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Burnette looks ahead to 2007 marathon

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Running has always been a way of life for Shannon Burnette. With her eye on the 2007 marathon in Vancouver, British Columbia, the 33-year-old mother of two continues to push against the clock improving her half marathon times. She has raced in some challenging races...

Congress reauthorizes anti-violence act

WASHINGTON -- Congress has passed stronger legislation protecting Native women in the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. The House of Representatives and the Senate voted with overwhelming support Dec. 17 to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act while adding for the first time a tribal title that increases the resources to...

Walking to fight domestic violence

EAGLE BUTTE, S.D. -- Nearly 150 walkers overcame hot and windy conditions during the second annual "Reclaiming the Sacredness of Women and Children" walk/ride Aug. 31. The 19-mile trek from downtown Eagle Butte to Green Grass, home of the sacred pipe of the Lakotas, attracted walkers from as far away as New by...

Oldest Native women’s shelter seeks help

EMMONAK, Alaska - The nation's oldest Native women's shelter closed its doors and has sent out a plea for help across the country. The Emmonak Women's Shelter, a village-based program that serves five Yup'ik Eskimo villages in southwestern Alaska, has been providing a safe haven for women and children since 1979. The staff the...

Fighting violence against women

GREEN BAY, Wis. - Native women leaders are calling for continued funding and stronger options for prosecuting non-Indian offenders in Indian country as part of the Violence Against Women Act reauthorization, an update of the original federal act passed in 1994. The act will expand funding for existing tribal programs and shelters and provide for...

Student arrested on AIDS charge

HURON, S.D. ? As a full-blown AIDS scare swept the campus of Si Tanka Huron University and tribal leaders warned that it might be exploited for anti-Indian purposes, an 18-year-old athlete remained in custody in the Beadle County Jail. Nikko J. Briteramos was arrested April 23, the first charged...

Si Tanka Huron University offers Native scholars incentives

HURON, S.D. ? After a turbulent start, Si Tanka Huron University is moving forward with recruitment efforts and new programs for students in the fall. The institution arose when Huron University, a private university, was purchased last year by Si Tanka College, a tribal college on the Cheyenne Sioux...

Si Tanka students face health care challenges away from home

HURON, S.D. ? Health care is one of the many transitional problems facing tribal students attending Si Tanka Huron University, as tribal culture melds with what was earlier a private college in northeastern South Dakota. The addition of a tribally owned, off-reservation campus has created an entirely new set circumstances...

Congressional race heats up on tribal ground

MISSION, S.D. ? South Dakota's congressional races are heating up as candidates maneuver for the June 4 primary. The two front runners in the crucial Senate race, incumbent Democrat Tim Johnson and U.S. Rep. John Thune, R-Murdo, have been embroiled in a bitter battle over campaign ads and out-of-state contributions...

South Dakota shooters to be tried as juveniles

MILLER, S.D. ? Two local teen-agers accused of shooting at a vehicle carrying fans and players from the Crow Creek girls basketball team will be tried as juveniles, a South Dakota circuit judge ruled recently. The decision has raised more questions about equality in the South Dakota justice system upset...