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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
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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.

Crazy Horse School is receiving a federal grant worth $107,631 to help students cope with suicide on the Pine Ridge Reservation. This is the third grant from the US Department of Education to Pine Ridge schools after tribal leaders declared a state of emergency following a string of suicides.

Project SERV grants target schools where kids experience significant violent or traumatic events. The latest funding adds two counselors at Crazy Horse School in Wanblee to help restore the learning environment.

Secretary John King leads the US Department of Education.

Jodi Archambault Gillette, former special assistant to President Barrack Obama for Native American Affairs, will receive an Honorary Doctorate from Black Hills State University on Saturday, May 7 at 10 a.m. during commencement ceremonies.

Gillette will also present a special lecture Friday, May 6 at 1 p.m. at BHSU. She joins Dakota Midday for a conversation about her lifelong advocacy for families and children, how the traditions of her youth continue to impact her work, and the importance of increasing visibility of Native American issues at the highest level of government.

Bison Could Become National Mammal

May 3, 2016
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Bison could soon become the country’s National Mammal. The US House and Senate passed the National Bison Legacy Act. It’s awaiting President Obama’s signature.

The GEAR UP program in South Dakota is now operating from Black Hills State University. The education effort aims to prepare Native American students for college. Most recently GEAR UP is tied to accusations of wrongdoing as former leaders face criminal charges. Despite the challenges, the program is under new leadership and moving forward.

Incoming high school students from schools participating in GEAR UP are eligible to apply for a three-week program promoting college readiness and culture.

Sarah Deer is a MacArthur Fellow, a legal scholar, and an author. She discusses her 2015 book "The Beginning and End of Rape: Confronting Sexual Violence in Native America" with Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh.

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A grand jury has indicted three people for felony crimes related to a Native American education program. State leaders say people within GEAR UP and Mid-Central Education Cooperative used the programs to steal more than one million dollars. Two of them died in a murder-suicide in September. Authorities announced charges against three other leaders last month.  

Wrestling Volunteers Banned From Future Events

Apr 12, 2016

Two volunteers who made racially charged comments at a youth wrestling tournament in Aberdeen are no longer allowed work future Amateur Athletic Union Events. The comments were captured on a video stream during one of the matches.

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The attorney for one of the people charged with felonies related to the Mid Central Education Cooperative in Platte says the state is using his client as a scapegoat. The investigation involves crimes connected to Mid Central and a program called GEAR UP.

All Lakota Language News Website Launches

Mar 24, 2016
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If you like to get your news in Lakota you can now do so online. A new all Lakota language website called Woihanble.com is now up and running. The word Woihanble translates to dream in English. The site is written completely in Lakota. It features news stories from tribal nations across South Dakota.

The website Woihanble is one of the latest efforts to in South Dakota revitalize the Lakota language. It translates local stories from news outlets that cover South Dakota reservations from English to Lakota.

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Lawmakers in Pierre support two programs aimed at Native American education. One measure seeks to help people who want to finish college courses so they can teach in Native American schools. The other sets up a pilot program to combine innovative cultural teachings with standard subjects.

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Each legislative session, some major issues seem to take the spotlight in Pierre – and education is dominating this year’s conversation. Much of SDPB’s coverage relates to funding schools and teachers, because lawmakers are trying to find ways to fairly and adequately fund education. Despite a goal to provide the same opportunity for all kids by doling out the matching funding for students, children walk into classes facing a wide range of challenges. A visit to one Sioux Falls school reveals some of those differences.

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