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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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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.

11/22/2014

article Dog Pack Kills Girl on South Dakota Reservation-UPDATE
(South Dakota) -- Tragic. That’s about the only word I can come up with. Wednesday I pushed out a story of a young girl who was allegedly killed by a pack of...
article Oglala Mother Renews Call For Tough Dog Law After Death
(South Dakota) -- The tragic news that an eight-year-old girl was killed by a pack of dogs on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation Tuesday has one mother renewing her...
article Tribe rounds up and kills dogs after mauling
(South Dakota) -- Oglala Sioux tribal officials rounded up and killed "a horse-trailer full" of dogs Thursday on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation following...

11/21/2014

article Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux youth to join White House meet
(South Dakota) -- Last year a star freshman point guard inspired a reservation with a message of hope designed to prevent suicide. This year that same girl, has set her...
article BLOG: RIP Jayla Rodriguez (8 yr old Girl from Pine Ridge Rez)
(South Dakota) -- There has been a media frenzy involving the violent dog-attack on Jayla Rodriguez and we, at LRI, don’t didn’t feel that an appropriate way...
article Tribe Rounds up and Kills Dogs After Girl's Death
(South Dakota) -- Oglala Sioux officials have rounded up and killed dogs on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation after a pack of dogs attacked and killed an 8-year-old girl.

11/20/2014

article Pine Ridge Confronts Dog Problem After Girl's Death
(South Dakota) -- The death of an 8-year-old girl Pine Ridge girl after she was attacked by a dog pack has tribal officials vowing to crack down on the stray dog problem...

11/17/2014

article Harney Peak name change work continues
(South Dakota) -- Basil Brave Heart grew up in the Hot Springs area, and later fought for his country in the Korean War, serving as an Army paratrooper from 1951-53....
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...

11/15/2014

article Native American funerals have changed but retain unique qualities
(South Dakota) -- Death comes too soon for too many on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Few other places in the Western Hemisphere rival its grim statistics: shortest...

11/13/2014

article Native Sun News: Waste dump near Pine Ridge still contested
(South Dakota) -- An Oct. 31 judicial ruling moved High Plains Resources LLC a step closer to locating an unprecedented petroleum waste disposal site in Fall River...

11/10/2014

article Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux Tribe faces voting rights suit
(South Dakota) -- Does a person who was born on the reservation, enrolled in a tribal nation, and who is culturally in touch with their community become somehow less...

11/8/2014

article A Plan To End The Cycle Of Native American Poverty With A New Kind Of Community
(South Dakota) -- Native American reservations are hotbeds of poverty and alcoholism, with residents often struggling to find employment or basic housing. On many...
article Lakota immersion program at Pine Ridge secures $10K grant
(South Dakota) -- A unique Lakota language immersion program has received a $10,000 grant to support its efforts. Iyapi Glukinipi / Lakota Immersion Childcare, operates...
article Film screening Friday focuses on alcohol sales, reservation life
(South Dakota) -- A film believed to potentially have serious interest in Vermillion and Clay County will be shown for free at a director screening at the University of...

11/7/2014

article Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux Tribe shuts down illegal mine
(South Dakota) -- The Oglala Sioux Tribe has been one of the fiercest opponents of environmentally hazardous natural resource extraction across the country. So when the...

11/6/2014

article Native Sun News: Incumbents of Oglala Sioux Tribe lose seats
(South Dakota) -- The members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe have voted despite allegations of voter fraud, intimidation, late starts at the poll and a controversial decision...

11/5/2014

article Pine Ridge Selects Yellow Bird Steele As Tribal President
(South Dakota) -- The new leader of the Oglala Sioux tribe is no stranger to the position. Residents of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation have elected John Yellow Bird...

11/4/2014

article Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux fighter prepares for next match
(Arizona) -- Pine Ridge’s David “Bull Dawg” Michaud is not accustomed to losing back to back fights and thus far in his career he has avoided doing so...

10/30/2014

article Missing Children Found in Pine Ridge
(South Dakota) -- Two Rapid City children reported missing by their foster mother have been located on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Kimmilah Brown Eyes, age 9, and...

10/29/2014

article On Pine Ridge, unwanted dogs lick caring faces
(South Dakota) -- Despite an exhausting weekend of leading her crusade, Virginia Ravndal portrayed no fatigue as she counted the number of unwanted dogs she has saved....

10/27/2014

article Pine Ridge candidates to debate
(South Dakota) -- The candidates for president and vice president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe will debate Tuesday. The debate will begin at 7 p.m. in the Paul Dizzy Trout...

10/24/2014

article HUD Secretary Julián Castro Witnesses 13 People Living in 2-Bedroom House on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation
(South Dakota) -- U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro paid a visit to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation on Tuesday as part of a two-day trip to...

10/23/2014

article Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux Tribe heads to election season
(South Dakota) -- The Oglala Sioux Tribe is set for some major turnover on the tribal council if the results of last week’s primary election are any indication.
article Voting accusations fly in reservation areas
(South Dakota) -- Early voting in Indian Country has not gone smoothly in at least two counties, prompting accusations of voter intimidation and voter suppression. In...

10/21/2014

article Sen. Johnson, Secretary Castro to visit Pine Ridge
(South Dakota) -- U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., and U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro on Tuesday will tour a model sustainable home on the...

10/19/2014

article Oglala Sioux Tribe might open third casino under new compact
(South Dakota) -- The Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota is looking at sites for a third casino. President Bryan Brewer said the casino could be located on the northern...

10/18/2014

article Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux Tribe buckles to pressure on park
(South Dakota) -- The Oglala Sioux Tribal council has now reversed itself and has voted to send a decision to build a first of its kind Tribal National park to a...

10/16/2014

article Tribal agreement would expand gaming on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation
(South Dakota) -- The Oglala Sioux Tribe is one step closer to expanding tribal gaming on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The South Dakota Gaming Commission held a...
article Fate of Oglala Sioux Tribe presidential primary election still undecided
(South Dakota) -- The Oglala Sioux Tribal primaries took over the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation on Tuesday, but close numbers mean voters will still have to wait to see...
article Steele & Poor Bear dominate OST primary election
(South Dakota) -- Early returns set the tone as six time past tribal president dominated district after district; after winning eight of the nine districts across the...

10/15/2014

article Tribal election still being tallied
(South Dakota) -- Election officials for the Oglala Sioux Tribe were still reviewing challenged votes Wednesday, but former President John Yellow Bird Steele inched...
article Unofficial Oglala Sioux Tribe election results released
(South Dakota) -- Pine Ridge voters went to the polls Tuesday for their primary election. And it's still not clear whether there will be a runoff in November for...
article Yellow Bird Steele Leads Pine Ridge Primary
(South Dakota) -- The Oglala Sioux Tribe Election Commission is verifying the results of Tuesday's primary election. Unofficial tribal presidential primary results...

10/14/2014

article Former president leads Pine Ridge election
(South Dakota) -- Unofficial election night results show John Yellow Bird Steele barely shy of the majority needed to win the Oglala Sioux Tribe presidency, meaning he...
article Oglala Sioux Tribe's primary election today
(South Dakota) -- Residents of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation will head to the polls today for a primary election that will determine the final ballot for the Oglala...
article Pine Ridge voters going to the polls
(South Dakota) -- Voters on the Pine Ridge Reservation are going to the polls Tuesday for the Oglala Sioux Tribe's primary election. There are five people on the...

10/13/2014

article Oglala Sioux Tribe to install more slot machines with compact
(South Dakota) -- The Oglala Sioux Tribe will be able to offer more slot machines under a new Class III gaming compact with the state of South Dakota. The existing...
article Man sentenced for trespassing on reservation
(South Dakota) -- A Chicago man barred from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota has been sentenced to nine months in federal custody for repeatedly...

10/12/2014

article Public hearing to address changes to gaming compact between South Dakota, Oglala Sioux Tribe
(South Dakota) -- An upcoming public hearing will address proposed changes to the gaming compact between the state of South Dakota and the Oglala Sioux Tribe.
article Tribal national park plan head for a referendum vote
(South Dakota) -- In an unexpected move, the Oglala Sioux Tribal Council has decided its members should have a voice in the creation of a tribal national park on the...
article Dog Shot Twice In The Face In SD Rez Recovering
(South Dakota) -- A dog that was shot twice in the face two months ago on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation near Martin continues to recover from his injuries.

10/10/2014

article Red Cloud Language Curriculum Inspires Students, Spreads Lakota
(South Dakota) -- At the Red Cloud School on the Pine Ridge Reservation, Lakota is still the second language. But it's first in the hearts of educators and students...
article Grand Entry opens 28th annual Black Hills Pow Wow
(South Dakota) -- Dancing and singing filled the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Arena Friday evening for the grand entry of the 28th annual Black Hills Pow Wow.

10/6/2014

article Proposed store near historic Native site causes rift
(South Dakota) -- The Oglala Sioux Tribe wants to build a convenience store near the historic Wounded Knee Cemetery on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation...
article Oglala Tribe Criminal Justice Center Nears Opening
(South Dakota) -- Tribal law-enforcement personnel on the Pine Ridge Reservation are preparing to move into a new criminal justice center after decades of struggle in...

10/5/2014

article Program helps pets on reservation stay healthy
(South Dakota) -- Cante came into Darci Adams’ life by mistake. The Sioux Falls woman was trying to trap a female dog that recently had given birth to puppies.

10/4/2014

article 7 Lakota Values That Are Difficult to Adhere to Today
(South Dakota) -- Many tribal nations are suffering from outsiders who come in and appropriate spirituality and customs, and sometimes ceremony is sold by tribal members...

10/1/2014

article Plan for environmentally sustainable housing on Pine Ridge reservation a design award finalist
(South Dakota) -- A plan to build environmentally sustainable housing on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota has been named one of seven finalists for a...
article Pine Ridge Organization Finalist for $100K Buckminster Fuller Challenge
(South Dakota) -- An anonymous nomination has put Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation in a position to win $100,000. Thunder Valley is one of six finalists...

9/30/2014

article Toyota Grant Has Science Programs Blooming At Red Cloud School
(South Dakota) -- The Red Cloud School on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation recently received its second sizable grant from the Toyota USA Foundation to develop science...

9/27/2014

article From Tipis to 21st Century Lakota Architecture
(South Dakota) -- The current homes on the Pine Ridge Reservation were never built with the Lakota lifestyle in mind. That is about to change with low cost, sustainable...

9/25/2014

article Oglala VP: ‘Our Civil Rights Are Being Violated’
(South Dakota) -- The Oglala Sioux Nation and a nonpartisan civil rights group formed at the request of President John Kennedy have filed a voting-rights lawsuit on...

9/19/2014

article Pine Ridge Indian Reservation breaks ground on $9 million project that will add 63 new homes
(South Dakota) -- Members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe say a $9 million project for new homes is an important step in solving a housing crisis on the Pine Ridge Reservation.

9/18/2014

article HUD program provides for 45 new homes on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation
(South Dakota) -- Oglala Sioux Tribal Officials say optimism is high across the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. That's as they help break ground on several housing...
article Oglala Sioux Tribe Housing Authority gets loan for new homes
(South Dakota) -- The Pine Ridge Reservation is making history with a multi-million dollar housing project. The Oglala Sioux Tribe Housing Authorty took out the First...
article Survey says Pine Ridge is second fastest growing city in SD
(South Dakota) -- According to the consumer advocacy site Nerd Wallet, Pine Ridge is the second fastest growing city in South Dakota. According to the recent survey,...

9/12/2014

article Bryan Brewer: Bill for Native language immersion a high priority
(South Dakota) -- As President of the Oglala Sioux Tribe I would like to say kudos to the National Congress of American Indians for including the Native Language...
article Native Sun News: Olympic medalist visits Pine Ridge Reservation
(South Dakota) -- It is not often that kids from a secluded Reservation in South Dakota are able to welcome a UFC title challenger into their schools. That's why the...

9/10/2014

article Tribal Public Safety board discusses police challenges
(South Dakota) -- The Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety governing board this week held a wide-ranging discussion of the challenges faced by its police...
article Tribe: Pine Ridge Reservation short police
(South Dakota) -- The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation's police force is understaffed and losing some of its officers to jobs in oil-rich western North Dakota,...
article Native Sun News: Tribes worried about Black Hills uranium mines
(South Dakota) -- In the wake of federal hearings about reopening uranium mines and milling in Black Hills treaty territory, members of the Washington, D.C.-based Atomic...
article Pine Ridge man killed in hit-and-run Tuesday morning
(South Dakota) -- A Pine Ridge man was killed in a hit-and-run accident early Tuesday morning, according to the South Dakota Highway Patrol.

9/3/2014

article Olympic silver medalist to visit Pine Ridge
(South Dakota) -- Life is not about where you come from, or how you start, according to the first American woman to win an Olympic wrestling silver medal.
article Oglala native language program gets federal grant
(South Dakota) -- A South Dakota language revitalization initiative has received a three-year grant from the federal Administration for Native Americans.

9/2/2014

article Pine Ridge Fire Department restricted from fighting building fires
(South Dakota) -- Yolanda and Gary Lays Bad watched firefighters from Kyle work for over two hours Saturday night to put out the fire that destroyed everything in their...

8/31/2014

article Oglala Lakota College Mourns Loss of Founder Gerald One Feather
(South Dakota) -- The Oglala Lakota College Board of Trustees, administration, and students wish to express the sorrow that is felt by all in the passing of its founder...

8/29/2014

article Female Tribal Officer Caught Tazing Native Man 17 Times Is Indicted
(South Dakota) -- Rebecca M. Sotherland, an Oglala Sioux Tribe police officer, has been indicted for the use of “excessive force,” following a video that...

8/28/2014

article Pine Ridge Fire Department restricted from fighting building fires
(South Dakota) -- Yolanda and Gary Lays Bad watched firefighters from Kyle work for over two hours Saturday night to put out the fire that destroyed everything in their...

8/27/2014

article Former Oglala Sioux Tribe police officer indicted
(South Dakota) -- A federal grand jury has indicted a former Oglala Sioux Tribe police officer accused of improperly using a stun gun. U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson says...

8/26/2014

article Pine Ridge family reeling after fire destroys home
(South Dakota) -- A Pine Ridge family is trying to pick up the pieces after a fire destroyed their mobile home Saturday evening. Gary and Yolanda Lays Bad believe the...

8/23/2014

article New Bus Arrives on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, Promising to Get Students Back to School
(South Dakota) -- More than 47 million children are heading back to school across the country this month. But for 600 Lakota students on the remote Pine Ridge Indian...

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