Sen. Rounds: We Must Pay Attention To IHS Issues

Jun 9, 2016

U.S. Senator Mike Rounds says officials in his office are working on an in depth analysis of the Indian Health Service. He’s a co-sponsor of legislation addressing IHS issues in the Great Plains area, including employer recruitment and retention and accountability. Rounds says it’s critical that Tribes are included in the decision making process.  

This year’s State-Tribal Relations Day at the South Dakota State Capitol focused on honoring veterans. The event is intended to expand cooperation between the state and tribes, but it’s not the first time that Native American issues have been at the forefront this legislative session. There is discussion about how Medicaid expansion could benefit the Indian Health Service, and earlier this session a tribal chairman delivered the first State of the Tribes Address. Leaders say state-tribal relations are moving in the right direction.

Legislative Podcast: State Of Tribes Address In Pierre

Jan 14, 2016

The Legislative Podcast for January 14th, 2016 includes highlights of the first ever State of Tribes Address in Pierre and a look at one bill that sailed out of the State Senate Commerce Committee.

Tribal Health Board CEO: Repeal Of ACA Hurts Tribes

Dec 2, 2015
Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Health Board

U.S. Senator John Thune says he’s in favor of an effort to repeal part of the Affordable Care Act now making its way through congress. The move fulfills a promise made by many in the GOP to see the act removed.   But, President Obama is expected to veto any repeal effort.    

Some in South Dakota worry repealing the act would hurt Native Americans and those in the state who lack adequate health care coverage.

Thune says the Affordable Care Act has failed.   He supports repealing a number of provisions within the act.

Under VAWA Tribes Are Arresting Non-Natives For First Time

Mar 31, 2015

Non-natives who commit acts of violence against Native women on tribal lands can now face arrest and prosecution in some tribal courts.    

Prior to the new Violence Against Women Act tribes didn’t have the authority to go after non-natives inside reservation boundaries.    

Not all tribes have yet implemented their new powers but many tribal officials see this as a game changer for the safety and justice of Native women.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

After more than five years as South Dakota’s United States Attorney, Brendan Johnson is stepping down. Wednesday Johnson held a news conference to announce that March 11th is his final day in the office.

Brendan Johnson says he set goals when he became South Dakota’s U-S Attorney five and a half years ago. He says he’s proud of accomplishments made under his leadership. Johnson says tribal communities are safer, violence against women and children has decreased, and South Dakotans are cracking down on sex trafficking.

Keystone Opponents Rally Lower Brule

Mar 27, 2014
Charles Michael Ray

A gathering of those opposed to the Keystone pipeline is taking place in Lower Brule this coming Sunday.   Opponents claim the proposed pipeline harms the environment and violates treaty rights.    But company officials backing the project say they want to work with tribes and find solutions to any concerns.


Independent Lens: Young Lakota

Nov 21, 2013

On Monday at 9:00 p.m. Central on SDPB-TV, INDEPENDENT LENS presents “Young Lakota,” which follows three young people living on the Pine Ridge Reservation trying to forge a better future.  When the tribe's first female president, Cecelia Fire Thunder, defies a South Dakota law banning abortion by threatening to build a women's clinic on the reservation, the three young tribe members are drawn into a political firestorm that changes their lives.  Sunny Clifford, who is featured in the film, is now a reproductive rights activist.  She was the winner of the Ms.

Remembering Chief Oliver Red Cloud

Jul 10, 2013

Oliver Red Cloud, chief of the Oglala Band, died last Thursday in a Denver hospital at the age of 93. Oliver Red Cloud was a champion of Lakota culture, a defender of American Indian treaty rights and a descendant of one of the most important leaders in Native American history. A former foreman for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, he had served as chief of the Sioux Nation since 1979. He was a fourth-generation descendant of Chief Red Cloud, who led several battles against the U.S. Army and also signed the 1868 Fort Laramie peace agreement with the U.S.

Tribes Plan For Future At Water Summit

May 28, 2013
Courtesy Mni Indigenous Water Summit Planning Team

Natives and non-Natives from across the continent journeyed to the 3-day water summit held on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation. Their time was spent discussing current concerns about protecting water sources as well as making plans for the future.

Mni Indigenous Water Summit spokesperson Candace Ducheneaux says tribal members from diverse backgrounds came to tell their stories about water issues.