Rick Weiland has won the endorsement of the Great Plains Tribal Chairman's Association (GPTCA). The GPTCA is composed of the tribal chairs and presidents of South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska, and Iowa. GPTCA cites previous work in Indian Country and lifelong friendships that lead to early endorsement.
"Rick Weiland has worked extensively with American Indian Tribes and Tribal leaders his entire career and we trust him. As the FEMA Regional Director and later as CEO of the International Code Council, Rick helped forge consensus on complex issues. He has a personal connection with many of our tribal people. He has helped a number of our Tribes in times of crisis, such as after the tornado in Pine Ridge, when he was able to help get emergency housing and clean-up to the Oglala Sioux Tribe in a hurry. We know he will effectively represent all of South Dakota very well in the United States Senate, just as he will do a good job for Tribes and Tribal
Members," said Chairman Robert Shepherd, Sisseton Wahpeton Tribe and Vice-
Chairman of the Great Plains Tribal Chairman's Association.
"My campaign for the United States Senate is built around a simple theme – our government has been hijacked by big money special interests and it has hurt the people of South Dakota, especially many on Indian reservations. We need to stand up as citizens and take our government back. It is unacceptable that many of the largest, most profitable companies in the world avoid paying taxes. Their irresponsibility has triggered deep cuts in education, health care, and infrastructure in rural America. Many of those cuts have most affected vulnerable populations like our rural communities including those on Indian reservations. I am honored to have the support of the Tribes in this race.," said Weiland.