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Published February 26, 2010, 07:30 PM

"State Of The Band" Address

The Red Lake Indian Reservation receives their "State of the Band".

The Red Lake Indian Reservation receives their "State of the Band" address much like the State of the Union address, Chairman Floyd Jourdain Jr. informed the Red Lake Tribe about new accomplishments being made.

The "State of the Band" address on the Red Lake Nation started today with the colors as veterans, royalty and council members danced behind. People came from all over Minnesota to hear how the Tribe is holding up.

Floyd Jourdain Jr./Red Lake Indian Reservation Chairman: "The reservation that I will report today is well on its way in becoming safer, cleaner and the quality of life is improving because of on going infrastructure projects. "

The infrastructure projects Jourdain is talking about include a new casino, roads and homes, and the new tribal justice center.

Floyd Jourdain Jr./Red Lake Indian Reservation Chairman: "It is a state of the art facility that meets the needs of the tribal justice departments and the community as a whole."

For the fifth time in a row casinos on the Red Lake Reservation have hit record highs, the tribal council is looking to take revenues and turn them into small business loans.

Floyd Jourdain Jr./Red Lake Indian Reservation Chairman: "The particulars are still being worked out but in the fall I anticipate to offer small business loans to band members and to spur local economic development growth."

Tribal members say Jourdain is the only chairman to deliver this kind of address to the people, and that its good for the tribe to hear about goals and accomplishments.

Bill May/Tribe Member: "Its important because we need to keep all the people informed that's why this is such an important event."

At the end of the address, there was a free lunch and a local band for the peoples entertainment.

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