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Associated Press, Published December 07 2012

Purdon says White House invite shows ND progress

BISMARCK — The U.S. attorney for North Dakota says his participation in a White House conference with hundreds of American Indian tribal leaders shows the progress his office has made in trying to lower crime on the state's reservations.

Timothy Purdon was invited to serve as a moderator for a panel discussion at the White House Tribal Nations' Conference this week in Washington. Purdon's session covered increases in violence, drug conspiracy and human trafficking on reservations, along with possible solutions.

Purdon says he was selected because of the work of his assistants in trying to increase safety on tribal lands. He says prosecution numbers on North Dakota reservations were up 84 percent between 2009 and 2012.

Purdon says the panel discussion featured a "great back and forth" among government and tribal leaders.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.