Native American Boomtown

About This Episode


162 - Violent crime in North Dakota increased 162% from 2002 to 2012

20,000,000 - The average Bakken well will generate about $20 million net profit

2 - North Dakota is the #2 oil-producing state in the nation, after Texas

1,174 - Active wells located on Fort Berthold Indian Reservation

The Bakken Oil Boom is bringing billions of dollars and tens of thousands of jobs to North Dakota. But most people don’t know that a substantial part of the state’s oil production is concentrated on an Indian reservation. Fort Berthold Reservation’s 1,000-plus oil wells have brought in money and jobs for some. But the oil has also brought danger — organized crime, hard drugs, traffic fatalities — and other problems. "America By The Numbers with Maria Hinojosa" speaks to tribal members about the benefits — and consequences — of the boom.

"America By The Numbers with Maria Hinojosa" is a new and innovative documentary series, revealing how dramatic changes in the country’s demographics are playing out in mainstream USA.