Oglala Sioux Tribe

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Credit union opens new doors at Pine Ridge

Credit union opens new doors at Pine Ridge

In only nine weeks since it opened, the Lakota Federal Credit Union has attracted 317 members, and $1.2 million in deposits. “We have already approved $100,000 in loans, and that has been by word of mouth. It’s been huge,” Tawney Brunsch, executive director for the Lakota Funds, announced. Brunsch…

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Henry Red Cloud Leads the Renewable-Energy Charge at Pine Ridge

Henry Red Cloud Leads the Renewable-Energy Charge at Pine Ridge

There is a revolution under way to bring renewable resources to Native American people. Led by modern-day warrior Henry Red Cloud, a direct fifth generation descendent of Red Cloud, the famous Lakota war chief, and Trees, Water & People (TWP), inroads are being made one home and one business at…

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Gardens Flourish on Pine Ridge

Gardens Flourish on Pine Ridge

John Yellow Hawk’s garden is one of many new feeders of Pine Ridge Indian Reservation’s developing economy. This past year, Yellow Hawk and 20 other Oglala gardeners each received a $1,000 loan and a $2,000 grant from Citigroup via Lakota Funds, a 26-year-old Native community development financial…

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South Dakota maker of bison snack bar expects big growth with Whole Foods partnership

South Dakota maker of bison snack bar expects big growth with Whole Foods partnership

A South Dakota company created to provide a healthy snack for American Indians expects its sales to grow by a third this year after seeing its product picked up by national grocery chain Whole Foods Markets. The development also could lead to more hiring at Native American Natural Foods in Kyle,…

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Oglala Sioux tribe to vote on constitutional changes

Oglala Sioux tribe to vote on constitutional changes

A more stable tribal government and economic development on the reservation could be the result of a vote on constitutional changes by Oglala Sioux Tribal members on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation April 22, supporters say...Key proposals include an amendment to separate the tribe's judicial…

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SD Indians Sue for Early Voting

SD Indians Sue for Early Voting

Native Americans have never had an easy time getting to vote in South Dakota. In 1977, the state attorney general dismissed the Voting Rights Act as an “absurdity” and advised state officials to ignore the federal law. The state didn’t allow Native Americans into polling places until the 1940s,…

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Indian Pride: Episode 113: Indian Gaming

Indian Pride, an American Indian cultural magazine television series, spotlights the diverse cultures of American Indian people throughout the country. This episode of Indian Pride features Philip Hogen, former Chairman of the National Indian Gaming Commission, and focuses on the topic of Indian…