Pine Ridge

News: Oct 5 - 11

Oct 11, 2019
SDPB

Climate trends in South Dakota, ways to better Rapid City’s economy, a bill that would legalize industrial hemp, and Greta Thunberg visits Pine Ridge. These headlines and more on this week’s In the Moment news podcast.  

Lee Strubinger

In The Moment ... September 23, 2019 Show 664 Hour 1

Jufitri Joha, President of the Malaysian Youth Council and Chairman of the Malaysian National Federation of Youth Workers, joins Olawale Afelumo, pastor of the Inspiration Life Community Church located in the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria, as In The Moment host Lori Walsh continues conversing with delegates of the State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program.

The group is in western South Dakota, guests of the Dacotah Territory International Visitors Program. 

Lee Strubinger

In The Moment ... September 23, 2019 Show 664 Hour 1

The Dacotah Territory International Visitors Program is hosting a delegation of religious leaders under the auspices of the U.S. State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program. One of the items on their agenda was to visit with people on the Pine Ridge Reservation to share ideas and bring back ideas for their own indigenous people and regions.

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

Joshua Haiar

In The Moment ... August 8, 2019 Show 633 Hour 1

Proponents are looking to pass a hate-crime amendment to tribal law on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Muffy Mousseau and Felipa Deleon join In The Moment as they were instrumental in the legalization of same sex marriage at Pine Ridge.

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.   

 

Thunder Valley Opens Community Center

Jun 21, 2019

 

The Pine Ridge Reservation is isolated. It can take hours to get from one end to the other. That makes it difficult to bring people together. But there’s now a new, centralized meeting place equipped with high end technology.

The new Thunder Valley Community Center is an open room with concrete floors and tall walls. It’s bright from natural light that pours in through wide windows.

 

Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation leases the space for meetings, conferences and even family family gatherings.

Donations Aid People Impacted By Pine Ridge Flooding

Mar 25, 2019
Chynna Lockett

  Areas of the rural Pine Ridge Reservation are currently flooded. Water levels are forcing some community members to evacuate, while some others are unable to leave their houses to get supplies like groceries and toiletries. Donations are being accepted in Rapid City.

 

Terra Houska heard from family and friends that many Pine Ridge locals need supplies. Houska put the word out on social media and donations came in.

 

out of the blocks

Today "In the Moment" brings you the podcast "Out of the Blocks," featuring stories and soundscapes from Pine Ridge. We talk with producers Aaron Henkin and Wendel Patrick, along with producing partner Arlo Iron Cloud of KILI Radio.

Click here to subscribe to "Out of the Blocks: Pine Ridge Reservation Part 1" and podcasts, transcripts, and photographs.

New Makerspace Underway In Whiteclay

Jan 29, 2019
Whiteclay Makerspace

 

A former liquor store in Nebraska that’s just walking distance from the Pine Ridge Reservation will get a face lift. Organizers in both states  will create a work space for local artists.

 

The liquor stores in Whiteclay, Nebraska made national news. For years, the four businesses in the tiny town gave residents of the alcohol-free Pine Ridge Reservation easy access to liquor.  More than a year ago, the stores shut down.

Lee Strubinger

In The Moment ... July 31, 2018 Show 390 Hour 2

It is a festival designed to celebrate Native film and empower Native filmmakers and audiences alike.

Willi White is the Director of Festival and Strategy for the Indigenous Film Festival. The Festival is scheduled for August 2 and 3 in Pine Ridge, held in conjuction with the Oglala Lakota Nation wačhípi, rodeo and fair.

New York Times

In The Moment ... May 31, 2018 Show 348 Hour 2

Consider, for a moment, the year 1968. The Tet offensive. The assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. The assassination of Bobby Kennedy. America was embroiled in divisiveness, even as passionate voices such as Kennedy's called out for change. Consider the lessons of history for today.

June 5th marks the 50th anniversary of Bobby Kennedy's death. Bill Walsh joins us today. He's a longtime friend of the Kennedy family, a former campaign advisor for Edward Kennedy, and the former owner of the Franklin Hotel in Deadwood.

irinspire.com

In The Moment ... November 17, 2017 Show 223 Hour 1

For this week's Moment in Sound, we welcome Wanbli Ceya. He's an Oglala Lakota singer/songwriter/spoken word artist based in Pine Ridge. He was nominated for two 2017 Native American Music Awards: Best Pop Recording and Debut Artist of the Year. We talk music, language, and cultural advocacy.

Thunder Valley CDC

In The Moment ... October 13, 2017 Show 198 Hour 1

New houses are under construction in the Pine Ridge Reservation. The project is part of Thunder Valley CDC. They offer work programs for low income families. SDPB's Chynna Lockett spoke with the Community Engagement Coordinator for Thunder Valley, Andrew Iron Shell.

dps.sd.gov

In The Moment ... August 1, 2017 Show 146 Hour 2

A diverse law enforcement team can be a more empathetic and community-oriented team. The most diverse class of new Highway Patrol officers recently graduated from training in Pierre. Joining us with insight is Colonel Craig Price. He's superintendent of the South Dakota Highway Patrol.

e4e.org

In The Moment ... June 29, 2017 Show 125 Hour 2

 

More than 95-hundred public school teachers work within South Dakota's boundaries. Sometimes, they spend more time with kids during the week than parents. State Secretary of Education Melody Schopp says the community should elevate teachers with dignity and respect. SDPB's Kealey Bultena begins our discussion about attitudes in teaching with Schopp, who says teaching is a noble profession. Then, Lori Walsh and Kealey Bultena continue the conversation with insight from South Dakota teachers.

Pine Ridge Based Food Truck Serving Traditional Taste

Jun 24, 2017

A new food truck on Pine Ridge is serving up traditional food. The business offers a taste of the reservation to tourists and fresh meals to locals.

A glossy black food truck sits on a gravel lot outside of a convenience store. An image of a blue buffalo runs across the side next to bold white letters the read ‘Tatanka Trail Burgers and More’. Employees inside lean through a window and listen for customer’s lunch orders.

Trina Janis is a co-owner of the business. She opened the truck with her partner in late April.

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... June 23, 2017 Show 121 Hour 1

From England to Australia to Hill City, South Dakota, Richard Grewar finds musical influence from across the globe. His latest album is called Cold Feet. He plays at Fernson's on 8th in Sioux Falls tomorrow night. See him in Rapid City on July 7th at Pure Bean Southwest. Richard Grewar joins us for Moment in Sound.

Courtesy Wikipedia

A Nebraska commission is not renewing liquor licenses for stores along the South Dakota border near Pine Ridge. The town of Whiteclay has fewer than one dozen residents. Four businesses there sell millions of cans of beer each year. The liquor licenses expire at the end of the month, but the beer stores may stay open.

Native Americans from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota drink beer in Whiteclay, Nebraska. Witnesses say people who get drunk there urinate in public, assault others, and pass out on the streets.

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.

Courtesy “Embracing Our Children’s Health”

When two severely malnourished and abused girls were found on the Pine Ridge Reservation last November….community members near and far gathered to take action. The newly-formed “Embracing Our Children’s Health” group focuses on empowering, encouraging, assisting, and supporting existing programs and organizations... for children and families on the reservation.Founder, Patty Pourier, says members are determined to make the organization an “action based group.”  

Roger Dietrich/audubon.org

The 117th Christmas Bird Count is underway. The nationwide event is sponsored by the National Audubon Society, it gives bird enthusiasts the chance to get outside during the winter months to document avian species in their areas.

Volunteers monitor a fifteen mile radius to record bird species. Sometimes, the findings are unusual.

In South Dakota, around 20 bird counts are set to take place over the next couple of weeks, including one in Pine Ridge.

Milo Yellow Hair On The 30th Anniversary Of The Big Foot Ride

Dec 7, 2016

Oglala Lakota Milo Yellow Hair has the kind of deep belly laugh that is absolutely contagious.  He is a lifelong resident of the Pine Ridge Reservation and he is well versed the value of humor within Lakota culture.  He lights up when telling a funny story or a joke.   Yellow Hair also has a serious side,  he is one of the founders of the Big Foot Ride. 

Kent Osborne / SDPB

The SuAnne Big Crow center will remain the early voting location just outside of the village of Pine Ridge.

The state Democratic Party and some tribal officials asked county and state authorities to relocate the voting site due to road construction and a recent homicide that happened in the parking lot of the center.

The Oglala Lakota County commission voted unanimously to reject a request to move early voting out of the SuAnne Big Crow center.

Dakota Political Junkies Kevin Woster and Roger Whittle dig in to the 2016 ballot questions with an overview of  Constitutional Amendment R (relating to the authority of the Board of Regents.) Kevin Woster provides insight and comparisons regarding protests over oil pipelines in contrast to turnout for life and death issues in Pine Ridge. We conclude with a remembrance of SD Rep. Dan Dryden of Rapid City.

Roger Whittle is managing editor of the Watertown Public Opinion. Kevin Woster is with KELO TV's Rapid City Bureau. 

Charles Michael Ray

Erik Bringswhite is a former Rapid City gang member who now works to stop meth use in South Dakota.  Bringswhite uses Lakota culture and spirituality to reach out to those who are struggling with addiction.

Bringswhite is a meth prevention coordinator with the Oglala Sioux Tribe.   He stopped by the Rapid City studio for an interview with a group of individuals working to curb the use of the addictive drug in the state.

Kaitlyn Wayman-Dodd

Artists from as far away as India are on the Pine Ridge Reservation as part of a 2-week program to teach Lakota youth alternative ways to express themselves. The initiative is intended as a way to combat the continuing suicide epidemic that has plagued one of the country’s poorest areas.

The Mitakupi – or “My People” Foundation – is hosting the "I am Sending a Voice" Summer Arts program. Organizers say the goal is to help lift Lakota youth out of the daily task of survival.

Lee Strubinger / SDPB

Federal lawmakers hope to create institutional change at the Indian Health Service with a bill meant to protect whistleblowers, increase oversite and implement leadership changes. The bill was discussed at length in Rapid City late last week.

Several hours of testimony and hearings on what it’s like to receive care from IHS hospitals was meant to give lawmakers an idea of the culture at several Great Plains area hospitals.

South Dakota Public Broadcasting

The Executive Director of the South Dakota High School Activities Association is retiring at the end of the next school year.  Wayne Carney has been with the association since 2001, after a coaching career in three state school districts.  One of the most contentious issues in his time as executive director was the switching of the girls volleyball and basketball seasons.  At one time, girls played basketball at the start of the school year, with volleyball going on in the winter months.

Charles Michael Ray / SDPB

Rolling Rez Arts, a bus that has a bank, business center and art classroom, is gearing up for a busy summer. The bus crisscrosses the Pine Ridge Reservation, stopping in each community. This week it made a stop in Rapid City.

 

Gus Yellow hair is an artist and also bus driver for Rolling Rez Arts. Today on the bus, he’s joined by his granddaughter.  

“My t'akója her Lakota name is (speaking Lakota), Growling Bear Woman, she carries the name of her grandmother, who has since passed on,” says Yellow Hair.

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