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Pine Ridge Reservation

Celebrate the Holiday: Pardon Peltier

Michael Berkowitz | Posted 11.19.2015 | Politics
Michael Berkowitz

This holiday, it is time to come to terms with a more serious pardon. It's time to come to terms with one of our own indigenous people... It's time to pardon Leonard Peltier.

Loving Water and Not Oil Means Standing for Mother Earth

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 07.31.2016 | Green
Georgianne Nienaber

The summer of 2015 finds Native communities in Minnesota and the Dakotas fighting a multi-front war to protect precious water resources from big oil and uranium mining. There is a compelling Sioux spiritual belief that says tribes have a duty to protect "Unci Maka" for seven generations.

Rebecca Klein

Native Leaders Tell Senators How To Help Stop Youth Suicide | Rebecca Klein | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics

Ten years ago, the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians in Minnesota endured an unimaginable tragedy when one of its teens fatally shot his grandfather, ...

Rebecca Klein

Native American School Mourning 4 Student Suicides Gets Federal Aid | Rebecca Klein | Posted 06.19.2015 | Politics

The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, home to the Oglala Sioux Tribe in South Dakota, is in a state of crisis. Over the past year, 14 school-age children...

Sioux Suicides

Martin Marty | Posted 05.14.2016 | Religion
Martin Marty

Most of us who live far from the reservation can turn the page and move on. But, given the history of the U.S. Government and the citizen record, one seeks "a spiritual victory" without much hope.

Rebecca Klein

South Dakota Legislator Suggests Common Core Contributed To Kids' Deaths | Rebecca Klein | Posted 02.27.2015 | Politics

A South Dakota lawmaker thinks that the Common Core State Standards may have contributed to the deaths of Native American kids. The Common Core, a ...

Native Americans and Supporters Fight Keystone XL Pipeline With Spirit Camp

Katie Scarlett Brandt | Posted 03.25.2015 | 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 03.07.2015 | 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.

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.

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.