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Pine Ridge Reservation

Native Americans and Supporters Fight Keystone XL Pipeline With Spirit Camp

Katie Scarlett Brandt | Posted 01.23.2015 | Impact
Katie Scarlett Brandt

"This isn't just Indians, it's the whole planet. We're all connected. What we're made of here goes clear to the end of this universe," Fielder says.

I WILL: Call for Leonard Peltier Clemency

Jack Healey | Posted 01.05.2015 | Impact
Jack Healey

Leonard Peltier has been in prison since 1977 in spite of overwhelming calls for clemency. It is enough now. Clemency is long past due for Leonard Peltier.

Kate Sheppard

Liberal Group Makes Last-Ditch Push For Potentially Pivotal Senate Seat | Kate Sheppard | Posted 11.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democracy for America, a grassroots progressive group, is trying to organize a last-minute push to get out voters on a Native American r...

Moving Pictures: Native American Filmmakers Keep Storytelling Alive

Katie Scarlett Brandt | Posted 10.19.2014 | Impact
Katie Scarlett Brandt

Willi White wants badly to speak for himself. Like many people on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, he's tired of outsiders coming in to tell his people's stories.

Talking Reproductive Justice and Feminism With Young Lakota's Sunny Clifford

Sara Alcid | Posted 01.26.2014 | Impact
Sara Alcid

Making its public premiere this week on PBS's Independent Lens, the documentary film Young Lakota weaves together the stories of Lakota youth in South Dakota in the wake of an impending state-wide abortion ban.

Through a Child's Eyes: Images From Pine Ridge Reservation

Katie Scarlett Brandt | Posted 10.27.2013 | Impact
Katie Scarlett Brandt

Sometimes, I give her the camera without saying anything. Other times, I give her prompts. "Take pictures of the things you love, whatever is special to you." The following photographs represent one corner of Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, as seen through the eyes of a 5-year-old girl.

Where Art and Music Meet

Katie Scarlett Brandt | Posted 10.14.2013 | Impact
Katie Scarlett Brandt

Now in her 50s, Sonja has traded her pencils for "earth paints," made of ground rock mixed with water. She sometimes sketches her concepts first, especially if a specific animal requires practice, and chooses colors as she goes.

Scatter Their Own: Bringing Their Art Home

Katie Scarlett Brandt | Posted 09.15.2013 | Impact
Katie Scarlett Brandt

Their band, Scatter Their Own, is the English translation of their tribe's name, "Oglala." The Oglala Lakota live on Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, surrounded by the Badlands and the Black Hills.

The Culture Within: The Day I Met Delores Takes War Bonnet

Katie Scarlett Brandt | Posted 08.12.2013 | Impact
Katie Scarlett Brandt

Before Ray died of a heart attack at age 57, he told his wife, "You have a book in you. You need to get it out." Delores, 58, is the reason I look at Ray's photo everyday. In April, I made the 14-hour drive from Chicago to Delores' home on Pine Ridge.

The Destruction of Wounded Knee, 1973

Tim Giago | Posted 03.15.2013 | Politics
Tim Giago

In a couple of weeks flyers will be strewn across the Pine Ridge Reservation asking the residents to honor the "Liberation of Wounded Knee in February of 1973." Those who would celebrate and hand out flyers have a delusional recollection of the past.

Heart Disease and Diabetes Have Invaded Indian Country

Tim Giago | Posted 01.05.2013 | Politics
Tim Giago

One day I was scheduled to go into surgery at the Rapid City Eye Institute for a detached retina and while I was on the gurney hooked up to monitors, ...

Stuck Like a Fly in the Honey of the Democrats

Tim Giago | Posted 12.25.2012 | Politics
Tim Giago

What have the Democrats done to bring jobs and economic development to the nine Indian nations within the borders of South Dakota? Don't just talk and talk and talk about it, Mr. Wilson; show me!

"What the Hell, They're Only Indians"

Tim Giago | Posted 12.12.2012 | Politics
Tim Giago

The abused, as often happens, became the abusers and another generation of children experienced the trauma of their parents. It is a cyclical thing that the Indian people themselves are trying so hard to break.

Indian Tribe Loses Battle With Local Beer Stores

AP | GRANT SCHULTE | Posted 12.01.2012 | Small Business

LINCOLN, Neb. — A federal judge dismissed an American Indian tribe's lawsuit Monday that blamed beer makers and nearby stores for chronic alcoho...

Martin's Legacy: A Dying Native American Leads the Charge for Change

Chris Bashinelli | Posted 08.15.2012 | Impact
Chris Bashinelli

What's astonishing is that although Martin lives in one of the most economically challenging areas of the country, he refuses to put himself first. He struggles out of bed with one goal in mind -- to find employment for the reservation's youth.

'Beer Sniffing' Reporters Invade Pine Ridge

Tim Giago | Posted 07.13.2012 | Media
Tim Giago

How did Ms. Sawyer report this comment? She said that 80 percent of the people living on the Pine Ridge Reservation were alcoholics. Say what? Didn't she hear what he really said or was she seeking some sort of sensationalism at the expense of the Lakota people of Pine Ridge?

Looking in the Mirror With No Reflection

Tim Giago | Posted 05.04.2012 | Home
Tim Giago

The tiospaye was once the heart of family life amongst the Lakota. It instilled all of the virtues such as honesty, courage and generosity in its members.

Tribe Sues Major Beer Companies Over Alcoholism On Reservation

AP | By GRANT SCHULTE | Posted 04.10.2012 | Home

LINCOLN, Neb. -- An American Indian tribe sued some of the world's largest beer makers Thursday, claiming they knowingly contributed to devastating al...

The Second Poorest County in America

Tim Giago | Posted 03.26.2012 | Politics
Tim Giago

There are still those who believe that the 30-year lapse to improve a grave situation rests not only with the federal government, but also with the failed leadership of the Pine Ridge Reservation.

SuAnne Died Young, but Her Legacy Lives On

Tim Giago | Posted 02.11.2012 | Impact
Tim Giago

After her death, her mother, Chick Big Crow, decided to make the dream of her daughter a reality. She contacted the corporate executives of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and made them a pitch.

ABC News: Reflecting on the Obvious at Pine Ridge

Tim Giago | Posted 12.19.2011 | Media
Tim Giago

Whenever I hear of any major television station wanting to do a show on Pine Ridge in hopes of winning another award, I cringe. In the more than 30 years I have been in the media, I have seen them come and go and nothing has changed.

The Holiest Place: A Prose Poem for the Christmas Season

Stephanie Woodard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephanie Woodard

Frank LaMere, human-rights advocate, executive director of Four Directions Community Center, in Sioux City, Iowa, and member of the Winnebago Tribe...

Adventure Shopping Alert: Pine Ridge Shop Offers Fine Lakota Crafts

Stephanie Woodard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Stephanie Woodard

"Visitors always ask, 'where's the turquoise?' " said Myrtle Cedar Face, the manager of a Pine Ridge Indian Reservation gift shop. You won't find Navajo rugs or Pueblo pottery either.

Election 2010 Images from Pine Ridge & Rosebud Reservations

Stephanie Woodard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephanie Woodard

Here a few photographs I shot during the 2010 election on the Pine Ridge and Rosebud reservations. To find out why I was there and how the Oglala Lako...

A Victory for Democracy on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation

Stephanie Woodard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephanie Woodard

After months of continual efforts to repress and even shut down Oglala participation in the national election, the simple fact that tribe members were able to fill out ballots on November 2 was a victory for equal rights.