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State’s tribal leaders to meet for summit in Bismarck

BISMARCK Leaders of North Dakota’s tribal nations and key tribal supervisors and employees will gather for the 17th annual United Tribes Tribal Leaders Summit in Bismarck.

The summit, set for Sept. 4-6 at the Bismarck Civic Center Exhibit Hall, is organized by United Tribes Technical College at Bismarck.

The agenda includes major sessions about energy, education, public safety, health care, economic development, the environment and housing. Briefings and updates will cover gaming, taxation, emergency management, veterans services, the budget, National Congress of American Indians initiatives and the Violence Against Women Act.

The event will pay tribute to a gathering in Bismarck 50 years ago of tribal leaders from across the country when NCAI held its annual conference in the capitol city in September 1963, with Robert F. Kennedy, the nation’s attorney general, as keynote speaker.

The summit begins Sept. 4 at 9 a.m. with an opening ceremony.

A trade show open to vendors with a current North Dakota Sales and Use Tax Permit is included with the summit.

For more information, including the registration form, visit (


Jail & Bail fundraiser tops $16,000 for March of Dimes

Nearly 80 local business leaders and citizens voluntarily spent time behind bars helping raise more than $16,000 during the March of Dimes Jail & Bail event held Aug. 8. Proceeds from the event go toward funding educational and research programs of the March of Dimes.

Community volunteers were “arrested” and turned themselves in to a temporary jail set up at the Pizza Ranch. After standing before a judge and having mug shots taken, the jailbirds had one hour to call friends, family and co-workers to “raise bail” in the form of donations to the March of Dimes.

March of Dimes wishes to thank the management and staff of the Pizza Ranch for providing its jailbirds with the finest “bread and water” and the many volunteers who made this year’s Jail & Bail event a big success.

The March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit


– Jill Hambek