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  1. Spirit Lake Sioux
  2. Standing Rock Sioux
  3. Three Affiliated Tribes
  4. Turtle Mountain Chippewa

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  1. Spirit Lake Sioux Tribal Council, ND. Formerly Devil's Lake. Sisseton-Wahpeton Band Dakota; Mni Wakan Oyate
  2. Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Council, ND. Teton Lakota
  3. Three Affiliated Tribes -- Hidatsa, Arikara, Mandan, ND

    OK, now. This is the BIG story for 3 North Dakota tribes: Standing Rock and Spirit Lake Sioux -- but Turtle Mountain Chippewas are the First Nation with this energy efficient, non-consuming wind-driven electrical generating technology up first, September, 1996. Photos from the project engineer's page show first the big equipment moving a giant wind turbine into place, next, the engineer himself steadying the cable that mounts the first giant rotor. All the tribes plan "wind farms" to become independent of power monopolies and perhaps even sell exported wind-generated electrical power. North Dakota's roaring prairie winds lead these Native nations -- with already super-high winter power-fuel survival costs -- to take technological and economic leadership in the newest of non-exploitive power technology. It harmonizes with traditions of working with, not against, nature. An awesome, admirable venture, where small, isolated Native Nations provide leadership to the whole world, that is right in line with ancient cultures where wind was called taku-skan-skan,   power of the sacred. It sure don't fit them quaint, colorful stereotypes, does it?

  4. Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, ND
    • UNIBAND: Turtle Mountain Tribe's big computer data entry enterprise, growing success since 1987
    • Turtle Mt. Casino some outfit got the contract for credit cards or something; that casino money is the seed for that innovative technology, innit?
    • Dissidents at Turtle Mt -- and my Sis Rose, she's an elder among the rebels, Ay-y-y! Dunno wot it was about . . .
    • Turtle Mt. Community College -- college does a (very short) history, mostly of itself, not the tribe
    • Sam English Turtle Mt's most famous artist, his gallery
    • English's 12-painting 1996 calendar done to benefit AISES, American Science and Engineering Society, beautifully arranged, annotated by Canadian Siksika (Blackfeet) student. Hey, guy, it's very windy up there in Alberta, by your reserve, Ay?
    • Benedictine Monastery Volunteer program live the monk/convent lifestyle, help Turtle Mt. Indian programs -- monkish summer vacation (???) or year. Different kind of wind?
    • Louise Erdrich the Love Medicine Beet Queen -- Turtle Mt's most famous author, recent interview
    • Love Medicine family trees of the Indian characters she says won't quit coming around her creative imagination
    • Turtle Mt Explores Wind Energy innovative program to make tribe electrically independent -- first press relase announcing its beginning, May, 1996. And going   by September. Now that's Indun time!
    • Turtle Mountain Band Brief statistical info, Office of Native American Programs, HUD

Bureau of Indian Affairs
115 Fourth Ave., S.E.
Aberdeen, SD 57401
P: 605/226-7343
F: 605/226-7446
Delbert Brewer
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Fort Berthold Agency
Bureau of Indian Affairs
P.O. Box 370
New Town, ND 58763
P: 701/627-4707
F: 701/627-3601
Adeline Brunsell (Acting)
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Fort Totten Agency
Bureau of Indian Affairs
P.O. Box 270
Fort Totten, ND 58335
P: 701/766-4545
F: 701/766-4109
Larry Bodin
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Standing Rock Agency
Bureau of Indian Affairs
P.O. Box E
Ft. Yates, ND 58538
P: 701/854-3433
F: 701/854-7543
Bobby Thompson
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Turtle Mountain Agency
Bureau of Indian Affairs
P.O. Box 60
Belcourt, ND 58316
P: 701/477-3191
F: 701/477-6628
Ken Davis
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Carl Walking Eagle, Chairman
Spirit Lake Sioux Tribal Council
P.O. Box 359
Fort Totten, ND 58335
P: 701/766-4221
F: 701/766-4126
(Fort Totten)
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Jesse "Jay" Taken Alive, Chairman
Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Council
P.O. Box D
Fort Yates, ND 58538
P: 701/854-7202
F: 701/854-7299
(Standing Rock)
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Russell "Bud" Mason, Sr., Chairman
Three Affiliated Tribes Business Council
HC 3, Box 2
New Town, ND 58763
P: 701/627-4781
F: 701/627-3626
(Fort Berthold)
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Twila Martin-Kekabah, Chairperson
Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa
P.O. Box 900
Belcourt, ND 58316
P: 701/477-5198
F: 701/477-6836
(Turtle Mountain)
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Text, maps and graphics copyright -- Paula Giese, 1996, 1997

CREDITS: I did the maps. The tribal contact info has been rearrran ged and code-corrected from the BIA's area offices listing on its Washington server.

Last updated: 5/23/97