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Daugaard Casts Stone from Glass House on Pe’Sla →

Immediate Release: Thursday, May 5, 2016

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Daugaard Casts Stone from Glass House on Pe’Sla

Sioux Falls, SD (May 5, 2016)-

The South Dakota Democratic Party responded to remarks and a formal appeal by the Daugaard administration over the collective efforts of several South Dakota Native American tribes to acquire holy land known as Pe’Sla in the Black Hills and place it in a federally protected trust.

Daugaard is reported to have said, “You have many tribal members who have needs here on the reservation. And if Grandma needs housing, or if Grandma’ needs food, or if Grandma needs transportation…Grandma doesn’t need you to spend tribal resources on a park land setting 200 miles away for religious use or for buffalo agricultural use. Grandma needs housing. Grandma needs food. And so…that’s your decision to make…not mine. That’s yours to make. But I don’t support it…for that reason. And that’s the reason I don’t support it.”

“Governor Daugaard has had the opportunity to expand Medicaid for over 4 years and has sat on his hands while South Dakotans have literally died because of the state government’s inaction. Frankly, he has no place to lecture Native Americans on their needs when he can’t muster up enough support from his own party to provide all South Dakotans life-saving healthcare. We have a lot of Grandmas that would be helped by Medicaid expansion too,” said Ann Tornberg Chair of the South Dakota Democratic Party.

As reported by Jim Kent in the Lakota Country Times, Governor Daugaard’s ignorance of the complexity of tribal land policies may contribute to his paternalistic understanding of the issue.

​ “According to Governor Dennis Daugaard, and by his own seemingly proud admission while sitting before the Rosebud Sioux Tribal Council last week, he is that person.

In spite of graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Government from the University of South Dakota and a Juris Doctor degree from Northwestern University, living all but 3 years of his life in this state, working in a leadership capacity for 19 years with the Children’s Home Society of South Dakota (which involved many Native American children), serving for 6 years as a state senator and then 8 years as Lieutenant Governor, the man sat before a room full of Lakota people and almost gleefully declared: “When I first came into office, I had never heard of trust lands. I was about as ignorant as you could ask for in a non-tribal member.”

Which, naturally, begs the questions: Why? What were you doing for the previous 33 years of your professional life here in South Dakota? And what else are you totally ignorant of that we haven’t been advised of yet?”

With Governor Daugaard’s appeal submitted, the four tribes who worked to purchase Pe’Sla, the Shakopee Mdewankanton, Crow Creek, Rosebud, and Standing Rock, will have an opportunity to respond and comment.


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Thune and Noem Must Draw Line in Sand on Trump →

Immediate Release: Wednesday, May 4, 2016

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Thune and Noem Must Draw Line in Sand on Trump

Sioux Falls, SD (May 4, 2016)-

The South Dakota Democratic Party called on South Dakota Republican leadership to denounce Donald Trump ahead of the June 7th primary. Ann Tornberg, Chair of the South Dakota Democratic Party released the following statement:

“Sometimes silence speaks louder than words. By staying silent, John Thune and Kristi Noem have allowed Donald Trump’s violentmisogynistic, conspiratorialracist campaign to blossom. Mike Rounds has practically endorsed the KKK’s endorsement of Trump.

History will not judge the weak-willed who acquiesced to Trump’s bigotry kindly. John Thune and Kristi Noem can’t have it both ways. They can’t brag about their spots in party leadership, but then contend they’re powerless to stop him. What has that leadership gotten South Dakota? What has it done for our country?

John Thune: Do you endorse a Presidential candidate that believes using nuclear weapons in Europe is sound foreign policy? Do you believe we should end NATO? Do you support Donald Trump?

Kristi Noem: Do you think it’s acceptable to repeatedly insult and degrade women? Do you believe women should be punished for having an abortion? Do you think women should be called dogs or fat pigs? Do you support Donald Trump?

These questions deserve definitive answers. No more splitting hairs. There is only one acceptable answer. Draw a line in the sand, put your country ahead of your party and denounce the threat Trump poses to American democracy.”


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South Dakota Democrats Celebrate McGovern Day →

Immediate Release: Monday, May 2, 2016

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South Dakota Democrats Celebrate McGovern Day

Sioux Falls, SD (May 2, 2016)-

The South Dakota Democratic Party celebrated the legacy of Senator George McGovern Saturday, April 30 at the Sioux Falls Convention Center.

Events began at 12:00 PM with a legislative candidate luncheon where Democratic Party service awards were presented to Dustina Gill of Sisseton for the George McGovern Grassroots Award, Burt Elliot of Aberdeen for the Goldie Wells Award and Rachelle Norberg of Burke for the Richard F. Kneip Award.

Afternoon activities included a training session from Vanna Cure of the Democratic National Committee as well as meetings of the South Dakota College Democrats, South Dakota High School Democrats and Young Democrats Association.

The evening presentation began with remarks from U.S. House candidate Paula Hawks and U.S. Senate candidateJay Williams and concluded with guest speakers from both Democratic presidential campaigns. Representing the Clinton campaign was U.S. Congressman Tim Ryan (D-Ohio). Representing the Sanders campaign was comedian and actress Charlene Yi.


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Actress & Comedian Charlyne Yi to attend McGovern Day

Screen Shot 2016-04-28 at 11.59.28 AMActress & Comedian Charlyne Yi will be speaking at the 2016 McGovern Day Dinner as a representative of the Bernie Sanders Presidential Campaign.

An early supporter of Bernie Sanders, Charlyne Yi is known for her improvisation, comedy, music and acting. Yi was screenwriter of the award winning film Paper Heart and has acted in several films and TV series including House and Love.

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Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH) to attend McGovern Day →

Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH)

Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH) will be speaking at the 2016 McGovern Day Dinner as a representative of the Hillary Clinton Presidential Campaign.

Tim Ryan is a relentless advocate for working families in Ohio’s 13th District. He was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2002 and sworn in on January 3, 2003, and he is now serving in his seventh term. Rep. Ryan currently serves as a member of the House Appropriations Committee and the House Budget Committee which has oversight over the federal budget process.

Ryan serves as co-chairman of the Congressional Manufacturing Caucus, which examines and promotes policies to help American manufacturers find trained, educated workers, continue to lead the world in developing new industrial technologies, operate on a level playing field with their foreign competitors, and obtain the capital they need to thrive. He is a champion of efforts to make college more affordable, revitalize America’s cities and improve the health and well-being of American families and children.

Ryan is also the author of A Mindful Nation: How a Simple Practice Can Help Us Reduce Stress, Improve Performance, and Recapture the American Spirit and The Real Food Revolution: Healthy Eating, Green Groceries, and the Return of the American Family Farm. Rep. Ryan currently resides in Howland, Ohio with his wife Andrea and three children.

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