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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Fort Berthold: Natives protest housing evictions for oil workers

Photos copyright Kandi Mossett
Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nations

Photos and article by Kandi Mossett, Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara
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MANDAN, HIDATSA and ARIKARA NATION, N.D. -- Residents of Prairie Winds Trailer Court in New Town, North Dakota, are facing forced evictions from their homes as a result of the oil boom in Northwest North Dakota and on the homelands of the Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara Peoples.
Owner of the trailer court, John Reese, has sold out people once again. He also forced people to move out of the trailer park behind Charbees as well as the movie theater apartments, to make room for oil workers. He has notified home owners they have to be out by June 1st.
There is no restitution or payments of any kind being offered to help pay for the expenses of moving. All of the people living in Prairie Winds are expected to either move their homes and pay for all associated costs, or leave their homes behind.
John Reese has told residents they can apply for a job within his company and they can apply to be placed back in their OWN HOMES! Prairie Winds was first offered to the Tribe but because it was never formally brought to the table the tribe did not purchase the property.
John Reese sold the property to Future Housing LLC who plans to construct housing for employees of United Prairie Cooperative, formerly Cenex of New Town.

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