Burgum gives tribal flags place at state Capitol

January 4, 2019

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The flags of North Dakota’s five tribal nations are on display outside the governor’s office at the state Capitol.

Republican Gov. Doug Burgum announced the decision Thursday during his State of the State address.

Burgum appeared emotional as he said the decision was made “in the spirit of mutual respect.”

The relationship between North Dakota officials and tribes has been strained in the past, especially during protests two years ago of the Dakota Access pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation.

Democratic Sen. Richard Marcellais has four times unsuccessfully sponsored legislation to display the flags at the Capitol, but the GOP-led Legislature has killed the bills.

Marcellais,a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, says he’ll likely introduce legislation again so the flags will be permanently displayed.

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