New Rockford Transcript - Official Newspaper of Eddy County since 1883

First, land; then, buffalo; now oil


June 24, 2019

Our consciences ought to be enraged by the effort the state is making in relation to oil that belongs to the Three Tribes under Lake Sakakawea. But before getting into the specifics, we need context to grasp the infamy of the proposed action.

The white man came to the Great Plains where he acquired the land by killing and exiling the Native Americans who lived here. Then he took their land– 70,000 square miles. That’s 280,000 quarters, 45 million acres.

Next came the malicious slaughter of 30 million buffalo, depriving Native Americans of their primary source of food, clothing and she...

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