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Tribal leaders to meet in Bismarck
1 September 2010

BISMARCK (UTN) - North Dakota Governor John Hoeven and Congressman Earl Pomeroy are featured speakers on the opening day of the United Tribes Tribal Leaders Summit, Wednesday, September 8 in Bismarck.

      In the audience will be leaders and key employees from tribes in North Dakota and around the region. Also expected are representatives from several tribes in southern California, as well as federal, state and local officials.

      The 14th annual summit takes place September 8-10 at the Bismarck Civic Center Exhibit Hall. The opening ceremony is set for 8:30 a.m. The conference theme is: “Renewing Our Earth and Restoring Our Health.”

      Opening day includes a briefing from the Obama Administration. Jodi Archambault-Gillette, from the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, will present an update on federal Indian policy and legislation. Gillette is a member of the Standing Rock Tribe.

      Keynote speaker for the opening day luncheon is Allison Binney, Chief Counsel for the Senate Indian Affairs Committee.

      A forum for candidates running for statewide offices in North Dakota is scheduled at 1:30 p.m. An update on the Indian rancher’s lawsuit, Keepseagle versus USDA, is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.

      Day one concludes with a reception at 5 p.m., highlighted by entertainment from actor/musician Gary Farmer (Smoke Signals, Powwow Highway) and his blues band “The Trouble Makers.” The event is open to all summit participants and United Tribes Technical College alumni. The drum group Wise Spirit Boys will also perform.

      The summit agenda includes talks and panel discussions addressing renewable energy, tribal health initiatives, education, domestic violence, law enforcement, Indian gaming, tribal courts, and economic development.

      Tribal leaders from the five tribes in North Dakota that govern United Tribes Technical College will preside over the sessions.

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

      The Haudenosauee Native Smoke Dancers, the featured cultural group of the United Tribes International Powwow, are scheduled to perform during a luncheon on Thursday, September 9.

      Participants in the Miss Indian Nations Pageant will appear September 8 during the luncheon and reception.

      Groups holding meetings on Friday, September 10 include the United Tribes of North Dakota board and the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association.

      Those attending the Summit are invited to participate in the First Grand Entry of the United Tribes International Powwow at 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 9.

      To see a detailed agenda and to register, visit the Summit Website, 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.


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