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The newly named Oyate Health Center will be serving the Oyate, or the people, in South Dakota.
It isn't a stretch to say that the vast majority of people living on the Pine Ridge Reservation do not agree with the the absurdity of Rep. Elizabeth May's legislative proposals.
Although many of us are used to navigating the roads during this time of year it is always helpful to remember to prepare for the worst.
It has been a year of ups and downs in Indian Country, luckily we still have the game we love.
Although I have largely been skeptical of the mainstream media for most of my life, I never fathomed that it could be as inaccurate as it has been when it comes to reporting on topics surrounding the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Widespread hemp cultivation would be an immediate boost to employment and would also provide for a more sustainable use of our lands than beef production.
Our generation was the first to grasp the power of social media as it it came to fruition during our high school and college years.
Now that South Dakota Highway Patrolmen have been caught on camera assaulting and abusing water protectors it is time for Gov. Daugaard to bring them back.
Over the course of the last several months the abuse of detainees by Morton County Law Enforcement has overstepped every boundary guaranteed by the American constitution.
Our people deserve to feel safe in their everyday activities.
As the next few weeks progress we fill our pages with significant political coverage to help inform our people about the candidates.
For the people of the Oglala Lakota nation this year's tribal elections are as important as ever.
During every election cycle there is an effort to raise awareness about the importance of the Native vote.
Construction workers, operating on behalf of the Dakota Access Pipeline, intentionally bull dozed multiple graves and ancient religious sites.
With the school year now underway it is important that we all make an effort to keep our reservation roads safe.
For many Americans the fact that the poorest people in the United States have promised to lay their lives down to stop the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline is a bewildering experience.
Indian Country has dealt with the likes of Slade Gorton and other anti-Indian politicians but there is one who is potentially far more dangerous lurking just off the radar.
After weeks upon weeks of writing columns columns about some of the most pressing issues even the most hardened writers need to take a break from that kind of content.
The quick ascension of modern Indian relay is an example of how we have the ability to tap into our rich cultural history for ways to create economic development in our communities.
Across the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation thousands of people have become aware of the benefits of living a more healthy and fit lifestyle
When I was growing up in Pine Ridge we were shown only a few pathways to success.
Those of us out here on the western side of South Dakota have learned to take a wait and see approach to any case filed against a Native person by the office of Marty Jackley.
Over the course of the last year Lakota Country Times has grown at an unprecedented rate.
The current constitution we have in place at the Oglala Sioux Tribe is inept and outdated.
Throughout the shared history of United States government and Native people there are several examples where gun violence resulted in the slaughter of many indigenous people.
At Lakota Country Times we have made a commitment to furthering the conversation surrounding the Lakota language.
David 'Bull Dawg' Michaud is competing for the Titan Fighting welterweight title on June 10.
Lakota Country Times has shed its reputation as a small local paper after bringing home 14 awards at the 2016 South Dakota Newspaper Association Newspaper Contest.
For the last two weeks our entire community has been engulfed in worry as we were forced to contemplate what may or may not have happened to the three men who went missing since May 7.
If real change is to ever come to Indian Country, it will not come packaged by the political elites who stand to benefit from the status-quo.
For all the negativity that exists in Indian Country there are always positive movements taking shape in some way or another.
At one point the federal government saw fit that all Indigenous people needed to be watched over by agency superintendents.
It is safe to say that the majority of the Oglala Lakota Nation would like to see David 'Bull Dawg' Michaud enter the Octagon in Sioux Falls on July 13.
For close to a decade Lakota people have been prepared to lay their lives on the line to protect the water that sustains us.
Alcohol and Drugs have been part of the Pine Ridge Reservation for decades but the actions that our people are committing while on the drug are far more brazen and violent than what they used to be before the arrival of meth.
During each election cycle those of us who have managed to land ourselves in the editor's chair at local newspapers across the country are required by tradition to endorse a candidate for the position of President of the United States of America.
When the story about the GearUp program broke with the announcement of one of the most horrific murders in the modern history of this state all eyes turned towards the business dealings of the accused.
Just a couple weeks ago, Jim Kent, a widely publicized columnist was informed by the Rapid City Journal that he would no longer be employed by the paper.
In order to properly have a conversation about legalization we as a society need to take a hard look at our addictions.
The fact of the matter is that the people of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation deserve a functioning economy.
The Medicaid expansion debate in South Dakota is incredibly intriguing when looked at from the perspective of tribal nations.
The truth of the matter is that our people still suffer from the trauma that was engrained in all Lakota DNA on the day of the December 29, 1890, Wounded Knee massacre.
One of the many things that we have learned is that people from all over the world are interested in reading news about Lakota people and about the governance of our nations.
I hope one day the feds see my people as human too.
In the Native news media we spend so much of our time exposing injustices and providing commentary on the political issues facing our nations that we sometimes forget the joy that comes from watching our youth compete and perform.
I have always been an advocate for Oglala Lakota College. I look at the product it produces year in and year out and the proof is in the pudding.
Throughout the past year or so there has been a movement to help fight hunger on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
Throughout the course of my work in the media there have always been causes that have received significant coverage.
You do not have to go to Iraq, Syria, or Afghanistan to find the third-world and real and immediate threats to American citizens, all you have to do is visit a reservation.
As we all know the United States is by far and away one of the largest producers of prisoners of any developed nation in the world.
To overcome these efforts against us and the expression of our political will, both tribal nations and local organizers must begin the effort now to make people aware of not only the importance of the Native vote but of the efforts being made to stifle it.
I have always wondered why Dartmouth loves to highlight their authentic Native community on their brochures and during their annual pow-wow but cannot succeed in recruiting more than a handful of reservation born students each year.
In many ways the Native media industry has failed to do its part in promoting Native languages beyond the occasional coverage of legislative efforts or brief profiling of individual immersion schools.
In this age of social media information is transferred from one person to another at almost instantaneous speed.
One of the strangest parts of being from Pine Ridge is that although we are all aware of the horrible things that happen here, the majority of us who were born and raised here do not allow these tragedies to define us.
The city that once played home to land snatchers and race baiting newspaper men in the mid to late 1800’s has continued on with its legacy of welcoming outright racism.
Much of the tension that exists between law enforcement and minority communities is based in the truth that the laws that are enforced in minority communities are not only different but also enforced differently.
For as long as I can remember mass economic development on the Pine Ridge Reservation has been idle.
In the world of journalism, praise is limited, and critiques are a dime a dozen.
The upcoming mayoral election in Rapid City, South Dakota may likely come down to the Native American vote.