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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton secured her second batch of endorsements from North Dakota political officials this week by gaining the support of multiple state tribal leaders.

The Clinton campaign announced Wednesday it had earned the support of Three Affiliated Tribes Chairman Mark Fox and Richard McCloud, chairman of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians.

Also supporting Clinton are the chairs of two tribes that have land in both North and South Dakota: Chairman David Archambault II of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and David Flute, chairman of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate of the Lake Traverse Reservation.

Fox and other chairmen named in the campaign statement said Clinton has a positive record of working to promote more positive relations between the tribes and federal government.

Clinton’s endorsements from tribal leaders comes a day after she received the endorsement of more than a dozen North Dakota Democratic-NPL lawmakers, including the party’s minority leaders in both legislative chambers.

The North Dakota caucus begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday, with the purpose of electing delegates in each legislative district to attend the party’s State Delegate Selection Committee meeting June 18 in Bismarck. At the June 18 meeting, 23 delegates and two alternates will be selected to represent the state at the party’s national convention July 25-28 in Philadelphia.

Clinton leads Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in a tight race for the 2,383 delegates needed to secure the party’s nomination for president.

North Dakota is among the final six states to hold their primaries and caucuses.

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(Reach Nick Smith at 701-250-8255 or 701-223-8482 or at nick.smith@bismarcktribune.com.)

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