Gas and oil boom in North Dakota drives tribal residents from homes
In North Dakota, oil and gas drilling has risen sharply during the past few years bringing millions in revenue to the state. The state produced 153 million barrels of crude oil in 2011, more than a 200 percent increase from 2007, according to the The North Dakota Petroleum Council. But that wealth has left many residents out, especially among the Native American communities in the area. One ramification is displacement of local residents. In the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, homeland of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara tribal nations, residents are being pushed out to make room for housing for oil and gas workers. For more, we’re joined by Kandi Mossett. She’s the Native Energy and Climate Campaign Orgnanizer with the Indigenous Environmental Network. She joins us from Bismarck, North Dakota.