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Tribal Summit to combine conferences
Tenth annual event is scheduled for Bismarck Civic Center
10 August 2006

BISMARCK (UTN) - Anyone involved in the leadership and decision making of tribal nations in the region, or who has an issue or idea that affects tribes, will probably be in Bismarck in early September.

      For its tenth annual gathering set for September 5 - 8, the United Tribes Intertribal Council Summit is offering a combined location for eight different tribal conferences including tribal leaders and council persons, tax directors, transportation planners, tribal college educators, and personnel involved in tribal housing and community health.

Honor guard
Military Veterans form an honor guard to present the colors at the opening ceremony of the 2005 United Tribes Intertribal Summit in Bismarck. UTN photo.

      "It's all under one roof at the Bismarck Civic Center," said David M. Gipp, United Tribes Technical College president. "With everything together in one location it should bring in a good sized group of tribal decision makers."

      The theme, "As Long As the Grass Grows and the Water Flows," is a reference to a commonly held understanding about the term length in treaties initiated in the 19th Century by the federal government.

      The opening ceremony begins at 1 p.m. Tuesday, September 5.

      Many tribal leaders from around the region have attended past summits to exchange information about current issues facing tribes. Members of the North Dakota Congressional Delegation and other leaders at the federal and state level also attend.

      United Tribes Technical College sponsors the meetings, which precede the United Tribes International Powwow.

      The event also includes a trade fair September 6 and 7 at the Civic Center Exhibit Hall. Set up begins on September 5 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Retail Vendors are required to have an active North Dakota Sales and Use Tax Permit.

      To see a detailed agenda and to register, visit the United Tribes website: www.uttc.edu, or contact Brek Maxon, Trade Fair Coordinator, 701-255-3285, x 1359 or Wes Long Feather at x 1218.

 

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