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South Dakota Department of
Tribal Relations
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The Department’s continuing mission is to:


  1. Each Tribe operates as a separate government to govern its own citizens under its own laws.
  2. Each Tribe is unique with its own land base, language, religion, culture, and values.
  3. Each Tribe has a historical and legal relationship with the State of South Dakota.
  4. The State of South Dakota is to be engaged in a government to government relationship with the Tribes.
  5. Each Tribe is vital to the State of South Dakota; politically, culturally, economically, and historically.


  1. Establish Government to Government Relationship.
  2. Establish Governor’s Tribal Relations Policy.
  3. Memorialize and Define the State-Tribal Relationship.
  4. Establish Trust and Promote Understanding.