There are many tribal governments in South Dakota. Each one has a chairperson. Here is the story of one of them. Michael B. Jandreau is the chairman of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe. He is a successful rancher on the reservation. He also serves on the tribal council. He began in 1972 as vice-chairman. He has been tribal chairman for more than thirty years. He started many of the tribe’s projects. Today the tribe’s farm corporation is the number one grower of popcorn in the world. It also grows navy beans. Jandreau also guides other programs for the tribe. Some of them are the Lower Brule Wildlife Program and the Golden Buffalo Casino.

Michael B. Jandreau
Photo courtesy of the Sioux Falls Argus Leader