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David Ganje: Water a major issue as company eyes uranium mine in Black Hills
Opinion
David Ganje: Water a major issue as company eyes uranium mine in Black Hills (November 21, 2017)
Mining closure is often called 'decommissioning.' I also call it an exit plan.

Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe scores win in uranium mining case
Environment | Law | National
Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe scores win in uranium mining case (November 6, 2017)
Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff failed to adequately address tribal cultural, religious, and historic resources in the licensing process for the proposed uranium mines and mill in the Black Hills, a panel of judges ruled.

Native Sun News Today: Canadian company seeks gold mine in sacred Black Hills
Environment | National
Native Sun News Today: Canadian company seeks gold mine in sacred Black Hills (October 26, 2017)
A Canadian company is proposing a gold mine in the Black Hills of South Dakota, near the Lakota spiritual center of Pe’ Sla.

Native Sun News Today: Tribal college leader calls for return of Black Hills territory
Education | Law | National
Native Sun News Today: Tribal college leader calls for return of Black Hills territory (October 23, 2017)
The naming of a Black Hills State University residence hall after distinguished Lakota higher education expert Lionel Bordeaux gave him a springboard to instigate cooperation for return of 1868 Ft. Laramie Treaty territory to the Oceti Sakowin.

Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe refutes rumors of Black Hills 'sale'
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Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe refutes rumors of Black Hills 'sale' (October 12, 2017)
Facebook was rife with rumors that the Oglala Sioux Tribe passed a resolution to sell the Black Hills, which flabbergasted tribal leaders because that was the first they had heard about their supposed action.

Native Sun News Today: Proclamation calls for action on Black Hills land claim
Law | National
Native Sun News Today: Proclamation calls for action on Black Hills land claim (September 19, 2017)
The signing of an elders’ proclamation for indigenous rights culminated the fourth annual Unity Concert to support the Black Hills Initiative in South Dakota.

Gyasi Ross: Vice failed to ask Native people for thoughts about Mount Rushmore
Opinion
Gyasi Ross: Vice failed to ask Native people for thoughts about Mount Rushmore (August 22, 2017)
Gyasi Ross pens a response on Indian Country Media Network to VICE editor Wilbert Cooper regarding his article, 'Let’s Blow Up Mt. Rushmore,'

Tim Giago: Broken treaties remain among America's deepest and darkest secrets
Opinion
Tim Giago: Broken treaties remain among America's deepest and darkest secrets (August 11, 2017)
While America is spending billions attacking other sovereign nations, there is still a dark secret it is hiding in its own backyard.

Native Sun News Today: Groups fight uranium mining in Black Hills
Environment | National
Native Sun News Today: Groups fight uranium mining in Black Hills (April 25, 2017)
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s release of “apparent violations” of surface and groundwater requirements in uranium mill cleanup underscored the latest efforts to prevent the permitting of proposed new mines and mills in the Black Hills.

Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe battles uranium mining
Environment | National
Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe battles uranium mining (March 20, 2017)
The Environmental Protection Agency plans to to issue underground water permits for the uranium mining and milling project opposed by the Oglala Sioux Tribe.

Native Sun News Editorial: Sioux Nation ignores its own claims to treaty territory
Opinion
Native Sun News Editorial: Sioux Nation ignores its own claims to treaty territory (March 3, 2017)
The oral history of the Oglala Lakota recalls that the great Lakota warrior Crazy Horse was born along the banks of the Minneluzahan or Rapid Creek, the very same creek that still runs through the center of Rapid City.

Native Sun News Today: Tribes asked to participate in treaty 'land grab' in South Dakota
Environment | National | Politics
Native Sun News Today: Tribes asked to participate in treaty 'land grab' in South Dakota (February 23, 2017)
The state wants to take over federally-managed land that was promised to the Sioux Nation by treaty.

Native Sun News Today Editorial: Presidents on Mount Rushmore didn't treat tribes so well
Opinion
Native Sun News Today Editorial: Presidents on Mount Rushmore didn't treat tribes so well (February 17, 2017)
There are four faces of past presidents carved in the side of a hill in the Sacred He Sapa (Black Hills).

Native Sun News Today: Drilling test in treaty territory stirs concern
Environment | National
Native Sun News Today: Drilling test in treaty territory stirs concern (February 17, 2017)
Tribal authorities and other members of the public roundly questioned proposals for drilling deep boreholes to test nuclear waste disposal technology in 1851 Ft. Laramie Treaty territory.

Victor Swallow: Oglala Sioux family remains connected to the land
Opinion
Victor Swallow: Oglala Sioux family remains connected to the land (February 13, 2017)
Most of the stories I write about way back when are told to me by my mother Lizzie Two Bulls-Swallow.

Native Sun News Today: South Dakota seeks transfer of treaty lands
Environment | National
Native Sun News Today: South Dakota seeks transfer of treaty lands (February 3, 2017)
South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s plan to carve out pieces of the Black Hills National Forest and serve them up as state-owned recreation areas threatens Native American children’s access to a long-established camp

Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe wins consultation ruling
Environment | Law | National
Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe wins consultation ruling (January 9, 2017)
Nuclear Regulatory Commissioners must heed the Oglala Sioux Tribe’s demand for consultation in order to validate a license for proposed uranium mining operation in the Black Hills.

Native Sun News Today: Opposition to drilling test in Lakota territory
Environment | Health | National
Native Sun News Today: Opposition to drilling test in Lakota territory (December 20, 2016)
Haakon County Commission members, meeting here on December 6, convened in a larger room than usual when they found their venue filled with citizens concerned that a proposed deep bore hole drilling project would lead to disposal of high-level radioactive nuclear waste.

Native Sun News Today: Uranium firms stake claims in sacred Black Hills
Environment | National
Native Sun News Today: Uranium firms stake claims in sacred Black Hills (December 12, 2016)
Results of an exhaustive, two-year scientific study show 2,100 active claims of uranium companies in unsuspected areas near Black Hills population centers.

Native Sun News Today Editorial: Include tribal warriors in South Dakota's annual Buffalo Roundup
Opinion
Native Sun News Today Editorial: Include tribal warriors in South Dakota's annual Buffalo Roundup (November 28, 2016)
To deny our warriors the right not to join in a roundup that has our history written all over it is to deny our history.

Charles Trimble: Standing on moral high ground in #NoDAPL fight
Opinion
Charles Trimble: Standing on moral high ground in #NoDAPL fight (October 4, 2016)
Several months ago I posted a piece on Facebook that talked about the moral high ground that Native people as a whole have occupied as part of our ongoing struggle to preserve our homelands and our cultures.

Lakota Country Times: Uranium contaminates tribal water source
Environment | Health | National
Lakota Country Times: Uranium contaminates tribal water source (September 30, 2016)
Water in the Cheyenne River helps to irrigate field and provide water for livestock across Lakota Country.

Jim Kent: A tale of two warriors comes alive in sacred Black Hills
Opinion
Jim Kent: A tale of two warriors comes alive in sacred Black Hills (September 29, 2016)
Basil Brave Heart – the warrior who had never killed a slave, the warrior who had never massacred women and children, the warrior who had never started a war – accepted a mission to take on the federal government.

Lakota Country Times: Thank you ceremony honors Black Elk Peak
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Lakota Country Times: Thank you ceremony honors Black Elk Peak (September 28, 2016)
As the late-morning sun slowly starts to warm the chilled mountain air some 80 Natives and non-Natives form a circle at the base of Black Elk Peak.

Native Sun News Today: Concert brings unity to the Black Hills
Arts & Entertainment | National
Native Sun News Today: Concert brings unity to the Black Hills (September 21, 2016)
The 2016 Black Hills Unity Concert at Elk Creek Resort in Piedmont celebrated its third year with a call to Honor the Sacred, the Earth and All Her People.

Tom Cook: Sioux Nation still seeks rightful return of the Black Hills
Opinion
Tom Cook: Sioux Nation still seeks rightful return of the Black Hills (September 5, 2016)
All who are concerned about the Black Hills and its proper return to the rightful heirs are invited to join the 3rd annual Black Hills Unity Concert.

Ruth Hopkins: South Dakota lawmakers make ploy for treaty lands
Opinion | Politics
Ruth Hopkins: South Dakota lawmakers make ploy for treaty lands (September 1, 2016)
The Black Hills of South Dakota, Khe Sapa, belongs to the Oceti Sakowin (Great Sioux Nation).

Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Holding onto racist histories in South Dakota
Opinion
Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Holding onto racist histories in South Dakota (September 1, 2016)
Here in our Northern Plains, the Sioux Tribal Nation and its non-Native neighbors seem to hold on to depressing and distasteful notions about how our paths crossed as histories were made.

Lakota Country Times: Oglala veteran pushed for Black Elk Peak
Environment | National | Politics
Lakota Country Times: Oglala veteran pushed for Black Elk Peak (August 26, 2016)
Lakota elder Basil Brave Heart remains positive and pragmatic about the situation.

John Yellow Bird Steele: A great step forward with Black Elk Peak
Environment | Opinion
John Yellow Bird Steele: A great step forward with Black Elk Peak (August 25, 2016)
The Oceti Sakowin, or Seven Council Fires of the Great Sioux Nation, and the United States took a long stride forward towards justice in the Black Hills.

Jim Kent: Republicans in South Dakota whine about Black Elk Peak
Opinion
Jim Kent: Republicans in South Dakota whine about Black Elk Peak (August 24, 2016)
In a situation where South Dakota could have taken the lead in building a bridge toward racial harmony, its leaders have chosen to whine.

Native Sun News: Mario Gonzalez goes from ball court to law court
Law | National | Sports
Native Sun News: Mario Gonzalez goes from ball court to law court (August 23, 2016)
There are two basic types of hero in Lakota country; long dead legendary ancestors, and athletes who can shoot an orange ball through an iron hoop.

Native Sun News: Black Elk Peak honors sanctity of Black Hills site
Environment | National
Native Sun News: Black Elk Peak honors sanctity of Black Hills site (August 22, 2016)
The highest peak east of the Rockies will enjoy a new name, a name that honors the indigenous people who’ve worshipped here for centuries, Black Elk Peak.

Charles Trimble: Celebrating a new name for sacred Black Hills site
Opinion
Charles Trimble: Celebrating a new name for sacred Black Hills site (August 19, 2016)
Wherever you are, you are surrounded by the six directions – you are the center of that universe and bear the responsibility to the universe, to God.

Sacred peak in South Dakota renamed for Lakota holy man Black Elk
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Sacred peak in South Dakota renamed for Lakota holy man Black Elk (August 12, 2016)
The old name for Black Elk Peak came from a general who committed a massacre of the Lakota people and held women and children hostage.

Lakota Country Times: Lakota culture inspires massive sculpture
Arts & Entertainment | National
Lakota Country Times: Lakota culture inspires massive sculpture (August 11, 2016)
It’s about to be another very warm summer day in western South Dakota as Masayuki Nagase stands near his 'home-away-from-home' since 2013.

Editorial: Donald Trump would force Black Hills settlement on tribes
Opinion
Editorial: Donald Trump would force Black Hills settlement on tribes (August 2, 2016)
Totally disregarding the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868 the United States government illegally seized the Black Hills from the tribes of the Great Sioux Nation.

Brandon Ecoffey: Transparency needed on Black Hills land claim
Opinion
Brandon Ecoffey: Transparency needed on Black Hills land claim (July 12, 2016)
As someone who grew up in Pine Ridge I've known of people my age who have talked about taking the money that has grown with interest to somewhere in the range of $1 billion.

Lakota Country Times: Oglala Sioux Tribe eyes land claim talks
Law | National | Politics
Lakota Country Times: Oglala Sioux Tribe eyes land claim talks (July 11, 2016)
A letter from Oglala Sioux Tribal President John Yellowbird Steele to President Barack Obama regarding the Black Hills land claim has surfaced and has left many wondering.

Lakota Country Times: New book explores Sioux Nation land claim
Arts & Entertainment | Law | National
Lakota Country Times: New book explores Sioux Nation land claim (July 8, 2016)
Peter Capossela documents a history of land grabs by the United States that starts with the Fort Laramie Treaties of 1851 and 1868.

Native Sun News: Lakota artists recount legend of the Black Hills
Arts & Entertainment | National
Native Sun News: Lakota artists recount legend of the Black Hills (July 7, 2016)
The Great Race, a story of the formation of the Black Hills in South Dakota, an ovate shaped range of hills and mountains that clearly resemble a modern racecourse, was recorded in written format by Oglala Lakota author James LaPointe.

Editorial: Lakota treaty council supported work at Wounded Knee
Opinion
Editorial: Lakota treaty council supported work at Wounded Knee (June 28, 2016)
In 1976 the Lakota Treaty Council tried to schedule a meeting with President Gerald Ford where they hoped to present to him several proposals and arguments including putting a stop to a forced acceptance of the money set aside in the Black Hills Claims Settlement.

Ruth Hopkins: Saving sacred Bear Butte from a massive biker bar
Environment | Opinion
Ruth Hopkins: Saving sacred Bear Butte from a massive biker bar (June 24, 2016)
Bear Butte and the sacred rituals and ceremonies that must be conducted there are threatened.

Native Sun News: Tour brings group to sacred South Dakota sites
Health | National
Native Sun News: Tour brings group to sacred South Dakota sites (June 21, 2016)
Taking the lead in race relations and reparations in Rapid City, Regional Health sponsored another educational tour of the Black Hills and surrounding areas.

Native Sun News: Grandmothers convene Gathering of Eagles
Environment | National
Native Sun News: Grandmothers convene Gathering of Eagles (June 20, 2016)
The international congregation of Spiritual Unity of the Tribes has prepared a Gathering of Eagles event in the Black Hills, June 21-25, to recognize the wisdom of elder women.

Native Sun News: Lakota elders finish four-month sacred journey
National
Native Sun News: Lakota elders finish four-month sacred journey (June 10, 2016)
As the sun dance ceremony season is about to begin, a four-stop journey to the most sacred sites in and around the Black Hills has come to an end for two Lakota traditionalists.

Editorial: Tribes must come up with plan for return of Black Hills
Opinion
Editorial: Tribes must come up with plan for return of Black Hills (May 25, 2016)
Are we going to continue on the path of separation and disunity when it comes to one of the most important issues ever to face us?

Tim Giago: Lakota people belong at the table in South Dakota
Opinion
Tim Giago: Lakota people belong at the table in South Dakota (May 18, 2016)
The past is gone, but native South Dakotans can repair a lot of damage and greatly improve upon race relations if they stop thinking of the Lakota as a part of history that should be forgotten.

Native Sun News: Elders host ceremony at sacred Black Hills site
Environment | National
Native Sun News: Elders host ceremony at sacred Black Hills site (May 13, 2016)
Each year for the past 20 years, Leonard Little Finger and Richard Broken Nose have visited four sacred sites in and around the Black Hills to continue the restoration, healing and renewal of life for humanity.

South Dakota governor sees criticism for remarks on sacred site
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South Dakota governor sees criticism for remarks on sacred site (May 12, 2016)
Gov. Dennis Daugaard (R) is claiming that his remarks to the Rosebud Sioux Tribe were 'his personal opinion' and were separate from the state's opposition to a land-into-trust application for a sacred site.

James Giago Davies: How  Lakota people can reclaim the Black Hills
Opinion
James Giago Davies: How Lakota people can reclaim the Black Hills (May 9, 2016)
I realize there is no place on earth I love more than the Black Hills.

Native Sun News: Large  biker bar inches closer to sacred Bear Butte
Business | Environment | National
Native Sun News: Large biker bar inches closer to sacred Bear Butte (May 9, 2016)
County commissioners bestowed their blessing on the 'World’s Largest Biker Bar' over the objections of a Lakota grandmother and educator who said the action would allow development of an adult entertainment venue too close to the sacred site of Mato Paha.

Brandon Ecoffey: South Dakota governor's comments to Rosebud Sioux Tribe harken back to painful era
Opinion
Brandon Ecoffey: South Dakota governor's comments to Rosebud Sioux Tribe harken back to painful era (May 5, 2016)
At one point the federal government saw fit that all Indigenous people needed to be watched over by agency superintendents.

Jim Kent: Governor of South Dakota blissfully ignorant about tribes
Opinion | Politics
Jim Kent: Governor of South Dakota blissfully ignorant about tribes (May 4, 2016)
It’s been 200 years since a couple of white men traveled across the country referring to members of the Native American tribes they encountered as 'children' and advising them what would be in their best interests for their long-term future.

Lakota Country Times: Governor lectures tribe about sacred lands
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Lakota Country Times: Governor lectures tribe about sacred lands (May 3, 2016)
South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard stopped by the Rosebud Sioux Tribal Council’s April 21 meeting to discuss a number of issues -- including his appeal of Pe' Sla’s trust status designation.

Lakota Country Times: State shows cards in fight over sacred Black Hills site
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Lakota Country Times: State shows cards in fight over sacred Black Hills site (May 2, 2016)
Although South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard's most recent comments to the Rosebud Sioux Tribal Council regarding Pe' Sla have grabbed the headlines, it is the legal filings in the matter that illuminate the state's opposition to the land being transferred into trust status.

Native Sun News: Comments sought on Black Hills mine cleanup
Environment | Law | National
Native Sun News: Comments sought on Black Hills mine cleanup (April 28, 2016)
Taxpayers have 30 days to comment on a liability agreement that would reduce their costs by $10 million for the ongoing Superfund cleanup at the abandoned Gilt Edge Mine in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

Lakota Country Times: Sacred site in limbo due to state appeal
Environment | National | Trust
Lakota Country Times: Sacred site in limbo due to state appeal (April 26, 2016)
The objection to the land-into-trust application by Gov. Daugaard has been met with stiff backlash from tribal leaders including Standing Rock Sioux Tribal President Dave Archambault Jr.

Native Sun News: Bar seeks to build closer to sacred Bear Butte
Environment | National
Native Sun News: Bar seeks to build closer to sacred Bear Butte (April 26, 2016)
After the self-proclaimed “World’s Largest Biker Bar” burned down in September, co-owner Michael Ballard is looking to rebuild and expand his Full Throttle Saloon business closer to Bear Butte National Historic Landmark.

James Giago Davies: The Wasicu counts on us being our own enemy
Opinion
James Giago Davies: The Wasicu counts on us being our own enemy (April 21, 2016)
You don’t have to be Sherlock Holmes to find hard evidence the Wasicu runs our lives.

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