The Badger - Two Medicine is a 165,000 acre area in the heart of the Crown of the Continent. Bounded by Glacier National Park and the Blackfeet Reservation, with wilderness to the west and south, the area is a Traditional Cultural District because of its religious and cultural significance to the Blackfeet Nation.
Energy companies and the federal government have been battling over oil and gas leases here for decades. Most of the original 47 leases have been retired, with four owners holding the 18 remaining leases and only one being developed. The legitimacy of these leases is in question as they were let in violation of NEPA and without consulting the Blackfeet. The area is threatened by the Hall Creek lease, owned by Sidney Longwell, who has owned the lease for 30 years.The tribe is united in the effort to protect this sacred land, and with proactive political leadership, the leases can be retired.
In September 2015, a federal panel called the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation reccommended that the government cancel the suspended lease. The council analyzed the effects of drilling on the historic and cultural value of the land, and its recommendation will be considered by the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, which will make the final decision.