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Biden's climate change task force is making some progress; a federal judge orders the Dakota Access Pipeline shut down; and today sees elections in NJ and DE.

Public News Service - SD: Native American

The land on which Mount Rushmore is located was taken from the Lakota Sioux by the U.S. government in the 1800s. (Adobe Stock)

KEYSTONE, S.D. -- President Donald Trump plans to hold a rally at Mount Rushmore later this week for Independence Day. But a number of Native American tribes say they'll protest, given the complex history behind some of the monument's figures. Statues and monuments deemed historically insensitiv

According to the CDC, South Dakota had a fertility rate of 73.6 in 2018, the highest in the nation. (Adobe Stock)

BROOKINGS, S.D. -- A common theme for the 2020 census is making sure all young children are counted. That's been an issue in previous counts, and South Dakota officials say the state's high fertility rate is one important reason an accurate count is needed. An estimated 1 million children younger t

George Floyd murals, such as this one in Milwaukee, have surfaced across the globe following protests over his killing by Minneapolis police. (Graham Kilmer)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- From middle America to Europe, murals have popped up in honor of George Floyd amid the renewed fight for racial justice. In South Dakota, there are parallels to other works that call attention to the issues of systemic racism. Jim Speirs, executive director of the group Arts So

The Oglala Sioux Tribe in Pine Ridge reported two positive cases of COVID-19 this week. (Adobe Stock)

PINE RIDGE, S.D. -- Tension has been building between South Dakota's governor and Native American tribes over the fight against COVID-19. Security checkpoints have been the focal point, but one tribe says other concerns have existed for several weeks. Gov. Kristi Noem has said she would sue the Ogl

While the Oglala Sioux tribe tries to educate its communities about hand-washing during the pandemic, many members don't have consistent access to running water to protect themselves. (Adobe Stock)

PINE RIDGE, S.D. -- Native American tribes are restricting access to reservations, while trying to increase limited supplies as the coronavirus spreads in the U.S. The Oglala Sioux tribe has the largest reservation in South Dakota with nearly 50,000 members. It has set up checkpoints to limit non

If passed, the newest version of South Dakota's

PIERRE, S.D. -- Another attempt to limit protests over construction of the Keystone XL pipeline will be heard at the State Capitol today. Gov. Kristi Noem has introduced an amended version of what's become known as the 2019 "riot-boosting" law -- struck down by a federal judge as unconstitutional.

South Dakota currently ranks 50th nationally in installed solar generating capacity, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association. (jaidee/Pixabay)

RAPID CITY, S.D. -- The Pine Ridge Reservation in southwestern South Dakota will be the site of a $100 million solar electricity generation project. The state's Public Utilities Commission this week approved the Lookout Solar Park for property about 80 miles from Rapid City. To build the state's

Cancer is a leading cause of death among American Indian populations, but palliative care in South Dakota is often a long drive from the state's Indian reservations. (aamc.org)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Finding a balance between traditional customs and modern health care is the goal of a national research project in South Dakota. Mary Isaacson, an associate professor at South Dakota State University College of Nursing in Rapid City, has been doing research on American Indian

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