House holds law enforcement hearing in South Dakota
The House Natural Resources Committee is holding a field hearing today on law enforcement in Indian Country.

The hearing takes place on the Lower Brule Sioux Reservation in South Dakota. The witness list follows:
Panel 1
Pat Ragsdale, Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Washington, D.C.; Accompanied by Christopher Chaney and Elmer Fourdance
Chairman Michael Jandreau, Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, Lower Brule, SD
Chairman Lester Thompson, Jr., Crow Creek Sioux Tribe, Ft. Thompson, SD

Panel 2
President John Yellowbird Steele, Oglala Sioux Tribe, Pine Ridge, SD
Chairman Joseph Brings Plenty, Sr., Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, Eagle Butte, SD
President Rodney Bordeaux, Rosebud Sioux Tribe, Rosebud, SD
Gary Gaikowski, Chief of Police, Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate, Agency Village, SD; Speaking on behalf of Chairman Michael Selvage, Sr., Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate, Agency Village, SD

Panel 3
Georgia Little Shield, Director, Pretty Bird Woman House, McLaughlin, SD
Karen Artichocker, Director, Cangleska, Inc., Kyle, SD
Carol Pollack, Researcher, Amnesty International, New York, NY

Get the Story:
BIA director coming to South Dakota (The Sioux Falls Argus Leader 5/31)

Committee Notice:
Full Committee Oversight Hearing: “The Needs and Challenges of Tribal Law Enforcement on Indian Reservations" (June 1, 2007)

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