Rights

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Participants in the Women's March in Sioux Falls have different reasons for demonstrating. Some say it's political; others say the gathering was not about how a person votes. Others say they gain inspiration from being around people who stand up for women's rights, gay rights, Native American rights, and more. In this discussion, SDPB's Kealey Bultena talks with In The Moment's Lori Walsh.

Enhanced SD Pistol Permit = Conceal Carry In More States

Sep 21, 2015
Charles Michael Ray

South Dakota is about to offer a new permit that allows residents to conceal carry a handgun in more states.

Currently the conceal carry permit in South Dakota has reciprocity in about 30 states, the basic permit involves a criminal background check only.   

But the state is gearing up to offer an optional enhanced permit that requires fingerprinting and a handgun safety course.

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.

South Dakota’s Congressional delegation is expressing concern over allegations of misuse of federal funds at the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe.
 
The group Human Rights Watch recently filed a report citing allegations of corruption by top tribal officials after a two year investigation.   The report includes tribal audits showing millions of dollars in missing funds.
 
Some Lower Brule Tribal officials call the report nonsense, but Congressional officials say they are monitoring the situation and waiting for the outcome of any further investigations.

Wanblee To Get Early Voting Office

Oct 15, 2014

Voting rights advocates say a satellite polling place is coming to the town of Wanblee. 

The small town on the Pine Ridge Reservation has become a contention point over equal access to the polls for Native Americans in this election.

Federal Case Filed Over Voting Rights On Pine Ridge

Sep 18, 2014

A voting rights group is filing a federal court case alleging unequal access to the polls in Jackson County, South Dakota.

The county covers the northeast corner of the Pine Ridge Reservation and is home to both the towns of Kadoka and Wanblee.   

In the county seat of Kadoka, the public can register and vote early in person.   But in Wanblee, the county’s largest town that sits on the Pine Ridge Reservation, early voting in person is not an option.