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Native American Heritage Month: Celebrating Tribal Victories in Conservation

11/16/2012 // By Garrit Voggesser

November is Native American Heritage Month, a time to honor the rich and diverse ancestry, traditions and cultures of Native Americans and to recognize the accomplishments of the peoples who were the original inhabitants of the United States and the […] Read more >

Golder Ranch

What Voice Do We Have?: Environmental justice and the Tongue River Railroad

11/15/2012 // By Alexis Bonogofsky

On Wednesday evening, the auditorium of the St. Labre School in Ashland, Montana was packed.  Northern Cheyenne tribal members, land owners, ranchers and hunters came to the third public scoping hearing on the Tongue River Railroad (TRR) and told the […] Read more >

Clint and Wally McRae - Ranchers whose land would be crossed by the Tongue River Railroad

Cows and trains don’t mix: Ranchers stand up against the Tongue River Railroad in second public hearing

11/14/2012 // By Alexis Bonogofsky

Yesterday, the Surface Transportation Board (STB) staff members moved down the valley to hold public scoping hearings in Forsyth, MT after meeting with the Northern Cheyenne in Lame Deer on Monday. They met a similar level of opposition to the railroad as […] Read more >

Northern Cheyenne Tipi

Northern Cheyenne raise concerns about the Tongue River Railroad in first public hearing

11/13/2012 // By Alexis Bonogofsky

Yesterday, braving Montana’s icy roads and freezing temperatures, over 50 Northern Cheyenne tribal members from the small community of Lame Deer gathered to tell representatives of the U.S. Surface Transportation Board (STB) of their concerns about the Tongue River Railroad, a proposed […] Read more >

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The Tongue River Railroad Tries Again: The Little Engine That Couldn’t, Part 1

11/8/2012 // By Alexis Bonogofsky

For my entire life, the Tongue River Railroad Company has been trying – and failing – to build a single purpose rail line to haul coal along the scenic Tongue River in southeastern Montana. Earlier this year, their permit to […] Read more >

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Arch Coal’s Otter Creek Mine Permit Application called “Deficient”

10/30/2012 // By Alexis Bonogofsky

In what could be the largest understatement of the year coming from a Montana state agency, the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) declared Arch Coal’s permit application to mine in the Otter Creek valley “deficient.” Quick background On March 8, 2010, […] Read more >

New Chevron Money Dump as Unprecedented Polluter Cash Flows

10/26/2012 // By Tony Iallonardo

Polluters this election year are doing the equivalent of betting it all.  They’re spending unprecedented amounts of cash to influence the election in the hopes of electing policy makers who will gut clean air and clean water protections.  The latest, is […] Read more >

Bison bone bed being back hoed

2,000-year-old Bison Bone Bed Destroyed on Crow Reservation

10/24/2012 // By Alexis Bonogofsky

Last summer, a 2,000-year-old national treasure was dug up with a backhoe. The Sarpy Creek Bison Kill site, as it is now known, is located on the Crow Reservation in southeastern Montana.Why was this site, a probable candidate for a […] Read more >

Pallid Sturgeon

Will a Coal Train Kill the Last Dinosaur?

10/12/2012 // By Alexis Bonogofsky

On Wednesday, those of us who are working to protect the wildlife in southeastern Montana were surprised to learn that the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) Commission was planning to vote on an easement agreement that FWP staff attorneys had negotiated with […] Read more >

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Stand Up and Fight! Five Good Reasons Why Coal Export is a National Issue

10/2/2012 // By Patricia Tillmann

It’s time to tackle coal export nationwide! While the first battles are being fought in the West, coal export is a national issue worth paying attention to. Here are five reasons why. 1. If not the West, coal companies will […] Read more >