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By Betsy Melin
Lakeland News 

Jourdain Sworn in as Bemidji At-Large Councilor


Daniel Jourdain has been sworn in to the Bemidji City Council. He will serve in the councilor at-large position, which represents each of Bemidji's five wards.

Following two special elections, the board no longer has any vacancies. Jourdain is a member of the Red Lake Nation. After he was sworn in at the council meeting, a brief drum ceremony was performed.

Jourdain will maintain the seat until the end of 2022 when he will be up for reelection.



Tonight was so surreal. My youngest son, Daniel Jourdain was sworn-in as the City Councilor at Large - Bemidji City Council on March 1st, a huge role for the city of Bemidji.

Standing with him is none other than Tim Sumner, Beltrami County Board member. Sumner says, "in all of my years of watching local politics, this has to be a first!

"Two Red Lakers serving in local government. Councilor Jourdain, just sworn in as Bemidji City Council At-Large position. I believe he is also the first Red Lake tribal member to hold a seat on the city council. Congratulations Dan!"

Also in attendance were Annette Johnson, Red Lake Tribal Council Treasurer, Arlan W. Jourdain, Sr., Red Lake Hereditary Chief and Daniel's father, Tim Sumner, Beltrami County Commissioner and friends, relatives and dignitaries.


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