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News: May 16 - 22

May 22, 2020
SDPB

The nation's unemployment rate is around 15%, “2020 Homeless Count” numbers are in, Rapid City sees an uptick in COVID-19 cases, tribes maintain sovereignty regarding their checkpoints, and CFAP provides up to $16 billion in direct payments to deliver relief to America's farmers and ranchers.  

Rosebud Sioux Tribe's Preparedness Plan

Apr 29, 2020
Rosebud Sioux Tribe

In The Moment ... April 28, 2020 Show 806 Hour 1

Teach For America Forges New Partnerships

Dec 28, 2015
Teach for America

Teach for America has announced new agreements with two tribes and one school that aims to get more teachers into reservation schools.
 
Teach for America recruits top young professionals, often right after college, and puts them in classrooms around the country.
 
South Dakota is facing a teacher shortage and schools on reservations like Standing Rock and Rosebud are areas of critical need.  
 
Jim Curran with Teach for America says the agreement helps recruit more Native teachers to come back home and teach in classrooms close to where they grew up.

Tribal Chairman Who Mandated Drug Testing Reinstated After Oust

Sep 18, 2015
Sisseton-Wahpeton

The Chairman of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate in northeast South Dakota was suspended by the tribal council last week after he imposed a rule calling for drug testing of all tribal employees.

The chairman says he just wants to combat the drug problems in his tribe.  Sisseton-Wahpeton Tribal Chairman Bruce Renville was reinstated by the tribal council after a lengthy meeting on Friday.

Settlement Aims To Fix 25 Years Of Tribal Funding Shortfalls

Sep 17, 2015
Antonia Gonzales / National Native News

The federal government is offering a $940-million dollar settlement in a decades long case over federal contracts with tribes.
 
The class action lawsuit that began in 1990 alleges the feds shortchanged tribes in contracts for items like law enforcement, road maintenance, forest management, housing, and education.
 
The Oglala Sioux Tribe on Pine Ridge brought the initial suit.  Tribal officials allege that for years the feds would promise to cover costs for approved projects, then not come through with full payments.

Pine Ridge "Promise Zone"

Apr 28, 2015

Pine Ridge is now a "Promise Zone."  The designation by the Obama Administration helps fast track resources needed for infrastructure, housing, education, law enforcement, and economic development

Oglala Lakota County on the Pine Ridge Reservation is among the poorest areas of the country. USDA officials say nearly half the 35,000 residents live below the poverty line.

Some critics point out failures in past federal programs but local leaders say this time it’s different.

Human Rights Watch Report Cites Corruption At Lower Brule

Jan 12, 2015
Charles Michael Ray

An international watchdog group says they've uncovered evidence showing widespread corruption in the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe.   
 

SD "Last Battleground" On KXL

Jan 9, 2015

The Nebraska Supreme Court left in place a state law that gives the governor the power to approve Keystone XL pipeline.

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