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Native Sun News: Candidates to debate on tribal college campus

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

A view of the Oglala Lakota College campus in Rapid City, South Dakota. Photo from OLC

Native Sun News to host Mayoral Debate at OLC
By Richie Richards
Native Sun News Staff Writer

RAPID CITY –– On June 2, 2015 Rapid City residents will be going to the polls to vote for the mayor of Rapid City. May 15 is the deadline to register to vote and begins the early voting period.

Mayor Sam Kooiker and Candidate Steve Allender, have agreed to a Native Sun News mayoral debate and Oglala Lakota College has been chosen as the sight to host the event.

Starting at 10 a.m. on May 8 at the Oglala Lakota College campus in Rapid City located at 127 Knollwood Drive, both candidates will come together to discuss the issues concerning the Native American citizens living within the city limits.

Among the topics to be debated include race relations, employment by City of Rapid City, history in working with Native Americans, Rapid City Police Department, addiction and recovery services, homeless needs, support of educational needs, city infrastructure, and other topics related to a healthy relationship with the Indian population.

Native Sun News has been covering city government and race relations in Rapid City. We will moderate the debate. If there is a concern or question you would like presented at the debate, please submit those for consideration.

If you would like to attend this event or submit a question, please RSVP or contact Richie Richards at or call the office at (605) 721-1266. There are only 50 seats available for this debate.

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