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Cheyenne River Sioux leader to address state Legislature

PIERRE (AP) -- A leader from one of the nine Native American tribes in South Dakota is set to address a joint session of the state Legislature for the first time.

PIERRE (AP) - A leader from one of the nine Native American tribes in South Dakota is set to address a joint session of the state Legislature for the first time.

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Chairman Harold Frazier will give the State of the Tribes Address on Thursday at the state Capitol.

Frazier has said he will talk about Medicaid expansion and the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation's roads. The speech is similar to the governor's State of the State address.

Steve Emery is Secretary of Tribal Relations at the state. He has said the address reinforces the government-to-government relationship between the tribes and the state that his department works to support.

In North Dakota, lawmakers traditionally hear speeches during the first week of each legislative session by a Native American tribal leader.

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