MHA Tribal Chairman Mark Fox talks second term

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NEW TOWN, N.D. - The Three Affiliated Tribes Chairman Mark Fox won the vote of the people and was elected to a second term in the same position. He says there’s not only a lot of work to finish from his first term, but also some new work.

Significant and positive change on the Fort Berthold Reservation is one of the reasons Fox says he was voted back for another term office.

"I think there's an immense respect for the hard work that we've been doing for the last four years," Fox said.

However, it's the structure of his office and the tribal government as a whole that Fox says needs a shake-up.

"Primarily, getting a government more similar to the United States government, which is separation of powers, three separate branches, electing more at large, and identifying those functions at each branch," Fox said.

It's a goal that might surprise some who know Fox as a big proponent for Tribal sovereignty.

He's still fighting on that front, especially to create a new tax agreement between the reservation and the state.

Fox claims if Fort Berthold can keep the majority of their oil tax revenue, the whole state would benefit more.

"We go out and spend the majority of our revenue that we earn here on Fort Berthold in Minot, Williston, Bismarck, Dickinson, and Watford City. All these places benefit 10-times more," Fox said.

He says his office also wants to improve and diversify energy development to include more renewable energy options and tackle issues with health care.

Fox beat out Tex Hall, earning nearly 65-percent of the vote earlier this month.