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Statement of Landowners in Chase et al. v. Endeavor


December 18, 2020

Mark Fox, center, serves as the chairman of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation. Photo: North Dakota Department of Transportation

WASHINGTON – DECEMBER 17, 2020 – Since at least June 18, 2013, Andeavor Logistics LP, through various subsidiary companies – all of which were recently purchased by Marathon Petroleum Corporation (Marathon) – has been in willful trespass on the lands belonging to individual Indians on the Fort Berthold Reservation in North Dakota as demonstrated in proceedings before the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). As shown in those proceedings, Marathon companies have used the land without any lease, permission, or current right-of-way and without any compensation to the Indian landowners.

On July 2, 2020, the Great Plains Regional Director for the BIA, Tim LaPointe, issued a decision holding Marathon liable for $187,158,636 for this trespass on 80% of the tracts. The decision also required that Marathon "immediately cease and desist use of the pipeline." Marathon appealed that decision to the Interior Board of Indian Appeals (IBIA).


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