Voters May Again Decide On Medical Marijuana

Nov 10, 2015
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South Dakota voters may have another chance to approve or turn down medical marijuana.
Proponents of a ballot initiative to legalize marijuana for medical use turned in roughly 16-thousand signatures to the Secretary of State’s office.  About 13-thousand are needed to put the issue before voters.  State officials are now working to verify the petitions.

Efforts Underway To Ban Alcohol And Tobacco In SD

Aug 14, 2015

A group is now working to  make booze and tobacco illegal in South Dakota.
Two separate petitions are circulating to add the criminalization of alcohol and tobacco to the 2016 ballot.  Another petition would ask voters to decriminalize marijuana.

Yellow Bird Steel Vows To Continue Prohibition

Jan 7, 2015

Pine Ridge will stay dry if the new Oglala Sioux Tribal President has his way.

President John Yellow Bird Steele says he is opposed to legalized alcohol on Pine Ridge.  He adds that he also opposed legalizing marijuana on Pine Ridge even if the federal government gives tacit approval.

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The Enduring Legend of Al Capone

Jul 17, 2014
John Binder

More than eighty years after the peak of his power, the legend of mobster Al Capone endures. His name still evokes images of pin-stripe suits and white fedoras.

A new PBS program airing Tuesday on SDPB-TV, Al Capone: Icon, follows the gangster's rise from a two-bit hustler to the king of Chicago’s underworld and examines why he continues to fascinate so many Americans.

Bill Margol is senior director of programming and development at PBS and joined Dakota Midday to discuss the program.


The Gentlemen Bootleggers of Templeton, Iowa

Jul 15, 2014

The Prohibition Era is filled with stories of bootleggers who defied the law to produce liquor for thirsty Americans. In his new book, Gentlemen Bootleggers: The True Story of Templeton Rye, Prohibition and a Small Town in Cahoots, Bryce T. Bauer brings to life the tale of Templeton, Iowa with its townspeople peacefully cooperating in the production of a special rye whiskey known for its quality and safety.

Prohibition Ends On Pine Ridge

Aug 15, 2013

For the first time in decades the Pine Ridge Reservation is lifting prohibition. Alcohol has long been illegal on the reservation.  But, in a referendum vote tribal residents narrowly approved lifting the ban.

The official count is 1871 yes to 1679 no.

South Dakota Public Broadcasting’s Charles Michael Ray has more.

Alcohol Referendum Too Close To Call

Aug 14, 2013

Pine Ridge residents have to wait a little longer to hear the results of a referendum that would end the tribal prohibition of alcohol. Officials say the results are too close to call without more careful examination.    As of election night the results stand at 1,645 in favor of allowing alcohol sales on the reservation,  1,494 against, and 568 challenge ballots.  The official tally may come in on Wednesday but could take as long as Friday to confirm.
SDPB’s Charles Michael Ray has more.

Pine Ridge Polls Prohibition

Aug 12, 2013

Residents of Pine Ridge are going to the polls on Tuesday to decide the fate of the longstanding tribal prohibition of alcohol.  

The special election has divided the tribal council and tribal residents.  

SDPB’s Charles Michael Ray spoke with those on either side of the contentious issue for this story.