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Native Americans Trade Tales of Displaced Children

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – More than a dozen Native American families described through tears children being taken from them by South Dakota social workers. The stories were delivered Wednesday during the first day of the Great Plains Indian Child Welfare Act Summit in Rapid City. Parents detailed the difficulty in regaining custody of...
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SDSU Adding American Indian Studies Major

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The state Board of Regents says South Dakota State University will begin offering an undergraduate degree in American Indian studies starting this fall. The school in Brookings has offered a minor in American Indian studies since 1994. The regents say the bachelor of arts degree will equip graduates to work...
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Forecasters: US Midsection Could See Bad Weather

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) – Forecasters say portions of the central United States could see severe weather this weekend and Monday. The Storm Prediction Center at Norman, Okla., said Wednesday a bout of “fairly substantial” bad weather is possible in Kansas, Nebraska and the Dakotas on Saturday, from Oklahoma to Iowa on Sunday and from...
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Mellette County State’s Attorney Honored at Recent Meeting for State’s Attorneys from South Dakota

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) One of central South Dakota’s state’s attorneys has received an award during the recent meeting of the South Dakota State’s Attorneys Association.  Mellette County’s State’s Attorney Mick Strain was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award.  Also given an award was Lawrence County State’s Attorney John Fitzgerald-who received the South...
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DOT Says Repair Work to Start on Certain Road Segments in Hughes County Next Week

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The South Dakota Department of Transportation will start work to repair concrete pavement and resurface asphalt on Highway 14 in Hughes County next week.  The DOT says crews will repair the pavement and reshape shoulders on parts of Sioux Avenue in Pierre and on Highway 14 from seven miles...
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Fire Leaves Extensive Damage to Storage Building on PILC Campus

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A pole-barn type building at Pierre Indian Learning Center was damaged in a fire yesterday.  The Pierre Volunteer Fire Department was called to the report of a shed fire on the southeast corner of the campus about 4:15 p.m. Tuesday.  Deputy Fire Chief Ian Paul says shortly after they...
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Quirk in Health Law Will Affect Few in Dakotas

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A quirk in the federal health care law that could force tens of thousands of people who identify as Native American to start paying for insurance or pay a fine isn’t expected to affect many in the Dakotas. Enrolled members of federally recognized tribes are exempt from the Affordable Care...
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Senate OKs Measure Blocking Fees for Missouri River H2O

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The U.S. Senate has passed an amendment blocking the Corps of Engineers from charging fees to access water in upper Missouri River reservoirs. The effort spearheaded by senators from the Dakotas and Montana is part of the 2013 Water Resources Development Act, which now goes to the House. The corps...
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Law Enforcers Honored Today for Peace Officers Memorial Day

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Today is Peace Officers Memorial Day, and as happens each year in Pierre, the day has been noted with a Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Law Enforcement Memorial along Capitol Lake and a memorial service at a local church. Earlier this morning, a wreath was placed before a monument...
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Armed Man Causes Scare at SD Indian School

CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. (AP) – An apparently armed and suicidal person prompted a brief lockdown at the St. Joseph’s Indian School campus in Chamberlain. Police responded to the school Monday afternoon after a report that a former school employee was on campus with a handgun, threatening to kill himself. Police Chief Joe Hutmacher tells The...
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