Tribe seeking bigger cut of ND oil tax money

BISMARCK, N.D. -- The tax director of North Dakota's Three Affiliated Tribes says the tribe should get a bigger share of tax revenue from oil that's produced on the reservation.

The Fort Berthold reservation is in the heart of North Dakota's booming oil country. Four years ago, the tribe and state signed an agreement to split up the tax revenue. Oil drilling has mushroomed since then and it's expected to keep growing.

Tribal tax director Mark Fox says oil taxes from the reservation have totaled $346 million since the agreement was signed. The state has gotten almost two-thirds of the money.

Fox says the tribe should get a bigger share from oil produced on tribal land. But a law change is needed for that to happen. The Legislature rejected the idea last year.