Since I am brown, a Native American, and since I am so very aware of my own skin, I have really failed to come to any understanding of life in South Dakota; as well as the way people see it from the outside looking in; from the non-Native world to the Native, and from the large city to the dusty communities we call home.
News in South Dakota is basically where Natives are unseen, unless there is burglary, robbery, or murder; or perhaps in the section in our local newspaper called, "From Federal Court."
When Native American issues do hit the news, the news is overlooked. When learning about a murder-suicide where a man managed a company that is under fiscal scrutiny because of mismanagement of funds intended for South Dakota's Native American youth, the entire thing is glazed over with talk about anything but the fact that Native people have been stolen from again! And, under the fiscal oversight of the SD Department of Education!
No big deal? Here was my response to other people's response, which was all about gun control:
I haven't blogged in awhile. I can't wrap my head around this... You can read more by reading the articles here:
Here the man is glorified... http://www.blackhillsfox.com/home/headlines/Death-of-Platte-family-emotional-for-local-GEARUP-program-328330421.html
And the most truthful article: http://dakotafreepress.com/2015/09/22/platte-family-dies-by-shotgun-not-house-fire-father-managed-accounts-for-audit-flagged-ed-coop/