PIERRE, S.D. -- The South Dakota Capitol Rotunda on Wednesday, Feb. 27, echoed with the voices of children from the Crow Creek Tribal School singing in honor of the State Tribal Relations Day. Soon, the Rotunda will house a permanent tribute to the state's nine tribes.
Republican Gov. Kristi Noem announced during the ceremony that the state will soon display the flags of South Dakota's nine federally recognized tribes in the Capitol Rotunda.
"We want all of your flags to be displayed here everyday as a reminder that the state of South Dakota is united with you in a new way and we can have reconciliation," Noem said to tribal members in the audience.
Noem's office said the date of the ceremony has not yet been set.
Since assuming the governor's office in January, Noem has moved the Department of Indian Education from the state's Department of Education's jurisdiction to the Department of Tribal Affairs, under Tribal Relations Secretary David Flute's watch. Noem said the move reinforces that tribal education is a "key focus" of the state.
Noem also said Wednesday that she is discussing with the federal government ideas to reform Indian Health Services.