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Dakota Midday: Voices of Rapid City Anti-Racism Rally

Jan 25, 2016
Charles Michael Ray SDPB

The Stand Strong Against Racism Rally in front of the Rapid City Civic Center drew a crowd of roughly 350 people Tuesday night. The rally was in response to an incident at a January hockey game in which students from the American Horse School on the Pine Ridge Reservation were reportedly showered with beer and racial slurs.

The Humble Beginnings Of A Mega Bike Rally

Aug 3, 2015
Charles Michael Ray

The Sturgis Rally is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, and if you’re listening to SDPB anywhere in the Black Hills or near a major highway anywhere in the state, it’s likely there is a rumbling motorcycle within earshot.

That’s because there are so many motorcycles in the state right now.  The rally could draw up to one million bikers this year.   The traffic numbers are already higher than average.  But 75 years ago the Sturgis Rally had a more humble beginning.

RESPECT Celebrates The Art Of Motorcycle Culture

Jul 13, 2015
Dahl Arts Center

When you think of bikers roaring into the Black Hills for the 75th Sturgis Rally an art gallery might be the last place you’d think they’d visit. But, the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City wants to change that notion. The Dahl has a special exhibit celebrating biker culture and the 75th Rally anniversary. 

The stereotypical biker is not someone you’d expect to find in an art gallery.

75th Rally To See First Same Sex Wedding In 2015

Jul 6, 2015

The Sturgis Rally draws hundreds of thousands of people to the state each year the rally is also a popular place to for bikers to get married.   On big years the event can also see about 100 weddings performed during rally week both by municipal officials and by local businesses that perform and cater weddings.
 
This year-the rally will likely see its first same-sex wedding and one local business owner couldn’t be happier. 

The Sturgis Rally is a popular place to get hitched and that's true for this upcoming 75th rally anniversary where wedding reservations are up.

75th Sturgis Rally Could Approach One Million Bikers

Jun 23, 2015

Officials in the Black Hills say they expect 750,000 to one-million people at this year’s 75th annual Sturgis Rally.   Part of that total number depends on how you count.   Officials say they are seeing an increase in bikers before and after the rally that can increase the overall count.   The inflow of visitors means local residents have to deal with something they’re not always used to, traffic.

Tourism Experts Project High Numbers For Summer

May 26, 2015

Memorial Day marks the start of the tourism season in South Dakota.

Bill To Increase Penalty For Buying Sex Dies On House Floor

Mar 12, 2015

The State House of Representatives killed a measure that intended to crack down on sex traffickers and those who hire victims for sex.   
 
Lawmakers in the House and Senate could not agree on the language in the bill.  The measure aimed to increase the penalty for anyone who hires sex or services from someone who is a victim of sex trafficking.

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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.

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.  

Agreement Reached On Anti Police Brutality Rally

Dec 18, 2014

An anti-police brutality march and rally now has a green light from city officials.