RAPID CITY, S.D. - The Great Plains Tribal Chairmen's Health Board has announced funding of its Maternal and Child Health Department for the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate of the Lake Traverse Reservation, located in northeastern South Dakota and southeastern North Dakota.

The funding kick starts the Tribal Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting program on the Lake Traverse Reservation. The project aims to improve healthy development, family support and early childhood learning among Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate women and children.

During the first year of the five-year project, the partners will assess community needs, integrate programming, develop community capacity and improve care for children and families.

GPTCHB is funded at just over $364,000 for the first year, which began on Sept. 30.

It is a 501(c)3 tribal nonprofit organization governed by the chairpersons and presidents of its 18 member tribes/service areas.