Tribal Relations Day

Steve Emery, Secretary of Tribal Relations, highlights the upcoming State-Tribal Relations Day. Emery discusses opportunities for collaboration between tribal and state government, new devlopements regarding the Code Talkers Memorial, and how South Dakotans can build trust and awareness across cultures.

Tribal Leaders Discuss Parolee Pilot Program

Feb 26, 2014

South Dakota tribal leaders are in Pierre Wednesday discussing issues affecting Indian Country. Tribal Relations Day starts with a listening session focused on public safety. Part of the discussion is how Senate Bill 70 passed last year is affecting the tribes.

The criminal justice reform includes a pilot program to help decrease recidivism of Native Americans on reservations. Shaun Eastman with the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate is helping implement the program. She says when Native Americans return home from prison, there will be task forces of volunteers to keep them on track.

Tribal Relations Day Addresses Housing on Reservations

Jan 24, 2013

Governor Dennis Daugaard established the Tribal Relations department when he took office two years ago and South Dakota is the only state to have it on the cabinet level. Since the beginning, tribal relations Secretary J.R. LaPlante has traveled the state, meeting with tribal officials and Native Americans to discuss the issues facing them. For the second year, LaPlante and Governor Daugaard hosted the State’s Tribal Relations Day at the capitol. This year’s topic is housing on reservations and in Indian Country.