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Tim Giago: It's time to vote these buffoons out of office
Tim Giago: It's time to vote these buffoons out of office (July 15, 2019)

It appears that the Republicans no longer have a party, they have a cult.


Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Republicans are still swimming in Donald Trump's swamp
Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Republicans are still swimming in Donald Trump's swamp (January 29, 2019)

Republicans seem to be standing at the ready to 'normalize' the outrageous oppression of the rights by the Trump administration.


Tim Giago: An indictment or impeachment for Donald Trump? Either is fine with me.
Tim Giago: An indictment or impeachment for Donald Trump? Either is fine with me. (January 28, 2019)

Have any of us ever seen such a debacle in the White House? Not in my lifetime.


John Thune: Honoring our Native American history and traditions
John Thune: Honoring our Native American history and traditions (October 4, 2018)

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.


Senate confirms Indian nominee without so much as a confirmation hearing
Senate confirms Indian nominee without so much as a confirmation hearing (June 21, 2018)

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.


John Thune: Celebrating the Native Americans who have shaped our identity
John Thune: Celebrating the Native Americans who have shaped our identity (October 5, 2017)

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.


Tim Giago: When are Republicans willing to talk about gun violence in America?
Tim Giago: When are Republicans willing to talk about gun violence in America? (October 5, 2017)

The mass killing of Native Americans came to an end because of the outcry of all Americans and because of an outraged Congress.


Native Sun News Today Editorial: Will Republicans stand up for Indian Country?
Native Sun News Today Editorial: Will Republicans stand up for Indian Country? (September 28, 2017)

Will South Dakota's Republicans walk all over the rights and properties of Native Americans or will they stand up against this incursion?


Embattled Indian Health Service hospital in Nebraska losing top executive again
Embattled Indian Health Service hospital in Nebraska losing top executive again (June 14, 2017)

One of the worst-performing hospitals in Indian Country remains hobbled after losing certification nearly two years ago.


Indian Health Service names a permanent chief medical officer
Indian Health Service names a permanent chief medical officer (June 5, 2017)

Michael Toedt is new new chief medical officer for the Indian Health Service.


John Thune: The Indian Health Service must be held accountable
John Thune: The Indian Health Service must be held accountable (June 2, 2017)

The Indian Health Service is broken and it has been for a long time, writes Senator John Thune from South Dakota.


Lawmakers once again seek fixes to 'broken' Indian Health Service
Lawmakers once again seek fixes to 'broken' Indian Health Service (May 25, 2017)

The Restoring Accountability in the Indian Health Service Act address long-standing management, staffing and transparency issues at the agency.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approves five bills at meeting
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approves five bills at meeting (March 29, 2017)

The bills address health care for Native veterans, outdated federal Indian laws, economic development, criminal jurisdiction and Columbia River treaty tribes.


Native Sun News Today Editorial: Native voters can make change at the ballot boxes on November 8
Native Sun News Today Editorial: Native voters can make change at the ballot boxes on November 8 (November 4, 2016)

Let’s look at this election of 2016. The Republican candidate Donald Trump is an investor in the Dakota Access Pipeline.


Lakota Country Times: Tribes oppose transfer of treaty territory
Lakota Country Times: Tribes oppose transfer of treaty territory (October 28, 2016)

The Great Plains Tribal Chairmen's Association has passed a resolution against a proposed land transfer in the Black Hills of South Dakota.


Brandon Ecoffey: It's business as usual for South Dakota Republicans
Brandon Ecoffey: It's business as usual for South Dakota Republicans (October 20, 2016)

As the next few weeks progress we fill our pages with significant political coverage to help inform our people about the candidates.


Native Sun News Today Editorial: Republicans in South Dakota embrace Monster Trump
Native Sun News Today Editorial: Republicans in South Dakota embrace Monster Trump (October 19, 2016)

Donald Trump has brought the Republican Party to its lowest common denominator.


Republicans in South Dakota change their tune on Donald Trump
Republicans in South Dakota change their tune on Donald Trump (October 13, 2016)

Sen. John Thune (R-South Dakota) called on Donald Trump to drop out but says he will vote for him as president.


John Thune: Celebrating the contributions of our tribal nations
John Thune: Celebrating the contributions of our tribal nations (October 6, 2016)

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.


Ruth Hopkins: South Dakota lawmakers make ploy for treaty lands
Ruth Hopkins: South Dakota lawmakers make ploy for treaty lands (September 1, 2016)

The Black Hills of South Dakota, Khe Sapa, belongs to the Oceti Sakowin (Great Sioux Nation).


Lakota Country Times: Oglala veteran pushed for Black Elk Peak
Lakota Country Times: Oglala veteran pushed for Black Elk Peak (August 26, 2016)

Lakota elder Basil Brave Heart remains positive and pragmatic about the situation.


Jim Kent: Republicans in South Dakota whine about Black Elk Peak
Jim Kent: Republicans in South Dakota whine about Black Elk Peak (August 24, 2016)

In a situation where South Dakota could have taken the lead in building a bridge toward racial harmony, its leaders have chosen to whine.


Sacred peak in South Dakota renamed for Lakota holy man Black Elk
Sacred peak in South Dakota renamed for Lakota holy man Black Elk (August 12, 2016)

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.


John Barrasso and John Thune: Reform the Indian Health Service
John Barrasso and John Thune: Reform the Indian Health Service (July 5, 2016)

We have heard accounts of nurses unable to administer basic drugs, broken emergency-resuscitation equipment, unsanitary medical facilities, and seriously ill children being misdiagnosed.


Amendment seeks funding for Indian Country detention facilities
Amendment seeks funding for Indian Country detention facilities (June 16, 2016)

Large tribes that are ready to move quickly on projects would get priority for $25 million in federal funds.


Local station to broadcast field hearing on Indian Health Service
Local station to broadcast field hearing on Indian Health Service (June 16, 2016)

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is in South Dakota to hear concerns about the troubled agency.


Lakota Country Times: Senate Committee on Indian Affairs lands in South Dakota
Lakota Country Times: Senate Committee on Indian Affairs lands in South Dakota (June 16, 2016)

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.


Lakota Country Times: Senate committee focuses on Indian Health Service
Lakota Country Times: Senate committee focuses on Indian Health Service (June 15, 2016)

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.


Hearing on Indian Health Service draws South Dakota delegation
Hearing on Indian Health Service draws South Dakota delegation (June 14, 2016)

Chairman Harold Frazier of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe welcomes the attention being paid to the Indian Health Service.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hosts town hall in South Dakota
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hosts town hall in South Dakota (June 7, 2016)

Committee staff will go over S.2953, the Indian Health Service Accountability Act, and take comments on the reform bill.


Field hearing in South Dakota on Indian Health Service reform bill
Field hearing in South Dakota on Indian Health Service reform bill (May 31, 2016)

Three IHS facilities in the state have been cited for numerous deficiencies that threatened the health and safety of tribal members.


Indian Health Service reform efforts gaining steam on Capitol Hill
Indian Health Service reform efforts gaining steam on Capitol Hill (May 25, 2016)

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will hold a field hearing on S.2953, the Indian Health Service Accountability Act, in June.


Another Indian Health Service facility in Great Plains threatened
Another Indian Health Service facility in Great Plains threatened (May 23, 2016)

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.


Indian Health Service faces questions for efforts in troubled region
Indian Health Service faces questions for efforts in troubled region (May 16, 2016)

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.


Sen. Rounds seeks support for audit into Indian Health Service
Sen. Rounds seeks support for audit into Indian Health Service (May 12, 2016)

'Tribal members are literally dying due to inadequate care,' the Republican lawmaker from South Dakota said.


Rosebud Sioux Tribe sues Indian Health Service over 'crisis' in care
Rosebud Sioux Tribe sues Indian Health Service over 'crisis' in care (April 28, 2016)

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.


John Thune: Tribal citizens suffer at hands of Indian Health Service
John Thune: Tribal citizens suffer at hands of Indian Health Service (April 27, 2016)

For years now, patients on Indian reservations in the Great Plains area have been receiving substandard medical care.


Senate approves comprehensive drug addiction and recovery bill
Senate approves comprehensive drug addiction and recovery bill (March 11, 2016)

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.


Indian Health Service aims to save certification for troubled facility
Indian Health Service aims to save certification for troubled facility (March 9, 2016)

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.


Another IHS hospital threatened with loss of Medicare funding
Another IHS hospital threatened with loss of Medicare funding (February 16, 2016)

The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Service is giving the Indian Health Service until March 16 to address compliance issues.


IHS chief medical officer apologizes for comments about newborns
IHS chief medical officer apologizes for comments about newborns (February 4, 2016)

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.'


Brandon Ecoffey: Real and immediate threats to our people
Brandon Ecoffey: Real and immediate threats to our people (November 6, 2015)

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.


Senate approves anti-trafficking measure with tribal provisions
Senate approves anti-trafficking measure with tribal provisions (April 23, 2015)

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.


Another tribal amendment offered for anti-trafficking measure
Another tribal amendment offered for anti-trafficking measure (March 17, 2015)

Partisan bickering over the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act has left the Senate at a virtual standstill.


Lawmakers concerned about Lower Brule Sioux Tribe allegations
Lawmakers concerned about Lower Brule Sioux Tribe allegations (January 19, 2015)

A report from Human Rights Watch accused tribal leaders of failing to account for about $25 million in federal funds.


Native Sun News: Crow Creek Sioux man upsets Senate with song
Native Sun News: Crow Creek Sioux man upsets Senate with song (December 4, 2014)

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 Sioux Tribe slams House vote on Keystone XL Pipeline
Rosebud Sioux Tribe slams House vote on Keystone XL Pipeline (November 17, 2014)

Rosebud President Cyril Scott said approval of the controversial project was an 'act of war against our people.'


Sen. John Thune: Celebrating Native American Heritage Month
Sen. John Thune: Celebrating Native American Heritage Month (November 14, 2014)

The rich traditions of the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota are woven into the fabric of South Dakota’s history.


Native Sun News: Standing Rock Sioux Tribe rejects military plan
Native Sun News: Standing Rock Sioux Tribe rejects military plan (March 27, 2014)

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.


Native Sun News: Propane shortage causes scramble for tribes
Native Sun News: Propane shortage causes scramble for tribes (February 13, 2014)

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.


Native Sun News: Farm Bill includes heavy cut to food stamps
Native Sun News: Farm Bill includes heavy cut to food stamps (February 5, 2014)

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.


Sen. Thune: Honoring our Native American War Code Talkers
Sen. Thune: Honoring our Native American War Code Talkers (November 26, 2013)

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.


Code Talkers to receive Congressional Gold Medal  at US Capitol
Code Talkers to receive Congressional Gold Medal at US Capitol (November 18, 2013)

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.


Sen. Thune: South Dakota celebrates Native American culture
Sen. Thune: South Dakota celebrates Native American culture (October 14, 2013)

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 to be sworn in as Secretary of Interior Department
Sally Jewell to be sworn in as Secretary of Interior Department (April 12, 2013)

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,...


Native Sun News: South Dakota Republicans vote against VAWA
Native Sun News: South Dakota Republicans vote against VAWA (March 11, 2013)

The following story was written and reported by Brandon Ecoffey, Native Sun News Staff Writer. All content © Native Sun News. Rep. Kristi Noem (R-South Dakota) votes against VAWA and...


Native Sun News: Sen. Thune bill thwarts air pollution controls
Native Sun News: Sen. Thune bill thwarts air pollution controls (August 13, 2012)

The following story was written and reported by Talli Nauman, Native Sun News Health & Environment Editor. All content © Native Sun News. Passengers deplane from U.S. air carriers at...


Native Sun News: A big victory for 'Obamacare' at Supreme Court
Native Sun News: A big victory for 'Obamacare' at Supreme Court (July 6, 2012)

The following story was written and reported by Karin Eagle, Native Sun News Staff Writer. All content © Native Sun News. WASHINGTON, DC –– Looming over the nation, a decision...


Tim Giago: Lakota views missing from Keystone XL debate
Tim Giago: Lakota views missing from Keystone XL debate (March 12, 2012)

Notes from Indian Country By Tim Giago (Nanwica Kciji) © 2012 Unity South Dakota What is it that the South Dakota Congressional Delegation cannot understand about the Trans 
Canada XL...


Rosebud Sioux Tribe's  letter to Sen. Thune on Keystone XL
Rosebud Sioux Tribe's letter to Sen. Thune on Keystone XL (January 24, 2012)

"In response to Sen. John Thune’s (R-S.D.) recent press release characterizing President Barack Obama’s decision to deny the controversial Keystone XL a permit as pandering to anti-pipeline extremists, Rosebud Sioux...