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PBS Series Explores Oil Boom Impact on North Dakota Reservation

America by the Numbers

The Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in western North Dakota is in the heart of the Bakken oil field. There are more than 1,000 wells on the reservation and the oil boom has brought jobs and affluence for many. But it's also brought increased drug trafficking, crime, traffic fatalities and a huge influx of non-Indian oil workers.

In "Native American Boomtown," the latest episode of the PBS Series America by the Numbers, host Maria Hinojosa travels to Fort Berthold to assess the impact of the oil boom on the Native American way of life. Hinojosa is also the anchor and executive producer of the NPR show, Latino USA.

Hinojosa joined Dakota Midday and discussed the program. It airs on SDPB2 Television tonight at 8, Central; 7, Mountain. America by the Numbers episodes can also be viewed here.