[Marxism] Fwd: In North Dakota, a Tale of Oil, Corruption and Death - NYTimes.com

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Mon Dec 29 08:25:51 MST 2014

FORT BERTHOLD INDIAN RESERVATION, N.D. — Tex G. Hall, the three-term 
tribal chairman on this remote, once impoverished reservation, was the 
very picture of confidence as he strode to the lectern at his third 
Annual Bakken Oil and Gas Expo and gazed out over a stuffed, backlit 
mountain lion.

Tall and imposing beneath his black cowboy hat, he faced an audience of 
political and industry leaders lured from far and wide to the “Texpo,” 
as some here called it. It was late April at the 4 Bears Casino, and the 
outsiders endorsed his strong advocacy for oil development and the way 
he framed it as mutually beneficial for the industry and the 
reservation: “sovereignty by the barrel.”

“M.H.A. Nation is No. 1 for tribal oil produced on American soil in the 
United States right now currently today,” Mr. Hall proudly declared, 
referring to the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation.

But, in a hall decorated with rigs and tepees, a dice throw from the 
slot machines, Mr. Hall’s self-assurance belied the fact that his grip 
on power was slipping. After six years of dizzyingly rapid oil 
development, anxiety about the environmental and social costs of the 
boom, as well as about tribal mismanagement and oil-related corruption, 
had burst to the surface.


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