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2:17 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Bordeaux Takes Post At Crazy Horse Memorial

The Indian Museum of North America.

Mary Bordeaux of Pine Ridge is taking the post of Museum Curator and Cultural Coordinator at Crazy Horse Memorial.  Bordeaux will be responsible for programs of the Native American Educational and Cultural Center and an ever growing collection at the Indian Museum of North America.  Bordeaux has an MFA in Museum Exhibition Planning and Design as well as a BA in Museum Studies.  She leaves her position as Curator and Interim Director at the Heritage Center in Pine Ridge to work on the most extensive collection of Native American artifacts in North America.

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Culture
4:05 am
Mon March 31, 2014

RC Volunteer Helps With WA Mudslide

A Rapid City Red Cross volunteer is in Washington state helping with a devastating mudslide. It happened a week ago Saturday. Now aBlack Hills professor is working with family members and survivors.

South Dakota’s Red Cross volunteers often help with local crises – blizzards, fires, and other extreme circumstances near home. But when major incidents happen, the American Red Cross reaches out across the country to find the right volunteers for people’s needs.

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Culture
3:42 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Hotels Donate Stays To Red Cross

Credit Kealey Bultena / SDPB

American Red Cross leaders say 19 hotels in the Sioux Falls area are partners in the new Rooms for Red Cross campaign. The businesses make rooms available at no charge to help people in need. That frees up other resources for Red Cross dollars.

This first year, hotels in Sioux Falls and the surrounding area are donating 245 individual nights in their facilities. Tony Burke is Community Chapter Executive Officer of the Red Cross in Sioux Falls. He says the Rooms for Red Cross campaign serves people who are suddenly homeless.

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Culture
3:30 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Goal: 500 New Mentors For Kids

A new initiative in southeastern South Dakota needs 500 mentors for students who need encouragement. The program serves kids in public schools throughout Minnehaha and Lincoln Counties.

Lutheran Social Services coordinates 1,100 people in two counties who mentor kids. But more than 700 students are on a waiting list for a positive, attentive influence. That’s one reason for a new effort in the Sioux Falls area to mobilize 500 more mentors in the next three years.

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Culture - Lakota - Memorial
10:51 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Anniversary Of "Warriors' " Deaths

Poster for Memorial Dinner shows Lyle Eagle Tail and Madison Wallace
Credit Courtesy Wallace family

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the deaths of Madison Wallace and Lyle Eagle Tail. The Lakota man and the non-Native teen drowned in Sioux Falls as they attempted to save Madison’s younger brother from the Big Sioux River’s churning waters.

Native Americans in the community are holding a memorial dinner tonight to remember Wallace and Eagle Tail and to honor all those who helped in attempting to save and then recover them.

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Culture
1:48 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

NPR Music Presents: Live From SXSW 2014

Culture
3:09 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

FRONTLINE: Generation Like

Doug Rushkoff.

Thanks to social media, today's teens are able to directly interact with their culture - artists, celebrities, movies, brands and even one another - in ways never before possible.  But is that real empowerment or do marketers still hold the upper hand?  In "Generation Like," author and FRONTLINE correspondent Doug Rushkoff explores how the perennial teen quest for identity and connection has migrated to social media - and exposes the game of cat-and-mouse that corporations are playing with these young consumers.  "Generation Like" can be seen Tuesday, February 18, at 9:00 p.m.

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Culture
3:27 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Sex Abuse Survivors Talk To Lawmakers

Survivors of child sex abuse and advocates for those victims want lawmakers to address the abuse. Senate Bill 154 establishes a task force to study the impact of sexual abuse of children. Not one lawmaker in committee opposes the effort.  

Mary Beth Holzworth is in the state Capitol for her sons. Two of her three boys survived sexual abuse.

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Culture
5:50 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Keeping the Mine Clean

SDPB's Cara Hetland with Robin Varland at the 4850 foot level of the Sanford Underground Lab at Homestake
Credit SDPB

Gold mines are dusty dirty places; full of mud, seeping water and grime.  It’s a different place if that mine is turned into a world-class underground science lab. Stepping off the lift and into the Sanford Underground lab at Homestake is like stepping into a hospital operating room only cleaner.  The walls here are vacuumed regularly and even grated stairs are meticulously scrubbed with alcohol wipes by hand.  Here we’ll introduce you to the woman whose job it is to keep the lab clean and the experiments dust free.

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Culture
4:13 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Parenting Bill Sails Through Senate

South Dakota State Senators unanimously support a bill dealing with granting custody of children. In recent legislative sessions, shared parenting bills haven’t garnered enough support. But this year, Senate Bill 74 changes that.

State Senator Dan Lederman says the measure gives judges new guidelines to determine a custody arrangement in the best interest of the child. He says part of the bill also prevents a flood of past custody cases coming back in front of judges.

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Culture
4:50 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Trafficking Survivors Need Housing

Congresswoman Kristi Noem hosts a discussion with people working against sex trafficking in South Dakota.
Credit Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Local organizations working against sex trafficking are establishing the state’s biggest barriers to fighting the crime. Multiple victim advocates met at a round table discussion in Sioux Falls Thursday hosted by Congresswoman Kristi Noem.

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Culture
3:25 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Affordable Apartments Planned In SF

Darrin Smith and Kenny Dunlap announce the Westwood Apartment affordable housing plans.
Credit Kealey Bultena / SDPB

The City of Sioux Falls is expanding affordable housing with a brand new, multi-building apartment complex. Wednesday afternoon, city officials announced the $8 million dollar facility.

The new affordable housing project proposed for Sioux Falls’ southwest side includes 56 apartments. Half are two-bedroom units; the other half are three bedroom apartments.

"The rent levels for this project will range from $369 on the low end to $825 a month on the high end," Director of Community Development for Sioux Falls Darrin Smith says.

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Culture - Museum - Best
12:56 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Bison Museum On Best Places List

Rapid City's Museum of the American Bison
Credit Courtesy Museum of the American Bison

A museum in Rapid City has received kudos from a national travel magazine for “packing a lot of punch” into its story about the American bison and the animal’s role in Native American cultures.

Midwest Living Review listed the Museum of the American Bison as one of the Best New places to Visit in 2014.

Susan Ricci is the museum’s director. Ricci says she’s pleased with the results of her first year spent offering the history of the magnificent mammal the Lakota call “the buffalo”. 

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Culture
11:24 am
Thu December 19, 2013

StoryCorps: The Heartbreak and Blessing of a Child with Autism

Craig, Gail and Carl Eichstadt
Credit StroyCorps

In September and October, the StoryCorps traveling booth was in Rapid City collecting conversations between family. Craig and Gail Eichstadt stopped by with their son Carl, who has autism.

Craig is an assistant attorney general for South Dakota. Gail is an attorney for South Dakota Advocacy Services and works with the Pierre Autism Spectrum Support Group. In this conversation, Craig and Gail Eichstadt remember the heartbreak when Carl was diagnosed with autism, but tell Carl he's been a blessing and is the glue holding the family together.

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Culture
1:53 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

The 123rd Anniversary Of Wounded Knee

Credit deeprootsmag.org

On December 29th, 1890 as the heavily armed 7th Cavalry surrounded an encampment of men, women and children at Wounded Knee, a crack of a rifle ignited a massacre that left at least 150 Lakota dead – the exact number is unknown. Oglala Lakota journalist Tim Giago lived at Wounded Knee as a young boy, and in his latest column for Native Sun News writes that he remembers the warm, summer evenings when the Lakota families sat outdoors and spoke softly, in reverent voices about that terrible day.

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Culture
9:42 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Friendly War Between the States Heats up in South Dakota, North Dakota

For the most part, the rivalry between South Dakota and North Dakota has been a good-natured one on both sides of the border.  The states came into the Union on the same day—and both mirror one another to the point of confusion.  Recently, the battle for supremacy took a public turn, and the war of words got turned up a notch or two. 

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Culture
2:03 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

StoryCorps: Love and Strength Undeterred by Rare Disorder

Randall and Christy Horn
Credit StoryCorps

In September and October the StoryCorps traveling booth was in Rapid City collecting conversations between family and friends. Randall Keith Horn talked with his wife Christy Ann Horn and shared memories of his first wife, Sherry, who suffered from the rare neurological disorder Stiff Person Syndrome.

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Culture
1:26 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Dakota 38 + 2 Ride

Tomorrow, riders are leaving Lower Brule, South Dakota.  They’ll arrive in Mankato, Minnesota on December 26.  The 26th marks the date that 38 Dakota people were taken to Mankato, where they were hanged following the U.S. – Dakota war of 1862, the order signed by President Abraham Lincoln.  Since 2005, riders have made the long, cold trek to Mankato as part of the Dakota 38, a ride of remembrance for those that were hanged over 150 years ago.

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Culture
1:48 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Dakota Midday: Restoring the Bison

Credit University of Nebraska Press

The story of the devastation of bison herds in the late 19th century is a familiar one. But in his book, “Buffalo Nation: American Indian Efforts to Restore the Bison,” Ken Zontek tells a more hopeful story.

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Culture
1:26 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

StoryCorps: Chuck Childs

Chuck Childs
Credit StoryCorps

In September and October, the StoryCorps traveling booth was in Rapid City collecting conversations between family and friends. Among those who stopped by was 93-year-old Chuck Childs.

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Culture - Club - Boys
2:19 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Club For Boys Celebrates 50 Years Of Service

Members place their hand prints on selected walls in the Rapid City Club for Boys to show ownership.
Credit Photo by Jim Kent

 

Think of places where kids are hanging out on the streets, with nowhere to go and getting into trouble - and New York, Chicago or Los Angeles might come to mind. But that’s the very situation that was taking place during the late 1950s and early 1960s in Rapid City – until an answer was found. Today we visit the Club for Boys on its 50th anniversary to talk to members – old and new – about what it’s like to have somewhere to go.

 

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Culture
1:03 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Jackrabbit Football Team Plays at Eastern Washington in FCS Playoffs

Roos Stadium--aka "The Inferno"--at Eastern Washington University.

The South Dakota State Football Team travels to Cheyney, Washignton this weekend—the Jackrabbits play a second-round playoff game against the Eagles of Eastern Washington University.

The Eagles won the Big Sky Conference championship this year, and have a 10-win, two-loss record.  Athletic Director Bill Chaves  says Eastern Washington Football is known for two things—a  long track record of success, and a bright red playing surface at its football stadium.

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Culture
1:19 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Tanka Bar Founder Returns From Tribal Summit

Tanka Bar

Karlene Hunter, CEO and co-founder of Native American Natural Foods, was in Washington, D.C., last week for a tribal summit at the White House.  She says she was surprised to be invited to attend the event because it’s usually reserved for tribal leaders only.  Native American Natural Foods is best known for its Tanka Bar, a natural food based on traditional Lakota recipe of buffalo and fruit. A member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, Hunter has more than 25 years of experience working on educational and economic development on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.

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Culture
2:27 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

StoryCorps: A Brave Little Dog

Matt and Lewis Goodine
Credit StoryCorps

Lewis Goodine came to the Black Hills from Maine after falling in love with the prairie. The area provided the backdrop for adventures with his family, including various canoe and fishing trips.

During StoryCorps' recent visit to Rapid City, Lewis Goodine stopped by the mobile recording booth with his son Matt and shared a few stories. He remembered the time his small, black dog Midnight saved him from a Holstein bull attack.

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Culture
1:34 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

StoryCorps: Jim White and Woope Claymore

Woope Claymore and Jim White
Credit StoryCorps

Since 2003, StoryCorps has traveled the country recording conversations between friends and family. In September and October, the StoryCorps traveling booth was in Rapid City. Among those stopping by to share a conversation were friends Woope Claymore and Jim White.

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Environment
1:36 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Dakota Midday: Stephanie Arne's Wild Adventure Begins

Stephanie Arne
Credit Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom

Four months after being named Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom’s new wild guide, South Dakota native Stephanie Arne’s first webisodes as program host are premiering. Arne and the Wild Kingdom film crew traveled to several locations to feature footage of many animals and environments. The premiere webisode, “Reef Madness,” highlights the coral reef restoration in the Florida Keys.

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Culture - Bison - National
12:57 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

National Bison Day Celebrates American Icon

Bison from Wind Cave National Park herd roams the Black Hills on National Bison Day.
Credit Photo by Jim Kent

 

 

In response to a U.S. Senate resolution businesses, Native American tribes and environmental groups across the country celebrated National Bison Day on November 2nd. 

The resurgence of America’s largest land mammal over recent years has had an impact on Natives and non-Natives alike.

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Culture
10:21 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Feeding SD Campaign Seeks $6M In Donations

Credit Feeding South Dakota

Feeding South Dakota is trying to raise $2 million in the next two months. The organization that serves the hungry is being awarded a matching grant from the John T. Vucurevich foundation. It’s phase one of a larger campaign to provide food for people who would otherwise go hungry.

The grant money toward funding Rapid City’s new Feeding South Dakota location could ring it at $500,000 – that is, if the food organization can raise enough matching donations by the end of the year.

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Culture
2:12 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

StoryCorps: Remembering the Dust Bowl

Dean Myers
Credit StoryCorps

Since 2003, StoryCorps has traveled the country recording conversations between friends and family. In September and October, the StoryCorps traveling booth was in Rapid City. Among those stopping by to share a conversation were Marilyn Bendt and her 92-year-old father Dean Myers.

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Culture - Halloween - Deadwood
1:14 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Searching For The Sundance Kid's Spirit

The Wild Bunch - circa 1900. Harry Alonzo Longabaugh - The Sundance Kid - is seated on the left.
Credit Courtesy Crook County Museum (WY)

 

 

The Black Hills town of Deadwood has a reputation for ghostly encounters at all times of the year – not just on Halloween. So many, in fact, that it’s almost hard to keep track of whose spirit is floating around Deadwood – and where. Today we go in search of a spirit whose presence no one has reported…yet.

Mount Moriah Cemetery…round midnight. The streets below are quiet after a weekend of Halloween revelry; an annual tradition in Deadwood.

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