Black Hills Knowledge Netowork

A study of the Rapid City Police Department and the city's Native American community reports that 62.6 percent of the cases in which police used force, that force was carried…
While Native Americans account for nearly 60 percent of the arrests made in Rapid City, members of that race do not account for 60 percent of the crime, according to…
Rapid City police appear to make traffic stops by racial groups roughly proportional to the city's breakdown for population by race, concludes a report on Native policing by the Rapid…
A study of the relationship between the Rapid City Police Department and the city's Native American community provides eight specific recommendations to improve the rapport. The study was conducted over…
While the U.S. Census Bureau pegs Rapid City's Native American population at 12.4 percent, or about 9,000 of the more than 72,000 Rapid City residents, a researcher at the Unversity…
Native Americans far outpace Rapid City's white majority when it comes to arrests for felony and misdemeanor crimes, according to data provided by the Rapid City Police Department to the Black Hills…
Native people in Rapid City are about half as likely to have earned a college degree, compared to their non-Native counterparts. While Native people account for roughly one out of…
Native American students in Rapid City and the public system that strives to educate them face challenges, officials say, but efforts to close the academic gap between Natives and their…
Native Americans dominate Rapid City's homeless population and waiting lists at the Pennington County Housing office, and officials from education to employment to healthcare, say that a lack of stable…
Native Americans in the Black Hills region fare worse in every health category than do whites. The disparities between the races vary by category, but often Native Americans suffer health…
Income and employment disparities between the Native American and non-Native communities in Rapid City and western South Dakota are significant. Data also suggests that, given Rapid City’s very low unemployment…
Children and youth are more likely than adults to be of American Indian descent in the Rapid City metropolitan area (Custer, Meade and Pennington counties). Nearly one in six people…
American Indians account for a growing percentage of South Dakota’s population, especially West River and in the counties that make up the Black Hills region. Data from the U.S. Census, which…

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