State of North Dakota seeks to intervene in lawsuit over mineral rights
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The state of North Dakota wants to intervene in a lawsuit filed by the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation over mineral rights under Lake Sakakawea on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation.
MHA Nation is suing the federal government over a decision the U.S. Department of the Interior issued in May concluding that the state is the legal owner of the submerged property. The state contends that its interests in the dispute may differ from those of the federal government, so it should be allowed to intervene.
At stake is more than $100 million in unpaid royalties and future payments certain to come from oil drilling beneath the original Missouri River bed.