BISMARCK, N.D. - The North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission is hosting the first ever Strengthening Government to Government Partnerships and Relationships Conference.
The event is taking place Tuesday and Wednesday at the Ramada Inn in Bismarck.
Hundreds were in attendance to discuss key issues in the tribal communities.
Gov. Doug Burgum welcomed the crowd Tuesday morning to kick off the assembly designed to open up communication between the two separate governments entities.
“I know the governor made a mention of the unemployment rate, that statewide it's 2.6 percent hovering but if you look at the tribal unemployment rates it's much higher so that data and those facts need to be articulated more clear when we're talking about the real unemployment rate in North Dakota,” said Scott Davis, commissioner for Indian Affairs.
A couple of discussions on Wednesday’s agenda are energy and tribal historic preservation and missing and endangered indigenous women.
It's not too late to register to attend on indianaffairs.nd.gov