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Tim Giago: Common sense instead of politics needed to stop coronavirus
Tim Giago: Common sense instead of politics needed to stop coronavirus (August 3, 2020)

How has COVID-19 changed our lives in Indian Country?


Native Sun News Today Editorial: It is time for the elected Tribal Councils to get off of the dime
Native Sun News Today Editorial: It is time for the elected Tribal Councils to get off of the dime (July 28, 2020)

A plan needs to be formulated so that the Sioux Nation can act in unison to discuss the future of the Black Hills settlement.


Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Democracies don’t last long
Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Democracies don’t last long (July 27, 2020)

The 'norms' sustaining our political system have never favored American Indians because they have been based to a large degree on racial exclusion.


Native Sun News Today: ‘Tunkasila Sakpe’ -- Mt. Rushmore
Native Sun News Today: ‘Tunkasila Sakpe’ -- Mt. Rushmore (July 27, 2020)

Tuŋkášila Šákpe is the Lakota name for The Six Grandfathers. It's known as Mount Rushmore to the people who stole it from the Sioux Nation.


Native Sun News Today: Building trust though diversity
Native Sun News Today: Building trust though diversity (July 23, 2020)

Realizing the full potential of Rapid City’s trade area requires involvement of Native Americans and the maximization of their purchasing power in the largely white border town.


OST President Bear Runner suspended for 30 days
OST President Bear Runner suspended for 30 days (July 15, 2020)

Julian Bear Runner, president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, has been suspended for 30 days and put on a 14-day quarantine for actions taken during the COVID-19 crisis.


Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Art is politics
Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Art is politics (July 13, 2020)

The truth is, America is no longer a new country, as it has often said to be. It is an old country inhabited by people who have wanted to create a new history.


Tim Giago: Black Hills Bradley Bill died because of a lack of unity
Tim Giago: Black Hills Bradley Bill died because of a lack of unity (July 13, 2020)

Most Lakota with any common sense know that there will never be a deal struck to return all of the Black Hills to the Indian people.


Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Where’s the beef?
Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Where’s the beef? (July 7, 2020)

Stealing Indian land was often made legal with a mere presidential signature.


'A historic day': Tribes celebrate victory over Dakota Access as pipeline operator strikes back
'A historic day': Tribes celebrate victory over Dakota Access as pipeline operator strikes back (July 7, 2020)

Tribes fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline won a major victory as a judge ordered oil to stop flowing through treaty territory. But the battle is far from over.


Jenni Monet: Making the case for treaties at Mount Rushmore
Jenni Monet: Making the case for treaties at Mount Rushmore (July 6, 2020)

If true justice and equality are ever to be achieved in the United States, the country must first take seriously what it owes Indigenous Peoples.


'A proud day to be Lakota': Activists arrested for protesting Trump visit to Sioux Nation treaty territory
'A proud day to be Lakota': Activists arrested for protesting Trump visit to Sioux Nation treaty territory (July 6, 2020)

Nearly 200 protestors clashed with law enforcement as they stood in defense of Sioux Nation homelands stolen by the U.S. government.


Tim Giago: 'The Black Hills are not for sale'
Tim Giago: 'The Black Hills are not for sale' (July 6, 2020)

Republicans Kristi Noem and Donald Trump were treading on the sacred ground of the Lakota; plain and simple.


Native Sun News Today Editorial: Mount Rushmore fireworks and ignorant politicians
Native Sun News Today Editorial: Mount Rushmore fireworks and ignorant politicians (July 3, 2020)

Donald Trump and Kristi Noem are using the Black Hills and Mount Rushmore to publicize their political ambitions.


Native Sun News Today: Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe sues Trump
Native Sun News Today: Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe sues Trump (July 2, 2020)

The Trump administration is threatening to take away law enforcement from the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Native Sun News Today: Bruce Long Fox to join South Dakota Hall of Fame
Native Sun News Today: Bruce Long Fox to join South Dakota Hall of Fame (July 1, 2020)

Bruce Long Fox, a citizen of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, will be joining the South Dakota Hall of Fame.


'Left out and left behind': Trump administration faces questions about COVID-19 in Indian Country
'Left out and left behind': Trump administration faces questions about COVID-19 in Indian Country (July 1, 2020)

The Trump administration's COVID-19 response efforts in Indian Country are back in the spotlight again on Capitol Hill.


Native Sun News Today: New Rapid Creek Watershed Action to help tribes protect Black Hills
Native Sun News Today: New Rapid Creek Watershed Action to help tribes protect Black Hills (June 30, 2020)

Treaty law, which is the highest law of the land, according to the U.S. Constitution, provides that the Black Hills belong to the Sioux Nation.


Harold Frazier: The 'American' faces carved onto our sacred land
Harold Frazier: The 'American' faces carved onto our sacred land (June 30, 2020)

Nothing stands as a greater reminder to the Great Sioux Nation of a country that cannot keep a promise or treaty than the faces carved into our sacred land.


Native Sun News Today Editorial: 2020 marks the 30th anniversary of the Year of Reconciliation and Native American Day
Native Sun News Today Editorial: 2020 marks the 30th anniversary of the Year of Reconciliation and Native American Day (June 29, 2020)

Wouldn’t it be great if all of the Native and Non-Native schools in South Dakota celebrate together?


Tim Giago: Racism is a two-way street
Tim Giago: Racism is a two-way street (June 29, 2020)

If Native Americans are going to seriously discuss racism I think we should be taking a close look at ourselves.


Native Sun News Today: Black Hills Powwow cancelled until 2021
Native Sun News Today: Black Hills Powwow cancelled until 2021 (June 25, 2020)

Planning is taking place for the next He Sapa Wacipi Na Oskate in 2021.


Native Sun News Today Editorial: Don’t defund the police, disarm them
Native Sun News Today Editorial: Don’t defund the police, disarm them (June 23, 2020)

How many Native Americans in Rapid City would be alive today if the police did not carry guns?


Native Sun News Today: Healthcare employee claims illegal termination
Native Sun News Today: Healthcare employee claims illegal termination (June 22, 2020)

Ashley Forney, a citizen of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, was terminated after telling superiors about racism and hostility in the workforce.


Indian Health Service cites strides in era of COVID-19 as challenges linger
Indian Health Service cites strides in era of COVID-19 as challenges linger (June 22, 2020)

The Indian Health Service has brought a troubled hospital back from the brink as the Trump administration challenges a ruling in a treaty rights case.


Tim Giago: You have to be carefully taught
Tim Giago: You have to be carefully taught (June 22, 2020)

The national protests now taking place are clearly pointing out America’s duality in racial discrimination and justice.


Native Sun News Today: Moldy PPE reportedly used at Oyate Health Center
Native Sun News Today: Moldy PPE reportedly used at Oyate Health Center (June 19, 2020)

An employee who raised concerns about moldy personal protective equipment was fired by the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board.


Native Sun News Today: Comments due on trapping otters
Native Sun News Today: Comments due on trapping otters (June 15, 2020)

South Dakota is giving the public until June 19 to comment on the first-ever trapping season for the rare native river otter that was reintroduced by the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe.


COVID-19 exposes inadequate funding levels at Indian Health Service
COVID-19 exposes inadequate funding levels at Indian Health Service (June 11, 2020)

With coronavirus cases continuing to rise at disproportionate rates, advocates are calling on Congress to live up to its trust and treaty obligations by providing adequate health care for tribal and urban communities.


Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Abusing power through ignorance
Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Abusing power through ignorance (June 11, 2020)

Our South Dakota governor is just a Republican sycophant knows almost nothing about Sioux political and legal history, and consults with Donald Trump's White House at every opportunity.


Native Sun News Today: Wanblee -- Quarantined without food
Native Sun News Today: Wanblee -- Quarantined without food (June 11, 2020)

With over 40 COVID-19 cases, the Pine Ridge Reservation has one of the highest numbers of infections for reservations in the state of South Dakota.


Native Sun News Today: Lawsuit challenges gold permit process in ‘sacred water’ basin
Native Sun News Today: Lawsuit challenges gold permit process in ‘sacred water’ basin (June 10, 2020)

'Mining for gold poses a serious threat to our sacred water from Rapid Creek,' says A. Gay Kingman of the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association.


Native Sun News Today: Pandemic protocols portend census undercount on tribal lands
Native Sun News Today: Pandemic protocols portend census undercount on tribal lands (June 8, 2020)

The U.S. Census Bureau has missed 2020 operation targets on all but one of South Dakota’s nine reservations, illustrating the nationwide threat of an alarming Native American population undercount amid the COVID-19 pandemic.


Native Sun News Today Editorial: Walking in the shoes of George Floyd
Native Sun News Today Editorial: Walking in the shoes of George Floyd (June 8, 2020)

The atrocious murder of George Floyd finally made many Americans say, 'Enough is enough.'


Native Sun News Today: A peaceful protest in Rapid City
Native Sun News Today: A peaceful protest in Rapid City (June 5, 2020)

'George was the biggest gentle giant ever,' Selwyn Jones said of his nephew, George Floyd, who was killed by police officers.


Indian Country Today: 4 Native candidates for Congress advance to November
Indian Country Today: 4 Native candidates for Congress advance to November (June 4, 2020)

At least four Native candidates for Congress will advance to the general election after winning primaries in Idaho and New Mexico.


Native Sun News Today: Noem calls on Trump to end road blocks
Native Sun News Today: Noem calls on Trump to end road blocks (June 4, 2020)

The Republican governor of South Dakota admits her opposition to tribal checkpoints is linked to the Keystone XL Pipeline.


Native Sun News Today: LNI and Powwow on hold
Native Sun News Today: LNI and Powwow on hold (June 3, 2020)

Events that normally take place annually in Rapid City and the Black Hills have joined the evolving conversation of whether or not to host patrons amid the COVID-19 pandemic.


'Incompetence': Trump administration warns of delayed COVID-19 relief for tribes
'Incompetence': Trump administration warns of delayed COVID-19 relief for tribes (June 2, 2020)

From missed deadlines to a massive data breach, the Trump administration's handling of an $8 billion coronavirus relief fund promised to tribes has been one big mess.


Native Sun News Today Editorial: It is time to start preparing for the upcoming elections
Native Sun News Today Editorial: It is time to start preparing for the upcoming elections (June 1, 2020)

While there a pandemic decimating America and much of the world, Donald Trump is looking for any reason he can come up with to place the blame for his total incompetence on someone else.


Tim Giago: Families of murdered men still waiting for closure
Tim Giago: Families of murdered men still waiting for closure (June 1, 2020)

It started in May of 1998 when bodies began to show up in Rapid City Creek. Of the eight bodies discovered six were Native Americans, and all were homeless men.


Native Sun News Today: Pandemic consolation prize: View from Indian Country
Native Sun News Today: Pandemic consolation prize: View from Indian Country (May 26, 2020)

Kim Daniels’ long wait for a coronavirus stimulus check has been frustrating for the 59-year-old Lakota grandmother.


YES! Magazine: Gardening advice from Indigenous food growers
YES! Magazine: Gardening advice from Indigenous food growers (May 25, 2020)

Among COVID-19’s disruptions are bare supermarket shelves and items available yesterday but nowhere to be found today. As you seek ways to replace them, you can look to Native gardens for ideas and inspiration.


Tim Giago: ‘Only God can make a tree’
Tim Giago: ‘Only God can make a tree’ (May 25, 2020)

'I think that I shall never see, a poem lovely as a tree,' Joyce Kilmer wrote in 1914.


Native Sun News Today: Prairie Edge adapts during pandemic
Native Sun News Today: Prairie Edge adapts during pandemic (May 25, 2020)

Businesses have been changing ways of operation and avenues of income from day to day during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Mass burials teach same lessons
Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Mass burials teach same lessons (May 22, 2020)

Tribal leaders across America are at these moments of this early spring, gathering their people to talk of decisions to be made that will not be business as usual.


Native Sun News Today: COVID-19 checkpoints on reservations to remain
Native Sun News Today: COVID-19 checkpoints on reservations to remain (May 22, 2020)

The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and the Oglala Sioux Tribe are refusing to remove coronavirus checkpoints on their reservations amid threats from a Republican governor.


On South Dakota’s Sioux reservations, checkpoints save lives
On South Dakota’s Sioux reservations, checkpoints save lives (May 21, 2020)

A standoff over safety and sovereignty is intensifying in South Dakota.


Native Sun News Today Editorial: Looking ahead to the new normal
Native Sun News Today Editorial: Looking ahead to the new normal (May 21, 2020)

Like small businesses across Indian Country, Native Sun News Today, felt, and is still feeling, the impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic.


Republican governor takes coronavirus checkpoints to Trump
Republican governor takes coronavirus checkpoints to Trump (May 21, 2020)

First Kristi Noem made a legal threat. Now she's asking Donald Trump for help in taking down coronavirus checkpoints on two reservations.


Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: State power runs amok
Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: State power runs amok (May 19, 2020)

I’ve not seen any evidence that Indians in this state deserve the constant tension put forth by this governor.


Native Sun News Today: Pandemic consolation prize: View from Indian Country
Native Sun News Today: Pandemic consolation prize: View from Indian Country (May 19, 2020)

Ronald 'Isaac' Neiss, Sicangu Lakota, figured he would not be eligible for a $1,200 stimulus check under the U.S. government’s coronavirus relief program.


Intertribal Ag Council: The generosity of agriculture
Intertribal Ag Council: The generosity of agriculture (May 18, 2020)

As the coronavirus continues to impact meat processing plants nationwide, farmers and ranchers in Indian Country will continue asking for help with their growing backlog.


Tim Giago: The Wounded Knee we loved as children
Tim Giago: The Wounded Knee we loved as children (May 18, 2020)

There are not too many of us left who remember what a great place Wounded Knee used to be, a place of wonderful childhood memories.


Native Sun News Today: Checkpoints on reservations point of discussion
Native Sun News Today: Checkpoints on reservations point of discussion (May 18, 2020)

The Cheyenne River Sioux Sioux and the Oglala Sioux Tribe are refusing to bow to an order to take down coronavirus checkpoints on their reservations.


Alexander Mallory: Tribes have full legal authority to use checkpoints to safeguard health
Alexander Mallory: Tribes have full legal authority to use checkpoints to safeguard health (May 13, 2020)

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem should commend the checkpoints implemented by tribes to protect their nations from a COVID-19 outbreak, not condemn them with threats of legal action.


'It’s really scary for us': Oglala Sioux Tribe orders lockdown after COVID-19 hits reservation
'It’s really scary for us': Oglala Sioux Tribe orders lockdown after COVID-19 hits reservation (May 12, 2020)

The Oglala Sioux Tribe ordered a reservation-wide shutdown after learning of the first COVID-19 cases among its citizens.


Tim Giago: Overcoming the ignorance of South Dakota’s governors
Tim Giago: Overcoming the ignorance of South Dakota’s governors (May 11, 2020)

Kristi Noem knows absolutely nothing about the history of the Indian people residing in the state she governs.


'I’m protecting my people': Tribal citizens defend coronavirus checkpoints amid threat from state
'I’m protecting my people': Tribal citizens defend coronavirus checkpoints amid threat from state (May 11, 2020)

With coronavirus cases rising all around their communities, the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and the Oglala Sioux Tribe are standing firm against a threat from the governor of South Dakota.


Marcella LeBeau: Vulnerable Native Americans need protection from COVID-19
Marcella LeBeau: Vulnerable Native Americans need protection from COVID-19 (May 11, 2020)

As a retired World War II army nurse and former Indian Health Service Director of Nursing, I know how fragile and precious life is.