United Tribes oppose developing Killdeer

BISMARCK North Dakota’s five Native American tribes have gone on record opposing further industrial development at the Killdeer Battlefield Historic Site, northwest of Killdeer in the state’s oil patch.

The United Tribes of North Dakota approved a resolution Sept. 6, alerting the North Dakota Public Service Commission and other entities to its opposition. Members of United Tribes are the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate, Spirit Lake Tribe, Standing Rock Tribe, Three Affiliated Tribes of the Mandan/Hidatsa/Arikara Nation and the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa.

The opposition is focused on the proposed construction of an electric power transmission line or other facilities that the tribes believe could potentially disturb the remains of those killed at the site. Basin Electric Power Cooperative has proposed a power line that is being reviewed by the North Dakota Public Service Commission.

Killdeer Mountain is the site of a battle in July 1864 between U.S. Army troops, led by Brig. Gen. Alfred Sully and members of the Dakota and Lakota tribes. Many bodies remain buried on the site.