PIERRE, S.D. – State officials will meet with the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate to discuss public safety on the Lake Traverse Reservation and surrounding area on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at 1 p.m. CDT at the tribal headquarters in Agency Village, S.D.

State officials attending the meeting include the Secretary of Public Safety, Superintendent of the Highway Patrol, the Director of the Division of Criminal Investigation, a representative from the Attorney General’s Office and the Secretary of Tribal Relations.

“On behalf of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Tribe, we are grateful for the opportunity to host a joint law enforcement forum, whereupon our communities can discuss the public safety and jurisdictional challenges we have on the Lake Traverse Reservation. It also gives our two law enforcements, the Tribe and State, an opportunity to inform our community members about the issues and challenges we face together, such as drug trafficking, human trafficking and other violent crimes that impact both communities,” said Sisseton Wahpeton Sioux Tribe Chairman David Flute. “I am thankful for Governor Daugaard’s leadership in the state, and his support of the SWST hosting this community public safety forum for all our members, tribal and non-tribal, in northeast South Dakota.”

“We are honored that the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate leadership has invited us to present at this community meeting on public safety,” said Steve Emery, Secretary of Tribal Relations. “We want to make sure that our constituents in all areas of the state are well informed of public safety issues, challenges and solutions.”

This public safety meeting is open to the public and tribal community members are encouraged to attend.

Zonta of The Southern Black Hills Holds Forum on Mammography and Breast Cancer


Forum panelist at the Zonta Forum on Mammography and Breast Cancer held at Custer County Annex Pine Room in Custer, Saturday afternoon, October 15, 2016. (Back Row L-R) Diana Pederson, Member Mammo or Bust Taskforce; Karen Cudmore, Cancer Programs Director for the South Dakota Dept. of Health including Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program “All Women Count!”; Christine Diets, American Cancer Society; Cheryl Dornbush, Physical Therapist and Certified Lymphedema Therapist; Front Row ( Front Row L-R) Becca Steadman, Radiology Technologist, Custer Regional Medical Center; Dr. Lisa Brown, Custer Regional Medical Center; Karen Fix, RN, Breast Cancer Survivor.Photo: Peg Ryan/Custer Free Press

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Public Forum on 2016 Ballot Questions to be Held at Custer Senior Center

An educational forum on the 2016 Ballot Questions will be held for the public on September 28, Wednesday, at the Custer Senior Center at 7 pm.  There are 10 ballot questions that will be decided by the voters in the November election.  They include five Constitutional Amendments, two Referred Laws, and three Initiated Measures.  Tracy Kelley, Custer County State’s Attorney, and Pat Ginsbach, Fall River County Assistant State’s Attorney, will give an explanation for some of the more confusing questions.  A discussion of the pros and cons along with time for questions and answers from the audience will also be part of the forum.   A pamphlet available from the office of the SD Secretary of State can be found online at their website.   It contains all 20 ballot questions and an explanation by the Attorney General along with some pros and cons of each.  Refreshments will be provided.  This forum is a community service organized by the Custer County Democrats