Bernice Delorme

  • Juris Doctorate
  • Master of Social Work
  • B.S. Business Administration

Bernice Delorme has an L.L.M. (Master's in Law) in Taxation; a Juris Doctorate with an Indian Law Certification and 18 years as General Counsel for 3 tribes; an M.S.W. with 30 years of child welfare experience; a B.S. in Business Administration and 20 years of Management and Personnel experience. She has as much volunteer experience as she has paid experience. She is currently the State Chaplain for the North Dakota Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary. She believes in giving back to her community.  Bernice is an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa. Her interests include, tribal taxation authority, tribal government functioning, tribal governing documents and their use (or lack thereof), how people in the community can learn how tribal government should work, protection of tribal lakes and watersheds, the effect of the Catholic Church on tribal member identity and their vision of traditional teachings and practices, the effect of acculturation on male and female roles in Turtle Mountain society, rediscovering the Plains Ojibway history of Turtle Mountain, rediscovering the Treaties to which Turtle Mountain is a signatory, determining how the Pembina Band of Chippewa legally became the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, the Mide heritage of Turtle Mountain, the effect of off reservation appraisal on Turtle Mountain reservation land values.