Giago wanted Indian Country to have a voice

RAPID CITY— Born on the Pine Ridge Reservation in 1934, Tim Giago spent most of his childhood at Holy Rosary Mission, and long before he became the foremost Native American journalist of his time, it shaped the heart and soul of the man he was to become. From the priests and nuns, he formed an operational understanding of the world […]

Sitting Bull from a white perspective

DEADWOOD—On a trip to Deadwood, the local History on the Lawn event, Bill Markey, a speaker from the South Dakota Humanities Council, spoke about a book he had written about Sitting Bull, Leaders of the Legendary West. Markley talked about Sitting Bull’s tribe, the location on where they originally had settled, and how things were before the white man had […]

Tribes awarded $120 million to Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program

PINE RIDGE—Eventually, all of America will transition to a broadband reality, but to this point, remote reservation locations have left millions of Native Americans without reliable service. On Tuesday, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration announced that seven grants have been awarded to tribes totaling $120 million. Two South Dakota tribes received grants, the Oglala Sioux Tribe (OST), $20 million, […]

JOM back to school supply giveaway

RAPID CITY—For the past 15 years, the Johnson O’Malley (JOM) Program has been providing school supplies to the American Indian community during the month of August. This year, the JOM Program was distributing school supplies by grade to qualifying families on August 20-21 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Mother Butler Center. Rapid City JOM Board President Ida Fast Wolf […]

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Council Primary Election Results 2021-2022

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Primary Elections were held on Tuesday, August 9, 2022. Live stream of the 2022 Primary Election Official Canvas was provided by KIPI Radio 935 on Monday, August 15, 2022, from the Cheyenne River Motel Conference Room. Official Results were published online as they became available. UPDATE: The Final Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Primary Election results are […]

I Am Legacy: 9th Annual Backpack Event

RAPID CITY—American Indian parents and children gathered at College Park on Saturday, August 20, for the 9th Annual Backpack Event provided by I Am Legacy. The non-profit group of more than a dozen volunteers provided food, a large bounce castle, and distributed 500 backpacks filled with school supplies to those in need. “I’m just so grateful that I was able […]

Advocates and activists need to hold tribes accountable for corruption

During the 1960’s an entire generation of Native American legal minds came of age, and people like Dick Trudell, Terry Pechota, Alan Parker, Rod Lewis and Mario Gonzalez, left a profound and lasting imprint on the policies and history of the decades to come. Their contributions produced deep, meaningful systemic changes that benefited all tribes, whether it was the Native […]

“My Ina would be feed’

Akicita Ho waste Hau, Mitakuiapi! It’s been awhile since I’ve had any reason to pick up a pen. Nobody knows how to write anymore. Once you are forgotten, abandoned and alone, nobody cares. I haven’t received a letter in over five years. I thought my subscription to Native Sun News Today finally ran out but I somehow lucked out got […]

Native American Rights

To the Editor, For many years two Nebraska politicians did not want gaming in Nebraska. When citizens of Nebraska got to vote on gaming, they overwhelmingly voted for it. Some years back the Omaha tribe tried to tax on liquor in Pender, Nebraska. It ended up in Nebraska State Supreme Court. They voted in favor of the Omaha Tribe. They […]

A guy named Spotted Horse

What follows is a hypothetical life, based upon the actual lives of dozens of people, and their descendants, who take little pride in that history, they do not identify with their ancestor. Immigrants to the South Dakota prairie came from many places. Some from across the Atlantic, first to Ellis Island, barely able to speak any English, and then west […]