By Tim Leeds 

Fort Belknap supports additional mining withdrawal

Tribes still looking for answers on new Little Rockies mining claims


Last updated 6/16/2022 at 6:29pm


Water that is rust-colored from acidic runoff from the mine in Swift Gulch at the Zortman-Landusky mining site stands in The Little Rocky Mountains in the fall of 2021.

The president of Fort Belknap Indian Community's tribal council said the council is pleased about U.S. Bureau of Land Management announcing it plans to withdraw more land just south of Fort Belknap Indian Reservation from mining, but it is still looking for answers on some new mining claims filed in an area that had been banned from mining.

Fort Belknap Indian Community Council President Jeffrey "Jeff" Stiffarm said in replies to questions from Havre Daily News that if mining claims filed in 2020 are allowed to stand, "this will be unfettered permission from the secretary of interior for c...

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