Native American Boomtown – Oil on Fort Berthold Reservation

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown October 23rd, 2014 Last Updated on: October 23rd, 2014


The Bakken Oil Boom is bringing billions of dollars and tens of thousands of jobs to North Dakota. But most people don’t know that a substantial part of the state’s oil production is concentrated on an Indian reservation. Fort Berthold Reservation’s 1,000-plus oil wells have brought in money and jobs for some. But the oil has also brought danger—organized crime, hard drugs, traffic fatalities—and other problems. America By The Numbers with Maria Hinojosa speaks to tribal members about the benefits—and consequences—of the boom.


America By The Numbers with Maria Hinojosa is a new and innovative documentary series. Produced by the Harlem-based Futuro Media Group, America By The Numbers will reveal how dramatic changes in the country’s demographics are playing out in mainstream USA. Each half-hour program will focus on human stories from every corner of the nation, amplified by analysis of the latest statistical information about population, health, education, quality of life, and consumer trends.

For more information on the series please visit http://www.americabythenumbers.org/. Check your local PBS listings for air dates and times. This particular episode should premiere on Oct 25, 2014.

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About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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deanna standing rock

just as bad as embezzling tribal leaders or worse …damn

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