The Latest: US nixes oil, gas lease on land sacred to tribe

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Columbus CEO

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on a disputed oil and gas lease just outside Glacier National Park (all times local):

10:15 a.m.

The Obama administration has canceled a disputed oil and gas lease just outside Glacier National Park that's on land considered sacred to the Blackfoot tribes of the U.S. and Canada.

Thursday's move came after U.S. District Judge Richard Leon criticized the government over its decades-long delay in resolving the matter.

The cancellation is expected to be challenged in federal court by Solenex LLC, a Louisiana company seeking to drill for oil and gas on the 6,200-acre site.

Left unresolved is the fate of 17 remaining leases in northwest Montana's Badger-Two Medicine area, site of the Blackfoot creation story. Blackfoot leaders say the leases were illegally issued in 1982.

Solenex sued the government in 2013 to force a decision after the dispute dragged on for decades.