School of Mines plans return to normal operations this Fall

RAPID CITY — South Dakota Mines is planning a return to more normal operations this coming fall. Mines plans to offer regular in-person classes, a full athletics schedule, student activities and the traditional homecoming celebration. If any COVID safety measures are needed in the fall, they will be implemented as the situation dictates. “Thanks to the cooperation and diligence of […]

Red Ribbon Skirt Society to open liaison office April 1

RAPID CITY – The Red Ribbon Skirt Society of the Black Hills is set to open a liaison office April 1 for the families seeking justice for missing and murdered Indigenous women. The office, will be at the new downtown location of the Bird Cage Book Store and Mercantile, located on the street level of the historic Buell Building. The […]

Past laws could protect Choctaw Nation

RAPID CITY—California Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, may face unexpected legal challenges to her proposed bill to compel the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma to enroll Black Freedmen. The bill, yet to be voted on by the 117th Congress, would cut tribal funding to the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma unless they honor Article 3 of […]

Charges against Tilsen dropped

RAPID CITY– Last summer, 21 Indigenous people and allies, including Nick Tilsen, the president and CEO of NDN Collective, were met with force from the state police and arrested for protesting Trump’s rally at Mt. Rushmore. Though Trump and his group were violating multiple treaties with their presence, including one through the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, […]

Native Americans appeal for protection of sacred sites

Two different cases present major test of Native American religious freedom

WASHINGTON – In the last week, two groups of Native Americans brought two different cases to a federal appeals court, seeking to protect their religious freedom and stop the government from destroying sacred sites where they have worshipped since time immemorial. The rare convergence of these two cases presents a major test of Native American religious freedom: Will Native Americans […]

Culture change wars started a long time ago

There is a trend bouncing around, especially by the Republicans that lauds “Culture Change.” Wasicus really don’t want to get into a discussion with a Lakota about “Culture Change.” They might learn something. But let’s look at how there is a cultural change on the move even within the Lakota culture. The word “indigenous” is moving to the forefront. The […]

We miss our annual conventions

I hope I am not alone in wondering where in the heck the United States if headed when I see such unrestrained idiocy all around me. The stupidity of the former president of the United States Donald Trump and South Dakota’s current governor Kristi Noem would be laughable if their ignorance was not costing so many lives. The day that […]

Gilbert Whitedirt, Cheyenne Ceremonial Man journeys on

The Northern Cheyenne are a poorer people with the recent passing of Gilbert Whitedirt ‘Medicine Flying’.   He was one of principal ceremonial among the Cheyenne, both Northern Cheyenne and Southern for decades before his death at the age of 83 – a long and good life dedicated to his people and service of the Creator. He had actually survived COVID […]

Is ancestral knowledge fading into oblivion?

“There are times when the mind is dealt such a blow it hides itself in insanity. While this may not seem beneficial, it is. There are times when reality is nothing but pain, and to escape that pain the mind must leave reality behind.” (Patrick Rothfuss, author). I present this quote to help illustrate my point regarding the current state […]

No friend like an old friend

As the antiquity of humanity gets pushed further and further into the dim recesses of history, the archeological evidence indicating the long-standing relationship between humans and dogs deepens as well. There is a special bond between Dog and Man to the far flung corners of the planet, every culture has experienced it and it seems dogs were ordered made by […]