South Dakota Rock and Roll Music Association

In The Moment ... April 21, 2017 Show 077 Hour 1

South Dakota music legend Nick Schwebach joins us as we celebrate his induction into the South Dakota Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the Lifetime Achievement Award. We’ll talk music and friendship as Schwebach plays live for our weekly Moment in Sound segment.

The New Colossus

In The Moment... February 2, 2017 - Show 022, Hour 1

Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States

The U.S. Supreme Court has reinstated the conviction of a domestic abuser in Indian Country. A USD law professor says the case highlights the disparity between the right to counsel for Native and non-Native offenders. In tribal court, Native Americans aren’t guaranteed the right to an attorney, like they are in state and federal court.

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Members of a state task force are setting priorities to address elder abuse in South Dakota. The group met Tuesday in Sioux Falls. Task force members are trying to figure out how to prevent and punish abuse of aging populations.

The Elder Abuse Task Force is investigating the scope of elder abuse in South Dakota, and members may offer reports and policy suggestions based on what they find.

Baby Death In Sioux Falls May Be Homicide

Aug 10, 2015
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Sioux Falls Police say they suspect that the death of a baby last week was not an accident. Authorities are looking for the girl’s father; he faces abuse and drug charges. Meantime officials are trying to understand what happened to the girl before emergency responders got to the baby’s home.

Kayleigh Joy Schumm was two and a half weeks old when she died last week at a Sioux Falls hospital. Authorities say it happened a day after the baby stopped breathing while home with her father.

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Elder Abuse is garnering attention from leaders in South Dakota. A task force involving members of the judicial branch, the governor’s office, and the state legislature are meeting to better understand the problem. They want to find ways to recognize the crimes and prosecute them. Task force members also want to prevent elder abuse.

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South Dakota leaders are analyzing elder abuse. The Chief Justice of South Dakota’s Supreme Court David Gilbertson says the often hidden crimes of elder abuse are becoming bigger problems as more people age. All three branches of government are part of a task force trying to understand who is taking advantage of the state’s aging people, how they’re doing it, and what can be done to prevent and punish elder abuse.

Elder abuse takes many forms, but a discussion about money pierces Steve Mielke.

The leaders of South Dakota’s Executive and Judicial branches say they’re teaming up for a comprehensive look at elder abuse in the state. During the regular session, state lawmakers approved an Elder Abuse Task Force. State leaders are also announcing a public conference as the panel begins work.

The World Health Organization uses June 15th to call attention to elder abuse around the globe. Greg Sattizahn with South Dakota’s Unified Judicial System says mistreatment of seniors is a quiet problem.

SD Supreme Court Rules On Church Sex Abuse Cases

Apr 20, 2015

The South Dakota Supreme Court has ruled in favor of two plaintiffs who say there were sexually abused as children while attending boarding school decades ago at the Saint Francis Mission.

The court also upheld the dismissal of a number of separate sex abuse cases against church organizations.

During the discovery process in the initial court proceedings a set of letters emerged that detailed alleged sexual abuse at the Saint Francis Mission during the late 1960’s and early 1970’s.

Church Sex Abuse Statute Of Limitations Stands

Feb 19, 2015

Those who say they suffered childhood sexual abuse by clergy will have to comply with 2010 statute of limitations after a narrow vote by a state legislative committee.

In 2010, with the backing of church lobbyists, state lawmakers approved a new statute of limitations restricting some types of civil litigation in childhood sex abuse cases.  Proponents testified that alleged abuse in Catholic Indian Boarding Schools happened so long ago few of the accused are alive to defend themselves.

Lawmakers Consider A Study On Elder Abuse.

Feb 4, 2015

Lawmakers on the State Senate Retirement Committee want to see more study on the problem of elder abuse. 

Committee members approved Senate Bill 168.  It creates a legislative task force to examine the issue.  

Republican State Senator Dave Novstrup is a prime sponsor of the bill.   He says the task force needs to examine all the ways seniors could be abused.

Novstrup says in order to tackle the problem lawmakers need to understand the extent of emotional, physical, and financial abuse of the elderly in South Dakota.

The group called SNAP–Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests–is critical of the Sioux Falls Diocese for naming a homeless shelter after a bishop who was accused of sex abuse by three separate individuals.    
Bishop Paul Dudley who died in 2006 at the age of 79 was cleared after an internal church investigation.  Dudley was not brought before law enforcement as the statute of limitations had expired. 

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Church Abuse Case Set Before SD Supreme Court

Oct 6, 2014

A 2010 law passed through the state legislature with the backing of Catholic Church lobbyists is being challenged in the state Supreme Court.  The hearing is set for Tuesday, October 7th.

FRONTLINE "Kind Hearted Woman"

Apr 1, 2013

In a special two-part series, acclaimed filmmaker David Sutherland has created an unforgettable portrait of Robin Charboneau (now Robin Poor Bear), a 32-year-old divorced single mother and Oglala Sioux woman living on North Dakota's Spirit Lake Reservation.  Sutherland followed Robin over three years as she struggled to raise her children, further her education, and heal herself from the wounds of sexual abuse she suffered as a child.  Sutherland and Poor Bear joined Dakota Midday Monday to discuss "Kind Hearted Woman," a special co-presentation of FRONTLINE and Independent Lens.  It airs M