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Montana tribes take battle over gold mines to court

A federal judge held a hearing in the Fort Belknap Tribes suit against the Bureau of Land Management over two abandoned gold mines near the reservation.

The Assiniboine and Gros Ventre Tribes say the BLM never consulted them in regard to the management of the Zortman-Landusky gold mines. The tribes say the BLM failed to protect their natural resources and sacred lands.

The mines are located on sacred land that was taken from the tribes. The mine operators destroyed the Little Rocky Mountains and contaminated the site with cyanide.

The tribes filed another lawsuit earlier this year against the BLM, the state of Montana and the current owners of the mines. The suit alleges violations of the Clean Water Act.

Get the Story:
Tribes attack BLM for broken trust over mines (The Great Falls Tribune 5/4)

Relevant BLM Documents:
Record of Decision | Final Environmental Impact Statement

Relevant Links:
Fort Belknap Community Council -

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