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For the first time, a South Dakota tribal chief addresses joint session of Legislature


PIERRE | In the first address to a joint session of the Legislature from a South Dakota tribal leader, Cheyenne River Sioux Chairman Harold Frazier on Thursday denounced racism, applauded the governor's pursuit of Medicaid expansion and urged lawmakers to provide more funding for roads in Native American Country.

State and tribal officials called the speech "historic." Leaders from other South Dakota tribes, including the Crow Creek, Lower Brule and Oglala Sioux, also attended the event, at which Frazier spoke of the difficulties tribal members face across the state.


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