Sometime toward the end of the 1980s, a luckless, middle-aged, but stubbornly determined writer stepped from the shelter of his automobile, which doubled as his living quarters and writing space, clutching a manuscript that would become his most famous work, “Dances With Wolves.” Upon its pages, nascent author Michael Blake attempted to portray, for the first time, the groping uncertainty of America’s native people as they struggled to accept that their long-cherished prairie culture was about to be yanked up, roots and all, by an invading force of unimaginable strength and determination.
Around here, Bakken crude has a simple meaning: money and jobs. But elsewhere this is not so. Beyond our borders, Bakken crude is thought of much differently. There, it is said to have a dark side. It is described by some as dangerous and moody. It stirs anxiety. It evokes caution and fear.