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The Crow Reservation and Coalbed Methane

This page was written by Erin Klauk as part of the DLESE Community Services Project: Integrating Research in Education. Funding was provided in part by the Montana Office of Public Instruction.

Seal from the Tribal Flag of the Crow. Details

The Powder River Basin, a major source of coalbed methane natural gas, is located in Montana and Wyoming covering much of the Crow Reservation. The Crow people are now faced with the issues surrounding coalbed methane development. On one hand, the development of coalbed methane appears to offer the communities of the Powder River Basin, including the Crow Nation, a long-awaited economic advantage, but the long-term impacts to global warming, water resources of the area, fish and wildlife, and agriculture must be considered (Coalbed Methane: Short-term Boom, Long-term Bust (more info) ).

To get started, view pages, or follow the links below to pages that have been developed to illustrate the issue of Coalbed Methane on the Crow Reservation:

For ideas on how to use these webpages in a classroom, a Study Guide is provided.

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