Measure 1 Receives Endorsement From the United Tribes of North Dakota


Measure 1 Receives Endorsement From the United Tribes of North Dakota

"People trust their government to be transparent and accountable to the people, not corporations, lobbyists, and other special interests that seek to harm our lands or our citizens for profit." —United Tribes of North Dakota

Nov. 4., 2018, BISMARCK, ND— The United Tribes of North Dakota—comprised of leadership from The Mandan Hidatsa Arikara Nation, The Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate, The Spirit Lake Nation, The Standing Rock Sioux, and the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians—has pledged support for Measure 1, the North Dakota Anti-Corruption Amendment. Measure 1 is the only measure endorsed by the United Tribes of North Dakota in 2018.  

"Our state was named for the Dakota people. Dakota means friend. But our state government has not always been friendly to its first people, and so we are honored by this decision by the United Tribes of North Dakota to support Measure 1," said Dina Butcher, President of North Dakotans for Public Integrity. "Despite the many barriers placed in front of tribes and their members through direct action of our state government, North Dakota Native Americans continue to serve our state and nation because they believe, like we all believe, our state must do better in terms of leaving a transparent, fair, and open system for future generations."

Letter from the United Tribes of North Dakota

November 2, 2018

To Whom It May Concern:  

Today, The Three Affiliated Tribes, The Sisseton Wahpeton Sioux Tribe, The Spirit Lake Tribe, The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, and the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians - endorse Measure 1, the North Dakota Anti-Corruption Amendment, and we encourage our people to support this common-sense amendment to the North Dakota state constitution with their votes.

Measure 1 lays out simple principles for transparency, integrity, and accountability that we value as sovereign nations.  People trust their government to be transparent and accountable to the people, not corporations, lobbyists, and other special interests that seek to harm our lands or our citizens for profit. We believe Measure 1 will improve the unique government-to-government relationship our nations have with the state of North Dakota.

Measure 1 will stop the flow of secret money into state elections, restricts lobbyist gifts to elected officials and public employees and by closing the revolving door of public officials who become lobbyists. Measure 1 will also establish a statewide ethics commission that will also reassure citizens and taxpayers that someone is watching the behavior of legislators, elected officials, and state employees.  The ethics commission is a long-needed impartial source of information for all the people of North Dakota.

For these reasons, we the five sovereign tribal nations of the state of North Dakota, urge a “yes” vote on Measure 1 on November 6th.


Sincerely,
Dave Flute
Chairman, United Tribes of North Dakota
Chairman, Sisseton Wahpeton Sioux Tribe


"The North Dakota Anti-Corruption Amendment, developed by North Dakotans for North Dakotans, was clearly and carefully written by former elected and appointed public officials, educators, public policy specialists, and attorneys to preserve and protect the integrity of North Dakota and its government from the undue influence of special interests," said Ellen Chaffee, Vice President, North Dakotans for Public Integrity.

In addition to increasing transparency and stopping the flow of 'dark money,'  Measure 1 would ban foreign political spending, prohibit lobbyists from simultaneously serving as elected officials, close the revolving door between public service and lobbying, and banning gifts from lobbyists, and establish a state ethics commission to provide oversight and ensure accountability. 

More information and the full text of the North Dakota Anti-Corruption Amendment can be found at www.ndintegrity.org.

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ABOUT NORTH DAKOTANS FOR PUBLIC INTEGRITY
Over a dozen leading North Dakotans from across the political spectrum, including former elected and appointed public officials, educators, public policy specialists, and attorneys, met weekly throughout 2017 to develop the North Dakota Anti-Corruption Amendment. They discussed the state’s needs, researched policies in many states, studied North Dakota law, interviewed public officials, met with citizens around the state, and consulted state and national experts in campaign finance, ethics, and elections. Over 36,000 North Dakota voters, thousands more than the state requires, signed on to place the measure on the November ballot. 

The mission of North Dakotans for Public Integrity is to educate and inform North Dakotans about the importance of integrity and public accountability by government institutions.