The Wise Spirit Drum from United Tribes Technical College kicks off the North Dakota United States Attorney’s Office’s 2013 Tribal Consultation Conference with a Welcome Song and Flag Song.Photo: United Tribes News Dennis J. Neumann
The North Dakota United States Attorney’s Office’s hosted the 2013 Tribal Consultation Conference on August 1, 2013 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 Conference featured remarks by Tribal Chairmen Charles Murphy, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Richard McCloud, Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa and Tex Hall, Three Affiliated Tribes of Ft. Berthold and a much-talked-about address by United States District Court Chief Judge Ralph R. Erickson.
Chief Judge Ralph R. Erickson addresses the Conference. Photo: United Tribes News Dennis J. Neumann.
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A crowd of over 120 attendees participated the 3rd Annual USAOND Tribal Consultation Conference. Photo: United Tribes News Dennis J. Neumann.
A highlight of the Conference was the presentation of the Department of Justice’s 2013 Director’s Award for Outstanding Performance in Indian Country to Assistant United States Attorney Rick Volk. This award, one of the highest in the Department of Justice, was presented to Volk for his successful prosecution of the USAO’s first-ever Indian Country Human Trafficking case, United States v. Morsette. In that case the Defendant was sentence to 45 years for after a jury convicted him of several charges including Sex Trafficking. United States v. Morsette.
United States Attorney Timothy Purdon (l) present the Department of Justice’s 2013 Director’s Award for Outstanding Performance in Indian Country to Assistant United States Attorney Rick Volk (r). Photo: United Tribes News Dennis J. Neumann.
Finally, The Conference also featured working breakout sessions. Breakout sessions topics included:(1) Addressing Domestic Violence in Tribal Communities; (2) Juvenile Justice in Indian Country: Issues Arising From Federal and Tribal Prosecution of Juveniles; and (3) Linking Federal, State, and Tribal Law Enforcement Authorities Together for Improved Coordination of Investigations. The breakout sessions were designed to gather input from tribal and law enforcement participants on key areas of concern.
The USAO’s Annual Tribal Consultation Conference and the open communication the Conference fosters between the Tribes and the USAO are an integral part of the USAO’s Anti-Violence Strategy for Tribal Communities in North Dakota.