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Two-Spirit woman: Overcoming trauma
Two-Spirit woman: Overcoming trauma (October 2, 2019)

When Carla Douglas was born, her mother wanted a daughter so badly she named the young child Carla Georgina and began dressing her in girl's clothing.


Victor Swallow: Thoughts on aging
Victor Swallow: Thoughts on aging (September 30, 2019)

We elderly have stories to tell. Stories about the hardships we endured.


Grandma gets the boot after a fire in her home
Grandma gets the boot after a fire in her home (September 25, 2019)

A Lakota grandmother has been evicted from her house after nearly four years of living there, due to a fire she had no responsibility for.


Prayer circle welcomes students back to campus
Prayer circle welcomes students back to campus (September 16, 2019)

For the last couple of semesters, students and staff at Western Dakota Tech have been gathering for a prayer circle to begin the semester.


'Our children are sacred': New leader takes over Indian education program
'Our children are sacred': New leader takes over Indian education program (August 30, 2019)

Whitnee Pearce has hit the ground running in her new position as head of Indian education in Rapid City, South Dakota.


Native Sun News Today: Lawsuit targets tribal takeover of IHS hospital
Native Sun News Today: Lawsuit targets tribal takeover of IHS hospital (August 14, 2019)

Urban Indian patients are suing the federal government to ensure their care remains in the hands of the Indian Health Service.


Native Sun News Today Editorial: Indigenous people victimized by Donald Trump's racism
Native Sun News Today Editorial: Indigenous people victimized by Donald Trump's racism (August 9, 2019)

The president is a racist, but he needs to keep that hate within himself.


James Giago Davies: Indian people still mistreated on their own homelands
James Giago Davies: Indian people still mistreated on their own homelands (July 26, 2019)

There is no doubt about it: law enforcement is racially profiling people, and weeding out the likely loiterers from the white citizenry.


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.


Native Sun News Today Editorial: Native people still treated as invisible
Native Sun News Today Editorial: Native people still treated as invisible (July 10, 2019)

Native Americans are not chopped liver.


Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Monument to Native scholars vandalized in South Dakota
Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Monument to Native scholars vandalized in South Dakota (July 2, 2019)

I consider the desecration of the Black Elk monument a racist act, an affront to an idea that we all must do what we can to see ourselves clearly and try to bridge the gaps between unlike groups.


Native Sun News Today: Activists hold out hope for troubled Indian hospital
Native Sun News Today: Activists hold out hope for troubled Indian hospital (June 27, 2019)

Urban Indian patients are hoping to reach the leader of the Indian Health Service before tribes assume control of the Sioux San Hospital in South Dakota.


Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Native people are making change in our community
Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Native people are making change in our community (June 21, 2019)

I congratulate our brave Native activists and those who dared to run for offices held by Whites here since the founding.


Native Sun News Today: Drum and dance group returns to help youth
Native Sun News Today: Drum and dance group returns to help youth (June 21, 2019)

Following a long break after the death of its founder, the Wambli Ska Drum & Dance Society has resumed its weekly practices.


Native Sun News Today: Indian Health Service lays off 50 at troubled hospital
Native Sun News Today: Indian Health Service lays off 50 at troubled hospital (June 13, 2019)

Urban Indians continue to express concerns about a tribal takeover of an Indian Health Service facility.


Tribal management on the way for troubled Indian Health Service hospital
Tribal management on the way for troubled Indian Health Service hospital (June 12, 2019)

The Great Plains Tribal Chairmen's Health Board will manage most operations at the Sioux San Hospital in South Dakota.


Native Sun News Today: The great Black Hills flood of 1972
Native Sun News Today: The great Black Hills flood of 1972 (June 11, 2019)

Almost a half century later, people born and raised in Rapid City after June 9, 1972, can only imagine what the town looked like before the flood.


Native Sun News Today: Father's Day walk honors missing and murdered men and boys
Native Sun News Today: Father's Day walk honors missing and murdered men and boys (June 5, 2019)

Three women have organized a prayer walk to shed light on the men and boys who are part of the movement to identify those responsible for the missing and murdered.


Native candidates come up short after historic campaign in South Dakota
Native candidates come up short after historic campaign in South Dakota (June 5, 2019)

Native women made history by seeking public office in Rapid City, South Dakota, though none won their races.


Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Changes comes reluctantly on the Northern Plains
Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Changes comes reluctantly on the Northern Plains (May 31, 2019)

Our lives as Indians and Whites reflect a rugged, unjust history of enforced death to tribal life, and the subsequent colonization of a struggling sovereign indigenous nation.


Native Sun News Today: Museum scrapped over ties to Wounded Knee Massacre
Native Sun News Today: Museum scrapped over ties to Wounded Knee Massacre (May 31, 2019)

A museum for Medal of Honor recipients, including those from the Wounded Knee Massacre of 1890, has been abandoned after public outcry.


Gallery for Native artists planned instead of 'Medal of Honor' museum
Gallery for Native artists planned instead of 'Medal of Honor' museum (May 29, 2019)

Plans for a Medal of Honor museum have been scrapped following controversy over ties to the Wounded Knee Massacre.


Native Sun News Today: Museum honors men who slaughtered Lakota people
Native Sun News Today: Museum honors men who slaughtered Lakota people (May 24, 2019)

Nearly 300 Lakota men, women, elders and children were killed in the Wounded Knee Massacre on December 29, 1890.


Charmaine White Face: Divide and conquer for Indian people all over again
Charmaine White Face: Divide and conquer for Indian people all over again (May 23, 2019)

It is still the responsibility of the U.S. government, according to the 1868 Treaty, to provide health care.


Native Sun News Today: Native mayoral candidate proud to be a water protector
Native Sun News Today: Native mayoral candidate proud to be a water protector (May 23, 2019)

Natalie Stites Means says protecting Rapid City's water and environment are among her top priorities.


Native Sun News Today: Native man dies after incident with police officers
Native Sun News Today: Native man dies after incident with police officers (May 21, 2019)

Jeremiah Janis was pepper-sprayed and tasered by police officers in Rapid City, South Dakota.


Native Sun News Today: Two tribes renew effort to manage Indian hospital
Native Sun News Today: Two tribes renew effort to manage Indian hospital (May 1, 2019)

Sioux San employees and Rapid City Indian community members are in for another rollercoaster ride.


Tim Giago: First Nations Sculpture Garden deserves our support
Tim Giago: First Nations Sculpture Garden deserves our support (April 29, 2019)

The Sculpture Garden benefits all Native Americans and serves as an educational tool for Non-Natives and to our own people.


Native Sun News Today: Lakota woman brings leadership to the table
Native Sun News Today: Lakota woman brings leadership to the table (April 24, 2019)

Native women have stepped up to the plate as residents of Rapid City, South Dakota, elect new leaders.


Native Sun News Today: City hasn't always been kind to Native residents
Native Sun News Today: City hasn't always been kind to Native residents (April 5, 2019)

This past winter another three Native Americans lost their lives to the elements in Rapid City, South Dakota.


Ernestine Chasing Hawk: 'Low-life bullies' attack my reporting on Indian hospital
Ernestine Chasing Hawk: 'Low-life bullies' attack my reporting on Indian hospital (April 3, 2019)

First of all I am not one to engage in online tit-for-tat when my integrity as a journalist is being challenged.


Native Sun News Today: Native woman seeks highest office in Rapid City
Native Sun News Today: Native woman seeks highest office in Rapid City (April 3, 2019)

Natalie Stites-Means, a citizen of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, is seeking to make history in South Dakota.


Native Sun News Today: Community honors Native man with prayer circle
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Native Sun News Today: Community honors Native man with prayer circle (March 29, 2019)

Larry Low Dog entered the Spirit World on March 14. His daughter wants people to know he was more than just a statistic.


'Vote with your heart': Native woman seeks voice on city council
'Vote with your heart': Native woman seeks voice on city council (March 27, 2019)

Cante Heart, a Native mother, college student and activist, is running for public office in Rapid City, South Dakota.


Native Sun News Today: Indian community seeks voice in local government
Native Sun News Today: Indian community seeks voice in local government (March 21, 2019)

A lack of representation in politics continues to cause strife and adds to the perceived racism in Rapid City, South Dakota.


Native Sun News Today: Community comes together to talk about Indian inmates
Native Sun News Today: Community comes together to talk about Indian inmates (March 20, 2019)

In South Dakota, 33 percent of the male prison population and 63 percent of the female prison population is Native American.


Native Sun News Today: New panhandling law called racist toward Indian people
Native Sun News Today: New panhandling law called racist toward Indian people (March 19, 2019)

Although not clearly written in black and white, a seemingly racially-biased, anti-panhandling ordinance will soon go into effect.


Native Sun News Today: Police investigate deaths of two young men
Native Sun News Today: Police investigate deaths of two young men (March 12, 2019)

Two young men died within a 24-hour period in Rapid City, South Dakota.


Native Sun News Today: Indian-owned business continues to grow
Native Sun News Today: Indian-owned business continues to grow (March 11, 2019)

Since opening in 2015, HeSapa Enterprises has steadily grown in size and services provided to customers


Native Sun News Today: Lakota basketball coach mentors the Screaming Eagles
Native Sun News Today: Lakota basketball coach mentors the Screaming Eagles (March 6, 2019)

Sam Prairie Chicken is a basketball coach, and the Screaming Eagles are the North Rapid Lakota boys he coaches.


Native Sun News Today: Widow blames police for lying about fatal shooting
Native Sun News Today: Widow blames police for lying about fatal shooting (February 27, 2019)

She had been married to Tim Holmgren for nearly 28 years when they shot him. It was April 27, 2017.


Native Sun News Today: Campaign focuses on missing and murdered sisters
Native Sun News Today: Campaign focuses on missing and murdered sisters (February 25, 2019)

Native women go missing and murdered at alarming rates. A campaign asks 'Why?'


Native Sun News Today: Lakota families seek justice for lost loved ones
Native Sun News Today: Lakota families seek justice for lost loved ones (February 21, 2019)

They say the ancients wailed and screamed when they lost a loved one which enabled them to release their grief aloud.


Tim Giago: Sometimes I wish we could just turn back the clock
Tim Giago: Sometimes I wish we could just turn back the clock (February 18, 2019)

Let me take you back to the days of mom and pop grocery stores and full-service gas stations. Remember them?


Native Sun News Today: Indian Health Service rejects tribal takeover of hospital
Native Sun News Today: Indian Health Service rejects tribal takeover of hospital (February 14, 2019)

A renewed attempt to assume control over a troubled Indian Health Service hospital is running into roadblocks.


Native Sun News Today: Cops called on Lakota family mourning loss of daughter
Native Sun News Today: Cops called on Lakota family mourning loss of daughter (February 7, 2019)

For Dave and Sydney Claymore, mourning the loss of their daughter was made even more difficult when police officers were called to her traditional wake ceremony.


Native Sun News Today: Lakota Sewing Circle brings creative women together
Native Sun News Today: Lakota Sewing Circle brings creative women together (February 4, 2019)

When you get a group of women together, give them each something creative to work on and let them talk, two kinds of beautiful happen.


Native Sun News Today: Historic tribal meeting focuses on health care controversy
Native Sun News Today: Historic tribal meeting focuses on health care controversy (February 1, 2019)

A historic meeting, called to bring three tribes together, instead ended with a greater wedge between them.


Native Sun News Today: Group documents racism against the Indian community
Native Sun News Today: Group documents racism against the Indian community (January 29, 2019)

Advocates are hosting meetings as part of an effort to 'de-colonize' Rapid City in South Dakota.


Native Sun News Today: Urban Indians assert control over health care
Native Sun News Today: Urban Indians assert control over health care (January 21, 2019)

In what some have termed “historic” the Rapid City Indian community chose five men and five women to represent tribal people living in sacred He Sapa.


Tim Giago: Some things that still haunt me after more than 70 years
Tim Giago: Some things that still haunt me after more than 70 years (January 21, 2019)

It’s been a long time since I went fishing out in Rapid Valley and even longer since I stole a watermelon.


Ernestine Chasing Hawk: An appreciation for the Indian Health Service
Ernestine Chasing Hawk: An appreciation for the Indian Health Service (January 14, 2019)

We need to thank the employees at Sioux San Hospital and Indian Health Service who work tirelessly to meet our health care needs.


Native Sun News Today: Tribes won't manage troubled Indian Health Service hospital
Native Sun News Today: Tribes won't manage troubled Indian Health Service hospital (January 7, 2019)

A proposed takeover of an Indian Health Service hospital in South Dakota has come to a halt after tribal activists mobilized opposition.


Ivan Star Comes Out: Racism is a far too common experience for Native people
Ivan Star Comes Out: Racism is a far too common experience for Native people (January 7, 2019)

My life has been one big racial experience but this does not mean I encountered it every day and minute of my life.


Native Sun News Today: Battle continues over urban Indian hospital
Native Sun News Today: Battle continues over urban Indian hospital (December 20, 2018)

Native activists are trying to stop three tribes from taking over management of an Indian Health Service facility in South Dakota.


Native Sun News Today: Urban Indian organization prepares for new center
Native Sun News Today: Urban Indian organization prepares for new center (December 19, 2018)

The Rural America Initiatives treated community members to a sneak peek of a new $7.3 million dollar facility in Rapid City, South Dakota.


Tim Giago: Our first Christmas away from our home on the reservation
Tim Giago: Our first Christmas away from our home on the reservation (December 18, 2018)

Although we didn’t have much, at least we were all together as a family that Christmas.


Native Sun News Today: Akicita program brings students into law enforcement
Native Sun News Today: Akicita program brings students into law enforcement (December 17, 2018)

A new program pairs up students in the criminal justice program with law enforcement officers for mentorship and learning.


Native Sun News Today: Lakota Nation Invitational kicks off in South Dakota
Native Sun News Today: Lakota Nation Invitational kicks off in South Dakota (December 14, 2018)

The Lakota Nation Invitational is underway in Rapid City, drawing top basketball teams from reservations across South Dakota.


Native Sun News Today: Indian Health Service rejects move of urban hospital
Native Sun News Today: Indian Health Service rejects move of urban hospital (December 13, 2018)

An Indian Health Service hospital that serves urban Indians is the subject of a tug-of-war in South Dakota.