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October 7, 2017 | Oyate Today

MOA Spokesperson Whitney Rencountre on Oyate Today

Whitney shares what he's excited to do in his new position as chair-elect of Visit Rapid City, and how that position provides opportunities to promote Native American culture and the Black Hills as a whole, and more. Watch the full episode here. 


May 18, 2017 | KEVN

Mniluzahan Okolakiciyapi hosts Sioux San history presentation

Several groups in Rapid City collaborated on a presentation titled an Inconvenient Truth : A History Behind Sioux San Lands and West Rapid City. The presentation followed the history of the Rapid City Indian School up to it's current use as Sioux San Hospital. The event took place at the Ramkota Hotel and was a completely packed house full of folks ready to learn about this relatively unknown subject. Watch the segment on KEVN


May 17, 2017 | KOTA

Researchers locate long lost Wounded Knee survivor buried in Rapid City

Heather Dawn Thompson and colleague Kibbe Conti have been toiling for five years to identify those who died at the school between 1898 and 1933. “We know that several of them were buried in an unmarked cemetery (on the school grounds that is now the site of Sioux San Hospital),” said Thompson. “But there were indications that a few of them were buried here at Mountain View Cemetery. So they sent a list of names to the cemetery in hopes the records matched. Several did. Watch the segment on KOTA


May 5, 2017 | Rapid City Journal

Group lays out history of displaced Natives in Rapid City

A dark lesson about the historic displacement of Native Americans in Rapid City shined a hopeful light on the future during a special community presentation at the Journey Museum on Thursday night. Read the article in the Rapid City Journal


May 4, 2017 | KOTA

Standing room only for presentation on Sioux San land history

Score of people were turned away Thursday night at a presentation exploring the history of west Rapid City land ownership and racial inequities. Watch the story on KOTA


March 2, 2017 | SDPB

In The Moment ... "An Inconvenient Truth: The History Behind Sioux San Lands And West Rapid City"

As Rapid City continues to struggle with relations between Native and non-Native people, the Mniluzahan Okolakiciyapi Ambassadors present an in-depth look at the history of land transfers in West Rapid City. Listen to the interview on SDPB


March 2, 2017 | KOTA

Research into unmarked graves sparks exploration of west Rapid land ownership

A half decade long research project to identify children who died at the old Rapid City Indian Boarding school and were buried in an unmarked cemetery has achieved success beyond the researchers ambitions -- even as the scope of the project exploded into an exploration of the history of land ownership and racial inequities. Watch the segment on KOTA


February 21, 2017 | KOTA

Trusting friendships critical to Mniluzahan Okolakiciyapi Ambassadors

For the ambassadors of Mniluzahan Okolakiciyapi, relationships matter. So too does history. Marnie Herrmann and Whitney Rencountre are Mniluzahan Okolakiciyapi Ambassadors. They are working to create a message to the community. Watch the segment on KOTA


February 1, 2017 | SDPB

Conversation regarding race relations with Rapid City Circle Of Friends

Guests Karen Mortimer, Marnie Hermann and Whitney Rencourntre discuss race relations work through the Rapid City Circle of Friends. Listen to the interview on SDPB


January 26, 2017 | KOTA

Reaction to firing employee for remarks against Natives

It is reminiscent of what happened at the Regional Hospital in May 2015. A nurse was fired for making racist comments on her Facebook page. Earlier this week the states attorney fired a receptionist for making racist comments. The allegation, made public on Facebook, claims the employee made references to building a wall around the reservation to keep in Native Americans. Watch the segment on KOTA


September 28, 2016 | KOTA

Wacipi 101: What you need to know about a pow wow

Whitney Rencountre and Karen Mortimer are part of the joint effort of Native and non- Native Mniluzahan Okolakiciyapi Ambassadors. They are now working to host Wacipi 101. Watch the segment on KOTA


August 30, 2016 | KOTA

Mniluzahan Okolakiciyapi Ambassadors host educational forums

The Mniluzahan Okolakiciyapi Ambassadors continue to work behind the scenes to improve cultural understanding and forge friendships between Native American and non-Native communities. Watch the segment on KOTA


July 27, 2016 | KOTA

Mniluzahan Okolakiciyapi Ambassadors forge relationships

Marnie Herrmann and Whitney Rencountre are Mniluzahan Okolakiciyapi Ambassadors. A Bush Community Innovation Grant helped start the group. "Mniluzahan Okolakiciyapi" means Rapid City Circle of Friends. The group uses the acronym BEAM = Bridge cultures, Educate ourselves and others, Advocate and Model respectful behaviors. Watch the segment on KOTA


June 25, 2015 | South Dakota Public Broadcasting

Dakota Midday: Oceti Sakowin Ambassadors

Two weeks ago, about 45 Rapid City-area community leaders spent five days traveling by bus to culturally-significant sites within the boundaries of the 1868 Fort Laramie Treaty. The “Lakota Lands and Identities” bus trips were part of the Oceti Sakowin cultural ambassador program and led by Craig Howe, director of the Center for American Indian Research and Native Studies near Martin. Listen to the SDPB interview