Yellow Bird: Indian Country will miss Senator Dorgan
"My way of life has changed since I left Grand Forks. Where I used to have my car serviced in hours, it now takes days. One of my local friends smiled when she asked me what I missed most about Grand Forks, and the first thing that popped into my head was “take out Chinese food.”

Anyway, one of the important people who have stayed constant through it all is Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D.

So when Dorgan announced he would not seek another term in the Senate, it occurred to me that I’ve met him so often and at so many different events that I’ve probably seen him more than I’ve seen some of my own relatives. He has been a regular visitor to the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. My mother and aunt knew him by first name and would be so bold as to hug him.

I am happy for Dorgan, even though his leaving Congress is disappointing because he has provided so much support and help to the tribes of North Dakota.

The senator will be missed by the Three Affiliated Tribes as well as all the tribes in North Dakota and nationwide."

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DORREEN YELLOW BIRD: Tribes will miss Dorgan’s effectiveness, concern (The Grand Forks Herald 2/4)

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