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Frequently Asked Questions

Where do I check to see if I am eligible for enrollment?

Each tribe is their own sovereign nation and has their own eligibility criteria.

To find out if you are eligible for enrollment, you need to contact the tribe where

you may qualify for enrollment to find out their criteria.  Click on the link below

for a listing of the tribal enrollment offices that share South Dakota's borders.

Tribal Enrollment Offices

If you do not know which tribe you may be eligible for enrollment in you will need

to research your family history. The Bureau of Indian Affairs has a guide to

tracing your heritage at:

http://www.bia.gov/FOIA/Genealogy/

Where do I start to search for someone on one of the reservations?

There is NO definitive contact list for individual tribal members.  However, if you are

looking for the contact for a tribal program you can contact the tribe directly.

Tribal Contacts

Who do I contact regarding information on one of the Tribes?

Click the link below for a listing of tribal office's for those tribes that share

South Dakota's borders.

Tribal Contacts

Other resources include your local library, historical societies, and tribal colleges.

What is the population for Native Americans in South Dakota?

The U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Indian Affairs offers information on population and labor.

2013 American Indian Population and Labor Force Report

The U.S. Census also has information at:

QuickFacts

What is the labor force for the Tribes?

The U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Indian Affairs offers information on population and labor.

2013 American Indian Population and Labor Force Report

 

South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation
Kneip Building
700 Governor's Drive
Pierre, SD 57501
Phone: (605)773-3101

Who are the current Tribal Presidents/Chairmen?

Tribal Executives

Who do I contact if I would like to perform volunteer work on a reservation?

Contact the tribe where you would like to volunteer.  They may be able to direct you to

groups that utilize volunteers.

Tribal Contacts

How do I find out which Native American charities are legitimate?

Attorney GeneralĀ“s Consumer Affairs
Capitol Building
500 East Capitol Avenue
Pierre, SD 57501
Phone (605) 773-4400

Based on certain accreditation standards the BBB Wise Giving Alliance rates various charities.

BBB Wise Giving Alliance

Where can I find information about traveling through the reservations?

South Dakota Department of Tourism

South Dakota Department of Tribal Relations