Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... February 27, 2018 Show 285 Hour 1

Lamont Sellers is associate vice president for diversity at the University of South Dakota. He has been appointed to the National Advisory Council for the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education (NCORE).

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... April 7, 2017 Show 067 Hour 1

It's Friday and it's time for our weekly Moment in Sound. This week we welcome Mark Petričić on the bayan . You can see him in concert tonight at the National Music Museum in Vermillion at 7 p.m. Central time. Also ... a preview show at the Muenster University Center in the Pit Lounge.

Black Hills State University

Dr. Tim Steckline, Black Hills State University professor of speech, and Jace DeCory, BHSU assistant professor of history and American Indian Studies, talk about what people mean when they use the word "race" and how people can communicate better. They present a BHSU Geek Speak lecture Thursday at 4:00 p.m. in Jonas Hall, "Are We All Related?: Race and the Embrace of the Other."

Police And Citizens Brainstorm Solutions

Jul 22, 2016
Erin Mairose

A community forum Thursday night brought law enforcement and Sioux Falls residents together.  The meeting sought to end stereotypes and stigmas held by some Sioux Falls residents and the local police department. 

During the meeting a panel of law enforcement officers answered questions about policies, handling protests, discrimination, and recruiting future officers. One question is about implicit biases. Trooper Julian Beaudion says his solution is to have a professional mindset.

Ellen McGirt is an award winning long-form journalist who also covers race, culture and leadership for Fortune. Her reporting has taken her inside the C-Suites of Facebook, Nike, Twitter, Intel, and Cisco; to the campaign trail with Barack Obama; to Lagos, Nigeria in search of tech entrepreneurs.


Lori Walsh speaks with James Jacoby, writer/producer/director of the new FRONTLINE documentary “Policing the Police.” 

Jacoby examines Newark, New Jersey’s history of police abuses and the deep-rooted challenges of fixing a broken relationship with the community. More than a year in the making, it’s a provocative journey inside one of many police departments across the country that’s now being forced to reform by the Justice Department.


A South Dakota candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives is calling on her opponent to convince Republicans in the state house to vote on expanding Medicaid. Paula Hawks’ call comes just twenty four hours after South Dakota’s governor called off a special session.


U.S. House Candidate Paula Hawks says Medicaid expansion in South Dakota would help fund Indian Health Service operations.

Rapid City Police Work To Increase Force Diversity

Apr 18, 2016

In Rapid City the police force is made up primarily of Caucasian men. Police officials want the force to better reflect the diversity in the community.

Bill Ends Offensive School Names, Mascots

Feb 22, 2016
Jenifer Jones

A bill that creates a process to ban racially charged school or athletic team names, mascots, or nicknames, is moving forward in the South Dakota Legislature.

Rapid City Police Shoot Man Following Domestic Violence Call

Sep 30, 2015
Charles Michael Ray

Rapid City police shot and killed a man they say was attacking a female victim in a domestic violence dispute.

Patrick Stephen Lundstrom, a 46 year old Native American man, was killed by police after they were called to a residence in the Star Village neighborhood.

Rapid City Police Chief Karl Jegeris says when officers arrived  they found a trail of blood to the residence. Jegeris says officers could hear a violent dispute occurring inside.  

Local Leaders Join Up To Improve Race Relations

Jul 21, 2015
Charles Michael Ray

A new effort in Rapid City that includes a broad range of community leaders is working to improve race relations.  

The city has seen racial tension increase in recent months following a police shooting of a Lakota man and an incident where a group of non-natives are accused of shouting racial slurs and throwing beer on Lakota children at a hockey game.

Nurse Fired After Racist Comments

May 11, 2015

A Rapid City Regional Hospital nurse was fired after she made racist comments in a video that was posted on social media.

The video sparked a Facebook page titled Fire Ryane Oliva, it calls for a protest in front of the hospital starting at noon Tuesday.  

In a press release hospital officials say they have zero tolerance for racism.  

Officials add that they’re joining with protest organizers to rally against racism and bigotry in front of the hospital.

LNI Considers Move Out Of Rapid City

Mar 11, 2015

The director of the Lakota Nation Invitational says the board is considering moving the event out of Rapid City to Sioux Falls or even Bismarck.

The “L.N.I.” as it’s often called started as a basketball tournament in Rapid City in the 1970’s.  Today it’s grown into a major event with an economic impact measured in the millions.   

But as SDPB’s Charles Michael Ray reports tense race relations in Rapid City after an incident at the local Civic Center prompted calls for a move.

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Rapid Race Relations Meeting Tackles Tough Issues

Feb 26, 2015

About 80 people attended a meeting in Rapid City on Wednesday intent on healing racial divisions following an alleged attack on Native children attending a minor league hockey game in January and a police shooting that left a Lakota man dead in December.   

The meeting began in a large circle, participants then broke into small groups and worked through a series of questions, at the end they gathered back into a circle to share ideas.

Disorderly Conduct Charge Angers Some Native Parents

Feb 18, 2015

A Philip man is being charged with disorderly conduct after an incident involving Native American children at a hockey game in January.

A complaint was filed against 41 year old Trace O’Connell of Phillip in seventh Circuit Magistrate Court.  The charges include a maximum penalty of 30-days in jail and a $500 fine.
Parents and students left the January 24, 2015, hockey game early after some students were allegedly doused with beer.
SDPB’s Charles Michael Ray reports that some of the parents in the case are angry over the outcome of the investigation.

Standing Room Only At Rapid Race Relations Forum

Feb 10, 2015

A forum on race relations in Rapid City took place on Monday night in the wake of an alleged hate crime against Lakota middle school kids.  The meeting filled a local church.  

The Rapid City Mayor and Police Chief were on hand to hear community concerns.  

Native Community Organizes Following Tragedy

Jan 7, 2015

Several members of Rapid City's Native American community are coming together to form a new organization aimed at improving race relations.

The move follows a police shooting last month involving Allen Locke, a Native American man in Lakota homes.  The shooting occurred about 24-hours after Locke attended a rally against police brutality.