JR LaPlante, JD is the Director of Tribal Relations at Avera Health where he serves as primary contact for area tribal governments and the Indian Health Services. He is a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and is a 2009 graduate of the University of South Dakota School of Law, with an undergraduate degree in Sociology from Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, TN. JR was formerly the State of South Dakota’s first Secretary of Tribal Relations, an Assistant United States Attorney, a tribal court judge, an Equal Justice Works/Americorps Legal Fellow, and a Bush Foundation Native Nation Rebuilder.