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File Photo: Flares and lights from oil wells dot the horizon on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, just over the Missouri River from New Town, North Dakota November 1, 2014. REUTERS/Andrew Cullen/File Photo

Double Taxing the Oil Industry Is a Good Way for the Three Affiliated Tribes to Lose a Lot of Money

Double Taxing the Oil Industry Is a Good Way for the Three Affiliated Tribes to Lose a Lot of Money

UPDATE: A reader points out that the Three Affiliated Tribes owns their own oil development company called Missouri River Resources. That seems like a very big conflict of interest. A tribal-owned oil company is going to be operating at a distinct advantage under a dual state-and-tribal tax regime. Back during their 2015 session North Dakota lawmakers removed

Senator Heidi Heitkamp, left, and Rep. Kevin Cramer, right. Official Photos

Congressman Cramer and Senator Heitkamp Are Telling Completely Different Stories About Tribe’s Position on Methane Rule

Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s deciding vote killing a “midnight” Obama regulation pertaining to methane emissions has been pretty controversial, but in defending it the Senator claimed she was just following the wishes of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation of the Fort Berthold Reservation. “Support for the rule from the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation was

Three Affiliated Tribes chairman Mark Fox testifies before lawmakers in 2015. (MIKE McCLEARY, Bismarck Tribune)

Audio: Tribal Leader on Carlson’s Casino Bill: “I’ll Never Try to Explain Exactly What He’s Thinking in His Head”

Last week House Majority Leader Al Carlson dropped a bit of a bombshell on state politics. He announced a proposed constitutional amendment which would allow the state government to operate up to a half dozen casinos. The state already has five casinos operated by tribal governments in Indian country, in addition to a limited amount

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Fort Berthold Tribes Say They'll Stay In Oil Tax Agreement With The State For Now

The Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation have been expressing some consternation for some time now over the oil tax reforms passed by state lawmakers earlier this year. The legislature replaced a massive oil tax cut triggered by low oil prices with modest reforms to the tax rate. Starting on January 1

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Tribal Opposition To New Oil Tax Code Is Perplexing

News this morning is that, after state lawmakers reformed North Dakota’s obscenely byzantine oil tax into a flatter and slightly lower rate earlier this year, the leadership of the Three Affiliated Tribes on the Fort Berthold Reservation are balking at signing a new tax agreement with the state. The current agreement expires at the end

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What's Really Motivating Tribal Saber Rattling Over Oil Tax Reforms?

The Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation – also know as the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation – are continuing to make noises about withdrawing from what has been an extremely lucrative oil tax deal with the State of North Dakota. “North Dakota Native Americans hint at exiting state oil tax deal,”

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Three Affiliated Tribes Crying Wolf Over Oil Tax Changes

During the closing weeks of the 2015 legislative session lawmakers went to battle over a contentious reform to the state’s oil tax laws. With the possibility looming of a tax exemption triggered by low oil prices wiping out the 5 percent oil extraction tax entirely and blowing a multi-billion dollar hole in state tax revenues,

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