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We suppose that most of us are pretty sick and tired of South Dakota’s duly elected national representatives bowing down to everything that is bad about Donald Trump and not standing up to refute the damaging lies he uses every day to solidify his base.
Native Americans have always been pushed aside when it came to abiding by the dictates of the U.S. Constitution and now the rest of America can get a taste of how that feels.
It appears that the Republicans no longer have a party, they have a cult.
Republicans seem to be standing at the ready to 'normalize' the outrageous oppression of the rights by the Trump administration.
Have any of us ever seen such a debacle in the White House? Not in my lifetime.
South Dakota is lucky to have a new generation of tribal leaders who continue to fight day in and day for the communities in which they live.
In what appears to be a first, one of the Trump administration's Indian policy nominees has been confirmed without so much as a confirmation hearing.
On the second Monday in October, South Dakotans uniquely celebrate Native American Day to recognize and honor the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota people who have shaped our state’s identity.
The mass killing of Native Americans came to an end because of the outcry of all Americans and because of an outraged Congress.
Will South Dakota's Republicans walk all over the rights and properties of Native Americans or will they stand up against this incursion?
One of the worst-performing hospitals in Indian Country remains hobbled after losing certification nearly two years ago.
Michael Toedt is new new chief medical officer for the Indian Health Service.
The Indian Health Service is broken and it has been for a long time, writes Senator John Thune from South Dakota.
The Restoring Accountability in the Indian Health Service Act address long-standing management, staffing and transparency issues at the agency.
The bills address health care for Native veterans, outdated federal Indian laws, economic development, criminal jurisdiction and Columbia River treaty tribes.
Let’s look at this election of 2016. The Republican candidate Donald Trump is an investor in the Dakota Access Pipeline.
The Great Plains Tribal Chairmen's Association has passed a resolution against a proposed land transfer in the Black Hills of South Dakota.
As the next few weeks progress we fill our pages with significant political coverage to help inform our people about the candidates.
Donald Trump has brought the Republican Party to its lowest common denominator.
Sen. John Thune (R-South Dakota) called on Donald Trump to drop out but says he will vote for him as president.
South Dakotans celebrate Native American Day as a way to recognize and pay tribute to the unique and traditional cultures of the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota nations.
The Black Hills of South Dakota, Khe Sapa, belongs to the Oceti Sakowin (Great Sioux Nation).
Lakota elder Basil Brave Heart remains positive and pragmatic about the situation.
In a situation where South Dakota could have taken the lead in building a bridge toward racial harmony, its leaders have chosen to whine.
The old name for Black Elk Peak came from a general who committed a massacre of the Lakota people and held women and children hostage.
We have heard accounts of nurses unable to administer basic drugs, broken emergency-resuscitation equipment, unsanitary medical facilities, and seriously ill children being misdiagnosed.
Large tribes that are ready to move quickly on projects would get priority for $25 million in federal funds.
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is in South Dakota to hear concerns about the troubled agency.
Lawmakers will convene in Rapid City this week to hear from tribal leaders and tribal citizens about the care they have received at the Indian Health Service.
Across Lakota Country all eyes are pointed towards Rapid City as a congressional delegation made up of representatives of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs prepares for a series of public meetings on improving the Indian Health Service.
Chairman Harold Frazier of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe welcomes the attention being paid to the Indian Health Service.
Committee staff will go over S.2953, the Indian Health Service Accountability Act, and take comments on the reform bill.
Three IHS facilities in the state have been cited for numerous deficiencies that threatened the health and safety of tribal members.
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will hold a field hearing on S.2953, the Indian Health Service Accountability Act, in June.
The Sioux San Hospital in Rapid City, South Dakota, poses an 'mmediate threat to the health and safety' of tribal members, a warning letter stated.
The leader of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and South Dakota's Congressional delegation aren't convinced of the agency's new improvement agreements.
'Tribal members are literally dying due to inadequate care,' the Republican lawmaker from South Dakota said.
Since the emergency room on the hospital shut down in December, six people have died while seeking urgent care at facilities far from the reservation.
For years now, patients on Indian reservations in the Great Plains area have been receiving substandard medical care.
S.524, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, includes tribes in grant programs but Sen. John Thune (R-South Dakota) said it doesn't go far enough to help Indian Country.
The new leader of the beleaguered agency vowed to do 'whatever it takes' to prevent more facilities in the troubled Great Plains Area from losing a key source of funding.
The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Service is giving the Indian Health Service until March 16 to address compliance issues.
The agency's top medical advice and guidance official admitted she told Senate staff: 'If you’ve only had two babies hit the floor in eight years that's pretty good.'
You do not have to go to Iraq, Syria, or Afghanistan to find the third-world and real and immediate threats to American citizens, all you have to do is visit a reservation.
Tribes are eligible for grants from a new fund created by the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act. The bill awaits action in the House.
Partisan bickering over the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act has left the Senate at a virtual standstill.
A report from Human Rights Watch accused tribal leaders of failing to account for about $25 million in federal funds.
In the wake of a recent Native American coup in Congress over the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline proposal, Sen. John Thune threatened a Republican Party backlash next year.
Rosebud President Cyril Scott said approval of the controversial project was an 'act of war against our people.'
The rich traditions of the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota are woven into the fabric of South Dakota’s history.
With an April 3 deadline looming for public comments on the military’s proposal to expand its Powder River Basin airspace training area in Indian Country, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has conditioned its permission on nothing less than total disarmament.
The pinch that the financial and human toll that the propane shortage has caused across the country is hitting tribal communities across the northern plains particularly hard as both tribal members and tribal governments scramble to find ways to stay warm.
After a three-year battle Congress passed a new version of the Farm Bill. The bill, which now heads to the Senate, will see a cut to the aid that low income families receive.
On Wednesday, November 20th, Congress—in a long-overdue ceremony—recognized Native American code talkers from eight of South Dakota’s tribes with the Congressional Gold Medal.
Indian soldiers who used their language to transmit unbreakable codes will receive long-overdue recognition of their service during a ceremony at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.
Each year, people gather across the state on Native American Day to celebrate the rich traditions and culture of the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota people.
Sally Jewell is taking over the Interior Department today. Jewell will be sworn in at a private ceremony this afternoon at the U.S. Supreme Court. Retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor,...