The sacrifice made by veterans of our uniformed military services is recognized and valued throughout South Dakota, especially in tribal communities. Tribal veterans are an underserved segment of our veteran populations where medical services and supports earned through military service are often not available if tribal veterans live within reservation boundaries. The Department of Veteran Affairs and Department of Tribal Relations have been very active in supporting tribal veteran service departments to develop service offerings for veterans and have been working with tribes to improve federal and state veteran support program offerings for those who have served and live within Indian Country. Some of these works include:
- Development of a tribal veteran vehicle license plate and passage of new state law providing the fees collected for these plates to the identified tribal government whose member applies.
- Design and planning of the Code Talker Memorial to be placed on the grounds of the South Dakota State Capitol.
- Assisting tribal veteran service officers throughout South Dakota to identify program supports and advocating changes to the federal VA Native American Direct Home Loan program.
- Arranging US Air Force fly over of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyateâ€™s 150th Annual Pow Wow.