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Finally flagged: Burgum's surprise move aims to set tone for state-tribal relations

2019 Legislative Reports


January 14, 2019

Poppy Mills, NDDOT

Flags of North Dakota's five American Indian tribes now stand outside the governor's office. Gov. Doug Burgum.

A spirit of reconciliation between the state and tribal governments was in the air on the opening day of the 2019 legislative session, as Gov. Doug Burgum announced to a standing ovation that the flags of North Dakota's five tribal nations will be on display outside the governor's office alongside the state and national flag.

"Surprised, yes, but not that surprised," said Scott Davis, executive director of the state Indian Affairs Commission, when asked about Burgum's announcement. "We've been working on this for a long time."

Davis said the tribes always display the national, state, and...

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