Lawmakers are back at the State Capitol, after spending the weekend home in their districts. Neither the House or Senate gaveled in today, but spent most of their time in committee hearings.
KX News had the opportunity to sit down with MHA Nation Chairman, Mark Fox, to discuss what the Native American community is looking to achieve this legislative session.
At the heart, the Chairman says he wants to see equality when it comes to their tax relationship with state government.
He says a significant amount of the taxes generated from Fort Berthold alone, goes to the state, and doesn’t tend to make it back to the reservations.
Chairman Fox says they could use these tax dollars to make much-needed improvements to their infrastructure.
He adds, “Here’s my goal: Is that one day by our own accord, by our own efforts, by our own initiative and by our own strength, we will no longer rely on the federal and state government or anybody else. We will be the model of how to rebuild what you once had but was taken away, and how to put your foot down and rebuild that.”
Chairman Fox says, as part of the infrastructure improvements, he would like to expand oil and gas wells on tribal lands.