The North Dakota United States Attorney’s Office hosted DOJ’s Native American Issues Subcommittee in Bismarck on September 12 and 13, 2012. The NAIS is made up of 30 U.S. Attorneys from across the United States whose Districts contain Indian Country or one or more federally recognized tribes. The NAIS focuses exclusively on Indian Country issues, both criminal and civil, and is responsible for making policy recommendations to the Attorney General of the United States regarding public safety and legal issues that impact tribal communities. North Dakota U.S. Attorney Tim Purdon serves as the Vice Chair of the NAIS.
Members of the NAIS participate in the Grand Entry of Dancers at the United Tribes Technical College Powwow on September 13, 2012. (Photo by Erin Hill-Oban)
While in North Dakota, the NAIS conducted working meetings with BIA, FBI and DOJ’s Office of Justice Policy and Bureau of Justice Assistance. The NAIS also met in a joint session with the Untied Tribes Technical College’s Tribal Leader Summit. This joint meeting featured remarks to the NAIS by the Tribal Chairmen of all five reservations in North Dakota. The NAIS heard presentations from North Dakota Assistant United States Attorneys Jan Morley, Rick Volk, and Gary Delorme on innovative Indian country prosecutions and outreach programs that USAOND has engaged in over the past two years.