Fund Highlight

Partner Highlight: The Montana Environmental Information Center

January 11, 2022

MEIC works with people across Montana to protect the air, water, land, and life-sustaining climate.

The Montana Environmental Information Center (MEIC) is known throughout Montana and the West as a strong advocate for a constitutionally-protected “clean and healthful environment.” Founded in 1973, MEIC works across the state of Montana advocating for cleaner air, water, land, and a life-sustaining climate. They're a voice at the State Legislature and a government watchdog. Their program staff wades deep into environmental policy and works to educate and motivate the public to take action. They work with organizations, Tribes, and government officials in pursuit of strong environmental protections.

MEIC was founded by Montanans concerned with protecting and restoring Montana’s natural environment. Thousands of Montanans support MEIC as members, whether through donations, expertise, or activism. When people have a question or issue about a natural resources project near their home, MEIC can be a resource.

For nearly 50 years, MEIC has racked up accomplishments and policy victories that will affect the environment for generations to come. According to MEIC, they have become “perhaps the most influential and active environmental organization in the state.” MEIC works at the nexus of policy, advocacy, and community engagement.

MEIC’s work happens on the ancestral homelands of the A’aninin (or Gros Ventre), Apsáalooke (or Crow), Anishanabe (or Chippewa), Little Shell Chippewa, the Ne Hiyawak (or Cree), the Michif Piyii (Métis), the Nimiipuu (or Nez Perce), the Niitsítpiis-stahkoii (Blackfeet), the Tsis tsis’tas (or Northern Cheyenne), the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakoda (or Sioux), the Séliš-Ql̓ispé (or Salish), and the Ktunaxa (or Kootenai) people. They are grateful for their stewardship of this place and acknowledge that their organization has more work to do to fully honor and respect their relationships to these lands.

MEIC relies on the work and support of its members. To learn more about their work, please read the latest issue of their quarterly magazine, Down to Earth.