In his last meeting with a legislative committee, Tribal Relations Secretary J.R. LaPlante has discussed the accomplishments and ongoing challenges that face state and tribal leaders.
LaPlante has taken a job as an assistant U.S. attorney in Sioux Falls. He will move to that position in August. Gov. Dennis Daugaard established the Department of Tribal Relations three years ago.
He told the State-Tribal Relations Committee Friday that rapport between tribes and the state has improved through intergovernmental agreements and policy changes.
He said affordable housing on reservations is an ongoing issue as are restraining orders which do no remain effective off reservation.