The Latest: Rosebud president seeks collaboration with state
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The Latest on Rosebud Sioux Tribe President Rodney Bordeaux’s State of the Tribes message (all times local):
The president of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe is urging South Dakota lawmakers to expand Medicaid and work with tribal officials to fight the opioid and methamphetamine epidemic.
President Rodney Bordeaux on Thursday gave the fourth State of the Tribes message, asking legislators and Gov. Kristi Noem to promote higher education tuition waivers for Native American students and to make the availability of mental health services in rural areas and reservations a priority.
He recommended a government-to-government summit on meth and opioids.
Bordeaux says the Keystone XL oil pipeline gives his people “great anxiety” and says he watched with regret as lawmakers passed a measure in 2017 to address potential oil pipeline protests.
He says tribes believe the law was enacted with an eye for “limiting our people and our right to protest.”
Bordeaux also urged South Dakota’s federal delegation to do what they can to end the partial government shutdown.
The president of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe is set to give an address to South Dakota lawmakers at the Capitol.
President Rodney Bordeaux on Thursday will give the fourth State of the Tribes message.
The tribe’s headquarters is in Rosebud, and more than 21,000 enrolled members live on the Rosebud Reservation in southern South Dakota.
Last legislative session, Chairman Boyd Gourneau of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe gave the address.