- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 14, 2014

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has named the state’s new tribal relations secretary.

Daugaard on Tuesday announced the appointment of Steve Emery. J.R. LaPlante resigned from the position in April to take a job as an assistant U.S. attorney in Sioux Falls.

Emery has served as the chief judge of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe since 2011. He is also a special judge for the Rosebud Sioux Tribe and the Yankton Sioux Tribe.

Daugaard says Emery will help continue to build stronger relationships between the state and tribal governments.

Emery is a graduate of Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, and an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. His first day as tribal relations secretary is scheduled for Oct. 27.

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