LNI and Powwow on hold Whether to continue or cancel events depends on Pandemic

Events that normally take place annually in Rapid City and the Black Hills have joined the evolving conversation of whether or not to host patrons this year. The Lakota Nation Invitational organizers are keeping a close eye on the pandemic even though the tournament takes place annually in December. “The board has not taken any action,” said Bryan Brewer, President […]

Gold exploration could devastate Rapid City water supply

RAPID CITY – As tribal governments awaited federal consultation over proposed increases in large-scale gold prospecting on Rapid Creek upstream from here, the grassroots Black Hills Clean Water Alliance filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Forest Service for illegally withholding public information during the permitting process. Rapid Creek, originally called Mniluzahan, is a main source of drinking water, irrigation, recreation, […]

8th Grade graduation from a distance

CHAMBERLAIN – St. Joseph’s Indian School celebrated the 8th grade graduation class of 23 graduates and twenty of the graduates have chosen to continue in St. Joseph’s Indian School’s high school program. An “Almost Graduation” video created by St. Joseph’s Indian School staff to mark the transition of the 8th-grade class will be shared for the families via Facebook on […]

Noem calls on Trump to end road blocks

By Justine Anderson Native Sun News Today Correspondent PIERRE – At a May 21 teleconference, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem said she sent a letter asking U.S. President Donald Trump to help end Cheyenne River Sioux Indian Reservation coronavirus checkpoints, noting that they set “precedent.” Her remark was in response to a journalist’s question relating her stance against checkpoint legality […]

Minority Congressional members press CDC, FEMA to Deliver Funds, Services to Indian Country immediately

ALBUQUERQUE – In a letter to the CDC and FEMA, Co-Chair of the Congressional Native American Caucus Deb Haaland (NM-01) and Chair of the House Natural Resources Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States Ruben Gallego (Ariz.-07) pressed for services and funds be delivered to Indian Country immediately. The letter comes after several Tribes and organizations raised concerns about […]

Western Dakota Tech approved to start S.D.’s first Technical Education Local Education Agency

Ann Bolman RAPID CITY – A decision by the South Dakota Board of Technical Education (BoTE) will be monumental in the future course of Western Dakota Tech (WDT). By unanimous vote, following a special hearing, the board approved the college’s petition to become the first Local Education Agency in S.D. on May 21. Currently, local school boards oversee the management […]

Census Bureau to resume some field operations in South Dakota

SOUTH DAKOTA — The U.S. Census Bureau, in coordination with federal, state and local health officials, will begin a phased restart of some 2020 Census field operations in South Dakota next week. For the health and safety of Census employees and the public, field staff will observe social distancing protocols and will wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). As part of […]

Postponement of RedCan 2020

EAGLE BUTTE — The Cheyenne River Youth Project announced this week that it is officially postponing RedCan 2020, the sixth annual invitational graffiti jam on South Dakota’s Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation. At press time, the nonprofit youth organization is considering new dates in August. The eagerly anticipated RedCan event typically is held in late June. With Covid-19’s confirmed arrival on […]

Justices end SD’s attempts to tax sales at Tribal Casinos

By Asha Glover WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday ended South Dakota’s efforts to tax spending by nontribal members at a Native American casino, turning down the state’s challenge to an Eighth Circuit holding in favor of the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe. South Dakota had sought to overturn the Eighth Circuit holding that the state cannot impose a […]

It is time to start preparing for the upcoming elections

We want all of our readers to realize that there are so many elections this year and all of them are extremely important. At the top of the list is the election for President of the United States. Donald S. Trump has proven to be the worst president that ever served. Every day he does something outrageous in order to […]