Lynne A. Valenti
Cabinet Secretary

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ICWA Designated Tribal Agents

The South Dakota Legislature passed HB 1051 during the 2006 Legislative Session with the intent to improve the process of notifying tribes in cases subject to ICWA. 

Under SDCL § 26-7A-15.3, each tribe may designate an individual or agency to whom ICWA notices must be sent and to whom information regarding a temporary custody hearing should be provided. However, following intervention by a tribe, notices must be sent to the tribal representative or counsel who has appeared on behalf of the tribe pursuant to SDCL § 26-8A-33. 

In order to designate an agent, the tribe must submit a Designated Tribal Agent request form along with a copy of the provision of the tribal code or tribal resolution appointing the individual or agency as the designated agent for receipt of the notices.

In order to change the address, telephone number or facsimile number for a designated agent listed below, a Designated Tribal Agent - Request for Change of Address form must be submitted.

Effective July 1, 2006, state’s attorneys must send the notices required under ICWA and SDCL Chapter 26-7A to the individual or agency whose name and address are listed below.  

If a tribe has not designated an agent under SDCL § 26-7A-15.3, the notices should be sent in accordance with relevant federal regulations, 25 C.F.R. 23.12.

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe
Agency: Indian Child Welfare Program
Address:
P.O. Box 590, Eagle Butte, SD 57625
Phone:
605.964.6460
Fax:
605.964.2196
Crow Creek Sioux Tribe

Agency: Crow Creek Sioux Tribe / ICWA Program
Address: P.O. Box 143,  Ft. Thompson, SD 57339
Phone: 605.245.2581
Fax: 605.245.2343

Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe

Name: Jessica Morson
Agency: ICWA Program
Address: P.O. Box 283, Flandreau, SD 57028
Phone: 605.997.5055
Fax: 605.997.2225

Lower Brule Sioux Tribe

Name: Jera Brouse-Koster
Agency: ICWA Program
Address: 187 Oyate Circle, Lower Brule, SD  57548
Phone: 605.473.5561
Fax: 605.473.8051

Oglala Sioux Tribe

Name: Shirley Blackstone-Weston
Agency:
Child Protection Services
Address:
P.O. Box 604, Pine Ridge, SD 57770
Phone:
605.867.5752
Fax:
605.867.5941

Rosebud Sioux Tribe

The Tribe has not yet provided a designated tribal agent under SDCL Chapter 26-7A, the notices should be sent in accordance with relevant federal regulations, 25 C.F.R.23.12.

Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate

Name: Evelyn B. Pilcher
Agency:
SWO Child Protection Program
Address:
P.O. Box 509, Agency Village, SD 57262
Phone: 605.698.3992
Fax: 605.698.3999

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

Name: Raquel Franklin
Agency:
Indian Child Welfare Act Program
Address:
P.O. Box 770, Ft. Yates, ND 58538
Phone:
701.854.3095
Fax:
701.854.5575

Yankton Sioux Tribe

Name: Melissa Sanchex-Chrans
Agency:
Indian Child Welfare Program
Address:
P.O. Box 1153, Wagner, SD 57380
Phone:
605.384.5712
Fax:
605.384.5014