United Tribes opposes power line
The state’s Native American tribes have openly opposed Basin Electric Power Cooperative’s plans to build a transmission line across a battlefield site that researchers call “the Gettysburg of the Plains.”
But the company is not backing down from the project that would provide much-needed electricity to western North Dakota.
“While we have been proactive in moving the substation, we are not moving the line,” said Curt Pearson, project coordination representative for Basin’s external relations and communications department.
The United Tribes of North Dakota unanimously passed a resolution opposing Basin’s 197-mile long power line, stating it “could potentially disturb the remains of those killed” at the Killdeer Mountain Battlefield site.
“We need to extend protections to that location where so many people died and still remain,”David M. Gipp, United Tribes Technical College president said. Rather than industrial intrusions, we need to protect and preserve the location and provide more comprehensive and inclusive interpretation of what happened there.”