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By Tim Leeds 

Tribes oppose mining exploration in Little Rockies

Permit applicant said environmental care is a primary concern


Last updated 12/28/2021 at 11:26am

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Rust-colored water runs out of a pipe near the site of the fomer Pegasus mine in the Little Rocky Mountains. The Fort Belknap Indian Community is opposed to new mining in the area as it continues to deal with the pollution from the mining operation, which shut down in 1998 after Pegasus filed for bankruptcy. A public meeting on an environmental assessment on proposed new mining exploration in the area is set for Tuesday, Jan 4.

Leaders of the Fort Belknap Indian Community said they are glad to have the opportunity to talk about a proposed new mine exploration in the Little Rocky Mountains because it will give its members a chance to show their opposition to the proposal.

"The tribe's 100 percent opposed," Fort Belknap Indian Community Council President Jeff Stiffarm said.

"We're going to fight this tooth and nail," he added. "I'm glad our people at least will have the chance to speak."

Montana Department of Environmental Quality said it has scheduled a public hearing at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 4, to hear public co...

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