As a North Dakota Native American, I am appalled at the attitude of most North Dakotans over environmental issues. One of the worst oil spills in our history just happened in the James River Valley, just south of the state line, and we act like it is none of our concern.

When are our government leaders going to stand up and take some responsibility for their actions. This spill took place on some of the most environmental sensitive areas of our country, called the Sand Lake Refuge. This refuge is one of the very few places in the world that was included in the international Ramsar convention as a protected area. This international agreement was ratified by Congress in 1987 and also by most all other countries worldwide.

The United States has only 35 sensitive areas and the Sand Lake Area is considered near the top of this list. Let's make breaking treaties a part of our past and live up to our obligations

Paul Azure, Wahpeton

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