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An Oil Boom Is Ravaging an Indian Reservation in North Dakota

An Oil Boom Is Ravaging an Indian Reservation in North Dakota

On the banks of Lake Sakakawea, a 370,000-acre reservoir in the heart of western North Dakota’s Fort Berthold Reservation—home to the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara (MHA) tribes—sits a 96-foot yacht. When MHA Nation inaugurated the boat last summer, it advertised the flashy white vessel as a ” dinner and enterta​inment” option for patrons of the […]

MHA Nation Tribal Head to Speed North Dakota Pipeline Talks

MHA Nation Tribal Head to Speed North Dakota Pipeline Talks

The new leader of North Dakota’s oil-rich Three Affiliated Tribes is pledging to speed negotiations on a proposed pipeline through tribal land that would curb the wasteful burning of natural gas in the state by more than 10 percent. North Dakota’s booming oil production has led to an unmanageable increase in the state’s output of […]

Where Oil and Politics Mix – NYTimes.com

Where Oil and Politics Mix – NYTimes.com

TIOGA, N.D. — In late June, as black and gold balloons bobbed above black and gold tables with oil-rig centerpieces, the theme song from “Dallas” warmed up the crowd for the “One Million Barrels, One Million Thanks” celebration. North Dakota took on the oversight of a multibillion-dollar oil industry with a regulatory system built on […]

The Downside of the North Dakota Oil Boom – NYTimes.com

The Downside of the North Dakota Oil Boom – NYTimes.com

WILLISTON, N.D. — In early August 2013, Arlene Skurupey of Blacksburg, Va., got an animated call from the normally taciturn farmer who rents her family land in Billings County, N.D. There had been an accident at the Skurupey 1-9H oil well. “Oh, my gosh, the gold is blowing,” she said he told her. “Bakken gold.” […]

Federal government sues to stop Osage Wind project

Federal government sues to stop Osage Wind project

The U.S. government is asking a federal judge to stop construction of a wind project near Pawhuska, where construction is allegedly removing or destroying rocks that belong to the Osage Nation. The U.S. Department of Interior wants a court order to halt construction immediately, and prevent any further construction until the wind farm obtains a […]

New bypass triggers new housing for New Town | bakken.com

New bypass triggers new housing for New Town | bakken.com

Within a few days of opening, a 20-unit apartment complex in New Town, funded by MHA Nation oil income, was filled with pre-screened applicants.  Now, the community is looking to other nearby areas, including the newly-opened truck by-pass around the city, for more potential housing opportunities. Wooden Bowl II is the second apartment complex in […]

Native American Tribe Protests Keystone Vote

Native American Tribe Protests Keystone Vote

Updated 11:15 p.m. | A Senate vote to approve the Keystone XL pipeline Tuesday took an odd turn after Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., read the final vote tally as protestors of the pipeline in the Senate Gallery burst into song. Capitol Police officers dragged out five protesters, including Greg Grey Cloud of the Rosebud Sioux […]

Northern California tribe plans large solar power project near Lake Sonoma

Northern California tribe plans large solar power project near Lake Sonoma

GEYSERVILLE, California — A Northern California tribe has announced plans to build a 5-megawatt solar plant in the hills overlooking Lake Sonoma. The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/1B59miT ) the Dry Creek Band of Pomo Indians and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced the $21 million joint venture Monday. The hundreds of solar […]

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