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The history and land tenure of a portion of West Rapid City formerly belonging to the Rapid City Indian Boarding School, is currently under evaluation by researchers and government officials.…
On June 29, 1911, President Taft signed a proclamation which opened over 450,000 acres on the Pine Ridge and Rosebud Reservations, as reported by The Evening Times in Grand Forks,…
The South Dakota Board of Regents will consider naming two facilities on the Black Hills State University campus after American Indian leaders, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. The library on…
Over half of the cases handled by the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the District of South Dakota were comprised by violent offenses within the boundaries of the state’s…
The South Dakota Health Care Solutions Coalition is turning to Wyoming to get ideas to improve the current costs incurred, reports the Rapid City Journal.  The coalition was formed in…
On May 4th at 6:30pm, the Journey Museum in Rapid City will host An Inconvenient Truth: The history behind the Sioux San lands and West Rapid City. According to KOTA…
At the April 18 meeting of the Fall River County Commission, the Oglala Sioux Tribe requested a section of land, known as Flint Hills, be placed into trust, reports the Hot…
On April 29 1868, the second Treaty of Fort Laramie was signed by several bands of Lakota and Dakota leaders. The treaty provided for “absolute and undisturbed use and occupation”…
The Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation is installing solar panels, reports KOTA News. Gen Pro, a renewable energy company based in Piedmont, SD along with Solar Mosaic, Sun Power, and…
South Dakota State University has seen an increase in Native American nursing students, reports KOTA News. Since 2015, the number of Native American nursing students at SDSU has quadrupled, due…
On April 19th, 1893, over a hundred Lakota men, women and children, including many notable figures such as Red Cloud, Kicking Bear, and Short Bull, arrived in Chicago to participate…
The John T. Vucurevich Foundation granted the Rural America Initiatives $1 million towards their new head start facility reports the Rapid City Journal.  The grant brings them within $2 million of…
After five years, a 2,300 acre tract of tribal land known as Pe'Sla has been put into federal trust, KOTA reports. The land was purchased in 2012 for $9 million…
During the first week of March 1934, U.S. Indian Affairs Commissioner John Collier met with delegations from 18 tribes in Rapid City to solicit feedback concerning the Indian Reorganization Act…
Rapid City Collective Impact (RCCI) gathered mental health practitioners to discuss Native American behavioral health care options, reports KOTA News. The group gathered as part of RCCI’s efforts to meet…
Mark Meersman, a retired U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel, is the new chief executive officer of the Pine Ridge Indian Health Service Hospital, reports KOTA News. As CEO, Meersman will…
A federal judge has ordered Pennington County officials to comply with the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), reports South Dakota Public Broadcasting. The order follows a 2013 lawsuit filed in…
As the Lakota Nation Invitational tournament has grown over the last forty years, so to has been its effect on the area's economy. From hotel reservations to retail and restaurant…
Forty years ago, the inaugural Lakota Nation Invitational (LNI) was held at Pine Ridge High School. The basketball tournament developed out of tensions resulting from the American Indian Movement’s occupation…
The Oglala Sioux Tribe inaugurated Troy "Scott" Weston as tribal president on Friday, December 9th, 2016 reports the Rapid City Journal.  John Yellow Bird Steele exited his seventh term with…
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