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FBI on North Dakota reservation for probe into energy dealings

FBI agents are on the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation of North Dakota as part of a probe into the energy industry on the Fort Berthold Reservation.

James Henrikson, a former convict who faces federal weapons charges, owned two companies that provided energy services on the reservation. He has been linked to two murder-for-hire schemes, including one that targeted Chairman Tex Hall, and the disappearance of a young Native man.

Hall hasn't been accused of wrongdoing. But the tribal council has hired a former U.S. attorney to investigate his business dealings, including ties to Henrikson.

The Bismarck Tribune said FBI agents are looking for records and information related to Henrikson. Native-owned energy businesses say the investigation has put a chill on their activities -- they refused to have their pictures taken for the paper's story due to concerns about safety.

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