PBS Newshour

We examine the events that led up to the January 6th violent disruption of the democratic process inside the U.S. Capitol building. We'll recap how a mob of pro-Trump extremists breached the barriers of the Capitol and gained access to both chambers of Congress, temporarily interrupting the official Congressional certification of state election results. 


Guests 1 (00:00): U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson.

Guests 2 (16:46): Lisa Hager and David Wiltse, professors of political science at South Dakota State University. 

SDPB News: July 4

Jul 4, 2020

Thousands of attendees waited hours for a glimpse of President Trump and to watch the fireworks show at Mount Rushmore.  Hear what happened in this 4th of July special SDPB News Podcast. Find it on Apple Podcasts or Spotify today.

USD Law School Dean Talks Policing & Protests

Jun 9, 2020

In The Moment … June 9, 2020 Show 834 Hour 1

News Special: Policing & Protests In South Dakota

Jun 5, 2020

In this In the Moment news podcast special, we are joined by two of the speakers from the peaceful protest in Sioux Falls, Congressman Johnson, Mayor TenHaken, and Captain Harrison with the Pennington County Sherriff's Office. 

Find us on: AppleSpotify, and Google Play

Rapid City Protest Recap

Jun 3, 2020

In The Moment … June 3, 2020 Show 830 Hour 2

A peaceful demonstration began last evening in Rapid City shortly before 7pm at Main Street Square. As the evening progressed, a few individuals were taken into police custody with charges of disorderly conduct and disorderly assembly. SDPB's Chynna Lockett joins us with more.


Paul TenHaken, Mayor Of Sioux Falls

Jun 3, 2020

In The Moment … June 3, 2020 Show 830 Hour 2

Being elected mayor of any city brings challenges but who could have predicted being that mayor during a pandemic followed by large peaceful protests calling for police reform paired with unrest and looting? Paul TenHaken is the mayor of Sioux Falls and is experiencing just that. He joins us today with insight as to how leading South Dakota's largest city given the circumstances has been.

Dakota Political Junkies

Jun 3, 2020

In The Moment … June 3, 2020 Show 830 Hour 2

COVID-19, protests, civil unrest, and election results. Just another typical week in South Dakota! Well, not really, and that's why we've called in the Dakota Political Junkies. We welcome Jon Schaff, professor of Political Science at Northern State University in Aberdeen, and Tom Dempster, former assistant majority leader of the South Dakota State Senate. Hello, Tom.

SDPB News: June 3

Jun 3, 2020

The SDPB News Podcast is where we bring you South Dakota's top news and politics headlines from the past 24 hours.

Each day, SDPB's journalism team works to bring you pertinent news coverage. We then compile those stories into one neatly formatted daily podcast so that you can stay informed. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts or Spotify today.

SD Business Owner Perspectives On The Civil Unrest

Jun 2, 2020

In The Moment … June 2, 2020 Show 829 Hour 2

Over the last few days, peaceful protests, clashes with police, and civil unrest around the country.

Several Sioux Falls businesses were looted Sunday night, hours after a peaceful protest during the daylight hours ended. Yesterday, Rapid City business owners and members of the public took steps to protect their shops, some standing guard with guns and baseball bats. 

Rapid City Protest

Jun 2, 2020

In The Moment … June 2, 2020 Show 829 Hour 2

People across the country have been taking to the streets to protest the death of George Floyd, a Minneapolis man who died in police custody after Minneapolis Police Department Officer Derek Chauvin placed his knee on Floyd's neck while Floyd was handcuffed and lying face down, pleading with the officer for his life.  Some protests across the country have devolved into civil unrest, looting, and violence. 

Police Accountability & Perception

Jun 2, 2020

In The Moment … June 2, 2020 Show 829 Hour 2

SDPB News: June 1

Jun 1, 2020

The SDPB News Podcast is where we bring you South Dakota's top news and politics headlines from the past 24 hours.

Each day, SDPB's journalism team works to bring you pertinent news coverage. We then compile those stories into one neatly formatted daily podcast so that you can stay informed. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts or Spotify today.

Sioux Falls Leadership Comments On Rally

Jun 1, 2020

In The Moment … June 1, 2020 Show 828 Hour 2

Local Sioux Falls leaders say they saw two very separate events last night. The first was the peaceful protest that attracted thousands of people demanding justice for George Floyd and all people of color. They point to the vandalism and burglary in southwest Sioux Falls later last night as a very separate event. SDPB's John Nguyen joins us with more from this morning's briefing. 



In The Moment … June 1, 2020 Show 828 Hour 2

RC Protest Held Against Detention Centers

Jul 2, 2019

Protests calling for the shutdown of migrant detention centers took place across the country yesterday. In Rapid City, nearly 30 people gathered on the corner of a crowded street to oppose what they call ‘human rights violations’ against children in the camps. 


One protester, Lilias Jarding, speaks to a man explaining the widely circulating photograph a father and daughter who drowned near the border. 


Man: “But if you listen to the wife’s testimony, she would say they didn't have—”

Rapid City Joins March For Our Lives Protest

Mar 26, 2018
Chynna Lockett

Hundreds of thousands of people across the US took to the streets over the weekend to protest gun violence. Many around South Dakota joined in local March for our Lives as well as counter protests of those supporting gun rights.

Nearly 500 people of all ages marched across the downtown blocks to demand stricter gun control. The protest was organized by students from Black Hills State University.

Eighteen year old freshman, Starr Paul, say this is a sister protest to the March in Washington.


South Dakota Students Participate In National Walkout

Mar 14, 2018
Chynna Lockett

Students around the country participated in a Walk Out this morning protesting gun violence. Rapid City’s Central High School was one of many across South Dakota to participate. At 10 a.m., the hallways filled with hundreds of nearly the two thousand high school students. They walked out during their classes and met in the theater. Five students sat on stage and explained why.

The students read off names of the victims of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Florida.

Hundreds Join Women’s March in Rapid City

Jan 22, 2018
Chynna Lockett

People in cities all over the country and abroad gathered for the second Women’s March over the weekend. Sioux Falls reported nearly 25 hundred people came out to protest. In Rapid city, hundreds joined a march chanting for women’s rights. Organizers spoke to a crowd of women, men and children following the march.

The crowd in Rapid City chanted the same words but many marched for their own reasons.

Protest Bill Heads To Governor With Emergency Clause

Mar 11, 2017

A bill that expands the governor’s ability to respond to potential protests has passed through the legislature with an emergency clause.

That’s what kept the bill from reaching the governor’s desk, until now.

Senate bill 176 allows the governor to prohibit no more than 20 people on school and public land, allow outside council for criminal defense and stiffens penalties to prevent protestors from blocking highways and occupying highway right of ways.

The House Transportation Committee has approved two bills to allow new Native American design options on license plates. Senate Bill 73 provides a special plate for Native American veterans. Supporters say this allows Native Americans to denote their tribe and their military service. Senate Bill 118 allows for special plates to have the depiction of the new Dignity statue.The House Transportation Committee also passed a motorcycle license plate policy revision. The bill offers motorcyclists a choice of how they display their license plates.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Participants in the Women's March in Sioux Falls have different reasons for demonstrating. Some say it's political; others say the gathering was not about how a person votes. Others say they gain inspiration from being around people who stand up for women's rights, gay rights, Native American rights, and more. In this discussion, SDPB's Kealey Bultena talks with In The Moment's Lori Walsh.

Lee Strubinger

Bruce Ellison is Rapid City Attorney who has worked in Indian Country for decades.  Today is taking part in the legal defense for those resisting the Dakota Access Pipeline crossing of the Missouri River near the Standing Rock Reservation. Ellison joins Dakota Midday to talk about the changing nature of the protests and why he wants the pipeline stopped.  

HB 1008 Sparks Protest

Feb 19, 2016

A group of students is organizing a protest in Sioux Falls following the passage of House Bill 1008. It’s known as the transgender bathroom bill.   
The legislation is on the Governor’s desk.  Those backing the bill say it protects people.  They say it keeps students of the same biological sex in the same school bathrooms and locker rooms. Opponents call the bill discrimination that threatens the civil rights of transgender people.

Protests Against Racism Continue In Rapid City

Feb 26, 2015

Roughly 100 people took part in a peaceful march against racism in Rapid City this Thursday afternoon.

Protestors expressed anger over what they see as unfair treatment of Native people in the justice system and unfair economic conditions.

Marchers included 77 year old Dennis Banks-who was a founding member of the American Indian Movement.  

Banks took part in the Wounded Knee occupation of 1973 and says he’s had to come back to Rapid City too often over the years to join in protest marches like this.

"Erosion Of Confidence" 15 Years Later

Dec 22, 2014

This story examines police and race relations in Rapid City 15 years after the US Civil Rights Commission came to South Dakota and issued this report citing a lack of trust in law enforcement by Native Americans.

Listen to the story here:



Race relations and allegations of police brutality are among the top national headlines this year, from Ferguson, Missouri to New York City scenes like this are playing out in mass protests.

Police Brutality Protest Permit Denied

Dec 16, 2014

Rapid City Police officials say they received a request for a permit for a “Police Brutality Awareness Walk”  through downtown.   The event was set to take place this Friday starting and ending at the Rapid City Civic Center.

The Lakota Nation Invitational is also taking place at the Civic Center.  In a press release Chief Karl Jegeris says the demonstrators planning this event also organized a past protest against the Regional Hospital. Police officials say numerous public safety issues arose at that event.  

Whiteclay Heats Up As Tribe Reconsiders Prohibition

Jun 7, 2013

Activists and liquor store owners are clashing in the town of Whiteclay, Nebraska on the boarder of the Pine Ridge Reservation.   Beer delivery trucks are being stopped and vandalized as men wielding baseball bats are accused of threatening protesters.

Alcohol is banned on Pine Ridge.   But the town of Whiteclay sells the equivalent of up to 5-million cans of beer annually–mostly to impoverished tribal residents.   As the conflict escalates the tribal nation is grappling with the idea of lifting its prohibition of alcohol.   

By Victoria Wicks
Editorial policies of the Rapid City Journal drew a small protest this weekend. Members of Peace & Justice and Occupy Rapid City, along with Native activists, stood in front of the Journal’s headquarters on Main Street to protest a fifteen dollar fee for political letters to the editor and the management’s decision not to print a column about Indian boarding schools.