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Cartwright holds out hope the park and the tribe can find common ground and work together on the development. He pointed to Theodore Roosevelt National Park, smack in the middle of North Dakota’s Bakken boom, as a future he would like to avoid for Glacier.
"They are now surrounded by thousands of wells, 6,000 wells in the western third of North Dakota, and they’re projecting 50,000 wells? I would say that that is not the kind of story that we’d like to see on the boundary of Glacier," he said.
Tribal officials insisted it knows best how to protect — and develop — their land, and Cross Guns pledged to push back against the opposition from outsiders and from within. "We put our hearts on the line for this land," he said. "Our heart is with our land. And we’re not going to destroy it."
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