Opinions

Weak labor protections have put Midwestern food processing workers at risk for coronavirus




Earlier this year, our report Race in the Heartland detailed stark and pervasive racial disparities in Midwestern states—tracing these to longstanding patterns of discrimination and segregation in the region, and the disproportionate impact of “rust belt” deindustrialization and the collapse of union membership for workers of color. Unsurprisingly, the COVID-19 crisis has magnified these disparities, and their consequences. Across the […]

Letter to the Editor: Why I am voting for Johnson

Dear Editor, Judging the success of our leaders is best done by looking at their accomplishments. Not only what have they achieved personally, but what have they accomplished for the good of South Dakota. I would like to take a second to envision some accomplishments South Dakota should expect from its congressional leaders. A great congressman should introduce legislation that […]

Letter to the Editor: Support available from American Cancer Society during COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic

Dear Editor, As the COVID-19 crisis grows larger every day, cancer patients – many of whom already have compromised immune systems – are more vulnerable than ever. We at the American Cancer Society want to ensure that cancer patients, their caregivers and loved ones, know we are here for them during this difficult time. Information is a critically important resource […]

Letter to the Editor: Indisputable truths – how things went so bad

Dear Editor, Our current economic disaster and unnecessary deaths can be largely explained by analyzing the president’s mis-steps. Shortly after taking office, President Trump defunded and dismantled government pandemic watchdog committees. Regarding coronavirus, Donald Trump got his first warnings in late 2019 or early January 2020. The President called it a hoax when speaking at his political rallies prior to […]

Now is not the time for political bickering


Lives are at stake. The health of the oyate is at stake. A generation of elders is at stake. There is too much at stake right now for political bickering. The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed how life can be turned upside down in a matter of days. I am not of Lakota descent, but I am married to a Lakota […]

Garden Tips of the week


Greetings everyone and thanks for your continued following and support of your local newspaper. I hope you are all doing well. This week I will cover tips on purchasing the right lawn mower for you. Choosing the right mower First, determine your yard size and type of terrain and grass. This will determine the mower size and type you need […]

Prairie Doc Perspectives: the message is staring you in the face



In a recent national survey, 26.9 million American adults age 18 and older reported experiencing vision loss. Of course, vision loss means blindness or the inability to see at all, but the definition also includes those having trouble seeing, even when wearing glasses or contact lenses. While not everything is preventable or reversable, early detection and intervention are among our […]

Letter to the Editor: A view of Tribal Council from Sam Dupris

Dear Editor, I would like to say that our tribal council, the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Council, is an intelligent, dedicated, highly skilled, motivated and outstanding organization. I would like to say that. But I must be true to myself. It is my opinion that this Tribal Council is being incompetent and an irresponsible pool of parasites who spend their […]


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