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2017 State-Tribal Relations Events to Highlight ‘Partnerships in the Outdoors’



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Tuesday, January 24, 2017

CONTACT:  Kathy Aplan  Kathy.Aplan@state.sd.us

                     Emily Kiel      Emily.Kiel@state.sd.us                                                                     


2017 State-Tribal Relations Events to Highlight ‘Partnerships in the Outdoors’


PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Department of Tribal Relations (DTR) has partnered with the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) to highlight “Partnerships in the Outdoors” during this legislative session at the State-Tribal Relations Events on Jan. 25 and 26 at the RedRossa’s Highlands/Hills Ballroom and at the Capitol Rotunda in Pierre, S.D.


“This year’s event allows for tribal and state wildlife programs to come together, share information and explore potential opportunities,” said Steve Emery, Secretary of Tribal Relations. “In keeping with this year’s theme ‘Partnerships in the Outdoors’ we have brought together a great cohort of parks and wildlife professionals.’”


Events start Wednesday, Jan. 25, with State-Tribal Listening Session from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CST highlighting wildlife and park management, aquatic resources, habitat best practices, education programming and other opportunities.  A Legislative Reception from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. CST will follow at RedRossa’s Highlands/Hills Ballroom.


”We are excited to be a part of this year’s event as our agency continues to partner with tribal governments across the state to strengthen relations by improving the management, protection and conservation of shared natural resources,” stated Kelly Hepler, GFP department secretary.


On Thursday, Jan. 26, tribal, federal, and state parks and wildlife booths will be displayed in the Capitol Rotunda from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. CST. A Rotunda Ceremony will be held from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. CST featuring a welcome from Gov. Dennis Daugaard as well as comments from tribal leaders.  


Honor guard for the Rotunda Ceremony is the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Veterans and the Rosebud Singers from Rosebud Elementary School with a traditional buffalo meal prepared and served by the Mobridge-Pollock High School ProStart Culinary Program with the buffalo meat donated from InterTribal Buffalo Council. Events in the Capitol Rotunda are free and open to the public.


For more information on the event, please visit the DTR website at www.sdtribalrelations.com.