FNS Photo by Amy Dalrymple Theodora Bird Bear carries a camera with her so she can document oil and gas development on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation Friday near Mandaree.

FOTB: ‘Stand up for it no matter what:’ Connection to land drives tribal member’s activism on energy


MANDAREE — Testifying before a legislative committee, holding a picket sign and posting to a blog are not things that come naturally to Theodora Bird Bear.

But the member of the Three Affiliated Tribes is so concerned about the impact of oil and gas development that she’s stepping out of her comfort zone and speaking out.

“When you’re connected to this land, like an intimate connection to this land, you will stand up for it no matter what,” Bird Bear said.

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Amy Dalrymple

Amy Dalrymple is a Forum News Service reporter stationed in the Oil Patch. She can be reached at or (701) 580-6890.