Native Sun News Editorial: Options for job seekers in Indian Country

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Jobs, jobs, jobs: Here they are!
By Native Sun News Editorial Board

If you are looking for a job now is the best time of the year to find one.

There are many seasonal jobs available at different resorts and restaurants in Rapid City and the Black Hills. The Rapid City Regional Hospital is under a new CEO and he is trying to diversify his staff in all departments. Black Hills Energy (formerly Black Hills Power) is building a multi-million dollar business complex south of Rapid City and the management is also looking to build and diversify their employee base.

The Sicangu Oyate Ho, Inc., (St. Francis Indian School), Oglala Lakota College, and the McLaughlin School District are all actively looking for new employees. In fact the Rock Creek Grant School up on the Standing Rock Reservation at Bullhead is also looking for everything from teachers to bus drivers.

The South Dakota Highway Patrol has openings for patrol men and women. They are now accepting applications for the next hiring session which began on May 9 and ends on July 8. They offer great jobs with one of the best training programs in the nation. The Yankton Sioux Tribe is offering is looking for a new General Manager for its casino, hotel and travel plaza as well as a job for a Criminal Investigator.

All of the jobs we mention are now being advertised or have been in the past on the Classified Pages of the Native Sun News. And there are many, many more jobs now listed in our weekly newspaper.

Our sales staff makes it their job to go out and find employees willing to work with and hire Native Americans within their schools, organizations and businesses. So remember, when you see a job position advertised in Native Sun News the job advertiser understands they are advertising in a Native American newspaper and they are reaching into the Indian communities to find qualified employees.

The Lode Star Casino in Fort Thompson is looking for Black Jack Dealers and a Black Jack Table Manager. They are located on the Crow Creek Reservation. And Red Cloud Indian School is looking for an Administrative Assistant to Donor Relations and these job positions are advertised in last week’s Native Sun News.

We have been able to locate jobs for Lakota / Dakota / Nakota employees for job positions as far away as Nevada and so many of those placing ads with us have called or written to tell us their ad drew many responses and they did end up hiring someone from our region. We know of one teacher from California who saw an ad for a teaching position at Little Wound School in Kyle and applied for the job and got it.

There is a very high unemployment rate on most of South Dakota’s Indian reservations especially at Pine Ridge and that is why our staff is actively trying to get businesses, schools, etc., to advertise for help in our newspaper.

We advise all job seekers to pick up our newspaper and go after one of the many, many jobs we list on our Classified Pages every single week. We are working to find a place for you and you can use our job searches to help yourself land a good paying job and whether it is in South Dakota or Nevada, go for it.

Reaching for that job you see in our paper is the first step in achieving success.

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