Charles Michael Ray en Shutdown Hinders S.D. 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 45924 at A Dry Reservation Clashes With Its Liquor Store Neighbors At the Pine Ridge Reservation just outside the town of Whiteclay, Neb., an upside-down American flag flies on a wooden pole next to a teepee. About 60 people gathered here Monday to protest as beer truck drivers unloaded cases into a Whiteclay liquor store a few hundred yards away.<p>Whiteclay has one paved street and four liquor stores. Alcohol is banned on Pine Ridge, but alcoholism is rampant here and the unemployment rate hovers around 80 percent. The town sells the equivalent of about 5 million cans of beer annually — mostly to impoverished tribal residents. Wed, 19 Jun 2013 20:44:00 +0000 Charles Michael Ray 37801 at The Slow Carving Of The 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="">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 26117 at Native Americans To 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 24284 at Indian Activist, Actor Russel Means Dies Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>The activist and actor Russell Means died today on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. He was 72 years old and had esophageal cancer. Means was widely known for his movie and TV roles but long before he took up acting, he played a seminal role in the American Indian rights movement.<p>South Dakota's Public Broadcasting's Charles Michael Ray has this remembrance.<p>CHARLES MICHAEL RAY, BYLINE: If you don't know who Russell Means is, this scene from a 1992 Hollywood film might jog your memory. Mon, 22 Oct 2012 20:41:00 +0000 Charles Michael Ray 22041 at Near Wounded Knee, Years Of 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 18093 at