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Tribal chairman nixes talks in Fargo

NEW TOWN, N.D. - The chairman of the Three Affiliated Tribes says tribal officials won't meet with Fargo officials Oct. 29 to talk about a proposal to bring Missouri River water to the Red River Valley.

NEW TOWN, N.D. - The chairman of the Three Affiliated Tribes says tribal officials won't meet with Fargo officials Oct. 29 to talk about a proposal to bring Missouri River water to the Red River Valley.

In a statement released by the tribal office, Chairman Marcus Wells Jr. said the comments of Fargo officials "create the misconception that the meeting is a negotiation meeting."

The Three Affiliated Tribes oppose the proposed Red River Valley Water Project, aimed at bringing Missouri River water to the valley in times of drought.

Wells' statement said dialogue between his office and the office of Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker began earlier this month and both officials agreed to a brief breakfast meeting but "not a negotiation meeting."

Wells said the tribes cannot support the water project until they can make sure the water needs of the reservation are met.

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