PLEASE SEE THE UPDATE TO THIS AT THE BOTTOM!
Chief Mountain was leased, but the leases were cancelled due to non-payment. The tribal business council states in their press released, issued days before the spiritual gathering, that they have the right to develop these resources. Therefore, the spiritual gathering continued as planned.

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August 11, 2013
Chief Mountain, arguably the most sacred site on the Blackfeet Reservation, has been leased for oil and gas development. 9 leases were signed at the base of Chief Mountain, according to BIA records, in May 2013. Tony Bynum, East Glacier Photographer and Conservationist, publicized the information last Thursday, August 8th.

Events are being planned at the base of Chief Mountain for Saturday, August 17th. For more information, please visit:

facebook.com/SaveTheSacredChief
tonybynum.com/chief-mountain-sold-for-oil-development/

To sign the petition against drilling Chief Mountain, please visit:
petitions.moveon.org/sign/stop-drilling-on-chief.fb29?source=s.icn.fb&r_by=8561964

For more information about the EVENT THIS SAT AUG 17TH:
facebook.com/events/395448047223602/

To see Chief Mountain Leased For Oil and Gas Development - PART 2:
vimeo.com/72241197

***************************UPDATE***************************

A few days before the sacred gathering, the Blackfeet Business council issued a press release stating that the leases were cancelled due to non-payment from the oil companies. The press release circulated on August 14th, just 3 days before the planned gathering at the base of the mountain:

PRESS RELEASE - CHIEF MOUNTAIN IS PROTECTED: bit.ly/H6UWEj

The letter also states that the "Blackfeet Tribal Business Council has the absolute right to develop its own resources on its own land."

You can see the dialogue on the facebook event page after the release was issued. People still felt it was important to attend, and the event went ahead as planned.

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