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Attorney General Holder to speak at Bismarck event

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is coming to North Dakota in a rare visit from the nation's top law enforcement official.

Holder is the keynote speaker Thursday at the fourth annual tribal consultation conference organized by the U.S. attorney's office in North Dakota.

Timothy Purdon, U.S. attorney from North Dakota, says it's the first time a sitting attorney general has visited the state since Robert F. Kennedy addressed the National Congress of American Indians in September of 1963.

Purdon says Holder's visit is fitting because the Department of Justice is committed to improving public safety on reservations.

Holder is scheduled to speak at 2 p.m. Thursday at the James Henry Community Center on the campus of United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck.