Mandaree, ND

Lisa: “A lot of people are very hesitant to speak out about the oil and gas industry. Many of them feel that if they say something, they’re going to face some kind of retaliation. Or they don’t want to expose their family to any risks. That’s why everyone just kind of keeps quiet, or turns away. No one wants their name out there. ‘Don’t say my name,’ they say. So that’s one thing I make sure of–not to say people’s names, even if I know how they feel in private. And their fear is justified. If you work for the tribe, and you don’t agree with whatever the tribal chairman or the tribal council say, you can get fired.”

Walter: “There’s only 50 or so people in the area that are actually trying to say or do something about the oil and gas development. But there’s probably another 100 or 200 more that want to say something but can’t. Because they’re, like my wife said, they’re going to be retaliated against.”

Lisa & Walter DeVille
Mandaree, ND

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