The state’s nonprofits continue to feel the effects of the Coronavirus

Many of South Dakota’s nonprofits have had to completely change their normal way of doing business in order to continue providing services for their clients and communities. At the same time, their typical fundraising efforts have had to be cancelled. Through the generosity of their donors, the South Dakota Community Foundation (SDCF) has been able to provide some much-needed support […]

Horizon Health Care announces Kendra Newbold as Chief Operations Officer

Horizon Health Care (Horizon) recently announced the appointment of Kendra Newbold to the role of Chief Operations Officer. Newbold will be responsible for primary oversight of all areas of the health center operations to ensure efficient and effective delivery of Horizon’s services and programs in the 22 communities served by Horizon. “I am pleased to have Kendra join Horizon’s executive […]

USDA awards $10 million to move SNAP participants forward

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will award $10 million in grants to strengthen Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment and Training programs (SNAP E&T), which help participants gain the skills, training, or work experience they need to move toward and into employment. USDA is providing more than $6.7 million in SNAP […]

Deadline approaching for disabled veteran property tax program

The Nov. 1, 2020 deadline for eligible disabled veterans to apply for property tax relief is approaching. The South Dakota Department of Revenue’s Disabled Veteran’s Program exempts the first $150,000 of valuation on an eligible applicant’s property. The program also applies to surviving spouses of disabled veterans if they have not remarried. Once approved, this exemption will automatically continue until […]

Rounds, Thune Legislation would create a Congressional Charter for National American Indian Veterans (NAIV)

U.S. Sens. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and John Thune (R-S.D.) recently introduced legislation to create a Congressional Charter for the National American Indian Veterans (NAIV).  Headquartered in South Dakota on the Cheyenne River Reservation, the NAIV is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to advocating for tribal veterans. Originally started in 2004, today the NAIV serves the needs of Native veterans in […]

South Dakota proclaims October as “Careers in Construction” Month

The Associated General Contractors of South Dakota (AGC), along with Governor Kristi Noem via an Executive Proclamation, is proud to proclaim October 2020 as “Careers in Construction Month” across South Dakota. The key aspect of the AGC’s on-going workforce development goal is to show students career opportunities available in construction which is an essential industry. With the ever-growing need for […]

Tribal members meeting with KXL causes protest and arrests

In mid-September it came to light that some members of the Cheyenne River Tribal Council met as private citizens with TC Energy earlier in the year. There was a protest in Eagle Butte on September 18 and five arrests were made. Indigenous Rising Media carried live footage of the protest. The Cheyenne River Grass Roots Collective (CRSTGRC) reported that four […]

Eagle Butte farmer directs donation to the Eagle Butte Volunteer Fire Department

Local farmers Clinton and Cathy Simon recently directed a $2,500 America’s Farmers Grow Communities donation, sponsored by Bayer Fund, to the Eagle Butte Volunteer Fire Department. The Eagle Butte Volunteer Fire Department will use the funds to help pay off an existing loan on a new fire apparatus placed into service this earlier this year. “We would like to thank […]

Census heads into final weeks amid conflict

A lawsuit by the Navajo Nation and others about an early end to the Census was heard on Monday. Meanwhile, the Census plans to wind down field operations by October 31. And early end is projected to harm native and other Hard to Count populations. It’s not too late to respond to the 2020 Census! In September the Navajo Nation […]

Lawmakers offer guidance on how to spend federal funds

During a special session on Monday, South Dakota’s Legislature offered the governor guidance on how to spend the remainder of the federal government’s $1.25 billion in coronavirus relief funds. Prior to the special session, Gov. Kristi Noem allocated almost $468 million in federal funds for local governments, re-employment insurance, schools and a variety of other needs. Senate Concurrent Resolution 601 […]

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