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Associated Press , Published September 11 2013

ND tribes pass resolution opposing battlefield transmission line

BISMARCK — Five American Indian tribes in North Dakota have passed a resolution formally opposing a transmission line planned for the Killdeer Mountain Battlefield area.

Basin Electric Power Cooperative wants to build the 200-mile line from the Antelope Valley Station power plant near Beulah to a spot near Tioga to deliver more electricity to the Bakken oil fields, where there is a growing demand for power.

The United Tribes say it opposes the project because it could disturb the remains of people killed in the 1864 battle.

A Basin spokesman says the resolution will be one of the pieces of information the PSC will use in deciding whether to approve the project.

The PSC holds a third hearing Thursday in Williston.

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