Race Relations


In the Moment ... April 5, 2018 Show  308 Hour 1

Robin Duncan is CEO and founder of the R.D. Duncan Institute for Professional Development. He facilitates group conversations and he's presenting at the AME Allen Chapel in Yankton this Saturday, April 7th at 2 p.m. CST. His talk is called "Under Our Skin: A Discussion About Race."

MOA Update

Mar 15, 2018
Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... March 15, 2018 Show 297 Hour 1

We're joined by a few of the Mniluzahan Okolakiciyapi Ambassadors:

Jim White ( Business owner and Chair of the RC Chamber)

Sarah Pierce (Director of Indian Education for the RCAS)

Vaughn Vargas ( RCPD - Cultural Advisory Coordinator)

Karen Mortimer, Executive Director, Mniluzahan Okolakiciyapi Ambassadors

In The Moment ... January 19, 2018 Show 259 Hour 1

SDPB's Chynna Lockett recently traveled with a group of Rapid City area community leaders to the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles. She joins In the Moment with more insight into the experience.

In The Moment ... January 12, 2018 Show 255 Hour 1

SDPB's Chynna Lockett brings more news from Los Angeles, as Rapid City area community leaders participate in customized learning they hope will benefit South Dakotans.

In The Moment ... January 11, 2018 Show 254 Hour 2

SDPB's Chynna Lockett joins us with an update on the customized training at the Museum of Tolerance. Rapid City area leaders are in Los Angeles seeking insight that might transform race relations in Rapid City.

In The Moment ... January 4, 2018 Show 249 Hour 1

A group of community leaders from the Rapid City area journey to the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles next week for customized training. The hope  . . . what they learn can transform race relations in South Dakota.

We talk with Karen Mortimer from Mniluzahan Okolakiciyapi Ambassadors and SDPB's Chynna Lockett about the journey.

In The Moment ... February 1 2017 Show 021 Hour 1

Guests: Karen Mortimer, Marnie Hermann & Whitney Rencourntre, race relations with Rapid City circle of friends

Rapid City Chamber of Commerce & Community Conversations

The Rapid City Chamber of Commerce met Thursday morning to reveal a new initiative to promote racial equality in the workplace. It’s a pledge, called “In the Spirit of Mitákuye Oyás’in or We Are All Related” and comes after a yearlong process of identifying social issues in the city.

The pledge to end discrimination in Rapid City businesses came after the Chamber was approached by Community Conversations, an organization formed to address racial inequality.

The city of Sioux Falls has joined the "compassion movement" by signing the international Charter of Compassion. Assistant City Attorney Colleen Moran discusses the incentives behind the initiative and the difference between tolerance and acceptance.

Launched in February, 2015, Rapid City Community Conversations is a volunteer organization devoted to encouraging cross-cultural dialog to address racial tensions and create communities of equality and peace.

Community organizer Chas Jewett joins Midday to discuss the challenges of "institutional racism" and how conversation might be more powerful than protesting in enacting lasting change.

The Dakota Political Junkies serve up some perspective on the top political headlines for 2015. Scandals in state government. Race relations Rapid City. Madison's cyber-security boom. The Junkies unpack the year and look forward to 2016 with signature intelligence, insight, and wit.

Featuring Seth Tupper ("Rapid City Journal"), Jon Hunter ("Madison Daily Leader"), and Jonathan Ellis ("Sioux Falls Argus Leader").

Building Bridges Across The Racial Divide In Rapid City

Dec 21, 2015
Chynna Lockett

Rapid City has a history of tense race relations.   

Last year racial tension erupted after an incident in which Lakota students say they were doused with beer at a hockey game.   Those accused were found not guilty of any crimes.

But following the incident, a number of efforts began to build bridges and forge new cross cultural relationships in Rapid City.  One of those efforts is called Community Conversations.

Police Plan To Release Study In Open Forum On Race Relations

Nov 2, 2015
Rapid City Police Department

The Rapid City Police Department is planning a community meeting aimed at improving race relations.  

Police officials intend to reveal the findings on a recent study completed by University of South Dakota researchers and commissioned by the Police Department.   

Police Chief Karl Jegeris says he is working hard to find a positive way forward.

NOTE:  A statement from an attorney representing some of the parents and children who were involved in the January incident is included in its entirety below this story.     

A judge has acquitted Trace O’Connell of Philip on a disorderly conduct charge from what has been called an act of racism against Native American children attending a hockey game.