Firm will get $2.6 million to relinquish oil lease on Montana land that’s sacred to Native People

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Louisiana firm will obtain $2.6 million to relinquish the final remaining oil and fuel lease on U.S. forest land close to Montana’s Glacier Nationwide Park that’s sacred to Native People, authorities officers and attorneys concerned within the deal mentioned Friday.

The deal would resolve a decades-long dispute over the 10-square-mile (25-square-kilometer) oil and fuel lease within the mountainous Badger-Two Drugs space of northwestern Montana.

The lease was issued in 1982 however has not been developed. It’s on the location of the creation story for the Blackfoot tribes of southern Canada and Montana’s Blackfeet Nation. Tribal members bitterly opposed drilling.