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In The Moment ... October 10. 2018 Show 439 Hour 2

South Dakota has had only one American Indian Congressman: Benjamin Reifel.

Dr. Sean Flynn is a history professor at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell. His new book is called "Without Reservation: Benjamin Reifel and American Indian Acculturation." It looks at the inspiring and controversial life and ideology of Ben Reifel and elicits impassioned responses from readers.

Native American Day Parade

Oct 4, 2018
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In The Moment ... October 4. 2018 Show 436 Hour 2

This Monday morning beginning at 10 in downtown Sioux Falls, the Native American Day parade takes place.

In 1990, Tim Giago of the Native Sun News Today convinced then governor George S. Mickelson to make Native American Day a state holiday.

The theme is "Honoring our Elders" where Tim Giago is going to be the Grand Marshall.

He joined In The Moment with a preview of the celebration.

Memorial Walk For Children

Oct 3, 2018
Chynna Lockett

In The Moment ... October 3. 2018 Show 435 Hour 1

The Mayor of Rapid City has proclaimed this year’s Native American day as “The Day of the Grandmothers.” MOA is helping host the Memorial Walk on Monday, October 8 at 9 a.m.

Karen Mortimer and Heather Dawn Thompson joined In The Moment for a preview of the Memorial Walk for the children of the Rapid City Indian Boarding School.

This coming Monday a Memorial Walk to Honor 45 children who died at the Rapid City Indian Boarding School will take place on the city’s west side.

2018 Black Hills Powwow

Oct 2, 2018
Chynna Lockett

In The Moment ... October 2. 2018 Show 434 Hour 1

The Black Hills Powwow has become one of the premier American Indian cultural events in the United States, attracting thousands of dancers, singers, artisans and several thousand spectators from across several U.S. states, Canadian provinces and beyond.

Stephen Yellow Hawk, president of the Black Hills Powwow, accompanied by Karen Mortimer and Whitney Rencountre, members of Mniluzahan Okolakiciyapi Ambassadors, joined In The Moment with a preview of the festivities.

Canton's Hiawatha Indian Asylum

Sep 24, 2018
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In The Moment ... September 24. 2018 Show 428 Hour 2

A new exhibit that brings the public closer to the Asylum than the grainy photos found on the internet opened this weekend.

Hiawatha Insane Asylum tells the story of the first and only asylum dedicated to Indians in the United States. Tragically, many of the 350 people housed at the asylum did not suffer mental illness and were incarcerated for arbitrary reasons such as resisting Indian Agents, embracing their own traditional lifestyles, or simply 'misbehaving.'

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In The Moment ... September 19, 2018 Show 425 Hour 1

People are stories. Author, teacher, and craftsman Joseph Marshall has written novels, screenplays, essays, short stories, and nonfiction books. He's also a storyteller.

Joseph Marshall is in South Dakota for the Young Readers Festival this week. An enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, he was raised in a traditional Lakota household.

His book "In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse" tells the story of a boy and his grandpa as the travel together on a quest to know Crazy Horse.

Eagle Bull Blazes Trail In Architecture

Sep 12, 2018
Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... September 12, 2018 Show 420 Hour 1

Tammy Eagle Bull is the first Native American woman in the United States to become a licensed architect. 

An Oglala Lakota Nation member who was raised in Aberdeen, Eagle Bull gives the keynote lecture, "Sovereignty Through Design," Thursday at the Annual Institute of Architects South Dakota convention.

Providing Cancer-Related Services To Tribal Communities

Aug 24, 2018

Dr. Daniel Petereit, Radiation Oncologist in Rapid City and Principal Investigator on cancer disparity program called Walking Forward. 

American Indians have one of the highest rates of cancer daths in the United States. Walking Forward provides cancer-related services to tribal communities; including education, screening, diagnosis and clinical trials. A new initiative looks at lung cancer screening for high-risk smokers. 

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In The Moment ... June 19, 2018 Show 361 Hour 1

David Osborne, author of The Coming, has won the 2018 Spur Award for historical fiction from the Western Writers of America.  He's being honored this week at the WWA's annual convention in Billings, Montana. 

USD Center for Disabilities Establishes Oyate' Circle

May 14, 2018
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The University of South Dakota Center for Disabilities is launching an educational outreach effort focused on Native Americans with disabilities. The Oyate’ Circle will host educational workshops in tribal communities. 

Jim Warne is a member of the Oglala Lakota tribe and has more than 20 years of experience running disability-focused training groups in San Diego, California. He’s been hired to lead the new program, and says he’s excited to help his own tribe and others in the state.

In The Moment ... February 1, 2018 Show 268 Hour 1

Four Augustana University professors are collaborating on a multi-discipline project. It's aimed at addressing historical trauma and its impact on preterm birth in Native American women.

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In the Moment ... September 22, 2017 Show 183 Hour 2

Robin Wall Kimmerer's books include Braiding Sweetgrass and Gathering Moss.  A mother, scientist and member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, she visits about lessons of botany and the wisdom of plants during the South Dakota Festival of Books in Deadwood.

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An Eagle Butte woman is encouraging Native American leaders in 23 tribal governments. The Bush Foundation is dedicating resources to Native Nation Building. A woman from Cheyenne River is six months into the job of supporting and promoting Indian leadership.

Eileen Briggs is the Bush Foundation’s director of Native Nation Building. She says the work includes a handful of large investments to empower American Indian communities instead of prescribing solutions.

Nebraska board members are weighing whether they should renew beer store liquor licenses in Whiteclay. The tiny unincorporated town is across the state line from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. People - often Native Americans - buy millions of cans of beer there each year. Thursday the panel heard testimony.

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In The Moment ... February 13, 2017 Show 029 Hour 2

South Dakota Republican Party elected Dan Lederman of Dakota Dunes has been elected by the South Dakota Republican Party to lead the SDGOP for the next two years. Chair Lederman will begin his term immediately and has called a Special Central Committee Meeting to be held at the end of February to adopt a budget and goals for 2017.

Governor Dennis Daugaard signed a bill  that adds electronic devices to the state’s wiretapping laws. More specifically, Daugaard says the bill allows law enforcement to monitor cell phone calls.

The House Judiciary Committee passed Senate Bill 26 to improve how the state notifies crime victims. The proposal streamlines the automated system in charge of notifications.

The Senate State Affairs Committee is bringing a lobbying bill to the full Senate.  The bill allows tribal elected officials the opportunity to speak in meetings without having to register as lobbyists.  

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In The Moment ... February 3, 2017 - Show 023, Hour 1

Football fans tend to get … ahem … attached to their teams, even if their teams are far from local. SDPB’s Steve Zwemke is a lifelong Atlanta Falcons fan. Former SDPB intern Travis Berg cheers for the New England Patriots. Together they provide a (mostly) friendly preview of Super Bowl 51.

Former US Attorney Calls For Peltier Release

Jan 5, 2017

A former justice department official who supervised the case of Leonard Peltier’s appeal wants him released. The previous US Attorney wrote a letter to the White House in favor of the Native American activist.
 
President Barack Obama has until the end of his term to decide whether to issue a pardon.
 
Leonard Peltier was a member of the American Indian Movement. He is serving two life sentences on a conviction for murdering two FBI agents on the Pine Ridge Reservation.
 
He has been in prison for over 40 years.

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The 40th annual Lakota Nation Invitational is now underway in Rapid City. The week-long event brings tribes from all over the area to honor Lakota values and traditions. There are basketball tournaments, art displays, and even a Lakota Language Bowl.

Lakota youth ranging from kindergarten to high school use the language bowl to show off their Lakota speaking skills.

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State lawmakers say improving quality of health care remains a legislative priority. This on the heels of Governor Dennis Daugaard’s announcement that he will not support Medicaid expansion in 2017. That has lawmakers examining work between the state and federal government.

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A Lakota man is celebrating three decades teaching life lessons to elementary school students through Native American dance. Dallas Chief Eagle started working as an artist-in-residence for schools in the mid-1980s. Today he’s still sharing Lakota culture with school children across the state.

In his performance, Dallas Chief Eagle rapidly moves his feet as he glides across a gym floor, picking up plastic hoops. He links them together in a long line. Chief Eagle tosses the chain into the air, and spins the hoops over the heads of screaming elementary school students.

Native POP Art Market Set For Rapid City

Jul 14, 2016
Victoria Wicks / SDPB

A Native American art and culture event in Rapid City is part of a push to expand the plains art market in the Midwest.

Rapid City’s Main Street Square hosts the fourth annual Native Peoples of the Plains art show July 16.

Native Peoples of the Plains or POP began as an effort to increase the availability of Native American art in Rapid City. This year, around 50 artists display their works.

Supreme Court Split On Native Court Jurisdiction

Jun 27, 2016
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A recent Supreme Court case involving tribal sovereignty ended in a tie. The Dollar General Corp. v. Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians ruling has implications for Natives and non-Natives.

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South Dakota Magazine Managing Editor John Andrews previews the July/August issue - everything from a Native American christening ceremony to the Black Hills.

Lakota Language Program Looks To Keep Customs Alive

Jun 20, 2016
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The Lakota Summer Institute is a three week long program that hopes to build lifelong learners of the Lakota language. Held at Sitting Bull College in Fort Yates, North Dakota, officials from the institute say they want to give people a reason to learn a language that so few speak. 

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The U.S. Supreme Court has reinstated the conviction of a domestic abuser in Indian Country. A USD law professor says the case highlights the disparity between the right to counsel for Native and non-Native offenders. In tribal court, Native Americans aren’t guaranteed the right to an attorney, like they are in state and federal court.

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Lori Walsh speaks with Bill Hoskins. The Old Courthouse Museum in Sioux Falls is hosting an exhibit opening reception for “George Catlin: Life Among North American Indian Tribes” on June 23 from 5 to 7 p.m. Catlin was a painter, author, and traveler who specialized in documenting the lives of indigenous people in Dakota Territory and beyond. The Siouxland Heritage Museums house a collection of Catlin’s original work. Director Bill Hoskins joins Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh to talk about the exhibit and Catlin’s legacy.

BHSU Hosts Indigenous Women’s Conference

Jun 9, 2016
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An indigenous women’s organization is targeting justice issues for Native people, including the Indian Child Welfare Act, environmental protection and human trafficking.

The North American Indian Women’s Association (NAIWA) conference starts June 12 in Spearfish.

Jace DeCory, a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux tribe, uses a mix of Lakota and English to explain the theme of the North American Indian Women’s Association conference.

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A United States Senator and a state lawmaker agree that the federal government is failing to provide adequate health care to Native Americans. United States Senator John Thune and South Dakota State Senator Troy Heinert see different solutions to ongoing problems with the Indian Health Service.

U-S  Senator Thune has legislation in Congress aimed at comprehensive reform for federal health services for Native Americans. He says the bill makes it easier to fire ineffective IHS leaders, examines whistle-blower protections, and requires fiscal accountability so patient care funds actually make it to patients.

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Lori Walsh interviews  writer and journalist Taté Walker.  Walker discusses how pop culture appropriates Native American identities and cultures.  From the hyper sexualized Indian maiden to the savage male warrior, Walker deconstructs the stereotypes and provides solutions as well as insight into who is doing representation right.

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