A dancer at the Black Hills Powwow in Rapid City, South Dakota. This year's event will take place October 11-13. Photo: Jeremiah M. Murphy

Native Sun News Today: Indian community seeks voice in local government

Indian Community rallies to get city council candidate
By Richie Richards

RAPID CITY – Following the recent dissolving of the Human Relations Commission and passing of Ordinance 6303 in Rapid City, some community members have come forward to support a Native American candidate to run for City Council in 2019.

They feel the underrepresentation by tribal members in city government is a weakness in the town and needs to be addressed, soon. This lack of representation in politics continues to cause strife in the Black Hills town and adds to the perceived racism in Rapid City.

On Monday, March 11, several individuals met to discuss the possible support of a candidate or candidates to run. The meeting was facilitated by Cante Heart and Natalie Stites-Means, whom have been continuing to meet local politics with outspokenness and a willingness to find solutions to uplift the tribal community in Rapid City.

In a statement on social media, Cante Heart said, “Rapid City, local elections are approaching! We still have time to put Indigenous Candidates on the ballot. But we need to move fast. Petitions for City Council Mayor and School Board are due March 26.”


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