News From Indian County 08 01 2017 E Edition Page 1

AUGUST 2017 NEWS FROM INDIAN COUNTRY: PAGE 1 Oglala Sioux Executive Director celebrates 3 years, Page 2 Wyoming Reservation ready for solar eclipse, Page 3 Canada $3/U.S. $2.00 August 2017 - Vol. XXXI No. 8 Keystone XL survived politics but economics could kill it By GRANT SCHULTE LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) T he proposed Keystone XL pipeline survived nine years of protests, lawsuits and political wrangling that saw the Obama administration reject it and President Donald Trump revive it, but now the project faces the possibility of death by economics. Low oil prices and the high cost of extracting Canadian crude from oil sands are casting new doubts on Keystone XL as executives with the Canadian company that wants to build it face the final regulatory hurdle during August in Nebraska. The pipeline proposed in 2008 has faced dozens of state and federal delays, many of them prompted by environmental groups who ultimately persuaded President Barack Obama to deny federal approval in November 2015. President Donald Trump resuscitated the project in March, declaring that Calgary-based TransCanada would create an incredible pipeline. After all that, a TransCanada executive raised eyebrows in the energy industry recently when he suggested that the pipeline developer doesnt know whether it will move forward with the project. Paul Miller, an executive vice president who is overseeing the project, told an investor call that company officials won't decide until late November or early December whether to start construction. Well make an assessment of the commercial support and the regulatory approvals at that time, Miller said in the conference call during July with investors. The company has invited customers to bid for long-term contracts to ship oil on the pipeline. The bidding will run through September. An energy expert said the project has been delayed so long it may no longer make economic sense. F rankly, in the current price climate, its probably not going to be a going venture unless theres a massive improvement in technology for processing Canadian crude, said Charles Mason, a University of Wyoming professor of petroleum and gas economics. Crude oil was trading at around $49.50 a barrel on during early August, down from highs of more than $100 in 2014. The 1,179-mile pipeline would transport oil from tar sands deposits in Alberta, Canada, across Montana and South Dakota to Nebraska, where it would connect with existing pipelines that feed Texas Gulf Coast refineries. South Dakota and Montana regulators have approved the project, although there are legal challenges pending in both states. Only Nebraska has yet to give regulatory approval. The rest of the route for the oil to the Gulf would travel an existing pipeline in the network. Mason said the biggest economic problem is that synthetic crude from the Canadian deposits is considered a lower- News From Indian Country 8558N County Road K Hayward, WI 54843-5800 LODGE GRASS, Mont. (AP) D rugs and gang activity were factors in a residential shooting that killed three people after they entered a house, and got into a confrontation that left two other people wounded on Montanas Crow Reservation, the tribes chairman said. The shootings on August 4th in the town of Lodge Grass involved methamphetamine, Crow Tribal Chairman Alvin Not Afraid Jr. said. He did not elaborate, the Billings Gazette reported August 6th. The circumstances leading to the violence remained hazy, as authorities interviewed witnesses to piece together what happened, FBI senior supervisory agent Travis Burrows said. Drugs have a devastating effect on our communities, and (the) incident is a Low oil prices and the high cost of extracting Canadian crude from oil sands are casting new doubts on Keystone XL. Photo by Ivy Vainio In Honor to Water Protectors, and Missing and Endangered Women, a mural awes Duluth, Minnesota where both pipelines and prostitution in the shipyard industry has impacted the Great Lakes tribal community. Story on Page 14. See Keystone XL survived, Page 5 Crow Tribal Chairman: Drugs, gang activity behind triple slayings reminder of that, Not Afraid told local news media late Aug. 5th. Investigators did not say whether anyone was being sought in connection with the shootings. Lodge Grass is a town of just more than 400 people about 65 miles (105 kilometers) southeast of Billings. Terry Bullis, the Big Horn County coroner, released the names of those who RED LAKE, Minn. (AP) T ribal leaders of a northern Minnesota reservation have declared its heroin and opiate epidemic a public health emergency. Red Lake Reservation tribal leaders are seeking outside help to deal with the crisis and are considering banishing tribal members who are involved with dealing drugs, the Star Tribune reported. They discussed the option at a meeting Aug. 1. The attack by drugs is devastating to the health of our people, said Tribal Council Chairman Darrell Seki. Families are breaking. The bands director of public safety and police chief, William Brunelle, says banishment would send a strong and immediate message to people involved with drugs. Red Lake Ojibwe declare herion/opiate epidemic a health emergency See Drugs, gang activity, Page 5 See Red Lake Ojibwe declare, Page 5

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