Bush Fellow: Joseph Brings Plenty

Jun 25, 2020
Bush Foundation

In The Moment … June 25, 2020 Show 846 Hour 1

A member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, Joseph Brings Plenty cares deeply about his community, especially young people. He knows the power of positive role models and has even created a highly successful boxing program. We meet Mr. Brings Plenty as he continues to seek greater knowledge of the Lakota culture and language.

Moment In Sound: juQ

Jan 17, 2020

In The Moment ... January 17, 2020 Show 736 Hour 1

juQ is the performance name of Oglala Lakota singer and songwriter Wanbli Ceya. He's an artist and an advocate working to get the language and culture of his people back to life, to get them to sobriety, and to get them to heal. It's the dynamic that drives him wherever he goes.

juQ joins us after having just released his part Lakota language album, "nya", which is the 2nd chapter to his life story, "The Oglala Wolf Puppy with PTSD.” In this segment, you'll hear some music from his November release.

The SDSU Extension Program is offering an online guide to traditional Lakota and Dakota games. The guide includes instructions for six Dakota and six Lakota games, pictures of playing-pieces, and their original names.

Jeremy Red Eagle is an apprentice learning the Dakota language at Sisseton Wahpeton College. He’s one of the project’s collaborators. He says traditional games helped Dakota people hone survival and other skills in a fun social environment.

Paul Shackow

In The Moment ... January 7, 2020 Show 728 Hour 1

A resource guide was recently released on traditional Dakota and Lakota games by SDSU Extension. The downloadable guide is free and has six traditional games and includes photos and instructions on how to play and how to craft the game pieces. Joining us are Prairey Walkling, family & community health field specialist, and Mike Marshall and Jeremy Red Eagle, developers bringing these games back to life.  

Jackie Hendry

A language program on the Pine Ridge reservation is teaching a new generation to speak Lakota. That work is starting with the youngest voices and providing new preschool opportunities in a part of the state where early childhood education is limited.

The Lakota Immersion Preschool began as a small daycare in Peter Hill’s home. 

“It was my daughter and four other kids, and we operated like that for the first year.”

That was in 2012. 

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

Tune in Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. CT/6:00 p.m. MT, for On Call with the Prairie Doc.

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.

Education and healthcare reporting on SDPB is supported by Regional Health, helping patients and communities live well

An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that same-sex marriage is legal on the Navajo Nation. SDPB has updated this story to reflect that correction.   


Inside The Lakota Language Academy

Jun 10, 2019
The Lakota Language Consortium

An intensive language course is helping people learn Lakota. The Lakota Language Academy is one of many revitalization efforts in the Midwest. Adult students, including K-12 educators, are meeting on the Pine Ridge Reservation to help keep the language alive.

LNI Incorporates Lakota Language Competition

Dec 12, 2018

More than 150 kids, coaches and parents met at the Rushmore Civic Center Wednesday morning for the Lakota Language Bowl. The competition is part of he annual Lakota Nation Invitational.  It includes students from kindergarten through high school speaking Lakota and Dakota.

The first contest of the day features videos of students from different schools speaking Lakota and Dakota. There are 41 teams this year from all over the state, and some from North Dakota. 

Kellee Brewer is the Lakota Nation Invitational Language Bowl Coordinator.

Lakota Star Knowledge-Fallen Stars and Devil's Tower

Sep 17, 2018
Chynna Lockett

Cultures around the world have passed down their own versions of stories about stars and creation. Lakota people had regionally based beliefs called Star Knowledge. In these stories, some stars watch over people and keep them safe. One shares the Lakota creation tale for what many now call Devil’s Tower.

Craig Howe is the Director of the Center for American Indian Research and Native Studies. The story of a Lakota hero begins with a pregnant woman who had fallen to Earth from the star world and died.

In The Moment ... July 18, 2018 Show 381 Hour 2

What's the role of Humanities programming in rural America? How can capacity building and infrastructure grants transform humanities offerings across the state? What's the role of the National Endowment for the Humanities in preserving Lakota language and culture?

Jon Parrish Peede is the 11th chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Jackie Hendry

Before colonization, the indigenous peoples of North America spoke nearly 500 different languages. Today, there are only 20 languages with enough speakers for a revitalization effort. 

Lakota is one of them.

The Lakota Language Consortium hosted a Lakota Language Weekend in South Dakota's largest city last weekend.

In The Moment ... August 29, 2017 Show 166 Hour 1

Lee Rainie is the director of internet and technology research at the Pew Research Center in Washington D.C.  He's also the former managing editor of U.S. News and World Report.  Rainie speaks at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology today as part of the Black Hills Knowledge Network's Knowledge at Noon Speaker Series.  His presentation is titled "Facts, Public Trust and the Future of the Internet."

SDPB’s Jackie Hendry details the surprising history of Lakota performers in Brussels.

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... April 11, 2017 Show 069 Hour 2

Changes to the way unclaimed property is handled has changed in the state. South Dakota’s state treasurer Rich Sattgast joins the program with details that might just save you money.

Mark St. Pierre wrote "Of Common Birth: Dakota Sons in Vietnam." A work of creative nonfiction, yet inspired by the true story of two South Dakotans, the book draws on archival research and first person interviews to tell the story of a Lakota man and a white man serving their country in Southeast Asia.

1881 Courthouse Museum

In The Moment ... April 10, 2017 Show 068 Hour 2

Dr. Kelvin Lim is vice-chair for research in the department of psychiatry at the University of Minnesota. He talked with Prairie Public’s Doug Hamilton about research into addiction. For thoughts on the mental health care crisis in South Dakota, tune in to South Dakota Focus with Stephanie Rissler on SDPB-TV this Thursday at 8 p.m. Central, 7 Mountain.

Lakota Filmmaker Receives Sundance Fellowship

Jan 19, 2017
Courtesy Willi White

A Lakota film maker from the Pine Ridge Reservation is on his way to this year’s Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.  We spoke with Willi White about his work and what it means to be chosen for a fellowship in the Sundance Native Filmmaker Program.

Willi White’s interest in films goes back to his elementary years at the Red Cloud School.

Courtesy “Embracing Our Children’s Health”

When two severely malnourished and abused girls were found on the Pine Ridge Reservation last November….community members near and far gathered to take action. The newly-formed “Embracing Our Children’s Health” group focuses on empowering, encouraging, assisting, and supporting existing programs and organizations... for children and families on the reservation.Founder, Patty Pourier, says members are determined to make the organization an “action based group.”  

Wounded Knee Massacre Happened 126 Years Ago

Dec 29, 2016
Charles Michael Ray / SDPB

Thursday marked the 126 anniversary of the Wounded Knee Massacre that took place in South Dakota.
An estimated 300 Sioux Indians were killed by U.S. troops who were sent to disarm them. The infamous day is a constant reminder in Indian country.

Courtesy Cheyenne River Youth Project

The Cheyenne River Youth Project has announced the creation of a Lakota youth art institute on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation. TYe goal is to open students’ minds to greater opportunities in art while embracing the Lakota cultural view of art as a part of their everyday lifestyle.

Milo Yellow Hair On The 30th Anniversary Of The Big Foot Ride

Dec 7, 2016

Oglala Lakota Milo Yellow Hair has the kind of deep belly laugh that is absolutely contagious.  He is a lifelong resident of the Pine Ridge Reservation and he is well versed the value of humor within Lakota culture.  He lights up when telling a funny story or a joke.   Yellow Hair also has a serious side,  he is one of the founders of the Big Foot Ride. 

Photo by Jim Kent

The discovery of two severely malnourished and abused girls on the Pine Ridge Reservation has resulted in concern, anger and action from the local community.  Lakota tribal members living on Pine Ridge and in the surrounding area have come together with one goal in mind…ensuring that such a tragedy doesn’t happen again.


Yesterday, the Army Corps of Engineers announced it would not grant the permits needed for the Dakota Access Pipeline to proceed as planned. The announcement spurred celebrations, questions, anger, joy and doubt. Lakota elders Charmaine Whiteface and Madonna Thunder Hawk discuss the role of prayer with respect to DAPL protests.

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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.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

A Lakota man is celebrating three decades teaching life lessons to elementary school students through Native American dance. Dallas Chief Eagle started working as an artist-in-residence for schools in the mid-1980s. Today he’s still sharing Lakota culture with school children across the state.

In his performance, Dallas Chief Eagle rapidly moves his feet as he glides across a gym floor, picking up plastic hoops. He links them together in a long line. Chief Eagle tosses the chain into the air, and spins the hoops over the heads of screaming elementary school students.

Lakota Audio Artifacts Returned To Oglala

Oct 13, 2016
Courtesy Arlo Iron Cloud

The chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts was in South Dakota over the holiday weekend. Jane Chu visited the Pine Ridge Reservation, the Black Hills Pow Wow and took part in two ceremonies that acknowledged Native American cultures – past and present. SDPB’s Jim Kent has the story.

NEA Chairman Jane Chu was in the Black Hills on a twofold mission. First was the repatriation of Oglala Lakota cultural audio artifacts from the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress to Oglala Lakota College.

Dakota Midday: Dignity Dedication

Sep 19, 2016

The 50 foot statue named Dignity now stands on the Missouri River bluff near Chamberlain. It depicts a young Lakota woman wrapping a star blanket around her shoulders.

SDPB's Charles Michael Ray attended the dedication. He shares some of his reflections on his own experience along with the sights and sounds of the event. 

Click play below to listen.

Dignity Dedicated Near Chamberlain

Sep 18, 2016
Charles Michael Ray

South Dakota has a new monumental piece of art.  A fifty foot tall stainless steel sculpture now stands on the Missouri River bluffs near Chamberlain. A dedication celebration, held this past weekend, included a long list of dignitaries.

“Dignity” as it’s called depicts a Lakota woman wrapping a star quilt around her shoulders.   Norm and Eunabel  McKie of Rapid City donated one million dollars to make the project reality.   Sculptor Dale Lamphere is among those who spoke at the dedication celebration.

IHS To Close Sioux San ER September 20th

Sep 13, 2016
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Lee Strubinger / SDPB

Indian Health Service officials are temporally closing the emergency room at Sioux San Hospital in Rapid City.  Officials say the closure is meant to improve overall care and begin renovations on the facility. Officials do not have an immediate date for when ER services might be resumed.  

The VA Black Hills Health Care System plans to end service to veterans in the Eagle Butte, Isabel and Faith areas by October. We spoke to the VA’s administrator as well as a Lakota veterans’ representative on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation and files this report.

It’s a 290 mile roundtrip from Eagle Butte to the Black Hills VA health care facility in Sturgis.