News - Lower Brule - Elders
5:49 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Lower Brule Elders Allege Admin Issues Aren't New

Lower Brule Treaty Council member Sheryl Estes Scott.
Credit Courtesy Sheryl Estes Scott

Lower Brule Sioux elders and treaty council members are meeting in the aftermath of an investigative report by Human Rights Watch to discuss allegations of misappropriation of federal funds by their tribal leaders.

We visited the Lower Brule Sioux Reservation and found that as much as many tribal members were aware of what they allege are years of administrative mismanagement, others have been completely surprised by the report’s findings.

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News - Treaty Council - Lower Brule
3:40 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Lower Brule Treaty Council Plans For Future

Members of the Lower Brule Treaty Council meet to discuss their tribe's current political and financial crisis as well its future.
Credit Photo by Jim Kent

 As repercussions from the Human Rights Watch report on irregularities in its tribal government continue to ripple across the Lower Brule Sioux Reservation, grass roots tribal members are gathering to plan changes in what’s become the status quo.

We sit in on a meeting at the Lower Brule Treaty Office to ask how the long-term administration of Chairman Mike Jandreau has impacted people on a personal basis and what their hopes are for the future.

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News - Grass Roots - Lower Brule
3:03 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Lower Brule Tribe Grass Roots Movement

Lower Brule Sioux Tribal logo
Credit Courtesy Lower Brule Sioux Tribe

As the non-profit group Human Rights Watch released a report alleging corruption and mismanagement of federal funds by the Lower Sioux Tribal government, grass roots members of the tribe are raising their voices to be heard.  

Among them are the newly-elected Lower Brule vice-chairman and a respected tribal elder.

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News - Oglala - Dogs
9:01 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Oglala Sioux Tribe Registers Dogs

Loose dogs, like this one in the village of Wounded Knee, need to be registered and receive vaccinations by Oglala Sioux Tribe Animal Control personnel by December 19. From that date forward such dogs are to be considered “stray” and will then be apprehended and killed if not claimed by a person or group.
Credit Courtesy Lakota Animal Care Project

  The Oglala Sioux Tribe begins registering dogs on the Pine Ridge Reservation today (Monday) along with providing rabies shots to all those dogs registered.  The move comes as a result of the death of a young Lakota girl 3 weeks ago allegedly as the result of a dog attack.

Pet registrations and vaccinations on the Pine Ridge Reservation continue through December 19. The Oglala Sioux Tribe is not guaranteeing that every community will receive a visit from Animal Control personnel, but does assure that each of the reservation’s 9 districts are on the list.

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News - Lakota - Elders
4:07 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Elders Take Stand Against Dog Roundups

Dogs like this one - outside the Wounded Knee Elders Center - wander the community and are not considered a threat by tribal elders.
Credit Photo by Jim Kent

As the Oglala Sioux Tribe announced plans to begin rounding up dogs on November 29, elders across the Pine Ridge Reservation began gathering to discuss how to counter what they felt was a knee-jerk reaction by tribal leadership to the recent death of 8-year old Jayla Rodriguez.

Although everyone seems to agree that there’s an overpopulation of dogs on Pine Ridge…arbitrarily choosing to shoot any dog that’s not confined isn’t the traditional Lakota way.

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News - Native - Giving
4:38 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Giving Tuesday For Native Law Students

2013 graduating class and faculty of Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program at the University of Arizona.
Credit Courtesy U of A IPLP

Attorneys across the country are being asked to donate the first billable hour of their day on December second as part of the “Giving Tuesday” movement being celebrated by the University of Arizona’s Law School. The donations will help fund scholarships for Native American law students.

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News - Pine Ridge - Dogs
2:05 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Pine Ridge Elders Question Dog Roundups

Loose dogs like these on the Pine Ridge Reservation are given veterinary aid by volunteers from the Lakota Animal Care Project without incident and adopted out when they're not owned by someone or if the owner's can't care for them.
Credit Courtesy Lakota Animal Care Project

As residents of the Pine Ridge Reservation try to come to terms with the recent death of a young Lakota girl, community elders are gathering to discuss the repercussions from her passing. The decision by Oglala Sioux tribal officials to unilaterally round up and destroy dogs considered strays as a safeguard against possible attacks on children is considered an overreaction by many and counter to Lakota cultural traditions.

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News - Pine Ridge - Girl
3:30 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Lakota Girl Dies On Pine Ridge Reservation

The Red Cloud Indian School community is mourning the death of 8-year old Jayla Rodriquez.
Credit Courtesy Red Cloud Indian School

News of the death of a young Lakota girl is hitting the Pine Ridge Reservation hard, especially at the Red Cloud Indian School. Students on the close-knit campus have been emotionally impacted by the realization that one of their own is no longer in class.

Oglala Sioux Police Chief Ron Duke says a pack of dogs attacked and killed Jayla Rodriquez late Tuesday afternoon while she was sledding near a housing complex.

The eight-year old was a student at the Red Cloud Indian School – where superintendent Ted Hamilton says students and faculty are shocked by her passing.

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News - Lakota - Medal
4:33 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Lakota Man Awarded Carnegie Hero Medal

Industrialist & philanthropist Andrew Carnegie founded the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission in 1904.
Credit Courtesy Carnegie Hero Fund Commission

A Native American man and a non-Native teen who gave their lives trying to save a small boy from the swirling waters of the Big Sioux River have been posthumously awarded the Carnegie Hero Medal. The recognition is a prestigious honor that isn’t bestowed upon many.

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News - Pursuit - Death
1:49 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Family Questions Lakota Woman's Death Following High-Speed Pursuit

Feather Rae Colombe was killed following a high-speed pursuit by Rosebud Sioux Tribal Police.
Credit Courtesy Colombe family.

The death of a young Lakota woman on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation continues to raise questions in her community more than a month after her passing.   Family and friends of Feather Rae Colombe never expected to hear that she had died following a high-speed police pursuit.

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News - Council - Meeting
1:22 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Tribal Council No-Show At Shannon County Meeting

Members of the Oglala Sioux Tribal Council were conspicuously absent from a Shannon County Commissioners meeting where tribal legislation pertaining to Badlands National Park bison reintroduction was discussed.
Credit Photo by Jim Kent

June 6 was the final day for public comments on the question to reintroduce bison to Badlands National Park’s South Unit – an area being considered for re-designation as the country’s first tribally-managed national park.

But recent legislation by the Oglala Sioux Tribal Council has created a murky cloud over the ability of tribal members to differentiate between the issue of placing bison on the South Unit and the tribe’s desire to appropriate lands adjacent to that area.

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News - Violence - Walks
11:44 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Domestic Violence Walks Raise Awareness

Working Against Violence, Inc. is sponsoring walks this weekend to heighten awareness of domestic violence and sexual abuse.
Credit Courtesy WAVI

Two walks are taking place in Rapid City this weekend to heighten awareness of domestic violence and sexual abuse. We visit with one woman whose taking part in memory of a relative and her children in order to remind the public that not all domestic violence victims survive the abuse.

When Nikkole Bostnar steps out on Rapid City’s streets this Saturday, she’ll be thinking of her sister-in-law and the woman’s two young children.

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News - Williams - Mines
1:22 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Jody Williams On Land Mines And The 1st Amendment

Jody Williams - 1997 Nobel Peace Prize recipient.
Credit Courtesy Nobel Women's Initiative

There are 6 living female recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize. One of them, Jody Williams, is from the United States. 

We spent some time with Ms. Williams during her recent visit to the Pine Ridge Reservation to talk about the causes the Vermont native has spent a good portion of her life fighting for: peace, human rights and women’s rights.

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News - Guard - Female
12:41 am
Mon November 11, 2013

1st Female State CSM In Guard History

Susan Shoe (left) accepts sword of command during ceremony appointing her as State Command Sergeant Major for South Dakota Army National Guard. Master Sergeant Jen Litzen (right) is the sword bearer.
Credit Courtesy CSM Susan Shoe




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News - Gold - Auction
1:02 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Gold Nugget Strikes Big At Auction

From left to right: Potato Creek Johnny's nugget, Icebox Nugget and the Potato Creek Johnny 2 nugget
Credit Courtesy Deadwood History, Inc.

A historic auction held in Deadwood last Saturday saw a 7-ounce gold nugget sell for 4 times its value.

When Potato Creek Johnny found the 7-plus troy ounce gold nugget named for him in 1929, he said it looked like a woman’s leg. Johnny hoped someday to find the other gold “leg”.

Deadwood History executive director Mary Kopco says the prospector’s dream came true with the assistance of The Clock Shop in Rapid City.

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1:04 am
Thu May 9, 2013

High School Climbers Set To Compete

Stevens High School Junior Tim Palmer bouldering on "Vegan Rock" in Rapid City.

When you think of high school sports football, basketball, or volleyball might come to mind.   But why not rock climbing? Competitive indoor climbing is a new sport taking off across the country.   This weekend the first ever high school indoor climbing competition is taking place in the Black Hills.    

SDPB’s Charles Michael Ray has more.

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1:59 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Amazon And Netflix

The Computer Guys - Kent Osborne, Amos Aesophe, John T. Meyer, Joel Brovelite, and Jeff Litterick - bring you the latest tech news. On today's show, they discussed Amazon and Netflix producing content for their own delivery.

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1:22 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

I-Watch Rumors, Apple Profits, and Music Libraries

The Computer Guys update you with the latest technology news, including Apple profits and rumors of an iWatch,, the value of e-readers, and moving your music library.

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12:27 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Red Flag Warning for much of South Dakota

All but a few West River counties are under a Red Flag Warning for Extreme Fire Danger today/Wednesday.  Mike Connelly with the National Weather Service in Aberdeen says conditions have changed somewhat, but the weather remains dry.

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