Tribe Breaks Ground On Refinery

MAKOTI, N.D. – As the Three Affiliated Tribes blessed the ground Wednesday where a refinery will be built, one tribal council member called it a new day for the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara. “It’s really an important time for our people. It’s exciting,” said tribal representative Ken Hall. “But we have to be mindful going…
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Tribe Says Oil Tax Changes Don’t Go Far Enough

NEW TOWN, N.D. – A new tribal oil tax agreement is a “huge improvement” but still contains bad language that doesn’t recognize tribal sovereignty, Three Affiliated Tribes Chairman Tex Hall said Tuesday. “I do not believe the state of North Dakota has regulatory jurisdiction over the tribe,” Hall said during the first day of the Mandan, Hidatsa…
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Accountability For Tribal Oil Taxes Still An Issue

BISMARCK – An amendment to a bill that includes parameters for a new oil tax agreement with the Three Affiliated Tribes moved forward Friday, but legislators indicated it may get more scrutiny at a future hearing. Members of the state Senate adopted several amendments Friday to House Bill 1234, an oil bill that includes an…
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State, Tribal Leaders Work On New Oil Tax Agreement

NEW TOWN, N.D. — Oil drilling on the Fort Berthold Reservation could be in danger if state legislators and tribal leaders can’t reach an agreement on how to share the oil tax revenue. Leaders of the Three Affiliated Tribes are working with state legislators to amend a 2008 agreement that Chairman Tex Hall says is…
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Heitkamp Says Reservation Housing Problems ‘extreme’

NEW TOWN, N.D. – American Indians are often a forgotten population in Washington, U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp said Wednesday. Heitkamp, D.-N.D., told members of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation she is working to elevate issues from reservations, with a particular focus on addressing the housing crisis. Although many North Dakota communities say their No.…
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