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Gov. Mark Dayton signs an executive order Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013, at the Shooting Star Casino in Mahnomen, Minn., directing state agencies to develop consultation policies for their work with tribal nations. Joining him are tribal and state representatives, including White Earth Nation Chairwoman Erma Vizenor and state Rep. John Persell, DFL-Bemidji. (John Hageman | Bemidji Pioneer)

Gov. Dayton signs tribal consultation executive order

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MAHNOMEN -- With the White Earth Nation flag and tribal and state representatives standing behind him, Gov. Mark Dayton signed an executive order Thursday directing state agencies to develop policies to guide them when working with tribal nations.


"We are committing that we're going to have government-to-government, equal-to-equal communication," Dayton said in a signing ceremony at the Shooting Star Casino. "That kind of communication and dialogue is so important."

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