Congressman heading Indian affairs funding panel visits SD

Sioux Falls, South Dakota (AP) 10-07

Rep. Norm Dicks, D-Wash., who heads the House panel that sets federal funding for American Indian programs and natural resource issues, visited South Dakota during early October, Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, D-S.D., said.

Dicks is chairman of the House Appropriations interior subcommittee, which decides federal funding levels for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Indian Health Service, tribal law enforcement, trust reform and other important issues, Herseth Sandlin told South Dakota reporters in a telephone conference call.

DicksÂ’ panel also sets funding for federal lands, including the Black Hills National Forest, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Wind Cave and Badlands national parks and the Buffalo Gap National Grassland, she said.

Herseth Sandlin said Dicks was part of the grand entry at the Black Hills National Pow Wow on October 6th in Rapid City and will visit Mount Rushmore.

On October 7th, sessions on domestic violence, law enforcement and Indian health care were on the Cheyenne River and Standing Rock reservations, Herseth Sandlin said. The two congressional representatives will visit McLaughlin and Eagle Butte.

On October 8th, the two met with people about forestry issues, tour the old Homestake mine, which has been proposed as a site for a National Science Foundation lab, and tour Wind Cave National Park.