Dakota Country Magazine October 2016 Edition - Page 32

LOOK WHO’S TALKING “Because the oil industry has slowed down, people automatically assume the drug world has slowed down. That’s absolutely not the case. There’s more dope here now than there ever has been.” Rob Fontenot, a ND Bureau of Criminal Investigation agent, referring to the Bakken in western North Dakota. “Expect resistance. The (pipeline) won’t cross. I have faith in prayer and in our people, and that human and animal rights and everything here will be protected.” Joye Braun, organizer with the Indigenous Environmental Network and Sioux Tribe member, referring to the approval of Dakota Access pipeline’s 1,172-miles to cross under Lake Sakakawea. “Unacceptable. We know pipelines can break and Standing Rock is the first to be impacted.” Standing Rock Sioux Tribal chair Dave Archambault II, referring to the Dakota Access Pipeline approval which will run from the Bakken to Illinois. The tribe has recently filed a lawsuit against the Corps of Engineers to stop the pipeline. “In certain areas of the state, I do believe boating under the influence is a problem.” Jackie Lundstrom, enforcement operations supervisor for the North Dakota Game and Fish D0epartment talking about increasing drama involving alcohol on the Missouri River near Bismarck/Mandan. “We’re waiting with baited breath to see if the population here takes the same path as everywhere else, which is to decline or disappear. Most places it’s disappeared.” MN Dept. of Natural Resources Prairie Ecologist referring to the continuing loss of the Dakota skipper butterfly on the northern plains, now considered threatened in the Dakotas and endangered in Minnesota. The native insect relies on native prairie to survive. “Oh crap... blood in one hand, poop in the other.” 13-year-old Casey Fischer, Bismarck, as he tries to put a big nightcrawler on a small hook. “I want to pass that on to my kids. I just decided that I couldn’t let that rail go extinct. It’s just too amazing.” Nick Ybarra, Bismarck, among several mountain bike riders who stepped up to maintain the Maah Daah Hey trail in the North Dakota Badlands, a trail that is becoming worn from use and lack of maintenance. “If they show respect and if I don’t see garbage out here, I don’t think it will be a big problem. It will be enforced and I do want to see the game warden out here. Byron Richard, western North Dakota landowner/rancher, who Stop in and See the New LUND 1975 PRO V plus the RANGER 1850MS REATA & 1880 ANGLER Page 32, Dakota Country, October 2016 85th & Minnesota Sioux Falls, SD 605-339-0947 800-888-1615 www.dakotacountrymagazine.com