Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

February 5, 2014

Tex Hall: Blood Oil and the Murder Probe

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Tex Hall preparing upcoming Oil and Gas Expo
By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

Tex Hall rose to fame with a good public relations writer, up through the National Congress of American Indians. Then, as chairman of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara in North Dakota, Hall pushed for the oil and gas drilling that has devastated the land, leaving it looking like a B-grade war movie, with choking dust, long lines of oil and gas trucks, and an infestation of crime.

Chairman Hall not only pushed for oil and gas drilling, but he created his own company, Maheshu Energy, to profit from that industry. Now, there is an ongoing investigation into one murder and one disappearance of men associated with Hall's company, an allegation of missing millions from Hall's company, and an alleged hit targeting Hall.

Further, Censored News has just received photos of Hall purportedly vacationing with the alleged hit man and their families in Hawaii. Censored News is awaiting legal advice as to whether these can be published here, but those photos have been made public elsewhere on the Internet.

Update: Resolution prepared to suspend Tex Hall for alleged oil field corruption

Read more: Alleged gang member denies being asked to kill Tex Hall
Informant says Henrikson tried to orchestrate third hit, on Tex Hall
Spokane 'Bad Blood, Black Gold and the Death of Doug Carlile'
Documents: Prior arrests of Henrikson and info on more companies: 
Bridgewater Energy and Blackstone: Blackstone is operated by Sarah Creveling and James Terry Henrickson on property owned by Tex Hall in Mandaree
Three Affiliated Tribes council members say only Hall was connected to the accused
The Carlile/Henrickson company on Three Affiliated land, Kingdom Dynamics:
Murder for hire: Background on the accused and companies

Tex Hall's response:
"In light of the recent irresponsible and unfounded allegations made in the press regarding any involvement I may have had related to James Henrikson or the Henrikson investigation, I want to set the record straight. First, protecting the privacy and ensuring the safety of my family is my highest priority. Second, I have been fully and actively cooperating for several months with law enforcement professionals at the tribal, state, and federal levels. Third, obviously I have zero connection or affiliation with any gangs. In fact, one of the priorities of my Administration has been to rid the Mandan, Hidatsa & Arikara Nation of gang activity. Unfortunately, reckless journalism has led to the publication of entirely baseless and, frankly, ridiculous, allegations that I have some kind of involvement with gangs. While I am not personally afraid of any allegations made about me, I do believe that they cross the line when they jeopardize the safety and well-being of my family. And reprinting baseless allegations also, unfortunately, has the effect of jeopardizing and hindering the Henrikson investigation. The bottom line is that I have been cooperating to the fullest extent of my abilities with investigators to make sure that justice is swiftly and fully served in this case and that the victims’ families see the justice they deserve. I have fought my entire career to keep our tribal Nation families safe, whether here at home, Watford City, or even Spokane and I will continue to fight for this as long as I can. I urge everyone to allow this investigation to move forward to its conclusion and to respect the privacy of all of our families."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

At the heart of all tribal cultural crises today lies the mechanism by which the power that created the crises was itself created - energy corporations, telecommunication corporations, engineering corporations, archaeology corporations, get - rich - quick corporations etc. They all share the corporate apparatus for maximizing profits, which is accumulated, concentrated and then translated into political power. And because there's a disparity between politics and policy, the Tribes are only allowed to participate in the electoral theater of politics (consultation), but they are disallowed to take part in the actual making of policy (action), which determines who gets what and how much.

Furthermore, the "affluent minority" of shareholders and their corporations are not held to account for the results of their policy-making; for shamelessly exploiting the Tribes; for polluting the environment on a massive, industrial scale; for callously disrupting communities through actions that maim, injure and accumulatively destroy a cultural way of life.

Further yet, rather than finding synergy in confronting what systems of governance do not work, groups of impoverished tribal members are scapegoated and despised as the cause of unfortunate environmental effects. The tribes, as they have been habituated to do, blame themselves and suffer the shame of their impediment silently, or else allow themselves to be set one upon the other to create a buffer that insulates and protects this "Poison" from the greater truth.