ND Gov hopes to avoid reopening tribal oil pact

Associated Press

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Gov. Jack Dalrymple says he doesn't think it will be necessary to reopen a oil tax revenue sharing agreement with the Three Affiliated Tribes.

Tribal Chairman Tex Hall told legislators he'd like to see the agreement revisited. He says the tribe needs a greater share of oil revenues to help repair roads on the Fort Berthold reservation.

Dalrymple says his proposed budget already includes money for state and county roads on the reservation.

The governor says he'd prefer to see how the state's road budget shapes up before there's any talk of changing the revenue agreement.

The tribe has gotten about $19 million from the agreement, while the state has collected almost $44 million. The state's cut is also shared with counties, cities, school districts and several state funds.