Native American

"Wounded Knee 1973: Still Bleeding"

Feb 27, 2013

February 27 is the 40th anniversary of the Wounded Knee occupation in South Dakota.  Author and journalist Stew Magnuson wrote about the occupation and last year's tense Dakota Conference at Augustana College which was attended by many of the key players from Wounded Knee in his book, "Wounded Knee 1973: Still Bleeding."

Violence Against Women Act

Feb 13, 2013
Eastern Band of Cherokee

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Circle Of Smiles

Feb 6, 2013

A new $3.3 million grant will help with oral care on South Dakota's Indian reservations.  Connie Halverson, vice president of public benefit at Delta Dental of South Dakota, discussed the need for the grant and the services that will be provided as a result.

Lakota Voice Project/BEAR Program

Dec 12, 2012

The BEAR Project is a theater group at Pine Ridge that performs graphic and moving skits that work to reach youth.  The group is made up of a number of young suicide survivors.  The group has been performing as part of the Lakota Photo Project.  They'll perform in Rapid City at the Dahl Arts Center on Friday, December 14.  Jason Alley joined Dakota Midday to talk about the Lakota Voice Project and the BEAR Project.

"A Meeting Of The Grandfathers"

Dec 11, 2012

This month marks the 150th anniversary of the largest mass execution in U.S. history.  Thirty-eight Dakota men were hanged in Mankato, Minnesota, on December 26, 1862.  The hangings came after the U.S./Dakota War in the summer of 1862.  Lyle W. Miller's painting, "A Meeting of the Grandfathers," is featured in the Minnesota Historical Society's exhibit about the U.S./Dakota War of 1862.  Miller is speaking on the war at the Prehistoric Indian Village in Mitchell on Friday at 2:00 pm. 

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.

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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.