The way things are going in South Dakota it looks like everything, businesses and restaurants, etc., will all be back doing business as usual by the 4th of July. The Lakota Nation Invitational Basketball Tournament is now on again as is the Black Hills Powwow.
This is great news to all of the Lakota people who missed out on them because of the pandemic last year. And once again the Native American Day Parade will be held in Rapid City on Native American Day. Bruce Long Fox, the director of the parade, thought it would be touch and go, but sponsors are lining up and the City is now open for business.
Not to be outdone, Native Sun News Today Publisher Tim Giago has decided to sponsor a National Native American Media Convention on Native American Day in October. He is still putting the plans together and will provide much more information in the next couple of weeks. The conference will feature classes for young Native journalists, workshops for editors and publishers, and an array of great Native media professionals as speakers.
Giago was disappointed that the Native American Journalists Association decided to cancel its convention this year, but he felt this is such an important and critical years for news makers that there had to be a national meeting to address some of the media problems still confronting Indian Country.
Plus it will be a great time for Native Journalists from all across America to visit South Dakota. They can join in the Native American Day Parade, dance at the Black Hills Powwow and visit all of the sights in the Black Hills that draw so many tourists each year. It will give these Native journalists a reason to go back to their home states and ask their governors why South Dakota is the only state in the Union to have and official holiday to celebrate the lives of its Native American citizens.
South Dakota has been celebrating Native American Day since 1990 because a Native newspaper, Indian Country Today, then edited and published by Giago, challenged Gov. George Mickelson (R-SD) to create a Year of Reconciliation to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the massacre at Wounded Knee, and then cancel Columbus Day and replace it with Native American Day. The Native media made this happen and that gives us further reason to celebrate.
We are planning a great convention for all Native journalists and we will put together a schedule and list of speakers, etc. over the next couple of weeks and in the meantime, you heard it here first.
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