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Black Hills

article OP/ED: Mount Morris meets Mount Rushmore
(9/25/2020)
(South Dakota) -- I was standing at a scenic stop on Iron Mountain Road in the Black Hills of South Dakota when a few motorcycle riders approached me and the friend I...
article South Dakota: Stories in stone
(9/19/2020)
(South Dakota) -- A few weeks ago while we were in South Dakota, Terry commented to me that on this road trip he was doing both the fastest — and the slowest...
article Tilsen pleads not guilty to robbery, other charges related to Mount Rushmore protest
(9/11/2020)
(South Dakota) -- A leader of the July 3 protest near Mount Rushmore pleaded not guilty Friday to robbery and six other charges. Nick Tilsen, a 38-year-old longtime...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Congress

article What’s next for Indian Country amid the pandemic? All eyes on Congress
(9/25/2020)
(South Dakota) -- The COVID-19 pandemic has slammed Indian Country, and the end is not yet in sight. The coronavirus has disproportionately hit indigenous Americans,...
1 Article on this Issue

COVID-19

article Tribes innovate to fight off, face COVID-19 pandemic
(9/25/2020)
(South Dakota) -- It might be just a Netflix subscription, but to those tribe members given one to help them stay quarantined, it could be a ticket to keeping their...
article In American Indian communities, questions about COVID-19 test access remain
(9/23/2020)
(South Dakota) -- Testing shortages early on in the COVID-19 pandemic could’ve proven a dire setback as the illness started spreading across the country. But...
article South Dakota COVID-19 checkpoints highlight fractures, strength in tribal relations
(9/23/2020)
(South Dakota) -- Since April, several South Dakota Indigenous tribes have enforced more than a handful of checkpoints on roads leading into their reservations, fighting...
article South Dakota governor defends Sturgis rally-goers: 'Exercised their personal freedom to attend'
(9/9/2020)
(South Dakota) -- South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) vocalized her support Tuesday for attendees of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally last month, calling a new report on the...
article Did Sturgis Really Infect 250,000 People?
(9/8/2020)
(South Dakota) -- The roar of Harleys announced the determination of 460,000 people to ignore public health warnings and attend the 10-day Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in...
article Coronavirus Victims: Wesley Fire Cloud Jr. Of Crow Creek Sioux Tribe
(9/5/2020)
(South Dakota) -- Wesley Fire Cloud Jr. worked to protect his Crow Creek Sioux Tribe in South Dakota from the coronavirus. He died of COVID-19 in July at age 38. Big...
article Art auction to benefit local COVID-19 patients
(9/2/2020)
(South Dakota) -- Black Hills area artists’ work is up for auction this week to benefit local COVID-19 patients. The Cave Collective in Rapid City is hosting a...
article Is the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally really to blame for the rise in coronavirus cases in Meade County?
(9/1/2020)
(South Dakota) -- As coronavirus cases continue to rise, people are watching Meade county’s numbers a little more closely. But is the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally...
8 Total Articles on this Issue

Native Voices

article An original song: ‘Legacy’ featuring Gene Thin Elk
(9/23/2020)
(South Dakota) -- I wrote this song after the University of South Dakota transitioned to online classes during COVID-19. It is titled “Legacy,” and it speaks...
article Mary Brave Bird: A Journey Through Her Life As An Indigenous Rights Activist And Her Career As A Writer
(9/17/2020)
(South Dakota) -- Mary Brave Bird was a writer and a member of the ‘American Indian Movement‘ during the 1970s. She was born with the name Mary Ellen Moore-...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Buffalo & Bison

article The Brotherhood of the Buffalo
(9/22/2020)
(South Dakota) -- When Native American Natural Foods launched Tanka Bars and Tanka Bites in 2007 it had a mission: “To heal the people and our Mother Earth by...
article Bison studies center to be established in South Dakota
(9/16/2020)
(South Dakota) -- Officials from South Dakota State University, the National Bison Association and the National Buffalo Foundation last week formally launched the Center...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Crazy Horse

article Crazy Horse Memorial is for Native Americans and all people
(9/19/2020)
(South Dakota) -- The young reach for the stars. Every road is a magic carpet. Over time some warriors fall behind clouds, others get swept away in storms. But Ruth...
article Crazy Horse: masterpiece in progress
(9/19/2020)
(South Dakota) -- Crazy Horse Memorial — the world’s largest mountain carving — is nowhere near completion. The sculpture and its accompanying museum...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

South Dakota Gaming

article SD voters to decide future of marijuana legalization and sports betting
(9/19/2020)
(South Dakota) -- All eyes are on the race between President Donald Trump, and challenger, former Vice President Joe Biden. South Dakotans have more at stake on the...
article Deadwood casinos seek to offer cashless wagering, expect voters to approve sports betting
(9/18/2020)
(South Dakota) -- While Deadwood casinos expect South Dakota voters to approve in November ballot the amendment that authorizes the Legislature to allow wagering on...
article Deadwood bets on sports wagering
(9/16/2020)
(South Dakota) -- Deadwood casinos are once again betting on South Dakota voters to allow them to expand their gaming choices. Amendment B authorizes the Legislature to...
article Bet on it: Horse racing back on track at Fort Pierre
(9/7/2020)
(South Dakota) -- Horse racing is coming back to Fort Pierre next month after an historic hiatus since the first weekend in May 2018. There will be 15 races over two...
4 Total Articles on this Issue

Oglala Sioux

article Oglala Sioux Tribe President To Keep Office
(9/18/2020)
(South Dakota) -- The Oglala Sioux Tribal Council held an impeachment hearing of President Julian Bear Runner. A teenager accuses Bear Runner of sexual abuse and told...
article Oglala Sioux Tribe President To Keep Office
(9/18/2020)
(South Dakota) -- The Oglala Sioux Tribal Council held an impeachment hearing of President Julian Bear Runner. A teenager accuses Bear Runner of sexual abuse and told...
article Oglala Sioux president survives impeachment vote after being accused of inappropriate sexual contact
(9/15/2020)
(South Dakota) -- Despite an emotional plea from a young Lakota man, leaders of the Oglala Sioux Tribe decided not to impeach President Julian Bear Runner during a more...
article Impeachment hearing set for OST President
(9/14/2020)
(South Dakota) -- There appears to be a lot of movement leading up to the September 14 impeachment hearing of Julian Bear Runner, President of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. A...
article Tribal hearing: ‘Bear Runner remains President’
(9/14/2020)
(South Dakota) -- Julian Bear Runner remains the president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. The tribal council needed a two-thirds vote or 14 votes to impeach. However, the 11...
article Oglala Sioux president suspended on improper contact charge
(9/2/2020)
(South Dakota) -- The president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe in South Dakota has been suspended and will face an impeachment hearing after he was accused of inappropriate...
article OST Public Safety seeks help in locating missing woman
(9/1/2020)
(South Dakota) -- The Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety is seeking help from the public in locating a missing woman. Rainbow White Butterfly – Pino,...
7 Total Articles on this Issue

Cheyenne River Sioux

article How one Native American tribe is protecting itself from the coronavirus amid legal threats and funding delays from the US government
(9/17/2020)
(South Dakota) -- A Republican governor's clash with an Indigenous tribe trying to keep the coronavirus off its reservation ignited what some say is the latest...
article FBI offers $5K for information leading to arrest in 2016 Eagle Butte murder
(9/16/2020)
(South Dakota) -- The FBI is offering a $5,000 reward for anyone who provides information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for a 2016...
article CRST reports 21 active cases of coronavirus on reservation
(8/27/2020)
(South Dakota) -- The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe reported Tuesday there have been 111 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Dewey and Ziebach counties and 21 of those...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Yankton Sioux Tribe

article FBI investigating fatal stabbing on Yankton reservation
(9/17/2020)
(South Dakota) -- The FBI said Thursday it's investigating a stabbing death on the Yankton Sioux Indian Reservation. A suspect has been arrested in Tuesday evening...
1 Article on this Issue

Voter Suppression

article Native American Groups Sue South Dakota Over Voting Rights
(9/16/2020)
(South Dakota) -- A Native American voting rights group and two tribes on Wednesday filed a federal lawsuit against South Dakota state agencies, alleging that the state...
article Sioux Tribes Sue South Dakota Over Failure to Provide Voter Registration
(9/16/2020)
(South Dakota) -- Two South Dakota Sioux tribes partnered with a voting rights group to bring a federal lawsuit against the state on Wednesday, claiming multiple...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Pine Ridge

article The great cattle heist: Modern rustlers organize like drug cartels
(9/14/2020)
(South Dakota) -- It may sound like something out of a John Wayne movie, but the Wild West is alive and well in South Dakota when it comes to cattle rustling.
article BOOK: A gritty, soically conscious thriller: "Winter Counts"
(9/11/2020)
(South Dakota) -- David Heska Wanbli Weiden’s gritty first-in-a-series thriller, Winter Counts, is mostly set 200 miles southeast of Mount Rushmore on South Dakota...
article Impeachment hearing set for Oglala Sioux Tribal President
(9/3/2020)
(South Dakota) -- An impeachment hearing for Oglala Sioux Tribal President Julian Bear Runner by the tribal council has been scheduled in two weeks on Sept 14. The...
article Oglala Sioux President Suspended on Improper Contact Charge
(9/2/2020)
(South Dakota) -- The president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe in South Dakota has been suspended and will face an impeachment hearing after he was accused of inappropriate...
article Suicide Emergency Declared on Pine Ridge Reservation
(9/1/2020)
(South Dakota) -- Oglala Sioux Tribe President Julian Bear Runner last week followed the example of several of his predecessors and declared a state of emergency for the...
article Impeachment hearing set for OST president accused of inappropriate contact with teen
(8/31/2020)
(South Dakota) -- An impeachment hearing will be held in September after the president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe was accused of having inappropriate contact with a 17-...
article Oglala Sioux Tribe President suspended
(8/29/2020)
(South Dakota) -- Oglala Sioux Tribe President Julian Bear Runner has been suspended since Monday due to a misconduct complaint. On August 18, a person on the Pine Ridge...
article Oglala Sioux Tribe Declares State of Emergency Due to Suicides
(8/26/2020)
(South Dakota) -- Oglala Sioux Tribe President Julian Bear Runner issued a state of emergency declaration for the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation for the rise in suicides...
8 Total Articles on this Issue

Code Talkers

article First Oglala Lakota code talker honored with banner
(9/10/2020)
(South Dakota) -- Richard Brown walked around wafting sage as his friends and family sang “A Song for Kit Fox Society” in honor of Richard's late father...
1 Article on this Issue

Sisseton Wahpeton

article Sisseton Wahpeton protestors demand changes to tribe's Child Protection Program
(9/10/2020)
(South Dakota) -- More than three dozen members of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate protested before the tribal council Tuesday over alleged mismanagement of the tribe’...
article Former tribal official pleads guilty to bribery
(8/27/2020)
(South Dakota) -- A formal Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate has admitted to a federal bribery charge. Daniel Thomas White, 44, of Peever, pleaded guilty at the Aberdeen federal...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Mascot Issue

article A Native American Experience with Offensive Mascots and Logos
(9/9/2020)
(South Dakota) -- The effects of the mass genocide of Indigenous people in North and South America are still felt today in modern Native America. Here in South Dakota...
1 Article on this Issue

Bitcoin & Cryptocurrency

article The Rise and Fall of a Tribal Cryptocurrency
(9/6/2020)
(South Dakota) -- MazaCoin is a cryptocurrency that tried to bring together two very different communities: cryptocurrency maximalists and a North American indigenous...
1 Article on this Issue

MMIW

article Search underway for missing woman believed to be in Rapid City area or on Pine Ridge Reservation
(9/1/2020)
(South Dakota) -- The Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety is asking for help to find a missing woman.
1 Article on this Issue

Mental Health

article Native American suicide rates 2.7 times higher in South Dakota
(8/28/2020)
(South Dakota) -- Oglala Sioux Tribe President Julian Bear Runner declares a state of emergency for the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation on August 24, as they see suicides...
1 Article on this Issue

Other News

article Enrollment down 954 students at state’s six public universities
(9/23/2020)
(South Dakota) -- The six public universities governed by the South Dakota Board of Regents report a 2.76% reduction in fall enrollment due to financial and health...
article This Indigenous Model Scored a Vogue Italia Cover As Their First Job
(9/23/2020)
(South Dakota) -- For Vogue Italia’s September issue, the publication released 100 different covers, with each featuring a different personality with a compelling...
article Historic settlement inches closer in South Dakota land dispute
(9/22/2020)
(South Dakota) -- Digging into the fate of Native children who died in the early 20th century at an Indian boarding school in this Black Hills city, Lakota researchers...
article Inside KELOLAND: Education and election challenges Native Americans face
(9/20/2020)
(South Dakota) -- We all face various challenges on a daily basis. What may be easy for some to do, may be harder for others depending on where they live. On this...
article Eagle Butte Man Indicted on Drug Trafficking and Firearm Charges
(9/17/2020)
(South Dakota) -- United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that an Eagle Butte, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Possession with...
article Police: Man flashed casino worker early Wednesday morning
(9/16/2020)
(South Dakota) -- Police are searching for a man who allegedly flashed a casino clerk early Wednesday morning.
article Mending Fences: SD Church Provides Space for Indigenous Students
(9/15/2020)
(South Dakota) -- Many South Dakota schools returned to in-person learning this fall. But that's not an easy decision for all families during the pandemic. And one...
article A look at SDSU’s new American Indian Student Center
(9/8/2020)
(South Dakota) -- A new facility is now open on the campus of South Dakota State University. It’s a state of the art American Indian Student Center. You’ll find the...
article Oklahoma company received $108 million contract to build Oyate Health Center
(9/2/2020)
(South Dakota) -- A company from Oklahoma that was owned by a Native American family for more than 100 years has received an $108 million contract to build the Oyate...
article NASA teams up with South Dakota tribes for Moon to Mars demonstration program
(8/29/2020)
(South Dakota) -- Two South Dakota tribes plan to team up with NASA for a demonstration project that would test autonomous printing abilities for the Moon to Mars...
article South Dakota State-Tribal Relations Committee meets without Governor Noem
(8/28/2020)
(South Dakota) -- The South Dakota State-Tribal Relations Committee moved forward without Governor Kristi Noem or any members of her staff, after they declined to attend...
article Donation allows OneHeart to add an Inipi to their campus
(8/24/2020)
(South Dakota) -- Due to a generous donation, One Heart will soon begin construction on an Inipi otherwise known as sweat lodge to their Rapid City campus. Demolition...
article Native American Celebration Set For Saturday
(8/20/2020)
(South Dakota) -- Saturday’s upcoming celebration in Yankton of Native American culture is brought by a local group that grew out of conversation among friends.
article Native American schools submit considerations for students impacted by tribal ordinances
(8/19/2020)
(South Dakota) -- The South Dakota High School Activities Association has called a special board of directors meeting to explore options for students who are unable to...
article Last of 9 women who fled prison in Pierre in March over COVID concerns is nabbed
(8/19/2020)
(South Dakota) -- Five months after she walked away from the state Women’s Prison in Pierre in the wake of a COVID-19 case reported in the prison, Philomene...
article RCAS makes accommodations for indigenous students
(8/17/2020)
(South Dakota) -- The last day for school registration is fast approaching for Rapid City with the deadline set for Aug. 19. But this year, more indigenous parents may...
article GIAGO: The laws that impacted the lives of South Dakota Indians
(8/17/2020)
(South Dakota) -- Voting rights has never been something that the men and women of the Sioux Nations took lightly. Before there was a United States government the Lakota...
article Multiple Native American schools opt to cancel or suspend fall sports; All Nations pushed to spring
(8/13/2020)
(South Dakota) -- In accordance with Oglala Sioux Tribe ordinances, the five high schools on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation — Pine Ridge, Red Cloud, Little...
article Kennedy Center showcases South Dakota artists
(8/8/2020)
(South Dakota) -- The Kennedy Center is putting Native musicians, poets and artists from South Dakota in the spotlight as part of its Arts Across America series. Spoken...
article First Peoples Fund recognizes Native artists with Community Spirit Award
(8/4/2020)
(South Dakota) -- For 25 years the First Peoples Fund (FPF) has focused on honoring and supporting Native American artists throughout the United States. As part of that...

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