Winyan – The Women: Decades of Rejected Efforts by the Native American Community to Utilize the RCIS Lands

This article describes decades of efforts by Native American community leaders and organizations to gain access and use the Rapid City Indian Boarding School Lands for one of the original purposes outlined in the Act of 1948: providing services to “needy Indians.” All their requests were denied, which has contributed to a deep sense of frustration in members of Rapid City’s Native American community that is as yet unresolved.

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Ted Stephens III
West Middle School & Sioux Addition Housing

This article describes the history of the relationship between Native American people and this area (Rapid City and Black Hills), some of the various reasons why Native American families originally moved to Rapid City, and why the housing available to them here up until the early 1950’s was largely unacceptable. Learn about the solution crafted to address that housing issue by Rapid City’s government at the time, which resulted in the building of West Middle School and creation of the Sioux Addition housing subdivision. Read this article to learn how confusion over the structure of that particular land deal still affects our community to this day.

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Ted Stephens III
Life at the Rapid City Indian Boarding School

Find out how the Rapid City Indian Boarding School came to be and how it changed throughout the decades it was open. This article also details the U.S. government’s motivation behind creating boarding schools like this one. Find out who the students were, where they came from, and the story of what life was like for the children who lived there.

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Ted Stephens III
An invitation to the community of Rapid City

We invite you to learn about the history and the story of the Sioux San Lands, the Rapid City Indian Boarding School and how the history of the land in west Rapid City helped shape our community as we know it today. This effort to share this compelling and well-researched history is putting the facts into the hands of our whole community as we work toward increased understanding and respect.

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Ted Stephens III