Amy Dalrymple / Bismarck Tribune
BISMARCK—The Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Interior as the tribe continues to challenge oil wells that tribal leaders say were drilled too close to Lake Sakakawea. The tribe is exhausting its appeals after the Bureau of Land Management approved oil wells that are closer to the lake than tribal regulations allow, MHA Chairman Mark Fox said in an interview on Wednesday.
BISMARCK — A journalist arrested last year while covering the Dakota Access Pipeline protest was found not guilty Friday, June 1, of criminal trespass after a daylong court trial. South Central Judicial District Judge Thomas Schneider said journalist Jenni Monet complied with law enforcement orders while reporting on the demonstration and he doesn't believe she knowingly broke the law.
CANNON BALL, N.D. — About 50 people began a four-day prayer walk Thursday, Feb. 22, from the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, one year after the main Dakota Access Pipeline opposition camp was forced to close. Participants said they wanted to honor the Oceti Sakowin camp, which brought thousands of people together as Native American tribes fought to protect their water and sacred sites. "Our hearts are beginning to heal by making the journey back here," said Raymond Kingfisher of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe.
WILLISTON, N.D. — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating an incident that killed a worker last week at an oil site east of Williston. Jared Rizzo, 23, an employee of Wisco Inc., died Thursday, Feb. 1, from his injuries after being struck by a falling traveling block on a workover rig, said Eric Brooks, director of the Bismarck Area OSHA office. An OSHA investigator was at the site on Friday and planned to return to the site Monday, Brooks said.
BISMARCK — Oneok recently announced plans for a 900-mile natural gas liquids pipeline that will accommodate increasing North Dakota production and play a role in reducing natural gas flaring. The proposed Elk Creek Pipeline will have the capacity to transport up to 240,000 barrels per day of natural gas liquids from a terminal near Sidney, Montana, to Bushton, Kansas. The pipeline will run adjacent to Oneok's existing Bakken NGL and Overland Pass pipelines, which are operating at full capacity.
BISMARCK -- Bismarck’s efforts to house the homeless got a $10,000 boost this week after Sen. Heidi Heitkamp donated campaign contributions she received from Minnesota Sen. Al Franken. Heitkamp, D-N.D., announced she would donate the campaign contributions after a woman said Franken forcibly kissed her and groped her during a 2006 USO tour. Heitkamp said on social media Franken’s conduct was “inappropriate and unacceptable” and she planned to donate his contributions to the Missouri Slope Areawide United Way.
BISMARCK — An advocate for Native American victims of violence called Friday, Oct. 6, for a national inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women. Lisa Brunner, founding member of the Violence Against Women Task Force for the National Congress of American Indians, said listening sessions should be held in Indian Country, urban areas and Alaska Native villages to learn the depth of the issue. "The epidemic we face is a human rights issue," Brunner, a member of Minnesota's White Earth Ojibwe Nation, said during a Bismarck event in recognition of First Nations Day.
BISMARCK — As Cara Mund prepares for a year of traveling the country as Miss America, she's hoping North Dakotans will book her for appearances so she can visit home. Mund, who visited with The Bismarck Tribune on Tuesday, Sept. 12, in between national media interviews, credited her home state with giving her a strong work ethic and humble attitude. "I feel like sometimes North Dakotans are overlooked, but that makes us work that much harder," said Mund, the first North Dakotan to be crowned Miss America. "Yet, we still keep that North Dakota nice aspect."
MANDAN, N.D.—The Mandan Refinery will be the backdrop Wednesday as President Donald Trump discusses the need for tax reform, a message several area business leaders are eagerly awaiting. "We pay too much tax in this country, and I believe it restricts the free enterprise system," said Steve Herman, owner of AAction Movers in Bismarck. Herman and his wife, Marcia, are among the small business owners Rep. Kevin Cramer invited to hear Trump speak. About 700 people are expected to attend the invite-only event, according to a senior White House official.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Public Service Commission will hold public hearings starting Monday, July 24, on the largest pipeline proposed in the state since the Dakota Access Pipeline protests. Commissioner Julie Fedorchak said she hasn't heard of opposition to the project proposed by Cenex Pipeline LLC, but the commission has notified local law enforcement about the hearings. "We want to make sure we're prepared for any type of protest," Fedorchak said.