United Tribes News Speech Archives
North Dakota First Nation’s Day
Theme: Contemporary Native America
October 7, 2011
Great Hall, North Dakota Capitol
North Dakota First Nation’s Day is the result of a 2003 North Dakota law to recognize the indigenous peoples of the state and their contributions to the state and nation. The law authorizes the governor to issue a proclamation each year designating the Friday before the second Monday in October as First Nations day.
Presented by: North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission with support and assistance from United Tribes Technical College
Governor Jack Dalrymple
Jack Dalrymple was elected the 32nd Governor of the great state of North Dakota in 2010. He believes in working to grow and diversify North Dakota’s economy and create good jobs and economic opportunities for its citizens. He is committed to managing the state with fiscal responsibility and with a new emphasis on infrastructure improvements and energy development. He brings to the office an outstanding record in farming, business, legislative and executive leadership. In 2000, he was elected North Dakota’s 35th Lieutenant Governor, with Governor John Hoeven, and was re-elected in 2004 and 2008. Dalrymple is a nationally recognized leader in value-added agriculture.
Gov. Dalrymple sound file
Gerard A. Baker
Gerard Baker is the former superintendent of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, one of the nation's most visited national parks. He served in the federal government for 27 years: 24 years with the National Park Service and 3 years with the US Forest Service. He is a full-blood member of the Mandan-Hidatsa Tribe of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, Mandaree, North Dakota. He grew up on the reservation on his father’s cattle ranch in Western North Dakota. He received a Doctorate in Public Service from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in December 2007. He is a graduate of Southern Oregon State University, Ashland, OR, with degrees in criminology and sociology. Mr. Baker began his National Park Service career in 1979 and was a park superintendent for 15 years of his NPS service. He recently retired as assistant director for American Indian Relations.
Gerard Baker sound file