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Court to Hear Appeal of Former SD Tribal Chairman

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) – A federal appeals court will hear arguments next month in a former Crow Creek Sioux Tribe chairman’s appeal of his convictions for bribery and conspiracy. A federal jury convicted Duane Big Eagle in August 2011 of two counts of conspiracy to bribe a tribal official and one count of aiding...
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October Sobriety Checkpoint Schedule-Sign Up for Text Alerts

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) October brings another series of sobriety checkpoints to some South Dakota counties. 14 counties around the state will hold the traffic stops next month, to verify that motorists have not been drinking before they drive. October checkpoint locations will include Hughes, Lyman and Stanley counties. To have sobriety checkpoint...
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Pierre Man Pleads Not Guilty to Charges Leveled After Fight

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Pierre man pled not guilty to a handful of counts resulting from a fight that occurred in Pierre earlier this month. Hughes County Deputy States Attorney Wendy Kloeppner says that 29-year-old Angel Gomez was indicted on two counts of Simple Assault, two counts of “Sliming” and one count...
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Search Continues for Minnesota Man Accused of Threatening Governor

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Authorities continue to watch for a Minnesota man who they allege threatened Governor Dennis Daugaard and his family. An arrest warrant was issued in Hughes County for 53-year-old William Roman Becker of Monticello, Minnesota-for the offenses of Threatening a Constitutional Officer and Threatening a Constitutional Officer’s Family. Officials say...
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Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation Meeting to Focus on Sacajawea

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Visitors from at least 15 different states will be in Pierre/Fort Pierre through the weekend to attend the Regional Meeting of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation. The gathering is being hosted by the Encounters on the Prairie Central South Dakota Chapter. The meeting is headquartered out of...
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Van Stolen from Pierre Recovered in Fort Pierre Thursday

PIERRE, S.D – (DRG News) A vehicle that was reported stolen Wednesday from downtown Pierre-was recovered in Fort Pierre yesterday. Police Captain Elton Blemaster says the blue 2005 Dodge Caravan was found yesterday in downtown Fort Pierre. The van, which police say was unlocked with the keys in the ignition when it was stolen,...
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Street Crews Continue Working on Several Roads Throughout Pierre

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Street work continues throughout many Pierre neighborhoods today and in the next few days. Pierre’s Construction and Operations Manager Lynn Patton says a portion of Central Avenue will be paved today-as a water main trench will be covered from Eighth Street to Elizabeth Street. Patton says that once the...
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Pierre Woman Cited for Leaving Scene of Accident and Additional Charge

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Pierre woman was cited yesterday after a series of events that started with the report of a hit and run traffic collision at the Comfort Inn on West Sioux Avenue. Pierre Police Captain Elton Blemaster says police were told that a full size black pickup had hit the...
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Dakotas Tribe Receive DOJ Grants for Public Safety

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Three tribes in the Dakotas have been awarded more than $2 million in grants from the Department of Justice to enhance public safety on reservations. The U.S. Attorney’s office for the District of North Dakota announced Thursday that the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa and Sisseton-Wahpeton...
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Sanford, USD Unite to Study Native American Health

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Sanford Research and the University of South Dakota are embarking on a $13.5 million, five-year study examining Native American health issues. The first $1.5 million in funding comes from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to create a collaborative research center headquartered in Sioux Falls. In each...
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