prominent Republican donor. Norton was questioned during a hearing about a permit issued to Anschutz Exploration Corp. Philip Anschutz donated thousands to the campaigns of President Bush, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and others.
May 21, 2001 |
The artists never signed their names, and for centuries their sandstone gallery remained hidden from all but their tribal descendants who wandered these windy sagebrush steppes. That obscurity is about to end, as one of the nation's richest oilmen, who also is a major contributor to the Republican Party, has been given permission to search for what he believes could be a pool of 10 million barrels of oil buried here.