“I grew up on this place,” she says. “It’s pretty hard to leave.”
Take a tour of oil country with photographer Ben Garvin.
Cory Spotted Bear enjoys seeing folks who haven’t had much money get some monetary benefits from the oil boom.
Cooking ribs for roughnecks, but not staying forever: “Arkansas boys are Arkansas boys.”
“I wanted a fresh start so I came to North Dakota.”
Black Gold Boom: How Oil Changed North Dakota is produced by independent producer Todd Melby and brought to you by Prairie Public, Zeega, and AIR, the Association of Independents in Radio, Incorporated. Black Gold Boom is part of Localore, a national initiative produced by AIR, in collaboration with Zeega, with financial support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Wyncote Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts and The Spence Law Firm.