Amy Dalrymple / Bismarck Tribune
BISMARCK -- A trooper with the North Dakota Highway Patrol is combining her background in cultural anthropology with law enforcement. Jenna Clawson Huibregtse is the cultural liaison officer for the Highway Patrol, a relatively new position created in part due to lessons learned from the Dakota Access Pipeline protest. Clawson Huibregtse, a trooper based in Bismarck with a master’s degree in cultural anthropology, was among the law enforcement officers who responded to the months-long protest.
BISMARCK — State and tribal relationships took a small but symbolic step forward Thursday, Jan. 17, during a ceremony to recognize the flags of North Dakota’s five tribal nations that are now on display at the state Capitol. “It’s important to us because it means that we’re included and we’re thought of when we’re in the Capitol building,” said Alexis Davis, a member of the Turtle Mountain Youth Council. “For a long time, we felt like we had a voice but no one was listening.”
BISMARCK — Two bills introduced in the North Dakota Legislature would require law enforcement training and data collection related to missing and murdered indigenous people. The proposals, sponsored by Rep. Ruth Buffalo, D-Fargo, are mirrored after Savanna’s Act and prompted by discussions by a local task force following the 2017 death of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind in Fargo. “It’s unfortunate that it takes tragedy to sometimes bring people together to fix the gaps that exist,” Buffalo said Tuesday, Jan. 8. “Hopefully, moving forward, this can prevent further tragedies.”
BISMARCK — Members of the original committee that pushed for North Dakota’s Legacy Fund have reconvened and are cautioning against spending oil revenue before it’s in the bank. North Dakota Treasurer Kelly Schmidt is now a member of the committee that is working to educate the public and legislators as they consider proposals to tap into the earnings from the $5.6 billion fund. “We know there’s lots of ideas for spending Legacy Fund earnings,” said attorney Bob Harms, a member of
WASHINGTON — Legislation introduced by Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., that aims to give Native American tribes greater flexibility to manage their energy resources is headed to President Donald Trump to be signed into law. The U.S. House on Monday, Dec. 10, passed the Indian Tribal Energy Development and Self-Determination Act Amendments of 2017. Hoeven said the legislation streamlines the process for tribes to enter into Tribal Energy Resource Agreements with the Department of Interior.
SIOUX COUNTY, N.D. — A Native voting rights group is raising questions about a lack of documentation to support voting precincts in Sioux County, home to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. Four Directions, whose mission is to promote equality at the ballot box in Indian Country, attempted to get the legal boundary definitions for precincts in Sioux County.
BISMARCK - A federal judge denied a motion on Thursday, Nov. 1, seeking relief from North Dakota’s voter identification law for Native American voters, but said the allegations in a lawsuit from the Spirit Lake Tribe give him “great cause for concern.” U.S. District Court Judge Daniel Hovland ruled that he was denying an emergency motion seeking relief from North Dakota’s law because it would cause more confusion and chaos less than a week before the election.
BISMARCK - A lawsuit filed late Tuesday, Oct. 30, challenging North Dakota’s voter identification law alleges that eligible Native American voters have been and will continue to be denied the right to vote unless a federal judge takes action before Election Day. The court complaint was filed in U.S. District Court by the Spirit Lake Tribe and six individuals against Secretary of State Al Jaeger.
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.