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In The Moment ... September 26, 2019 Show 667 Hour 2

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Dr. Rick Holm's topic is The Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota (Oyate Nation): History and Health."

Dr. Holm previews this episode as he joins In The Moment from the Jeanine Basinger Studio on the SDSU campus in Brookings.

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In a press release dated April first, Governor Dennis Daugaard says historians have discovered lost documents that raise Dakota statehood questions.

President Abraham Lincoln established Dakota Territory in 1861.

According to a press release from, well, one of the governor’s offices, it was believed prior that the territory was divided into the two states of North Dakota and South Dakota on November 2, 1889, via a proclamation by then-President Benjamin Harrison.

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An installment in a downtown Rapid City park that celebrates the history of 20th century Lakota, Dakota and Nakota people is one step closer to getting installed.

The group behind the First Nations Sculpture Garden says they’ll make one final fundraising push in the spring before installing the sculptures in what is now called Halley Park.

The First Nations Sculpture Garden seeks to share  tribal history through the lens of four contemporary native people from the last 100 years.

Native History Bill Fails, Opponents Say Issue Still Important

Feb 22, 2016

Legislation to require more teaching of tribal history in South Dakota schools failed its first committee hearing in the State Legislature.  
 
Some educators say an effort is already underway to increase the teaching of Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota culture in the state.  Those backing the bill say more needs to be done.

 

First Nations Sculpture Garden Moves Toward Goal

Jan 1, 2016
First Nations Sculpture Garden

A new installment in a downtown Rapid City park aims to recognize the history of Lakota, Dakota and Nakota people in this region and highlight contributions of 20th century Native Americans.

 The First Nations Sculpture Garden has broken ground in Halley Park in the center of Rapid City and organizers are now working toward their fundraising goal in order to finish the project.

Tribal Chairman Who Mandated Drug Testing Reinstated After Oust

Sep 18, 2015
Sisseton-Wahpeton

The Chairman of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate in northeast South Dakota was suspended by the tribal council last week after he imposed a rule calling for drug testing of all tribal employees.

The chairman says he just wants to combat the drug problems in his tribe.  Sisseton-Wahpeton Tribal Chairman Bruce Renville was reinstated by the tribal council after a lengthy meeting on Friday.

WoLakota Seeks To Increase Cultural Awareness In Education

Apr 26, 2015

The US Department of Education is taking note of a project in South Dakota that aims to connect teachers with the wisdom of Lakota elders.

For years the graduation rates for Native American students has not kept pace with their non-native peers, especially in some school districts like Rapid City.   The WoLakota Project is one of the efforts to improve outcomes for Native students in South Dakota.   

Istinma / To Rest

May 1, 2014

Scott Means plays the role of the son in "istinma/to rest," a short film about a Lakota man who finds forgiveness for his father and reconciles with him while breaking the cycle of trauma in the family.  It's the first of a three-part trilogy set on the Pine Ridge Reservation.  Jesse Short Bull co-wrote and co-produced "istinma/to rest."  He's from Interior and a member of the Native Youth Leadership Alliance.  He discovered his passion to make films about the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota people while attending Oglala Lakota College.  Means and Short Bull discussed "istinma/to rest" which show

Bad Water In The Black Hills

Dec 10, 2013
Charles Michael Ray / SDPB

This year officials in the Black Hills issued several water quality alerts warning the public about high levels of fecal bacteria in a small section of Spring Creek.   The bacteria exceeded EPA thresholds for swimming.  

For some, the pollution found in Spring Creek is a red flag that the Black Hills needs to do better at protecting its water quality over the long term.

SDPB’s Charles Michael Ray continues our series “The State of Our State” with a two part story on the efforts to maintain water quality in the Black Hills.