South Dakota and the United States gained 122 new residents today (November 4, 2022) at a US citizenship ceremony in Fort Pierre.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Moreno administered the Pledge of Allegiance and was the first to congratulate the new residents.
Fort Pierre Mayor Gloria Hanson was one of the speakers.
Shane DeLange, resident of Pierre, is originally from South Africa. He says obtaining his US citizenship was a long and expensive process, but it was worth it.
DeLange works for a local rancher doing farm work and helping with livestock. He says he is looking forward to the first time he can vote.
Citizenship applicants are from Australia, Bhutan, Brazil, Burma, Burundi, Canada, China, Ivory Coast, Cambodia, Cameroon, Colombia, Congo (Brazzaville), Congo (Kinshasa), Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Guatemala, India, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Laos, Lebanon, Liberia, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, Norway, Pakistan, Peru , Philippines, Russia, Serbia, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, Ukraine, Vietnam and Zambia. They live in Aberdeen, Armour, Big Stone City, Brandon, Brookings, De Smet, Huron, Mitchell, North Sioux City, Pierre, Sioux Falls, Tabor, Tea, Vermillion and Yankton.
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services provides information and resources for those considering U.S. citizenship, particularly uscis.gov/tools and uscis.gov/citizenship. Other resources can be found on the USCIS YouTube page, including the “Online Citizenship Application” video that helps someone complete the online application to become a US citizen. Those preparing for the Civics test can practice by downloading the USCIS Civics Test Study Tools app.