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Patti Jo King


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Heidi Heitkamp: Taking the Senate Race to Native North Dakota

Heidi Heitkamp: Taking the Senate Race to Native North Dakota

North Dakota’s Democratic Senate candidate, Heidi Heitkamp, is working hard for the Native vote. With five reservations and nearly 40,000 Indian people living in the state, Natives make up 5.4 percent of the state’s residents, its largest minority population. The former state attorney general, who lives with her in...
Missing Voices: Native Perspective Lacking in Civil War Accounts

Missing Voices: Native Perspective Lacking in Civil War Accounts

An account of Indians in the U.S. Civil War has been issued in paperback—and with it comes a now-familiar sense of letdown. That’s because such books invariably leave out Native voices, relying on academic research and accounts. Clarissa Confer’s The Cherokee Nation in the Civil War, first published hardcover...
Lakota Community Battles Deadly Rodent-Spread Hantavirus

Lakota Community Battles Deadly Rodent-Spread Hantavirus

The Oglala Sioux Tribe (OST) has initiated an intensive awareness and prevention program in order to address a recent Hantavirus outbreak in the Pine Ridge Village District. Although cases of Hantavirus have been reported within South Dakota in the past, this is the first reported case of Hantavirus in...
Rapid City Has a KKK Problem

Rapid City Has a KKK Problem

Vernon Traversie, a legally blind Cheyenne River Sioux tribal elder who lives in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, believes he was the victim of a hate crime while in the hospital for surgery and fears reprisal for his attempts to bring the incident to the attention of authorities. After having surgery...