Column: Flandreau Tribe builds bridges with city
"Police Chief Ken James views the city he serves as a mosaic.

Its residents, he says, are the mosaic tiles, and the variety they bring to the community makes life colorful and complete.

A seminar and symposium Friday is being offered to talk about intergovernmental relations among different cultures.

Then Saturday, the Native American band Brulé will perform a free concert during Flandreau's Riverside Park Days.

Brulé's performance is being funded through a $10,000 grant awarded by Harvard University. The city of Flandreau and the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe received the grant because of their groundbreaking work to establish a joint police department.

"I'm not saying it hasn't been done before," James says of the intergovernmental police force. "But it was the first of its kind across the United States.""

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Jill Callison: Flandreau building mosaic of cultures (The Sioux Falls Argus Leader 7/28)