Archive for September, 2009

Kevin Costner Featured Guest of Honor at 3rd Annual South Dakota Film Festival

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

Get your tickets now for the Third Annual South Dakota Film Festival at Aberdeen on September 18-20! Reserve your spot to see and hear Kevin Costner talk about Dances With Wolves, Native American culture, South Dakota Tourism, the arts and commerce. He will appear at several events throughout the festival. Students are encouraged to attend the “Discussion in the Round” with Kevin Saturday morning. The Battle for Whiteclay will screen at approx. 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 19.

On White Clay and Rushmore

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

Published Wednesday September 9, 2009
President, Nebraskans for Peace

Gutzon Borglum, the sculptor of Mount Rushmore, was a racist who belonged to the KKK and often uttered crude anti-Semitic remarks (see Great White Fathers by John Taliaferro). His attitude toward Native Americans seems to have been more complex in that one letter of his expresses sympathy for the Oglala, but that sympathy did not extend to urging the return of the sacred Black Hills to the group. It is not surprising, given his Klan connections, that he chose two slave-owning presidents to be immortalized on his sculptured mountain. What is a little more surprising, if he really cared for the Oglala, is that he was willing to use their land for his sculptures — land granted to them under treaty and universally recognized to be rightfully theirs as witness the U. S. recent offer to buy the Black Hills — and that he deified — on his shrine of American immortality – the imperialist Indian hater, Teddy Roosevelt. (more…)

Editorial: Patrols part of solution in Whiteclay

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009


The landmark agreement signed last week that will allow Pine
Ridge tribal police to patrol in the Nebraska village of
Whiteclay is a step on the path to reducing one of the state’s
worst alcohol problems. (more…)