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Dorgan and Brown are keynoters for tribal summit
Leaders from region meet in Bismarck
15 August 2008

BISMARCK (UTN) North Dakota U. S. Senator Byron L. Dorgan and former college basketball coach Dale Brown are the two keynote speakers for the Twelfth Annual Tribal Leaders Summit in Bismarck. The event is hosted by United Tribes Technical College and attended by representatives of tribes around the region.

Senator Byron L. Dorgan
North Dakota U. S. Senator Byron L. Dorgan

      Dorgan's talk is scheduled for Wednesday, September 3 during a noon luncheon at the Bismarck Civic Center. Dorgan has chaired the U. S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs since 2007. He has conducted field hearings and sponsored legislation concerning issues affecting American Indians and Alaska Natives.

      Most recently he introduced the Tribal Law and Order Act, a bill that addresses crime in Indian Country. The measure would provide tools to tribal justice officials to fight crime in their own communities, improve coordination between law enforcement agencies, and increase accountability standards.

Coach Dale Brown
Coach Dale Brown

      Coach Dale Brown is scheduled to address the summit during a noon luncheon on Thursday, September 4, also at the Civic Center. Brown is an author, motivational speaker and media basketball analyst. He is the former head coach of Louisiana State University, where he assembled one of the best winning records in college basketball coaching. He discovered and coached Shaquille O'Neal and other NBA first-round selections. He is a former high school coach, teacher and principal in North Dakota.

      All events of the two-day summit will be held at the Bismarck Civic Center Exhibit Hall. The opening ceremony begins at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 3. The conference theme is: "Leadership in a New Era."

Ceceila Fire Thunder
Ceceila Fire Thunder

      Tribal leaders in the region use the annual gathering to exchange information about current issues. Past meetings have been attended by federal, state and local officials. Tribal leaders from the five tribes located in North Dakota members of the United Tribes Technical College governing board will preside over the sessions.

      Former Oglala Tribal Chairperson Cecilia Fire Thunder will appear Wednesday, September 3 at 2:30 p.m. and speak on the topic of tribal leaders and their role in addressing domestic violence on reservations.

      The Director of Law Enforcement for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Pat Ragsdale, will address the summit about law enforcement issues in Indian Country. His talk is set for 11 a.m. Thursday, September 4.

      Also on the schedule is an official consultation meeting between the BIA, representatives of the Federal Highway Administration, and tribal leaders.

      Other topics include: State legislative issues, Indian gaming, education, and a report from the office of the special trustee.

      The event includes a trade show open to vendors that have an active North Dakota Sales and Use Tax Permit.

      United Tribes Technical College sponsors the meetings, which precede the United Tribes International Powwow. To see a detailed agenda and to register, visit the United Tribes website: www.uttc.edu, or contact Tiffany Hodge 701-255-3285 x 1482, thodge@uttc.edu. For the trade fair contact Debbie Paint 701-255-3285, x 1232, dpainte@uttc.edu.

Tribal Leaders Summit
September 3rd and 4th

Bismarck Civic Center Exhibit Hall
"Leadership in New Era"

Tuesday, September 2
1:00 p.m. Registration Opens
Wednesday, September 3
7:15 a.m. Registration Opens
8:30 a.m. Opening Ceremony
10:25 a.m. BIA/Federal Highway Administration Indian Reservation Roads Consultation
(Rocky Mountain Region/Great Plains Region)
NOON Luncheon-Keynote Speaker U.S. Senator Byron L. Dorgan
1:30 p.m. State Legislative Issues and Updates
2:30 p.m. Tribal Leaders Role in Addressing Domestic Violence Cecelia Fire Thunder
3:30 p.m. The Role of Education and Safety
5:00 p.m. Networking Event - Miss Indian Nations Candidates
Thursday, September 4
9:00 a.m. General Session: Law Enforcement Issues in Indian Country
10:15 a.m. Education and Law Enforcement
11:00 a.m. 2008 Candidates for Public Office
NOON Luncheon-Keynote Speaker Coach Dale Brown
1:30 p.m. Office of Special Trustee - Region III Update
2:45 p.m. Indian Gaming Issues and Updates
3:30 p.m. UTTC-UTND Board review and approval of resolutions
4:00 p.m. Powwow Ground Blessing United Tribes Powwow Arbor
7:00 p.m. Grand Entry 39th Annual United Tribes International Powwow


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