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USAOND Convenes Fourth Tribal Consultation Conference at UTTC in Bismarck

A record crowd of over 200 attended the North Dakota United States Attorney’s Office’s 2014 Tribal Consultation Conference and heard from Attorney General Eric Holder. Photo: United Tribes News Dennis J. Neumann

A record crowd of over 200 attended the North Dakota United States Attorney’s Office’s 2014 Tribal Consultation Conference and heard from Attorney General Eric Holder. Photo: United Tribes News Dennis J. Neumann

The North Dakota United States Attorney’s Office’s hosted the 2014 Tribal Consultation Conference on June 5, 2014 at United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck, North Dakota. The keynote speech for this year’s conference was delivered by the Attorney General of the United States Eric Holder.  AG Holder has made improving public safety in Indian Country a priority for the Department of Justice during his time as Attorney General.

Attorney General Holder’s Remarks - (Text Version)

Attorney General Eric Holder addresses the conference. Photo: United Tribes News Dennis J. Neumann

Attorney General Eric Holder addresses the conference. Photo: United Tribes News Dennis J. Neumann

 

United Tribes Technical College acting President Phil Baird (l) presents Attorney General Holder with a ceremonial blanket to honor the Attorney General’s visit to UTTC. Also picoted in North Dakota United States Attorney Tim Purdon (r). Photo: United Tribes News Dennis J. Neumann

United Tribes Technical College acting President Phil Baird (l) presents Attorney General Holder with a ceremonial blanket to honor the Attorney General’s visit to UTTC.  Also pictured in North Dakota United States Attorney Tim Purdon (r).  Photo: United Tribes News Dennis J. Neumann

A highlight of the Conference was the presentation of the first North Dakota United States Attorney’s Office Indian County "Champion of Public Safety" awards.  The awards were presented to former Standing Rock Tribal prosecutor Grant Walker and Three Affiliated Tribes Police Officers Angela Cummings and Dawn White.  These awards recognize the exceptional commitment by the honorees to making the reservations they serve safer and to the strong partnerships between these honorees and the United States Attorney’s Office.

 

Left to Right: AUSA Gary Delorme, former Standing Rock Sioux Chief Tribal Prosecutor Grant Walker, and U.S. Attorney Tim Purdon. Photo: United Tribes News Dennis J. Neumann

Left to Right: AUSA Gary Delorme, former Standing Rock Sioux Chief Tribal Prosecutor Grant Walker, and U.S. Attorney Tim Purdon. Photo: United Tribes News Dennis J. Neumann

 

Left to Right: AUSA Rick Volk, Three Affiliated Tribes Police Sargent Dawn White, Three Affiliated Tribes Detective Angela Cummings, and U.S. Attorney Tim Purdon.

Left to Right: AUSA Rick Volk, Three Affiliated Tribes Police Sargent Dawn White, Three Affiliated Tribes Detective Angela Cummings, and U.S. Attorney Tim Purdon. Photo: United Tribes News Dennis J. Neumann

The Conference also featured working breakout sessions by reservation.  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.

 

 

 

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