Tribal Relations

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The Yankton Sioux Tribal chairman says understanding the misunderstanding between native and non-native cultures is a first step in closing the gap between the two. Robert Flying Hawk addressed the South Dakota legislature Thursday during the second State of the Tribes address.

Flying Hawk calls for unity between state government and the tribes. He says teaching more Native American history will help bridge the cultural divide.


South Dakota governor Dennis Daugaard says relations between tribes and the state made continued progress in 2016.

During his annual State of the State address, Daugaard pointed to tax agreements and conservation efforts on the reservations as examples.

But one lawmaker says the governor failed to address the major issue in Indian country right now…

Representative Shawn Bordeaux is a Democrat from the Rosebud Reservation.

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Secretary of South Dakota Veterans Affairs Larry Zimmerman discusses the 2016 State-Tribal focus on honoring those who served. From the Michael J. Fitzmaurice State Veterans Home to the Lakota Women Warriors, Zimmerman and Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh cover the topics that matter to state veterans and their families.

Click here to read the full Medal of Honor citation for Michael J. Fitzmaurice.

Tanya Fiddler, Executive Director of the Native CDFI (community development financial institutions) Network discusses economic development in Native communities. Fiddler highlights "policy barriers to asset building" among Native families as well as the challenges of collecting accurate data regarding financial insecurity.

State of South Dakota

The first Secretary of Tribal Relations in South Dakota is resigning this summer. JR LaPlante says all appointed leaders reach a peak in their service and now is an opportunity for someone new to facilitate the state’s relationship with tribal leaders.