The Badger-Two Medicine traditional cultural district of Montana is considered sacred to the Blackfeet tribe. Earlier this month, Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack sent a letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewel urging her to cancel the energy leases for the area. The Blackfeet Tribe of Montana said the leases were granted illegally and the tribe has a “deep spiritual connection to this profoundly spiritual region.” Is your community working to protect a sacred place from energy development? What challenges do tribes face when fighting for their sacred places?
Full interview with William Perry Pendley from the Mountain States Legal Foundation :
John Murray (Blackfeet) – Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Blackfeet tribe
Tim Preso- managing attorney for the Northern Rockies office of Earth Justice
Break Music: Chicken Dance (song) Blackfoot Confederacy (artist) Confederacy Style (album)