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Native Sun News: Oglala leader discusses liquor and per caps

A lifelong resident of Pine Ridge village and a Navy veteran, Larry Eagle Bull Sr., sat down with Native Sun News to speak on a number of important topics facing the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

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2/5/2016

article Pine Ridge poetry program poised for the big time
(South Dakota) -- An after school poetry program on the Pine Ridge Reservation sends teams to international competitions and is showing such promise that a national...

1/29/2016

article Two Indicted on Murder Charges in Case of Missing Pine Ridge Woman
(South Dakota) -- Two were arrested yesterday in connection with the death of Emily Blue Bird, 24 of Pine Ridge Village, who went missing at the beginning of January.

1/28/2016

article Hundreds March on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation against Violence against Women in Honor of Emily Bluebird
(South Dakota) -- Hundreds of tribal citizens marched on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation for the “Justice for Emily” march to bring attention to violence...

1/22/2016

article BLOG: Envisioning a Stronger Economy for Pine Ridge Indian Reservation
(Washington D.C.) -- Recently USDA Rural Development staff in South Dakota spent two days at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, home of the Oglala Sioux, where they met...

1/21/2016

article 'Buffalo Bees': Pine Ridge to Sponsor Bee Hives
(South Dakota) -- A new bee hive project on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, dubbed “Buffalo Bees”, is intended to revive the tribe's local food system...

1/15/2016

article A Community Self-Empowerment Model for Indian Country: Thunder Valley CDC, PART I
(South Dakota) -- Thunder Valley CDC, a non-profit organization on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation of South Dakota, has become a major source of hope and inspiration...
article Can a New School Help the Girls of Pine Ridge Indian Reservation?
(South Dakota) -- Twila True left the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation of South Dakota before she turned five, relocating to Southern California through a government...

1/14/2016

article Raising Money to Help the Poorest Corner of America
(South Dakota) -- For those of us aware of South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, it is best known as the site of the 71-day armed takeover of Wounded Knee...

1/4/2016

article Lakota Country Times: FEMA homes finally arrive at Pine Ridge
(South Dakota) -- As part of the recovery efforts from the severe storms and flooding that struck the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in Spring 2015, the Federal Emergency...

12/30/2015

article Lakota Country Times: FEMA homes finally arrive at Pine Ridge
(South Dakota) -- As part of the recovery efforts from the severe storms and flooding that struck the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in Spring 2015, the Federal Emergency...

12/26/2015

article Chuck Jaffee: 'Skateboarding in Pine Ridge' gives insight on diverse cultures
(California) -- There are many films documenting how Native Americans have been — and continue to be — shafted and marginalized. There are many films that...

12/25/2015

article Housing on South Dakota reservation severely limited
(South Dakota) -- Delora Kills Enemy sleeps on her van’s back seat. Raymond Eagle Hawk, his girlfriend and young daughter live in a plywood-walled shack barely...

12/24/2015

article Native Sun News: Pine Ridge team breaks 30-year drought at LNI
(South Dakota) -- Despite being out-rebounded and out-converted at the line, Little Wound used the oldest strategy in the books; they outshot Todd County 65% to 34% from...

12/21/2015

article Oglala Sioux seek solutions on chronic housing shortage
(South Dakota) -- Delora Kills Enemy sleeps on her van's back seat. Raymond Eagle Hawk, his girlfriend and young daughter live in a plywood-walled shack barely...

12/20/2015

article 'Back at ground zero again'
(South Dakota) -- It’s been a long five years for Robert Running Shield. The Pine Ridge native has lived on the streets of Sioux Falls since his release from...
article Christmas gifts headed to S.D. Indian reservation
(South Dakota) -- Girard resident and motivational speaker Mike Kolic will be traveling to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota on the south end of the...
article Oglala Sioux, feds seek solutions for South Dakota reservation's chronic housing shortage
(South Dakota) -- The housing shortage on South Dakota's Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is a longstanding problem for thousands of Oglala Sioux members.

12/18/2015

article FEMA supplying permanent homes to Pine Ridge Reservation
(South Dakota) -- Gazing out his living room window at the rolling, wind-swept hills of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, Marvin Goings gestured to his dining room...

12/16/2015

article FEMA supplying permanent homes to Pine Ridge Reservation
(South Dakota) -- Gazing out his living room window at the rolling, wind-swept hills of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, Marvin Goings gestured to his dining room...

12/13/2015

article Oglala Lakota Couple Purchase White Clay Business
(Nebraska) -- Martin Pilcher had been an employee at Arrowhead Foods when it was known as “VJ’s”, the small border town grocery near the Pine Ridge...
article TEDx Talk Features Lakota Immersion Coordinator Who Says Language Is Fundamental
(South Dakota) -- Peter Hill, an educator and the language coordinator for Lakota Immersion Childcare, located in Oglala, South Dakota on the Pine Ridge Indian...

12/11/2015

article Carlos Santana’s Milagro Foundation supporting Pine Ridge programs
(South Dakota) -- A message of hope for young Lakota people on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota is spreading with viral speed.
article First Pine Ridge resident receives new permanent home through FEMA
(South Dakota) -- Gazing out his living room window Wednesday morning at the rolling, windswept hills of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, Marvin Goings gestured to to...

12/9/2015

article FEMA Gives Replacement Home Keys To Reservation Storm Victim
(South Dakota) -- Seven months after flooding, hail and high winds damaged or destroyed hundreds of homes on the Pine Ridge Reservation, federal officials gathered...
article FEMA Housing Lands On Pine Ridge Following Disaster
(South Dakota) -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency is placing new mobile homes on Pine Ridge following spring storms and flooding that destroyed and damaged...

12/4/2015

article State DSS denies claims of discrimination on Pine Ridge
(South Dakota) -- South Dakota's Department of Social Services is denying claims of racial discrimination against Native Americans who applied for jobs at the agency...

12/3/2015

article Oglala Family Builds Energy Efficient Home, Plans Move From FEMA Trailer
(South Dakota) -- Paul Shields, son Leonard Peltier and father of three girls, has been building a house here on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation since August, hoping...

12/2/2015

article Tribal prosecutor deputized in state court
(South Dakota) -- Legal History was to be made Tuesday in Pine Ridge as the Oglala Sioux Tribe's attorney general was to be deputized to prosecute crimes in state...

11/27/2015

article Attacking dogs still roaming Pine Ridge Indian Reservation
(South Dakota) -- In the year since the death of 8-year-old Jayla Rodriguez on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, little has been accomplished to keep community members...

11/25/2015

article Group donates van to assist veterans on Pine Ridge
(South Dakota) -- A support group for military families has donated a 10-passenger van to the Oglala Sioux Tribe to help veterans living on the Pine Ridge Indian...
article Oglala Sioux Tribe Set To Open Nursing Home By March
(South Dakota) -- The Oglala Sioux Lakota Nursing Home being built just south of Whiteclay, Neb., is near completion. This will be the first senior healthcare facility...

11/23/2015

article Lakota Country Times: Legal 'victory' for reservation residents
(South Dakota) -- The South Dakota Supreme Court ruled that an order issued by former Seventh Circuit Presiding Judge Jeff Davis that deprived Oglala Lakota County...
article Funding Gaps Leave Native Teens at Risk
(South Dakota) -- In the suicide epidemic gripping tribal communities nationwide, South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Reservation, home to the Oglala Sioux, is ground zero.

11/22/2015

article A year after Jayla's death, attacking dogs still roam Pine Ridge reservation
(South Dakota) -- In the year since the death of 8-year-old Jayla Rodriguez on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, little has been accomplished to keep community members...

11/21/2015

article Ivan Star Comes Out: Politics threaten Oglala tribal police force
(South Dakota) -- I don’t hear anyone talking about the Pine Ridge Police Force lately. All I know is that we once had federal law enforcement here and then as a...
article Pine Ridge Reservation’s Suicide Prevention Outreach Program Loses Federal Grant
(South Dakota) -- Just when a much needed suicide prevention outreach program is needed the most on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, the federal government is pulling...
article Little Wound School on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation Receives $325,000 Grant from Dept. of Ed
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Healthy Students awarded Little Wound School on the Pine Ridge Reservation in...

11/20/2015

article Reservation loses funding for suicide prevention program
(South Dakota) -- The only suicide prevention outreach program on a South Dakota Indian reservation where at least 20 people have killed themselves this year will end in...

11/17/2015

article $300K to build 12 homes on Pine Ridge
(South Dakota) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded $300,000 to a development corporation on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to help people build 12 homes...

11/13/2015

article Lakota Country Times: Pine Ridge business keeps growing
(South Dakota) -- Tom Wise had a dream to create a business on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation that would support the Oglala Oyate and help alleviate the hardship of...
article Oglala tribal president guest on Morning Fill Up
(South Dakota) -- Oglala Sioux Tribal President John Yellow Bird Steele stopped by Rapid City this Thursday morning as this month’s guest of the Morning Fill Up.

11/12/2015

article Jurors In Pine Ridge Case Should Come From Oglala Lakota County Says SD Supreme Court
(South Dakota) -- Jurors from neighboring Fall River County should not hear a civil case arising out of an incident that occurred in Pine Ridge, the South Dakota Supreme...
article SD Supreme Courts Opens Jury Pools To Oglala Lakota County Residents
(South Dakota) -- In a unanimous decision, the South Dakota Supreme Court has thrown out a 2009 judicial order excluded residents of Oglala Lakota County from serving on...
article DOJ sues South Dakota for discriminating against applicants
(South Dakota) -- A lawsuit filed last Tuesday against the South Dakota Department of Social Services alleges that the often maligned state agency has repeatedly...

11/10/2015

article Skateboarding in Pine Ridge
(South Dakota) -- Pine Ridge is an Indian Reservation in South Dakota and is among the poorest counties in the USA. The reservation is the site of several tragic...

11/6/2015

article Pine Ridge Indian Reservation mission trip sparks memories of visit 50 years ago.
(South Dakota) -- The first time I visited Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota in 1965, I was an idealistic teenager participating in a program called Peace...

11/3/2015

article Ivan Star Comes Out: Addressing trauma in our communities
(South Dakota) -- I spent most of my adult life pondering the overall condition (s) of life on my home land, the Pine Ridge Reservation. In addition to the extraordinary...

11/2/2015

article Hard living conditions of Pine Ridge Reservation are eye-opening to Shabazz students
(Wisconsin) -- A class trip to South Dakota exposed Charlotte Conner to impoverished conditions she didn’t know existed in the United States.

10/26/2015

article OST council mulls LNI boycott move
(South Dakota) -- The political fallout from a beer spilling incident at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center continues to envelope the Lakota Nation Invitational. In protest...

10/24/2015

article Pine Ridge speakers: History and stereotypes block understanding between the races
(South Dakota) -- Tatewin Means wants you to take a test. Means is the attorney general of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, and on Friday, she and Nick Tilsen, executive director...

10/23/2015

article Some Native Americans speak out about injustices in community
(South Dakota) -- Some in the Native American community were speaking out Friday about the injustices they face. Speakers at the Black Hills Forum and Press Club focused...

10/22/2015

article Pine Ridge Indians visit Woodacre to learn about healthy eating
(South Dakota) -- Woodacre resident Avis Licht handed out samples of cherry tomatoes while giving a tour of her garden to visitors from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation...

10/21/2015

article Thune Seeks Beefed-Up Law Enforcement For Pine Ridge Needs
(South Dakota) -- Tribal officials on the Pine Ridge Reservation are searching for solutions to high rates of suicide and substance abuse. Sen. John Thune is working...

10/19/2015

article US Sen. John Thune: Republicans will get things straight
(South Dakota) -- U.S. Sen. John Thune visited the Black Hills last week for a whirlwind tour to catch up on a number of issues and meet with various constituencies....

10/16/2015

article In the midst of suicide epidemic, tribe seeks help from DC
(South Dakota) -- When she started her plea to her adult audience for more activities for young people on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, Angela Blacksmith Dreaming...
article Lakota speaking fourth-graders greet U.S. lawmakers
(South Dakota) -- The Pine Ridge suicide crisis led U.S. lawmakers to the reservation this week to discuss ways the federal government might help fight the epidemic.

10/15/2015

article Thune, Noem hear about rash of reservation suicides
(South Dakota) -- Oglala Lakota tribal, health and justice officials met with John Thune and Kristin Noem in Pine Ridge Thursday prompted by the recent spasm of suicides...
article Tribal Members Seek Federal Help For Suicide Rates
(South Dakota) -- Tribal leaders on the Pine Ridge Reservation have been searching for solutions to tragic bursts of suicides that have included children. Thursday they...

10/14/2015

article Deformed by their mother's alcoholism
(South Dakota) -- In a South Dakota town, with a population of just 14 people, four stores sold more than four million beer cans in a space of a year. The most frequent...

10/10/2015

article FEMA Sending Trailers To Pine Ridge Reservation
(South Dakota) -- The federal government is sending trailers to South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, where residents are still recovering from severe...

10/5/2015

article Oglala Sioux Tribe receives $400K for suicide prevention
(South Dakota) -- The Administration for Native Americans has awarded a $400,000 emergency grant to the Oglala Sioux Tribe to pay for activities and programs designed to...

10/3/2015

article High Court takes on waste dump issue near Pine Ridge
(South Dakota) -- The state Supreme Court has asked to hear oral arguments at the University of South Dakota Law School on Oct. 7, regarding a citizens’ referendum...

9/24/2015

article Arts and business incubator to rise on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation
(South Dakota) -- The dream of turning art into profit on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation got a $750,000 boost Wednesday from the federal government. The grant, from...
article Boulder-based organization lends a helping hand
(South Dakota) -- Living in what some refer to as the Boulder bubble, it’s sometimes easy to tune out the surrounding world and bathe in the beauty of this...

9/15/2015

article Filing deadline nears for Pine Ridge disaster jobless aid
(South Dakota) -- People who lost jobs or became unable to do business because of severe storms, straight-line winds and flooding that hit the Pine Ridge Indian...

9/11/2015

article Ohio student starts nonprofit to benefit Pine Ridge
(South Dakota) -- The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is more than 1,200 miles from Cleveland, Ohio, but the vast distance doesn’t stand in the way of a unique and...

9/10/2015

article Pine Ridge Indian Reservation Young Community Members Rebuild Porcupine Powwow Arbor
(South Dakota) -- The Porcupine District Powwow grounds had seen better days. Rotting wood, rusty nails, mildew and peeling paint left the community wondering when and...

9/8/2015

article White Man Cleared in 'Lakota 57' Case
(South Dakota) -- A South Dakota judge cleared a white man of disorderly conduct charges after he was accused of dousing Native American children with beer and insults...

9/3/2015

article Native Sun News: City faces possible suit from Lakota 57 parents
(South Dakota) -- On Sept. 1, Magistrate Judge Eric Strawn issued a not guilty verdict in the case of Trace O’Connell. O’Connell’s disorderly conduct...

9/2/2015

article COMMENTARY: Parents of Lakota 57 respond to not guilty verdict in Rapid City
(South Dakota) -- Folks, today Judge Strawn issued a decision finding that the single defendant charged, Trace O'Connell, was not guilty of disorderly conduct when...
article Rapid City Race Relations Further Complicated By Court Ruling
(South Dakota) -- The hockey season seems far away these days at the ice arena in the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City. But frustrations are fresh in the Native...
article Lakota Country Times: New food bank on Pine Ridge Reservation
(South Dakota) -- With hunger rates above the national average and poverty rates through the ceiling, the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation has many residents who struggle...

8/31/2015

article Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux counselor combats youth suicide
(South Dakota) -- Oglala Sioux tribal member Amanda Carlow brought home new hope and support for survivors of youth suicide, when she returned here Aug. 15, from a...

8/27/2015

article Massive naming ceremony planned for Lakota youth
(South Dakota) -- In response to a continuing suicide epidemic on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation the community of Manderson is coming together to host a Lakota naming...

8/23/2015

article Pine Ridge kids learn tennis from British coach
(South Dakota) -- A longtime tennis coach in England has been offering free tennis classes on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Leigh Owen, 50, has been visiting Pine...

8/18/2015

article Disaster unemployment assistance available for Oglala Sioux
(South Dakota) -- Members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe who became unemployed due to severe storms on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in May are eligible for disaster...

8/10/2015

article New Badlands National Park Leader Open To Tribal Park Plan
(South Dakota) -- The incoming superintendent of Badlands National Park says he's open to a languishing plan to create a tribal national park in the Badlands....

8/6/2015

article New Badlands superintendent 'open-minded' on tribal national park
(South Dakota) -- The plan to create a tribal national park in the Badlands seems stalled if not dead, but perhaps a pair of fresh eyes and and an open mind might rescue...

8/4/2015

article Native Sun News: Lakota Heritage Ride raises funds for Pine Ridge
(South Dakota) -- Kelly Quinn, also known as “Throttle Girl” in the motorcycle community, is sponsoring a Native event benefiting One Spirit and the Lakota...

7/30/2015

article Oglala Sioux Tribe builds nursing home near Whiteclay, Nebraska
(South Dakota) -- The Oglala Sioux Tribe, headquartered on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, is building a nursing home near Whiteclay, Nebraska. People...

7/22/2015

article Trial opens into racist treatment of Indian children at game
(South Dakota) -- A non-Indian man goes on trial today in connection with the racist mistreatment of Indian children in South Dakota. The 57 young members of the Oglala...

7/20/2015

article Lakota Country Times: Theater makes impact at Pine Ridge
(South Dakota) -- “You know, I just love movies,” said Angel Reddest, owner of Nunpa Theatre in Kyle. “That’s really why I started a theater....

7/19/2015

article Arts-based Community Development Investment Announced for the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation
(South Dakota) -- The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has announced financial support for the design of powwow grounds, studio spaces, and artist live/work space...

7/5/2015

article OURS: Thunder Valley a reason for optimism, enthusiasm
(South Dakota) -- Of all the possible combinations of human qualities, the marriage of optimism and enthusiasm seems to produce the best results. That’s why the...

7/2/2015

article Ivan Star: Creating a culturally appropriate economy at Pine Ridge
(South Dakota) -- This is a follow up to my previous rant regarding the poverty on the Pine Ridge. I used the odd phrase “culturally appropriate commerce”...

6/29/2015

article Lakota Country Times: Treaty council slams mine at Pine Ridge
(South Dakota) -- In news first reported by freelance reporter Natalie Hand, the Tetunwan Oyate Treaty Council has come down hard on a company who had illegally mined...

6/26/2015

article Native Sun News: Project brings economic hope to Pine Ridge
(South Dakota) -- “Poverty ends today on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation” was the proclamation made by Thunder Valley’s program Director Nick Tilson...

6/24/2015

article Sustainable housing community breaks ground on Pine Ridge
(South Dakota) -- An eco-friendly housing community that was in the planning stage for about five years is finally being built in Sharps Corner on the Pine Ridge Indian...

6/23/2015

article New development could 'end poverty on Pine Ridge'
(South Dakota) -- After five years of planning and searching for partnerships, the Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation finally broke ground on a new...
article Pine Ridge housing community breaks ground
(South Dakota) -- Ground has been broken for a housing community that’s been in the planning stage for about five years in Sharps Corner on the Pine Ridge Indian...
article Pine Ridge Reservation gets $1.97 grant for regenerative community
(South Dakota) -- The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is getting a new youth center, grocery store, pow wow grounds and more. The announcement, made Monday at a...
article Sustainable Housing Community Breaks Ground On Pine Ridge
(South Dakota) -- A housing community that's been in the planning stage for about five years has finally broken ground in Sharps Corner on the Pine Ridge Indian...

6/22/2015

article Groundbreaking ceremony gives new hope to Pine Ridge Reservation
(South Dakota) -- The Pine Ridge Reservation faces high poverty and suicide rates every day – but one group is trying to change that. A groundbreaking at the...
article Native American teens commit suicide at alarmingly high rate
(South Dakota) -- Native American communities continue to suffer teen suicides at heartbreaking rates. The U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs is committing funds to help a...
article Tribes impacted by youth suicide to appear at Senate hearing
(South Dakota) -- Leaders of two tribes that have been affected by youth suicide will testify at a Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing on Wednesday. The Oglala...

6/19/2015

article Pine Ridge Indian Reservation resident faces arson charge
(South Dakota) -- Federal authorities are accusing a Pine Ridge Indian Reservation resident of setting fire to a friend's home in April. A grand jury in western...

6/17/2015

article Suicide Prevention on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to Be Aided by Federal Grant
(South Dakota) -- The U.S. Department of Education has awarded a $218,000 grant to the Pine Ridge School on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota to aid in...

6/16/2015

article Thunder Valley CDC to Break Ground on Regenerative Community Housing Development on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation
(South Dakota) -- Six of the eleven poorest counties in all of America are in South Dakota and they are all on Indian Reservations. The poverty in these communities is...

6/13/2015

article Native American tribes tackle diet and health woes with businesses built on traditional foods
(South Dakota) -- For many residents of the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, getting to a supermarket requires a two-hour drive to Rapid City. It’s an...

6/12/2015

article KENT: Media blurs reality of reservation
(South Dakota) -- Well, it’s happening again on the Pine Ridge Reservation. At least four Lakota youth so far this year; another 17 in 2014. And that’s just...

6/8/2015

article Native Sun News: Lakota elders lauded for language preservation
(South Dakota) -- In the corner of the world that protected them from the systemic destruction of their Lakota Language, 241 Lakota elders were honored on May 28, 2015....

6/6/2015

article Twin Valley Elementary Center students donate art supplies to Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota
(Pennsylvania) -- This school year, Twin Valley Elementary Center’s (TVEC) Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) program used the theme “Native Americans” to...

6/4/2015

article 2 kids from Pine Ridge celebrate 'Let's Move' campaign at the White House
(Washington D.C.) -- The White House East Room was remade into a lunchroom Wednesday afternoon for about 20 kids from across the country. The First Lady hosted the...
article Pine Ridge Student Named Truman Scholar
(South Dakota) -- A Villanova University junior who hails from the Pine Ridge Reservation has been selected as one of 58 recipients of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship....

6/3/2015

article Native Sun News: Pine Ridge residents air concerns about water
(South Dakota) -- “The people at Pine Ridge Indian Reservation are severely impacted by the Crow Butte operations at Crawford, Nebraska, and will be impacted by...

5/29/2015

article The Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota
(South Dakota) -- As the high-20s heat dropped overnight to four degrees, I drove east through the misty, surreal shapes of the Badlands of South Dakota.
article Native Sun News: Pine Ridge actors make a splash with new film
(South Dakota) -- Young actors from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation are coming home from the Cannes Film Festival presentation of their independent movie “Songs...

5/16/2015

article Report calls for changes in handling of Native American children in foster care
(South Dakota) -- A new report from the Lakota People's Law Project is once again calling attention to what it says are racial biases in South Dakota when it comes...

5/12/2015

article Poor Bear Wins A Round: Oglala Voting Suit Advances
(South Dakota) -- A federal judge has shredded claim after claim by a South Dakota county that overlaps the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation but will not guarantee tribal...

5/11/2015

article LETTER: Suicides on an Indian Reservation
(South Dakota) -- We were greatly saddened to read your article, but not surprised. Those of us who live on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation know that 20 percent of the...

5/6/2015

article Pine Ridge residents seek solutions for youth suicides
(South Dakota) -- A group of about 60 people took to the streets in Pine Ridge Tuesday, concerned and frustrated about the frightening rate of youth suicides plaguing...
article Suicide awareness march for the youth of Pine Ridge
(South Dakota) -- More than 100 people turned out Tuesday in Pine Ridge for a prayer circle, and march in response to a recent wave of suicides among young people on the...
article 6 Q’s About the News | Pine Ridge Indian Reservation Struggles With Suicides Among Its Young
(South Dakota) -- In “Pine Ridge Indian Reservation Struggles With Suicides Among Its Young,” Julie Bosman reports on a suicide crisis on a reservation.

5/5/2015

article Racism: An Open Wound for Native Students
(South Dakota) -- On Jan. 24 of this year, 57 elementary and middle school students from American Horse School on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota traveled...
article Tuesday's march on reservation has goal of prodding tribal leaders on suicide solutions
(South Dakota) -- A man who lost his 12-year-old granddaughter to suicide in February will lead a march this morning that he hopes will prod Oglala Sioux Tribe leaders...

5/1/2015

article Pine Ridge Indian Reservation Struggles With Suicides Among Its Young
(South Dakota) -- A few days before Christmas, Santana Janis, a 12-year-old Lakota Indian, decided that she did not want to live anymore. A bright, outgoing girl with a...

4/28/2015

article Feds designate Pine Ridge Indian Reservation as Promise Zone
(South Dakota) -- The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is among eight communities that the Obama administration has designated as a Promise Zone under a program that seeks...
article Pine Ridge Reservation designated as Promise Zone
(South Dakota) -- President Obama said a child's zip code shouldn't matter in terms of opportunity, but the U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack...
article Pine Ridge to receive White House help on poverty
(South Dakota) -- The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation was chosen by the White House Tuesday as one of eight new "Promise Zones," a designation that allows areas...

4/27/2015

article Native Sun News: Author brings Lakota heritage to stewardship
(South Dakota) -- A natural resources management system based on traditional Lakota values, developed by Richard Sherman, Cante T’inza (Strong Heart), Oglala from...
article BLOG: Standing Up for Pine Ridge: Because Every Child Is Ours
(South Dakota) -- This week I received a call for assistance from Jan Paschal. A former U.S. Secretary of Education (New England Region), Ms. Paschal is also the founder...
article Rapid City man awarded $10K grant to start Pine Ridge youth running camps
(South Dakota) -- James Pine has his heart set on empowering the Oglala Lakota, both young and old. And Pine, 23, of Rapid City, has been awarded a $10,000 grant to take...

4/26/2015

article Suicide on the Great Sioux Nation
(South Dakota) -- Suicide arrives in waves on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. On Christmas Day, a 15-year-old Lakota girl took her own life. Soon afterward, a boy, just...

4/24/2015

article Dogs once held spiritual, valued role in Lakota culture
(South Dakota) -- Long before they became a horse-and-buffalo society centuries ago, the Lakota and Dakota people used to rely heavily on another animal for their daily...
article Poor tribe struggles to stop suicide surge
(South Dakota) -- The people of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation are no strangers to hardship or to the risk of lives being cut short. But a string of seven suicides by...

4/16/2015

article Lakota Country Times: Program brings healthy food to Pine Ridge
(South Dakota) -- For students on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation finding access to healthy and nutrient dense foods is often a struggle for a variety of reasons....

4/11/2015

article My Voice: In latest wave of suicides, a call for change
(South Dakota) -- At least 11 kids between the ages of 12 and 17 have killed themselves in Oglala Lakota County on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation since December.

4/6/2015

article To Sell or Not to Sell? Oglala Tables Decision on Newspaper Boycott
(South Dakota) -- At an April 2 meeting, the Oglala Sioux Tribal Council tabled a resolution to repeal its Rapid City Journal boycott, tribal spokesperson Kevin Steele...

3/28/2015

article Lakota Country Times: Oglala Sioux fighter rising in the ranks
(South Dakota) -- Amidst stories of struggle in his homeland, one young Oglala Lakota is making a name for himself and his community on the grandest of stages.

3/26/2015

article Native Sun News: Mayor of Rapid City addresses race relations
(South Dakota) -- As election season approaches in Rapid City, candidates have been hitting the pavement with petitions to meet the March 31 deadline to get on the...
article Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux leader not pleased with boycott
(South Dakota) -- A resolution passed by the Oglala Sioux Tribal Council erroneously listed Rapid City Attorney Patrick Duffy as a writer for the Rapid City Journal and...

3/25/2015

article Oglala Sioux Tribe bans business with newspaper
(South Dakota) -- The Oglala Sioux Tribal Council has approved a resolution banning all businesses on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation from selling the Rapid City...
article UNITY to Hold Regional Summit at Pine Ridge Indian Reservation
(Washington D.C.) -- In a move signaling a major shift in the organization, UNITY: Journalists for Diversity announced Monday that the coalition will hold its first...

3/24/2015

article Native Sun News: Tribe seeks boycott of Rapid City newspaper
(South Dakota) -- On Feb. 24, the Oglala Sioux Tribal Council passed Resolution 15-30. This resolution supported Pass Creek District’s request for all businesses...
article RC Journal editor: Apology for headline ran on front page
(South Dakota) -- The editor of the Rapid City Journal says it apologized on the front page for a headline that prompted the Oglala Sioux Tribal Council to ban sales of...

3/11/2015

article Regina Brave: Let's learn to forgive ourselves for our pettiness
(South Dakota) -- There were five attempted suicides on the Pine Ridge Reservation -- two young people were buried. What is it going to take to stop the bullying?
article Prayer Chain on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation; March 11th, 2015
(South Dakota) -- A group of Oglala Lakota youth between the ages of 11 – 20; all students, all residing within the boundaries of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation...
article Lakota Country Times: Lakota Nation Invitational weighs move
(South Dakota) -- The Lakota Nation Invitational has been a mainstay in Rapid City for decades, however, in light of several recent incidents in the city organizers will...

3/10/2015

article Native Sun News: Lakota Nation Invitational urged to relocate
(South Dakota) -- The resolution in part reads, “Whereas on January 24, 2015 a group of students ages 9 – 13 and 8 staff members were victims of abuse,...

3/8/2015

article Determination, Persistence Pay Off for Pine Ridge Student
(South Dakota) -- Chelsea J. Hunter’s mom is proud of her daughter—and with good reason. In bringing Hunter to ICTMN’s attention, Lori Vocu-Wisecarver...

3/5/2015

article Oglala Tribal Council Bans Rapid City Lawyer Patrick Duffy From The Reservation
(South Dakota) -- A South Dakota tribe has barred a Rapid City-based defense lawyer from entering their land. Oglala Lakota Tribe officials passed a resolution banning...
article Students, parents, leaders from Oglala Sioux working to combat youth suicide on reservation
(South Dakota) -- Residents of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation planned to wrap up their three-day effort to address youth suicide Thursday by laying out strategies to...

3/4/2015

article Panel approves measure to make Oglala Lakota County official
(South Dakota) -- The Legislature is one step away from ratifying the name change for Shannon County to become Oglala Lakota County, a move backed by a vast majority of...

3/3/2015

article Hope Is What's Needed On The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation
(South Dakota) -- Hope. Its only one word, but it can make the world of difference in the lives of teenagers on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. With the recent string...
article Oglala Lakota meet to devise suicide prevention plan
(South Dakota) -- Alarmed by a recent rash of teen and pre-teen suicides, the Oglala Lakota people are meeting Tuesday and Wednesday at the Piya Wiconi multi-purpose...

3/1/2015

article Oglala Sioux Tribe Seeks to Take Its Governmental Spending Away from Rapid City
(South Dakota) -- According to an anonymous source, Oglala Sioux Tribal officials are asking the tribal schools that normally have functions and events in Rapid City,...
article Pine Ridge men convicted in breaking of man's leg
(South Dakota) -- Two men from Pine Ridge have been convicted of assault and face several years in prison after a jury found them guilty of breaking a man's leg and...

2/26/2015

article Former Oglala Sioux Tribe president says keep LNI in Rapid City
(South Dakota) -- A final decision on the fate of the Lakota Nation Invitational will most likely come this April, says LNI director and former Oglala Sioux Tribe...
article Future of LNI in Rapid City up for questioning
(South Dakota) -- The future of a well known event that has a $3 million economic impact in Rapid City is now up for questioning. The Oglala Sioux Tribal Council met...
article Pine Ridge Leaders Call For LNI Boycott Unless Tournament Leaves Rapid City
(South Dakota) -- In the wake of an incident involving students from American Horse School in Allen, a resolution by tribal leaders asks organizers of the Lakota Nations...
article Tribe pushing for Rapid City tournament to be moved
(South Dakota) -- Oglala Sioux officials are pushing for a popular basketball tournament to be moved out of Rapid City due to racial tensions there.
article WINTER: Will Moving Lakota Nation Out of Rapid City Kill the Holiday Tournament?
(South Dakota) -- Let's face it, moving the Lakota Nation Invitational out of Rapid City is being talked about. It might not be reaching the front pages of the Argus...
article American Horse School Board Pursues Federal Hate Crime Charges
(South Dakota) -- The state’s decision to charge 41 year-old Trace O’Connell with a misdemeanor charge after 57 children from American Horse School were...

2/25/2015

article Kelly: Year after year, they head north to Pine Ridge Reservation with a truck full of generosity
(Nebraska) -- Jack and Fran Berg arrived at Creighton University in the cold and darkness a little after 6:30 a.m. Saturday to meet their annual caravan. The weather...

2/24/2015

article Native Sun News: County schedules vote on road by Bear Butte
(South Dakota) -- Does the public want the state of South Dakota to create a special tax exemption for a road and development project near sacred Bear Butte? Meade...

2/23/2015

article Deadline approaching for owners of parcels on Pine Ridge to take land purchase offer from feds
(South Dakota) -- The deadline is approaching for owners of parcels on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to accept land buyback offers from the federal government.

2/21/2015

article KING: An Open Letter to the Young People of the American Horse School in Pine Ridge, South Dakota
(Georgia) -- I was deeply disturbed by reports that a group of about fifty children, young people and their chaperones in your community were subjected to physical and...
article My Voice: Suicides in Pine Ridge and culture of fear
(South Dakota) -- In the wake of the disturbing Jan. 24 events at the Rapid City hockey game, people on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation were further stunned by a...

2/20/2015

article A Partnership To Help Curb Smoking On Reservations
(South Dakota) -- A new partnership aims to prevent lung cancer among Native Americans. On Friday, Avera announced it's teaming up with Walking Forward to help curb...
article Smoking Cessation Program Will Be Pioneered On The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation
(South Dakota) -- A research program that uses mobile technology including text messages to promote smoking cessation and ultimately prevent lung cancer deaths among...

2/19/2015

article Pine Ridge Tribal President Asks For U.S. Civil Rights Probe
(South Dakota) -- The tribal president from Pine Ridge has asked for a federal civil rights investigation into reported harassment of Native American students at a...

2/17/2015

article Native Sun News: Rapid City paper admits error with headline
(South Dakota) -- Since the founding of Hay Camp in 1876, race relations between Native Americans and whites in the Rapid City area have been tainted and marred by...
article State Of Emergency Declared On Pine Ridge Reservation Due To Recent Youth Suicides
(South Dakota) -- Since mid December, there have been five reported youth suicides on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Sadly, this does not tell the full story. Tribal...

2/16/2015

article Native Sun News: Rapid City reaches out to Pine Ridge youth
(South Dakota) -- As the citizens of Rapid City work to save the reputation of a beautiful town nestled against the Black Hills, many organizations and businesses are...

2/14/2015

article Youth suicides prompt emergency declaration on Pine Ridge
(South Dakota) -- A recent rash of suicides of young members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe has prompted officials on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to declare a state of...

2/5/2015

article Powerful Video Documents 'Third-World' Living Conditions on Pine Ridge Reservation
(South Dakota) -- The True Sioux Hope Foundation, founded by Twila True, Oglala Sioux, and her husband, Alan, is on a mission to bring awareness to the plight on the...

1/27/2015

article FBI: 'No criminal activity' in death of 8-year-old girl
(South Dakota) -- The FBI found no criminal activity during its investigation into the November dog-attack death of an 8-year-old South Dakota girl on the Pine Ridge...

1/26/2015

article Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux man calls on US to honor its word
(South Dakota) -- Sitting in his house on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation, Gerald “Jump” Big Crow looks out his window and sees the deplorable conditions...
article Oglala Sioux Tribe woman returns to bring hope to Pine Ridge
(South Dakota) -- As the CEO of an international investment corporation, Twila True has traveled across the world and made more than enough money to live comfortably for...

1/21/2015

article Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux Tribe contests uranium expansion
(South Dakota) -- The Oglala Sioux Tribe contested foreign uranium mining expansion in Nebraska, and Canadian companies consolidated uranium holdings in Wyoming, while...

1/19/2015

article Pine Ridge development leader gets social entrepreneur award
(South Dakota) -- The man leading an effort to build environmentally sustainable housing on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation has been named a fellow at Ashoka, a...

1/14/2015

article Men battle ice on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation reservoir to retrieve dozens of dead cattle
(South Dakota) -- No manual exists to guide the removal of the 40 or so cattle carcasses stuck in the ice at the White Clay Reservoir. So, for the dozen men shivering...

1/13/2015

article Native Sun News: Pine Ridge youth participate in Junior ROTC
(South Dakota) -- The Grand Entry at this year’s Teca Wacipi Okolakiciye powwow held at the LNI tournaments was led in by the Pine Ridge High School Junior Reserve...

1/9/2015

article Painted Skye Management Offers 11 Ways to Succeed in Business
(South Dakota) -- The Tilsen family has certainly made their mark on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Mark Tilson, a Jewish man who married a Lakota woman, took his Tanka Bar...

1/4/2015

article Five to watch in 2015: new tribal President John Yellow Bird Steele
(South Dakota) -- In brisk, simple phrases, newly elected Oglala Sioux Tribe President John Yellow Bird Steele recently outlined his ambitions for his people in the...

1/2/2015

article BBC Pop Up: Life as a young Native American in South Dakota
(South Dakota) -- Life on Indian reservations in the US is often marked by a combination of crushing poverty and chronic alcoholism. In South Dakota, where 70,000 Native...

12/30/2014

article Business Capital On Pine Ridge Indian Reservation Is Almost Impossible
(South Dakota) -- The State Tribal Relations Committee of the South Dakota legislature will move ahead with a Juvenile Justice Reinvestment Initiative. That was one...

12/29/2014

article Native American medicine man 'sexually abused girls during spiritual ceremonies in traditional reservation sweat lodges'
(South Dakota) -- A Native American medicine man is facing trial after he allegedly raped and sexually abused children on a remote reservation. Charles Chipps Sr, 67,...

12/26/2014

article Family of 8-year-old Jayla Rodriguez killed on Pine Ridge grieves through holidays
(South Dakota) -- Danielle Griffith hates Tuesdays now, each one that passes a reminder of her 8-year-old daughter who was killed more than a month ago. As Christmas...
article Family Of Jayla Rodriguez Grieves Through Holidays
(South Dakota) -- Nearly everything Danielle Griffith does is a reminder of the 8-year-old daughter she buried a month ago. As Christmas approached, the Griffith family...

12/19/2014

article Pine Ridge’s Michaud wins at UFC Phoenix
(Arizona) -- Competing in his second fight inside the UFC Octagon, David "BullDawg" Michaud managed to pull out a win over Garett Whiteley in a bloody affair.

12/18/2014

article Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux Tribe inaugurates new leadership
(South Dakota) -- “Cante tiza, blihiciya, na wocunze” were some of the Lakota words of wisdom shared with the newly elected officials of the Oglala Sioux...

12/10/2014

article Coalition Wants To Make Pine Ridge Reservation Teenagers Have A Merry Christmas
(South Dakota) -- A coalition of organizations wants to make sure a group of teenagers on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation have a bright holiday season. The American...
article Community groups holding Pine Ridge gift drive
(South Dakota) -- A coalition of organizations wants to make sure a group of teenagers on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation have a bright holiday season.

12/9/2014

article Before death, girl had bond with dog-attack victim
(South Dakota) -- They have become the human faces of the stray and feral dog problem on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation: one dead, the other a survivor. Before that,...

12/8/2014

article OP/ED: Pine Ridge schools: Amid beauty, deterioration
(South Dakota) -- The federally neglected school buildings at Pine Ridge are a blight at the very center of a culture that wants better.

12/6/2014

article A Tragic Death Leads to a Nonprofit to Help Rescue Stray Pine Ridge Dogs
(South Dakota) -- The girl who was killed by dogs in Pine Ridge may be the littlest martyr ever. Eight-year-old Jayla Marie Rodriquez died on November 18 after being...

12/4/2014

article Family of girl killed in Pine Ridge Indian Reservation dog attack raises money for animal care
(South Dakota) -- The family of an 8-year-old girl killed by a pack of dogs while sledding on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is raising money for the care of...

12/3/2014

article Girl's death inspires nonprofit effort
(South Dakota) -- The family of Jayla Rodriguez is creating a nonprofit organization called Jayla’s Dream to raise money to improve animal control on the Pine...

12/2/2014

article Oglala Lakota Tribal Council Delays Dog Sweep Until After Christmas, Meets With LightShine Canine At Tuesday Meeting
(South Dakota) -- The tenacious woman who has been giving all her time and energy to rescuing stray dogs on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation spoke with the Oglala...

12/1/2014

article Oglala Sioux Tribe postpones dog roundups amid investigation
(South Dakota) -- The Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota has postponed dog roundups as federal authorities continue to investigate the death of an eight-year-old girl....

11/28/2014

article From broken homes to a broken system
(South Dakota) -- She sits alone in a cinder-block cell, an Oglala Lakota teenager with a long braid and tattoos. For five months she has been locked up on this remote...

11/26/2014

article Wake held for girl killed by dogs on reservation
(South Dakota) -- An 8-year-old girl killed by a pack of dogs while sledding on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation was remembered at a memorial service as an energetic...

11/25/2014

article Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux Tribe to issue IDs at tournament
(South Dakota) -- For the first time in its history the Oglala Sioux Tribe will bring its enrollment office to the public. During this year’s Lakota Nation...

11/24/2014

article Fatal Dog Attack Painful Reminder To New Tribal Council Member
(South Dakota) -- Crews have been catching stray dogs in the Pine Ridge area since 8-year-old Jayla Rodriguez was killed last week after what tribal officials believe...
article Girl killed by dogs wanted to create animal shelter; tribe takes step to address dog problem
(South Dakota) -- The mother of an 8-year-old girl killed by a pack of dogs on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation says Jayla Rodriguez dreamed of one day creating a...
article Mother of 8-year-old killed by pack of dogs speaks out
(South Dakota) -- It's a story that's captured the attention of residents across the state of South Dakota. Eight–year–old Jayla Rodriguez died...
article Pine Ridge Indian Reservation community mourns death of 8-year-old dog-attack victim
(South Dakota) -- Funeral arrangements are planned this week for an 8-year-old girl killed by a pack of dogs on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in western South Dakota.
article SF Woman Helps Rescue Pine Ridge Dogs
(South Dakota) -- Dozens of dogs from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation are getting a second chance at life. A week earlier, an eight-year-old girl was attacked and...

11/23/2014

article OST Tribal Council takes steps to bolster animal control
(South Dakota) -- The Oglala Sioux Tribal Council on Saturday took a first step to make the tribe's small animal-control office a more effective enforcement agency.

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