With coal development on three sides of their Montana reservation, the Northern Cheyenne know the changes that coal can bring to the landscape. So when a rail line was proposed that would carry coal from yet another huge open-pit mine planned near their border, the Northern Cheyenne decided to oppose it.
“This is our homeland,” tribal councilman Conrad Fisher tells the filmmakers. “It’s the cultural landscape, it’s the social landscape, it’s the spiritual landscape. Essentially, it’s the fabric of who we are as Cheyenne people.”