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Rosebud, other tribes seek Congressional hearing on water rights

July 27, 2014 in Uncategorized

RAPID CITY (AP) — Native American leaders in the Dakotas are working to preserve water rights they say are guaranteed by a century-old treaty.

Representatives of the Standing Rock, Oglala and Rosebud tribes are part of the Great Plains Water A…continue reading on

Some in Congress push to roll back futures regulations

July 27, 2014 in Uncategorized

WASHINGTON (AP) — David Fiebiger watched the collapse of trading company MF Global and understood the need to increase regulations in commodities markets. He just didn’t think the misdeeds of a big firm would have much effect on him or his Finley, …continue reading on

NOEM: We must protect Black Hills’ forests from beetles

July 17, 2014 in Uncategorized

My family and I try our best to see the Great Faces nearly every summer. It’s one of our favorite summer vacation spots — and one many South Dakotans try not to miss. If you have visited the Black Hills in the last few years, however, you’ve pr…continue reading on

Veterans’ health bill talks begin

June 26, 2014 in Uncategorized

By Derek Wallbank and James Rowley

WASHINGTON — House and Senate lawmakers began negotiations Tuesday on the central question holding up legislation to reduce waiting times at U.S. Veterans Affairs hospitals — how to pay for it.

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Senators want bison declared national mammal

June 12, 2014 in Uncategorized

By Dirk Lammers

SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Senators from the Dakotas are among those making another attempt to have the bison declared the national mammal, citing the animal’s historical significance and importance to Native Americans.

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Thune: SD veterans wait longest for mental health treatment

June 11, 2014 in Uncategorized

In the era of post-traumatic stress disorder, high suicide rates and brain injuries resulting from combat, military veterans in South Dakota wait the longest in the Great Plains region for a mental health appointment, Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., said We…continue reading on

Bill would ban Corps from charging for Missouri River water

May 13, 2014 in Uncategorized

WASHINGTON (AP) — Residents and businesses owners who want to use Missouri River reservoirs shouldn’t have to pay for it, lawmakers said Tuesday, touting a provision that will stop an effort from the Army Corps of Engineers to charge for access.

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Keystone pipeline supporters seek quick Senate vote

April 29, 2014 in Uncategorized

By David Espo and Matthew Daly

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a struggle steeped in election-year politics, supporters of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline are seeking a swift Senate vote on legislation to approve construction of the project that enviro…continue reading on

11 Senate Democrats to Obama: Approve Keystone XL

April 10, 2014 in Uncategorized

By Matthew Daly

WASHINGTON (AP) — Eleven Senate Democrats, including six who face contested races this year, urged President Barack Obama on Thursday to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline by the end of May.

The five-year review of the Can…continue reading on

Fire fight: Lawmakers push EPA to ax stove rules

April 3, 2014 in Uncategorized

By Henry C. Jackson

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wood-burning stoves have ignited a debate between the Obama administration and South Dakota lawmakers who oppose new regulations that would require more efficiency from an iconic feature of many rural home…continue reading on