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Jun 10 2015

Join us for Badger-Two Medicine Day

Celebrate this sacred area with us on June 27

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The Blackfeet people’s connection to the Badger-Two Medicine goes back thousands of years. Located between the Bob Marshall Wilderness and Glacier National Park, the Badger-Two Medicine is the home of the Blackfeet origin story and the site of many cultural practices. Under threat from potential oil and gas development for the last 30 years, the Blackfeet have united with neighboring tribes and with the conservation and sportsmen communities to defend this sacred landscape.

In order to protect the Badger-Two Medicine, people on the Blackfeet Reservation and across Montana are raising their voices. Decision-makers in Washington, D.C. must hear the message: there will never be drilling in the Badger-Two Medicine.

To help get this message out, the Blackfeet Nation invites all who care about the past, present, and future of the culturally and ecologically irreplaceable Badger-Two Medicine area to join in a daylong, interactive celebration.

All activities are free and open to the public (except where noted).

What: A day full of activities in the Badger-Two Medicine and celebrating the Badger-Two Medicine
When: Saturday, June 27, 2015, 8:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Where: Mitten Lake, 20 minutes southwest of Browning on the Heart Butte Road

9:00-9:30 a.m.        Welcome and opening prayer

9:30-10:00 a.m.      Badger-Two Medicine Song: Chief Earl Old Person

10:00 a.m.-noon     Introduction of dignitaries, remarks & presentations:

  • Terry Tatsey, Blackfeet Community College
  • John Murray, Blackfeet Tribal Historic Preservation Officer
  • Dr. Maria Zedeno, Professor at the University of Arizona
  • Paulette Fox, Iinii Initiative
  • G.G. Kipp, Piikani Traditionalist’s Association

Noon                       Lunch

12:30-5:00 p.m.      Breakout Into Group Activities:

  • Hikes led by students of the Native Science Field Center
  • Trail Ride (Blackfeet members, max. 10) led by Terry & Keith Tatsey (non-tribal guests welcome if providing own horse & tack)
  • EcoFlight Tours (delegates and government reps.) with Blackfeet Interpreters
  • Badger-Two Medicine Plant Workshop - Pauline Matt
  • Native Traditional Games - Jim Higgins
  • Weed Pull Service Project - Glacier Two Medicine Alliance
  • Hand Game Demonstration

5:30 p.m.              Dinner – Bison Burgers provided by the Blackfeet Bison Program

7:00 p.m.              Blackfeet Tribal Member Stories & Campout

For more information about participating in this event or about the Badger-Two Medicine, please contact Casey Perkins, Rocky Mountain Front field director, at (406) 466-2600 or at cperkins@wildmontana.org.

Please support the Blackfeet and help protect the Badger-Two Medicine by signing the petition.