News: Sep 14 - 20

Sep 20, 2019

Welcome to this week’s news podcast. This week you’ll hear about The Oglala Lakota Tribe becoming the first in the region to pass laws adding protections for LGBT people, House Minority Whip Erin Healy and House Speaker Steve Haugaard join us to talk pre-k, the Political Junkies discuss STAR Academy and more.

Lakota People's Law Project

The Oglala Lakota Tribe has officially become the first in the region to pass laws adding protections for LGBT people. A new amendment to tribal law makes crimes against LGBT people “hate crimes” that carry strict fines and sentences.

Additional audio provided by videographer Chuck Banner of Lakota People’s Law Project

Anti Hate-Crime Legislation For LGBT Waits For Approval

Aug 15, 2019

A hate-crime amendment for LGBT people is being proposed for the Oglala Sioux Tribe. But the tribal council won’t vote on it yet because it’s stuck in the Law and Order committee. The push for an hate crime amendment follows recent legalization of same-sex marriage. Proponents of law gave presentations to each of the nine districts to get community feedback. 


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.   


Sioux Falls To Hold First SD Pride Parade

Jun 12, 2019

June is LGBT Pride month and Sioux Falls is preparing for annual downtown events, including live music and performances. This year’s festival includes the state’s first ever Pride Parade—an event that’s popular in large cities across the world.



The Sioux Falls Pride festival draws in people from all over South Dakota and some from surrounding states. Quinn Kathner is the president of Sioux Falls Pride. She says the Pride Parade is a big deal.

In The Moment ... September 13, 2018 Show 421 Hour 2

It's an epic road trip to see the nation's National Park Service sites.  It's also a tribute to his father.

Mikah Meyer is an adventurer, an LGBT Christian advocate and the son of former SDSU ELCA minister Larry Meyer.

His world record road trip to all 417 National Park Service sites is underway and it's bringing him to South Dakota this weekend to share his story.

Human Rights Watch has released a 115-page report regarding LGBT rights. The report includes input from South Dakota students, teachers and parents of LGBT students. SDPB's Kealey Bultena joins Dakota Midday for a closer look at the report.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender students in South Dakota say they encounter discrimination in school. Their stories are part of a document released Wednesday by Human Rights Watch.

The 103-page report indicates students in South Dakota are bullied, harassed, and threatened because they’re LGBT. It includes stories that some schools and teachers treat LGBT kids – and staff – differently.  

UCLA Scholar Speaks at USD on LGBT Issues

Oct 7, 2016
Levi Gutz

A scholar from the University of California Los Angeles says the LGBT community has a long way to go to achieve legal equality.  That’s despite the fact the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage this summer.

The University of South Dakota Law School held its annual Lavender Lecture this week. The event was hosted by OUT-Laws, a student group that brings discussion about LGBT issues,and Women in the Law.

Lori Walsh speaks with Ashley Gaddis, she is Director of Operations for the Sioux Falls Center for Equality, and Thomas Christianson who is President of the Sioux Falls Center for Equality and their thoughts on how the attack affects the LGBT community.

Walsh speaks with Karen Johnson. Her son lives two miles from the Pulse nightclub in Orlando and she was there visiting him. Johnson left at 4:00 a.m. Sunday to go to the airport when the events were unfolding.

Governor Dennis Daugaard says he’ll make a decision by Tuesday on what’s known as the transgender bathroom bill. House Bill 1008 requires transgender students use the bathroom of their biological sex. The measure was delivered to the Governor’s desk last week.

Proponents of House Bill 1008 say it protects students’ privacy. Opponents say it’s discrimination.

Mandie Weinandt is faculty advisor for the University of South Dakota’s LGBTQ student group. She joins Dakota Midday to talk about what it means to be an “ally” during conversations regarding transgender legislation.

House Bill 1008 is a bill that restricts the use of bathrooms by transgender students. It would require all students to use bathrooms, locker rooms and dressing rooms aligned with the gender they were assigned at birth, regardless of their gender identity now. Supporters say it protects the privacy of all students. Opponents say it isolates and discriminates against transgender South Dakotans and takes control away from local decision-makers.

75th Rally To See First Same Sex Wedding In 2015

Jul 6, 2015

The Sturgis Rally draws hundreds of thousands of people to the state each year the rally is also a popular place to for bikers to get married.   On big years the event can also see about 100 weddings performed during rally week both by municipal officials and by local businesses that perform and cater weddings.
This year-the rally will likely see its first same-sex wedding and one local business owner couldn’t be happier. 

The Sturgis Rally is a popular place to get hitched and that's true for this upcoming 75th rally anniversary where wedding reservations are up.

Same-sex Couple Among First To Marry In Rapid City

Jun 27, 2015
Chynna Lockett

The Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage on Friday and in a short time some couples in South Dakota were able to pick up a marriage license. Weddings were performed the same day across the country including in Rapid City where a same-sex couple in married and celebrated the court’s decision.  

Tyler Butler and Kyle Wolf have been a couple for three years. Friday evening, friends and family gathered with the two at Wilson Park. They were among the first legal same sex marriages performed in South Dakota. Wolf says they weren’t expecting the decision.

Interview With Director of "The New Black"

Jun 11, 2014

Yoruba Richen is a documentary filmmaker who has directed and produced films in the U.S., Africa, South America and Southeast Asia. Her latest film, "The New Black," tells the story of how the African-American community is grappling with gay rights issues in light of the recent gay marriage movement and the fight over civil rights. The "New Black" will air on Independent Lens at 9:30 pm CT Sunday, June 15, on SDPB-TV. Yoruba Richen joined the program to discuss the filmmaking process and what viewers can expect from this story.

Alleged Assault Not Hate Crime

Mar 28, 2014

An alleged assault in Rapid City highlights some of the fine print in South Dakota’s hate crime law.
This week police responded to a call from a victim who says he was assaulted by a young white male.   
According to the police report, the juvenile suspect drove up to the victim, got out of his truck and asked him if he was gay.  The suspect then allegedly assaulted the victim and drove away.   The victim did not require medical attention.

Victoria Wicks

Nancy Robrahn and Jennie Rosenkranz are a Rapid City couple who plan to challenge South Dakota's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.  They attempted to get a marriage license at the Pennington County Courthouse last week, but were denied.  The couple, together for 27 years, will get married in Minneapolis next month where same-sex marriage is legal.  When Robrahn and Rosenkranz return to South Dakota they'll file a lawsuit challenging the state for not recognizing their marriage certificate.

LGBT Bill Dies, Cited As Discrimination

Feb 18, 2014

The State Senate Judiciary committee killed Senate Bill 128 Tuesday morning. The bill protects business owners who turn away individuals based on sexual orientation from civil lawsuits. It also protects employers who choose to not hire LGBT individuals.

Those in favor call the measure an effort to protect free speech and freedom of religion.  Those opposed call the bill blatant discrimination. 

SB128 Sparks LGBT Rally.

Feb 10, 2014

A bill before the state legislature is sparking backlash from those who support the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered community.  
Senate Bill 128 seeks to allow business owners to refuse service to L.G.B.T. individuals without fear of a lawsuit.  Proponents say it’s a freedom of speech issue to protect the rights of business owners allowing them to act in accordance with their faith.   Those against the measure call it blatant unconstitutional discrimination.