Gov. Daugaard hosts national conference on state-tribal relations
CUSTER, S.D. – Dozens of state and tribal officials involved in relationships between state and Indian governments gathered Wednesday for a two-day conference.
They came from all four corners of the United States for the 2018 Governor’s Interstate Indian Council General Assembly.
The event was hosted by Gov. Dennis Daugaard at the Crazy Horse Memorial.
Daugaard said that Native Americans are citizens of multiple entities, and it is only through frank and open dialogue that the unique needs and concerns of all can be addressed.
“Tribal citizens are citizens of their tribal nation, but they are also citizens of the state, and of course our United States as well,” Daugaard said. “So, they have the rights and privileges and duties of each of those governments, and sometimes working together we can do better things for our citizens.
The general assembly will wrap up on Thursday.