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Solenex well site is the last remaining oil lease in Badger-Two-Medicine.
Corin Cates-Carney / Montana Public Radio

The Obama administration has canceled a long disputed oil and gas lease in the Badger-Two Medicine area of the Lewis and Clark National Forest, a few miles from Glacier National Park.

A few miles outside Glacier National Park in northwest Montana is land known as the Badger-Two Medicine, the ancestral home of the Blackfeet tribe.

But it's also the site of 18 oil and gas development leases, and an energy company is heading to federal court March 10 to fight for the right to drill there after decades of delay.

Blackfeet tribal historian John Murray doesn't want the drilling to begin.

Denise Juneau Officially Joins U.S. House Race
Corin Cates-Carney

Democratic Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau rallied support at the Capitol today as she filed her bid for Montana’s lone U.S. House seat. 

Sign saying "Welcome to Blackfeet Indian Country."
Will Marlow (CC-BY-NC-2)

The Blackfeet Tribe is challenging Pondera County Commissioners and Montana’s Secretary of State Office about tribal member’s voting access.

A painting by Lauren Monroe, Jr., the artist featured in the film "Blackfeet Art of the Northern Plains"
Courtesy Lauren Monroe Jr. All rights reserved.

The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival kicks off Friday evening in downtown Missoula. In this year’s line-up, 20 films are listed in the "Made In Montana" category, including "Blackfeet Art of the Northern Plains," a short film about a 30-year-old Blackfeet artist named Lauren Monroe, Jr. Chérie Newman talks with the people behind the film.

Blackfeet Water Settlement Clears U.S. Senate Committee

Feb 3, 2016
U.S. Capitol
flickr user Tim Evanson (CC-BY-SA-2)

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. Senate Indian Affairs Committee approved a $420 million water rights settlement with Montana's Blackfeet American Indian tribe on Wednesday, sending the measure to the full Senate with how to pay for it still unresolved.

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Louisiana company has asked a federal judge to block government plans to cancel a long-stalled federal energy lease on land considered sacred to American Indians.

Map of Solenex Lease site in the Badger-Two Medicine near Glacier National Park
Courtesy Montana Wilderness Association

Today, a federal district court allowed an extension in a case over energy development in the Badger-Two Medicine area of Lewis and Clark National Forest.

These Browning kindergartners spend part of their day learning in English, and part of it learning in Blackfeet. The school's aim is to have a class of fluent Blackfeet speakers by the time the students graduate from high school.
Courtesy Emily Ritter Saunders

This year, the Montana state legislature passed a bill that provides funding for public schools to start immersion programs in native languages. It’s part of an effort to preserve these fragile cultures. Across the United States, about 115 languages have been lost in the last five centuries. But so far, the Browning school system, on the southern part of the Blackfeet Reservation, is the only district to take the money.

Sheriff truck.
Josh Burnham (CC-BY-NC-2)

The Montana Law Enforcement Academy will graduate 53 new officers Friday, and most of them will report for duty by Monday. Academy administrator Glen Stinar says this class includes 13 Native American graduates. That’s more Native officers than any other basic course in the Academy’s history.

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