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Zinke's DOI Retreats on Stripping Protections from Sacred Grizzly in Blackfoot Confederacy and CSKT Glacier Heartland

MISSOULA, Mont. - In one norm not yet dismantled by President Trump, his administration made an announcement on the eve of a holiday that wasn't good news for its policy objectives. The Department of Interior has abandoned its previously stated intent of removing Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections from the grizzly bear in the heartland of Blackfoot Confederacy and Confederated Salish and Kootenai country in Montana's Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem (NCDE). For Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, a resident of Whitefish, Montana, it is the second crushing defeat on the grizzly issue in a matter of weeks.

"We were on track to try and have a proposal, or at least have an evaluation of recovery and a potential proposal, out by the end of the calendar year," said Hilary Cooley, Zinke's so-called grizzly bear recovery coordinator for the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). Cooley conceded that the Trump Administration's defeat in Crow Tribe, et al v. Zinke, the legal challenge led by tribes and environmental groups to return protections to grizzlies in Yellowstone had derailed Interior's policy. For tribes, the court ruling stopped trophy hunts of the sacred being and protects ancestral lands from being opened to extractive industry development.

"That's put things on halt for both ecosystems. So we need to take a little time and figure out what this means, how to move forward," Cooley summarized.

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BY NATIVE NEWS ONLINE STAFF / CURRENTS / 24 NOV 2018


Dear Secretary Zinke,

We know as you do that every generation inherits a world it never made; and, as it does so, it automatically becomes the trustee of that world for those who come after. In due course, each generation makes its own accounting to its children. Therefore we reach out to you today on a matter that demands justice, courage and ultimately honor. You have many times visited our council in the shadow of the “Backbone of the World” as we spoke these very words and how to make a better life for our children. You as former military man know these words. You know they served not only as your military code of conduct but also a code of conduct for how one should walk in this world.

September 25, 2017

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