Somewhere over the rainbow

Fiddler shares insight on Native American Economic Development at Clinton Global Initiative Meeting

Tanya Fiddler, Executive Direc­tor of Four Bands Community Fund, shared how rural and Na­tive communities have played a vital role in America’s economic recovery and growth during a panel, titled “New Horizons: Unlocking the Potential of Rural America,” at the 2015 Clinton Global Initiative America (CGI America) meeting.  The panel discussion, moder­ated by President Bill Clinton, ex­plored market growth potential, […]


Eagle Butte to Isabel, South Dakota Wagon Trail Ride

The 2015 Isabel, South Dakota celebration will be very unique and all about cowboys, Indians, wagon trains and cattle drives. The cattle will consist of real pure blood Texas Longhorns provided by some of the forty-two known Texas Longhorn breeders in South Dakota. No correnette (common cows) included. A tro­phy steer judging will take place at the Friday Night ranch […]

Lakota College Receives Grant from Shakopee Tribe

President Thomas Shortbull announced today that Oglala La­kota College has received a grant of $25,000 from the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community to assist with the operation of the Lakota Woglaka Wounspe Lakota immersion school. Shortbull stated, “ This is the second grant we have received from the Shakopee Community. The first one helped offer our pro­gram during the 2013-14 school […]

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe passes smoking ban

The CRST Tribal Council has passed the Smoke-free Air Act – making Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe the first Tribe in South Dakota to ensure indoor pub­lic places, such as restaurants, workplaces, and tribal offices, are smoke-free. The Smoke-free Air Act also requires that ciga­rette smoke be kept 50 feet away from public building entrances and prohibits the use of elec­tronic […]

Mni Hemp presentation June 19th

On Friday, June 19, Alex White Plume from the Oglala Lakota Col­lege will be presenting a mni hemp presentation at the Cheyenne River Motel Conference Room. Presentation hours are 5 to 10 p.m. mountain time.

“Go Fourth” Program Dakota Youth to Get Outdoors

PIERRE, S.D. – In May, 12,000 South Dakota fourth graders received a free pass to South Da­kota State Parks through the new “Go Fourth” program. “So far we’ve had nearly 200 fourth graders use their pass,” said state park director Doug Hofer. “The passes are valid through the end of December, and we hope that every fam­ily with a fourth […]

CRST Smoking Ban

With CRST recently passing the smok­ing ban, I person­ally have to give credit to the tribal council for standing up and mak­ing a very important decision that in one way or another affects all the residents of Cheyenne River. Reaction to the ban has been varied with a lot of people sup­porting the ban but also there are those opposed […]

Studying South Dakota’s Education System with an Open Mindsite.

Voices of our political leaders...

South Dakotans all share three goals for our education sys­tem.  First, we want a quality sys­tem of schools focused on student success. Second, we want a work­force of great teachers. Finally, we want an efficient, equitable funding system that supports those goals.  Earlier this year, I joined with legislative leaders to create the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Teach­ers and Students. This […]

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