Connect Locally

Connect with others members in your area by joining a local affiliate. DRC members organize on local issues through a network of affiliate organizations located throughout the state. Affiliates
work with DRC staff to craft a strategy that utilizes local leverage and member’s skills to achieve the groups goals. Affiliate members pay an additional fee beyond the DRC membership to support the budget of the local group. Affiliates govern themselves in accordance with their bylaws and hold their own annual meeting each year. 

For more information about affiliates, contact the DRC office at 701-244-8587

Badlands Area Resource Council (BARC). Formed initially in 1998 to keep Dickinson’s landfill public, BARC went on to work with Belfield residents to prevent channelization of the Heart River through town and later played a major role in DRC’s GM wheat victory. For more information, contact BARC organizer Liz Anderson or BARC chair Linda Weiss at 575-4234.


Fort Berthold Protectors of Water and Earth Rights (P.O.W.E.R.). Fort Berthold POWER  is DRC’s newest affiliate, formed in 2015. POWER members, who are both enrolled members of Three-Affiliated Tribes and other residents living in and around Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. POWER began organizing in April 2013, when a group of tribal elders decided there was a necessity for community-based action around oil and gas extraction within the boundaries of the reservation. For more information, contact POWER organizer Nicole Donaghy.


McKenzie County Energies and Taxation Association (MCETA). DRC’s oldest affiliate, MCETA won many early victories on oil and gas issues and later led DRC’s effort to win a vote on the beef checkoff by producers. MCETA’s efforts led to the first wind measurement program in the county.


Missouri Valley Resource Council (MVRC). MVRC formed in 2001 and played an important role in developing Burleigh County’s first riverfront zoning.  Later the group won improved access by anglers to EPA fish consumption advisories related to mercury.  Most recently, MVRC persuaded the Bismarck City Commission to offer plastic recycling at its five most used collection points. For more information contact organizer Tanner Herbert.



Have a local issue you need help with?

Many of DRC’s most important local efforts have started with a phone call from a concerned resident.

For more information, contact the DRC office at 224-8587 for a frank discussion about local issues and organizing possibilities in your area.