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Standing Rock Sioux Tribe: positive covid cases rise to 44


The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe reported 44 positive COVID-19 cases on Thursday, June 25, with 11 recoveries. There have been no deaths reported due to the virus. A total of 2,812 tests have been administered with 2,774 negative results. As of June 25, there are four pending tests. The Tribe’s covid website, srstcovid19.com breaks down the number of cases by […]

Bald Eagle selected as Democratic candidate for State PUC

Remi Bald Eagle was selected as the Democratic candidate for the State Public Utilities Commission by the South Dakota Democratic Party during their state convention on Saturday, June 20. Bald Eagle will challenge incumbent Gary Hanson of Sioux Falls in the November general election. Hanson is in his third term as a commissioner is the current the chairman of the […]

Mass coronavirus testing progresses


Mass testing continued on Cheyenne River and as of Tuesday, June 23, there were six known cases of COVID-19 on the reservation. CRST Chairman Harold Frazier reported one case as recovered with five cases listed as active. Testing in communities began in Laplant on June 16, with additional testing occurring in Iron Lightning, Thunder Butte, Dupree, Red Scaffold, Bridger, Takini […]

Fire expert: Mount Rushmore fireworks show ‘ill-advised’ due to dry conditions and high fire risk



(Editor’s note: Just one week before President Trump’s visit, a wildfire (Mine Draw Fire) began on June 24, six miles south of Mount Rushmore. The State estimated the fire to be approximately 60 acres and 25% contained as of June 25. The cause remains under investigation.) Abnormally dry conditions and a persistent risk of summer wildfires in the Black Hills of […]

Opinions & voices on President Trump’s visit to Mt. Rushmore

As a Lakota wicasa, I am angered by this wasicu who is coming to step foot on our Sacred Paha Sapa. He is not wanted or welcomed here on our sacred lands. Mount Rushmore is a desecration to the heart of our sacred lands and Unci Maka. Trump is up for reelection is using Paha Sapa to get votes. It’s […]

Victory Day: the day Custer and the 7th Calvary were defeated


The Battle of the Little Bighorn was fought in the south-central territory of what is now called Montana on June 25-26, 1876, near the Little Bighorn River. Historical accounts of the battle vary and for generations, many of those accounts recorded in history books ignored the accounts of Native Americans who were present at the battle. What is certain is […]

Applications sought for Indian Energy and Economic Development Tribal Energy Development Capacity (TEDC) Grants

Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Tara Sweeney announced that the Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development (IEED) is soliciting applications for the Tribal Energy Development Capacity (TEDC) grant program. TEDC will fund approximately 15 grants, ranging in value from approximately $10,000 to $1,000,000 to federally recognized American Indian tribes, Alaska Native villages and entities, and tribal energy resource development […]

The Presidents visit the Presidents

President Donald Trump has said he plans to attend the Independence Day fireworks show at Mount Rushmore National Memorial on July 3. The president’s visit would make him the eighth sitting United States president to see the Shrine of Democracy. Here’s a look at previous presidential visits: President Calvin Coolidge and his wife, Grace, spent most of the summer of […]

Rep. Dusty Johnson introduces legislation protecting Mount Rushmore

U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-SD) today introduced the Mount Rushmore Protection Act. This legislation prohibits the use of federal funds to alter, change, destroy or remove the likeness, the name of, or any of the faces on the Mount Rushmore National Memorial. “These presidents championed the cause of freedom. Those seeking to remove these iconic faces are undermining the contributions […]

Governor Noem announces distribution of CARES Act funding


Governor Kristi Noem held a news conference in Sioux Falls on Monday, June 22 to announce plans and procedures for the release of funds to South Dakota counties and cities for reimbursement of COVID-19 related expenses. South Dakota has been awarded $1.25 billion in CARES Act funding. $200 million is allocated to cities and counties. Sioux Falls is eligible for […]


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