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We are setting ourselves up for quite a battle

Funny that this story came out today;

Construction on the Keystone XL Pipeline is scheduled to begin next spring in northwestern South Dakota. Officials in the nine counties affected by the pipeline construction are preparing for protests to break out along the route.

If protests become significant, the costs to manage the scenes will first fall on county governments, according to a state law.

Some are concerned that drawn-out protests such as the 7-month encampment of protesters opposed to the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota in 2016 could develop. A large protest could strain the budgets of the mostly rural counties along the Keystone XL route.

In the first of two stories, South Dakota News Watch reporter Bart Pfankuch examines the potential costs and outlines an effort to change the law. Find this story and other in-depth reporting at www.sdnewswatch.org.

I was just telling my barber that the Lakota Sioux tribes are very proud people, and they are going to fight this to the end. What do they have to lose? Really? We have taken everything else from them, all they have left is their dignity and reservation land. Keystone XL is going to have a rude awakening I’m afraid, and President Trump’s decision to allow this pipeline without the builder being responsible for security is going to cost South Dakota taxpayers a lot of money in defense costs. The PUC really needs to stop this before the protests begin. We really don’t need to be giving up our land, resources and capital for a foreign Canadian company to transport oil to shipping ports that send the oil to China.

Bruce helps to induct Cleveland Abbott into the SD Hall of Fame

Long before there was a Venus or Serena Williams, Labron James, Carl Lewis or a Jackie Robinson, a man born into Alabama slavery, would help create athletes and change our lives.

Because of hard economic times, the former slave, Albert Abbott, and his bride, Mollie, would move to South Dakota to raise a family.

Their oldest child, Cleveland Abbott, was born near Yankton to 1894 life disadvantages, most of us would not fully understand today.

At an early age, Cleveland Abbott trained his body, like he trained his mind.

Cleveland Abbott excelled in everything he attempted.

South Dakotans who know of Cleveland Abbott, know his amazing local sports scorecard.

For the Abbotts and our ancestors, there was no separate but equal in South Dakota, the hard prairie life, was equally hard for all.

As a 19 year old, Cleveland Abbott’s academic and sports reputation was enough, for Tuskegee Institute’s founder, Booker T. Washington, (yes, the Booker T. Washington) to recruit him to quietly lead an effort to help break American Jim Crow segregation through sports.

This child, brought up with the South Dakota idea he could do anything, would find ways to create possibilities for young men and women not allowed to dream.

Likely shocking his parents, this oldest child of the former slave, would return to their Alabama roots, to help break American segregation.

Cleveland Abbott used all the education and skills honed in Watertown and at South Dakota State, to give him the ability to know the value of a person is not color based.

South Dakota gave Cleveland Abbott opportunities and experiences he would not have had, growing up in the deep south.

With his wife Jessie, Cleveland Abbott created the first organized women’s college athletic programs.

He created opportunities for all students modeled on the programs he participated in as a kid in South Dakota. His Tuskegee teams, then went on to rule national track and field events for decades.

The Tuskegee athletic programs and especially the Relays, were created to showcase all young men and women. They became the model for what we now experience at every NCAA event.

Cleveland Abbott created opportunities for talented student athletes without regard for race.

Cleveland Abbott, created a model for the modern, color blind world of international sports.

It was not a fluke, that within months of taking over Tuskegee’s football team, Cleveland Abbott and the Golden Tigers were national champions.

This was accomplished several more times over the next 32 years.

Cleveland Abbott inspired kids who had nothing, to feel like they could help change the world, by their dreams and actions.

His students went on to become world leaders using the example he lived.

The world wanted his students and Cleveland Abbott to teach the rest of us how to be successful.

As a result, the revered the Duke of Dakota, Cleveland Abbott, was asked to be the first black member of the USA Track and Field Board.

By 1946, he was selected to be a member of the U S Olympic Committee.

His humble South Dakota beginnings stayed with him.

He honors us all through his excellence.

In his short life, he was able to blend raw talent, with a superb mind, to help break the rules of American segregation.

The quiet excellence and dignity of Cleveland Abbott should teach all of us, what one brave person can do to change the world.

On behalf of the South Dakota African American History Museum, located in Sioux Falls, it is an honor to accept this induction of Cleveland Abbott, not for himself, but as he would have asked, on behalf of his students.

While his national championships created a scorecard, Cleveland Abbott’s life was an example of a true champion, a South Dakota champion.

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Cameraman Bruce helps to induct Cleveland ‘Cleve’ Abbott into the SD Hall of Fame

Listen to Bruce’s interview about Cleveland on SDPB.

Cleveland Abbott excelled both academically and athletically. 

Born in the late 1800’s, Cleveland Abbott paved the way and created opportunities for many.

As a young black child, Cleveland didn’t let much of anything get in his way.

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South Dakota Hall of Fame Press Conference (7/18/2018)

The 2018 South Dakota Hall of Fame class of champions were presented at the Inductee Press Conference in Sioux Falls on July 18, 2018. These South Dakotans Champion a Culture of Excellence. This year’s honorees are:

Cleveland Abbott (Watertown 1894 – 1955) SD African American Firsts.South Dakota born and raised off-spring of Alabama slavery. Hard economic times brought his parents here to raise a family. Little did they know their oldest child would return to Alabama, to help breakdown segregation at Tuskegee Institute through education and skills honed in Watertown and at South Dakota State. He and his wife Jessie, created the first organized women’s college athletic programs which then ruled national track and field events for decades. His students went on to be world leaders using the example he lived. The revered the Duke of Dakota was asked to be the first black member of the USA Track and Field Board and then on to the U S Olympic Committee by 1946. Bruce Danielson spoke on behalf of Cleveland Abbott.

Rod Bowar (Kennebec) South Dakota Telecommunications Entrepreneur. Rod Bowar has perhaps the most unique career path in South Dakota telecommunications. Rod has taken his entrepreneurial spirit and created numerous business divisions for Kennebec Telephone Company Inc. Rod serves the telecom industry on the boards of SDN Communications and the SD Telecommunications Association, also the Dakota Prairie Bank Board, Kennebec’s Town Board, Clinic Committee, Fire Department, Badlands Fire District, The Mitchell Technical Institute Foundation Board, SD Board of Technical Education and numerous community clubs.

Marilyn Hohm Hoyt (Huron) Public Service Innovator. She has served her community and South Dakota in many capacities advancing economic and quality of life issues for the generations. Her involvement included Huron College, South Dakota Board of Education, Christen-Hohm-Lusk Foundation Board, the Spirit of Dakota Award Society and currently is a Board member for the South Dakota Community Foundation.

Tom Loveland (Sioux Falls) Geographic Landscape Global Expert at EROS. One of the nation’s foremost experts on the use of remote sensing to monitor and measure changes on the Earth’s land surface. His work on the use of moderate-resolution satellite imagery to characterize land cover and changes to it is foundational, all based on science that came out of the work of Loveland. Not done just for South Dakota, but across the nation and the globe.

Anne Rieck McFarland (Sioux Falls) Empowering those with disabilities to impact South Dakota. Anne has been in a leadership position with LifeScape for 30 years, and more than 40 years in the human services profession. She is truly a positive ambassador for people of all abilities.

Roger Musick (Mitchell) – Communications Hardware and Software Creator. A founding partner of Martin & Associates, a solutions provider to the telecommunications industry for nearly 30 years, at which point he leveraged his telecommunications experience to found Innovative Systems. Roger devotes his time to numerous boards and advisory councils across the state where he strives to make South Dakota a better place to live and work. A generous benefactor, local leader, and industry pioneer.

Rod Parry (Sioux Falls) – Medical Education Trailblazer. Rod Parry, MD has dedicated his life to improving health and medical education in South Dakota and beyond. For 36 years, culminating in his role as that USD Medical School Dean, he taught and influenced generations of physicians and medical professionals

Raymond Peterson (Brookings) Mr. South Dakota Performing & Visual Arts. An invitation to serve as a vocalist for the 1966 Miss South Dakota Pageant led to a 50-year commitment to the Miss South Dakota and Miss America Organizations as a scriptwriter, designer, producer, director, and nationally renowned pageant judge.

John Porter (Sioux Falls) – Leading Integrated Health Care Systems. John has had a 44 year history with Avera Health. His journey from lawyer to CEO of South Dakota’s largest employer is inspiring and exciting. John was pivotal in the formation and growth of Avera along with the Benedictine and Presentation Sisters, shepherded the building of one of the most integrated health systems in the country

A press conference will be held in Rapid City August 2, 2018 to present Nicholas Black Elk (1863 – 1950) Native American Evolutionist. Black Elk was an Oglala Sioux medicine man who helped guide his people from the nomadic to reservation life and then, helped document the customs and traditions of Native American tribal and Plains Indian spirituality for all future generations. A witness to the Battle of Little Bighorn, then Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, returning to the massacre at Wounded Knee Creek before taking his role as a traditional holy man who blended it with his conversion to Catholicism. He related his life story to John Neihardt, for the classic Black Elk Speaks.

Dems forget to sign some ‘important’ paperwork

I guess with all the excitement around nominating candidates, they lost their pens;

Subject: Reconvening of the SDDP State Convention on August 10

The South Dakota Democratic Party will be reconvening the 2018 State Convention on August 10 at 6 pm in Sioux Falls at Icon Event Hall (402 N. Main) in Sioux Falls with convention Co-Chairs and Constitutional candidates to certify their place on the ballot. The purpose of reconvening is to comply with requirements that officers of the convention sign the candidate certification in addition to the State Chair.
You’re invited to attend and witness the process; however, delegate attendance is not required. This is a small procedural step in the process of certifying our Constitutional candidates.
Ann Tornberg, SDDP Chair   ann@sddp.org
Sam Parkinson, Executive Director  sam@sddp.org
A ‘small’ procedural step? What’s that saying about primates having intercourse with sports equipment? When I talk to people about running for office I always tell them two things, Keep it Simple and remember the little things. Just ask David ‘Z’ about the importance of proper paperwork.

What was ‘Revisionist’ about Sam’s tweet?

I’m trying to figure out what part of this tweet isn’t historically incorrect?

While I don’t think it is in bad taste, especially since everything he stated is TRUE (he left out indian killers), probably not the best statement about the 4th of July from the State Director of the Democratic Party. But it certainly isn’t offensive or ‘revisionist’. What is ‘offensive’ is the response from the SDGOP manure spreader;

SDGOP Chairman Lederman said, “Our founding fathers fought and died on the battlefield and forged what grew to be the greatest nation on earth based on the principle that we should be a free people, and that their fellow citizens should not be subject to taxation without representation.”

White, Male, Property owners to be ‘FREE’ people. Women, slaves, Native Americans, and indentured servants . . . not so much.

“The South Dakota Republican Party and the people of South Dakota reject that kind of liberal revisionism that Democrats continually try to inject into our state.”

As I stated above, I am still trying to figure out what part of Sam’s statement is untrue? Of course, it is easy for the SDGOP chair to cry foul while representing mainly conservative Christians while being registered to vote in Iowa (and doing business there) while lobbying for Muslims (he is Jewish). The heck with rewriting history, let’s just rewrite the rules.

“They’re hiding what they stand for at the same time their director is bashing Independence Day.”

Just because the party hasn’t released their platform to YOU, doesn’t mean they are hiding something. And stating the truth about our founding fathers is NOT bashing Independence Day, or Veterans, or whatever kind of group you want to pull out of your ass that you may think will be offended.

Wages not keeping up with housing costs

As you will see, this isn’t just happening in Sioux Falls and South Dakota, but across the nation;

Of the roughly 420,000 South Dakota jobs classified by the U.S. Department of Labor, several sectors dominate. About 63,000 jobs are in office support positions, another 47,000 in retail sales, about 42,000 in food preparation and service, 17,000 in grounds maintenance, 15,000 in personal care and service and 11,000 in health care support. South Dakota is routinely among the top states in percentage of residents who hold more than one job.

But what is that statistic? I have often wondered where to get that.

In the Sioux Falls metro market, inflation-adjusted median household income fell by 4.5 percent from 2008 to 2015; in the city of Sioux Falls, it fell by 8 percent over that time frame. Meanwhile, the number of households making $15,000 to $25,000 a year in Sioux Falls jumped by 50 percent during that period.

It’s really the middle-class income that hasn’t really changed at all.

That the housing shortage for low-income residents is worsening in Sioux Falls. The study notes that for every 100 families making 30 percent or less of the local median family income, only 39 affordable housing units are available.

I have often argued that Sioux Falls is growing too fast, growth for growth’s sake essentially. I was watching a news story last week where they were training middle school kids how to build houses. Really? While I don’t have a problem with industrial arts (I took 3 classes in school, drafting, wood working and construction) I also helped work construction with my brother and dad’s business.

Maybe we just keep building to just build. Sioux Falls really needs to slow it down a bit and concentrate on fixing up core neighborhoods and revitalization, which provides affordable housing. Sprawling out of our limits only drives up infrastructure and housing costs. Making due with what we have with the workforce to do it properly instead of this constant motion of ramrodding development.

We really don’t have a housing issue, we have a wage issue.