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The director of North Dakota’s Office of Management and Budget says a new revenue forecast – due out in mid-July – will show if Gov. Jack Dalrymple has to call a special session to deal with budget issues.

The slowdown in the agriculture and oil industries means the state is collecting less in sales taxes. Already, the Governor has had to order a 4 percent allotment – meaning state agencies had to cut back on spending. And Dalrymple had to dip into the budget stabilization fund.

Chasing the Dream -- Scott Davis

Jun 27, 2016

The director of North Dakota’s Indian Affairs Commission says he believes the poverty rate among Native Americans in North Dakota is dropping.

As Prairie Public’s Dave Thompson reports in our series, “Chasing the Dream,” Scott Davis attributes that to education.

Davis says the tribal colleges have really stepped up their game, especially when it comes to workforce training.

“Whether it’s a certificate in truck driving, welding, energy-related, if you want to say that,” David said.

And Davis says it goes beyond workforce training.

The American Dream takes many forms. It can include things like cars and houses, or being happy and healthy. No matter how you define success, behind it is the belief that we can have it all through hard work.

In North and South Dakota, poverty hits the Native-American population much harder than it does whites. Prairie Public’s Ashley Thornberg explores the causes and one woman’s attempt to help. 

Chasing the Dream: Jamie Holding Eagle

Jun 24, 2016

Poverty is the type of problem that has numerous causes and consequences, and needs a multi-pronged approach for solutions.

In poverty-stricken areas, access to affordable, healthy food is a major issue – one that goes on to cause more issues, like diabetes from a chronic consumption of unhealthy food.

Jamie Holding Eagle studies public health. She’s in a master’s degree program at NDSU. She’s particularly interested in food, and the barriers to healthy food.

Chasing the Dream: Dr. Donald Warne

Jun 24, 2016

The word poverty tends to bring to mind money, or more accurately, the lack of it. That’s certainly a major component, but it’s far from the whole picture.

Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity in America is a new public media initiative. It aims to provide a deeper understanding of the many causes and complications of poverty, and solutions for the future.

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Cankdeska Cikana Community College is located on the Spirit Lake Nation Reservation in Fort Totten, North Dakota, south of the city of Devils Lake. As part of our Chasing the Dream series, Prairie Public's Danielle Webster spoke with college president Dr. Cynthia Lindquist about the tribal colleges' role in lifting Native Americans out of poverty.


Funding for Chasing the Dream is provided by the JPB Foundation and the Ford Foundation.

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County prosecutors and representatives of victims’ advocates say they’re against a proposed state Constitutional measure on victims’ rights.

The measure is dubbed “Marsy’s Law” – and it will be on the ballot in November.

Marsy’s Law is based on California law – and is being pushed by California millionaire Henry Nicholas, who has contributed more than $1 million to the effort.

The groups say the measure has good intentions – but could lead to unintended consequences – such as more court cases and delays in decisions.

'Oliver III' wind farm approved by PSC

Jun 23, 2016
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The Public Service Commission has approved a 100 megawatt wind farm that will be in Morton and Oliver counties.

“Oliver III” is the third wind farm for  the area that will be built by NextEra. “Oliver I” and “Oliver II” are in Oliver County – while “Oliver III” will be almost completely in Morton County. The new wind farm will have up to 48 turbines. The price tag: $153 million. A new associated high voltage power line will cost another $11 million.

UND "Fighting Hawks" Logo Unveiled

Jun 22, 2016
John Corley

First it was the University of North Dakota Flickertails, then the Fighting Sioux and today UND Athletics will operate under the banner – and logo of “Fighting Hawks”. Reporter Todd McDonald has details…

Western energy states see unemployment jump

Jun 21, 2016

Several western states whose economies depend heavily on the fossil fuel industry have seen major jumps in unemployment. Inside Energy’s Amy Sisk has more. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports Colorado’s unemployment rate went up significantly in May. Over the past year, rates in Wyoming and North Dakota grew faster than any other state. Plummeting prices for coal, oil and natural gas hit workers hard. In Wyoming.


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