Supreme Court Split On Native Court Jurisdiction

Jun 27, 2016
Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States

A recent Supreme Court case involving tribal sovereignty ended in a tie. The Dollar General Corp. v. Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians ruling has implications for Natives and non-Natives.

The federal government has awarded a $218,000 grant to the Pine Ridge School for suicide prevention.
Bill Mendoza is with the U.S. Department of Education.  He says the grant money will help restore a learning environment at the school.

Chynna Lockett

The American Tribal Tourism Advocates, or ATTA have launched their first art show in Rapid City’s Main Street Square.

The weekly event showcases Native American artists from the Northern Plains who can sell their work.  
The event seeks to provide a new space to promote native art.

The Legacy Of Albert White Hat

Jun 20, 2013

Wilhelm Meya, executive director of the Lakota Language Consortium, discusses the legacy of Albert White Hat, who was instrumental in teaching the endangered American Indian language to new generations for nearly four decades. White Hat died last week at the age of 74. White Hat authored several books on writing and reading Lakota, a language spoken fluently by fewer than 6,000 people. The average age of those speakers is 60, and less than 14-percent of the Lakota population in South Dakota and North Dakota - where the vast majority of Lakota speakers live - speaks their native tongue.

45th Annual Red Cloud Indian Art Show

Jun 11, 2013

The Red Cloud Indian Art Show is the largest and longest running Native American art show of its kind in the country, and only a few held on an Indian reservation hundreds of miles from urban area. Since 1969, the Red Cloud Reservation Indian Art Show has attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors to The Heritage Center and the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to view impressive works of art from seasoned Native American professionals and young Lakota artists just beginning their artistic career. The annual show runs for ten weeks over the summer.

2013 State Of Indian Nations

Feb 18, 2013

President Barack Obama gave the first State of the Union Address of his second term last week.   
But many may not know that last week also saw the State of Indian Nations address given by Jefferson Keel President of the National Congress of American Indians.  Keel is as member of the Chickasaw Nation from Oklahoma.    But his address dealt with many common issues across Indian Country.
SDPB’s Charles  Michael  Ray compiled the highlights of the address for today’s Dakota Digest.

Kevin Locke

Feb 5, 2013

Lakota flute player, hoop dancer, and story teller Kevin Locke talks about how he learned to play the flute and how he has kept traditions alive. Kevin Locke is receiving the South Dakota Living Indian Treasure Award Wednesday evening at the 2013 Governor's Awards in the Arts banquet. Locke has devoted his life to preserving and sharing Lakota flute playing, hoop dancing and traditional stories. As a cultural ambassador, Kevin Locke has performed at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center and around the world.