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Since 1995, South Dakota Focus has provided in-depth discussions with South Dakotans about issues and events impacting the state. South Dakota Focus takes the time to see matters more clearly.

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  • Secretary of Education Tiffany Sanderson says the controversy surrounding the department's proposed standards was the result of misunderstandings and miscommunication. But she says it's a good opportunity to reflect on how the process can be improved for the benefit of all students.
  • There's room for growth in Native American education in South Dakota. But in some districts, that growth is already underway. In the state's largest school district, a 20-year-old program has its first coordinator...and two passionate educators look forward to the future.
  • South Dakota educators and policy-makers are continuing to adjust the state's social studies standards. The process sets minimum requirements for educating South Dakota students.But conflicting ideas about the role of Native American history and culture in those standards has delayed that process.In September, hundreds marched in Pierre to protest what they called the erasure of their legacy.
  • Relationships are central to Lakota life, and that tradition is continuing in new ways.On the Cheyenne River Reservation, The Rez Runner program began in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The free service brings supplies to elders in the community at no cost.SDPB's Richard Two Bulls explores how this service also preserves the cultural identity and history of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe in this month's installment of Good Neighbors.
  • Grit, determination, and stamina. These are characteristics many South Dakotans claim, and maybe we learned them from watching the buffalo roam.Sixty buffalo from Wind Cave National Park are now grazing on the Rosebud Reservation. It's part of the park's efforts to thin its bison herd, while also contributing to tribal food sovereignty initiatives.
  • Grit, determination, and stamina. These are characteristics many South Dakotans claim, and maybe we learned them from watching the buffalo roam.Sixty buffalo from Wind Cave National Park are now grazing on the Rosebud Reservation. It's part of the park's efforts to thin its bison herd, while also contributing to tribal food sovereignty initiatives.