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South Dakota and Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe reach agreement on Sex Offender Registry

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The State of South Dakota and the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe have reached an agreement to include the Tribe's Sex Offender Registry in the state's database.

South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley announced Wednesday the state and Cheyenne River Sioux tribe have entered into a joint powers agreement to be registered with the Sex Offender Registry Notification Act.

According to the Attorney General's Office, the CRST maintains its own sex offender registry of offenders who reside, work or attend school within the boundaries of the reservation. The new agreement with the state allows the CRST to maintain its own offender registry and have its sex offender's data to be included into the South Dakota Sex Offender Registry.

Attorney General Marty Jackley said it is one of the first agreements in the nation between state and tribal authorities.

"Sex offender registries were created to protect our children and communities and this agreement allows both state and tribal law enforcement to implement and enforce the registry in order to protect tribal and non-tribal members across South Dakota," Jackley said.

CRST Chairman Kevin Keckler said in a news release the Tribe has always worked to protect all reservation residents. Keckler said by working with the state the Tribe has substantially implemented the federal requirements of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act.

"Protecting our children, communities and those who reside within or visit the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation is of critical importance," Keckler said.

South Dakota's Sex Offender Registry is just one of 15 in the nation. According to the Attorney General's Office, 2,988 sex offenders reside in South Dakota.

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