In October 2014, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians declared a ban on hydraulic fracturing on its sovereign lands in North Carolina. Similar bans have been passed by the Onondaga Nation (New York), the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe (North Dakota/South Dakota), and the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians (North Dakota). “Last Read Indians and Honor the Earth are among Native American organizations calling for pressure on tribal councils to approve anti-fracking resolutions, as efforts increase to drill for fossil fuel in treaty territory.”
It appears that some tribes’ negative experiences with fracking are prompting others to take preventative measures against the industry, extinguishing potential opportunities for oil and gas companies. According to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, “we have learned from the land-grab activities that occurred in the early days of the Bakken oil boom on the Fort Berthold Reservation, where hundreds of millions of dollars were lost due to unethical practices by groups/corporations/companies claiming to streamline the negotiating process for the leasing agreements of tribal member allotees. Many members were scammed into lease agreements, only to receive a fraction of the profits that were to be yielded from their lands. We do not wish to see this happen to our members here on Standing Rock.”
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