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Oil on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation

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    Because of fracking, there are now 297 producing oil wells on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota, with hundreds more expected in the coming years. Entrepreneurs are clamoring to conduct business with the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation (also known as the Three Affiliated Tribes).

    A fracking well burns on Fort Berthold. According to a tribe member, there have been about 70 reports of oil-related pollution since 2009.

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    Drilling at the reservation has brought more than $500 million in revenue since 2008. With the influx of money, scores of problems have bubbled up with the crude, including lawsuits, environmental scares, and questions about where the money is going.

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    An old abandoned church on the side of Route 23 heading toward Mandaree, N.D.

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    A tree with yellow leaves stands out amid the backdrop of a burned-out hillside after a well’s fire spread, burning 1,000-plus acres.

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    Truck traffic on Route 22 heading into Mandaree.

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    Men work to secure and remove diesel fuel from a tanker truck that flipped over in the early morning after the driver lost control on the muddy roads.

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    Marilyn Hudson, who serves as administrator at the tribe’s history museum, outside her home in Parshall, N.D. “We really need to develop a long-term vision for a generation beyond us,” she says. “Because we all know once the oil is gone, it’s gone.”

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    Early morning at TDH Fast Foods in New Town, N.D.

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    A view of New Town from Crow Flies High State Recreation Area.

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    Dogs roam the empty streets of Mandaree.

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    Walter and Lisa DeVille worry about crime, pollution, and a lack of infrastructure in their town, Mandaree.

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