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On International Women’s Day, we reflect on female leadership

March 8, 2017
  Kate French Chief among the many stubborn, false ideas about the rural West is that men have always been the heroes: the cowboys, the ranchers, the warriors. But, in truth, this has never been the case because women were always there. Women were not only working the land, but also fighting for it. And in Northern Plains’ history, they weren’t simply shoulder to shoulder with the guys; they were often out front first. Helen Waller said it all with these words when...
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Congressional Review Act – the most dangerous law you’ve never heard of

March 2, 2017
  Working on my ranch means I spend every day enjoying what we’re blessed with as Montanans- our clean air and water, our working rural landscapes, and our unique quality of life. Montanans enjoy an unrivaled connection to the land; a connection that our rural communities depend on. I’m grateful to live in a place where often the only sounds I hear are songbirds and where being a neighbor still means something. I know that we have it lucky. But...
Categories: Agriculture, Clean Water, Coal, Northern Plains Resource Council, Oil & Gas, Oil and gas, Plains Speaking


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Winning against long odds

February 23, 2017
The epic battle to defeat the Tongue River Railroad and what we can learn from it today The Tongue River Railroad would have cut right through here on my place. Quite a few folks associate Northern Plains Resource Council with the Tongue River Railroad. It’s a huge part of our history – Northern Plains has been around for 44 years and we fought the damned railroad for 37 of those years. To me, the story is interesting. It has a lot...
Categories: Agriculture, Agriculture, Coal, Coal, Landowner Rights, Northern Plains Resource Council, Plains Speaking, Tongue River Railroad, Uncategorized


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Northern Plains: Now more than ever

January 23, 2017
Northern Plains: Now more than ever I’ve spent the past several months in a period of reflection. And when I first started thinking about this post, it was going to be a recitation of our myriad wins this last year. But then the election happened, and people got bummed. Like, really bummed. I saw a glimmer of hope this last weekend shine through at the Montana Women’s March though. Nearly 10,000 people marched...
Categories: Agriculture, Clean Energy, Coal, Good Neighbor Agreement, Homegrown Prosperity, Oil & Gas, Plains Speaking, Tongue River Railroad, Uncategorized


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Representative Zinke should embrace stewardship at Interior

January 13, 2017
Note: The U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources has set a Tuesday, Jan. 17, confirmation hearing for Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., to be Secretary of the Interior. His nomination must be confirmed by the full Senate.  Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Montana Secretaries of the Interior are called to be public stewards. On behalf of all Americans, they oversee our great national heritage of forests, grasslands, fisheries, national parks, wildlife, waterways, and mineral wealth.  Congressman Ryan Zinke, if approved for his nomination...
Categories: Agriculture, Clean Energy, Coal, Congress, Landowner Rights, Northern Plains Resource Council, Plains Speaking, Tongue River Railroad, Uncategorized


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Standing up, speaking out, and fighting for things we love

December 29, 2016
In today's uncertain political climate, many of us are thinking about how we can truly make a difference for our communities. As a long-time member of the Northern Plains Resource Council I've been fortunate to witness the many ways in which Montanans can affect how things turn out – standing up, speaking out, and fighting for the things they love about Montana. While I may not always be able to participate at this level, I can rest assured that there’s...
Categories: Agriculture, Clean Energy, Coal, Good Neighbor Agreement, Homegrown Prosperity, Northern Plains Resource Council, Oil & Gas, Plains Speaking, Tongue River Railroad, Uncategorized


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A year in review

December 19, 2016
As the final weeks of 2016 are winding down, it’s time to take a breath and recall what a year it has been. While we are hunkering down for winter and preparing for all that 2017 will bring, this is the time to remember all of our wins and achievements from this year: The end of the Tongue River Railroad! After 42 years of fighting, this terrible project was shut down, much to...
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Give thanks and take action

November 28, 2016
This Thanksgiving season, I find myself reflecting on all the things I have to be thankful for, like friends, family, and the supportive community of Northern Plains Resource Council- members and leaders who’ve stood together for over 40 years now. In that time, we’ve learned that grit and the ability to stick together for the long haul are the keys to getting the job done. In it for the long haul Northern Plains members fought the Tongue River Railroad and its...
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Coal leasing reform benefits wildlife and ranchers

August 22, 2016
Right now the United States Department of Interior is conducting a nationwide programmatic review of the coal leasing program. There’s been a lot of conversation about ensuring that taxpayers receive fair market value from leasing royalties and reducing the climate impacts from coal emissions, but we believe much greater attention must be paid to the need to restore the wildlife habitat and agriculture lands that have been decimated by...
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Proposed Longview coal port a bad deal for Montana

June 10, 2016
Two weeks ago, I traveled more than 700 miles from my ranch in southeastern Montana to testify at the Spokane hearing on the proposed Millennium Bulk Terminals coal export facility in Longview, Washington. I was joined by almost 30 other Montanans, vanpooling and carpooling, spending long hours on the road to make their voices heard because coal exports impact all of us. We’re all connected My personal point of entry into this began through Arch Coal....
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