(BISMARCK, N.D.) — Congressional, Senate and Gubernatorial candidates were invited to address this year’s United Tribes Tribal Leadership Summit in Bismarck, an event that attracts First Americans from around the state and the nation. This year’s event
addressed critical issues such as energy development, infrastructure, justice issues, transportation, education, sexual assault, and healthcare.
Congressional candidates Pam Gulleson and Kevin Cramer were listed on the program to address the audience of tribal members, as were Heidi Heitkamp and Rick Berg. Cramer and Berg, however, were no-shows at the conference, and gave no explanation for their absence.
“Pam and Heidi have always made the concerns of North Dakota’s native population a high priority throughout this campaign, and you saw that in their speeches to the crowds yesterday and today. What spoke even louder than words, however, was the absence of Cramer and Berg – who were expected to address the audience but did not even bother to show up,” said Alison Kelly, Communications Director for the Dem-NPL.
Gubernatorial candidate Ryan Taylor also spoke, and his opponent Jack Dalrymple sent the Lieutenant Governor in his place.