The state of South Dakota is practicing a form of drug war excess tantamount to torture or sexual assault, according to a pair of federal lawsuits filed by the ACLU on June 28. One suit charges that law enforcement and medical personnel subject drug suspects to forcible catheterization if they refuse to submit to a drug test.
On November 8th, citizens in 35 states vote on 163 ballot initiatives. Initiatives in three states stand out as having a potentially broad national impact — California on reducing drug prices, South Dakota on revamping its political system, and New Mexico on the inequitable use of bail.
South Dakota could become the first U.S. state to dictate what bathrooms transgender students are allowed to use in public schools.
By Tim Giago (Nanwica Kciji), McClatchy-Tribune News Service Over the years I have encouraged Native American tribal governments to move their elections to coincide with the national elections in November. I believed this to be very important for two reasons: First of all, the Native-American vote has been terribly overlooked by candidates seeking national office […]
By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times As South Dakota’s gay-marriage ban was challenged in court Thursday, North Dakota became the only state with such a law that has not faced a lawsuit. Six South Dakota couples filed suit in U.S. District Court in Sioux Falls, challenging a 1996 law passed by the Legislature and […]
IRENE, S.D. (AP) — When the nearly 300 students of the Irene-Wakonda School District returned to school this week, they found a lot of old friends, teachers and familiar routines awaiting them. But one thing was missing: Friday classes. This district in the rolling farmland of southeastern South Dakota is among the latest to adopt […]