Lawmakers Refuse to Display Native American Flags at Capitol

The US and North Dakota flags displayed at the state Capitol

A bipartisan bill to display the flags of “each Indian nation in this state” at the state Capitol was inexplicably killed today in the North Dakota Senate.

The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Richard Marcellais (D-Belcourt), called it an important gesture to improve the state’s relationship with Native Americans.

“This bill is all about trust and respect. Displaying the five Native American nation flags in the Memorial Hall of the state Capitol would be a first to create a dynamic movement forward,” he said, urging fellow lawmakers to vote “yes.”

Memorial Hall

The bill’s failure, by a vote of 23-21, was unusual for a few reasons.

1) It was a bipartisan bill. It was sponsored by an equal number of Republicans (Sen. Nicole Poolman of Bismarck, Rep. Jason Dockter of Bismarck and Rep. Wayne Trottier of Northwood) and Democrats (Marcellais, Rep. Corey Mock of Grand Forks and Sen. Joan Heckaman of New Rockford).

2) It received a unanimous “do pass” recommendation from the Senate Government and Veterans Affairs Committee.

3) When it came time to vote, nobody spoke against the bill.

Here’s how the Senate voted:

SB 2287 FAILED

Yea 23 Nay 21 N/V 3

Yeas

Anderson
Armstrong
Bekkedahl
Campbell
Casper
Dever
Dotzenrod
Grabinger
Heckaman
Holmberg
Kannianen
Kilzer
Larsen, O.
Marcellais
Mathern
Meyer
Nelson
Oban
Oehlke
Piepkorn
Poolman
Robinson
Vedaa

Nays

Bowman
Burckhard
Clemens
Cook
Hogue
Klein
Krebsbach
Kreun
Laffen
Larson, D.
Lee, G.
Lee, J.
Luick
Myrdal
Osland
Roers
Rust
Schaible
Sorvaag
Unruh
Wardner

1 Comment on "Lawmakers Refuse to Display Native American Flags at Capitol"

  1. The Nays have quite a few openly racist Republicants that are always making embarrassing news. Congrats to the scum who voted against this I hope they wrap themselves in their Nazi flags and sleep well tonight.

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