9. A town big enough, resourceful enough and harmonious enough to serve and hold a maintenance population after the initial boom is over.
"Before the Indian Claims Commission, the Blackfeet Tribe of Indians, Plaintiff, V. the United States of America, Defendant: Docket No. 279-D : Digest of Historian's Exhibits". This important 600 page report was written by a researching lawyer to defend the interests of the Blackfeet reservation. It outlines adventures with irrigation projects on the rez that were constantly blocked, bungled or neglected. The northern waterway of Milk River was diverted south to supply American-side off-rez ranchers now called the “High Line” after the Great Northern railway route. If this water were shut off, the High-Line communities would reconfigure drastically because the population would have to leave. Towns are already shrinking. Also, revising historical legal rules will affect profit lines.
At the south edge of the rez, the Marias watershed, which was partly on the rez, was diverted into the Conrad brothers irrigation project with the cooperation of “Major” Steele (he was not military -- it was an honorific) the only Indian agent to serve twice, and the original Kipp, a Mandan/Hidatsa man of enormous energy and intelligence. These developments went mostly unrecorded, but they were part of a much larger movement to develop the prairies into a profitable part of the nation.
The Rocky Mountain Front and the Lewis Overthrust
Collisions of southern heated air currents coming clear from the Gulf of Mexico against this high stone mass creates intense thunderstorms and cyclones. Lightning hitting the land contributes fertility and the fires set by it repeatedly clear the land of trees.
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Images for Lewis overthrust fault
This is the power-struggle at the core of the fight over the Badger-Two Medicine land: a trajectory of profit for a human organization that will disperse in the near future versus a continuous upwelling of sacredness that comes from reducing human lives to humble specks in the great arc of time.