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

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


Indian Tribe: New Federal Fracking Red Tape Would Impact Reservation Economy “Severely”

I posted previously about the folks on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation objecting to new federal rules regulating hydraulic fracturing. Tribal leader Tex Hall is now speaking out on the rules, saying they’re going to hurt his community’s economy. Tex Hall, chairman of the Mandan Hidatsa Arikara Nation, said the tribes oppose federal rules announced


ND Indian Reservation Questioning Obama Administration’s Power To Regulate Fracking On Their Land

Thanks to heavy-handed regulation, there has been a decline in oil production from federally-regulated lands and areas in the United States despite an overall increase in domestic oil production since President Obama took office. With the administration promising more federal regulations on fracking, one Indian reservation here in North Dakota is questioning the federal governemnt’s