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.
The North Dakota Highway Patrol says the Twin Buttes, N.D., man was driving north on BIA 20 on the Fort Berthold reservation Wednesday night when he tried to navigate a turn and lost control of the car and it rolled over.
The tribe has implemented fines that start at a few thousand dollars and progress to a million dollars. Companies that refuse to pay or have repeated violations could lose their license to do business on the reservation.
The state and BIA roads are not equipped to take on the kind of traffic they are experiencing. I am not exaggerating when I say you can almost put a car in some of the holes on Highway 22. The highway people cover the holes with gravel, but that’s only just a little better than the hole itself.
The Feb. 24 story by The Associated Press about the millionaires on the Fort Berthold reservation in North Dakota was a surprise to many of us who live here. We’re looking at each other with hands in the air saying “Who, us? On our reservation?”
Police said a man found dead outside his north Fargo home likely slipped on the ice and hit his head. The victim has been identified as David Volk, 47. His body was found about 11:30 a.m. Friday between his condo and detached garage.
Associated Press/Forum Communications
, February 07, 2010
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