BISMARCK (UTN) - Tex G. Hall, chairman of the Mandan-Hidatsa-Arikara Nation, is the new chair of the United Tribes of North Dakota board of directors.Hall was elected October 10 to succeed Charles W. Murphy, outgoing chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
Tex G. Hall "Ihbudah Hishi" ("Red Tipped Arrow"), a cattle rancher, has been Chairman of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation (also known as the Three Affiliated Tribes) since 1998.Hall served as Superintendent and Principal at Mandaree School from 1985 through 1996, and was named North Dakota Indian Educator of the Year in 1995.He served on the Nation's Tribal Business Council, West Segment, from 1996 through 1998.His election to Chairman in 1998 was one of historical importance to the Tribe, as it was the first time a sitting Council Representative was elected as Chairman.Hall's reelection to Chairman also is of historical importance, as it represents the only time the tribe's Chairman has been reelected to serve his people for an additional four years.Hall follows in the footsteps of both his father and grandfather, who both served on the Tribal Council.His grandfather was elected Chairman of the Council 40 years to the day from when the younger Hall was elected - also a Chairman.Hall learned valuable lessons from his father and grandfather, who said, "Pay attention and learn as much as you can, because someday you may have to lead your people."Their words became a reality when Hall was elected for his first term beginning in 1998.In 1998, Hall was unanimously elected as Chairman of the Great Plains Tribal Chairman's Association.He serves as Secretary/Treasurer of the Board of Directors of the United Tribes Technical College.He is Co-Chair of the National Tribal Leaders Trust Task Force and is a member of the Aberdeen Area Tribal Chairman's Health Board.Hall has testified many times before the United States Congress.In 1999, Hall chaired an historic meeting at the White House on Indian treaty issues with President Bill Clinton and Great Plains Tribes.
In 2001, Hall served as Co-Chair of the Indigenous Summit of the Americas, which was held in Ottawa, Canada.Among his other accomplishments, Hall was inducted into the North Dakota Sports College Hall of Fame in 1999.Hall also created and implemented Tex Hall basketball camps, held throughout the United States and Canada, and served as President of the 1999 North American Indigenous Games (he currently serves as Executive Director and Chairman of the Great Plains Indigenous Games).Hall created Life-ways Village, a non-profit company for advancing economic development in the Mandaree community, and is currently developing a computer assembly plant on Fort Berthold Reservation and implementing international tourism for the entire reservation.During Hall's first term as Chairman, he has been responsible for a number of key initiatives benefiting the people of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation.Among them, he has made a new 24-hour health care facility - with helipads for all segments and emergency care -- his number one priority and has placed tribal economic development and tribal telecommunications - particularly bridging the "digital divide" -- at the top of his list of concerns.
In addition, Hall has been highly supportive of the Tribe's elders organization and has empowered that group's revision to its constitution.At the time of his election as Chairman, the tribe had been suffering a 50 percent unemployment rate; since his election he has been responsible for the creation of more than 300 new jobs.During his first term (1999-2002), Hall has brought home more than $200 million in approved funding for a variety of projects, including: a new domestic water project ($70 million); the 4 Bears Bridge (($45 million); a new Cultural Interpretive Center ($11.5 million); a Juvenile Justice Center ($4 million); and many other projects to benefit the reservation.Presently, Hall has plans to bring more than $185 million toward new improvements to the community.In 2001, Hall was elected President of the National Congress of American Indians, the country's oldest and largest tribal government organization in the United States.In this position, he is responsible for a number of national American Indian initiatives of critical importance, such as trust reform, economic development, protection of American Indian tribal sovereignty and health care.In his role as President - the country's highest tribally elected national position, he is extremely visible on Capitol Hill, advocating for the rights of American Indian tribes and Alaska Native Nations.Hall has a bachelor's degree from the University of Mary, Bismarck, N.D., and a master's degree from the University of South Dakota, Vermillion, and is working toward his Ph.D. in Education.In October 2002, Hall received the University of Mary Presidential Leadership Award - his alma mater's highest award of distinction.
Tex G. Hall, chairman of Three Affiliated Tribes and past president of the National Congress of American Indians, was among the five-member group.He's also serving as chairman of the Inter Tribal Economic Alliance and chairman of the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen's Association.