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.