Hello and HAPPY Friday!
One week ago, I landed in Washington DC for what turned out to be an INCREIBLE week of advocating for our wild horses in Theodore Roosevelt National Park AND wild horses on the western range.
I landed back home last night COMPLETELY exhausted! I truly gave everything I had in Washington DC!
As you know, North Dakota Senate Concurrent Resolution SCR 4014 passed BOTH the ND House AND ND Senate UNANIMOUSLY! Because this is a resolution, the governor does NOT have to sign this. The ND Secretary of State signed the resolution on April 17th, and we were given signed copies to take with us to Washington DC. One congressional staffer that we talked to said that SCR 4014 was a VERY POWERFUL tool for our advocacy toolbox!
I CANNOT stress enough – WE collectively made this happen! Our voices working together gave strength to my lone voice here in North Dakota and TOGETHER we are creating REAL change! I will talk more about feedback I received ALL WEEK at the Save Our Wild Horses Conference on our advocacy work in the coming week as I pull my thoughts together.
I am extremely honored to have made a friend through all of this in our ND House Minority Leader, Josh Boschee. He shared with me the day before I left for DC that he was interested in what we were doing because grass roots advocating is how he got his start in politics. He has offered some wonderful advice and I look forward to sharing what we learned in DC and hearing any feedback he has for us! Representative Boschee has been working hard to get Governor Burgum’s office to do a ceremonial signing of SCR 4014.
Representative Boschee contacted me Wednesday and said he knew I was coming back Thursday, was it possible to be at the ND Capitol building at 4:15 Thursday for the ceremonial signing of SCR 4014? I was crushed! I would STILL be in the air at that time! He said, “No worries, let me see if it is possible to have the signing on Friday.”
TODAY at 4:15 pm CST Governor Doug Burgum will be signing North Dakota Concurrent Resolution SCR 4014! The ceremony will take place in Memorial Hall, where the great seal of North Dakota is!
Our “Call to Action” today is for our wild horse advocates that can make it to the ND Capitol Building TODAY by 4:15 pm CST to be there for Governor Burgum’s ceremonial signing of SCR 4014! Remember, the resolution has already been signed, sealed and delivered by our ND Secretary of State. This speaks VOLUMES to how important this issue is to Governor Burgum and how much he realizes that it is important to the people of North Dakota and across the globe that a genetically viable herd of wild horses stays IN Theodore Roosevelt National Park!
If you can’t make it in person, I am sure this will be posted or possibly streaming live on Governor Burgum’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/GovernorDougBurgum
Local news will no doubt be covering this story as well.
I CANNOT think of a better way to end a truly INCREDIBLE week literally pounding the pavement advocating for our AMAZING TRNP wild horses!
The sponsors of the resolution will be there as well! The whole ceremony was moved to Memorial Hall because they are expecting such a HUGE turn out! Let’s prove them right! THIS will be our LAST “Call to Action” for SCR 4014! Seriously, pat yourselves on the back! It took us FOUR months to get here!
Thank you for your continued support and we hope to see all of you at the ND Capitol TODAY at 4:15 CST!
Chasing Horses Wild Horse Advocates is committed to advocating for a wild horse management plan and protection for these unique wild horses that call Theodore Roosevelt National Park home! We are fighting for a management plan that is guided by science especially when it comes to decisions regarding the removal of horses and the administration of birth control. Many other wild horse management plans have proven to be successful with their science-based plans. We are asking for the same for this amazing group of wild horses that call Theodore Roosevelt National Park home.