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Netflix’s Juanita — a film worth the watch — for your guilty pleasure, and its refreshing roles for Native actor Adam Beach


Director: Clark Johnson Writers: Roderick M. Spencer (screenplay), Sheila Williams (book) Stars: Alfre Woodard, Bonnie Johnson, Jordan Nia Elizabeth, Adam Beach Jaunita is now available on Netflix for your viewing and guilty pleasure. Rated TV-MA, the film is a decadent story of heroine Juanita and her journey of self-discovery and reclamation of what it means to live. Fed up with […]

Marvel’s Captain Marvel revises the original character in heroic style


Release date: March 8, 2019 (USA) Directors: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck Screenplay: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck, Nicole Perlman, Geneva Robertson-Dworet, Meg LeFauve, Liz Flahive, Carly Mensch Stars: Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn Captain Marvel, if you have not seen it yet, is an action-adventure story that satisfies even if you have not gotten sucked into the Marvel Universe. […]

Maus I and II: Autobiographical graphic novels turn comics into serious literature


Comics emerged in the late 20th century onto the big screen, and exploded into franchise epics in the 2000s. Before Marvel and DC, and Heroes on TV, there were comic writers and illustrators exploring the genre in much the same way Tom Wolfe and Truman Capote took journalism and used narrative elements to recreate the story of reported events. Comics […]

PBS Premieres: Warrior Women Indigenous heroes don’t need capes to soar


Warrior Women premiered on PBS and the World Channel on March 4 to positive reviews. The documentary features the lives of Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal members and renown activists Madonna Thunder Hawk and her daughters Marcella and Mabel Ann. Throughout the film, we are treated to intimate and candid conversations between mother and daughters as they sit in a circle, […]

CRST welcomes newly trained law enforcement

Several TV series explore history and space and warrant viewing on cold nights


Netflix is currently running Black Earth Rising, the story of a young woman raised with privilege and prestige by an international human rights lawyer, Eve Ahsby, living in Britain. Legal Investigator Kate Ahsby, adopted out of Rwanda during the genocide of the 1990’s, struggles with her desire to know her biological family and to reconcile the anger she feels about […]

Read Across America seeks to inspire people to take the plunge into a good book March 2


Behind the quiet façade of a reader, wars rage, loves swoon, aliens emerge from the darkness of space, and people communicate with ghosts.  This quiet wonderland is part of what inspired Read Across America, which started in 1997 as an effort to celebrate the excitement of reading. According to the National Education Association (NEA), the NEA “sponsors and spear-heads the […]

A fun way to read


Sometimes change is hard to accept, whether it is because of strong personal biases or the feelings of uneasiness that change can bring. One such change that I have resisted is the notion of incorporating ebook readers into my life. Ebooks are electronic versions of printed books that can be accessible online and on a mobile device. I am “old […]

Partnership creates opportunities for Rapid City Middle School students Lakota Circles of Hope offered at Rapid City Middle Schools after school program

RAPID CITY, SD, – Lakota Circles of Hope prevention curriculum is now being offered to students in Rapid City middle schools thanks to a partnership between Catholic Social Services (CSS) and Rural America Initiatives (RAI). Ateyape Wicozani, a RAI program, staff received training in December and have begun offering LCH to students in the Rapid City Middle Schools, grades 6-8 […]

Talking to kids and young adults about e-cigarettes


It’s important to talk to kids and young adults about e-cigarettes with it being the most commonly used tobacco product among their age group in the U.S. In fact, young people are target customers for tobacco products; “Today’s teenager is tomorrow’s potential regular customer…the smoking patterns of teenagers are particularly important to Phillip Morris.” – Myron E. Johnston. When talking […]


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