2017-04-12 / Top News

Bird Cage Book Store and Mercantile open in Racing Magpie

An interior view of the Bird Cage Book Store and Mercantile. An interior view of the Bird Cage Book Store and Mercantile. RAPID CITY –– Bird Cage Book Store recently opened its doors in the old Abby Feed and Seed Building located at 406 5th Street.

The book store will feature, Native American book titles of the Northern Plains. Featuring children’s books, women’s literature, print on demand books and Native American classics such as Custer Died for Your Sins, Lost Bird of Wounded Knee, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, Waterlily and more.

Bird Cage has also dedicated sections in the store to books written by local Native American authors: Tim Giago, Joseph Marshall III, Virginia Driving Hawk-Sneve, Don Montileaux, Donovan Sprague and Elizabeth Cook-Lynn, just to name a few. “We are dedicated to preserving our stories by carrying literature of our Indigenous writers and making sure our people and others have access to these stories and books,” said Lily Mendoza, the store’s owner”

Space in the Racing Magpie also allows for community events around literature. For the Grand Opening March 20th. Joseph Marshall, Don Montileaux, Gerald Yellowhawk and Tim Giago celebrated the opening by signing books and visiting with students and community members. Children enjoyed the day making book marks and books.

Bird Cage Book Store and Mercantile also carries Fair Trade products, such as canned goods from the Cheyenne River Youth Project, Book Bags made by a local Lakota woman and Julie Boucher Fry Bread Mix. “We will continue to add products, to support our local and regional artisans,” Mendoza said.

Because women play such a big role in our family structure and community. Bird Cage Book Store is working hard to build a comprehensive collection on women’s literature. The collection will not only include books written by or on native women, but of women of the plains.

The Racing Magpie space will allow Bird Cage Book Store to organize community book clubs and discussions, children’s activities, such as story times. A place to gather community around literacy.

Coming in April

April 22 1p.m.-3 p.m.
Book Signing: “
Crazy Horse: Lakota Warriors
Storytime and Children’s Earth
Day Activity
April 29 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
Book Signing
Kent Nerburn,”Neither Wolf
nor Dog” and other book titles
Paper Making by Cary Thrall
(registration fee $75)

Storytime and activities

May Book Discussion
“Black Elk Speaks’ promoting
Race Relations and Civility
in our community and state.
Call for more details.

June 24, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
First Annual Black Hills Indigenous
Writers Festival: Remembering the
“Battles of Greasy Grass”
Call for writers open until April 15
Contact Lily at 605-431-8231
Books are also available to purchase
on-line at

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