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The Northern Cheyenne Reservation sits on one of the richest coal deposits in the country. There are billions of tons of the black rock buried underneath Littlebird, Lame Deer and the surrounding pine-dotted prairie.
But despite high unemployment and systemic poverty, the Northern Cheyenne Tribe has never touched the coal. Most recently, it even sued the Trump administration for opening up the opportunity for new coal development in its corner of southeastern Montana.
Unemployment is estimated from 25 to 90%, with drugs, alcohol, suicide due to poverty.
Many believe that coal extraction is the only path ut, but others refuse to preserve the culture.
Who is right?