Charles Michael Ray http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en Shutdown Hinders S.D. Post-Blizzard Cleanup http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/shutdown-hinders-sd-ranchers-post-blizzard-cleanup A freak October blizzard earlier this month killed tens of thousands of cattle in South Dakota.<p>The number of animals is hard to confirm. In part, because the federal agency tasked with tallying livestock losses after a disaster is closed during the partial government shutdown.<p>October is often a great weather month to be in South Dakota, which is one reason why the early October blizzard caught so many off guard.<p>Todd Collins lost a fifth of his herd in this storm. Mon, 14 Oct 2013 11:31:00 +0000 Charles Michael Ray 48341 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Shutdown Hinders S.D. Post-Blizzard Cleanup A Dry Reservation Clashes With Its Liquor Store Neighbors http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/dry-reservation-clashes-its-liquor-store-neighbors At the Pine Ridge Reservation just outside the town of Whiteclay, Neb., an upside-down American flag flies on a wooden pole next to a teepee. About 60 people gathered here Monday to protest as beer truck drivers unloaded cases into a Whiteclay liquor store a few hundred yards away.<p>Whiteclay has one paved street and four liquor stores. Alcohol is banned on Pine Ridge, but alcoholism is rampant here and the unemployment rate hovers around 80 percent. The town sells the equivalent of about 5 million cans of beer annually — mostly to impoverished tribal residents. Wed, 19 Jun 2013 21:48:00 +0000 Charles Michael Ray 42550 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org A Dry Reservation Clashes With Its Liquor Store Neighbors The Slow Carving Of The Crazy Horse Monument http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/slow-carving-crazy-horse-monument South Dakota is famously home to Mount Rushmore, but it's also been making room for a second colossal mountain carving that, when finished, will dwarf the four presidents.<p>The sculpture in progress is of the Lakota warrior Chief Crazy Horse astride a stallion with his arm and pointed hand stretched out over the horse's mane. It's taking awhile. The <a href="http://crazyhorsememorial.org/">Crazy Horse Memorial</a> — taller than the Washington Monument and well over two football fields wide — has been 64 years in the making. Tue, 01 Jan 2013 22:28:00 +0000 Charles Michael Ray 34723 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org The Slow Carving Of The Crazy Horse Monument Native Americans To Soon Receive Settlement Checks http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/native-americans-soon-receive-settlement-checks Federal officials are working to send out $1,000 checks in the next few weeks to hundreds of thousands of Native Americans. The money stems from a settlement of the Cobell case, a landmark $3.4 billion settlement over mismanagement of federal lands held in trust for Native American people.<p>The case was brought by Elouise Cobell, a member of Montana's Blackfeet Tribe, and four other Native Americans in 1996.<p>On South Dakota's Native American reservations, reactions are mixed. Fri, 30 Nov 2012 10:04:00 +0000 Charles Michael Ray 33445 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Native Americans To Soon Receive Settlement Checks Near Wounded Knee, Years Of Alleged Injustice http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/near-wounded-knee-years-alleged-injustice In the late 1960s, Native Americans fed up with what they saw as years of mistreatment by the federal government formed an organization known as the American Indian Movement.<p>Founded in Minnesota, the group followed in the footsteps of the civil rights movement and took up protests across the country. Sat, 18 Aug 2012 10:31:00 +0000 Charles Michael Ray 28767 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Near Wounded Knee, Years Of Alleged Injustice