What readers need to know about Journalism and the Truth

Philosophers, theologians, scholars of various sorts, politicians, writers and common people have debated the concept of truth for centuries. Many people claim to have the corner market on the Truth of something or everything. Often truth boils down to what a person believes – that leap of faith if you will – to be true, regardless of the kind of […]

Critical thinking is in critical condition in the U.S.A.

Critical thinking is in critical condition in our nation, and the epidemic is fueled by the desire to snap off witty responses, make sense of our world in our own way, stand our ground, show loyalty, defend ourselves and loved ones, and so much more. Social media has given voice to the voiceless in many instances, as many people will […]

Who you’re talking to: etiquette on social networks

People rely on established social conduct, what’s been referred to as manners and etiquette, but often considered mutual respect, to navigate social situations such as moving from the country to a large city. Social networks can and should be considered comparable for those in their 30s and 40s, but the population is larger than any one city. Facebook currently has […]

Vote, even though power is relative, voting is still power

I have yet to hear an argument that proves to me voting has no power, regardless of the scale of the election. In a free country, it is true, we all have the right to vote, or not vote. Many people claim that on a national scale, one vote does not make a difference, but each vote adds up, and […]

Racism living well; overtly and incognito

On Facebook with friends not afraid to use the social media venue to discuss political and social issues in a respectful manner, I read as a discussion as it unfolded about a county sheriffs release of mug shots in which the people arrested were given Nike shirts to wear. The Eldorado, Arkansas Union County Sheriff’s Office posted photos of 12 […]

Dream it. Dance it. Do it.

I survived my first real wacipi as a traditional dancer. I say that because I mean it. You see, I didn’t grow up in the wacipi circle- for me, wacipis were something to watch and admire from the afar.  Growing up in Arizona, I came from a traditional Navajo family, one deeply rooted in Navajo traditional customs and spirituality. My […]

Newspapers need readers, advertisers to sustain what matters in your community

I recently had lunch with a college friend who was back in South Dakota for a few days when our conversation turned to newspapers and their future. My friend Gary still subscribes to his hometown newspaper, the Grant County Review in Milbank. (In favor of full disclosure, Debbie Hemmer, who along with Holli Seehafer co-publishes the Review, is president of […]

October: A new beginning & a new year for the Navajo people

October is an important month for the Navajo people, as it signifies a shift in iina (life). In the Navajo language, October is “Ghaaji’,” which means “half” and is the time for the separation of the seasons when the yellow of warmer months and the white of colder months stand back to back, meeting halfway. It is during this time […]

Weighing in on the issue of cultural appropriation

I am a mimic. I always have been. Growing up, I received a lot of criticisms for how I looked at people or what I said, which made me very self-conscious and shy — fearful I would upset someone with some look, or tone or who knows what. As a result, I became very observant, and tried to either blend […]

Celebrating Native American history in South Dakota

While the Senate has been focused on the Supreme Court nomination hearing in Washington, we have continued to work on issues that affect South Dakotans. We’ll discuss the Supreme Court hearing in one of our next weekly columns. Every October, South Dakota celebrates the rich culture and the many contributions made by Native Americans who called this land home long […]

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