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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
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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.

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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.

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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.