The mayor of Rapid City, South Dakota found himself in the hot seat for poorly-worded comments about Native Americans and panhandling. The comments came as the city near the Pine Ridge Reservation is trying to improve relations after several ugly interactions between Native American and non-Native residents. Towns near reservations often struggle with the outward expressions of entrenched prejudice. We’ll talk with community members about the long, slow process of reconciliation in border towns.
Whitney Rencountre (Crow Creek Sioux) – graphic artist and director of the Ateyapi youth program
LeMoine LaPointe (Sičháŋǧu Lakota) – facilitator with the Barbara Schneider Foundation and coordinator for Indigenizing Crisis Intervention Teams in Indian Country project
Break music: Powwow Rhapsody (feat. Chippewa Travellers) (song) Cris Derksen (artist) Cris Derksen: Orchestral Powwow (album)