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In The Moment ... April 13, 2017 Show 071 Hour 2

We continue with Hour Two of “The Shift.” SDPB’s Lee Strubinger looks at legislative solutions to changing demographics in South Dakota, focusing on Build South Dakota program as it celebrates its first graduates.

NATIVE Act Boosts Tribal Tourism, Art

Sep 14, 2016
Chynna Lockett

This week Congress passed an act to spur tribal tourism and increase support for tribal art.    The act boosts federal funding and resources for native artists and tribal entrepreneurs.

The bill aims to increase the number of native owned art and tourism based businesses. 

White Plume Hopes To Plant Hemp In 2017

Mar 30, 2016

Oglala Lakota hemp farmer Alex White Plume says he wants to harvest the wild hemp seeds growing on his land and plant a new crop next year.
 
In the late 1990’s the Oglala Sioux Tribe legalized industrial hemp, but when White Plume tried to grow it, federal agents seized his crop.

White Plume has been under a federal injunction prohibiting him from growing the crop, but that injunction was recently lifted.

SD Secretary of State

Efforts to improve tribal state relations and new economic development in Indian Country are continuing in South Dakota.  
 
The Secretary of State Shantel Krebs is reaching out to tribes and forming new memorandum of agreements that help tribal governments maintain commercial codes that are a foundation for economic development.
 
Tribal business leaders say they welcome the efforts but add that much more work is needed to boost tribal sovereignty, smooth state relations, and pave the way for improved economic development.

Thunder Valley CDC Aims To Forge New Tribal Community

Jun 22, 2015
Chynna Lockett

An effort to build a new sustainable and energy self-sufficient community on Pine Ridge is underway.
 
The Thunder Valley CDC held a groundbreaking near Sharps Corner on Pine Ridge for the new housing development and community.   Hundreds of people including a number of federal and tribal dignitaries attended. The event comes with an announcement of major funding made available through the federal government for the project.

What's Next After Tribal Nations Conference?

Dec 8, 2014

Last week, President Obama announced an initiative aimed at improving conditions and opportunities for American Indian youth.  Josie Raphaelito, Program Manager at the Center for Native American Youth attended the event.  Marilyn Fox, a Native Youth Ambassador and high school student on the Standing Rock Reservation, had the opportunity to speak at the conference.  They joined Dakota Midday guest host Joe Tlustos to visit about the initiative's next steps.

Shannon Co. Auditor: 2014 May Not Top 2004 Record Turnout

Oct 28, 2014

The early voting turnout on the Pine Ridge Reservation appears to be ramping up.  But for now it may not be on track to top the record year of 2004.

Sue Ganje is the Shannon County Auditor.  

She says that 2004 contest between then incumbent Senator Tom Daschle and challenger John Thune included more than 1,600 absentee ballots cast.    Her office recorded over 4,500 total votes that election on Pine Ridge.

So far this year, Ganje says the early voting place at the Sue Ann Big Crow Center in the town of Pine Ridge has seen just over 530 early votes cast.  

Shredding The Rez: Tribal Skate Parks Take Off

Sep 17, 2014

On just about any afternoon, in places like Pine Ridge, Kyle, and Eagle Butte you can find young people careening up and down ramps and flying through the air.

Tribal skateboard parks are popping up in communities across South Dakota's Indian Country.  The parks are being funded in part by pro skaters, big time rock musicians, and local leaders who have joined forces to build more activities for youth.

Biennial Indian Law Symposium At USD This Week

Apr 2, 2014

The USD School of Law is hosting its long-standing Biennial Indian Law Symposium through Friday in its Courtroom facilities. Along with USD Law's Native American Law Student Association (NALSA), the School of Law will present "Public Safety in Indian Country: Tribal, Federal & State Responses." Students, practitioners, judges, scholars and the general public are invited to join this year's events that will focus on public safety, the protection of women and the recent Tribal Law & Order Act. This year's symposium begins at 7 p.m.