Jodi Schwan, Editor of the Sioux Falls Business Journal, discusses the first Sioux Falls Made Market December 5, 2014, at the Sioux Falls Argus Leader.  Schwan says the makers movement taps into the American culture that says if you can dream it, you can make a living with it.  She says incubating start-up commerce leads to new businesses.

Native American Cowboys and Dancers

Oct 15, 2014
Courtesy Clarice Lakota

 A Lakota teen from Rapid City is the first person in the history of the Black Hills Pow Wow to introduce the “Hat and Boot Dance” into the annual event’s huge arena. The dance style pays homage to the long Lakota relationship with the horse along with their link to cowboy hats, chaps, lariats and boots…which traces back more than one-hundred years.

Move To Rename Harney Peak

Oct 7, 2014
Wikipedia file photo

Lakota tribal members from the Pine Ridge Reservation are calling for a name change of the highest point East of the Rocky Mountains. The designation “Harney Peak” has been offensive to Native Americans across the region for more than a century.

General William S. Harney was “honored” by a fellow U.S. Army officer in 1857 by having a 7.000 foot-high peak in the Black Hills bear his name.

The dedication came as a result of Harney’s actions in the 1855 Battle of Ash Hollow, in Nebraska, where more than 80 Lakota men, women and children were killed.

Lakota Strategize For Black Hills Return

Sep 29, 2014
Wikipedia file photo

The fight for the return of the Black Hills to the Lakota people may seem like a lost cause to many…but not for those who claim original rights to the land. We visit with Lakota elders and several of their well-known supporters to discuss the decades-old issue and examine plans to take the battle to the White House.

Unity Concert For Return Of Black Hills

Sep 19, 2014
Photo by Jim Kent

Hundreds of people from across the country and around the world gathered on a field near Piedmont recently with one goal in mind…returning the Black Hills to the Lakota people. We attend the 2-day “Unity Concert” and speak with music legends, Native activists, tribal elders and international performers to learn why they’ve joined forces in the decades-old cause.

Courtesy High Plains Western Heritage Center

As citizens across the country celebrate our nation’s independence tomorrow, the High Plains Western Heritage Center is also putting time aside to recognize the American Cowboy. We visited the Spearfish museum to learn what it was like to raise cattle for a living and to discuss efforts by a 9-state coalition to mark the historic trail that brought cattle north from Texas to South Dakota and beyond.

Courtesy Wind Cave National Park

A sign recently installed at the natural entrance of Wind Cave National Park is the result of consultation meetings with tribal representatives that date back to 2006.

The verbage of the original sign didn’t accurately reflect Native American cultural history related to the cave.  

Millions of people have visited Wind Cave National Park. For most, says park spokesperson Tom Farrell, the origins of the southern Black Hills tourist site were pretty limited if solely based on the sign that used to stand by the cave’s natural entrance.

Anniversary Of "Warriors' " Deaths

Mar 14, 2014
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.

Bison Museum On Best Places List

Jan 16, 2014
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”. 

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.


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.

Native American Fest At Main Street Square

Aug 23, 2013
Courtesy “A Gathering of People - Wind and Water”

A Native American festival is taking place at Rapid City’s Main Street Square on Saturday (Aug. 24). 

The event was inspired by the Passage of Wind and Water sculpture project that’s being created at the square.

The goal of “A Gathering of People - Wind and Water” is to bring together the Rapid City community around art, creativity and the sculpture project.

Photo by Jim Kent

The Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument is one of the most visited locations in the National Park Service system. And though there’s an extensive – and thorough – self-guided tour along the five miles that comprise the site, it’s always nice to have someone who can place you at the center of an historic event. 

Today, we visit a veteran park ranger who takes us to the Little Bighorn Battle as if it were happening right now. 

City of Sioux Falls

You’ve heard about the boom towns sprouting up in North Dakota, but a prairie city to the south of the oil fields is drawing thousands of people without the promise of black gold. Sioux Falls thrived through the recession, even as other major metro areas across the county crumbled financially. Now the city is getting national recognition for its strong, rapid growth.

OST Badlands Heritage Celebration

Jul 19, 2013
Courtesy Badlands National Park


The Fifth Annual Badlands Heritage Celebration takes place Saturday at the White River Visitor Center in the South Unit of Badlands National Park. I

t’s an opportunity for non-Natives to learn about the Lakota culture and maybe eat a little fry bread.

The Oglala Sioux Parks and Recreation Authority is hosting the heritage celebration.

Spokesperson Corbin Conroy says the main purpose of the event is to bring people together.

"Christianity After Religion"

Nov 6, 2012

Diana Butler Bass will discuss the topics of her latest book, "Christianity After Religion: The End of the Church and the Birth of New Spiritual Awakening," at a conference this weekend in Sioux Falls.  Butler Bass is an author, speaker and independent scholar specializing in American religion and culture.  She currently blogs for Huffington Post and Washington Post OnFaith and is a contributing editor at Sojourners magazine.