One of the roles of the North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission is to keep the public informed about current laws and legislative issues that impact Indian country. Throughout the upcoming legislative session, we track various bills and committees to help keep you informed. Please contact our office if you would like more information regarding legislative issues in North Dakota.
"State of the Tribal State Relationship" address
A 'State of the Tribal State Relationship' Address is delivered every two years by a Tribal Chairperson to a joint session of the ND Legislative Assembly.
On January 6, 2011, Chairman Tex Hall of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation addressed a joint session of the 62nd North Dakota Legislative Assembly.
Please visit our Audio & Video webpage to listen to an archive of past 'State of the Relationship' addresses.
Tribal and State Relations Committee
In 2005 the 59th North Dakota Legislative Assembly passed HB 1524 establishing the Tribal and State Relations Committee for the 2005-07 interim (click here for background memorandum). The North Dakota Legislative Assembly has reestablished the committee in 2007, 2009, and in 2011.
2011-13 TRIBAL AND STATE RELATIONS COMMITTEE
Study tribal-state issues, including government-to-government relations, human services, education, corrections, and issues related to the promotion of economic development (NDCC § 54-35-23, until August 1,2013)
Study whether members of the North Dakota Tribal Governments' Task Force should be voting members of the committee (NDCC § 54-35-23)
Receive report from the Governor describing the negotiations and terms of any agreement between the Governor and the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation relating to taxation and regulation of oil and gas exploration and production within the boundaries of the Fort Berthold Reservation and thereafter receive biennial reports describing the agreement's implementation and any difficulties in its implementation (NDCC § 57-51.2-04)
Chairman: Senator David O'Connell
Vice Chairman: Senator Donald Schaible
Legislative Council Staff: Jeffrey N. Nelson
Kasper, Jim 1128 Westrac Drive Fargo 58103-2342
Onstad, Kenton 3515 66th Avenue NW Parshall 58770-9468
Trottier, Wayne 115 North Lincoln Street Northwood 58267-4010
Erbele, Robert 6512 51st Avenue SE Lehr 58460-9149
Marcellais, Richard RR 1, Box 267A Belcourt 58316-9787
O'Connell, David 2624 County Road 30 Lansford 58750-9737
Schaible, Donald 9115 Highway 21 Mott 58646-920