March 15th, 2012
In an article entitled "Every Silver Lining has a Cloud" The Week From Indian Country Today, the author explains the many issues now facing the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation in western North Dakota due to the booming oil industry in that area.
Oil revenues paid to the Tribes or individual tribal citizens increased 400% since 2009, from $4.5 million in 2008 to $116.4 million in 2011. The article characterizes the negative effects of this boom as a "humanitarian crisis."
The article details traffic, law enforcement, and water shortage problems developing on the reservation due to this influx of people and economic development.