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U.S. Attorney Tim Purdon to Moderate Law Enforcement Panel at 2012 White House Tribal Nations’ Conference

December 5, 2012

BISMARCK - The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of North Dakota announces that North Dakota U.S. Attorney Tim Purdon has been invited to participate in the 2012 White House Tribal Nations’ Conference in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. U.S. Attorney Purdon will serve as the co-moderator for a break-out session at the Tribal Nations’ Conference entitled Protecting Our Communities: Law Enforcement and Disaster Relief.

In Washington, D.C., USA Purdon said, “I am honored to participate in this year’s White House Tribal Nations’ Conference. This conference will allow leaders of tribal nations in the United States the opportunity for direct communication with the very highest levels of the United States’ government. This dialogue is critical because only by continuing to build on the existing partnerships between the United States and tribal governments can we make lasting changes to the public safety challenges we face in tribal

Participants on the panel to be moderated by USA Purdon include Deputy Attorney General James Cole, Director of FEMA Craig Fugate, Chief of the Border Patrol Michael Fisher, Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Indian Affairs Kevin Washburn, Office of National Drug Control Policy Director of State, Local and Tribal Affairs Ben Tucker, and others.

President Barack Obama and seven Cabinet secretaries are scheduled to address the Tribal Nations’ Conference.

USA Purdon serves as the vice chair of the DOJ Native American Issues Subcommittee (NAIS). The NAIS is made up of U.S. Attorneys 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 which impact tribal communities.







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