When are they going to share their casino wealth?
BISMARCK, N.D. — The chairman of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa asked lawmakers from oil-rich North Dakota on Thursday to support job training to help lower the high rate of unemployment on the state’s reservations.
“I don’t have to stand here and read the statistics — we all know where Indian Country stands in the area of economic development,” Richard McCloud told a joint session of the North Dakota House and Senate. “We need the state to share in its prosperity and help the North Dakota reservations help themselves. We are asking for a helping hand, not a handout.”
By tradition, North Dakota lawmakers hear speeches during the first week of each legislative session by a North Dakota American Indian tribal leader. The address is shared among the leaders of the Standing Rock Sioux, Spirit Lake Sioux, Three Affiliated Tribes and the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa.