SETH TUPPER / Rapid City Journal
RAPID CITY, S.D. — A controversial tweet by President Donald Trump could be a catalyst to rescind medals that were awarded for the 1890 Wounded Knee Massacre, a South Dakota organization hopes. Four Directions Inc. sent letters last week to Trump and other federal officials. The letters ask for the removal of 20 medals of honor that were awarded to soldiers who participated in the massacre, which killed 250 or more Native Americans, including many women and children.
RAPID CITY, S.D. — The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has decided to uphold a company’s license to mine for uranium near Edgemont, even though a federal judge has declared that the existence of the license without an adequate cultural resources survey is illegal. The commission’s decision to leave the license in place does not mean mining will immediately begin. Powertech, a subsidiary of Canada-based Azarga Uranium Corp., still needs other permits from local, state and federal agencies.
RAPID CITY, S.D. — South Dakota regulators are considering several water permit applications for the proposed construction of the Keystone XL crude-oil pipeline. TransCanada, the Canadian company seeking to build the pipeline, recently applied for three permits to withdraw water from the Cheyenne, Bad and White rivers in western South Dakota. Additionally, at least two sets of western South Dakota landowners recently applied to use existing wells as backup water supplies for pipeline construction workforce camps.
RAPID CITY, S.D. -- Legislation from U.S. Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., would allow more guest workers into South Dakota and other states with low unemployment rates. Earlier this month, Thune reintroduced his Prioritizing Help to Businesses Act, after it failed to advance through the previous session of Congress. The bill — which so far has no cosponsors — would allow up to 2,500 additional guest workers per year into states that have unemployment rates of 3.5 percent or less.
PIERRE, S.D. - A pending legislative effort to allow the carrying of concealed handguns without a permit would reverse 155 years of state and territorial policy, historical records show. The state’s policy of concealed-carry restrictions dates to at least the winter of 1864-65, when the Dakota Territorial Legislature approved an outright ban on concealed weapons. The ban remained in effect until 1935, when South Dakota law was changed to allow for the carrying of concealed weapons with a license.
RAPID CITY, S.D. — A fatal November shooting of a criminal suspect by a Pennington County sheriff's deputy was justified, according to Attorney General Marty Jackley. Jackley and the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation released findings Wednesday, Dec. 26, from an investigation into the shooting. The findings include the name of the deputy, Christopher Plawman, and a disclosure that the shooting victim, Matthew Lorenzen, had been reported to authorities for making suicidal threats.
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Gov.-elect Kristi Noem wants to make Hot Springs a vacation destination for veterans from across the United States, she said during a post-election rally Monday at the Holiday Inn Rapid City-Rushmore Plaza. Noem’s visit to Rapid City on Nov. 12 fell on the day after Veterans Day. She spoke briefly to a crowd of about 200 supporters and also took questions.
RAPID CITY, S.D. — The Republican runner-up to Kristi Noem in June's primary election for governor, Marty Jackley, said he has not yet committed his support to any candidate for governor in the general election. When asked whether he will vote for Noem, Jackley said, "I haven't voted yet, and at this point I really haven't made any final decisions." Speaking by phone Friday, Oct. 19, Jackley, who is finishing his final term as South Dakota's attorney general, left open the possibility that he will announce an endorsement in the governor's race.
RAPID CITY, S.D.—A proposal to dispose of oil-production wastewater by injecting it 3,160 feet underground in the southwestern corner of South Dakota appears headed for approval after several people who contested the application did not show up for a hearing Thursday, Oct. 18, in Pierre. The application for an injection permit came from Peter K. Roosevelt of Denver, who already operates six oil production wells and three disposal wells in Fall River County and wants to begin producing oil from another well.
CUSTER (AP) — For the spectators at the 50th annual Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup, the thundering hooves and front-heavy gait of the shaggy, horned beasts will be highly symbolic. The sight will inspire visions of the late 1800s, when hide hunters and homesteaders pushed bison to near extinction, and played a part in relegating Native Americans onto reservations in what was then Dakota Territory. Despite the bison's evocative hold on the American psyche and its central role in the history of South Dakota and the United States, neither