Management of the Rapid City Indian Health Services Hospital is in the early stages of transferring from the federal government to area tribes. The Oglala Sioux, Cheyenne River Sioux and Rosebud Sioux Tribes all authorize the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Health Board to operate the facility. 

The Sioux San hospital is a secondary care unit for members of those three tribes. Poor federal inspection results and last year’s proposed closure of the inpatient and emergency departments prompted the tribes to investigate other management options.

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Apr 23, 2018

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National Park Service officials are preparing for the upcoming commemoration of the 1868 Treaty at Fort Laramie signing one hundred and fifty years ago this weekend.

Representatives from fifteen tribes are expected to attend, including members from South Dakota’s nine reservations.

Both tribal and federal officials are scheduled to meet at the treaty signing spot where 150 years ago they came together for peace.

Rapid City Hosts A March For Science

Apr 22, 2018
Chynna Lockett

Rapid City scientists joined in the national March for Science over the weekend to draw attention to science fields and studies. Organizers lead the group to an Earth Day Expo and encouraged people to take part in environmental awareness activities in the community.

Nearly 90 people gathered at the School of Mines and Technology. They held up signs and marched through downtown streets.

In The Moment ... April 20, 2018 Show 320 Hour 1

Author, farmer, and activist Wendell Berry had strong words for proponents of industrial agriculture. He wrote eloquently and prolifically about rural values and the rural economy. A new film looks at his life through his words, and through the rural Americans he spoke to and for.

Directed by Laura Dunn, Look & See: Wendell Berry's Kentucky airs Monday on SDPB-TV.

Douglas Kirkland Shares Stories Behind His Photos

Apr 20, 2018
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Douglas Kirkland became known as a celebrity photographer for Look Magazine in the 1960’s and later as a photojournalist at Life magazine. His work includes photographs of stars like Marilyn Monroe and behind the scenes images of award winning movie sets. The 83 year old recently spoke to students at Black Hills State University.


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Early voting or absentee voting starts Friday for South Dakota’s primary and special elections.

Registered voters can vote early or absentee until June 4.

One west river county auditor says they’re expecting a higher than normal turnout.

Of the 68,000 registered voters in Pennington County, Auditor Julie Pearson says she’s expecting a 35 percent turnout. She says that’s high for a primary.

She says that’s mainly due to two issues up for vote in Rapid City that aren’t party based – the Marsy’s Law adjustment and the referral of a new arena at the civic center.

Lee Strubinger

In the Moment ... April 19, 2018 Show 319 Hour 1

The Journey Museum and Learning Center presents "Save Our Dark Sky" this Sunday (April 22) at 2 p.m.

Diane Knutson is the creator of the Lights Out Movement in Rapid City. As a National Park Ranger at Wind Cave, Knutson conducted research about how artificial lighting affects nocturnal habitats. This year she was elected as a Director of the International Dark Sky Association.

In the Moment ... April 19, 2018 Show 319 Hour 2

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the signing of the 1868 Treaty at Fort Laramie.

To commemorate the anniversary, tribal and government officials will convene at the historic site in eastern Wyoming. Many members from South Dakota's nine tribes are expected to attend.

Lori Walsh

In the Moment ... April 19, 2018 Show 319 Hour 2

For perspective on some recent top headlines from the U.S. Supreme Court, we welcome Mike Thompson to the program. He's Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Sioux Falls.


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South Dakota Arts Council support is provided with funds from the State of South Dakota, through the Department of Tourism, and the National Endowment for the Arts.


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