FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE : Tuesday, March 4, 2014
CONTACT: Sara Rabern (605)773-3215
State and Crow Creek Sioux Tribe Partner on Sex Offender Registry
PIERRE, S.D - Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the State of South Dakota has entered into a joint powers agreement with the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe to become a registered entity of the Sex Offender Registry Notification Act (SORNA). The Crow Creek Sioux Tribe maintains its own sex offender registry of offenders who reside, work or attend school within the boundaries of the reservation. This agreement will allow the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe to continue to maintain its own offender registry and have its sex offender’s data submitted electronically for inclusion into the South Dakota Sex Offender Registry.
“Sex offender registries were created to protect our children and communities and this relationship will better serve to protect tribal and non-tribal members across South Dakota.” said Attorney General Jackley.
“It's what you do today that will make a difference tomorrow, “said Crow Creek Tribal Chairman Brandon Sazue.
South Dakota’s Sex Offender Registry was the fourth state in the nation to become certified. To be certified the State must substantially implement the provision of SORNA. To date, South Dakota is only one of seventeen states whose registries have met the national SORNA certification requirements. At this time there are 3,205 sex offenders who reside in South Dakota. Law enforcement officials work diligently to keep these individuals registered. Currently are 35 sex offenders who are non-complaint and giving rise to a non-complaint rate of just 1.0%.