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North Dakota tribe gains title to mineral rights under river

 

Matt Brown, Associated Press

In this May 19, 2021, photo, pump jacks extract oil on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation east of New Town, North Dakota.

FARGO, N.D. - A North Dakota tribal nation on Monday officially assumed ownership of mineral rights under the Missouri River, snatching the title back from the state in a dispute that has gone on for more than two centuries.

The interior solicitor in the Biden administration said in an opinion released in February that the mineral rights under the original Missouri River riverbed belong to the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, also known as the Three Affiliated Tribes. That reversed a May 2020 Trump administration opinion concluding that the state is legal owner of submerged lands beneath the river where it flows through the Fort Berthold Reservation.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs filed notice in federal court on Monday that it recorded title to the tribes for 123 tracts of land.

https://www.startribune.com/north-dakota-tribe-gains-title-to-mineral-rights-under-river/600162184/

 

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