Native American

Cobell Settlement

Nov 29, 2012

Thousands of Native American trust landowners could see a $1000 check in the mail before the end of the year.  The money comes from a $3.4 billion settlement in the Elouise Cobell case, following 17 years of litigation over mismanagement of federal lands held in trust for Native American people.  However, SDPB news producer Charles Michael Ray has found that reactions to the settlement are mixed.  Ray is joined by USDA Rural Development State Director Elsie Meeks who addresses economic development in Indian Country and what the changes to the federal regulations governing building homes and

Cobell Settlement Payout Soon

Nov 28, 2012

The payout for the landmark Cobell Case may happen before Christmas. 

The $3.4 billion dollar settlement stems from 17 years of litigation over mismanagement of federal lands held in trust for Native American people. 

Federal officials say they want checks of $1000- dollars to go out to more than 300,000 beneficiaries before Christmas.

Blue Cloud Abbey Artifacts Moving

Nov 28, 2012

Augustana College and the Office of the Abbot at Blue Cloud Abbey announced Monday that the Center for Western Studies in Sioux Falls has been named as the repository for more than 4000 books, 40,000 photographs and various artifacts from the Blue Cloud Abbey/American Indian Culture Research Center collection previously housed at the Benedictine monastery near Marvin.  Blue Cloud Abbey officially closed on August 5.  Karl Gehrke visits with Harry Thompson, executive director of the Center for Western Studies, who says the Center will place a portion of the AICRC artifacts on display in the


Sep 27, 2012

Dr. Gary Moulton is the keynote speaker for the Encounters on the Prairie Chapter of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation's regional meeting and symposium celebrating the life of Sacagawea.  The meetings are September 28-30 in Ft. Pierre.  Moulton is Thomas C. Sorensen Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  He's known for his work as editor of the award-winning Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.  This December marks the 200th anniversary of Sacagawea's reported death in present day South Dakota.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

A new report released Tuesday shows South Dakota’s unemployment rate is better than other states around the country, but that doesn’t mean the state is thriving during this economic recession.

Wounded Knee Author

Sep 19, 2012

Jerome Greene, a long-time research historian with the National Park Service in Denver, has written over a dozen books on various aspects of 19th century Indian/White engagements, with emphasis on the Great Sioux War of 1876-77.  He's currently working on a book about the Wounded Knee Massacre.  Greene receives the Black Hills State University Distinguished Alumni Award this week.  He's giving a presentation on Wounded Knee Thursday at 2 p.m. on the BHU campus in Spearfish.