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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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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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The 38-year fight to protect the Tongue River valley

May 6, 2016
I was almost eleven years old in the summer of 1977 when my parents and other members of the Northern Plains Resource Council saw an article in Northern Plains’ newsletter about yet another coal mine proposal. This proposal was close to home. ITT Resources had bought half the project from a Billings speculator who had been acquiring the rights to coal in the area. The other new owners were utility companies from the state of Washington. This new mine was to...
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Arch Coal lost the Otter Creek tracts, and TRR lied about it to the government

April 13, 2016
A little sleuthing yesterday brought us to a fascinating discovery. Months ago, even before entering Chapter 11 bankruptcy, Arch Coal lost the lease for half of the Otter Creek coal tracts – a fact the company has kept hidden from regulators, the bankruptcy court, and the public. Meanwhile, despite mounting evidence to the contrary, Tongue River Railroad Company (TRRC) – the company that would build the railroad to serve Arch’s...
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Time to end speculation by Tongue River Railroad

January 5, 2016
On the afternoon before Thanksgiving, the Tongue River Railroad Company asked the federal Surface Transportation Board to indefinitely freeze its permit application for the proposed Tongue River Railroad. If permitted, the railroad would condemn up to 90 miles of working family farm and ranchland in southeastern Montana to build a new rail line to ship coal from the proposed Otter Creek coal mine to proposed Pacific Northwest coal export facilities and...
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Pro-coal export legislators don’t speak for Montana

October 27, 2015
It appears that a handful of Montana state legislators have been traveling to Washington state to show support for the proposed coal export terminal in Longview. Let’s make something clear—while these politicians can say whatever they want as individuals, they don’t speak for the State of Montana. In fact, several years of polling conducted by the polling firm Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates (FM3) shows that the majority of Montanans consistently oppose the idea of mining more Montana...
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