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Tribal summit to focus on putting vision into action
29 July 2004

BISMARCK, ND - Tribal leaders and public officials will be talking about what it takes to go from ideas to action when they gather for the Eighth Annual United Tribes Intertribal Council Summit.

      The conference is scheduled for September 7-9 in Bismarck with the theme "Putting Visions Into Action." United Tribes Technical College sponsors the event, held in conjunction with the United Tribes International Powwow.

      "The act of visioning is important in tribal life and in the leadership functions of the mainstream," said UTTC President David M. Gipp. "Perhaps the more difficult step is to put our ideas into action. It's important to learn on how that occurs and hear from those who've been successful at it."

      In the past, summit meetings have focused on economic issues for tribes, said Gipp. Presenters at these sessions will touch on a wide range of interests including tribal participation in the upcoming election, transportation, federal taxation in Indian Country, federal program assessment rating tools, economic development, gaming, tourism, and other intertribal issues.

      Scheduled keynote speakers include Norm DeWeaver, Indian and Native American Employment and Training Coalition, Anchorage, AK, Sandy K. Baruah, EDA Deputy Assistant Secretary of Programs Operation, Washington, DC, and Robert E. Olson, EDA Regional Director, Denver, CO.

      North Dakota Governor John Hoeven, Indian Affairs Commission Director Cheryl Kulas and other state officials, along with Bismarck Mayor John Warford, Mandan Mayor Ken LaMont and members of the state's Congressional Delegation are scheduled for presentations on Tuesday afternoon, September 7.

      Other presenters include Tex Hall, Chairman of the Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara Nation and President of the National Congress of American Indians, and other tribal leaders including Chairman Charles Murphy, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Chairman Valentino White, Spirit Lake Tribe, Chairman James C. Crawford III, Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Tribe, and Chairman Leon Morin, Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa.

      The 2004 summit begins one day earlier than last year, on Tuesday, September 7. Registration opens at 8 a.m. The conference opening ceremony is set for 1 p.m.

      The summit concludes Thursday, September 9 with policy discussions and the formation of resolutions by the United Tribes of North Dakota Board.

      Early bird registration is available at $250 per person until August 20. Pre-paid registrations at $300 will be taken until September 3. Onsite registration at the time of the conference is $350.

      Summit meetings take place at the Best Western Doublewood Inn, 1400 East Interchange Avenue, (exit 159 & I-94). A reception with gubernatorial candidate Joe Satrom as guest speaker is scheduled for Wednesday, September 8 at 6 p.m. at the North Dakota Heritage Center.

      To obtain a copy of the agenda and other information, or to register, contact Wes Long Feather, 701-255-3285 x 1218 or visit the college website www.uttc.edu.


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