Trump Interior nominee has a history of contempt for the agency she’s about to lead

WASHINGTON — Former Texas Comptroller Susan Combs once likened proposed Endangered Species Act listings to “incoming Scud missiles” headed for her state’s oil and gas-rich economy. Combs, also a former state representative and Texas’s first female agriculture commissioner, regularly sparred with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over species listings, petitioning in 2015 to have protections removed for an endangered […]

Pierre Post 8 captures state Legion title

Low morale in ranks of Post 22 contributed to loss

RAPID CITY—Pierre could not be rattled this post season, mostly they won big, but when they had to, they won a squeaker over Mitchell for state bragging rights. They defeated Mitchell Post 18 to win their region, and then came to the state tournament at Rapid City’s Floyd Fitzgerald Field and defeated the host Post 22 team, 10-3, before beating […]

Teaching kids the meaning of effort

Especially if no parent bothered to teach you

Effort wasn’t something my parents knew much about. Doesn’t matter why. They thought they did, but because they thought they did, they didn’t realize they never taught us what effort required, why it was important, and what would happen if you were incapable of maintaining any when it mattered most. I kick soccer balls with the kids. We don’t play […]

White runner and two Indians become lifelong friends

Kambestad, Young Dog and Bird in Ground dominated their era

RAPID CITY— Fifty years ago there was no social media, and most athletes, especially those hailing from the far edges of any state, never got a chance to meet with each other except at athletic competitions. It was easy for them to lose contact after high school, and common for them to reestablish contact, decades later, once the internet came […]

In Gold Butte in Nevada, ancient rock art and rugged beauty

The national monument, which the Trump administration is reassessing, is full of life — Joshua trees, prairie falcons — and stunning petroglyphs. It was 105 degrees, and I was in the Mojave Desert looking for ancient images of goat-like creatures. I scanned the rock formations with my binoculars and then scrambled over some boulders and descended into a wash that […]

Michael Wayne White Face

GILLETTE, WYO. –– Michael Wayne White Face, 28, made his journey to the Spirit World on Sunday, July 23, 2017 at his residence in Gillette, Wyo. Michael Wayne White Face was born on November 16, 1988 in Pine Ridge to David, Sr. and Patricia (Red Eagle) White Face. Michael is survived by his parents, David, Sr. and Patricia Red Eagle-White […]

Juanita Grace Two Dogs

DENVER, COLO. –– Juanita Grace Two Dogs, 49, made her journey to the Spirit World on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at the University of Colorado Hospital in Denver, Colo. Juanita Grace Two Dogs was born on July 8, 1968 in Pine Ridge to Levi Two Dogs, Sr. and Dorothy (Ten Fingers) Waters. Juanita is survived by her children, Christine L. […]

Clement Ambrose White Dog Sr.

EAGLE BUTTE – Clement Ambrose White Dog Sr., “Oyate Wichakchi Nanji” (Stands-His-Nation), 68, made his journey to the Spirit World on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at his home surrounded by his loved ones. Clement was born at Old Agency on January 14, 1949 to Dorothy (Joens) Garreau and Ambrose White Dog. He was the eldest of 10 children and spent […]

Injuries sprout early in the NFL training camps

NFL: The End Zone

With the Hall of Fame Game between the Arizona Cardinals versus the Dallas Cowboys scheduled for August 3rd, fans are glad to see football again. Not only an actual Preseason game, but Inductees to this year’s class to include Kurt Warner, LaDainian Tomlinson and Terrell Davis. In Los Angeles, the Chargers were greeted by legendary Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe […]

A new garden commemorating Reconciliation statue by Marilyn Wounded Head

MITCHELL –– A little more than a year after the completion of Audrey’s Garden, a “living exhibit” at Mitchell’s Prehistoric Indian Village, a new garden has been added. The focal point of this new garden is the sculpture by Mary Wounded Head, “Reconcile With Them”. The sculpture was originally created to honor well-known Native American artist Oscar Howe and to […]