Rosebud Sioux Tribe and Janet Yellen
Native dancers take a photo with U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and newly appointed U.S. Treasurer Lynn Malerba of the Mohegan Tribe during a visit Tuesday by Yellen and Malerba to the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota. Photo by Kevin Abourezk
Photos: Secretary Yellen makes historic visit to Indian Country
Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Secretary Janet Yellen pledged to travel to Indian Country during the White House Tribal Nations Summit last year. She lived up to her promise with a historic visit to the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, a first for any leader of the Department of the Treasury.

Here are some photos from Yellen’s time on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in South Dakota.

Janet Yellen
Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen on Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota on June 21, 2022. Photo by Kevin Abourezk

Michael LaPointe
Michael LaPointe, an economist working for the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, speaks to U.S Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen (center) and Lynn Malerba (right), the lifetime chief of the Mohegan Tribe, during a visit Tuesday by Yellen and Malerba to the tribe’s South Dakota reservation. Malerba has been chosen to serve as Treasurer of the United States, making her the first Native person to serve in the leadership role. Photo by Kevin Abourezk

Rosebud Sioux Tribe Veterans
Rosebud Sioux veterans hold flags during a ceremony Tuesday on the Rosebud Reservation in which tribal leaders welcomed U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and newly appointed U.S. Treasurer Lynn Malerba, a lifetime Mohegan chief. Photo by Kevin Abourezk

Janet Yellen and Rosebud Sioux Tribe
U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen (left) speaks to Rosebud Sioux tribal citizens Tuesday during a visit to the tribe’s South Dakota reservation, the first visit to a reservation by a sitting treasury secretary. Photo by Kevin Abourezk

Rosebud Sioux Tribe
Rosebud Sioux tribal leaders listen to U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen Tuesday during a visit by the secretary to the tribe’s South Dakota reservation. Photo by Kevin Abourezk

Lynn Malerba
Lynn Malerba, the lifetime chief of the Mohegan Tribe, speaks Tuesday in Mission, S.D., during a visit to the Rosebud Reservation. Malerba has been chosen to serve as Treasurer of the United States, making her the first Native person to serve in the leadership role. Photo by Kevin Abourezk

Rosebud Sioux Tribe Dancer
Native dancers are seen here during a cultural presentation held Tuesday during a ceremony welcoming U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen to the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota. Photo by Kevin Abourezk

Dancer Rosebud Sioux Tribe
A traditional dancer is seen here during a cultural presentation held Tuesday during a ceremony welcoming U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen to the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota. Photo by Kevin Abourezk

Janet Yellen Star Quilt
Rosebud Sioux tribal leaders place a star quilt on the shoulders of U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen (center) during a visit Tuesday by Yellen to the tribe’s South Dakota reservation. Photo by Kevin Abourezk

Scott Herman and Janet Yellen
Rosebud Sioux tribal leaders and U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen (right) listen to Keith Horse Looking, a medicine man, during a welcome ceremony held Tuesday on the Rosebud Reservation. Yellen visited the reservation Tuesday, marking the first time a treasury secretary has visited a reservation. Photo by Kevin Abourezk

Tashina Red Hawk
Miss Indian World Tashina Red Hawk (left) shares spirit food with U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen (center) and newly appointed U.S. Treasurer Lynn Malerba, a Mohegan chief, Tuesday during a ceremony on the Rosebud Reservation. Photo by Kevin Abourezk

Scott Herman, Janet Yellen and Lynn Malerba
Rosebud Sioux Tribe President Scott Herman (left), U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen (center) and newly appointed U.S. Treasurer Lynn Malerba of the Mohegan Tribe eat spirit food during a welcome ceremony held Tuesday on the Rosebud Reservation.Photo by Kevin Abourezk

Keith Horse Looking
Rosebud Lakota medicine man Keith Horse Looking addresses U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and newly appointed U.S. Treasurer Lynn Malerba during a visit by Yellen and Malerba on Tuesday to the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota. Photo by Kevin Abourezk

Harold Frazier
Harold Frazier, chairman of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, speaks during a welcome ceremony held Tuesday on the Rosebud Reservation during a visit by U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen. Photo by Kevin Abourezk

Rosebud Sioux Tribe Youth
Two Native teen dancers are seen here during a welcome ceremony held Tuesday on the Rosebud Reservation, where U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen met with tribal leaders. Photo by Kevin Abourezk

Rosebud Sioux Tribe and Janet Yellen
Native dancers take a photo with U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and newly appointed U.S. Treasurer Lynn Malerba of the Mohegan Tribe during a visit Tuesday by Yellen and Malerba to the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota. Photo by Kevin Abourezk

Janet Yellen Lynn Malerba and Scott Herman
U.S Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen (second from right) and Lynn Malerba (second from left), the lifetime chief of the Mohegan Tribe, speak to Rosebud Sioux tribal leaders Tuesday during a visit to the tribe’s South Dakota reservation. Malerba has been chosen to serve as Treasurer of the United States, making her the first Native person to serve in the leadership role. Photo by Kevin Abourezk

Janet Yellen and Scott Herman
Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen, left, listens as President Scott Herman of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe provides opening remarks at Sinte Gleska University on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota on June 21, 2022. Photo by Kevin Abourezk

Janet Yellen
Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen delivers remarks during a visit to the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota on June 21, 2022. Photo by Kevin Abourezk

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