Kirkegaard chips away at tribal visits

One of the pledges state Education Secretary Don Kirkegaard made when he started the job this year was visiting each of the nine tribal reservations within South Dakota.

Kirkegaard, who previously was superintendent for the Meade school district, said Tuesday he plans to visit a public school groundbreaking Friday on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. He said the visit will be the ninth on his list.

He is working to strengthen relationships with tribal and federal Indian schools.