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North Dakota First Nations Day
1 October 2007

BISMARCK, ND - Governor John Hoeven will join with leaders from North Dakota's tribal nations on Friday, October 5 for a program in Bismarck to recognize North Dakota First Nations Day.

      The program is set to begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Russell Reid Auditorium of the State Heritage Center. The public is invited.

      The primary topic of discussion for tribal and state leaders will be the recently approved United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

      A reception will follow at 12 noon in the Heritage Center.

      First Nations Day in North Dakota is designated as the Friday before the second Monday in October; it was first recognized in 2003.

North Dakota First Nations Day
Topic Agenda

9:30 a.m., Friday, October 5, 2007
North Dakota Heritage Center
Russell Reid Auditorium
Bismarck, ND


Phil Baird, Vice President of Academic, Career and Technical Education, United Tribes Technical College, ND Indian Affairs Commission member

Honor Song; Invocation

First Nations Day/Native American Month Proclamation:

North Dakota Governor John Hoeven

Panel Discussion:

"Affirming the Spirit of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples"
Marcus Wells, Chairman, Three Affiliated Tribes
Walt Moran, Chairman, Trenton Indian Service Area
David M. Gipp, President, United Tribes Technical College
Dr. Cheryl Long Feather, Research Director, United Tribes Technical College
Rep. Merle Boucher, Chair, Committee on Tribal and State Relations
Rep. Dawn Charging, Garrison
Lisa McEvers, Director, ND Dept. of Labor, Human Rights

Honor Song


12 Noon Reception:

Heritage Center Mezzanine


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