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Chairman Fox announces Christmas dollars for tribal members from oil revenue

Mark Fox

A multi-million dollar Christmas present for enrolled members of the MHA Nation is part of the fulfillment of a promise the new MHA Nation Tribal Business Council Chairman made when he was running for the chairmanship.  Chairman Mark Fox announced at his Thursday night Inauguration Ceremony that every enrolled member would receive $1,000 in time for Christmas.  The $14.1-million dollar ...

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New bypass triggers new housing for New Town

Wooden Bowl

Within a few days of opening, a 20-unit apartment complex in New Town, funded by MHA Nation oil income, was filled with pre-screened applicants.  Now, the community is looking to other nearby areas, including the newly-opened truck by-pass around the city, for more potential housing opportunities. Wooden Bowl II is the second apartment complex in New Town built by the ...

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MHA Nation set to drill its own wells

MHA nation

MHA Nation tribal members on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation are celebrating their next move to oil extraction and production.  Talk about drilling their own wells brought cheers and applause at the Indigenous Nations Economic Development Summit in New Town, Tuesday. North Segment Tribal Council Representative Ken Hall told the audience at the Summit that by drilling their own wells ...

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Dickinson lady trucker trains drivers for oil field


Mike Kopp | Shale Plays Media Drop your stereotype of a burly tough truck driver and meet a career truck driver now teaching the next generation of drivers.   Petite, smiling, high-energy Teri Channell is not your typical trucker, and now she’s found her place in the classroom at Northern Industrial Training, LLC of Dickinson. Currently there is a shortage of 23,000 ...

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Tribal rep steers oil money to low-income housing.

Mike Kopp | Shale Plays Media Multiple families squeezed into one home are getting relief in New Town, North Dakota.  The North Segment region of the Forth Berthold Indian Reservation, including New Town, is a flurry of oil activity from the Bakken oil play. That’s how the North Segment Community development Corporation decided to build a second set of apartments in ...

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Vets get oilfield training from Dickinson School


Veterans are on both sides of the teacher’s desk at an oilfield/vocational training facility in Dickinson. Fifty percent of the staff at Northern Industrial Training is either a veteran or the spouse of a veteran.   The company started training veterans in the Alaskan oil field eight years ago and is now training veterans and others from its Dickinson office. Since ...

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Northern Industrial Training offers comprehensive Bakken training opportunities

The North Dakota oil field work force is benefiting from three generations of Alaskan oil field experience. Northern Industrial Training of Palmer, Alaska is training oil field workers in Dickinson, North Dakota. The company specializes in truck driver training, safety training, welding and construction skills. The birth and growth of NIT in the last year fits a niche for oil ...

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North Dakota communities gather for CookFest


Mike Kopp | Shale Plays Media The summertime aroma of an open grill was multiplied a dozen times over Thursday in Dunn Center, thanks to the North Dakota Petroleum Council and the teams of oil company cookout chefs.  The 6th Annual Bakken Rocks Cookfest attracted 12 teams of oil producers and their chosen partners to prepare their menu in the ...

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