Great Plains

100th Meridian Project: Part 5

May 15, 2020

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Unprecedented flooding a year ago devastated many towns in the Midwest and Great Plains. Some are still struggling to come back. In today's story about climate change in the region, a Nebraska community wants to protect itself from more floods by moving to higher ground.

For a Harvest Public Media project, Christina Stella reports.


100th Meridian Project: Part 4

May 14, 2020

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Climate change's impact on the Great Plains moves to Oklahoma today. The Chickasaw and Choctaw nations are working with additional partners to prepare for possible drought conditions in the future. For a Harvest Public Media project, Lenzy Krehbiel-Burton reports.


100th Meridian Project: Part 3

May 13, 2020

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Climate change is challenging farming in the Great Plains with heavier but less frequent rains. In today's Change at the Climate Divide story, for a Harvest Public Media project, Amy Mayer visits the Kansas prairie, where researchers are looking for clues to make agriculture more sustainable.


In The Moment ... September 11, 2018 Show 419 Hour 1

What makes a really great book? How does where you are from change who you are as a writer or as a human being?

Dan O'Brien has written iconic South Dakota books, including "Buffalo for the Broken Heart" and "Wild Idea." He's a rancher reinventing how we live and eat on the Great Plains.

This summer he agreed to let SDPB visit him at his home and Wild Idea Buffalo ranch. We rambled across the grasslands with Dan O'Brien as our teacher.

In The Moment ... April 11, 2017 Show 069 Hour 1

Dan O’Brien and his wife, Jill, created Wild Idea Buffalo Company in 1997 with the mission of preserving the Great Plains by returning buffalo to their native habitat. O’Brien is the author of novels and memoirs, including “Buffalo for the Broken Heart: Restoring Life to a Black Hills Ranch.” He speaks at Augustana University tonight in Sioux Falls. His presentation is “Buffalo, Baby Boomers and Beyond: Toward a More Sustainable Use of North American Grasslands.”

Native POP Art Market Set For Rapid City

Jul 14, 2016
Victoria Wicks / SDPB

A Native American art and culture event in Rapid City is part of a push to expand the plains art market in the Midwest.

Rapid City’s Main Street Square hosts the fourth annual Native Peoples of the Plains art show July 16.

Native Peoples of the Plains or POP began as an effort to increase the availability of Native American art in Rapid City. This year, around 50 artists display their works.

Sen. Rounds: We Must Pay Attention To IHS Issues

Jun 9, 2016

U.S. Senator Mike Rounds says officials in his office are working on an in depth analysis of the Indian Health Service. He’s a co-sponsor of legislation addressing IHS issues in the Great Plains area, including employer recruitment and retention and accountability. Rounds says it’s critical that Tribes are included in the decision making process.  

Cedar Tree Invasion In South Dakota

May 5, 2014

Cedar tree invasion into South Dakota's rangelands presents challenges and can change the landscape in a negative way and best management practices are not always clear. Not only is control difficult but South Dakota State University Extension Range Field Specialist Peter Bauman adds that the cedar tree has a long history of positive uses in shelterbelts and wildlife plantings. This winter, during the Society for Range Management annual meeting, a symposium was held on cedar control in the Great Plains.

"This Place, These People"

Dec 16, 2013

In the tradition of Solomon D. Butcher, who photographed some of the first Midwestern settlers in the nineteenth century, and Wright Morris, who captured the lives of farmers’ in the twentieth century, This Place, These People provides a photographic and vernacular portrait of disappearing farm places of the Great Plains. The book pairs photographer Nancy Warner's stark black and white photographs with the plain-spoken recollections of the people who live near abandoned farm places.

"Outlaw Tales Of South Dakota"

Aug 13, 2013

For the last 150 years, a rag-tag collection of cop-killers, common crooks, muggers and their molls have made their way across the vast expanses of South Dakota's Great Plains. It remains one of the last best places to hide. Author Tom Griffith invites readers on a ride through yesteryear, when outlaws roamed the prairies and hid out in the Black Hills, tempting fate and frequently taking their last breath at the end of a rope or the wrong end of a loaded gun.