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July 14, 2014 The Star Page 9 "We have this saying as veterans, that all gave some, but some gave all," Longie stated as he stood in front of the memorial that bears the names of the local veterans who per- ished on the battlefield in various wars and conflicts overseas. Vietnam veteran Warren Ander- son of the local Veterans of Foreign Wars made a point to call on the spir- itual nature of the event. Anderson compared the flags whipping in the breeze to the spirits of all passed vet- erans who Anderson felt were also present at the dedication. "This is a beautiful day for a beau- tiful ceremony. I know the spirits of our veterans who cannot be here and passed before they could see this me- morial are smiling right now," An- derson said. Turtle Mountain Tribal Chairman Richard McCloud spoke to the large crowd and gave his words of honor regarding the service of veterans from the local Turtle Mountain Chippewa. "Every family on our reservation has a veteran in their family and today, I give a salute to them all and take my hat off to them. It&apos;s a great day for our veterans and I am proud to be here with you today in honor- ing our local veterans in this beauti- ful park," stated Chairman McCloud. There were several other tribal leaders who attended the ceremonies. For them and others, the event brought back memories of veterans who were being saluted by the me- morial wall which was constructed by local brick and masonry contrac- tor Richard St. Claire. "The veterans and their families did such a great job on putting all of this together," stated Councilwoman Cindy Malaterre. "I like how all of the veterans worked so well together in making this possible. The ladies who combined with the VFW and Legion auxiliary work very hard be- hind the scenes in supporting our vets. This entire dedication took a community effort and the memorial wall is some excellent work." The dedication came on the day which marked the annual week-long celebration of life on the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation, Turtle Mountain Days. "Honoring our veterans is an in- credibly important responsibility, and today's dedication will serve as a re- minder for years to come of the self- I less sacrifice and braveryof-alloar veterans, past and present," said Heitkamp. "Native Americans from Turtle M,mntain have a rich history of serving our country. At my recent Native American Veterans Summit, I heard their concerns, from not getting enough information to a lack of ac- cess to benefits. This must change and I will continue to fight for Native American veterans -just as they did for us - to help connect them with re- sources and benefits they have earned and restore that sacred trust between our nation and the veteran." Last month, Heitkamp hosted the Native American Veterans Summit in Bismarck bringing together about 140 Native veterans, officials from the U.S. Department of Veterans Af- fairs (VA)and Indian Health Service (IHS), and other advocates to give veterans a chance to % heard. It was also an opportunity for Native veter- ans to learn more about ongoing ini- tiatives to connect them with services and benefits. Since joining the Senate, Heitkamp said she has fought to sup- port veterans and their families. Last month, Heitkamp voted to approve bipartisan legislation that will make many improvements to the VA health care system. Heitkamp is pushing her fellow Senators and other legislators in Washington D.C. on working to negotiate a bill to quickly put for- ward a final package. The Senate has also recently passed a Heitkamp- Memorial (Continued from Page 1) k U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp addresses the crowd in front of the Veteran's Memorial in Belcourt. (Photo by Logan Davis) sponsored resolution to make June flag flies above it all to represent our 2014 an awareness month for Post- freedom. Today we make those who Traumatic Stress. The resolution have gone before us proud. Our lib- aims to educate Americans about the erties and values stand safe today be- challenges many veterans with post- cause of the brave men and women traumatic stress face, and reduce the .... w. 0 have been ready to face the fire. -stigma associated with it to help en- Thank God whenyou lay your head courage more employers to hire these veterans and help them transition. Clarence Belgarde, a Vietnam vet- eraii became emotional when he spoke briefly of the ones w'no did not come home from war. Patrick Hemmy, American Legion Vice- Commander, gave a historic overview on how the Veteran's Me- morial Wall and its unique features evolved from an idea to a remarkable completion. Hemmy also expressed his gratitude to-all of the sponsors who helped fund the project and many volunteers who gave of their time in assisting in the construction. Hemmy said the initial landscap- ing and preparation for the park itself was done by the Bureau of Indian Af- fairs while he was the local BIA su- perintendent. The project has been very personal for Hemmy and there were many who provided the support he needed as he spearhead the proj- ect. District 9 State Senator Richard Marcellais also served in the war in Vietnam and in his speech, Marcel- lais gave his thoughts on the veterans and the meaning of the dedication of the wall. "This dedication ceremony is a time to set apart a particular place in order to honor and memorialize those veterans who serve our country in war time and in times of peace," said Marcellais."Our fallen veteran's names are on the wall. Our American Valuations (Continued from Page 1) land will be at roughly 91 percent of market value following the uptick. The increase to agriculture land is the second in three years. In 2012, valuations for agricultural parcels in- creased in every county in North Dakota, including 34 percent in Ro- lette County. The steep hikes in 2012 were the result of a five-year study that was aimed at providing a more accurate true and full value for a piece of agricultural lar.d. In 2007, the North Dakota Legislative Assem- bly amended the state's century code dealing with the valuation and as- sessments of agricultural lands. A total of three considerations were used to assess the value of land. They included soil type and soil classifica- tion data from detailed soil surveys, the schedule of modifiers that must be used to adjust agricultural prop- erty assessments within the county, and the actual use of the property for cropland by the owners of the parcel. Belgarde indicated the value of an acre of land in Rolette County fol- lowing the increase will be $508.56. The average estimated agricultural value per acre of agricultural lands in the state for the year 2014 is $556.71. The highest valued land is found in Pembina and Trail Counties where the amounts are $1,183.84 and $1,193.56 respectively. Although the land in the western part of the state is full of o;1, that has- n't dramatically increased the agri- cultural value. As an example, the average acre in Williams County is $378 and McKenzie County is even lower at $257.28. How much the increases will af- fect taxes for 2014 isn't known. Ac- cording to Rolette County Auditor Val McCloud, several factors will de- termine how much county residents pay in taxes. Some of those factors include what various schools and cities will request in terms of mills. McCloud indicated that how many mills are requested won't be known until this fall, sometime around No- vember. down to sleep tonight for each and every one of them. There is a close- ness we can all feel at this sacred place. Whether you're related to We are surrounded by the spirits of those who have served our country. Those who have sacrificed so much for the freedom we enjoy here on this day." There were dignitaries who all were touched by the entire spectacle of honoring veterans as they realized just how much pride the community has in those who served and are still serving. Candidates for political of- fice joined Sen, Heitkamp in visiting with veterans and local tribal mem- bers to get to know them. George Sinner is a candidate for U.S. Con- gress in the fall and in his time at the podium, he said he was very im- pressed by the beauty of the people and their wonderful heritage. April Fairfield is a candidate in the fall election for North Dakota Secretary of State. Fairfield stated she is a strong supporter of veterans and the Jamestown native also recognizes the need to help the youth of the state and all reservations to have the op- portunities for the future. Tribal Councilman Patrick "P.J." Marcellais said having so many peo- ple committed to veterans at the ded- ication was very special feeling for him. "This dedication really brings our veterans some needed attention. I know that all of these leaders heard the words said today and they know the roles and responsibilities they have to help the veterans. As a tribal leader, I want to be able to be a part of that goal. I hope that today we made everyone feel good and wel- come, especially our veterans. This has been good and we won't forget the veterans after this day." 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