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Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Inducts New Leaders


One tribe in North Dakota is experiencing new and exciting changes.

Prairie Knights Pavilion hosts the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's 2013 Inauguration Ceremony.

Stephanie Scheurer has the details.


Today is a big day for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

After many years, new leaders are being inducted into the tribal council.

"How does it feel? I don't know I'm still numb," says Dave Archambault.

"It's exciting, anxious," says Jesse McLaughlin.

Jesse McLaughlin is the newly elected vice chairman and Dave Archambault is the Chairman ready to fill the shoes of Charles Murphy.

"We got to pass those types of things on to our younger generation because of our younger generation, you know, coming up in high school and grade school and Sioux college and so fourth. There's newer things, you know, and they have newer ideas and so fourth and this is what we need for our tribe," says Charles W. Murphy, Former Chairman, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

"I went to one of my daughter's cross country meets. I saw the drive in her face when she's running. And it's just about her future really and I've got a three year old son and just mainly that's what pushed me that was my drive for it. For the youth and the future of our kids coming up," says Jesse McLaughlin, Vice Chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

Archambault says he's looking forward to bringing everyone together to work on issues and welcomes the challenge.

"This is my home. And I don't think that, if there's something that you can do to improve your home, then I don't think you can sit back and watch anymore. You have to try to do something to make a difference. And this was just something that I thought I can do," says Dave Archambault, Chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

In Fort Yates for KX News, I'm Stephanie Scheurer.

Former Chairman Charles W. Murphy looks forward to the new leaders representing their community and hopes they will continue to make it better and safer for the people.

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