Protecting the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation

Protecting the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation

For more than 15 years, the Center has provided legal representation to the Assiniboine and Gros Ventre Tribes of the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation in their fight for environmental justice and clean-up of the contamination caused by the Zortman and Landusky gold mines adjacent to the Fort Belknap Reservation.  Through lawsuits and public pressure, we helped the Tribes shut down the mines – once the largest heap-leach g

Oil and gas development threatens environment at Fort Belknap

The first natural gas ever produced on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation flowed to market earlier this year, and more oil and gas development is on the horizon for this north-central Montana Indian community.  While natural resource development could provide a much-needed boost to the local economy, if left unchecked it threatens to undo the decade

Fort Belknap Tribes still fighting for clean water after mine closure

Harlem, Montana -- Since 1992, the Indian Law Resource Center has represented the Assiniboine and Gros Ventre Tribes in several cases aimed at shutting down the Zortman and Landusky mines - large open-pit, cyanide heap leach gold mines - and bringing the sites into compliance with environmental and water quality standards.

Fort Belknap Tribes File New Lawsuit Over Mining Pollution

Indian Country Today article concerning the new lawsuit against the Bureau of Land Management, the Montana Department of Environmental Quality and the current owner of the Zortman-Landusky mine complex filed by the Assiniboine and Gros Ventre Tribes of the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation.

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