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We can always find something to be thankful for, and there may be reasons why we ought to be thankful for even those dispensations which appear dark and frowning.

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KHRT ND NEWS - TUESDAY - 09/26/17 - NOON EDITION

The leader of the Standing Rock Sioux and an attorney for private North Dakota landowners believe the builder of the Dakota Access pipeline got off too lightly...

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The leader of the Standing Rock Sioux and an attorney for private North Dakota landowners believe the builder of the Dakota Access pipeline got off too lightly when it settled allegations that it violated rules including those dealing with artifacts discoveries.
 
     The agreement between North Dakota's Public Service Commission and Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners doesn't include a fine, and it doesn't require the company to admit any liability. It came last week after weeks of private negotiations.

     Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault says he finds it disturbing, and landowners' attorney Derrick Braaten wonders what message it sends to other pipeline companies.
 
     The commission has defended the agreement, saying it requires them to take steps such as planting trees. ETP says the agreement proves the company is a good corporate citizen.

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     FORT YATES, N.D. (AP) - A tribal court injunction will prevent members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe from voting on seven proposed constitutional amendments in an upcoming council election.
 
     The Bismarck Tribune reports that tribe members will go to the polls Wednesday to weigh in on tribal council positions. But a series of proposed revisions to the constitution won't be included on a newly printed ballot.
 
     Judge Michael Swallow found Friday that the tribal council failed to follow a preamble to the constitution, which says the council must "recognize the traditional laws and customs of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe." Swallow says the council didn't follow the custom of using "eyapahas," who would go through villages and spread important news.
 
     Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II says the council won't appeal the injunction.

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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A man accused of fatally assaulting a woman behind a Bismarck store in April 2016 is on trial. Thirty-four-year-old Morris Brickle-Hicks earlier pleaded not guilty to murder in the death of 40-year-old Misty Coffelt. Authorities allege she was struck in the face about half a dozen times and died of head trauma.

    Attorneys gave opening statements Monday and testimony began. Defense attorney James Loraas maintained that while his client did have a physical confrontation with Coffelt, he didn't knowingly or intentionally kill her. The trial is expected to last through Thursday. Brickle-Hicks could face life in prison if convicted.

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     WATFORD CITY, N.D. (AP) - A new post office is operating in the heart of the western North Dakota oil patch. The 9,000-square-foot building in Watford City has nearly 3,000 post office boxes, 16 sections of parcel lockers and two service windows, along with more parking space and capacity for 10 postal carrier routes.

    The U.S. Postal Service announced plans for the facility two years ago to better meet the needs of the growing oil patch city. U.S. Sens. John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp announced Monday that the post office was open for business. The Postal Service says its annual lease for the building is $171,000.

 


   (Copyright 2017 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

 

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