Oglala Lakota Sioux Tribe Specialty License Plates Available May 1st, 2018

PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota Department of Revenue will begin offering Oglala Lakota Sioux Tribe specialty license plates May 1.

Vehicle owners may apply for the new tribal license plates at any time by visiting their local county treasurer’s office or online at https://mysdcars.sd.gov during their renewal period. The plates will be available for the cost of $10 plus a $5 mailing fee.

“We are pleased to add the Oglala Sioux Tribe’s specialty plate, as we now offer plates representing all nine tribes in South Dakota,” Motor Vehicle Division Director Lisa Weyer said. “The $10 fee associated with these plates is dispersed to the designated tribe for the maintenance, construction and supervision of tribal highways and bridges.”

The new plates will be a part of South Dakota’s plate on-demand program. The plates will be printed after the application is submitted, and residents will receive their plates by mail within 10 business days.

The Department of Revenue also offers standard and veteran tribal license plates for the following tribes:

  • Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe
  • Crow Creek Sioux Tribe
  • Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe
  • Lower Brule Sioux Tribe
  • Rosebud Sioux Tribe
  • Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Tribe
  • Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
  • Yankton Sioux Tribe

For a tutorial on how to order these plates online, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOZEWUzjqZ0


Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Mast For Korean War Soldier Sgt. Philip J. Iyotte


October 23, 2017

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard is ordering flags to fly half-staff at the State Capitol on Wednesday, Oct. 25, to honor the life of Army Sgt. Philip J. Iyotte of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, whose remains have returned home after 66 years.

“Philip served his country honorably,” Gov. Dennis Daugaard said. “I hope his return home will bring some closure and healing to the wounds borne by his family over these many long years.”

Sgt. Iyotte of White River, S.D., served in the 8th Army as a member of Company E, 21st Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division, during the Korean War. Iyotte’s battalion was one of the first sent into battle. The sergeant was first wounded in 1950, but returned to the front lines less than three weeks later.

While fighting in Operation Thunderbolt on Feb. 9, 1951, Iyotte was taken by Chinese forces and was later moved to a camp at Changsong. Fellow prisoners of war have said that though Iyotte was wounded while in captivity and could not walk, he sang the Lakota honor song for his fellow soldiers. Iyotte is believed to have passed away after seven months in captivity.

Gov. Daugaard has directed flags at the State Capitol to fly at half-mast from sunrise to sunset on Wednesday, the day of Sgt. Iyotte’s burial.

September 19, 2017 Proclaimed Ben Reifel (Lone Feather) Day in South Dakota

Ben Reifel (Lone Feather).

September 15, 2017

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed Sept. 19, 2017, as Ben Reifel (Lone Feather) Day in South Dakota.

“From humble beginnings, Ben Reifel was a true Lakota leader,” said SD Secretary of Tribal Relations Steve Emery. “The State of South Dakota looks to honor this dedicated public servant, war hero and former U.S. representative on his birthday for working diligently for the betterment of all South Dakotans and U.S. citizens.

A member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, Ben Reifel was born on Sept. 19, 1906, in a log cabin near Parmelee, South Dakota. He attended college at South Dakota State College and later served from 1942 to 1946 during WWII, attaining the rank of lieutenant colonel.

Reifel would go on to work for the Bureau of Indian Affairs for 20 years as a farm agent, field agent, tribal relations officer and finally as superintendent of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota.  Reifel also attended Harvard University where he earned a master’s degree and a doctorate.

After retiring from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Ben Reifel ran for the U.S. House of Representatives in 1960 and was elected by a substantial margin, he served as a representative for 10 years. He was the first person of Lakota descent to serve in Congress and the first Native American to represent South Dakota.

Reifel was instrumental in locating the U.S. Geological Survey’s Earth Resources Observation and Science Data Center in South Dakota, in gaining support to keep Ellsworth Air Force Base, and in securing passage of legislation that created the National Endowment of the Humanities and the National Arts Council.

“Ben Reifel embodied the spirit of the Dakotas and his contributions to this state and country continue to make a difference for many of our citizens,” Emery said.

The Sioux Indian Museum To Feature Artwork By Renell White Buffalo

May 9, 2017

RAPID CITY, SOUTH DAKOTA: The Sioux Indian Museum, administered by the U.S. Department of the Interior, Indian Arts and Crafts Board, will feature an exhibit of artwork by Renelle White Buffalo. The exhibition will run from May 26 to July 28, 2017. On May 26, an opening reception will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The artist will be available to discuss her work during the reception. The reception and exhibition are both free and open to the public.

Renelle White Buffalo, an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, was born and raised in South Dakota. She holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree from Iowa State University. Currently she resides in New York City, where she works full-time as a professional artist.

She creates a broad range of works, including paintings on canvas, monotypes, and mixed media sculptures. Her color palette is often drawn from the environment around her. Currently, she is experimenting with colors inspired by her recent residency at the Jentel Foundation in Banner, Wyoming. Both the natural and cultural history of the South Dakota prairies provide her with additional inspiration for her work. In her paintings, Renelle transforms traditional Lakota symbolism into contemporary abstract artwork, allowing the composition to create a cross-cultural conversation. The bold and confidently-layered brushstrokes of acrylic paint incorporate personal meaning and connections to her Native American roots. Her work challenges the stereotypes and redefines the perceptions of being indigenous today, both on and off the reservation.

Renelle’s work has been exhibited in numerous venues, including the Blue Rain Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, the Exposure Gallery, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Northern State University, Aberdeen, South Dakota. This exhibition marks the first time her works have been shown in a museum setting.

Prices for the artwork can be obtained by contacting The Journey Museum Store at (605) 394-2201. To purchase artwork after the exhibit closes, please contact Renelle White Buffalo through her website, http://www.whitebuffaloart.com

The Sioux Indian Museum, managed by the U.S. Department of the Interior, Indian Arts and Crafts Board, is located in The Journey Museum, 222 New York Street, Rapid City, SD 57701. For admission fees and hours of operation please call (605) 394-6923.