Department of Interior

The Department of Interior is creating an historic record of Indian Boarding Schools. It’s an open wound that is still felt as a mass grave of 215 Indigenous children were found in British Columbia, Canada, and the remains of 10 children were discovered at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania. 


SAB Biotherapeutics

A Sioux Falls-based company plans to go public by merging with a Florida company that it says will raise its enterprise value to $325 million.  

SAB Biotherapeutics gained attention earlier this year for using cattle to produce human antibodies that treat COVID-19. It received more than $100 million from the federal government for that research.  

Will South Dakotans be able to legally source their medical marijuana through the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe before they find it elsewhere in the state? Joe Sneve is a reporter from the Argus Leader. He joins us for a look at his reporting for this segment of "Reporter's Notebook."

SDPB's Business and Economic Development reporter Arielle Zionts reports on Monday's naturalization ceremony at Mount Rushmore. 


Lawmakers continue to discuss regulations surrounding medical marijuana in South Dakota. On Monday, a legislative subcommittee listened to several presentations including one from North Dakota’s department of health.  


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Throughout the summer months, rodeo is a sport many South Dakota ranch families participate in. SDPBs Lura Roti visits with a Harding County ranch family to learn more.

For the Routier family, the sport of rodeo is as much a part of daily ranch life as raising cattle. And it makes sense, explains Riley Routier a sixth generation Harding County rancher.

[Riley] “Everything is just tied together, everything we do with horses and cows they work together. We rope during branding and calving, … the horses are how we get things done. So, they just go hand-in-hand.”


South Dakota health officials say they want the statewide COVID-19 vaccination rate to grow higher. More than 50 people from several countries are now Americans in a celebration at Mount Rushmore. All this and more in today’s SDPB News Podcast. Find it on Apple Podcasts or Spotify today. 

History 605: Welcome To History 605

Jun 22, 2021

History 605 explores the history of South Dakota, the northern Great Plains, and the Midwest.  South Dakota’s State Historian Ben Jones will visit with guests about their books, museum exhibits and artifacts, and historic sites in the state and region. Along the way, you’ll learn how to think, not what to think, about history and the people of the past.  


South Dakota Teachers’ Salary Ranks At The Bottom

Jun 22, 2021

South Dakota once again ranks 50th in the nation in teacher’s pay.  

In 2016, the Blue Ribbon Task Force under former Governor Dennis Daugaard passed a half cent increase in sales tax. The extra money went to the general education fund to help boost teachers’ salaries.  

Deb Soholt is a former state senator. She said each school district sets their own salary for teachers.  


The granite heads of Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt and Lincoln loomed above as 55 new Americans recited their oaths of allegiance during a Monday ceremony at Mount Rushmore.  



Home ownership rates are low among Native Americans.  

But efforts to change are succeeding. 

Prosperity Now is a nonprofit that studies homeownership rates. It says 73 percent of white South Dakotans are homeowners. But only 37 percent of Native Americans in the state own homes.   

Reservations include land held in trust by the government. That means some of the land cannot be bought and sold by tribal members. 


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