Jim Kent

SDPB Freelance Reporter/Producer

Jim Kent is originally from Brooklyn, N.Y. A freelance writer and radio journalist who currently lives in Hot Springs, South Dakota.  Jim can be heard on a variety of radio programs including National Public Radio, South Dakota Public Radio, and National Native News Radio. He is also a columnist for the Rapid City Journal and a guest columnist for the Lakota Country Times.

Former editor of The New Lakota Times, and a correspondent with a variety of Native American newspapers, Jim’s commentaries have appeared in national and international publications including U.S. News & World Report, Bergen Record (NJ), Suburban Trends (NJ), New York Daily News, Roanoke Times (VA), The Observer (OR) and American Heritage Magazine.

Jim also worked as an interviewer for the award-winning CBS-TV animated series, Creature Comforts.

On a scorching hot summer afternoon along the banks of the Little Bighorn River in Montana, seasonal ranger Mike Donahue brings the historical Battle of Little Bighorn to life with remarkable enthusiasm and passion.

At a recent presentation, Donahue welcomes a crowd to the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument. "Why did it happen in the first place?" he asks during the presentation. "Because you had two peoples that really didn't understand or appreciate one another very well."

Photo by Jim Kent

Easter’s here - time for flowers, brightly colored eggs and family gatherings.

Opening statements began Monday at a trial in Aberdeen where a former Deputy States Attorney and a child advocate are accused of misdemeanor counts of unauthorized disclosure of child abuse and neglect information; and multiple counts of subornation of perjury.

The origins of the case date back to 2011, when two Lakota girls accused their white foster parents of sexual abuse.

Attorney Brandon Taliaferro and children’s advocate Shirley Schwab assisted the girls in bringing their foster father to justice.  The man is now serving one sentence for rape of a child.

Christmas Spirits

Dec 21, 2012
Courtesy Deadwood History, Inc.

It’s the first day of winter. That means Christmas isn’t far away; the time when people around the world celebrate the birth of Christ and share in the spirit of giving. It’s also the time of Christmas spirits; images widely known as a result of “A Christmas Carol”.   But Christmas ghost stories aren’t limited to Charles Dickens’ classic tale. 

Photo by Jim Kent

There’s a common misconception among people that having a disability makes it difficult – if not impossible – for someone to succeed in their chosen profession. In fact, the very idea of a disabled person having a chosen profession is often viewed as unrealistic. Today we visit a woman who shows us that living with a disability can actually inspire someone to rise to the top of their field.

Okay, how’s your Hollywood trivia? What do George Burns, Nancy McKeon, Johnny Depp and Ian McShane have in common?

Courtesy "Scarf It Up!"

A breast cancer survivor in Hot Springs has started a program to help others with the disease find at least one way to feel better about themselves.

The “Scarf It Up!” program collects scarves and hats for cancer patients who’ve lost their hair during treatment.

Paula Tonemah was diagnosed with breast cancer last March. As a Native American, Tonemah says losing her hair did more than just impact her emotionally.

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If you’re looking for ghosts, you just may be able to find one – or more – at Deadwood’s Adams House.

Tours of the historic home with a “professional” paranormal team are being offered to the public.

Staff at The Adams House have been reporting….unusual activity – like creaking floors and things that go bump in the night - for years, says Deadwood History spokesperson Rose Speirs.

Courtesy Mammoth Site

If you just can’t get enough of sciences that focus on the Earth, you’re in luck – because we’re right in the middle of Earth Science Week. The American Geosciences Institute organized the national and international science event to help the public gain a better understanding and appreciation for the Earth Sciences.

And if you like fossils, Wednesday you can hit the geology jackpot.

Fossils and Earth Sciences go together like the Mammoth Site and old bones. That’s why the Hot Springs paleontological site is hosting the 3rd Annual National Fossil Day.

A southern Black Hills town known for its interest in the arts is expanding to include a thespian group - or “theatre group” for the uninitiated.

Betsy Savage has been involved in theatre since her college days – from teaching to acting and everything in between.

Savage discovered a definite need for and interest in having a community theatre after moving to Hot Springs a few years back.

Savage says that’s how the Southern Hills Community Theatre was born.

Library of Congress

Before the award-winning documentary film “The Thick Dark Fog”and the book “They Called Me Uncivilized”, there were the Lakota man’s boarding school experiences that led to both stories. Today, Walter Littlemoon shares his memories of a childhood spent in a federally-imposed school system that he tells us did everything but educate.

Orange and yellow leaves paint the trees across land that’s been in Walter Littlemoon’s Lakota family for generations. It’s a quiet, peaceful place that reminds him of his childhood.

Casting for a major feature film is taking place across Western South Dakota over the next few days.

The film “Lee” is a Native American coming-of-age story in the tradition of the motion picture classic “Stand By Me”.

Producer Mollye Asher says the story centers on three Lakota teens on the Pine Ridge Reservation.

courtesy National Cemetery Association

The Black Hills National Cemetery is holding a ceremony today/Monday to honor veterans who’ve been buried or interred over recent months without full military honors.

Throughout the year, some veterans’ remains arrive at the Black Hills National Cemetery in an unaccompanied status. This means that neither friends nor family are present to attend those veterans’ burials or internments, which take place without a standard military program.

Whether you like history or the outdoors, you can access both interests for free this weekend on National Public Lands Day and National Museum Day Live.

More than 1400 venues across the country are celebrating Smithsonian Magazine’s National Museum Day Live on Saturday.

Deadwood History Incorporated spokesperson Rose Speirs says the public can access the Adams Museum, Days of ’76 Museum and the Historic Adams House free of charge after downloading a ticket from Smithsonian.com.

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American athletes who win gold at the 2012 Games will stand at attention as the Star Spangled Banner is played. The song we sing at ball games and the Olympics began as a poem written during the War of 1812 and also has ties to the US Cavalry. Today we Fort Meade, just outside Sturgis, to explore the connection between our country's national anthem and a former Army outpost on what was once the Western frontier.