PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Tribal Relations (SDDTR) has partnered with the South Dakota Departments of Health and Social Services (SDDOH & SDDSS) to highlight ‘Partners in Health’ during this legislative session at the State-Tribal Relations Events on Feb. 27 and 28, 2018 in Pierre.

“It is important to address areas of mutual concern in health and look for ways that we can work together,” said Steve Emery, Secretary of Tribal Relations.

The events start with a ‘Partners in Health’ State-Tribal Listening Session from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CST on Tuesday, Feb. 27 and will look at public health and access to care.  “Tribal partnership is an essential part of our agency’s mission to promote, protect and improve the health of every South Dakotan,” said Kim Malsam-Rysdon, Secretary of Health.

Some of the topics include public health data overview and resources; chronic disease prevention and health promotion; suicide prevention and more. “Partnership and cooperation with South Dakota tribes is vital in developing effective behavioral health and prevention services,” said Lynne Valenti, Secretary of Social Services.

A Legislative Reception will follow from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. CST.  The reception is by invitation only.

On Wednesday, Feb. 28, tribal, federal, and state health booths will be available 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. Daugaard as well as comments by tribal leaders.

Also featured at the Capitol Rotunda will be the Sisseton Wahpeton Desert Era Honor Guard, the Rosebud Singers from Rosebud Elementary School, and dancers from Enemy Swim Day School.  A lunch will be prepared and served by the Lower Brule High School with supplies donated from InterTribal Buffalo Council and Lynn’s Dakota Mart. Events in the Capitol Rotunda are free and open to the public.

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