The idea to have a place where the Nueta, Hidatsa and Sahnish people could tell their own story, their way goes back more than a decade and a half. That dream became real Thursday as ground was broken for MHA Nation Interpretive Center at the Earth Lodge Village west of Four Bears.
Two years ago, Benjamin Goodbird III led a group of riders from the Watford City area to the TAT Indian Village in Four Bears to commemorate the forced march of his ancestors, the Xo’shga (pronounced Hushka or Hooshga) to settle them on the Fort Berthold Reservation.
The old Plaza Congregational Church, a museum since 1975, is the “new” oldest chapel in the state of North Dakota. According to the 1955 “North Dakota History” publication, the chapel was erected in 1880, and elders say it was designed by Architect and Fort Berthold Missionary Rev. Dr. Charles L. Hall.
Three Affiliated Tribes Tribal Chairman Mark Fox used his welcoming speech to oil and gas industry representatives at the MHA Nation Energy Expo to maintain that tribal governments should control the development of resources on the reservation and reap the benefits of that development.