Race relations

Gina Robertson, a member of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate, participates in a Native American Day celebration in downtown Sioux Falls on Oct. 9, 2023.

On Native American Day, tribal members lament the status of race relations in South Dakota

BY: - October 9, 2023

SIOUX FALLS — Indigenous people who attended a Native American Day parade on Monday celebrated their culture but also lamented a lack of progress on race relations in South Dakota. Gina Robertson is a member of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate.  “We live in a small town in northeast South Dakota and it’s still like the […]

Protesters hold signs that read "hate is a virus" and "stop Asian hate" at the End The Violence Towards Asians rally in Washington Square Park on Feb. 20, 2021, in New York City. (Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)

Days after Indiana attack, White House vows to fight hate against Asian Americans

BY: - January 17, 2023

WASHINGTON— The White House on Tuesday announced a multi-agency strategy to help combat anti-Asian American hate, promote language access and improve governmental data collection for the Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander community. “This unprecedented plan builds on the administration’s broader equity agenda,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said during Tuesday’s press briefing. […]

Members of the Wambli Ska Society perform a Lakota drum song at a ceremony on Sept. 13, 2022, in Pierre to celebrate the launch of a Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons liaison within the South Dakota Attorney General's Office. (Courtesy of Attorney General's Office)

Leaders needed to reconcile the races in South Dakota

BY: - January 16, 2023

In December of 1989, Gov. George Mickelson wrote to Lakota Times publisher Tim Giago asking for his help writing a proclamation that would declare a year of reconciliation between the races in South Dakota. In the letter, Mickelson noted that racial harmony in the nation had been helped along by the work of Martin Luther […]