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Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... June 12, 2017 Show 112 Hour 1

In South Dakota, natives make up nearly ten percent of just an 860,000-person population. That's a significant percentage and leaves room for much diversity among our state's native people. But...is that diversity being acknowledged when things like this still happen? Today, we welcome the hosts of the  podcast, Urban Indianz: Gabriel Night Shield, Levi Hansen, and Char Green.

Chynna Lockett

In The Moment ... May 2,2017 Show 084 Hour 2

As Rapid City continues to struggle with relations between Native and non-Native people, the Mniluzahan Okolakiciyapi Ambassadors present an in-depth look at the history of land transfers in West Rapid City. The Ambassadors believe history matters and relationships matter. They present

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In The Moment ... April 13, 2017 Show 071 Hour 2

We continue with Hour Two of “The Shift.” SDPB’s Lee Strubinger looks at legislative solutions to changing demographics in South Dakota, focusing on Build South Dakota program as it celebrates its first graduates.

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In The Moment ... April 11, 2017 Show 069 Hour 1

Dan O’Brien and his wife, Jill, created Wild Idea Buffalo Company in 1997 with the mission of preserving the Great Plains by returning buffalo to their native habitat. O’Brien is the author of novels and memoirs, including “Buffalo for the Broken Heart: Restoring Life to a Black Hills Ranch.” He speaks at Augustana University tonight in Sioux Falls. His presentation is “Buffalo, Baby Boomers and Beyond: Toward a More Sustainable Use of North American Grasslands.”

Lee Strubinger

In The Moment ... March 16, 2017 Show 051 Hour 2

Nick Reid is a coach from Douglas High School in Box Elder. He recently was honored with his first Diamond Award from the National Speech and Debate Association. He joins us to talk about the mental clarity and stamina of high school debaters and the coaching of not only students, but citizens.

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In The Moment ... March 2, 2017 Show 41 Hour 1

In 2015 Douglas Preston climbed aboard a rickety, single-engine plane carrying  laser technology on loan from NASA that could map the terrain under the dense rainforest canopy. He was looking for a lost civilization. What he discovered was life-changing. Douglas Preston's new book is called THE LOST CITY OF THE MONKEY GOD: A True Story.

NATIVE Act Boosts Tribal Tourism, Art

Sep 14, 2016
Chynna Lockett

This week Congress passed an act to spur tribal tourism and increase support for tribal art.    The act boosts federal funding and resources for native artists and tribal entrepreneurs.

The bill aims to increase the number of native owned art and tourism based businesses. 

IHS To Close Sioux San ER September 20th

Sep 13, 2016
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Lee Strubinger / SDPB

Indian Health Service officials are temporally closing the emergency room at Sioux San Hospital in Rapid City.  Officials say the closure is meant to improve overall care and begin renovations on the facility. Officials do not have an immediate date for when ER services might be resumed.  

Rapid City Chamber of Commerce & Community Conversations

The Rapid City Chamber of Commerce met Thursday morning to reveal a new initiative to promote racial equality in the workplace. It’s a pledge, called “In the Spirit of Mitákuye Oyás’in or We Are All Related” and comes after a yearlong process of identifying social issues in the city.

The pledge to end discrimination in Rapid City businesses came after the Chamber was approached by Community Conversations, an organization formed to address racial inequality.

Artifacts Roadshow At Vore Buffalo Jump

Jun 8, 2016
Kenzie Wagner / SDPB

The Vore Buffalo Jump is off the beaten path, but just barely. It’s about 300 feet from Interstate 90 near the town of Beulah, in the Wyoming part of the Black Hills.   

Archaeologists, scientists, and tourists frequent the site to learn about Native people who hunted buffalo using the natural sinkhole starting in the late 1500’s.

The Vore Buffalo jump was discovered during the construction of Interstate 90. Native people used the steep slopes of the sinkhole to capture buffalo.

New BHFCU TV Commercial In Lakota

Jan 31, 2016

If you live in the Black Hills area you may have seen a recent commercial entirely in Lakota on TV.

It’s an advertisement for the Black Hills Federal Credit Union and it’s airing on every broadcast and cable TV network in the Hills area

Credit Union officials say they want to reach out to Lakota people in their own language.

Two Lakota versions of the BHFCU commercial are circulating, one with the Lakota female dialect and one with the male.  A third version of the commercial is in English.

Chynna Lockett

In 2015 tribal officials declared a state of emergency on Pine Ridge following a sharp increase in the number of suicides. Officials say last year there were more than 20 young people who took their own lives on Pine Ridge.

The Bear Program is a grassroots group on the front lines of the suicide epidemic.   The volunteer group takes part in both direct crisis intervention and in powerful staged performances that address suicide head on.  

Teach For America Forges New Partnerships

Dec 28, 2015
Teach for America

Teach for America has announced new agreements with two tribes and one school that aims to get more teachers into reservation schools.
 
Teach for America recruits top young professionals, often right after college, and puts them in classrooms around the country.
 
South Dakota is facing a teacher shortage and schools on reservations like Standing Rock and Rosebud are areas of critical need.  
 
Jim Curran with Teach for America says the agreement helps recruit more Native teachers to come back home and teach in classrooms close to where they grew up.

Congressional Officials Meet With Pine Ridge Youth On Suicide

Nov 20, 2015
Chynna Lockett

Congresswoman Kristi Noem spent a day on Pine Ridge listening to the concerns of Lakota youth who are dealing with the tribes suicide epidemic.  Twelve Pine Ridge students have committed suicide this year.
 
Tribal officials are concerned that one key effort in combating suicide,  The Sweet Grass Program, is about to run out of funding.  
 
Tribal leaders praise Noem for her efforts to help the youth of Pine Ridge, but they say more much needs to be done.

FBI Offers $5,000 Reward In Homicide Case

Nov 2, 2015
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The FBI is offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to a conviction in a homicide case on the Cheyenne River Reservation.

On October 20, 2015, the body of 20 year old East  Lee was discovered near Eagle Butte.  Investigators say Lee died from a single gunshot wound to the head.  

Kyle Loven is with the FBI in Minneapolis.

Police Plan To Release Study In Open Forum On Race Relations

Nov 2, 2015
Rapid City Police Department

The Rapid City Police Department is planning a community meeting aimed at improving race relations.  

Police officials intend to reveal the findings on a recent study completed by University of South Dakota researchers and commissioned by the Police Department.   

Police Chief Karl Jegeris says he is working hard to find a positive way forward.

Investigators say they believe Scott  Westerhuis a Platt resident and Administrator for the Mid-Central Education Cooperative, committed suicide in mid-September after he shot and killed his family and set his home on fire.  
 
The incident followed the termination of a $4-million dollar state contract with the Mid-Central Education Cooperative that oversaw the GEAR UP program.    
 
Those who formerly worked with GEAR UP now question what will happen to the six-thousand Native American students served. 

Rapid City Police Shoot Man Following Domestic Violence Call

Sep 30, 2015
Charles Michael Ray

Rapid City police shot and killed a man they say was attacking a female victim in a domestic violence dispute.

Patrick Stephen Lundstrom, a 46 year old Native American man, was killed by police after they were called to a residence in the Star Village neighborhood.

Rapid City Police Chief Karl Jegeris says when officers arrived  they found a trail of blood to the residence. Jegeris says officers could hear a violent dispute occurring inside.  

Rainbow Gathering Incites Argument But Campers Remain

Jun 26, 2015
Chynna Lockett

The arrival of the Rainbow Family to the Black Hills has caused some controversy in the community. The Lakota group United Urban Warriors Society is protesting the gathering taking place on treaty land. But, other Lakota people support the group.  Conflict erupted near the gathering campsite in the Central Black Hills.
A thunderstorm blew in as members of the Rainbow Family and Native Americans in support of their presence met up with members of the United Urban Warriors Society on the highway, near their campsite. The groups collided and argument soon broke out.

Thunder Valley Breaking The Mold To Break Ground

Jun 17, 2015

A new community is breaking ground on Pine Ridge on Monday.

Officials with the Thunder Valley Community say they are also breaking the mold for the way housing is developed in Indian Country.    

Nick Tilsen, an Oglala Lakota, is the Executive Director of Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation.  He says the project aims to not only address the critical housing shortage, but also to build economic development and a sustainable healthy community  on Pine Ridge.

Man Accused In Beer Throwing Case To Stand Trial In Theater

Jun 17, 2015
Charles Michael Ray

A Phillip man who is accused of disorderly conduct after he allegedly threw beer and shouted racial slurs at Native American students during a hockey game in January is set to stand trial next month.
 
But Trace O’Connell won’t sit in front of a jury or in a courtroom.  Rather the trial, before a local magistrate, is set to take place in an auditorium at a local high school to accommodate the crowd that is expected to attend.

Some in the Native community aren’t happy with the misdemeanor charges and question if justice is being served.

Chynna Lockett

The American Tribal Tourism Advocates, or ATTA have launched their first art show in Rapid City’s Main Street Square.

The weekly event showcases Native American artists from the Northern Plains who can sell their work.  
The event seeks to provide a new space to promote native art.

Guard Members Help Build Sustainable Indian Country Projects

Jun 15, 2015
SD National Guard

The South Dakota National Guard is hosting its annual training this summer and that means military members from around world are in the state to get some real world experience.

Native Business Gathering In Deadwood

May 19, 2015
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Native American business owners and tribal leaders will gather with representatives from lending institutions and government agencies for the 2015 South Dakota Indian Business Conference in Deadwood this week. Native entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs will learn about the successes and challenges in creating an Indian business.

The biennial South Dakota Indian Business Conference has become a “must attend” for anyone interested in starting, maintaining or assisting a Native-owned business, says Tanya Fiddler.

Nurse Fired After Racist Comments

May 11, 2015

A Rapid City Regional Hospital nurse was fired after she made racist comments in a video that was posted on social media.

The video sparked a Facebook page titled Fire Ryane Oliva, it calls for a protest in front of the hospital starting at noon Tuesday.  

In a press release hospital officials say they have zero tolerance for racism.  

Officials add that they’re joining with protest organizers to rally against racism and bigotry in front of the hospital.

Lakota Emergence Exhibit Ties Past And Present

May 5, 2015
The Center for American Indian Research and Native Studies

A four day event at the Dahl Art center celebrates the living history and art of Lakota people.  

The Lakota Emergence exhibit runs through Saturday.  It aims to connect the Lakota creation story and a number of artifacts from the Sioux Indian Museum to new works by 16 different contemporary Lakota artists.

Federal Judge Moves Wanblee Voting Case Forward

May 4, 2015

A federal judge has ruled in favor of some Pine Ridge residents who allege unequal access to the polls in Jackson County.
 
In 2014, early in-person voting opened at the county courthouse in Kadoka. A similar office did not open in Wanblee and some community members cried foul.
 
Voting rights groups say they want to ensure that in 2016 residents of Wanblee have the same easy access to the ballot box as residents in the county seat of Kadoka.

Pine Ridge "Promise Zone"

Apr 28, 2015

Pine Ridge is now a "Promise Zone."  The designation by the Obama Administration helps fast track resources needed for infrastructure, housing, education, law enforcement, and economic development

Oglala Lakota County on the Pine Ridge Reservation is among the poorest areas of the country. USDA officials say nearly half the 35,000 residents live below the poverty line.

Some critics point out failures in past federal programs but local leaders say this time it’s different.

WoLakota Seeks To Increase Cultural Awareness In Education

Apr 26, 2015

The US Department of Education is taking note of a project in South Dakota that aims to connect teachers with the wisdom of Lakota elders.

For years the graduation rates for Native American students has not kept pace with their non-native peers, especially in some school districts like Rapid City.   The WoLakota Project is one of the efforts to improve outcomes for Native students in South Dakota.   

Under VAWA Tribes Are Arresting Non-Natives For First Time

Mar 31, 2015

Non-natives who commit acts of violence against Native women on tribal lands can now face arrest and prosecution in some tribal courts.    

Prior to the new Violence Against Women Act tribes didn’t have the authority to go after non-natives inside reservation boundaries.    

Not all tribes have yet implemented their new powers but many tribal officials see this as a game changer for the safety and justice of Native women.

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