The Sámi

A long history of living on the land has granted the Sámi people a rich bank of traditional ecological knowledge enabling them to maintain, protect, and restore the environment’s inherent biodiversity. There are multiple cases where the Sámi have protected the biodiversity of their homeland, both through active preservation and through legal protections that have resulted in maintenance of biodiversity and the cultural traditions that protect and support the land.

Blackfeet Nation The Amskapi Piikani or the Blackfeet Nation in Montana have cared for the lands in northwestern Montana since time immemorial. Their relationship to these lands has maintained the high levels of biodiversity found on their reservation and on lands to the west in Glacier National Park and the Badger Two Medicine Area.