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Mark Trahant: Lawmakers change course on Medicaid expansion in Montana
Mark Trahant: Lawmakers change course on Medicaid expansion in Montana (April 17, 2019)

Medicaid brings more money into the Indian health system. Why aren't more states expanding the program?


AUDIO: Native leaders testify about voting rights in the Dakotas
AUDIO: Native leaders testify about voting rights in the Dakotas (April 16, 2019)

Barriers to voting in North Dakota and South Dakota were discussed at a Congressional field hearing hosted by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.


Standing Rock Sioux Tribe hosts Congressional field hearing on voting rights
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe hosts Congressional field hearing on voting rights (April 15, 2019)

'Voter access is a human right,' says North Dakota State Rep. Ruth Buffalo, who made history at the polls amid attempts to stifle turnout in Indian Country.


O.J. Semans to presidential candidates: Rescind medals for massacre at Wounded Knee
O.J. Semans to presidential candidates: Rescind medals for massacre at Wounded Knee (April 12, 2019)

It doesn’t take modern sensibilities to recognize that the Seventh Cavalry committed atrocities at Wounded Knee.


Oglala Sioux Tribe welcomes reopening of grocery store on Pine Ridge Reservation
Oglala Sioux Tribe welcomes reopening of grocery store on Pine Ridge Reservation (April 10, 2019)

Like many reservation communities, Pine Ridge is a food desert, despite being home to nearly 40,000 Oglala Lakota people.


Indian Health Service budget in focus amid ongoing controversies
Indian Health Service budget in focus amid ongoing controversies (April 8, 2019)

The Indian Health Service is back in the spotlight on Capitol Hill as the Trump administration struggles with old and emerging controversies.


Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Tribes maintain sacred relationship with cottonwood trees
Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Tribes maintain sacred relationship with cottonwood trees (April 5, 2019)

The Sioux have known these soft trees and have considered them relatives for thousands of years


Native Sun News Today: City hasn't always been kind to Native residents
Native Sun News Today: City hasn't always been kind to Native residents (April 5, 2019)

This past winter another three Native Americans lost their lives to the elements in Rapid City, South Dakota.


Native Sun News Today: Trump once again pushes Keystone XL Pipeline on Indian Country
Native Sun News Today: Trump once again pushes Keystone XL Pipeline on Indian Country (April 4, 2019)

As the Rosebud Sioux Tribe celebrated the anniversary of a spirit camp to resist the Keystone XL Pipeline, President Donald Trump took action to impose the project on the people.


Ivan Star Comes Out: So-called 'tribal' constitution keeps our people down
Ivan Star Comes Out: So-called 'tribal' constitution keeps our people down (April 4, 2019)

The U.S. forced its plenary power on our people and basically negated the old traditional system and any opportunity to prosper.


Ernestine Chasing Hawk: 'Low-life bullies' attack my reporting on Indian hospital
Ernestine Chasing Hawk: 'Low-life bullies' attack my reporting on Indian hospital (April 3, 2019)

First of all I am not one to engage in online tit-for-tat when my integrity as a journalist is being challenged.


Native Sun News Today: Native woman seeks highest office in Rapid City
Native Sun News Today: Native woman seeks highest office in Rapid City (April 3, 2019)

Natalie Stites-Means, a citizen of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, is seeking to make history in South Dakota.


Defendant found guilty in connection with brutal beating of Lakota woman
Defendant found guilty in connection with brutal beating of Lakota woman (April 1, 2019)

Sheena Between Lodges was brutally beaten on Pine Ridge Reservation and prosecutors blame her boyfriend and his sister for the crime.


Native Sun News Today: Community honors Native man with prayer circle
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Native Sun News Today: Community honors Native man with prayer circle (March 29, 2019)

Larry Low Dog entered the Spirit World on March 14. His daughter wants people to know he was more than just a statistic.


Co-chair of new Indian health task force played role in blowing up Indian health law
Co-chair of new Indian health task force played role in blowing up Indian health law (March 28, 2019)

A little known official at the White House is playing a key role in the future of the Indian Health Service.


Native Sun News Today: Ceremony welcomes Thunder Beings back home
Native Sun News Today: Ceremony welcomes Thunder Beings back home (March 28, 2019)

The ceremony takes place during the Spring Equinox, and begins with Lakota spiritual leaders who have been visiting this sacred mountain for generations.


Native Sun News Today: Reservations slammed by record spring flooding
Native Sun News Today: Reservations slammed by record spring flooding (March 27, 2019)

Spring flood waters across South Dakota have left thousands of people isolated, many without water, and some without even food.


Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe declares emergency amid unprecedented flooding
Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe declares emergency amid unprecedented flooding (March 27, 2019)

Two weeks into a disaster, tribal communities are still feeling the effects of heavy snowfall and historic flooding.


'Vote with your heart': Native woman seeks voice on city council
'Vote with your heart': Native woman seeks voice on city council (March 27, 2019)

Cante Heart, a Native mother, college student and activist, is running for public office in Rapid City, South Dakota.


Cronkite News: Task force aims to prevent child abuse within Indian health care system
Cronkite News: Task force aims to prevent child abuse within Indian health care system (March 27, 2019)

'These predators will find a way to infiltrate organizations to get positions where they have access to kids,' one advocate said.


'Institutional and systemic breakdown' at Indian Health Service under scrutiny
'Institutional and systemic breakdown' at Indian Health Service under scrutiny (March 26, 2019)

An Indian Health Service pediatrician abused young patients on two reservations for years without being held accountable.


White House announces task force after Indian Health Service pediatrician was convicted of abuse
White House announces task force after Indian Health Service pediatrician was convicted of abuse (March 26, 2019)

A new task force will investigate how the Indian Health Service failed to protect children on the Blackfeet Nation and the Pine Ridge Reservation.


Tim Giago: It was the Lakota humor that kept us going
Tim Giago: It was the Lakota humor that kept us going (March 25, 2019)

If you got a group of Lakota men and women together the jokes they told each other and the laughter in the room would have surprised many who only thought of the Indian people as stoic.


Native Sun News Today: Lakota coach makes comeback with reservation team
Native Sun News Today: Lakota coach makes comeback with reservation team (March 22, 2019)

If the enduring strength and spirit of the Oglala Lakota Tribe could be embodied in a single person, he would strongly resemble Casey Means.


Native Sun News Today: Indian community seeks voice in local government
Native Sun News Today: Indian community seeks voice in local government (March 21, 2019)

A lack of representation in politics continues to cause strife and adds to the perceived racism in Rapid City, South Dakota.


Native Sun News Today: Community comes together to talk about Indian inmates
Native Sun News Today: Community comes together to talk about Indian inmates (March 20, 2019)

In South Dakota, 33 percent of the male prison population and 63 percent of the female prison population is Native American.


Native Sun News Today: New panhandling law called racist toward Indian people
Native Sun News Today: New panhandling law called racist toward Indian people (March 19, 2019)

Although not clearly written in black and white, a seemingly racially-biased, anti-panhandling ordinance will soon go into effect.


Native student wins award for work on gender and racial identity
Native student wins award for work on gender and racial identity (March 18, 2019)

A citizen of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe has won a prestigious national award for his work engaging his fellow students in dialogue and inspiring social change.


Harold Frazier: Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe won't allow flag in state capitol
Harold Frazier: Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe won't allow flag in state capitol (March 18, 2019)

Another decision by Governor Kristi Noem has been made without the consent of the Lakota people and has resulted in an embarrassing situation.


Native Sun News Today: Tribes protest passage of bill protecting Keystone XL Pipeline
Native Sun News Today: Tribes protest passage of bill protecting Keystone XL Pipeline (March 18, 2019)

Despite opposition from tribal leaders, bills to shield South Dakota from costs of conflicts over the Keystone XL Pipeline sailed through the state Legislature.


Oglala Sioux Tribe orders lockdown after winter storm slams the reservation
Oglala Sioux Tribe orders lockdown after winter storm slams the reservation (March 14, 2019)

A powerful winter storm has stranded many emergency and medical personnel on the Pine Ridge Reservation, forcing tribal leaders to order non-essential traffic off the roads.


Lawsuit blames Indian Health Service and 'rent-a-doc' for Lakota woman's death
Lawsuit blames Indian Health Service and 'rent-a-doc' for Lakota woman's death (March 14, 2019)

Sherry Wounded Foot was taken to an Indian Health Service hospital with severe injuries but treatment was slow to arrive, according to a new lawsuit.


Defendant goes to trial in connection with brutal beating of Lakota woman
Defendant goes to trial in connection with brutal beating of Lakota woman (March 13, 2019)

Sheena Between Lodges was brutally beaten on Pine Ridge Reservation and prosecutors say a man knows who committed the crime.


Native Sun News Today: Police investigate deaths of two young men
Native Sun News Today: Police investigate deaths of two young men (March 12, 2019)

Two young men died within a 24-hour period in Rapid City, South Dakota.


Seasonal complaint: 'Missionaries are on our reservation!'
Seasonal complaint: 'Missionaries are on our reservation!' (March 11, 2019)

The weather is warmer and there's another influx of Christian missionaries and charity groups on the Pine Ridge Reservation.


Native Sun News Today: Indian-owned business continues to grow
Native Sun News Today: Indian-owned business continues to grow (March 11, 2019)

Since opening in 2015, HeSapa Enterprises has steadily grown in size and services provided to customers


Ivan Star Comes Out:  Learning one's family history is nourishment
Ivan Star Comes Out: Learning one's family history is nourishment (March 8, 2019)

People have to realize that colonization erased our histories, language, and culture.


Native Sun News Today: Pipeline opponents and advocates warn of dangers of man camps
Native Sun News Today: Pipeline opponents and advocates warn of dangers of man camps (March 8, 2019)

Keystone XL Pipeline opponents are joining forces with advocates of justice for missing and murdered indigenous women.


Native Sun News Today: Governor aims to stifle Keystone XL dissent
Native Sun News Today: Governor aims to stifle Keystone XL dissent (March 7, 2019)

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Chair Harold Frazier had an immediate response to South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem’s announcement of bills to kneecap dissent over the Keystone XL Pipeline.


VIDEO: Indian Health Service official discusses pediatrician convicted of abuse
VIDEO: Indian Health Service official discusses pediatrician convicted of abuse (March 6, 2019)

Stanley Patrick Weber worked at the Indian Health Service for two decades before being indicted for abusing young male patients.


Native Sun News Today: Lakota basketball coach mentors the Screaming Eagles
Native Sun News Today: Lakota basketball coach mentors the Screaming Eagles (March 6, 2019)

Sam Prairie Chicken is a basketball coach, and the Screaming Eagles are the North Rapid Lakota boys he coaches.


Harold Frazier: Governor wants to shove Keystone XL Pipeline down our throats
Harold Frazier: Governor wants to shove Keystone XL Pipeline down our throats (March 6, 2019)

Gov. Kristi Noem (R) is putting the economic needs of a foreign company ahead of the future of South Dakota.


Native Sun News Today: Bill aims to address addiction and crime in South Dakota
Native Sun News Today: Bill aims to address addiction and crime in South Dakota (March 5, 2019)

South Dakota is the only state in the union that brands drug addicted individuals with a felony conviction through ingestion.


Tim Giago: Media organizations honor Teddy Roosevelt despite his racist views
Tim Giago: Media organizations honor Teddy Roosevelt despite his racist views (March 4, 2019)

Racial prejudice is racial prejudice no matter when it occurred.


Native Sun News Today: Tribes seek voice in water use decisions in South Dakota
Native Sun News Today: Tribes seek voice in water use decisions in South Dakota (March 1, 2019)

Efforts to increase tribal participation in water use decisions have fallen flat in the South Dakota Legislature.


Ivan Star Comes Out: We need to be open and honest about racism
Ivan Star Comes Out: We need to be open and honest about racism (February 28, 2019)

The racism will never go away, but talking about it helps me to cope with it and stay healthy.


Native Sun News Today: Anniversary marks one of the many murdered and missing women
Native Sun News Today: Anniversary marks one of the many murdered and missing women (February 28, 2019)

Anna Mae Pictou Aquash was one of the original missing and murdered indigenous women whose life and death sparked the #MMIW movement.


Native Sun News Today: Widow blames police for lying about fatal shooting
Native Sun News Today: Widow blames police for lying about fatal shooting (February 27, 2019)

She had been married to Tim Holmgren for nearly 28 years when they shot him. It was April 27, 2017.


Native Sun News Today: Oyate Today television show reaches broader audience
Native Sun News Today: Oyate Today television show reaches broader audience (February 26, 2019)

Oyate Today, produced by Tim and Jackie Giago, can now be seen on South Dakota Public Broadcasting.


Mary Annette Pember: Media continues to tell Native stories without our input
Mary Annette Pember: Media continues to tell Native stories without our input (February 25, 2019)

Despite periodic promises to diversify staff, mainstream media continue to be dominated by White men.


'It was mayhem for us': Native family shattered by mother's murder in 1973
'It was mayhem for us': Native family shattered by mother's murder in 1973 (February 25, 2019)

Agatha White Buffalo left the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in November 1973 to seek medical care. Her family never saw her again.


Native Sun News Today: Campaign focuses on missing and murdered sisters
Native Sun News Today: Campaign focuses on missing and murdered sisters (February 25, 2019)

Native women go missing and murdered at alarming rates. A campaign asks 'Why?'


Sen. Mike Rounds: Indian Health Service fails its trust and treaty obligations
Sen. Mike Rounds: Indian Health Service fails its trust and treaty obligations (February 22, 2019)

We need an assessment of the direct-service facilities within the Indian Health Service as soon as possible.


Ivan Star Comes Out: The real truths about White racial supremacy
Ivan Star Comes Out: The real truths about White racial supremacy (February 22, 2019)

Racists wearing 'MAGA' hats and waving Nazi and confederate battle flags are capable of killing just because it is the law.


Native Sun News Today: Lakota families seek justice for lost loved ones
Native Sun News Today: Lakota families seek justice for lost loved ones (February 21, 2019)

They say the ancients wailed and screamed when they lost a loved one which enabled them to release their grief aloud.


Native Sun News Today: Economic development and the Pine Ridge Reservation
Native Sun News Today: Economic development and the Pine Ridge Reservation (February 20, 2019)

The Pine Ridge Reservation has been designated an Empowerment Zone, a Promise Zone and an Opportunity Zone.


Native Sun News Today Editorial: Please keep religion out of lawmaking
Native Sun News Today Editorial: Please keep religion out of lawmaking (February 19, 2019)

Thousands of South Dakotan are not Christians -- most are Lakota people who practice the beliefs of their ancestors.


Native Sun News Today: Homer Stands was a legendary Lakota horse rider
Native Sun News Today: Homer Stands was a legendary Lakota horse rider (February 19, 2019)

Homer Stands Sr.’s mother had a special gift with horses that he carried to the rodeo world.


Native Sun News Today: Former inmate connected with his culture behind bars
Native Sun News Today: Former inmate connected with his culture behind bars (February 18, 2019)

'Before going to prison, I was like any other youth raised in the violence and poverty, the alcohol and addiction. I was lost.'


Tim Giago: Sometimes I wish we could just turn back the clock
Tim Giago: Sometimes I wish we could just turn back the clock (February 18, 2019)

Let me take you back to the days of mom and pop grocery stores and full-service gas stations. Remember them?