The History Project
Several years ago, we set out to strengthen our organization by developing a deeper understanding of our history. Since then, we have compiled documents, footage, photos, historical records, and articles that capture 50 years of organizing to protect Montana’s family farms and ranches and unique quality of life. The result is a series of videos, a published anthology, and a photo display documenting the people, places, and campaigns that have made Northern Plains such an important part of Montana’s history.
Standing Together: Protecting Land, Air, Water, and People
This 130-page, hardcover anthology tells the story of Northern Plains’ work to protect the people and places we love across Montana. In addition to a written narrative, this hardbound book features photos, cartoons, artwork, news-clippings, and poetry from a half-century of tenacious grassroots organizing. Written and curated by Teresa Erickson.
Enjoy this virtual version of the Photo Display in our Home on the Range office in Billings. This display showcases notable members and moments that have shaped our organization and left a lasting impact on the issues we have organized around.
Ellen Pfister and Don Golder
National Sacrifice Area
Steve and Jeanne Charter's Wedding Party
Anne and Boyd Charter at their Bull Mountain Cabin
Helen and Gordy Waller
Willie Nelson, Helen Waller, and Steve Charter
Otter Creek Valley in Bloom
Tongue River Railroad Citizen Lobby Trip
Soda Butte Creek Cleanup Celebration
Bench Ranch, near Fishtail
Alaina Buffalo Spirit
Coal Bed Methane Pollution
Tongue River Valley
Colstrip Steam Electric Station
Tongue River Railroad Party
Jeanie Alderson and Terry Punt
Mining Law Citizen Lobby Trip
Doris Medicine Bull
Home on the Range
Farm Crisis Legislative Action
Right of First Refusal Bill Signing
Spoil Waste Rock Pile
1872 Mining Law Rally
Acid Mine Drainage at Pegasus Gold
Kenneth Medicine Bull
Rally Opposing Keystone XL
Bill Whitehead and Deb Haaland
Bakken Oil Well Flare in Eastern Montana
Pat Sweeney and Hazel King
Aerial View of Stillwater Platinum/Palladium Mine near Nye
Charlie and June
Sarpy Creek Mine
Jean and Floyd Dahlman
Charles and Lana Sangmeister
Enjoy a compilation of videos documenting our history, including:
- Standing Together: Protecting Land, Air, Water, and People which tells the origin story of Northern Plains.
- Water is for Fighting, a condensed retelling of our origin story focusing on our work to protect one of the most precious resources in the west – water.
- “Our History Tells Us…” series of 1-2 min videos which highlight some of our greatest fights like protecting the family farm during the 1980s farm crisis, promoting clean energy solutions, negotiating our Good Neighbor Agreement with the Sibyane-Stillwater Mining Company, how we saved the Tongue River Valley from coal bed methane destruction, and how we stood up to big corporations to protect clean air in Billings.