Sarah Vogel: “Democracy is a Messy Business”

Sarah Vogel is a North Dakota politician and lawyer who served as the North Dakota Commissioner of Agriculture from 1989 to 1997. As a lawyer, she specializes in agricultural law.

This post’s main event:

Get a cup of coffee, pull up a seat, relax and take a listen to twenty-five minutes of North Dakota political wisdom – shared as Iron Eyes interviews Sarah Vogel.



Prior to her public service career, Sarah Vogel represented family farmers during the 1980s farm crisis, most significantly as lead attorney in Coleman v. Block, a national class action case filed on behalf of 240,000 farmers, which resulted in an injunction prohibiting USDA from foreclosing on nearly 80,000 farm families. Vogel became an assistant attorney general in 1985, and in 1988, she became the first woman elected North Dakota Commissioner of Agriculture serving in that role until 1997.

After retiring as Ag Commissioner, Vogel returned to private practice, founding the Sarah Vogel Law Firm in Bismarck, where she practices law. Vogel was co-counsel in a lawsuit that resulted in a $680 million settlement for Native American farmers affected by the USDA’s discriminatory lending practices.

This Tuesday, August 9th, at 9:00am – a public meeting in the Pioneer Room at the North Dakota State Capital  is important relating to the future oversight of radioactive waste treatment and the health impacts on residents, environment and land values in North Dakota.

The Dakota Resources Council’s Facebook event is here – please join us Tuesday morning. Invite your friends – let’s pack the house.

More background about that public meeting in the Tribune here:


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