Crude awakening: A tribal nation's struggle with North Dakota's oil boom
May 15, 2015
North Dakota is pumping out gobs of oil, but tribal leaders say the boom is overwhelming efforts to protect the land
"This boom took off too fast," said Mark Fox, tribal director the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Native American tribes in North Dakota. "We weren't prepared for it. The federal government wasn't prepared for it. The state wasn't prepared. The only entity that was ready was the oil industry. They knew exactly what they were going to do, exactly what they wanted and how they were going to do it." Christof Putzel reports.