Tribes Honor Dorgan As Indian Affairs Champion

Feb 15th, 2011 | By | Category: 22-3: Food Sovereignty, Spring 2011, Tribal College News

HIGH HONOR. Tribal leaders on the United Tribes of North Dakota governing board accompanied U.S. Senator Byron L. Dorgan around the arena. Pictured are (from left) Charles W. Murphy, Standing Rock; Richard Marcellais, Turtle Mountain; Myra Pearson, Spirit Lake; Dorgan; and Marcus D. Levings, Three A. United Tribes News photo by Dennis J. Neumannffiliated Tribes

U. S. Sen. Byron L. Dorgan (D-ND) was honored as a Congressional “Champion of Indian Affairs” at the 41st Annual United Tribes International Powwow in September in Bismarck. A traditional Buffalo Ceremony was conducted for Dorgan, who retired from the Senate in 2010.

Dorgan has been in the Congress for nearly 30 years. During the last 11, he served on the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, the last three as its chairman. In January 2010, he announced he would not run for reelection to the Senate.

“This man has been a major champion for us,” said David M. Gipp, United Tribes Technical College president. “Today we honor him for his strong commitment and leadership, throughout his career, on issues important to American Indians.”

Dorgan was praised for his record of accomplishments. His work includes legislation addressing youth suicides and diabetes research; passage of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act as part of national health care reform; legislation and funding for tribal higher education, including United Tribes Technical College; legislation to improve tribal economic development and housing; and a major initiative to improve public safety in the Tribal Law and Order Act.

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