(SD)-State of the Tribes Message Calls for Closer Cooperation by State
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota Legislature yesterday heard the 4th annual State of the Tribes, which rotates among the state's Native American tribes.
Rosebud Sioux Tribal President Rodney Bordeaux urged the lawmakers and Governor Kristi Noem to expand Medicaid and work with tribal officials to fight the opioid and methamphetamine epidemic, including calling a government-to-government summit on the problem.
President Bordeaux also asked them to promote higher education tuition waivers for Native American students and to make the availability of mental health services in rural areas and reservations a priority.
He said the Keystone XL oil pipeline gives his people "great anxiety," so he watched with regret two years ago when the Legislature passed a measure on potential oil pipeline protests - explaining that the tribes believe it was enacted with an eye for "limiting our people and our right to protest."
Bordeaux also urged South Dakota's 3-member Congressional delegation, all Republicans, to do what they can to end the partial government shutdown.
The Rosebud Sioux headquarters is in Rosebud and more than 21,000 enrolled members live on the Rosebud Reservation
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