Images of the Past: SD's Biggest Ranch

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In The Moment ... January 13, 2020 Show 732 Hour 2

By the end of the 19th century, most of western South Dakota had been carved up into reservations, government land, or small to medium-sized farms and ranches. 

Rangeland in states to the south and west had been divided up and fenced in, but the grasslands west of the Missouri river in South Dakota were still mostly open country. The big cattle companies in the Southwest U.S. were eager to get their hands on it and in 1900, and they were about to get what they wanted. South Dakota was going to become cattle country.

News: Aug 3 - 9

Aug 9, 2019
Josh Haiar

This week we had Jon Hunter with the Madison Daily Leader and Jon Schaff, Political Science professor at NSU as our Politcal Junkies; we discussed the Pentagon launching surveillance balloons over South Dakota and the American Civil Liberties Union’s concerns over privacy, and the Jon Hunter’s report shinning a light on South Dakota’s need for more mental health professionals. We hear from folks at the new addiction treatment center, Project Recovery, and what they’re seeing regarding addiction in South Dakota.

Badlands National Park Management

Apr 17, 2014
U.S. National Park Service

Oglala Sioux Tribe member Chuck Jacobs is one of the members of the core planning team working with Badlands National Park officials on federal legislation that would turn management of the South Unit of the park over to the tribe.  If legislation is approved, the South Unit would become the first tribally-run national park in the country.  The proposal has sparked controversy on the reservation after tribal ranchers were notified last fall that their grassland leases were being revoked in preperation for the reintroduction of bison on the South Unit.  Earlier this week, Oglala Sioux Tribe

Ant Diversity And Reconstructed Grasslands

Aug 9, 2013

Entomologist Paul J. Johnson of biology and microbiology and his graduate student, Laura Winkler, are looking at ant diversity to evaluate the health of reconstructed grasslands. They are comparing prairie remnants in the same region with areas that had previously been cropland or pasture but have now been restored to native grasslands for anywhere from one to four years. They refer to ants as "ecosystem engineers." They expect that ant populations will be more diverse in those areas which have been restored for the longest time.