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Lummi Totem Pole carved by master carver Jewell James (House of Tears Carvers). Photo copyright Paul K. Anderson

“We Draw The Line” Totem Pole Journey Starts in Montana’s Otter Creek Valley

9/17/2013 // By Alexis Bonogofsky

On September 18, 2013, Northern Cheyenne tribal members, local ranchers, conservationists and community members from the Otter Creek valley and Ashland, Montana will gather to support the Lummi Nation in their efforts to stop the largest coal port in North […] Read more >

Otter Creek valley in southeastern Montana. Site of the proposed Otter Creek coal mine.

Oglala Lakota Tribe Calls On Tribes to Oppose Otter Creek Coal Mine

8/8/2013 // By Guest Author

Guest post by Joyce Whiting Recently, my Tribe, the Oglala Lakota, passed a resolution opposing the proposed Otter Creek coal mine and Tongue River Railroad in our historical homelands and hunting grounds of southeastern Montana, and we are calling on all of […] Read more >

National Wildlife Photo Contest by Daniel Dennis.

Orcas: How Science Debunked Superstition

7/22/2013 // By Mary Price

From the depths of the briny blue abyss emerges a menacing Goliath—a colossus of the sea bent on revenge and destruction of the human race. Beware the open ocean for there lurks…Orca: The Killer Whale! Sound like a cheesy movie […] Read more >

Via Flickr.

Black Death: How Coal Exports Threaten Orcas

6/26/2013 // By Suzi Letouze

You can help orcas today by speaking up! Urge the Army Corps of Engineers to thoroughly review the risks from proposed coal export terminals in the Northwest. For more information on the dangers coal exports will create for orcas and other […] Read more >

Tongue River Valley in southeastern Montana

Why the Flathead River Gets Protected and the Tongue River Gets the Pollution

6/24/2013 // By Alexis Bonogofsky

Don’t get me wrong. I’m 100 percent in favor of protecting the North Fork of the Flathead River in northwestern Montana. It’s a no brainer. The watershed is important for wildlife, recreation, tourism and agriculture, and it is under threat […] Read more >

Tongue River Valley in southeastern Montana

Two Ways You Can Help Stop the Otter Creek Coal Mine Today

6/13/2013 // By Alexis Bonogofsky

  A friend and mentor told me once, “the energy companies are coming, and they are coming fast, so pick your place and protect it with everything you have.” Well, it will not be a surprise to any of you […] Read more >

Bob Rees, Northwest Guides & Anglers Association

The Survival of the Salmon is at Stake

5/8/2013 // By Guest Author

Guest post by Michael O’Leary With coal pollution already contributing to ocean acidification, rising stream temperatures, and toxic pollution from mercury and chemicals that wreck havoc on the fragile food web, there’s no doubt that the plans of the coal […] Read more >

Mike Rowland, Arch Coal's Montana Director talks to Northern Cheyenne tribal members gathered for the Otter Creek Scoping hearing. Photo copyright Alexis Bonogofsky.

Arch Coal: Incompetent or Arrogant?

5/8/2013 // By Alexis Bonogofsky

That is the question that some of us are asking after Arch Coal submitted an obviously incomplete permit application for the proposed Otter Creek coal mine to the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) at the end of last year. Following Montana’s […] Read more >

The Tongue River Railroad’s Failed Public Process

4/22/2013 // By Alexis Bonogofsky

* To my readers. Don’t worry about the pessimistic nature of this post. We will still beat the Tongue River Railroad and the Otter Creek coal mine, with or without a fair public process.  Last week, during a three-day meeting […] Read more >

Kaden Walksnice getting signatures on the Save Otter Creek sign

Why the Otter Creek Coal Mine Will Never be Built

4/10/2013 // By Guest Author

Guest post by Vanessa Braided Hair. Yesterday, a news station in Billings, Montana ran an interview with Arch Coal representative Mike Rowlands in which he stated that the Otter Creek coal mine, proposed for southeastern Montana, will be in operation by […] Read more >