Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Running for State House Seat in South Dakota

SISSETON, SOUTH DAKTOA — Dustina Gill, legislative aide for the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate announced her candidacy in the Democratic primary for the District 1 State House of Representative Seat in the beginning of February.

Dustina Gill running for State House Seat

Dustina Gill running for State House Seat

Gill said if elected she plans to focus on the various issues of agriculture, health care and roads funding, but also to ensure educational funding remains a top priority. She further explained, although these are state-wide issues, they do a disservice when applied in the one size fits all approach to each area of the state. Each area is unique in its needs and resources and should be considered accordingly.

She is married to Collin Hippen and they reside in the town of Sisseton with their children.

“Since an early age my grandmother Dorothy Gill always told me, ‘You have a responsibility to your community, never forget that.’ I have lived my life with that in mind and have always worked on improving our communities in more ways than one, something that is a continuous effort, running for this seat is taking her words of our responsibility to our communities to that level,” commented Gill.

In addition to serving as the legislative aide, Gill serves as a member of the JOM Board for the schools of Sisseton, Wilmot, Waubay and Browns Valley. She has worked in the past with the Wellstone Foundation on voter engagement education and is also an Ambassador of the American for Indian’s Opportunity, whose main focus is to create networking to share resources with other Indigenous people in the United States and other countries.

“Eight years ago I decided I wanted to run for this seat and have spent that past eight years preparing and creating networks to bring to the table as a candidate,” stated Gill.

Well acquainted with the various levels of government, Gill looks forward to visiting with families and community members on issues that affect them and ideas that can improve South Dakota.

“We may not have Mount Rushmore or the Black Hills, but our corner of the state offers so much more and with people moving to rural America we have the opportunity to create and expand our communities to attract families who want their children to experience the childhood we had the opportunity to have.”

For current updates you can also find her on DustinaforDistrict1 on Facebook or email her at

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