- Sally JewellSecretary of the Interior
- Tom VilsackSecretary of Agriculture
Cancel Oil and Gas Leases on Sacred Montana Lands
The Blackfeet people have utilized the Badger-Two Medicine region for more than 10,000 years— this sacred area provides strength, subsistence, and cultural identity to more than 17,000 tribal members.
Now, the region has been compromised due to illegally granted oil and gas leases that threaten the Blackfeet peoples’ history and their sacred and cultural values.
The cancellation of these leases is essential to conserve the natural, recreational, cultural, and spiritual resources of the Badger-Two Medicine. We must act now.
- Secretary of the Interior
- Secretary of Agriculture
Dear Secretary of the Interior Jewell and Secretary of Agriculture Vilsack:
Thank you for your leadership in canceling the illegal oil and gas lease in the heart of the sacred Badger-Two Medicine area of the Crown of the Continent ecosystem. The Blackfeet people who have inhabited the Badger-Two Medicine area for more than 10,000 years were not consulted when this area was opened up to leasing and the tribe opposes development of this sacred place.
As stated in the government's decision to cancel the Solenex lease, the environmental and cultural reviews were insufficient and under such circumstances the Secretary of the Interior has the inherent authority to cancel leases. In addition, there are a handful of remaining leases in the Badger-Two Medicine area that were leased around the same time and under similar circumstances.
Please stand firm in your commitment to protect the religious and cultural values of the Badger-Two Medicine by ridding the area of the remaining leases as soon as possible.
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