March Hope Report

March was filled with giving hope and sharing love with the various community members and tribal organizations—partnering to helping those in need. In response to COVID-19, multiple trips to the local...

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The Feather: A symbol of high honor

In Native American culture it is believed that all things possess an inherent virtue, power, and wisdom. The feather, for example, is a powerful symbol that signifies honor and a connection between th...

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"It doesn't have to be a life sentence..." Part 2

“Something good must come out of this. All it takes is one more time, one more try, one more prayer,” offered Gifford Standing, recovering meth addict.

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Recovering addicts, "It doesn't have to be a life sentence..."

“The effect it [drug court] had on me was it opened my eyes to reality, because it [meth] wasn't only hurting me—it was hurting my family,” shares Jason Goodface, recovering meth addict and Lower Brul...

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The tatanka provided “life” for the Lakóta and other Native American tribes.

Tatanka is Lakóta for “big beast” or buffalo. It roamed the plains of North America in prolific herds. In fact, 150 years ago, 30-60 million buffalo roamed the plains of North America. 

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March Spotlight: Celebrating Native American Women

March is also Women’s History Month, so we wanted to highlight inspiring Native American women, both past and present, who have made an impact in the world around them. The historical significance of ...

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Water does not reach all Americans with equity

Native American households are 19 times more likely to lack complete plumbing than white households. Finding Common Ground When I taught literature, creating understanding for time and place was essen...

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InvenTeam grant positively impacts Lower Brule community.

Tribal School Wins MIT Grant  Lower Brule High School, Lower Brule, SD, received a $10,000 InvenTeam grant from Massachusetts Institute of Technology [MIT]—not only are they the first South Dakota rec...

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Does basketball provide a sense of inner peace and purpose?

It never took much effort to find a game of basketball on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. If the weather was decent, all you needed was a ball and a hoop. When the sound of the ball slapping the pa...

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