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Town Hall Meeting to focus on the Native American experience in Bismarck
8 October 2005

BISMARCK - A committee of Bismarck city government will co-host a forum in October to seek information about the experience of the city's primary minority population, Native Americans.

      The city's third Town Hall Meeting titled, "The Road to Healing Our Community: Telling Our Story," is scheduled for Thursday, October 20, beginning at 5:45 p.m. at the North Dakota Heritage Center. The public is invited; there is no admission charge.

      The meeting is cosponsored by the Mayor's Human Relations Committee, Fair Housing of the Dakotas and United Tribes Technical College.

      The meeting format follows suggestions made during two previous town hall meetings conducted in 2004. A major share of the agenda will be devoted to comments from participants during a general session and in small groups.

      The meeting begins with a reception, followed by brief remarks from Bismarck Mayor John Warford, Human Relations Committee Chair Kameran Ali, and United Tribes Technical College President David M. Gipp.

      "The experience in Bismarck is not without problems for Indian people," said Gipp. "But the picture isn't entirely negative. There are examples of cooperation and acceptance."

      One of those examples will be described: a collaboration between the Bismarck Parks and Recreation District and the United Tribes Art-Art Marketing program for public sculptures in city parks.

      Discussion time near the end of the meeting will focus on actions and recommendations for the Human Relations Committee. The committee is charged with advising city government about discrimination and promoting respect for diversity.

      For more information or to volunteer or register contact Wes Long Feather, 701-255-3285 x 1218, wlongfeather@uttc.edu.


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