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Veterans to be honored at state-tribal relations events

PIERRE (AP) -- The South Dakota Department of Tribal Relations has joined with the Department of Veterans Affairs to honor Native American veterans at state-tribal relations events during the legislative session.

PIERRE (AP) - The South Dakota Department of Tribal Relations has joined with the Department of Veterans Affairs to honor Native American veterans at state-tribal relations events during the legislative session.

The tribal relations agency says the two days of events will begin Jan. 27.

Secretary of Tribal Relations Steve Emery says it's an opportunity to learn about tribal veterans' challenges and opportunities.

Larry Zimmerman is secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

He says the agency looks forward to working with the nine tribal nations in the state and celebrating the relationships into the future. Zimmerman says Native American veterans have a "long and illustrious history of fighting for this country's freedom."

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Tribal leaders and Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at a ceremony in the Capitol on Jan. 28.

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