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A federal judge has ordered Seventh Circuit and Pennington County officials to stop violating the Indian Child Welfare Act.

Judge Jeffrey Viken's order affects emergency hearings held within 48 hours of the removal of children from their parent or guardian's care.

The judge's order responds to a lawsuit filed in Rapid City in March 2013 and resolves seven of eight issues. SDPB's Victoria Wicks reports on this latest development.

Courtesy Black Hills National Cemetery

The Black Hills National Cemetery is taking part in the 10th annual holiday "Wreaths Across America".   The event is a  wreath-laying ceremony to honor and remember our nation’s military veterans. The event is postponed in Sturgis due to weather conditions. The future will be announced. The event in Hot Springs is scheduled for Sunday, December 18. The public is invited to attend the Wreaths Across American ceremonies.

Unified Judicial System

David Gilbertson has been chosen by his colleagues on the South Dakota Supreme Court to serve another four years as Chief Justice.

Gilbertson says one priority is to expand mental health services for addicts and defendants.

Gilbertson was appointed to the court in 1995 and has presided since 2001. In that time, he says, the state's drug and alcohol courts have grown but so have the state's problems with addiction and mental illness.

SDPB's Victoria Wicks reports.