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Tribes prepare for historic management of troubled Indian Health Service hospital
Tribes prepare for historic management of troubled Indian Health Service hospital (July 18, 2019)

The newly named Oyate Health Center will be serving the Oyate, or the people, in South Dakota.


Brandon Ecoffey: Republican lawmaker goes after the most vulnerable in Indian Country
Brandon Ecoffey: Republican lawmaker goes after the most vulnerable in Indian Country (January 25, 2017)

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.


Brandon Ecoffey: Be safe and be prepared as winter hits the Great Plains
Brandon Ecoffey: Be safe and be prepared as winter hits the Great Plains (January 18, 2017)

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.


Brandon Ecoffey: A special look at the Lakota Nation Invitational
Brandon Ecoffey: A special look at the Lakota Nation Invitational (December 16, 2016)

It has been a year of ups and downs in Indian Country, luckily we still have the game we love.


Brandon Ecoffey: Media gets it wrong on Dakota Access frontlines
Brandon Ecoffey: Media gets it wrong on Dakota Access frontlines (December 2, 2016)

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.


Brandon Ecoffey: Hemp can bring a better future for our tribal nations
Brandon Ecoffey: Hemp can bring a better future for our tribal nations (November 29, 2016)

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.


Brandon Ecoffey: Young tribal citizens barred from holding office
Brandon Ecoffey: Young tribal citizens barred from holding office (November 18, 2016)

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.


Brandon Ecoffey: South Dakota officers abuse water protectors
Brandon Ecoffey: South Dakota officers abuse water protectors (November 16, 2016)

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.


Brandon Ecoffey: Authorities step over the line with #NoDAPL crackdown
Brandon Ecoffey: Authorities step over the line with #NoDAPL crackdown (November 3, 2016)

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.


Brandon Ecoffey: Strong fixes needed for reservation crime
Brandon Ecoffey: Strong fixes needed for reservation crime (October 26, 2016)

Our people deserve to feel safe in their everyday activities.


Brandon Ecoffey: It's business as usual for South Dakota Republicans
Brandon Ecoffey: It's business as usual for South Dakota Republicans (October 20, 2016)

As the next few weeks progress we fill our pages with significant political coverage to help inform our people about the candidates.


Brandon Ecoffey: Empower the people with tribal government reform
Brandon Ecoffey: Empower the people with tribal government reform (October 13, 2016)

For the people of the Oglala Lakota nation this year's tribal elections are as important as ever.


Brandon Ecoffey: Let's get out and make every Native vote count
Brandon Ecoffey: Let's get out and make every Native vote count (October 5, 2016)

During every election cycle there is an effort to raise awareness about the importance of the Native vote.


Brandon Ecoffey: Pipeline destroys our sacred and cultural sites
Brandon Ecoffey: Pipeline destroys our sacred and cultural sites (September 14, 2016)

Construction workers, operating on behalf of the Dakota Access Pipeline, intentionally bull dozed multiple graves and ancient religious sites.


Brandon Ecoffey: Let's drive safely for the sake of our young ones
Brandon Ecoffey: Let's drive safely for the sake of our young ones (September 7, 2016)

With the school year now underway it is important that we all make an effort to keep our reservation roads safe.


Brandon Ecoffey: The Horse Nations prepare for battle over pipeline
Brandon Ecoffey: The Horse Nations prepare for battle over pipeline (August 23, 2016)

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.


Brandon Ecoffey: Anti-Indian fighter lurks off radar in South Dakota
Brandon Ecoffey: Anti-Indian fighter lurks off radar in South Dakota (August 17, 2016)

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.


Brandon Ecoffey: Best basketball teams always had Native players
Brandon Ecoffey: Best basketball teams always had Native players (August 10, 2016)

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.


Brandon Ecoffey: Indian relay surges in popularity in our communities
Brandon Ecoffey: Indian relay surges in popularity in our communities (August 2, 2016)

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.


Brandon Ecoffey: Oglala Sioux Tribe must start fitness revolution
Brandon Ecoffey: Oglala Sioux Tribe must start fitness revolution (July 28, 2016)

Across the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation thousands of people have become aware of the benefits of living a more healthy and fit lifestyle


Brandon Ecoffey: Carrying the voices of our people to the masses
Brandon Ecoffey: Carrying the voices of our people to the masses (July 21, 2016)

When I was growing up in Pine Ridge we were shown only a few pathways to success.


Brandon Ecoffey: South Dakota's attorney general is no friend to Indian Country
Brandon Ecoffey: South Dakota's attorney general is no friend to Indian Country (July 1, 2016)

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.


Lakota Country Times: Paper continues to reach large audience
Lakota Country Times: Paper continues to reach large audience (June 30, 2016)

Over the course of the last year Lakota Country Times has grown at an unprecedented rate.


Brandon Ecoffey: Oglala Sioux Tribe must update its constitution
Brandon Ecoffey: Oglala Sioux Tribe must update its constitution (June 28, 2016)

The current constitution we have in place at the Oglala Sioux Tribe is inept and outdated.


Brandon Ecoffey: Native people know tragedy and trauma too well
Brandon Ecoffey: Native people know tragedy and trauma too well (June 17, 2016)

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.


Brandon Ecoffey: Making the Lakota language a priority in our paper
Brandon Ecoffey: Making the Lakota language a priority in our paper (June 10, 2016)

At Lakota Country Times we have made a commitment to furthering the conversation surrounding the Lakota language.


Lakota Country Times: Oglala Sioux fighter lands match in Florida
Lakota Country Times: Oglala Sioux fighter lands match in Florida (June 3, 2016)

David 'Bull Dawg' Michaud is competing for the Titan Fighting welterweight title on June 10.


Lakota Country Times: Native newspaper brings home 14 awards
Lakota Country Times: Native newspaper brings home 14 awards (May 31, 2016)

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.


Brandon Ecoffey: Lakota people come together in times of need
Brandon Ecoffey: Lakota people come together in times of need (May 25, 2016)

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.


Brandon Ecoffey: Democrat Bernie Sanders puts the people first
Brandon Ecoffey: Democrat Bernie Sanders puts the people first (May 17, 2016)

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.


Brandon Ecoffey: Oglala Sioux Tribe should impose a 'wellness tax'
Brandon Ecoffey: Oglala Sioux Tribe should impose a 'wellness tax' (May 10, 2016)

For all the negativity that exists in Indian Country there are always positive movements taking shape in some way or another.


Brandon Ecoffey: South Dakota governor's comments to Rosebud Sioux Tribe harken back to painful era
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.


Brandon Ecoffey: David 'Bull Dawg' Michaud represents the Oglala Lakota Nation
Brandon Ecoffey: David 'Bull Dawg' Michaud represents the Oglala Lakota Nation (April 27, 2016)

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.


Brandon Ecoffey: Tribes continue battle against energy pipelines
Brandon Ecoffey: Tribes continue battle against energy pipelines (April 19, 2016)

For close to a decade Lakota people have been prepared to lay their lives on the line to protect the water that sustains us.


Brandon Ecoffey: Indian Country struggles with meth epidemic
Brandon Ecoffey: Indian Country struggles with meth epidemic (April 11, 2016)

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.


Brandon Ecoffey: Let's shake things up with our votes for president
Brandon Ecoffey: Let's shake things up with our votes for president (April 6, 2016)

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.


Brandon Ecoffey: Open questions about Indian education scandal
Brandon Ecoffey: Open questions about Indian education scandal (April 1, 2016)

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.


Brandon Ecoffey: Columnist fired for praising Native-owned paper
Brandon Ecoffey: Columnist fired for praising Native-owned paper (March 28, 2016)

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.


Brandon Ecoffey: Taking a hard look at addiction in Indian Country
Brandon Ecoffey: Taking a hard look at addiction in Indian Country (March 3, 2016)

In order to properly have a conversation about legalization we as a society need to take a hard look at our addictions.


Brandon Ecoffey: Marijuana can boost economy on reservation
Brandon Ecoffey: Marijuana can boost economy on reservation (February 16, 2016)

The fact of the matter is that the people of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation deserve a functioning economy.


Brandon Ecoffey: Treaties guaranteed health care for our people
Brandon Ecoffey: Treaties guaranteed health care for our people (February 11, 2016)

The Medicaid expansion debate in South Dakota is incredibly intriguing when looked at from the perspective of tribal nations.


Brandon Ecoffey: Hoping for the best with sale at Wounded Knee massacre site
Brandon Ecoffey: Hoping for the best with sale at Wounded Knee massacre site (January 13, 2016)

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.


Brandon Ecoffey: Making history with Lakota Country Times app
Brandon Ecoffey: Making history with Lakota Country Times app (January 7, 2016)

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.


Brandon Ecoffey: Still no justice for our people in South Dakota
Brandon Ecoffey: Still no justice for our people in South Dakota (December 28, 2015)

I hope one day the feds see my people as human too.


Brandon Ecoffey: Native youth stand strong at LNI tournament
Brandon Ecoffey: Native youth stand strong at LNI tournament (December 23, 2015)

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.


Brandon Ecoffey: President of tribal college takes aim at paper
Brandon Ecoffey: President of tribal college takes aim at paper (November 30, 2015)

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.


Brandon Ecoffey: Making a difference for people on Pine Ridge
Brandon Ecoffey: Making a difference for people on Pine Ridge (November 25, 2015)

Throughout the past year or so there has been a movement to help fight hunger on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.


Brandon Ecoffey: There's positive news in Indian Country too
Brandon Ecoffey: There's positive news in Indian Country too (November 18, 2015)

Throughout the course of my work in the media there have always been causes that have received significant coverage.


Brandon Ecoffey: Real and immediate threats to our people
Brandon Ecoffey: Real and immediate threats to our people (November 6, 2015)

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.


Brandon Ecoffey: Criminal justice reforms for Indian Country
Brandon Ecoffey: Criminal justice reforms for Indian Country (October 23, 2015)

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.


Brandon Ecoffey: Powerful forces aim to keep out the Native vote
Brandon Ecoffey: Powerful forces aim to keep out the Native vote (October 7, 2015)

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.


Brandon Ecoffey: Dartmouth welcomes Native box-checkers
Brandon Ecoffey: Dartmouth welcomes Native box-checkers (September 23, 2015)

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.


Brandon Ecoffey: A wake-up call to keep Native languages alive
Brandon Ecoffey: A wake-up call to keep Native languages alive (September 7, 2015)

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.


Brandon Ecoffey: Tribal college graduates deserve more support
Brandon Ecoffey: Tribal college graduates deserve more support (August 21, 2015)

In this age of social media information is transferred from one person to another at almost instantaneous speed.


Brandon Ecoffey: Tragedy doesn't define our lives at Pine Ridge
Brandon Ecoffey: Tragedy doesn't define our lives at Pine Ridge (August 5, 2015)

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.


Brandon Ecoffey: Rapid City continues with tradition of racism
Brandon Ecoffey: Rapid City continues with tradition of racism (July 31, 2015)

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.


Brandon Ecoffey: Race remains an issue for police in Rapid City
Brandon Ecoffey: Race remains an issue for police in Rapid City (July 27, 2015)

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.


Brandon Ecoffey: A real economy continues to elude Pine Ridge
Brandon Ecoffey: A real economy continues to elude Pine Ridge (July 16, 2015)

For as long as I can remember mass economic development on the Pine Ridge Reservation has been idle.


Brandon Ecoffey: Delivering stories that matter to Indian Country
Brandon Ecoffey: Delivering stories that matter to Indian Country (July 2, 2015)

In the world of journalism, praise is limited, and critiques are a dime a dozen.


Brandon Ecoffey: Native voters face a simple choice in Rapid City
Brandon Ecoffey: Native voters face a simple choice in Rapid City (June 1, 2015)

The upcoming mayoral election in Rapid City, South Dakota may likely come down to the Native American vote.