Native Sun News: Lakota woman seeks to represent North Rapid

The following story was written and reported by Karin Eagle, Native Sun News Staff Writer. All content © Native Sun News.

Theresa Spry. Photo courtesy/Rapid City Journal

RAPID CITY, SOUTH DAKOTA –– A member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe is seeking the city council’s Ward 4 seat, which represents the most concentrated Native American population in Rapid City.

Theresa Spry, a longtime North Rapid resident, comes to the race with experience in community activism, including the Sioux San Hospital Task Force, Defenders of the Black Hills, Indigenous Women’s Political Caucus and People against Racism, Positive Improvement Committee.

In the past, Spry has served as chair of both the League of Democratic Women of Western South Dakota and Precinct 4-2 for the Pennington County Democratic Party.

The June 5 primary pits Spry against Josh Snyder and Amanda Scott for the Ward 4 seat. Incumbent Jordan Mason has chosen not to seek re-election.

This election marks the first use of the new polling place established by Mayor Sam Kooiker at the Lakota Homes site.

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