Aerial photograph taken Saturday, August 20, 2016 over protest camp on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota. Tom Stromme/Bismarck Tribune

Draft Memo Says Cultural Survey Found No Burials, But Dakota Access Investigation Ongoing

CANNON BALL, N.D. – North Dakota’s chief archaeologist has found that no burial sites or significant sites were destroyed by Dakota Access Pipeline construction, according to an early draft of an internal memo authored by the State Historical Society. In a Sept. 22 memo from state archaeologist Paul Picha, he writes that seven archaeologists from…
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Protestors of the Dakota Access Pipeline site on Lake Oahe celebrate a Friday, Sept. 9, 2016, announcement that the Army promises to "reconsider any of its previous decisions" regarding the site north of Cannon Ball, N.D.Michael Vosburg / Forum News Service

Confused About The Dakota Access Controversy? This Primer Will Get You Up To Speed

CANNON BALL, N.D. — Controversy over what would be the Bakken’s largest oil pipeline has put North Dakota in the international spotlight. Opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline has prompted the largest gathering of Native Americans in decades while also attracting attention from celebrities, presidential candidates and the United Nations. The fight over the $3.78…
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Doug Burgum, Republican candidate for North Dakota governor, speaks Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016, to the North Dakota Petroleum Council annual meeting in Minot, N.D. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service

Burgum ‘Strikes A Chord’ With ND Oil Industry Group

MINOT, N.D – The North Dakota Petroleum Council doesn’t formally endorse governor candidates, but the industry group seems enthusiastic about Republican Doug Burgum. About 450 oil industry representatives heard from both Burgum and Democratic opponent Marvin Nelson during the council’s annual meeting in Minot this week. The winner of the governor’s race will lead the…
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In this image from video, a police officer approaches the stage as Dakota Access Pipeline opponents took over the podium Wednesday, Sept. 21, at the North Dakota Petroleum Council meeting in Minot, N.D. Amy Dalrymple / Forum News Service

UPDATED: Pipeline Opponents Take Over Stage At Oil Meeting

MINOT, N.D. – A handful of Dakota Access Pipeline opponents took over the stage Wednesday, Sept. 21, as North Dakota’s top oil regulator spoke to an oil industry group’s annual meeting. The elders of the Oglala Lakota Nation referred to the pipeline as the “black snake” as they took the podium and microphone while Department…
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Three Affiliated Tribes Councilman Ken Hall, center, talks with Jack Stark, right, president of Contintental Resources, and Chase Iron Eyes, left, candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, during the North Dakota Petroleum Council annual meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service

Tribal Official Urges Respect In Pipeline Debate

MINOT, N.D. – A Three Affiliated Tribes official urged oil industry leaders Tuesday to understand tribal sovereignty and treat tribal nations with respect as the Dakota Access Pipeline was on the minds of many at a North Dakota Petroleum Council event. Councilman Ken Hall referenced the Dakota Access controversy while addressing the industry group’s annual…
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