Floyd Buck Jourdain


A Warrior For Change

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Boozhoo Red Lake Nation Members,

My name is Floyd”Buck”Jourdain, Candidate for Red Lake Tribal Chairman.

I am 57 years old. I live in the Red Lake district with my family. I am a graduate of Red Lake High School, and Bemidji State University. I am running for Chairman to serve as your voice, and to better represent the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians in tribal affairs.

From 2004 to 2014, I served as Red Lake Chairman. During this time, working with our tribal council, I gained valuable experience on how to run the tribe. We accomplished many good things working together. We are one of the largest tribes in the country, with a history of strong leadership in the Chairman’s office. I want to bring this kind of leadership back to Red Lake.

I am a professional candidate that takes this responsibility very seriously. I plan to use my many years of experience in tribal government and administration to focus on the issues that matter most to you. Some of these include, bold and diverse action to address the opiate epidemic that has exploded on our reservation taking many lives and ruining many others, and providing courteous and professional band member service in the Chairman’s office that does not ignore your concerns.

Part of my agenda also includes fostering the positive and healthy development of our children, families, and elders.  I will represent every reservation district and off reservation membership with equal consideration. Every enrolled band member is important.

I am also running to be your voice in matters at the national, state, and local levels of government. As the top official of the Red Lake Nation, I will represent the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians with honor, dignity, and respect.

I am humbly asking for your vote on May 18th.

Visit me on Facebook at Floyd”Buck”Jourdain or at floydjourdain.com


Floyd Jourdain Jr


Social Problems

After leaving the reservation in 1984 to pursue education, I gravitated towards finding ways to counter the accompanying pitfalls of reservation life that has taken so many of our people. This required a careful analysis of identifying why in Indian country our efforts sometimes seem fruitless. I discovered that systemic change was in order.

Leadership – Sovereignty

The Red Lake Nation has a storied past. From traditional clan structures, to a system of Chiefs, and headman, to elected leadership, we have always had strong leadership grounded in tribal sovereignty. To us sovereignty is the cornerstone of our existence.


Throughout my career I have made a concerted effort to stay grounded in the grassroots community. I am a social person who enjoys getting out among the people, visiting and supporting events sponsored by community organizers and organizations. My professional career before and after tribal politics has centered on human service, culture, education, and community service.

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