NEW TOWN, N.D. (AP) _ Oil and gas development on the Fort Berthold Reservation in northwestern North Dakota is boosting the coffers of the Three Affiliated Tribes.
The Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation was $110 million in the red just two years ago, but will become debt-free this year.
Tribal Chairman Tex Hall says in his annual report that a fund that will pay dividends to enrolled tribal members has grown to $100 million. He says another $18 million has been invested in a tribal mortgage company that will help tribal members buy homes.
Hall says the tribe will work during this year's state Legislature to get a bigger share of oil and gas taxes.