United Tribes President Speaks to Democrats

BISMARCK, N.D.

American Indians are not just another special interest group, said Dr. David Gipp, president of United Tribes Technical College, to the delegates of the Democratic National Convention.

Gipp, a member of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, spoke to the convention on Tuesday night.

“Every step you take across this great nation, every vista you admire, every city you call by its tribal name, was once Indian Country,” he said in his speech. “We paid for our place in advance, with land and blood.”

Gipp, who has been the president of the two-year Bismarck college since 1977, said Indian reservations have become pockets of poverty where health care is a disaster, schools need repair and law enforcement officers lack resources.

“American Indians are still here and we’re seeking justice for our people,” Gipp told the delegates. “We offer the strengths of our spirituality and our connection with Mother Earth in renewing America’s promise for all.”

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