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Sioux San – Rapid City Indian Health Service (IHS) Facility The Indian Health Service (IHS) is a federal health program for American Indians and Alaska Natives. IHS is an agency that operates within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  The United States Constitution, along with numerous treaties between the United States federal government and sovereign American Indian tribal…
May 1, 2017

BHKN Data Series

BHKN Data Series On an on-going basis, the Black Hills Knowledge Network compiles data on a variety of topics to provide additional context to local issues of interest. View our Education and Native Data Series to learn more about each topic with the support of reliable data. Education Data Series This look at K-12 funding in South Dakota is the first in a series of…
The Spearfish Historical Society hosts a variety of historical talks throughout the year that take place at the Spearfish Senior Citizen’s Center. The program is open to the public. Visit the Spearfish Historical Society’s website for more information on their historical programs.  Program Presenter(s) Date Presented Stratosphere Launch from the Stratobowl Linfred Schuttler November 13, 2012 Photography of Joseph and…
Are you looking for a helping hand in your community?  Need help learning a new skill? The community resource pages below will assist you with everything from registering to vote to starting your own business. Are you looking for help with something you don’t see listed? We’re always looking for new ideas, so feel free to email us.  Economic Assistance (clothing,…
February 9, 2017

Data Resources

Data helps policymakers and engaged citizens make well-informed decisions for themselves and their communities. The Black Hills Knowledge Network utilizes regional data in order to provide additional background information for community members on pressing local issues. Alongside our sister site, the South Dakota Dashboard, the Black Hills Knowledge Network supports local news and information with up-to-date federal data. BHKN Data…
The Black Hills Knowledge Network offers a variety of digital research tools and resources to access historical items from the Black Hills Region. Digital History Archives – Biblioboard The Black Hills Knowledge Network partners with 13 local libraries and communities to aggregate historical documents and photos. They are hosted on a site called BiblioBoard which is a system used worldwide to store local library…
Get Involved At the Black Hills Knowledge Network, we aim to connect people to local information and ideas within the Black Hills region. By doing this, we hope to engage citizens and educate community leaders regarding the value of local information for decision-making, with the goal of enhancing the quality of life in our communities. Your participation in the project…
In the Black Hills, conservation, agriculture, and wildlife issues often make headlines. On the pages below, you will be able to find in-depth background information to past and present environmental issues facing the Black Hills region. For data on agriculture and natural resources in South Dakota, the South Dakota Dashboard’s agriculture and natural resources or environment data resource guides. Black…
A variety of health issues become hot topics in the Black Hills region each year. The following pages provide background information and context to past and present health issues in the area. For South Dakota health data, visit our sister site, the South Dakota Dashboard. To find health and wellness resources in the Black Hills region, visit our community resource…
Civic life and citizen engagement should be at the heart of every community. Below you will find a variety of issue topics which provide background information to subjects discussed at the local and county level. For information about your local and state representatives, visit the South Dakota Legislative Research Council or 2017 South Dakota Legislature Issue Hub page. Deadwood Revitalization Project…
The education and training pages below provide resources and contextual information on a variety of education-related topics in the Black Hills region. From regional libraries to higher education, the pages below will help you learn more about your community. For education and training data specific to South Dakota, visit the Education Data Resources page on our sister site, the South…
Struggling to grasp the backstory to a local issue? Don’t worry, we have you covered. The pages below provide insight and background information on a variety of issues pertaining to the civic life and history of the Black Hills. Each page provides context to items of local discussion and interest. Primary documents and historical references are included as hyperlinks or…
As the South Dakota Legislature begins the 2016 session, you can find the information you need to understand the legislative process on this page, including what laws are being proposed and how you can make sure your voice is heard.  South Dakota Legislature - Legislative Research Council The official website of the South Dakota Legislature. Find information on past legislative…
Information for Voters Information about polling locations, sample ballots, and candidates should all be easily accessible to voters. Below you will find resources for voting by county, as well where your polling location is and how to check your voter registration. In addition to the information listed below, registered voters with mobile devices can access the Vote 605 Mobile App…
The Journey Museum and Learning Center opened in May of 1997. Located near the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, the museum houses four main collections pulled from other museums: the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology Museum of Geology, the South Dakota Archaeological Research Center, the Sioux Indian Museum, and the Minnilusa Pioneer Museum. The Journey had financial issues early…
ROAD CLOSURES:  West Rapid Street closed between Canal Street and Oshkosh Street until August 25 Disc Course and Soccer Field parking lot off Omaha Street closed to September 1 Joker Street closed from Poker Drive to Ennen Drive from August 7 to September 11 Mallow Street closed from Boegel Street to High Street from August 10 to September 15 Anamosa…
http://www.irs.gov/ The homepage of the Internal Revenue Service, complete with tax information and online tax forms that can be printed out.   http://www.irs.gov/formspubs/index.html?portlet=103 This link contains the most common tax forms that are used and allows the user to print them off.   https://www.irs.gov/forms-pubs/forms-and-publications-by-us-mail Tax forms and instructions are available to order   http://www.efile.com/tax-deduction/ Listing of tax deductions and exemptions…
The Deadwood Revitalization Committee, formed by the Deadwood Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau and the city of Deadwood, began holding public meetings in late 2013 and in effort to ramp up the historic city's economy, according to reports from the Black Hills Pioneer. More than 70 people attended two public-input meetings where break-out groups brainstormed about opportunities, threats, strengths and…
Carnegie Foundation Library was open to city residents.  Because travel was often slow and cumbersome, being open only to city residents worked well.  With more travel opportunities, the number of people in the area on a regular basis increased.  Below is a timeline of events in the formation of county library services.  The timeline is compiled from Rapid City Journal…
The Library is one of twelve departments in the Rapid City government. Its purpose is to connect people, learning, and innovation. Mission Statement From the 2015-2017 Strategic Plan: Inspire innovation and curiosity, build relationships and communities, and connect community to a global world. Overview Jim McShane became library director in 2014, following Greta Chapman's fifteen year tenure. Although the library…
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