Gene McCowan looks over inventory at a food distribution center in Trenton, North Dakota

Trump's pro-oil agenda poses dilemma for North Dakota's Indians

Gene McCowan looks over inventory at a food distribution center in Trenton, North DakotaBy Valerie Volcovici TRENTON, N.D. (Reuters) – When Donald Trump laid out his plan this week to roll back U.S. environmental regulations to boost the ailing energy industry, it raised both the hopes and fears of the American Indians living near the heart of the country’s richest oil fields. The Republican presidential contender’s agenda, laid out at an oil industry conference on Thursday in North Dakota, could bring desperately needed jobs to depressed communities that have come to depend on the oil drilling industry, but could also trigger worse pollution of Indian lands. “We would like to see more drilling,” said Gene McCowan, human resources director for the Trenton Indian Service Area, which governs the six counties in North Dakota and Montana where 2,600 Turtle Mountain Chippewa live.

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