2018-06-14 E-Edition


DECEMBER 23, 1934 ~ JUNE 3, 2018 Verna Elizabeth Roubideaux (Siers)-Hultgren was born on December 23, 1934 in Pine Ridge, SD to Vernie Roubideaux and Victoria Siers. Verna made her journey to the Spirit World on June 3, 2018 at the Regional Home Plus Hospice in Rapid City, SD. Verna attended Flandreau Indian School and completed college courses at Oglala […]

Making Fun of Alcoholism


In teaching Native American history, we need to revisit historic trauma on many levels so that we better understand the issues we face today. Sometimes when an individual has problems with alcohol or drugs, he or she points to some personal trauma that occurred earlier in their lives. Recovery for that person may mean facing whatever that trauma was, forgiving […]

Racism and Bullying


Based on population, South Dakota is a small state. But when our elected officials and candidates for office espouse racist or outlandish proposals, our proportional representation on the national news is dramatically increased. Two recent news items illustrate this case. The first of these to hit the news was when the Sioux Falls Argus Leader reported that a candidate for […]

OLC Hosts Summer Artist Series

KYLE, S.D. – Oglala Lakota College (OLC) will host its 15th Annual Summer Artist Series, “A Vision of Our History by Lakota Artists” which will feature 12 Lakota artists throughout the summer. Artists are scheduled to be available Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm at OLC’s Historical Center located on the Piya Wiconi Administrative Campus of Oglala Lakota College, […]

St. Joseph’s Indian School Bookmobile Coming

CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. – During the summer months, St. Joseph’s bookmobile travels to reservation communities in South Dakota to distribute free reading material. In addition to sharing books this summer, Andy Lepkowski is looking to connect with anyone who attended St. Joseph’s Indian School! Andy and St. Joseph’s bookmobile will be in your area on the following dates: Thursday, June 14 […]

Local Strongmen Compete in Wagner

PINE RIDGE, S.D. – Two local strongmen decided to test their abilities against some of the strongest people in the entire state. Roman Leftwich, 26, and Teddy Pedregon, 24, both serve as two of Pine Ridge’s resident strongmen. The pair work as teacher’s aides at local elementary schools on the reservation. When not helping young people reach their academic goals […]


JANUARY 13, 1948 ~ JUNE 4, 2018 Patricia Mae Sounding Sides- Brings Plenty was born on January 13, 1948 at her home in Oglala, SD to Phillip Sounding Sides, Sr. and Geraldine Dreamer. Patricia made her journey to the Spirit World on June 4, 2018 at the Sanford Health Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD. Patricia was a very kind and […]


MAY 25, 1953 ~ JUNE 4, 2018 Thomas William DeCoteau was born on May 25, 1953 in Sisseton, SD to Ernest Wanna and Clarice DeCoteau. He attended school at Big Coulee Day School and Wilmot School. After school he moved to New Mexico and attended the Police Academy. After attending the academy, he returned to the Sisseton area and worked […]