BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) _ The chairman of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa appealed to state lawmakers to support job training to help cut the high rate of unemployment on North Dakota reservations.
Chairman Richard McCloud addressed a joint session of the North Dakota House and Senate on Thursday. McCloud says oil-rich North Dakota should share in its prosperity with the state's American Indian reservations.
McCloud says North Dakota's tribes are asking for a ``helping hand, not a hand out.''
McCloud says tribal leaders must also bring more transparency to tribal governments to spur business investments on reservations.