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Images of the Past

Nov 23, 2020

In The Moment … November 23, 2020 Show 947 Hour 2


In a historic moment, the Rapid City Council has voted to approve a resolution  that is valued at $20 million dollars that will “Resolve Three Outstanding Deeds Related to the Rapid City Indian Boarding School Lands,” in a 9-to-1 vote Nov. 16th.

In The Moment … November 6, 2020 Show 937 Hour 1

Rapid City Council Pushes Land Back Resolution

Nov 3, 2020

The Rapid City Council met before a full crowd of people who wanted to comment on the resolution to  “Resolve Three Outstanding Deeds Related to the Rapid City Indian Boarding School Lands.”

Public concerns of the resolution lasted well over two hours as residents either acknowledged the disparities that happened at the boarding school and how they affect modern Rapid City to those who felt that a lack of representation from the Federal Department of Interior or Bureau of Indian Affairs wasn’t enough to push this matter forward.

This region is home to a thriving contemporary indigenous arts scene. As South Dakota recognizes Native American Day, we spend time in conversation with a few artists. 

Pine Ridge Indian Reservation

In The Moment … August 7, 2020 Show 876 Hour 1

The Coronavirus pandemic has left Native American reservations including the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota with a shortage of medical, food, and household supplies. The Thunder Valley CDC is using an online fundraising platform to meet the need. Tatewin Means is the organization's executive director and joins us now.

SDPB News: July 7

Jul 7, 2020

How does a U.S. Supreme Court's decision affect construction of the Keystone XL pipeline? Plus, what impact could the Mount Rushmore 4th of July events have on the health of South Dakota's communities?

All this and more in today’s SDPB News Podcast. Find it on Apple Podcasts or Spotify today.

A frontline healthcare provider from the Navajo Nation is concerned about the impact the weekend’s 4th of July events will have on South Dakota’s Native communities. The Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board says Native Americans already make up half of Pennington County’s COVID-19 cases.

Dr. Karen Williams is an enrolled member of the Susanville Indian Rancheria of California. She’s a hospitalist physician at a facility within the Navajo Nation, which has been one of the hardest-hit areas in the country during the pandemic.

News: Jun 27 - Jul 3

Jul 3, 2020

The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe is asking a federal judge to block the federal government from taking over its law enforcement and forcing the removal of public health checkpoints, and Congressman Johnson joins us to explain why he recently introduced legislation to protect Mount Rushmore from alteration. 


In The Moment … July 2, 2020 Show 851 Hour 2

The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe is asking a federal judge to block the federal government from taking over its law enforcement and forcing the removal of public health checkpoints. This is the latest volley in a back-and-forth legal and political battle between the tribe and state/federal authorities.    To discuss the issues further, we welcome Frank Pommersheim, professor emeritus, University of South Dakota School of Law. 


Bush Fellow: Beau White

Jun 25, 2020
Bush Foundation

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

We're taking time this week to meet the 2020 Bush Fellows and we welcome two more to In The Moment today. Beau White is one of the first people from the Pine Ridge Reservation to graduate college with an engineering degree. His passion is building interest in science, technology, engineering, and math among Native Americans.

2020 Bush Fellow: Valeriah Big Eagle

Jun 24, 2020
Bush Foundation

In The Moment … June 24, 2020 Show 845 Hour 2

Believing an equitable education can heal, Valeriah Big Eagle seeks to inspire fellow Native Americans to pursue higher education - to heal themselves and their communities. She has also been chosen as a 2020 Bush Fellow and we're excited to meet her on today's program.

SDPB News: June 24

Jun 24, 2020

How can Gov. Noem use the $1.25 billion in federal aid? And, what’s the best way to understand contemporary Native American issues?  

All this and more in today’s SDPB News Podcast. Find it on Apple Podcasts or Spotify today.

Crazy Horse 7th Generation College Prep Program

Jun 15, 2020

In The Moment … June 15, 2020 Show 838 Hour 1

The 7th Gen summer program at Crazy Horse Memorial is a partnership between the University of South Dakota and The Indian University of North America. Students earn transferable college credits and participate in other college prep courses to ease the transition into higher education.  Our guests are John Little, the director of the Indian University of north America, and Megan Red Shirt Shaw, she's associate director of admissions.

The Wake Singers' Micheal Two Bulls

Jun 12, 2020

In The Moment … June 12, 2020 Show 837 Hour 1

For Micheal Two Bulls and members of The Wake Singers, close quarantining, working on new music, playing concerts in the basement, and even participating in an online benefit concert to raise money for an Indian restaurant in Minneapolis, have kept the band focused and moving forward. We welcome Micheal Two Bulls of The Wake Singers to In The Moment. 


Missing and Murdered Indigenous People Task Force

Jun 11, 2020

In The Moment … June 11, 2020 Show 836 Hour 1 The Administration for Native Americans is an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It provides grants for community projects and other resources that promote self-sufficiency.  Jeannie Hovland is Commissioner of the Administration for Native Americans. She's from South Dakota and an enrolled member of the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe. She talked with me last week about her work with the ANA and her role in the White House task force examining the crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous people. 

Lakota Link

In The Moment … June 11, 2020 Show 836 Hour 1

A new podcast is sharing and preserving the unique stories of Native elders and indigenous history. Just two weeks into its existence, Lakota Link has already featured Olympic gold medalist Billy Mills, a member of the Oglala Lakota Nation. Lakota Link is the creation of nationally known artist Sandy Swallow and she joins us this morning to talk about her vision of linking original Lakota values.

Prof Pommersheim Talks Checkpoints

Jun 3, 2020

In The Moment … June 3, 2020 Show 830 Hour 1

Keith Braveheart: Art In The Age Of COVID

May 29, 2020

In The Moment … May 29, 2020 Show 827 Hour 1

Dakota Political Junkies

May 20, 2020

In The Moment … May 20, 2020 Show 821 Hour 2

South Dakota Tribes are not budging on their COVID-19 checkpoints. Meanwhile, more and more South Dakota businesses are re-opening. Is it too soon? And could the rate of these re-openings and the current business climate have an impact on local elections? It's good to have the Dakota Political Junkies back for more discussion. Jon Schaff, professor of Political Science at Northern State University in Aberdeen is with us. And Jon Hunter, publisher of the Madison Daily Leader, is back for more!

Rosebud Sioux Tribe's Preparedness Plan

Apr 29, 2020
Rosebud Sioux Tribe

In The Moment ... April 28, 2020 Show 806 Hour 1

The Social Distance Powwow

Apr 8, 2020

In The Moment ... April 7, 2020 Show 790 Hour 2

So much has been interrupted or lost due to coronavirus. And so much expression and connection have swept online. And some of those offerings have quickly become more than anyone expected at first. The Social Distance Powwow Facebook Group, as of this morning, is more than 140,000 people strong. Joining us with the story is one of In the Moment's frequent guests and facilitator of the group. Welcome to Whitney Rencountre. 


News: Mar 7 -13

Mar 13, 2020

We continue with our coverage of COVID-19, talk CAFOs with South Dakota Newswatch, hear an SDPB special report on Native American foster care, and much more in this week's In the Moment news podcast.

Arts & Lifestyle: Mar 7 - 13

Mar 13, 2020

In this week's arts & lifestyle podcast, we hear music from Lane Putnam and Clayton Ryan, and reflect on the life of a renowned Native American journalist. 

Remembering Chuck Trimble

Mar 12, 2020

In The Moment ... March 12, 2020 Show 772 Hour 2

Journalist Charles Trimble died this month at the age of 84. He was an Oglala Lakota journalist, former leader of the National Congress of American Indians, and founder of the American Indian Press Association.  He is remembered in print and in life by his friend and colleague Tim Giago. Tim Giago is founder of the first independently owned Native American newspaper in the United States, and founder of the Native American Journalism Association. 

Healing Trauma In Native American Communities

Mar 3, 2020
Chynna Lockett

In The Moment ... March 3, 2020 Show 765 Hour 2


The Senate Education Committee unanimously passes a bill to allow for the creation of community-based schools centered on Native American language and culture curriculum.

The approval comes after a lengthy amendment process to bring the Governor’s office and Department of Education on board.

Adria Botella

In The Moment ... February 13, 2020 Show 753 Hour 2

The House Education Committee considered a bill banning racially derogatory team names and mascots in public schools last week. The bill died in committee, but this isn't the first time the statehouse has considered the issue. And the bill's prime sponsor says it won't be the last. SDPB's Jackie Hendry joins us with more.

  Politics and public policy reporting is supported by The Center for Western Studies at Augustana University

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.  

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... December 17, 2019 Show 721 Hour 1