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Tongue River Railroad Alternatives Map

Building a coal train, Tongue River Railroad style

This week, in a calculated move, backers of the Tongue River Railroad Company submitted a new route to the Surface Transportation Board (STB). This route change comes almost a month after …

Protest of the Otter Creek coal lease

Leave the Tongue River valley alone: The Northern Cheyenne have the last word about the Tongue River Railroad

We don’t want a coal train to destroy the Tongue River valley and we don’t want a coal mine to destroy the Otter Creek valley.That is the message that the …

Golder Ranch

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

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 …

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

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 …

Northern Cheyenne Tipi

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

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) …

Bull Elk

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

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 …

Otter Creek Valley photo

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

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 …

Pallid Sturgeon

Will a Coal Train Kill the Last Dinosaur?

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 …

Fall Elk Viewing on the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge

September marks the time of year when lush river bottoms along the Missouri River in north-central Montana are transformed into their annual splendor. In the late afternoon hours on the …

Sign on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation - Respect our homeland

Northern Cheyenne Tribe at a Crossroads: To Develop Coal or Not?

On Sunday, over 100 people assembled for a Way of Life Gathering (Hestana Vestotse) in Lame Deer, Montana. Yellow Bird, a Northern Cheyenne non-profit group and Sierra Club, organized the event with …

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