Join Laura Waterman Wittstock as she talks with Red Lake Tribal Chairman Floyd "Buck" Jourdain, Anishinabe, about recent funding and new developments on Minnesota's largest reservation, including $750,000 for youth community projects.
Chairman Jourdain is an advocate of chemical- free lifestyles, Native American culture, and he has spent 23 years as a counselor, community organizer, educator, and student of tribal government.
He was educated in political science, and American Indian studies at the University of Minnesota, and Bemidji State University. He also studied American history, and sociology at the Minneapolis community College, and the Leech Lake Tribal College. He is a graduate of Red Lake High school.
The Red Lake governing body consists of 11 elected officials including the Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, and 8 representatives from 4 districts. Red Lake, Redby, Ponemah, and, Littlerock. The Tribal Council also includes 7 Hereditary Chiefs who serve in an advisory capacity to the Tribal Council and also sit on subordinate committees.
The Red Lake Band is separate from the Minnesota Chippewa tribe umbrella, and holds its tribal lands, resources, and governance independently. With no lands allotted, the Red Lake bands interests are held in common by nearly 10,000 members.
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Chairman Floyd "Buck" Jourdain
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Funding and new developments on Minnesota's largest reservation, including $750,000 for youth community projects.