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Second week of the South Dakota Legislature: A report from Representative Oren Lesmeister

The second week of session started off with all committees meeting and things are really ramping up now. Bills are being filed and you are seeing more and more coming through the process. We have had our briefings from GFP and DNR in house Ag Committee and in transportation, we had our briefing by Sec Bergquist. On Tuesday, we had […]

Let us shine light on MMIW epidemic


Another missing Native American woman has been positively identified and another autopsy report is pending. On Monday, January 20, officials confirmed that a body found earlier that day was that of missing teenager, Selena Not Afraid, who was last seen on January 1. As editor, it was my task to release this information as breaking news. Just a few days […]

First week of Legislature report

The first week of the 2020 legislative session is now over and so far we have gone through our policy and procedures process that we have to do each year to begin session. We had the Governor’s State of the State Address on Tuesday, and we did not hear anything that we already haven’t heard for the past two years […]

Letter to the Editor: Inspired by young women at Snow Queen pageant

Inspired by young women at Snow Queen pageant Dear Editor, Regarding the article about Lakota maidens represent at State Snow Queen Contest. I had the privilege of meeting each of these young ladies while on the team charged with selecting the Snow Queen and Princesses. To a person, each woman provided very personal stories about how being a part of […]

Veterans should register in the Burn Pit Registry

Typically, when we hear the word “registry” we think of a gift registry for weddings, showers, births, graduations, and anniversaries. But there is another kind of registry veterans need to be aware of. The VA Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry is available to eligible veterans and service members to document their exposures and report health concerns through an […]

Home Improvement and Garden Tips


Greetings everyone, I hope all is well with your families and homes. This week I will answer some questions I have received, and will share some garden information. January is an important month for  garden preparation. The question I received was about venting systems for houses. Your home has vents built into it for various purposes and all are very […]

Improving broadband access in rural areas


The Pew Research Center finds that only 63 percent of rural Americans have a broadband internet connection at home, and 24 percent of rural adults consider access to high speed internet a major problem in their community. Recent policy developments are designed to address this. But, will they be enough? In July, the Federal Communications Commission established the Digital Opportunity […]

Four Guardrails: A path forward for decriminalizing industrial hemp

Over the last year, we’ve had a long conversation about industrial hemp. I’ve been grateful to talk with folks about the topic and hear different perspectives at townhalls, coffee shops, basketball games, and everywhere in between. And I’ve been outspoken that I don’t think it’s a good idea. Last year, I vetoed a bill that didn’t address concerns surrounding public […]

Home improvement tips and indoor plants options


Greetings everyone, I hope your week has gone well. This week I will cover some do-it-yourself projects and ideas for indoor planting. I will start this week with the garage or mud room, which over the course of a year, can get a little messy. Installing a tool peg board To install a tool peg board, first determine how many […]

Tribal National Guard to serve the Oyate, war with Iran does not benefit the Lakota nations


Hau Mitakuyapi. This letter is primarily for Chairman Frazier but also has points for the members of the CRST Council, members of the various school boards across the reservation, and anyone with the ability to make change on this reservation. I write this to you on January 6, 2020, 143 Years, 6 Months and 12 Days after the Lakota victory […]


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