The face of North Dakota has changed significantly since it gained statehood 125 years ago. In recent years, the oil and gas producing counties have experienced rapid growth and industrialization, the effects of which trickle across the state. Prairie Talks focused that phenomenon by welcoming Todd Melby, a journalist and documentary filmmaker, and Marty Young Bear, a rancher and an enrolled member of Three Affiliated Tribes.
A native of Hettinger, North Dakota, Todd Melby is a reporter, radio producer, and documentary filmmaker. He is the lead producer of Black Gold Boom, a public media project documenting North Dakota’s oil boom. His stories have aired on U.S. public radio stations, including NPR shows. He is a senior producer at 2 below zero, a public media nonprofit. And he’s won multiple national journalism awards, including a pair of Edward R. Murrows and Sigma Delta Chi awards. In 2014, he is directing a PBS television documentary on the boom.
Marty Young Bear is a rancher, saddle bronc rider, and an enrolled member of the Three Affiliated Tribes in New Town, North Dakota. Young Bear co-operates the MHA Nation’s Horse Power Program, a holistic wellness program utilizing horse culture to help families on the Fort Berthold reservation. He is an environmental advocate concerned with the preservation of the land for horses, animals, and people.
This event was co-sponsored by Friends of Prairie Village Museum and supported in part by the North Dakota Humanities Council. Treats and coffee were served following the talk. Thanks to the generosity of the Prairie Village Museum, attendees of this event were also invited to tour the museum at no cost!