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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Regional tribal members to take part in inauguration parade

  • Participants range from 7-year-olds to veterans, and some plan to walk in traditional attire.
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  • More than 50 enrolled members of tribes in South Dakota and North Dakota will walk in President Barack Obama's inauguration parade later this month.
    Fifty-five people representing the Three Affiliated Tribes of Fort Berthold, the Spirit Lake Nation, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate and the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa will walk in the Jan. 21 parade, The Forum reported Saturday (http://bit.ly/13oEGpu ).
    Prairie Rose Seminole is helping organize the local tribes in the walk. She said she received a call when parade organizers realized it didn't have a delegation from North Dakota.
    Participants range from 7-year-olds to veterans, and some plan to walk in traditional attire, Seminole said.
    "We have a very diverse group," she said.
    The group will participate in other inauguration events and also tour historical sites while in Washington.
    Twyla Baker-Demaray, an enrolled member of the Three Affiliated Tribes who lives in Grand Forks, is among those attending.
    "I am very excited. It's kind of a once-in-a-lifetime thing," she said. "I've been to D.C. a few times before, but not in this capacity."
    Seminole said Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., provided tickets to the inauguration to tribal members who are unable to walk the 15-block parade route. She said Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., has also been supportive.
    "It's a huge honor to be able to welcome the president to his second term," Seminole said.

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