A tribal organization is honoring a U.S. Senator from South Dakota for legislation he pushed through Congress forty years ago.
The Tribal Interior Budget Council gathered in Rapid City earlier this month, and recognized Former Senator James Abourezk.
Officials say he was instrumental in passing key legislation that fostered tribal self-governance.
James Abourezk was a one term U.S. Senator. But during his time in congress he was able to pass several laws boosting tribal sovereignty.