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Shale Oil Boom in North Dakota is Impacting Native Americans Especially Hard

Tribal members complain they aren’t receiving profits from oil rush

In just five years North Dakota (Read our Winter cover story, “Boom!”) has gone from a quiet agricultural state to a rapidly industrializing energy powerhouse. By the middle of 2012 North Dakota was producing about 660,000 barrels of oil a day, more…
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by: James William Gibson – December 3, 2012

Bombing North Dakota

Living amid the Bakken Oil Boom

photo Stephen Strathdee / istockphoto.com In 1979, Brenda and Richard Jorgenson built a split level home in the midst of a large ranch outside the tiny town of White Earth, North Dakota. Richard’s family is from the area – his grandfather started homesteading on the plains in 1915 – and the couple’s affinity for the area runs deep. They love the land they live on: the epic sky and seemingly endless grasses…
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by: James William Gibson – Winter 2013

Idaho Fish and Game Report Says Trapped Black Wolf Not Shot, “Just Nicked”

Trappergate Update: Conservation Activists Encouraged. “Our Moment is Coming,” They Say

Why me, Bill” asked “Elizabeth.”. “Why should anyone care about what I think the Bransford photos accomplished?" I’m just a wee, grubby misfit. I don’t even have one fancy title to my name.” Elizabeth (not her real name) lives in northern Idaho.…
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by: James William Gibson – April 13, 2012

Wolf Torture and Execution Continues in the Northern Rockies

Montana Anti-Trapping Group Gets Death Threat for Releasing Photos

On March 16, a Friday, a US Forest Service employee from Grangeville, Idaho, laid out his wolf traps. The following Monday, using the name “Pinching,” he posted his story and pictures on www.Trapperman.com . “I got a call on Sunday morning from…
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by: James William Gibson – March 28, 2012

Wolf Advocates’ Rage Against The Grey Might Be Misdirected

Hollywood Film Isn’t Part of the Assault Against Real Wolves

In early January movie trailers for writer-director Joe Carnahan’s new film, The Grey, started to run in advance of its January 27 national release: Somewhere in the northern Alaskan wilderness, a shuttle plane full of oil field works crashes on frozen tundra…
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by: James William Gibson – January 31, 2012

Hunters Have Killed More than 180 Wolves in the Northern Rockies

Without Federal Protection, Bloodbath is Underway

A bloodbath is underway in the northern Rocky Mountains as hunters there relentlessly target wolf packs in the region. Wolf hunts are grinding away in the northern Rockies, fueled by government bureaucracies and state politicians that employ bizarre language ranging from technocratic…
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by: James William Gibson – November 14, 2011

As Drought Continues, Some Texans Resort to Feeding the Wildlife

Biblical Dry Spell Forcing Some to Reconsider Our Prodigal Way of Life

When my cousin Rob Abbott and his wife Liz retired in 2007 and moved from Houston 50 miles northwest to Austin County, they thought they’d found paradise on their new 35-acre homestead. There was a clear flowing stream full of fish, “solid…
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by: James William Gibson – September 20, 2011

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