For the first time in history, two women will be competing for South Dakota’s lone U.S. House seat.
Kristi Noem entered the Republican primary late, but outdistanced her male opponents in a stretch run that saw her win the right to face off against the incumbent House of Representatives Democratic candidate, Stephanie Herseth Sandlin.
Although lacking name recognition, Noem, a Republican from Castlewood, is well positioned to give Herseth Sandlin, a third-term incumbent, the fight of her political life.
The bumper stickers were born before the holiday.
They could be seen on cars coming and going from the Indian reservations in America. They read “Custer died for your sins,” or “Custer wore Arrow Shirts.” And then came the holiday.
The Indian holiday on June 25 marks the 134th anniversary of the thrashing of George Armstrong Custer’s Seventh Cavalry at the Little Big Horn, or Greasy Grass, as the Indians called it. On all of the Sioux Indian reservations in South Dakota, it is a statewide holiday. The Cheyenne and the Arapahoe, also participants in the great victory, also have joined the celebration.
I don’t know who said, “Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem,” but it certainly makes sense.
Teen suicide, it would appear, is a problem throughout America, but it seems to happen more frequently among young Native Americans.
A “study” on any topic usually does not offer a solution, but a “study” that gets to the bottom of why so many young Indians are taking their own lives would at least lay the groundwork for the traditionalists seeking a solution.
An editorial on Indianz.com asks, “What happens if Congress doesn’t approve the $3.4 billion settlement to the Indian trust fund lawsuit?”
It answers its own question with, “Nothing. No one gets any money. Litigation will continue at the expense of the Bureau of Indian Affairs budget and Congress will continue to do nothing about trust reform.” It concludes with, “That’s not what Indian country deserves.” What Indian country got it also didn’t deserve.
I wrote, several years ago, that I was a recovering Catholic. Well, my recovery is complete, but the transition was a painful and emotional one.
For years, I had a lot of anger in my heart for the Roman Catholic Church’s boarding school, Holy Rosary Mission on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. In the past few years my anger against the school has subsided because it took me a lot of years to realize that it was not the school. Holy Rosary Mission is now Red Cloud Indian School. The school made many changes in the way the Jesuit priests and Franciscan nuns dealt with the Lakota students. They did so in such a way as to make Red Cloud one of the finest schools on any Indian reservation in America.
The old saying that one should never discuss politics or religion may have made sense 50 years ago, but in the year 2010 politics and religion are in the forefront of every conversation.
The 24/7 news channels and blogs are filled with stories highlighting the religious differences of Muslims and Christians and the two political parties in Washington, D.C. have become so partisan that a Democrat or a Republican would be humiliated to even be seen having lunch together. Muslims are killing Americans and vice versa.
It has been more than 30 years since a Democrat sat in the seat of the governor of South Dakota.
A Democrat who fashions his campaign on the past actions of former Sen. George McGovern, a Harvard man named Scott Heidepriem, hopes to open that door again.
Very quietly, but with dignity, Baker began introducing elements of the native culture and traditions to the memorial. He had several tipis constructed near the site and introduced native speakers to talk to the tourists and visitors about the history of the Hills and of the region. Aside from having the opportunity to view the sculpted faces of the four presidents, the visitors to the memorial soon flocked to hear the native speakers and to look at the other native art and artifacts brought to the memorial by the Lakota and other tribes of the Northern Plains.
James Willard “Heavy” Garnette is my first cousin. He is a veteran who served in the United States Navy during the Korean War and he is the great grandson of William “Billy” Garnette, an Iyeska (interpreter) for the Oglala Sioux Tribe and the only interpreter the Lakota warrior Crazy Horse trusted.
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