North Dakota mulling tribal flags display in state Capitol

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission plans to formally request that the flags of the state’s five tribes become a permanent fixture at the Capitol.

A committee of state lawmakers will hear the commission’s request Thursday. The commission’s executive director Scott Davis says he doesn’t anticipate there will be any opposition.

Gov. Doug Burgum declared during his State of the State address in January that he would display the flags outside his office in Bismarck. They represent the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation; the Standing Rock Sioux; the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa; the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate; and the Spirit Lake Nation.

Sen. Richard Marcellais, a former Turtle Mountain tribal official, previously proposed three failed bills to erect a display of tribal flags.

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