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Fight Pipeline, Drill for Oil: Either Way, Tribes Want Control of Their Lands

  • Southern Utes seek to break U.S. shackles on tribal land use
  • With 1,600 wells drilled, tribe is one of America’s richest

The Southern Ute Indian Tribe of southwestern Colorado has a higher long-term credit rating than Wells Fargo & Co., and more oil and natural-gas wells than it has members.

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