American Indian dancing and singing at Oacoma

For my day job as a daily newspaper reporter, I had the opportunity yesterday to cover the Tribal Listening Conference at Cedar Shore Resort in Oacoma. The conference was organized by the South Dakota U.S. Attorney’s Office as part of a broader initiative by the U.S. Department of Justice to improve public safety on American Indian reservations. Representatives of all nine of the tribes in South Dakota attended, along with state and federal officials. The conference opened with some fancy-shawl dancing, along with some singing by the Bad Nation Singers, which you can watch and listen to by clicking play below.

 

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Seth Tupper

Seth Tupper was born and raised in South Dakota and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from South Dakota State University in 2001. After college, he worked at a newspaper in Minnesota and then returned to South Dakota in 2003 to join the staff of The Daily Republic in Mitchell, where he is currently the publisher. Seth has won numerous awards for his writing, including the 2007 Outstanding Young Journalist award in the daily newspapers category of the South Dakota Newspaper Association’s Better Newspapers Contest. Seth’s day-job and freelance work have granted him opportunities to meet hundreds of South Dakotans and travel across much of the state. He also spends a lot of his free time exploring South Dakota’s state and national parks, hiking trails and kayak-friendly rivers.

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