Tribal leaders’ address to North Dakota lawmakers to resume
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Native American tribal leaders’ biennial address to the North Dakota Legislature will resume in 2019, two years after it was cancelled due to security reasons involving the Dakota Access pipeline protests.
A bipartisan panel of lawmakers decided Thursday to allow the address when the Legislature reconvenes in January.
Lawmakers voted two years to cancel the speech and one by North Dakota’s chief justice at the state Capitol due to security reasons involving the Dakota Access pipeline protests.
By tradition, lawmakers hear speeches during the first week of each odd-numbered-year session, including from North Dakota’s chief justice and by one leader from the state’s tribes — Spirit Lake Sioux, Three Affiliated Tribes the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa and the Standing Rock Sioux.