Badger Creek

Badger Creek




Release Date: 
Saturday May 6, 2017
Expiration Date: 
Thursday May 6, 2021

Unlimited releases over 4 years beginning 5/6/17 SCH/1 year; and non-commercial cable rights granted. Royalty free to members and subscribers of the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA).

What does it take for a contemporary Native family to thrive on their reservation? Badger Creek is a portrait of Native resilience as seen through a year in the life of three generations of a Blackfeet family living on the reservation in Montana. The loving and sober Momberg family members run a successful ranch, live a traditional world view and are relearning their language.

This half-hour documentary is a portrait of a Blackfeet (Pikuni) family, the Mombergs, who live on the lower Blackfeet Reservation in Montana near the banks of Badger Creek. In addition to running a prosperous ranch, they practice a traditional Blackfeet cultural lifestyle, which sustains and nourishes them. They send their children to a Blackfeet language immersion school and participate in Blackfeet spiritual ceremonies. 

The film profiles family life through four seasons in the magnificent and traditional territory of the Pikuni Nation. We witness family interactions between the three generations, who live under one roof, work hard, laugh, play, love and support each other through the good and hard times. Badger Creek allows the viewer to witness contemporary Native resilience on the reservation, as seen through one extraordinary American family. 


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Saturday May 6, 2017 - 10:30 ET


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In 2012, the Big Sky Documentary film festival hosted a special high school screening of our Vision Maker Media-funded, PBS documentary "The Thick Dark Fog," about the legacy of the American Indian boarding school system. Retired University of Montana English professor Rhea Ashmore approached us after the screening to suggest we make a film about a Blackfeet high school senior named Michael Momberg, whom she had met while volunteering at Heart Butte High School on the Blackfeet reservation in northwestern Montana. Michael, she told us, was a gifted and artistic student who excelled at school, spoke his Native lanaguage and came from a close-knit and loving extended family.

After speaking to Michael via Skype and communicating with his parents over email, we agreed that Michael's traditional, successful and loving native family living on the Rez would make great subjects for a film about contemporary Native resilience. However, we lived far from Montana, and documentary films are expensive. So, Rhea came on board as executive producer and provided us with seed funding for an exploratory trip to film with the Mombergs. When we arrived, we met members of all three generations of the Momberg family living together in a cozy and beautiful house in the midst of wondrous natural beauty next to Badger Creek. 



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Complement classroom discussion about America's energy future with this film, and help students comprehend the debate about the best use of natural resources.