News >        
  MHA News        
  MHA Nation News stories can be found here.  
  Senator Elect Heidi Heitkamp Pays Thank You Visit To Mandan, Hidatsa & Arikara Nation  
We have a Relationship that Nothing can Sever!
November 19, 2012  
By Glenda Baker Embry, Tribal Public Information Officer
      4-Bears November 19, 2012 - In a visit postponed from last week by the first snowstorm of the season, Senator-elect Heidi Heitkamp on Saturday visited the Mandan, Hidatsa & Arikara Nation, one of the four reservations in the state. About one hundred people gathered in the 4-Bears Casino Events Center to welcome her.  The visit was billed as a “thank you” visit by Heitkamp’s headquarters.  She visited three cities, Fargo, Bismarck, Grand Forks and one reservation, the MHA Nation.
      Chairman Tex Hall, Mandaree council representative Randy Phelan, and North Segment council representative Ken Hall were on hand to greet
Senator Heitkamp. Thunder Butte Refinery CEO Richard Mayer served as master of ceremonies.  In his remarks, Chairman Hall said Heitkamp had it right; she predicted she would win by 3000 votes and she was right. That was the Indian vote. Heitkamp in her remarks credited the Indian vote as well for her win. She said we have a relationship that can never be severed.  “Mandaree voted 96% for Heidi. We’re a little blue right in the middle of a red part of the state,” she said.  Delores White, tribal member from White Shield who worked on Heitkamp’s campaign said the White Shield Segment had 178 votes, 172 went to Heitkamp and six for Berg, but according to her, the six were not tribal members.
      Heitkamp in her remarks said, every vote counts.  I remind voters how important it is to vote. She said I would not be standing here today as the next senator from North Dakota if you had not voted.  The Senator was led into the Events Center by an Honor Guard of tribal veterans, from Nathan Goodiron, Myron B. Johnson, Post 271, Young Hawk Bear Post 253 and VFW 9061 and Auxiliary Units. At her side were Chairman Hall and Harriet Goodiron, a Gold Star mother whose son Nathan was killed Thanksgiving day 2006 while serving in Afghanistan. The senator said she was honored to walk beside Harriet Good Iron and was humbled by her sacrifice.  “I honor you vets who serve in record numbers; there is a special place in my heart for Native veterans.” Turning to Hall, she said, I think about the work you do for the future of MHA; that does not diminish the debt the United States owes to you.  The treaties your ancestors signed are legal and binding documents. We have an obligation to provide quality education, and health to you.  She told the crowd, Chairman Hall went on the bus tour with me when we visited all the reservations and was greeted like a rock star.  She also thanked tribal member Diane Johnson for her work on the campaign. 
      Senator Heitkamp said if she, a child of a school cook and a janitor whose family never had enough money, shoes, or coats, could dream of being a United States senator and have her dream come true an Indian child could too.  Believe it is possible, she said. 

Three Affiliated Tribes
404 Frontage Road
New Town, ND 58763