PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Later this month, the 2014 State-Tribal Relations Day will be held in Pierre. The South Dakota Department of Tribal Relations hosts the event each year. Tribal Relations Secretary JR LaPlante says the first-ever State-Tribal Legislative Reception for tribal leaders, state lawmakers and state officials will be held February 25. State-Tribal Relations Day comes on the 26th with a full day of events scheduled. The Governor’s-Tribal Leader breakfast will kick off the day; and it will be followed by a morning tribal listening session at the Matthew Training Center. LaPlante says this year’s theme will focus on public safety.
Public safety topics to be covered during the two-part listening session include law enforcement, emergency management and a parole pilot project on reservations. LaPlante says the listening sessions will include tribal, state and federal entities. He says previous listening sessions have been fruitful.
After the morning listening session, LaPlante says the noon hour will include comments from Governor Dennis Daugaard and tribal leaders in the Capitol Rotunda, followed by a second listening session that afternoon.
The listening sessions and event at the Rotunda on the 26th are open to the public.
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