PROTECTION OF THE BADGER-TWO MEDICINE

The Badger-Two Medicine is sacred to the Blackfeet people. It is the home of our creation story, and has continued to be a place of refuge and healing for 10,000 years. It provides strength, subsistence, and cultural identity to our people, which is why the Blackfeet Nation has vowed to protect it.

THE BACKBONE OF THE WORLD

The Badger-Two Medicine region is an almost entirely unroaded expanse of mountains, ridges, river valleys and wetlands along Montana’s Rocky Mountain Front. It is located at the intersection of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, Glacier National Park and the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex, and is part of the headwaters of the Missouri River.

After decades, we’re close to permanently protecting the Badger-Two Medicine


All oil and gas leases have been cancelled
On June 16, 2020, the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington D.C. confirmed the U.S. Department of Interior’s decision to cancel the final oil and gas lease in the Badger-Two Medicine. Read More >


We’re seeking permanent protection
On June 25, 2020, the Blackfeet Nation released a draft congressional bill to permanently protect the Badger-Two Medicine as a Cultural Heritage Area. Read More >.

“For thousands of years Badger-Two Medicine has shaped the identity of our people. I have always been told by our elders that our responsibility was to save those lands for our children and all future generations of Pikuni People.”

– Chief Earl Old Person

BLACKFEET NATION’S COMMITMENT

In 1855, the Blackfeet Nation signed a treaty with the U.S. government that gave the Tribe the reserved rights to hunt, fish and timber in the Badger-Two Medicine region. This area has been utilized as a sanctuary for not only the wildlife, but also for our people to come together and practice their spirituality.

The cultural significance of the Badger-Two Medicine area has been recognized by the Blackfeet people for thousands of years and the Blackfeet Nation declared it “Sacred Ground” in the early 1970s. 

Subsequent Blackfeet Tribal Business Councils have fiercely opposed any industrial development within the Badger-Two Medicine, and continue to affirm the Blackfeet Peoples’ reserved treaty rights to exercise religious freedoms within this area. 

For more information, contact John Murray, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer.