Charles Michael Ray http://wncw.org en Shutdown Hinders S.D. Post-Blizzard Cleanup http://wncw.org/post/shutdown-hinders-sd-ranchers-post-blizzard-cleanup A freak October blizzard earlier this month killed tens of thousands of cattle in South Dakota.<p>The number of animals is hard to confirm. In part, because the federal agency tasked with tallying livestock losses after a disaster is closed during the partial government shutdown.<p>October is often a great weather month to be in South Dakota, which is one reason why the early October blizzard caught so many off guard.<p>Todd Collins lost a fifth of his herd in this storm. Mon, 14 Oct 2013 11:31:00 +0000 Charles Michael Ray 27209 at http://wncw.org Shutdown Hinders S.D. Post-Blizzard Cleanup The Slow Carving Of The Crazy Horse Monument http://wncw.org/post/slow-carving-crazy-horse-monument South Dakota is famously home to Mount Rushmore, but it's also been making room for a second colossal mountain carving that, when finished, will dwarf the four presidents.<p>The sculpture in progress is of the Lakota warrior Chief Crazy Horse astride a stallion with his arm and pointed hand stretched out over the horse's mane. It's taking awhile. The <a href="http://crazyhorsememorial.org/">Crazy Horse Memorial</a> — taller than the Washington Monument and well over two football fields wide — has been 64 years in the making. Tue, 01 Jan 2013 22:28:00 +0000 Charles Michael Ray 16029 at http://wncw.org The Slow Carving Of The Crazy Horse Monument Native Americans To Soon Receive Settlement Checks http://wncw.org/post/native-americans-soon-receive-settlement-checks Federal officials are working to send out $1,000 checks in the next few weeks to hundreds of thousands of Native Americans. The money stems from a settlement of the Cobell case, a landmark $3.4 billion settlement over mismanagement of federal lands held in trust for Native American people.<p>The case was brought by Elouise Cobell, a member of Montana's Blackfeet Tribe, and four other Native Americans in 1996.<p>On South Dakota's Native American reservations, reactions are mixed. Fri, 30 Nov 2012 10:04:00 +0000 Charles Michael Ray 14997 at http://wncw.org Native Americans To Soon Receive Settlement Checks Near Wounded Knee, Years Of Alleged Injustice http://wncw.org/post/near-wounded-knee-years-alleged-injustice In the late 1960s, Native Americans fed up with what they saw as years of mistreatment by the federal government formed an organization known as the American Indian Movement.<p>Founded in Minnesota, the group followed in the footsteps of the civil rights movement and took up protests across the country. Sat, 18 Aug 2012 10:31:00 +0000 Charles Michael Ray 11059 at http://wncw.org Near Wounded Knee, Years Of Alleged Injustice