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SD officials say not enough notice given on ICWA summit

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SIOUX FALLS (AP) -- The head of South Dakota's Department of Social Services said the state wasn't given enough notice about a conference on Indian child foster care in Rapid City.

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The summit that wrapped up Friday brought together representatives from the U.S. Department of the Interior, the U.S. Department of Justice, tribal and state judges, and representatives from tribes in South Dakota, Oklahoma, Washington and Minnesota to discuss the Indian Child Welfare Act.

There were no officials from state social services, however several North Dakota state officials attended.

South Dakota Social Services Secretary Kim Malsam-Rysdon told the Sioux Falls Argus Leader that state officials learned about the date a week ago and could not make it work.

Malsam-Rysdon says child welfare is a "huge priority" for the state and her department works with the tribes on a daily basis.

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