From two miles below the surface, a river of black gold climbs to the surface of the Fort Berthold Reservation. Cracks blasted in the rock release a torrent of oil, and those valuable hydrocarbons have brought a torrent of revenue to mineral owners and the tribal government on the reservation.
In a decision made after recent legislative and state changes, Mountrail County Social Services has taken on the contract to cover the Region 2 Vulnerable Adult Protection Services. Essentially, the program is funded through the state with the oversight coming through Social Services and Director Bryan Quigley. Niels Anderson, a Licensed Social Worker, has joined the staff and will lead any investigation into any reports filed.
The Board of University and School Lands (Land Board) today awarded $12.2 million in Energy Impact Grant funds to help fund enhancements for emergency services and fire districts throughout the state’s oil and gas counties.
While the meeting was supposed to be about a narrow topic of how royalties are calculated for allottees and tribes for oil wells drilled on reservation lands, the topics discussed at the meeting in the New Town Civic Center ranged widely as tribal members took their chance to send a message to the higher-ups in the federal Department of Interior who oversees the Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs and other agencies who have a direct impact on live on the Fort Berthold Reservation.