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Date: 11/05/2013 Description: South Dakota state seal © Public Domain
Date: 11/05/2013 Description: South Dakota state flag © Public Domain

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For about a 1% investment of the Federal budget, the State Department yields a large return for the American people by advancing U.S. national security, promoting our economic interests, providing services, and reaffirming our country’s exceptional role in the world. Read on to learn how the work of the Department benefits this state’s residents.

South Dakota

  • Jobs and Diplomacy

    • In partnership with agencies across the federal government, the Department of State advances U.S. trade policy objectives by opening new export opportunities for American businesses and workers through trade initiatives. Of the 939 South Dakota exporters in 2013, 75% were small- and medium-sized enterprises. In 2014, South Dakota exports totaled $1.6 billion. Those exports supported 24,407 U.S. jobs. (EB) More»

    • South Dakota hosted 1,191 foreign physicians, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs and others as part of work and study-based international exchange visitor programs. (ECA) More»

    • Click here for more information about Department career recruitment events in South Dakota. (HR)

  • Education

    • Six Scholars and Students from South Dakota were awarded Fulbright Scholarships. (ECA) More»

    • Diplomat-in-Residence (Robert Andrew): Diplomats in Residence (DIRs) are career Foreign Service Officers located throughout the U.S. who provide guidance and advice to students, professionals and the community about Department careers. (HR) More»

    • 166 exchange visitors from overseas visited South Dakota and 88 South Dakota residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs. (ECA) More»

    • 13 Brazilian students attended Augustana College, Northern State University and the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology through the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program. This program is funded by the Brazilian government and the private sector and sends 101,000 Brazilian university students of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to study and conduct research abroad. The U.S. is a priority destination for scholarship recipients, and the program strengthens U.S. and Brazilian institutional partnerships, develops a workforce prepared for 21st century opportunities, and contributes to long-term economic growth for both countries. (WHA) More»

  • Partnerships

    • Refugee Arrivals: 533. The Department works with nine domestic nongovernmental organizations, which have 350 affiliated offices, to place refugees in over 180 communities in all 50 states. These offices work with communities, local volunteers and elected officials to provide a successful start for refugees rebuilding their lives. (PRM) More»

    • The Department facilitates the South Dakota National Guard State Partnership Program with Suriname founded in 2006. (PM) More»

  • Travel and Security

    • Total Passports Issued: 23,971 (CA) More»

    • 55 Passport Application Acceptance Facilities (CA) More»

    • Number of overseas adoptions for South Dakota families in 2012: 36. The Office of Children's Issues (CI) plays an active role in the intercountry adoption process. Its work is dedicated to assisting parents as they seek to provide a home to orphans abroad. (CA) More»

    • Diplomatic Security Chicago Field Office serves South Dakota: Diplomatic Security has offices throughout the United States staffed with special agents and contract investigators, who conduct criminal, counterterrorism and background investigations. Agents assigned to field and resident offices assist in providing support to the protection of the Secretary of State, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and visiting foreign dignitaries. Liaison with federal and local law enforcement, foreign mission personnel, local officials, and the private sector complements their major responsibilities. (DS) More»

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