8 things that matter most in Lakota life

You won’t find Keystone XL or Redskins on this list.About time I compiled a personal list of things that matter, and of course, most of the things that do matter will be Lakota related. I’ll present it in reverse order.This is not a list ascending from what matters most to what matters least; everything on this list matters a great […]

Project brings economic hope to Pine Ridge

SHARPES CORNER –– “Poverty ends today on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation” was the proclamation made by Thunder Valley’s program Director Nick Tilson. As hundreds gathered to celebrate a new beginning of prosperity, Gyassi Ross led the charge as the Master of Ceremonies.“In these lands that have been forgotten and pushed aside the Non-Native world can learn a very important […]

Opposition grows to delisting of grizzly bears

WASHINGTON –– Tribal opposition continues to mount against the federal government’s proposed removal of Endangered Species Act (ESA) status from the iconic Yellowstone grizzly, and the subsequent state organized trophy hunts that will result from delisting the bear.Resistance that began with the Northern Cheyenne in Montana has now swollen to include all of the tribes in that state, plus every […]

Grouchy Gourmet

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Saying goodbye to Albert White Hat

MISSION —The Sicangu Lakota lost too many leaders last week, but those who knew Albert White Hat, 75, know the legacy he left behind.White Hat, who entered the spirit world on Tuesday, June, 11, 2013, had been committed to Lakota language and cultural preservation from a very young age. His passion for retaining the information given to him by his […]

Leader of the Kul Wicasa Oyate walks on

LOWER BRULE –– Michael Jandreau, who humbly attributed his enduring success as leader of the Kul Wicasa Oyate for more than 35 years to the people themselves, has made his journey to the spirit world.“The credit goes to people who have been generous enough to allow me to serve here,” Jandreau told Native Sun News in 2012. “Anything that we’ve […]

Paralympics drives OST amputee

COLORADO SPRINGS –– Samantha (Sam) Tucker, an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, is a U.S. Air Force Veteran with 11 years of civil service with the U.S. Army.While serving as the public affairs officer for the 533rd Engineer Detachment Forward Engineer Support Team out of Fort Knox, Ky., Tucker was enjoying an afternoon on her motorcycle going to […]

Remembering rodeo legend Jackson Sundown

His story, mythical; his image, immortalized in bronze and stone; his flamboyant attire, replicated by Pendleton; his dashing good looks, preserved on footage in a documentary; his epic adventures, chronicled in books.He was inducted into the American Indian Athletic Hall of Fame, National Cowboys of Color Museum and Hall of Fame and the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum and […]

Sherman Alexie to release ‘Thunder Boy Jr.’ book

Author Sherman Alexie will release his first picture book for young readers in May 2016.“Thunder Boy Jr.” tells the story of a young boy with the same name as his father. It is illustrated by Yuyi Morales.Alexie’s novel for young adults, “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” won the National Book Award in 2007.

Lakota players score at Cannes Film Festival

RAPID CITY –– Young actors from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation are coming home from the Cannes Film Festival presentation of their independent movie “Songs My Brothers Taught Me,” ready to share a piece of the proverbial lights, camera and action with their peers.“We are so excited to announce that we have teamed up with South Dakota Film Festival and Pharrell Williams’ […]