South Dakota’s Native Communities
I am grateful for the rich traditions of the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota people that are woven into the fabric of South Dakota’s history. They are a significant part of what makes South Dakota such a unique and special place. South Dakota has been home to some of history’s greatest Native American warriors, including Chief Sitting Bull and Chief Crazy Horse. Today, we’re lucky to have a new generation of tribal leaders who continue to fight day in and day out for the communities in which they live. I know I’m not alone in considering myself extremely grateful to live in a state that honors its Native American history and traditions. Native American culture can be found in every corner of our state. Whether it’s language, food, or events, the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota people have left, and are continuing to leave, an important mark on our state and nation.
Fighting for a Better Indian Health Service
I’ve been working for years to reform and modernize the broken Indian Health Service (IHS). IHS is tasked with providing health care to tribal members in South Dakota and around the country – care they depend on, but for far too long has been substandard. There are many talented and dedicated employees who work at IHS facilities in South Dakota and throughout the Great Plains, but the organization as a whole is so wrought with systemic problems that it hardly deserves the title in which it has been given. The agency can and must do better, and I will continue fighting for change.
Highlights of Senator Thune’s Commitment to:
|7/14/21||Thune-Wyden Bill to Improve Child Support Enforcement for Native American Tribes Unanimously Passes Senate|
|3/2/21||Thune, Wyden Reintroduce Bill to Improve Child Support Enforcement for Native American Tribes|
|2/23/21||Thune, Sinema Reintroduce Bipartisan Legislation to Improve and Maintain Tribal Infrastructure|
|10/7/20||Rounds, Thune Legislation Would Create a Congressional Charter for National American Indian Veterans (NAIV)|
|6/5/20||Thune, Rounds Applaud Senate Passage of Their Bill to Allow Tribal Grant Schools to Devote Additional Resources to Improving Education|
|2/28/20||Thune, Sinema Introduce Bill to Improve and Maintain Tribal Infrastructure|
|6/7/18||Delegation Introduces Bills to Allow Tribal Grant Schools to Focus Resources to Improve Education|
|5/31/18||USDA Announces New Relending Pilot Program on Tribal Lands in South Dakota|
|3/6/18||At Thune’s Request, U.S. DOT to Fund Lower Brule Sioux Tribe Infrastructure Project|
|6/7/17||Thune Introduces Bill to Give Tribal Leaders Equal Access to Social Security|