Child Protective Services

Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA)

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:
PO Box 590, Eagle Butte, SD 57625
Phone:
605-964-6460
Fax:
605-964-2196
Crow Creek Sioux Tribe

Name: David A. Valandra
Agency:
Crow Creek Sioux Tribe / ICWA Program
Address:
PO Box 247, Ft. Thompson, SD 57339
Phone:
605-245-2325 or 605-245-2326
Fax:
605-245-2401

Flandreau Santee 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.

Lower Brule 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.

Oglala Sioux Tribe

NOTE: Information must be sent to both contacts listed below.

Name: Juanita Scherich
Agency:
Oglala Nation Tiospaye Resource and Advocacy Center
Address:
PO Box 2080, Pine Ridge, SD 57770
Phone:
605-867-5805
Fax:
605-867-1893

Name: Joleen Abourezk
Agency: ONTRAC
Address: 1405 Mt. Rushmore Rd, Rapid City, SD 57701
Phone: 605-791-2267
Fax: 605-791-2268

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:
PO Box 509, Agency Village, SD 57262
Phone:
605-698-3992
Fax:
605-698-3999

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

Name: Terrance Yellow Fat
Agency:
Indian Child Welfare Act Program
Address:
PO Box 770, Ft. Yates, ND 58538
Phone:
701-854-3095
Fax:
701-854-5575

Yankton Sioux Tribe

Name: Ray Cournoyer
Agency:
Indian Child Welfare Program
Address:
PO Box 1153, Wagner, SD 57380
Phone:
605-384-5712
Fax:
605-384-5014