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Drilling the West
JULY 2005
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Photo captions by Joel K. Bourne, Jr.


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Putting Uncle Sam on Notice
Photograph by Joel Sartore

On a blustery November day, leaders of the four bands of the Blackfeet Nation sign a proclamation claiming ownership of 130,000 acres (52,609 hectares) of the Lewis and Clark National Forest near Browning, Montana, part of which gas developers want to explore. The Blackfeet claim that an 1896 agreement leased the Badger-Two Medicine area to the government for 99 years. Now they want it back. "It's part of our spiritual landscape," says John Murray (in red), historic preservation officer for the tribe. "For some reason they think they can take a little chunk out and destroy it."
Photo Fast Facts
Camera: Nikon  F5
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia
Lens: Wide-angle telephoto
Speed and F-Stop: 1/60 @ f/5.6
Weather Conditions: Bright overcast
Time of Day: 5 p.m.
Lighting Techniques: Natural light

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