A Year In Photos: Protecting the Otter Creek Valley in 2013

2013 was a good year. People from Montana, South Dakota, North Dakota, Wyoming, Idaho, Washington, Oregon and countless other states came together for events, public hearings and community gatherings to help stop the proposed Otter Creek coal mine and Tongue River Railroad in southeastern Montana. I've pulled together some photos that exhibit the depth of the love that people have for southeastern Montana and some of the amazing moments of the last year. Thanks to Beth Raboin, Paul K. Anderson, Janis Spear and Vanessa Braided Hair for their photos of some critical moments. I start in January during the public hearings over the proposed Otter Creek mine, then the Inter-Tribal No Coal Gathering in Lame Deer in March and then on to the Section 106 Tribal Historic Consultation meetings where we toured the proposed Tongue River Railroad route. Then we move into the summer for renewable energy trainings, education booths at pow-wows and finish with the Lummi Totem Pole Journey in the fall. If you need some background on our fight to stop the mine and railroad, please check out my NWF blog by clicking here.  Enjoy!   People gather before the MT DEQ Otter Creek Scoping Hearing in Lame Deer on January 17, 2013. People gather before the MT DEQ Otter Creek Scoping Hearing in Lame Deer on January 17, 2013. People gather before the MT DEQ Otter Creek Scoping Hearing in Lame Deer on January 17, 2013. MT DEQ Otter Creek Scoping Hearing in Lame Deer on January 17, 2013. Rancher Brad Sauer testifies at the DEQ Otter Creek Hearing in Lame Deer. Alaina Buffalo Spirit testifies at the Otter Creek Public Hearing in Lame Deer. Lucas King. Northern Cheyenne. Otter Creek Scoping Hearing. January 2013. Kaden Jarey mans the Save Otter Creek sign at the Inter-tribal No Coal Gathering in Lame Deer. March 2013. Inter-tribal No Coal Gathering in Lame Deer. March 2013. The SAVE OTTER CREEK sign put up the day after the No Coal Gathering with over 200 signatures on  Highway 212 in Lame Deer. Kaden Jarey, Northern Cheyenne. Local ranchers, Amish ranchers, Tribal Historic Preservation Officers and conservationists gather  to discuss the important cultural sites on the Tongue River that are currently threatened by the proposed Tongue River Railroad. STB Tour April 2013. Amish ranchers move hay with horses. The proposed Tongue River Railroad is planned to go directly through their farmyard. STB Tour 2013. Northern Cheyenne solar warriors at Henry Red Cloud's Renewable Energy Center in Pine Ridge. Summer 2013. Workshop space at Henry Red Cloud's Renewable Energy Center on Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota where Northern Cheyenne are being trained in renewable energy technology. Photo copyright Alexis Bonogofsky. ecoCheyenne Booth Bumper Stickers by Vanessa DSCN1087 (1) Aspen shows off her new Save Otter Creek t-shirt. August 2013. We Draw the Line. Lummi Totem Pole Blessing Ceremony in the Otter Creek Valley. Local ranchers, Northern Cheyenne and Lummi totem carvers. September 2013. Photo copyright Alexis Bonogofsky. Lummi Totem Pole Blessing Ceremony in the Otter Creek Valley. Local ranchers, Northern Cheyenne and Lummi totem carvers. September 2013. Photo copyright Alexis Bonogofsky. IMG_1786 Lummi Totem Pole event. Photo by Alexis Bonogofsky. 20130918-PA1_2021 20130918-PA1_2028 20130918-PA1_2104 Mike Scott, Clint McRae, Brad Sauer, Bonnie Stollard, Roger Sprague. Photo Copyright Paul K. Anderson. Otter Creek Valley looking south. September 2013. Photo copyright Alexis Bonogofsky. Vanessa Braided Hair speaks about Otter Creek at the proposed site of a coal export terminal in Bellingham Washington. September 2013. Photo copyright Janis Spear. SaveOtterCreek    

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