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Nebraska’s four Native American tribes took part in a special celebration at the state Capitol in Lincoln today for Indigenous Peoples Day.   

One of the speakers at the event was the Chairwoman of the Winnebago Tribe Victoria Kitcheyan

"We have an opportunity to educate our friends, neighbors, and relatives in the teaching of the Ho-Chunk People, The Ponca People, Omaha Nation, and Santee Sioux Tribe."

Siouxland Public Media/Sheila Brummer

This summer, the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska held an outreach event for young people on the reservation. Part of this exploration included art.    

Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer paints the picture of this creative cultural history lesson.

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More than a dozen youngsters with brushes in hand help bring a mural to life, including 15-year-old Traylin Sheridan of Rosalie, Nebraska. She and others work to cover a wall once gilded with graffiti.



Cases of COVID-19 are on the rise in Nebraska as the highly contagious delta variant continues to spread, but those reported totals may be undercounting the actual number of cases because the number of tests being performed each day is down significantly compared to last fall.

This week on The Exchange, we talk about the West and its history, and what is going on there today.

Now that it is high summer, national parks are crowded with tourists. But those parks have been created in places with deep Native American roots.  Today we talk with the creators of a new podcast where Native American voices tell stories of times before the creation of the national parks.

Also, how going west became an emancipatory move for many American women.  

Iowa Department of Public Health

The Iowa Department of Public Health reports no additional deaths due to complications of COVID-19. 6,072 Iowans have died since the start of the pandemic, with 229 in Woodbury County.

There were more than 40 new cases statewide with two more in Woodbury County.

The 14-test positivity rate locally is just under the statewide rate of 2%. This shows low community spread.

Officials with the Sioux City Police Department say a suspected murder-suicide claimed the lives of a Sioux City couple yesterday.

Investigators say evidence at the scene shows that 60-year-old Nicholas Socknat may be responsible for the death of 51-year-old Kelli Socknat before shooting himself. The two lived together at a home near Morningside Elementary School.

Spokesperson Sgt. Jeremy McClure says there are no reports of disturbances involving the couple. However, given the circumstances detectives consider this a case an of domestic violence.

Iowa Department of Public Health

Two Siouxland-area health departments have now disclosed cases of the UK variant of the novel coronavirus.

The director of Siouxland District Health confirmed one case of the variant was reported to health officials in Woodbury County at the beginning of March. No other cases have been recorded.

Meanwhile, the Northeast Nebraska Public Health Department coverage area recently saw its first case. The health department covers the counties of  Cedar, Dixon, Wayne, and Thurston.

Associated Press

Lawmakers returned to the Iowa State Capitol Wednesday to finish work left when the coronavirus pandemic surfaced back in March. 

Their biggest business?  Tackling the budget in this time of economic uncertainty.

Temperatures will be checked at the door and masks will be provided. Meeting rules have been established to allow lawmakers to be at least 6 feet apart. Committee meetings and floor debates will be streamed on the internet.

This week on The Exchange . . .

We hear from several Siouxlanders about their experiences in the coronavirus pandemic.

We talk with a Siouxland woman who is recovering from COVID-19.

And we speak with a UI medical student from northwest Iowa who is volunteering with new telemedicine clinic for people on low incomes and immigrants.  And a mental health professional talks about how to deal with the stress caused by social distancing and fear of COVID-19.

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State Representative Mark Smith of Marshalltown is running to be the next chairman of the Iowa Democratic Party. Smith said today that his background gives him the experience to help restore confidence to the party. Current chair Troy Price announced his resignation yesterday after the still delayed results of the Iowa caucuses were said to be inaccurate.  The Democratic Party State Central Committee will meet Saturday afternoon to elect a new party chair. 

December 19, 2019
Siouxland Public Media

Dozens of Sioux City girls took part in a Winter Showcase that also gave back to the community. 

Members of Girls. Inc. took to the stage to sing they also handed out check to a few local charity groups, including the Humane Society, Ronald McDonald House and Support Siouxland Soldiers.  They worked on service projects and sold items such as candy cane reindeer to raise money.

Lamb Theatre helped get the girls ready for their performance.  The group did songs by Carole King.

AUGUST 20, 2019

A two-day presidential forum attracted about a dozen candidates to Sioux City’s Orpheum Theatre.

The event focused on Native American issues and was named for activist Frank LaMere who died in June.

Vermont Senator and Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders was the final person to hit the stage.

More than 250 people cheered Sanders as he talked about the need for attention to global warming and sustainability.  


Iowa’s Junior U.S. Senator is emphasizing the need to care for migrants coming to the U.S., even as she reiterates her desire to secure the southern border.

Republican Senator Joni Ernst recently returned from a trip to the Texas-Mexico border.

Senator Ernst visited a few facilities at the border, including a port of entry facility and a shelter for children. She’s advocating for a permanent solution to what she calls a “humanitarian crisis” at the border.

Check It Out: Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen

Jun 25, 2019

Support for Check It Out comes from Avery Brothers.

Siouxland Public Media

Frank Lamere spent most of his adult life as an activist.  He lived in South Sioux City and worked as a member of the American Indian Movement in the 1970’s. 

LaMere was a leader in the Democratic party serving as a chairman of the National Native American Caucus and a delegate to the Democratic National Convention many times over. 

He recently received an honorary Doctorate from Nebraska Wesleyan University.  An honor that meant a lot to him. 

Siouxland Public Media

Native American activist and Democratic party leader Frank LaMere has died.

A post on Facebook said he passed away last night in Omaha.  LaMere recently underwent surgery for bile duct cancer. 

LaMere was a champion for the less fortunate  in the region.  Most recently he worked to help the homeless and people battling with addiction in the area and spoke to Siouxland Public media about his mission at a special summit that took place in Sioux City in April.

LaMere was 69 years old.

Siouxland Public Media

Local and national leaders joined forces at a “Healing Summit” hosted by the Siouxland Street Project and the Community Initiative for Native Children and Families on April 17, 2019.

The group first met on June 1, 2018, to find solutions to homelessness, substance abuse and mental health issues.

“We need to give voice to those who have none.  And, I’m doing my part.  And, I want the rest of the community to step up.”

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Iowa U.S. Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst say flood control should be the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ number 1 priority in managing the Missouri River.

At a Senate field hearing in Glenwood today the corps of engineers defended it’s handling of this year’s historic flooding, saying,  last month’s weather was so extreme that flooding could not have been prevented.

Local and national leaders joined forces today to try and come up for solutions for homelessness and substance abuse in Siouxland.

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Coming up on The Exchange, we learn about the changes made in the state’s child welfare system in how it works with Native American foster children.  

Also, a constitutional lawyer talks about the role of often embattled special prosecutors.

You’re listening to The Exchange, on Siouxland Public Media.  I’m Mary Hartnett.  The language of the Omaha Tribe is in crisis.  There are fewer than a dozen native speakers left.  However, a Nebraska filmmaker has produced a new documentary called “The Omaha Speaking.”  Timmerman has been working in partnership with Omaha tribal elders and sisters Octa Keen, Winona Caramony, and Glenna Slater.   85 year old Glenna teaches at the Nebraska Indian Community College.  I spoke with Timmerman and Glenna this week when they were in Sioux City for an event.  

South Dakota Reservation Tax Exemptions

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A Nebraska lawmaker proposed a bill yesterday to encourage more business and economic growth on the Native American reservations. Siouxland Public Media’s Mary Hartnett has this report.

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Dwight Howe
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Dwight Howe is the cultural liaison and Omaha language Instructor for the St. Augustine Indian Mission in Winnebago, Nebraska. Dwight has been an educator and public speaker for over twenty years. He is an enrolled member of the Omaha Tribe.

Ode presents an evening of true stories, told live outside at Koffie Knechtion, 419 Golf Road, in South Sioux City at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23. Storytellers will share personal essays crafted around the theme "Just Work." Admission is $10.