ND Republicans Diss Tribes Twice in One Month

House Majority Leader Al Carlson (R-Fargo)

For the second time this month, North Dakota lawmakers have stomped on an attempt to extend an olive branch to Native Americans.

In a 25-61 vote today, House Republicans killed a bill to give tribal leaders voting membership on the Tribal and State Relations Committee.

The bill was introduced by Rep. Gretchen Dobervich (D-Fargo), who works at North Dakota State University’s American Indian Public Health Resource Center.

Dobervich

On Feb. 7, the state Senate killed a bill to display the flags of each Indian nation in North Dakota at the state Capitol.

That bill’s sponsor, Sen. Richard Marcellais (D-Belcourt) tried his best to convince his fellow legislators to vote “yes.”

“This bill is all about trust and respect,” Marcellais said, to deaf ears.

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