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Oglala Sioux

article OST group seeks right for citizens to vote on tribal constitutional changes
(4/22/2019)
(South Dakota) -- After debating just how grassroots a nearly two-year-long constitutional reform effort was, the Oglala Sioux Tribal Council voted Monday to table the...
1 Article on this Issue

IHS

article IHS says it won't reach out to Weber victims
(4/20/2019)
(South Dakota) -- After meeting with the head of the Indian Health Service last month to learn what steps it's taking in the wake of a former doctor being convicted...
article Rosebud Sioux Tribe member to oversee IHS healthcare in South Dakota, Great Plains
(4/7/2019)
(South Dakota) -- A member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe has been named as the director of the Great Plains Area of the Indian Health Services, which oversees South Dakota...
article Ernestine Chasing Hawk: 'Low-life bullies' attack my reporting on Indian hospital
(4/3/2019)
(South Dakota) -- First of all I am not one to engage in online tit-for-tat when my integrity as a journalist is being challenged. I spent many years on the therapy...
article Former IHS doctor convicted of child abuse could still get pension, sparking outrage
(3/29/2019)
(South Dakota) -- A former Indian Health Service pediatrician convicted of sexually abusing two Blackfeet Indian boys is still eligible to receive millions in retirement...
4 Total Articles on this Issue

Mining & Drilling

article State defends South Dakota pipeline protest legislation
(4/20/2019)
(South Dakota) -- South Dakota's governor and attorney general are asking a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit challenging a new law that aims to prevent...
1 Article on this Issue

Dakota Access Pipeline

article Noem wants ACLU lawsuit thrown out
(4/19/2019)
(South Dakota) -- South Dakota's governor and attorney general are asking a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit challenging a new law that aims to prevent...
article South Dakota pipeline protest law worries Native American activists as ACLU files suit
(3/31/2019)
(South Dakota) -- Nick Tilsen, a citizen of the Oglala Lakota Nation, attended his first protest before he was even 5 years old. Since then, he hasn't stopped...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Keystone XL Pipeline

article State defends South Dakota pipeline protest legislation
(4/19/2019)
(South Dakota) -- South Dakota's governor and attorney general are asking a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit challenging a new law that aims to prevent...
article Governor, Ravnsborg say pipeline protest bill doesn't violate First Amendment
(4/17/2019)
(South Dakota) -- Gov. Kristi Noem and Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg said this week that a new law aimed at potential protests against the Keystone XL oil pipeline...
article South Dakota officials deny state protest laws chill free speech
(4/17/2019)
(South Dakota) -- South Dakota officials are denying that a recently passed law would cause people to fear prosecution if they protest the Keystone XL pipeline. Gov....
article A Look At The Groups Organizing Protests Against The Keystone XL Pipeline Project
(3/29/2019)
(South Dakota) -- Friday night we're getting a better idea of just how many groups are organizing protests against the Keystone XL pipeline project. Thursday night...
4 Total Articles on this Issue

Pine Ridge

article OP/ED: FDOT holding Pine Ridge hostage
(4/19/2019)
(South Dakota) -- The residents of Pine Ridge have been held hostage to the Suncoast Parkway extension by FDOT and more recently the county for approximately. 20 years....
article South Dakota justices order hearing in Indian-child case
(4/18/2019)
(South Dakota) -- Testimony should be taken from a child's physician before a state circuit judge decides whether to transfer an abuse and neglect case to...
article 'The Horse Nation Is Here for Us': How Lakota Culture Is Helping Treat Child Trauma in South Dakota
(4/17/2019)
(South Dakota) -- Greg Grey Cloud stands in the middle of the arena, thumbs in his hip pockets, beside a black-and-white Paint who wanders and roots aimlessly in the dry...
article Delivering aid to the Pine Ridge Reservation
(4/17/2019)
(South Dakota) -- After a blizzard dumped 22 inches of snow on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, S.D. three weeks ago, the snow throughout that region melted and flooded...
article Pine Ridge celebrates 'complete makeover' of grocery store after months without one
(4/16/2019)
(South Dakota) -- After having to drive about 45 minutes to buy groceries for the past few months, Donna Dubray was first in line for the grand opening of Pine Ridge...
article Pine Ridge celebrates 'complete makeover' of grocery store after months without one
(4/14/2019)
(South Dakota) -- After having to drive about 45 minutes to buy groceries for the past few months, Donna Dubray was first in line for the grand opening of Pine Ridge...
article Calm before the Storm: Pine Ridge Reservation Braces for Winter Blizzard
(4/11/2019)
(South Dakota) -- Still reelign from massive flooding and without federal assistance, the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation braces for another major storm.
article Oglala Sioux Tribe welcomes reopening of grocery store on Pine Ridge Reservation
(4/11/2019)
(South Dakota) -- Melissa Zephier took a walk Tuesday with her 5-year-old grandson Moses in Pine Ridge, the seat of the Oglala Lakota people.
article 'We're in Constant Crisis': Tribal Nation Still Reeling From Last Month’s Bomb Cyclone Faces More Extreme Weather
(4/10/2019)
(South Dakota) -- On Wednesday, a giant winter storm began to pummel the Midwest with what could be up to 2 feet of snow, and the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota...
article OST President Bear Runner creates petition for FEMA aid
(4/7/2019)
(South Dakota) -- As the state of emergency on the Pine Ridge Reservation continues on, Tribal leadership is circulating a petition requesting federal aid. Before the...
article Oglala Sioux Tribal President's Call for Flood Relief Needs
(4/3/2019)
(South Dakota) -- This page is an initiative of the OST President's Office. Your support now can help provide direct aid to people and rebuild areas within the...
article Yankton Sioux Tribe Gives 10,000 Bottles Of Water To Pine Ridge
(4/3/2019)
(South Dakota) -- People dealing with flooding on the Pine Ridge Reservation are getting some extra help. On Tuesday, the Oglala Sioux Tribe posted a picture on Twitter...
article South Dakota National Guard, Businesses Help Flood Victims on Pine Ridge and Across Midwest
(3/31/2019)
(South Dakota) -- As spring flooding continued to wreak havoc across the Midwest, water isn't the only thing pouring in. Soon after the South Dakota Army National...
article After the floods, a struggle on the Pine Ridge Reservation for food and water access
(3/30/2019)
(South Dakota) -- Even on a good day, access to nutritious food and water isn’t a given for residents of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in southern South Dakota...
article Road conditions make it difficult to distribute donations on the reservation
(3/30/2019)
(South Dakota) -- Problems in Pine Ridge continue with blocked roads and water issues, but organizations are bringing in donations to help in any way they can. Some of...
article South Dakota National Guard, businesses help flood victims on Pine Ridge and across Midwest
(3/30/2019)
(South Dakota) -- As spring flooding continued to wreak havoc across the Midwest, water isn't the only thing pouring in. Soon after the South Dakota Army National...
article OP/ED: While Pine Ridge suffered, we watched in silence
(3/30/2019)
(South Dakota) -- We did it again, South Dakota. In one of their greatest times of need, we overlooked the most-overlooked residents in our state. We should be ashamed...
article Reservation school in ninth day without running water
(3/29/2019)
(South Dakota) -- One city on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation in particular has been fighting an uphill battle, with no running water throughout Red Shirt Table... a...
article Severe Flooding Hits South Dakota's Pine Ridge Reservation
(3/29/2019)
(South Dakota) -- The Oglala Lakota Nation has declared a state of emergency on the sprawling Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. The fallout from severe flooding...
article SD Flooding Causes Food, Water Shortage on Indian Reservations
(3/28/2019)
(South Dakota) -- Flooding that began in the Midwest two weeks ago continues to affect the 20,000 residents who live on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in southwest...
20 Total Articles on this Issue

Standing Rock Sioux

article Jason Mraz Joins Joel Rafael on 'Strong': Exclusive Premiere
(4/17/2019)
(South Dakota) -- Joel Rafael is repurposing his song "Strong," a collaboration with Jason Mraz premiering exclusively below, as part of his upcoming album...
1 Article on this Issue

Video Gaming

article Dreamstarter Grant Supports Young Entrepreneur’s Plans to Produce Video Games by and for Natives
(4/16/2019)
(South Dakota) -- The visionary behind the game design company Northern Plains Game Design is a Dakota State University student and an enrolled member of the Cheyenne...
article Native American student wins $10K grant to start game design company
(4/9/2019)
(South Dakota) -- A Dakota State University student is the recipient of a $10,000 grant to start his own game design company, Northern Plains Game Design. The start-up...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Marijuana & Hemp

article South Dakota AG's statements on hemp, CBD oil cause confusion
(4/15/2019)
(South Dakota) -- When the owner of the Hemporium in Rapid City read the attorney general's recent proclamation about hemp and CBD oil, he felt "shock."...
1 Article on this Issue

Voter Suppression

article U.S. House panel to hear testimony of Native American voting issues in South Dakota
(4/15/2019)
(South Dakota) -- Native American voter disenfranchisement and suppression in North Dakota and South Dakota will be the topic of a U.S. House panel hearing on Tuesday.
1 Article on this Issue

Native Voices

article GIAGO: After all, what’s in a name?
(4/14/2019)
(South Dakota) -- It seems that behind every nickname there is a reason. I was six years old when my parents dropped me of in front of Red Cloud Hall. The building was...
1 Article on this Issue

Sisseton Wahpeton

article Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate chairwoman voted out by council
(4/14/2019)
(South Dakota) -- The Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Tribal Council voted to remove Chairwoman Ella Robertson after an executive session March 29.
article Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate wins approval of new gaming compact
(4/2/2019)
(South Dakota) -- The Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate will be able to offer more slot machines at its casino after securing approval of a new Class III gaming compact.
2 Total Articles on this Issue

South Dakota Gaming

article Keeping gaming machines running
(4/13/2019)
(South Dakota) -- When Tom Somerville isn’t serving beverages behind the bar, he’s traveling across southeast South Dakota keeping video lottery machines up...
1 Article on this Issue

Flandreau Santee Sioux

article Casino’s facelift touches all parts of the building
(4/9/2019)
(South Dakota) -- An investment in remodeling the Royal River Casino and Hotel has meant changes to every area of the building, including offices, hotel rooms, the gift...
1 Article on this Issue

Lower Brule Sioux

article Charges pending against driver of fatal rollover crash
(4/6/2019)
(South Dakota) -- Charges are pending against the driver of a vehicle after a one-vehicle rollover crash in Lower Brule Indian Reservation Thursday morning killed a...
1 Article on this Issue

Native Vote

article Native American women set record in Rapid City election
(4/6/2019)
(South Dakota) -- An unprecedented number of Native American women are running for office in the Rapid City municipal election in June. Saying that the city council...
article Native Women Make Up One Third Of Rapid City Municipal Election Candiates
(3/28/2019)
(South Dakota) -- Five Native American women are running for seats on the Rapid City Common Council and mayoral position. Mayor Steve Allender is facing a challenger,...
article Unprecedented number of Native American women running for office in Rapid City municipal election
(3/28/2019)
(South Dakota) -- An unprecedented number of Native American women are running for office in the Rapid City municipal election in June. Saying that the city council...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Rosebud Sioux Tribe

article Tribal, county and city agencies respond to flood disaster
(4/6/2019)
(South Dakota) -- Tribal and county agencies wasted no time in responding to the myriad problems caused by the recent post-blizzard flooding. The Rosebud Sioux Tribe...
1 Article on this Issue

Cheyenne River Sioux

article Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe braces for flooding
(3/29/2019)
(South Dakota) -- Preparation for severe flooding is taking place on the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation. "It's kind of a different type of winter than...
article Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe prepares for floodin
(3/28/2019)
(South Dakota) -- Preparation for severe flooding is taking place on the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation. "It's kind of a different type of winter than...
article Moreau River In Cheyenne Indian Reservation Expected To Crest At More Than 30 Feet
(3/28/2019)
(South Dakota) -- Floodwater continues to cause problem across South Dakota. On the Cheyenne Indian Reservation, people are preparing as the Moreau River rises. The...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Other News

article How Lakota Culture Is Helping Treat Child Trauma
(4/22/2019)
(South Dakota) -- Greg Grey Cloud is combining traditional Lakota horse rituals with equine therapy to treat PTSD—and much more. Greg Grey Cloud stands in the...
article Leaders throughout the Black Hills come together
(4/18/2019)
(South Dakota) -- Tribal members and community leaders gathered together for a mixer Thursday evening at Prairie Edge. It was an opportunity for leaders throughout the...
article South Dakota tribal treasurer indicted for sexual assault
(4/18/2019)
(South Dakota) -- A member of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribal Council had been indicted in federal court on three counts of sexual assault. Council Treasurer Roland Hawk Sr...
article Crow Creek treasurer denies sex offenses
(4/17/2019)
(South Dakota) -- The Crow Creek Sioux Tribe's treasurer pleaded not guilty Tuesday morning to federal charges of sex offenses. Roland Hawk Sr., 50, of Fort Thompson,...
article Crow Creek Council Treasurer accused of sexual assault
(4/16/2019)
(South Dakota) -- A member of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribal Council had been indicted in federal court on three counts of sexual assault. 50-year-old Council Treasurer...
article Tribal member: Man indicted for sexual abuse is Crow Creek treasurer
(4/16/2019)
(South Dakota) -- A Fort Thompson man indicted last week for sex offenses has been identified as a member of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribal Council.
article Arne Vainio: 'I want you to never miss anyone's cancer'
(4/11/2019)
(South Dakota) -- I was looking for an old truck someone had told me about and I thought I had the right place. She slowly stepped out of the house into the hot summer...
article Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Tribes maintain sacred relationship with cottonwood trees
(4/11/2019)
(South Dakota) -- Now that spring is nearly upon us… the cottonwood trees are just beginning to bud. They will bloom and then by late summer catkins produce the...
article Muscogee (Creek) Nation headed to South Dakota for disaster-relief efforts
(4/9/2019)
(South Dakota) -- Officers from the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Lighthorse Tribal Department are heading out to the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota on Tuesday to...
article Warne Speaks During BHSU's American Indian Awareness Week
(4/9/2019)
(South Dakota) -- Throughout her life, Beverly Warne has had many people take her under their wings while she has reciprocated. From an early age, she know that she...
article Native American athletes and fans face ongoing racism
(4/9/2019)
(South Dakota) -- Some of the students were crying as they got back on to the bus. In early 2015, Justin Poor Bear, now 39, chaperoned dozens of Native students to see a...
article Native American student wins $10K grant to build Lakota game
(4/6/2019)
(South Dakota) -- Native American student at Dakota State University has been awarded a $10,000 grant to design a computer game to teach the Lakota language.
article Ivan Star Comes Out: So-called 'tribal' constitution keeps our people down
(4/5/2019)
(South Dakota) -- The majority of us here on the Pine Ridge Reservation have endured unending poverty. Actually, we endured a segregation championed by an autocratic...
article City hasn't always been kind to Native residents
(4/5/2019)
(South Dakota) -- Just days after another Native American man lost his life to the cold, just a block away from the Pennington County Care Campus, Mayor Steve Allender...
article Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Tribes maintain sacred relationship with cottonwood trees
(4/5/2019)
(South Dakota) -- Now that spring is nearly upon us… the cottonwood trees are just beginning to bud. They will bloom and then by late summer catkins produce the...
article Native Sun News Today: Native woman seeks highest office in Rapid City
(4/3/2019)
(South Dakota) -- Natalie Stites-Means is one of five Native American women who have stepped up to run for office in Rapid City; which includes four of the five wards...
article Rate of arrests growing faster than South Dakota population, per AG report
(4/3/2019)
(South Dakota) -- Arrests in South Dakota have increased for the eighth year in a row, according to newly released data from the state. The Office of Attorney General on...
article Rate of arrests growing faster than South Dakota population, per AG report
(4/2/2019)
(South Dakota) -- Arrests in South Dakota have increased for the eighth year in a row, according to newly released data from the state. The Office of Attorney General on...
article Regents Required to Recruit Native American Students
(4/2/2019)
(South Dakota) -- The South Dakota legislature passed a bill this year that would require the Board of Regents to develop programs to encourage and retain students from...
article Sending Sight to South Dakota Sioux
(3/31/2019)
(South Dakota) -- On Saturday, March 30th, a pride of about a dozen Lions from all over central Massachusetts gathered in Charlton, MA to help ship 120,000 new single-...

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