Tongue River Railroad

Tongue River Railroad – Winning Against Long Odds

The epic battle to defeat the Tongue River Railroad and what we can learn from it today Quite a few folks associate Northern Plains Resource Council with the Tongue River Railroad. It’s a huge part of our history – Northern … Continued

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There is a Solution

By now, the disaster that is the cattle market has been factored into the coming year’s budget. For some it means the end of a dream to own a ranch, for the remaining it means a hard assessment about what … Continued

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Groups Intervene in Coal Royalty Loophole Lawsuit

On March 14, the Powder River Basin Resource Council, WORC, and The Wilderness Society filed motions in Wyoming federal district court to intervene in litigation brought by Cloud Peak Energy against the Department of the Interior’s federal coal royalty valuation … Continued

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NOTE: Alma Winberry of Great Falls participated in Northern Plains’ first Lobby Day of the 2017 session on Jan. 25. Here are her thoughts on learning to be a grassroots lobbyist. At the Northern Plains Resource Council’s Lobby Day at … Continued

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Organizing training aims to build power, win campaigns and boogie

WORC’s Principles of Community Organizing training drew more than 30 participants from across WORC’s network to Grand Junction, Colo., in February. The hands-on workshop covers the basics of leadership, fundraising, organizational development, and community organizing and is the cornerstone of … Continued

Antibiotics Resistance

Antibiotics Resistance Impacted by CAFO’s

During the hearing on South Dakota’s General Permit for Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO), former Dakota Rural Action Chair Don Kelley was prepared to give testimony about the rapidly worsening issue of antibiotics resistance and how CAFO’s contribute to the … Continued

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Mineral Royalty Reform Closing Loophole Suspended

The Department of the Interior’s Office of Natural Resource Revenue (ONRR) has stayed implementation of a new rule regarding how royalties on federal coal, oil and gas are calculated until resolution of pending litigation. A 2012 Reuters investigation revealed that … Continued