PNS Daily Newscast - March 22, 2019 

President Trump rattles the Middle East, saying the U.S. will recognize Israel’s authority over the Golan Heights. Also on our Friday rundown: A judge blocks laws limiting the power of the new Wisconsin governor. Plus, momentum builds across party lines to abolish the death penalty.

Daily Newscasts

Fair Housing Act Turns 40

April 21, 2008

Bismarck, ND – The last piece of legislation championed by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., before his death in 1968 was the federal "Fair Housing Act." Shortly after his assassination, it was passed in his honor. At first, it covered discrimination due to race, color, national origin or religion; it was later amended to include discrimination based on age, gender, family status or disability.

April marks the 40th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act. Today, says Amy Nelson, executive director of Fair Housing of the Dakotas (FHD), the highest number of housing-related discrimination complaints reported in the state are in Fargo, followed by Bismarck and Grand Forks. The most common allegation, she adds, is discrimination based on a disability.

"In our areas of North and South Dakota, we continue to see, each year, an increasing number of complaints filed by people with disabilities who feel they have been discriminated against solely because of their disability."

Although Nelson believes most landlords abide by the law, FHD received more than 1,700 complaints of alleged Fair Housing Act violations in 2007.

"There is a small group still out there who do actively discriminate or choose to ignore what the law says."

She says the cases closed in 2007 resulted in almost 300 housing units becoming available to people who had previously been denied tenancy because of prejudicial practices.

The FHD is hosting fair housing workshops in several North Dakota communities in coming months. Information is available at

Dick Layman/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - ND