Our Last Refuge
A film about the Blackfeet Nation’s fight to protect the wild and sacred Badger-Two Medicine from industrial development
A Sacred Place
The Badger-Two Medicine is the cradle of Blackfeet culture and the home of a vast array of fish and wildlife.
Located at the intersection of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, Glacier National Park, and the Bob Marshall Wilderness, the Badger is an undeveloped expanse of mountains, ridges, river valleys, and wetlands.
In 1981, the U.S. government illegally leased the Badger at $1 per acre for oil and gas development—without consulting the Blackfeet Tribe and without conducting a proper environmental review.
Now is the time to protect the Badger once and for all from industrial development.
The Threat Remaining
Working together, the Blackfeet people and local conservationists have prevented the Badger-Two Medicine from being developed for 35 years.
In March 2016, the Department of Interior cancelled one of the illegal oil and gas leases. In November 2016, the largest lease-holder, Devon Energy, voluntarily relinquished 15 leases. Finally, in December 2016, the final two leases were cancelled.
Only one company, Solenex LLC, continues to pursue development and is suing the government to reinstate the lease.
About the Film
Our Last Refuge tells the story of the Badger-Two Medicine and the decades-long struggle to protect this sacred homeland of the Blackfeet Nation from oil and gas development.
The film features voices from all sides of the struggle—Blackfeet elders, local conservationists, and the law firm pushing for oil exploration. All together, they chronicle the epic saga of this unique landscape and the current legal challenge, the outcome of which could determine the fate of sensitive and sacred lands nationwide. Capturing one of the highest profile conservation struggles in recent history, Our Last Refuge is the first in-depth telling of this critical story at a moment when the stakes are at their highest.
“We are going to fight for this place we call our home.”
- Chief Earl Old Person