Pine Ridge Reservation

Trail Of Hope For Indian Housing

Apr 17, 2013
Photo by Jim Kent

Representatives of the Oglala Sioux tribe are in Washington, D.C. today on The Trail of Hope for Indian Housing. The 1500 mile journey saw a group of Lakota people haul portions of a dilapidated reservation home to the nation’s capital. Their goal is to bring attention to housing needs on the Pine Ridge Reservation and in other Native American communities across the state.Today we visit the village of Kyle to take a closer look at the realities of housing on the rez.

Activist Instruction Conference On Pine Ridge

Mar 7, 2013
Photos courtesy Deb White Plume

The Pine Ridge Reservation is the place to be this weekend for those wanting to learn how to be a frontline activist. An activist training conference is being held near the village of Manderson where participants will learn how to take direct action on environmental issues.

The three day conference is to teach people how to protest projects like the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline. Lakota activist Deb White Plume calls it “Moccasins on the Ground.”

Native American 40 Under 40 Recipient

Dec 20, 2012
Huffington Post

Nick Tilsen, co-founder and executive director of the Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation, was recently selected as one of the "Native American 40 Under 40" award recipients.  Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation is a culturally-based organization on the Pine Ridge Reservation.  Earlier this month, President Obama hailed Tilsen during the White House Tribal Nations summit as someone making great strides among Native Americans.

Youth Programs Preserving Lakota Culture

Dec 19, 2012

A service organization in Rapid City is working to make a difference in the lives of young people on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge reservation. Since its founding in 2005, ONE Spirit has branched out into several different programs aiding the Lakota people. In today’s Dakota Digest, SDPB’s Jilanne Doom focuses on an aspect of ONE Spirit dedicated to preserving their culture through creating youth programs on the reservation.

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.

Boarding School memories haunt Lakota man

Oct 8, 2012
Library of Congress

Before the award-winning documentary film “The Thick Dark Fog”and the book “They Called Me Uncivilized”, there were the Lakota man’s boarding school experiences that led to both stories. Today, Walter Littlemoon shares his memories of a childhood spent in a federally-imposed school system that he tells us did everything but educate.

Orange and yellow leaves paint the trees across land that’s been in Walter Littlemoon’s Lakota family for generations. It’s a quiet, peaceful place that reminds him of his childhood.