November 2nd don't forget to vote for Dr. Erich Longie, who is a candidate for the North Dakota State House of Representatives, District 23.
He is president and co-founder of Spirit Lake Consulting, Inc., a technical services firm with headquarters on the Spirit Lake Nation, Fort Totten, ND.
He was the first enrolled member of the Spirit Lake Dakota Sioux to earn a doctorate.
In addition to his experience as a small business owner, he has served as president of a tribal college - Cankdeska Cikana Community College, been president of the Four Winds School Board, and taught third grade. He was born and raised on the Spirit Lake reservation, served honorably in the U.S. Marine Corps. After attending Cankdeska Cikana (then named Little Hoop Community College), he continued
to the University of North Dakota for his bachelors, masters and doctorate degrees.
If you have not seen too much on our blogs lately, you know why. Erich has been on the campaign trail!
As for me, I have been doing the usual statistical and technical stuff. We just had a paper on Ethics for Tribal Workers accepted for presentation at the Consortia of Administrators of Native American Rehabilitation meeting to be held in San Diego in December.
As usual, we are working on getting new business - but that has been put on hold a little as Erich runs for election. Personally, I think it is exciting. I don't know how many Native Americans are in the North Dakota House of Representatives, but however many it is, it's not enough to provide the needed perspective on issues facing people on and off the reservations.