Native American

Tipi Kaga Debuts Internationally

Oct 21, 2019

In The Moment ... October 21, 2019 Show 683 Hour 2

Tipi Kaga is a 3D game that allows the user to put together a traditional Lakota Tipi using instructions in the Lakota Language. It's the creation of Carl Peterson, a senior computer game design and computer science major at Dakota State University.

Peterson is attending the imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival in Toronto where Tipi Kaga is getting its international premiere.

Visit Car's website

Steve Munsen

In The Moment ... October 16, 2019 Show 680 Hour 1

The University of South Dakota and the University Art Galleries have been home to Henry Payer as the 2019 Northern Plains Indian Artist in Residence. The work produced during his residency is on exhibit in the John A. Day Gallery at the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts through November 17. An opening reception is scheduled for Friday from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Payer's residency project focuses on the removal and relocation route of the Ho-Chunk people from Wisconsin during the Dakota Uprising of 1862.

Donald Montileaux

Oct 8, 2019
Steve Munsen

In The Moment ... October 3, 2019 Show 672 Hour 2

The  South Dakota Festival of Books brings readers and writers together for book discussions, signings and more.

Donald Montileaux presents Tatanka & Other Legends: Creating the 2019 Young Readers One Book today at the Rapid City Public Library. He visits with SDPB's Lori Walsh.

Arts and Entertainment reporting on SDPB is supported by the South Dakota Education Association

Steve Munsen

In The Moment ... October 3, 2019 Show 672 Hour 2

Children's author Jessie Taken Alive-Rencountre visits with SDPB's Lori Walsh during the South Dakota Festival of Books at the Black Hills Surgical Hospital Studio in Rapid City.

Taken Alive-Rencountre also teaches a program called JAG (Jobs for America's Graduates) at Rapid City High School.


Arts and Entertainment reporting on SDPB is supported by the South Dakota Education Association

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

In The Moment ... August 21, 2019 Show 642 Hour 2

The Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum continued Tuesday in Sioux City, Iowa. SDPB's Jackie Hendry provides coverage of the event on In The Moment.


In The Moment ... June 20, 2019 Show 600 Hour 2

Dr. Rick Holm, "The Prairie Doc," addresses Native American health issues on In The Moment.

Watch On Call With the Prairie Doc Thursday evenings at 7:00 Central on SDPB-TV.


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

11 Degrees Of Tatanka

Feb 27, 2019
Adria Botella

In The Moment ... February 27, 2019 Show 524 Hour 2

The Lakota origin story says the American bison sacrificed his own body to sustain the First People.

In his new exhibit at the Center for Western Studies on the Augustana University campus artist Jerry Fogg seeks to honor the buffalo's sacrifice by preserving Lakota oral histories.

11 Degrees of Tatanka is on display through May 24 in the Madsen/Nelson/Elman Gallaries of the Fantle Building at Augustana.

In The Moment ... February 4, 2019 Show 508 Hour 1

Author and scholar David Treuer's "The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee" takes an unflinching look at the history of indigenous people in America while highlighting the oft-overlooked contemporary lives of Native Americans.

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... January 24, 2019 Show 501 Hour 1

"You don't show up with a bunch of your buds wearing red Make America Great Again baseball caps - and some MAGA stocking caps, shirts and sweatshirts, too - and then contend you weren't planning to engage people, promote a message or inspire a reaction.

Of course you were. The MAGA message is all about initiating engagement and inspiring a reaction," Kevin Woster writes in his latest On the Other Hand blog piece.

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Most colleges are making efforts to increase the diversity of their student body. One look at the populations of South Dakota's state institutions shows a pretty glaring discrepancy in college enrollment for one of the state's largest demographics. South Dakota State University is working to change that with its campus-wide Wokini Initiative. SDPB's Jackie Hendry is here for the first in a series of conversations about that effort. 

Regional Health supports Education and Healthcare reporting on SDPB.

Brulé Ready To Delight With Holiday Concerts

Dec 7, 2018
Adria Botella

In The Moment ... December 6, 2018 Show 474 Hour 1 

One of the most exciting holiday concerts is coming to the Historic Orpheum Theater in Sioux Falls as Brulé presents their full theatrical show with dancers December 21-22.

Brulé is known for thrilling audiences with a blend of cultural rock and instrumentation through the emotional impact of the American Indian culture.

Brulé founder and producer Paul LaRoche joined In The Moment in the Kirby Family Studio in Sioux Falls.

1881 Courthouse Museum

In The Moment ... November 14, 2018 Show 460 Hour 2

Images of Native Americans have been on currency for years. Gary Enright is the director of the 1881 Courthouse Museum in Custer. Today he taks about this rich history.

Northern Plains News

In The Moment ... October 10. 2018 Show 439 Hour 2

South Dakota has had only one American Indian Congressman: Benjamin Reifel.

Dr. Sean Flynn is a history professor at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell. His new book is called "Without Reservation: Benjamin Reifel and American Indian Acculturation." It looks at the inspiring and controversial life and ideology of Ben Reifel and elicits impassioned responses from readers.

Native American Day Parade

Oct 4, 2018
Lee Strubinger

In The Moment ... October 4. 2018 Show 436 Hour 2

This Monday morning beginning at 10 in downtown Sioux Falls, the Native American Day parade takes place.

In 1990, Tim Giago of the Native Sun News Today convinced then governor George S. Mickelson to make Native American Day a state holiday.

The theme is "Honoring our Elders" where Tim Giago is going to be the Grand Marshall.

He joined In The Moment with a preview of the celebration.

Memorial Walk For Children

Oct 3, 2018
Chynna Lockett

In The Moment ... October 3. 2018 Show 435 Hour 1

The Mayor of Rapid City has proclaimed this year’s Native American day as “The Day of the Grandmothers.” MOA is helping host the Memorial Walk on Monday, October 8 at 9 a.m.

Karen Mortimer and Heather Dawn Thompson joined In The Moment for a preview of the Memorial Walk for the children of the Rapid City Indian Boarding School.

This coming Monday a Memorial Walk to Honor 45 children who died at the Rapid City Indian Boarding School will take place on the city’s west side.

2018 Black Hills Powwow

Oct 2, 2018
Chynna Lockett

In The Moment ... October 2. 2018 Show 434 Hour 1

The Black Hills Powwow has become one of the premier American Indian cultural events in the United States, attracting thousands of dancers, singers, artisans and several thousand spectators from across several U.S. states, Canadian provinces and beyond.

Stephen Yellow Hawk, president of the Black Hills Powwow, accompanied by Karen Mortimer and Whitney Rencountre, members of Mniluzahan Okolakiciyapi Ambassadors, joined In The Moment with a preview of the festivities.

Canton's Hiawatha Indian Asylum

Sep 24, 2018
SD State Archives

In The Moment ... September 24. 2018 Show 428 Hour 2

A new exhibit that brings the public closer to the Asylum than the grainy photos found on the internet opened this weekend.

Hiawatha Insane Asylum tells the story of the first and only asylum dedicated to Indians in the United States. Tragically, many of the 350 people housed at the asylum did not suffer mental illness and were incarcerated for arbitrary reasons such as resisting Indian Agents, embracing their own traditional lifestyles, or simply 'misbehaving.'

PEN America

In The Moment ... September 19, 2018 Show 425 Hour 1

People are stories. Author, teacher, and craftsman Joseph Marshall has written novels, screenplays, essays, short stories, and nonfiction books. He's also a storyteller.

Joseph Marshall is in South Dakota for the Young Readers Festival this week. An enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, he was raised in a traditional Lakota household.

His book "In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse" tells the story of a boy and his grandpa as the travel together on a quest to know Crazy Horse.

Eagle Bull Blazes Trail In Architecture

Sep 12, 2018
Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... September 12, 2018 Show 420 Hour 1

Tammy Eagle Bull is the first Native American woman in the United States to become a licensed architect. 

An Oglala Lakota Nation member who was raised in Aberdeen, Eagle Bull gives the keynote lecture, "Sovereignty Through Design," Thursday at the Annual Institute of Architects South Dakota convention.

Providing Cancer-Related Services To Tribal Communities

Aug 24, 2018

Dr. Daniel Petereit, Radiation Oncologist in Rapid City and Principal Investigator on cancer disparity program called Walking Forward. 

American Indians have one of the highest rates of cancer deaths in the United States. Walking Forward provides cancer-related services to tribal communities; including education, screening, diagnosis and clinical trials. A new initiative looks at lung cancer screening for high-risk smokers.

In The Moment ... June 19, 2018 Show 361 Hour 1

David Osborne, author of The Coming, has won the 2018 Spur Award for historical fiction from the Western Writers of America.  He's being honored this week at the WWA's annual convention in Billings, Montana. 

USD Center for Disabilities Establishes Oyate' Circle

May 14, 2018

The University of South Dakota Center for Disabilities is launching an educational outreach effort focused on Native Americans with disabilities. The Oyate’ Circle will host educational workshops in tribal communities. 

Jim Warne is a member of the Oglala Lakota tribe and has more than 20 years of experience running disability-focused training groups in San Diego, California. He’s been hired to lead the new program, and says he’s excited to help his own tribe and others in the state.

In The Moment ... February 1, 2018 Show 268 Hour 1

Four Augustana University professors are collaborating on a multi-discipline project. It's aimed at addressing historical trauma and its impact on preterm birth in Native American women.

In the Moment ... September 22, 2017 Show 183 Hour 2

Robin Wall Kimmerer's books include Braiding Sweetgrass and Gathering Moss.  A mother, scientist and member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, she visits about lessons of botany and the wisdom of plants during the South Dakota Festival of Books in Deadwood.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

An Eagle Butte woman is encouraging Native American leaders in 23 tribal governments. The Bush Foundation is dedicating resources to Native Nation Building. A woman from Cheyenne River is six months into the job of supporting and promoting Indian leadership.

Eileen Briggs is the Bush Foundation’s director of Native Nation Building. She says the work includes a handful of large investments to empower American Indian communities instead of prescribing solutions.

Nebraska board members are weighing whether they should renew beer store liquor licenses in Whiteclay. The tiny unincorporated town is across the state line from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. People - often Native Americans - buy millions of cans of beer there each year. Thursday the panel heard testimony.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

In The Moment ... February 13, 2017 Show 029 Hour 2

South Dakota Republican Party elected Dan Lederman of Dakota Dunes has been elected by the South Dakota Republican Party to lead the SDGOP for the next two years. Chair Lederman will begin his term immediately and has called a Special Central Committee Meeting to be held at the end of February to adopt a budget and goals for 2017.

Governor Dennis Daugaard signed a bill  that adds electronic devices to the state’s wiretapping laws. More specifically, Daugaard says the bill allows law enforcement to monitor cell phone calls.

The House Judiciary Committee passed Senate Bill 26 to improve how the state notifies crime victims. The proposal streamlines the automated system in charge of notifications.

The Senate State Affairs Committee is bringing a lobbying bill to the full Senate.  The bill allows tribal elected officials the opportunity to speak in meetings without having to register as lobbyists.  

Lori Walsh / SDPB

In The Moment ... February 3, 2017 - Show 023, Hour 1

Football fans tend to get … ahem … attached to their teams, even if their teams are far from local. SDPB’s Steve Zwemke is a lifelong Atlanta Falcons fan. Former SDPB intern Travis Berg cheers for the New England Patriots. Together they provide a (mostly) friendly preview of Super Bowl 51.