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Biden and Harris Win Presidential Election


A Rolling Global Block Party Not just Americans but people around the world spent days glued to their screen this week awaiting the slow and steady progress of the counting of the votes in the 2020 Presidential Election. With no clear winner emerging on Election Night, tight races in Arizona, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Georgia and Wisconsin took days to unfold until […]

Tribal COVID-19 precautions hurting businesses on South Dakota reservations



The COVID-19 pandemic has devastated small businesses on Native American reservations in South Dakota as tribal councils have mandated business closures, banned gatherings and told tourists to stay away to prevent COVID-19 from spreading in their vulnerable communities. Tribal governments took aggressive action against the spread of COVID-19 early on during the pandemic. Some reservations closed their borders to visitors, […]

Native organizations partner with South Dakota Housing Development Authority to deploy COVID-19 Relief Funds

Three Native American nonprofit organizations – Four Bands Community Fund, Lakota Funds, and Mazaska Owecaso Otipi Financial – have been designated as partners in the SD CARES Housing Assistance Program (SDCHAP) to provide up to $1,500 in rental, mortgage, or utility assistance to families that have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The South Dakota Housing Development Authority (SDHDA) […]

The Great Pumpkin Giveaway

PHOTOS SUBMITTED The City of Eagle Butte hosted the Great Pumpkin Giveaway on Monday, Oct. 19 on Main Street of Eagle Butte. This event was held as a way to show appreciation to the community. Volunteers were supplied with close to 750 pumpkins to giveaway during the event. Recipients and volunteers were asked to follow social distancing protocols.

South Dakota COVID-19 deaths rise dangerously fast


South Dakota has topped the list for increase in new deaths from COVID-19 per capita in the United States. No changes are proposed to statewide efforts to curtain the virus. Hospitalization projections are grim and infection rates remain high. Meanwhile mask-wearing is cast as a matter of personal choice not public health. Highest Increase in Death Rate While North Dakota […]

Isolation hurting health of long-term care residents in South Dakota



As nursing homes and assisted-living facilities have restricted the movements of residents and eliminated most in-person visits by friends and families amid the COVID-19 pandemic, an unexpected elderly health crisis has emerged in South Dakota and across the country. The mental and physical health of many residents of long-term care facilities are declining and in some cases leading to death […]

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2020 Census count complete despite challenges


2020 Census activities came to a halt across the nation on October 15. The Supreme Court allowed the Trump Administration to end census activities two weeks earlier than planned by the Census Bureau. The early end had been fought by tribes and immigrant advocates around the country since August. An early end to in-person enumeration has a disproportionate impact on […]

Legalization of marijuana on the ballot


There are two marijuana initiatives on the ballot in South Dakota this election season. Both would legalize medical and recreational marijuana within certain limits in the state. If passed, South Dakota would join 33 other states with medical marijuana laws on the books and 11, plus Washington DC, who have legalized recreational marijuana use since Colorado and Washington led the […]

Realtors seeing rush of relocations to South Dakota amid pandemic



Realtors in South Dakota have seen a steady influx of people seeking more affordable housing and more personal freedoms by moving to South Dakota amid the pandemic, even as the state has seen a sharp rise in the number of active COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths. Many new home buyers have been lured to the state, real estate agents say, […]


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