South Dakota’s ingestion law affects Native Americans more than any other demographic in the state.

That’s according to data from the Unified Judicial System in cases where ingestion is the highest charged crime.

South Dakota is the only state in the country where ingestion of a controlled substance is charged as a felony level offense. In the eight other states in the US where ingestion is a charge it’s either a misdemeanor or felony probation.

South Dakota School of Mines & Technology

The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology was ranked as the Best Engineering School in the country for Return on Investment by the website College Factual.

The University’s low tuition and average rate of pay for graduates are factors in the ranking.

Dr. Lance Roberts is the interim provost for the School of Mines. He says Engineering jobs are important in the current state of the economy.

Personal Tech for the Non-Techy 


Jenifer Jones

For nearly a decade, a group of nine native women—all sisters—has told their story of child sexual abuse to lawmakers in Pierre.

They want to overturn a statute of limitations on child sex crimes put in place at the beginning of the decade.

That legislation stalls year after year. But, the women say they’ll continue to lobby for changes to the state’s sex crimes laws.

A warning, this story includes sensitive material and content that might not be suitable for children.

John Shrader

In The Moment ... October 21, 2019 Show 682 Hour 1

Patrick Hicks hosts Poetry From Studio 47 Fridays during In The Moment. This episode, he features Jeanne Emmons .

Arts and Entertainment reporting on SDPB is supported by the South Dakota Education Association

Special: Preschool In South Dakota

Oct 18, 2019

For this week's podcast, we bring you our month-long coverage of PreK in South Dakota.

What are the costs? What are the benefits? You will hear these questions answered by researchers, South Dakota legislators, and even parents of preschoolers.

Jackie Hendry

A language program on the Pine Ridge reservation is teaching a new generation to speak Lakota. That work is starting with the youngest voices and providing new preschool opportunities in a part of the state where early childhood education is limited.

The Lakota Immersion Preschool began as a small daycare in Peter Hill’s home. 

“It was my daughter and four other kids, and we operated like that for the first year.”

That was in 2012. 

Tater Ward

  A massive federal project designed to prevent flooding along the Missouri River is creating problems in South Dakota. Some tribal officials say the series of dams built in the 1950s have created problems for farmers and on reservation land. In fact, some tribes are still struggling to find a solution.

It’s an early morning school bus run near the Oahe Dam. The driver makes dozens of stops along unpaved sections of BIA Route 3. The 45 minute bus ride is one way kids get to Tiospaye Topa School on the Cheyenne River Reservation. 

In The Moment ... October 17, 2019 Show 681 Hour 2

SDPB Health and Education reporter Jackie Hendry joins Lori Walsh to preview the discussion on early childhood education (Pre-K) on SDPB-TV's South Dakota Focus with Stephanie Rissler.

Education and healthcare reporting on SDPB is supported by Regional Health, helping patients and communities live well

Governor Kristi Noem says she’d like to see the criminal justice system work more toward providing addiction treatment as opposed to placing people in prison.

Before it was sold, some West River officials have suggested utilizing the former juvenile corrections facility in Custer as a treatment facility.  

Now the state has repossessed the property.

Noem says there have been a lot of proposals as to what to do with the STAR academy facility.

However, she says there’s a reality associated with the building.


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South Dakota Arts Council support is provided with funds from the State of South Dakota, through the Department of Tourism, and the National Endowment for the Arts.


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