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Dr. Terrence Roberts

Dr. Terrence RobertsDr. Terrence Roberts graduated from California State University, received and MSW Degree from UCLA, and earned a Ph.D in psychology from Southern Illinois University. He now resides in California, where he owns and directs a management consulting firm. President Bill Clinton presented Roberts with the Congressional Gold Medal in 1999. Roberts is a frequent public speaker and has been featured on Good Morning America, The Today Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Rachel Maddow Show and NPR’s Travis Smiley Show.

Carl Oberholtzer

Carl OberholtzerCarl Oberholtzer graduated from North Dakota State University where he received both a Bachelor’s of Arts and a Master’s Degree in Education with an emphasis in American History. Carl taught high school social studies course for 35 years in ND. He received a James Madison Fellowship, Korean Studies Fellowship and was recognized as a Gilder-Lehrman History Teacher of the Year. Carl also served as the Teaching American History Grant Director for Fargo Public Schools. Carl currently works for North Dakota State University and Minnesota State University, Moorhead in their Education departments. He most recently worked as the co-writer and co-producer for “The Road to Little Rock.”

Timothy Purdon

Timothy Q. PurdonTimothy Q. Purdon was nominated by President Obama and was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate as North Dakota’s 18th U.S. Attorney on August 5, 2010. Prior to becoming U.S. Attorney, Tim practiced law at the Vogel Law Firm in Bismarck, ND. His focus was criminal defense, personal injury, and consumer fraud litigation. In 2007 and 2009 Tim was named a Great Plains “Super Lawyer” by Minnesota Law & Politics Magazine, awarded to only the top five percent of lawyers in North Dakota. Prior to joining the Vogel Law Firm in 2005 Tim practiced for nine years at the Bismarck firm of Dickson & Purdon, where he gained extensive jury trial experience in both criminal and civil cases.

Tim attended the North Dakota State College of Science and Moorhead State University and received his B.A. Summa Cum Laude in 1991. He graduated Cum Laude from the Hamline University School of Law in 1994 and was a member of the Silver Gavel Honor Society.

As U.S. Attorney, Tim has placed special emphasis on the issues of increasing public safety in tribal communities in North Dakota and on national security and drug trafficking issues associated with North Dakota’s international border with Canada. In 2013, Tim was appointed by Attorney General Eric Holder to be the Chair of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee’s Native America Issues Subcommittee. Tim had served as the Vice-Chair of the NAIS in 2012. The NAIS is made up of 30 U.S. Attorneys from across the United States whose Districts contain Indian Country and is responsible for making policy recommendations to the Attorney General of the United States regarding public safety and legal issues that impact tribal communities. Tim also serves on the Environmental Issues Working Group and Border and Immigration Law Enforcement Subcommittee at the Department of Justice.

Clay S. Jenkinson

Clay JenkinsonClay Jenkinson is a humanities scholar, author and social commentator who has devoted most of his professional career to public humanities programs and is considered one of the most entertaining public speakers in the United States. He is also one of the nation’s leading interpreters of Thomas Jefferson, having lectured about and portrayed Jefferson in 49 states over a period of 15 years. Jenkinson also portrays Meriwether Lewis, John Wesley Powell, J. Robert Oppenheimer and Theodore Roosevelt. He has performed before Supreme Court justices, presidents, 18 state legislatures and countless public, corporate and student audiences, as well as appearing on The Today Show, Politically Incorrect, The Colbert Report and CNN.

Dr. David M. Gipp

Dr. David Gipp has been the leader of United Tribes Technical College since 1977. He is an enrolled citizen of the Standing Rock Tribe. He was educated at the University of North Dakota and holds a Doctorate in Laws, Honoris Causa, from North Dakota State University (1991) for his contributions in developing tribal higher education. He was honored in 1992 with an award from Coretta Scott King for his work in establishing the North Dakota observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday. He was chairman of the state commission that successfully lobbied the 1991 Legislature to adopt the day as a state holiday.

Joshua Boschee

Joshua Boschee represents District 44 (north Fargo) in the ND House of Representatives. During the 2013 Legislative Assembly, he served on the House Agriculture and Industry, Business & Labor committees. He grew up in Minot and attended NDSU where he received a bachelors in Political Science and a Masters in Educational Leadership. Joshua has ten years professional experience in higher education at NDSU and Minnesota State University-Moorhead and is currently a realtor in Fargo. He serves on the Fargo Theatre Board of Directors, the Fargo-Moorhead Coalition for Homeless Persons and the Fargo Human Relations Commission.

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