Charles Dean Brewer, Sr.  “Woglaka Wakinyan Hothun”

PINE RIDGE – Charles Dean Brewer, Sr.  “Woglaka Wakinyan Hothun” (Speaks With Thunder In His Voice), 78, made his journey to the Spirit World on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 in Pine Ridge. Charles Dean Brewer, Sr. was born on January 31, 1943 in Pine Ridge to David and Barbara (O’Rourke) Brewer. Dean Brewer is survived by his spouse, Phyllis Joyce […]

Diana Lynn Thompson

RAPID CITY – Diana Lynn Thompson, 54, made her journey to the Spirit World on Sunday, February 21, 2021 at the Palisade Healthcare Center in Garretson. Diana Lynn Thompson was born on June 19, 1966 at the Ellsworth Air Force Base in Meade County to Sylvester Thompson and Theresa Mesteth. Diana is survived by her fiancé, Timothy “Tiger” Branch; daughters, […]

Nancy Laura Little Hawk “Anpo Wicahpi Ito’heya Hoye Winyan”

PINE RIDGE – Nancy Laura Little Hawk “Anpo Wicahpi Ito’heya Hoye Winyan”, 65, journeyed to the Spirit World on Monday, February 22, 2021 at her home in Pine Ridge. Nancy Laura Little Hawk was born on January 15, 1956 in Pine Ridge, SD to Richard Little Hawk, Sr. and Irene Under Baggage. Pallbearers were Frederick Bagola, Jr., Corwin Bagola, Tony […]

Latoya Mauri Hollow Horn

WOUNDED KNEE – Latoya Mauri Hollow Horn, 31, journeyed to the Spirit World on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at the Monument Health Hospital in Rapid City. Latoya Mauri Hollow Horn was born on August 25, 1989 in Pine Ridge to Sandra Pawnee Leggins and Reginal Hollow Horn. Latoya was a genuinely nice, friendly person. She had a good life and […]

Wesley D. Chase Alone

MANDERSON – Wesley D. Chase Alone, 28, journeyed to the Spirit World on Monday, February 22, 2021at the Monument Health Hospital in Rapid City. Wesley D. Chase Alone was born on April 12, 1992 in Rapid City to Homer Chase Alone and Aldean Steele. Wesley is survived by his mother, Aldean (Steele) Scott; daughters, Hazel and Ciara Chase Alone; son, […]

 Medals of Honor rescinded

PIERRE—Sen. Troy Heinert’s bill to rescind Medals of Honor given to U.S. soldiers for involvement in the Dec. 29 Wounded Knee Massacre of 1890 received unanimous, 35-0, approval from fellow state legislators 130 years later in a Feb. 22 state Senate vote. “The pain from that day is still relevant for many families,” Heinert told the Native Sun News Today. […]

Republicans grill Deb Haaland

WASHINGTON – Deb Haaland, the first Native American nominated to be a Cabinet secretary, remained characteristically cool under grilling from Republican petroleum industry defenders during Feb. 22-23 Senate confirmation hearings for the post at the Interior Department. U.S. President-elect Joe Biden nominated Haaland as Interior secretary to put her in charge of agencies that have primary jurisdiction over public land, […]

Senate sinks bill to protect Two-Spirits from hate crimes

PIERRE—When Senate Bill 166 unanimously passed in the South Dakota Senate Judiciary Committee on Feb. 18, it was the first time a committee in any state government in the United States ever approved protections for Native American Two-Spirit individuals. But the bill’s days were numbered. “This bill would add protections for those who identify as LGBTQ and Native American Two-Spirit […]

Trump environmental move impacts Nation’s wildlife

Wildlife still paying deadly price for Trump environmental policy

RAPID CITY— Lakota lore holds that Tokahe, the first man, followed a wolf up out of Wind Cave to the surface of the earth. This indicates how deeply the wolf is immersed in Lakota culture and beliefs. The wolf was a common presence in traditional Lakota life, as was his canine relative the dog, and science considers the dog to […]

Bill introduced to block Devil’s Tower name change

WYOMING – Sen. Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyoming) has brought back legislation that would protect the name of Devils Tower National Monument from being changed. The bill, which is co-sponsored by Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyoming), would ensure the name Devils Tower for the monument and the populated area around it in all official capacities. While such a bill is being considered by […]