New Town trailer park residents protest evictions

New Town, North Dakota (AP) April 2012

Protesters marched through New Town Saturday to call attention to the eviction of mobile home court residents.

Residents of 45 trailers are being forced to move after the northwestern North Dakota park was sold to make way for housing of oil field workers.

A Three Affiliated Tribes spokesman says the residents are some of the poorest members of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation.

One protester carried a sign that read “Relocation ended in the 70s.”

Future Housing LLC bought the Prairie Winds Trailer Park to construct housing for employees of United Prairie Cooperative.

United Prairie CEO and general manager John Reese tells The Forum newspaper ( that the company is trying to work with the residents.

Reese says when the housing complex is done, “all races will live there.”