North Dakota House approves tribal oil tax bill
The North Dakota House voted 84-8 to pass a bill that authorizes the governor to enter into an oil tax agreement with the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation.

The bill would encourage development on the Fort Berthold Reservation. Some of the taxes from oil production would go to the tribe.

Some criticized the bill, saying it infringes on tribal sovereignty and restricts the negotiating process. It is being reviewed in the Senate.

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Relevant Links:
Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation - http://www.mhanation.com

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