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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