Timothy Q. (Tim) Purdon was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate as North Dakota’s 18th United States Attorney on August 5, 2010.
As U.S. Attorney Purdon has placed special emphasis on the issues of national security and drug trafficking along North Dakota’s 350-mile border with Canada and on improving public safety in tribal communities in North Dakota.
On March 16, 2011, the U.S. Attorney’s Office hosted its first Tribal Listening Conference at United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck, North Dakota. The Bismarck Tribune editorialized that the event “confirmed Purdon’s passion and seriousness about trying to make a difference for those less fortunate, for the voices of so many that have been muted for years” and praised the Conference as “eclips[ing] other out reach efforts” in the recent past. Bismarck Tribune, March 20, 2011.
U.S. Attorney Purdon said, “Serving as United States Attorney for North Dakota allows me the opportunity to work on an issue that is very important to me: the challenge presented by violent crime rates in tribal communities. Native Americans living on reservations are not going to be able to overcome decades of isolation and poverty until they first feel safe in their homes and neighborhoods. I am committed to working with the tribes in North Dakota and our law enforcement partners to help make our tribal communities safer.”
Purdon serves on the U.S. Attorney General’s Advisory Committee Native American Issues Subcommittee; Environmental Issues Working Group; and Border and Immigration Law Enforcement Subcommittee.