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Reed Olson Endorsed by Red Lake Nation for State Representative 2A

Red Laker Tim Sumner endorsed for re-election to Beltrami County Board


September 15, 2022

Olson fields a question from a program director

At the regular monthly meeting of the Red Lake Tribal Council held on Tuesday September 13, 2022, the Tribal Council was visited by a Beltrami County delegation. They included County Commissioner Reed Olson who was seeking tribal endorsement for State Representative 2A which include all of Red Lake and Bemidji.

Olson, after fielding several questions from the Council and Hereditary Chiefs was endorsed unanimously by the Council. Ponemah Representative Glenda Martin made a motion to endorse Red Lake tribal member Tim Sumner who is seeking his 4th term as Beltrami County Commissioner representing the northern part of the county including Red Lake Nation. He was also endorsed unanimously.

Sherriff Presents Plans for New County Jail

Beltrami County Sherriff Ernie Beitel (who is not seeking reelection) and County Administrator Tom Barry were also part of the visiting Beltrami County delegation Tuesday. Beitel gave a short Power Point presentation and fielded several questions on plans for a new County Jail.

Several Tribal Members Seek Election and Reelection

All Red Lake members are encouraged to vote in this upcoming general election and elect Olson and Sumner, a Red Lake member. Other folks on the ballot include Governor/Lt. Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, and Auditor. State Senator, State Representative and School Board are also on the ballot.

Left to right, tribal member Karen Bedeau, Beltrami County Sherriff Ernie Beitel, Beltrami County Commissioner and Red Lake member, Tim Sumner, to Tim's right partially blocked is Beltrami County Administrator Tom Barry

White Earth member Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan is seeking reelection along with Governor Tim Walz, White Earth member Alan Roy is seeking election to the State Senate. His district includes Red Lake, White Earth and Leech Lake along with Bemidji. Red Lake member Erika Bailey-Johnson is seeking election to the second half of the district, that does not include Red Lake, but does include White Earth and Leech Lake.

Senate District 2 includes a senate seat (Alan Roy) and two state representatives, Olson and Bailey Johnson. Flanagan, Bailey-Johnson, Roy and Sumner encourage all Indigenous People to register to vote, then vote for good representation at all levels of Government.

Please VOTE Tuesday November 8, 2022, at Red Lake Community Centers at Little Rock, Ponemah, Redby and Red Lake. This is a very important election and Red Lake could make the difference in these key races described above.


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