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Oglala Sioux Tribal police officers have noticed a significant rise in bootlegging in the Pine Ridge Reservation, reports KOTA News. The rise in bootlegging follows the decision from the Nebraska Supreme Court which resulted in end of beer sales Whiteclay, which is located just outside of the reservation. Police officers have reported finding water bottles filled instead with clear alcohol…
South Dakota is facing a $33.7 million revenue shortfall in 2018, reports the Argus Leader. At his annual budget address, Governor Daugaard proposed cutting the budget by $16 million across several agencies as well as picking up an additional $7.2 million from the state’s budget reserve and another $10 million from other state funds in order to address the shortfall.…
The Grace Balloch Memorial Library in Spearfish is now offering a free delivery service to library patrons who are unable to visit the library, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. The Library will work with individuals to determine how often and which materials should be delivered. The library is partnering with Circle K, a student volunteer organization at Black Hills State…
While meth is still the number one illicit drug in Rapid City, police officers have been seizing more heroin in the past two to three years, reports KOTA News. Legalization of marijuana has caused drug cartels to move heroin instead. Additionally, physicians began logging opiate prescriptions through the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, causing individuals addicted to prescription painkillers to seek…
The City of Rapid City is working toward sole ownership of the City School Administration Center, reports KOTA News. Rapid City plans to buy out Rapid City Area Schools which is relocating to the building formerly owned by Black Hills Corporation. The Rapid City YMCA will also occupy space in the former Black Hills Corp building. The current concern for…
Deadwood gaming numbers from October 2017 were down 1% from October 2016, according to the South Dakota Commission on Gaming. As reported by the Black Hills Pioneer, patrons to Deadwood casinos played $91.5 million on both machines and tables last month. While overall numbers were down, table games increased by 3.5 percent last month when compared to October 2016. Slot…
The Oglala Lakota County School District is envisioning the creation of a vocational-technical high school in the Pine Ridge Reservation, according to KOTA News. The school would be the first public high school within the reservation. The cost of building such a school is estimated at $20 million.   Currently, the reservation hosts four high school which all have a…
Phase one of a major facilities update for the Lead-Deadwood School District is now underway. According to the Black Hills Pioneer, the first phase includes updates to the district’s elementary and high schools, including the addition of an elevator to the high school’s English wing. An estimated five percent of the high school is in need of masonry tuck pointing,…
Native American Heritage Month was first established in 1990 by President George H.W. Bush. Since then, the month-long celebration has been reauthorized annually by each American president. November offers everyone an opportunity to learn more about Native American histories and cultures. This November, take a few moments to learn more about the demographic characteristics of American Indians in South Dakota…
Custer State Park auctioned off 265 bison at their annual auction, according to KOTA News. The herd of 880 is slightly smaller this year due to drought conditions. The herd was intentionally kept smaller in order to ensure enough vegetation was available to sustain the herd throughout the winter months. The park aims to have a herd population of 960…
U.S. Attorney Randolph Seiler announced that he will retire at the end of the year, according to KOTA News. Seiler began serving as acting U.S. Attorney in March 2015, following the resignation of Brendan Johnson. Seiler was officially nominated to become the U.S. Attorney for South Dakota by President Barack Obama later that year. President Trump has nominated Ronald Parsons…
Deadwood has been selected to participate in the Community Planning Assistance for Wildfire (CPAW) program, according to the Black Hills Pioneer. Deadwood is one of eight communities across the nation that will receive technical assistance in combating the costs and risks associated with wildfires. The city will work alongside land use planners, foresters, and other specialists on a consulting basis…
The Belle Fourche School District is weighing the benefits of a new teaching method known as Mass Customized Learning (MCL). According to the Black Hills Pioneer, other school districts in South Dakota have begun implementing aspects of MCL. MCL aims to take students’ individual learning needs and paces into consideration. Learning plans are tailored to specific students, and school districts…
The City of Whitewood is looking to create term limits for its elected officials, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. Currently, the city does not have an ordinance concerning term lengths, although two years has been the standard. The city council is considering an ordinance which would establish a four-year term for the mayor and two council members from each ward…
The Oglala Sioux Tribe recently selected Grace Her Many Horses to serve as police chief, reports KOTA News. Her Many Horses is currently working in the Fort Berthold Reservation in North Dakota as police chief for the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation (Three Affiliated Tribes). The Oglala Sioux Tribe also hired Charles Abourezk to serve as the tribe’s chief judge.…
South Dakota legislators are asking the South Dakota Executive Board for an increase in pay, reports KOTA News. The board is considering a resolution that would tie the legislators’ pay to the state’s median household income. State legislators make $6,000 over the course of 35 working days in even numbered years and 40 working days in odd numbered years. Their…
According to a ruling issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the Indian Health Service hospital in Pine Ridge, South Dakota has been placed on “immediate jeopardy” status. As reported by the Rapid City Journal, actions taken by the hospital have caused or are likely to cause death or injury to its patients. While on immediate jeopardy…
The Rapid City Journal recently announced that the final publication date for both the Meade County Times-Tribune and Butte County Post will be November 8. On November 9, the Journal will begin publishing a Northern Hills page. Following the announcement, the Belle Fourche City Council approved an ordinance to designate the Black Hills Pioneer as the city’s legal newspaper. As…
At its November 6 meeting, the Rapid City Council approved an increase to the city’s water rate, reports KOTA News. The council’s vote will increase the water rate by 43 percent over the next five years. Utility rates in Rapid City have not been increased since 2013. The Rapid City Council approved the measure on a vote of 8-2. Some…
Physicians working in emergency rooms throughout the Black Hills have noted an increase in emergency visits as a result of illicit and illegal drug use, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. Methamphetamine, heroin and synthetic marijuana are among the most common drug overdoses seen in emergency rooms in the region. Some physicians have also seen heroin laced fentanyl, a powerful drug…
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