Roads and highways around the state are in rough shape - with some still flooded from heavy rains and last winter’s ice melt.  Reservation roads face the same challenges but some tribal leaders say they don't have the money to make required fixes.

“I’m here at Lake Andes next to highway 18. The afternoon sun is glistening off water that’s covered up a good stretch of the highway. Sandbags are piled up in some sections to try and keep the water from reaching anymore of the town. The Yankton Sioux Tribe says flooding like this has been a problem in the area for months.” 

Dakota Midday: Economic Development in Indian Country

Jan 20, 2015
U.S. Department of the Interior

As the former Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Indian Affairs, Carl Artman oversaw the BIA during the Bush Administration between 2007 and 2008.  Artman is a member of the Oneida Tribe of Wisconsin and a professor at the Arizona State University College of Law. He’s director of the University’s Tribal Economic Development Program.  SDPB’s Charles Michael Ray spoke with Artman for Dakota Midday about efforts to build economies on tribal lands in South Dakota.

Victoria Wicks

Indian tribes say the state of South Dakota takes more than 700 tribal children out of their homes every year, and the majority of them are placed with white foster families or institutions. Now tribes want the federal government to take money from the state Department of Social Services and give it to the tribes so they can run their own child protection programs. For today’s Dakota Digest, SDPB’s Victoria Wicks attended the Great Plains ICWA Summit, called by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, that is taking place this week in Rapid City.