The UTTC Honor Guard presents the Colors to open the North Dakota United States Attorney’s Office’s 2012 Tribal Consultation Conference. Photo: United Tribes News Dennis J. Neumann
The North Dakota United States Attorney’s Office’s hosted the 2012 Tribal Consultation Conference on April 26, 2012 at United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck, North Dakota. The event brought together tribal leaders and law enforcement leaders from across the state to discuss how they can work together to improve public safety in tribal communities in North Dakota. The keynote speaker for the Conference was the Hon. James Cole, Deputy Attorney General, United States Department of Justice. DAG Cole is the number two official at the Department of Justice and advises and assists the Attorney General in formulating and implementing Departmental policies and programs and in providing overall supervision and direction to all organizational units of the Department.
United States Deputy Attorney General James Cole (c) addresses the Tribal Consultation Conference as UTTC VP Russell Swagger (l) and North Dakota U.S. Attorney Timothy Purdon (r) look on. Photo: United Tribes News Dennis J. Neumann
In addition to DAG Cole, the Conference also feature presentations by DOJ’s Bureau of Justice Assistance and Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention on new initiatives and studies that are available to assist tribes and law enforcement in North Dakota in addressing public safety issues. The Conference also featured working breakout sessions. Breakout sessions topics included (1) Domestic Violence in Tribal Communities: Are We Making Progress?; (2) Law Enforcement Challenges in the Bakken Oil Patch; (3) Brainstorming Tribal, State and Federal Court Partnerships in Reentry; and (4) Environmental Enforcement in Indian Country: Working Together to Protect Tribal Lands and Wildlife. The breakout sessions were designed to gather input from tribal and law enforcement participants on key areas of concern.
United States Deputy Attorney General James Cole (r) and Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Court Chief Judge William Zuger (l) in discussions at the Tribal Consultation Conference. Photo: United Tribes News Dennis J. Neumann
Hosting an annual Tribal Consultation Conference is a key part of the USAOND’s Anti-Violence Strategy for Tribal Communities in North Dakota as the conference allows the USAOND to consult with tribes and law enforcement about public safety issues and solutions in Indian Country.
USAOND Tribal Liaison and AUSA Jan Morley discusses the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010 with the attendees at the Tribal Consultation Conference. Photo: United Tribes News Dennis J. Neumann