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Marijuana plants flourish under the lights at a grow house in Denver, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012. Marijuana legalization votes this week in Colorado and Washington state don't just set up an epic state-federal showdown on drug law for residents. The measures also opens the door for marijuana tourism.(AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

Will Pot Farms Be The New Indian Casinos?

Will Pot Farms Be The New Indian Casinos?

Some tribal leaders – including Tex Hall, former tribal chairman for the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara nation – want to turn marijuana into a new cash cow for reservation communities. In fact, that’s already happening in some parts of the country. I can’t blame them for wanting to take the initiative. America’s drug prohibition policies,

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A Tribal Tea Party In North Dakota?

There’s no question that North Dakota’s tribal communities are pockets of left-leaning sentiments. The reservation vote goes almost unanimously to Democrat candidates, and Democrats in turn work very hard to keep those reservation votes in their base of support. Which is why a recent demonstration on the Fort Berthold Reservation, home to the Mandan, Hidatsa,


New York Times Profiles Corruption, Murder Involving Heidi Heitkamp “Friend”

Political corruption is an unfortunate fact of life on many American Indian reservations, and the Fort Berthold Reservation is certainly a noteworthy example. And, as has often happened with tribal leadership around the country, when there’s an influx of wealth the corrupt tribal political bosses often don’t let much of it trickle down to rank-and-file


Long-Time Democrat Tribal Ally Accused Of Financial Shenanigans

Three Affiliated Tribes Chairman Tex Hall is a lame duck now thanks to a primary vote on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. Hall came in fourth out of six candidates, with the top two candidates going on to the general election to decide the next chairman. Hall’s loss comes after a report detailing alleged financial


After Visit To Indian Country, Did The Obama Administration Just Flip-Flop On Tribal Sovereignty?

When President Barack Obama paid his much-ballyhooed visit to the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota – a rare presidential visit to Indian country – tribal sovereignty was a big part of the narrative. The President touted policies like the Violence Against Women Act, which gave tribes the authority to prosecute crimes committed on


Hotel Investment Shows Strange Priorities For Tribal Colleges

During the legislative session earlier this year, the state’s tribal colleges plead poverty to legislators. The institutions – which collectively have appalling academic track records – said they needed more funds for job training programs for Native American students. “We need the state to share in its prosperity and help the North Dakota reservations help themselves,” Richard McCloud, Chairman


More Than 350 Anti-Fracking Measures Passed By Local Governments

According to this list compiled by Food & Water Watch, some 359 local resolutions have been passed by local governing entities opposing hydraulic fracturing. In terms of of actual fracking policy, these resolutions mean very little. Most of them were passed in urban communities far from actual fracking operations, more an expression of political distaste


Dorso Column: Legislature Should Demand Accountability For Tribal Appropriations

If you don’t get accountability from the state higher education system why would you expect it from a North Dakota’s tribal colleges? Back at the beginning of this century the legislature started giving an appropriation to the tribes for jobs training. That number has grown to 5 million dollars. During the 90’s a succession of


Hoeven Wants To Keep Fracking A States Issue

Senator John Hoeven, while touring North Dakota’s oil patch with Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski, proposed legislation called the Empower States Act (similarly named to his Empower ND policies from when he was governor) which, among other things, would help protect the ability of the states to regulate hydraulic fracturing themselves. The Empower States Act would

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Regulatory Madness: First US Oil Refinery In 41 Years Finally Gets EPA Approval In North Dakota

Eight years ago the Three Affiliated Tribes – which reside on the Forth Berthold Reservation in North Dakota – began plans for an oil refinery to be built on their land. Now, after nearly a decade of wrangling with the federal government over permission to build the refinery, the Associated Press reports that they’ve received