North Dakota

Podcast Discovered: The Dakotaball Podcast

The Sioux Empire Podcast is fantastic, and you could be forgiven for thinking it’s the only podcast out there but did you know that’s not true?  Turns out there are lots of other podcasts out there that we love.  In this regular column editor and guy with way too much on his plate already Robert Mehling tells you all about other podcasts that are out there.  Some serve as inspiration for what we cover on the Sioux Empire Podcast while others seem like their only purpose was to serve as a warning to others.

Coming to you from the vast and windy plains of North Dakota, this is The DakotaBall Podcast – an exploration into life in small towns and the phenomena of their dreams of big time, high school basketball.

Explore the rich history of basketball in this part of the country while following the 2017/2018 high school basketball season.  Through interviews and storytelling, we’ll bring you real stories from real people in small towns in the upper midwest.

The DakotaBall Podcast is produced by EverythingMidwestern LLC of Hebron, North Dakota.

Click here to learn more and subscribe.

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Intergovernmental Roundtable Held To Discuss Potential Pipeline Protests

PIERRE, S.D. – In light of the Dakota Access Pipeline protests which occurred in North Dakota, South Dakota’s state and tribal law enforcement are having public safety discussions. The first strategic planning meeting was held on Friday, April 28, in Mitchell, where participants discussed potential pipeline protests.


Tribal Relations Secretary Steve Emery, who attended the roundtable, described the meetings as an opportunity to work together and keep communications open so citizens can exercise their rights in a safe, lawful manner.


“It’s important that we bring tribal and state officials together to address possible protests,” said Secretary Emery. “These talks also open the door to discussions of other significant issues law enforcement face throughout the state; issues such as drug use, emergency management, and police training. There are a number of areas where we can work together.”


Other roundtable attendees included: Secretary Trevor Jones, Department of Public Safety; Col. Craig Price, SD Highway Patrol; law enforcement officials from the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe and Yankton Sioux Tribe; and representatives from the Division of Criminal Investigation.


“Communication with other agencies is key. In our communities, we serve both native and non-native. The tribe and the state are in this together,” said Yankton Sioux Tribe Chief of Police Chris Saunsoci.


Two additional regional public safety roundtable discussions are scheduled in Pierre and Wall for this month.

Intergovernmental Roundtable Held To Discuss Potential Pipeline Protests

Intergovernmental Roundtable Held
To Discuss Potential Pipeline Protests

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Will Protest Become a Crime in South Dakota?

From The News & Observer:

Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s office is pursuing legislation to make it clear that the governor’s emergency response powers apply to destructive protests, create new trespassing penalties and make it a crime to obstruct highways based on lessons North Dakota learned from large demonstrations over the Dakota Access pipeline last year.

Officials including Daugaard have talked with Gov. Doug Burgum’s administration to hear about North Dakota’s experience handling the protests and what the state would have done differently, Chief of Staff Tony Venhuizen told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

“We’ve seen what we’ve seen in North Dakota, and we want to be prepared,” Venhuizen said. “We certainly understand that there may be people who want to peacefully protest, and it’s nobody’s intention to prohibit that or prevent that, but those need to be controlled so that they don’t endanger public safety or public property or private property.”

A spokesman for Burgum didn’t immediately return a telephone message requesting comment.

The South Dakota bill would allow the governor to declare an area a “public safety zone” if an event occurs that may consume significant public resources, poses a threat to property and threatens the health and welfare of the public.

This bill’s vagueness is a grave threat to our basic freedoms.  I don’t know how anyone who supports the constitution of the United States can support this.  We need to speak out against laws like this while we still can.  What do you think?  Am I freaking out over nothing or are we entering 1984?  Or something in-between.  Even if you don’t agree with the DAPL protestors do you think it’s a good idea to pass laws that threaten all protest?

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ND Lawmakers: Blue Laws Designed so Wives Can Bring Husbands Breakfast In Bed

Two North Dakota Lawmakers are taking some heat after remarks they made during a debate at the state’s House of Representatives.

The topic was about trying to wipe old Blue Laws off the books that would allow businesses to be open on Sundays. North Dakota’s Blue Laws require some businesses to open late on Sundays and others to remain closed all day.

Representative Bernie Satrom said on the House floor that Sundays should be used for “spending time with your wife, your husband. Making him breakfast, bringing it to him in bed and then after that you go take your kids for a walk.”

Representative Vernon Laning also stated, “I don’t know about you, but my wife has no problem spending everything I earn in 6 and a half days. And I don’t think it hurts at all to have a half day off.”

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SEP051 – Perkins Politics Post-mortem with Paul Schipper

So this is it friends, the last episode of The Sioux Empire Podcast before we go on break for the holidays.  Host Robert Mehling invited Paul Schipper on the show to talk a little bit about this, not at all controversial election.  The rest of “The Zoo Crew” (Seth Glover, Natasha Estes, and Emily Gheorghiu) used it as an opportunity to mock Paul about him losing his race in the election this year.  Hilarity and awkwardness ensue.  We did get to talk some about the election fallout along with the usual heaping dose of obscure pop culture references and inside jokes you’ve come to expect from us.  This week’s local music spotlight is the talented Cade Thompson with his beautiful new single “Faithful and True.”  Enjoy this episode and have a fantastic Christmas, Thanksgiving, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, New Year’s, Yule, Black Friday, St. Stephen’s Day, Boxing Day, Winter Solstice, and any other Holiday season holiday I missed.  The Sioux Empire Podcast will be back with a new season and episodes on January 7th, 2017!

Paul Shipper

Cade Thompson

So… That happened…

Celebrities react

Goodbye Medicaid

Hamilton and Pence

Nesiba embarrassment, and psychic KELOLand Reporters

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Arabic In The Prairie: Being Muslim In Sioux Falls

On October 20th, 2016 something happened at the Siouxland Library that has never happened before. Mark Blackburn, the director of Establishing Sustainable Connections gave the community the chance to understand what is misunderstood about Islam, and Muslim culture. Mr. Blackburn works with Augustana University as an assistant dean of students and the Director of Diversity & Inclusion. Blackburn has many plans for more upcoming events to give the opportunity to meet others while tackling tough subjects. His primary goal is to have people become pro-active instead of reactive. Blackburn changed the whole room with one sentence; he said

“Have brave space, not a safe place. Brave space will encourage dialog and help us come together as a community.”

To establish platforms for empowerment, ESC wants to educate and advocate towards self-realization, and personal success. Building bridges between communities will unlock potential and strengthen relationships primarily in Sioux Falls.
Taniza Islam was first on the panel to speak about Islam and some of the misconceptions that people have. Mrs. Islam is a civil rights attorney and the director of the collaborator incubate program. She gave a brief description of what similarities are between Christianity and Islam, and there was a lot of shocked faces. Not many people knew that both Christianity and Islam both believe in the Virgin Mary and both religions believe in the same God. Allah is a translation of God in Arabic just as Dios is a translation of God in Spanish. Both religions believe in Jesus, only Christians view Jesus as the son of God, and Muslims believe the Trinity to be a division of God’s Oneness, mainly a profit. Both religions believe in the end times and believe that Jesus will return to earth. Taniza was in her brave space and talked about the Hijab, although she wasn’t warring one. The Hijab is a concept of modesty and is not required to be worn by every Islamic woman; it’s optional to women except the ones who live in places under radical Islamic law. Muslims believe in repenting and that there are a heaven and a hell. In a day every Muslim is obligated to pray five times a day and participate in Ramadan. Taniza even cultured Sioux Falls natives by informing us the first mosque built in North America was in North Dakota. One fifth of the world is Islamic, and it is also the fastest religion growing in the world. As outsiders of the Islamic faith, one cannot assume what one Muslim believes is what 1.5 million Muslims believe.
Musheera Anis, an assistant professor at the University of South Dakota, is a proud Muslim woman who enjoys wearing a hijab. Musheera has three daughters who live with her here in the United States, while her husband still lives in Saudi Arabia. When she first moved her when her girls were young, she did not experience any Islamophobia. Not until her eldest daughter entered middle school, and was referred to as a terrorist. Musheera even brought it up to the school administrators about her daughter becoming harassed at school and online. One man’s experience gave him the impression

“that not many in South Dakota are anti-hatred; South Dakota might look nice but more hateful under the surface.”

John Coke a native to South Dakota and born into a Catholic family, converted to Islam when he was 21. His experience in South Dakota as a Muslim is more peaceful, and he says

“it’s because I am not Arabic.”

Coke also mentioned that

“there is a lot of talk about diversity over the last twenty-five years, but our community still needs a lot of improvement.”

The way our city and the state can improve on the phobias of different cultures is to talk about them, to educated about them. Talking to other white people about the stigmas and the myths will help improve the Islamophobia.
The overall experience was unique, and I felt personally touched by the stories of the people up at the panel. Although the whole point of this meeting was to have brave space and to break down those boundaries, there was still heated conversing. I encourage everyone who has questions about Islam or other ethnic cultures to contact Establishing Sustainable Connections at ESC has another upcoming event on November 17th to tackle more social matters around Sioux Falls. Mark Blackburn said two sentences that I believe can change the world. He left off the meeting thanking everyone for coming and then saying this

“Communication is not about talking, it is about listening. If you don’t like the world, it’s your obligation to change it.”

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DAPL Tourism Video

Hey folks, North Dakota here.  Now we know that lately, we’ve had more in common with North Korea than North America lately, what with the arresting reporters and brutally repressing non-violent protesters, but don’t worry.  Let us show you North Dakota is still a great place to visit with only a small chance of you being arrested for exercising your pesky First Amendment “Rights” We’ve prepared this short tourism ad.  Enjoy!

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SEP049 – Goat Island with Spencer Dobson

Goats, Islands, and comedian Spencer Dobson, Oh my!  This week The Sioux Empire Podcast is officially making podcast history, for the first time ever on any known podcast, the “Zoo Crew” (Robert Mehling, Seth Glover, Natasha Estes, and Emily Gheorghiu) carve a Jack O’Lantern on air, in the studio (The live video of this madness available on Facebook). Also, we make comedian Spencer Dobson talk about goats, unicorns, and religion.  We talk about Establishing Sustainable Connection’s “Being Muslim in Sioux Falls” panel.  Also, on a segment we’re calling The Sexy Theology Podcast, we resolve once and for all; all the major questions of all religions for all time with absolutely no controversy what so ever. (Warning: “The Sexy Theology Podcast” segment contains graphic adult content.  Listener discretion is advised)  This week we have a musical double feature on the local music spotlight:  LowRidingMoths with their track “Tight Is Right” off their new upcoming album “Cat Island” (on Total Drag Records) and Articles with their track “Off!” from their new album “North Lake” (on Total Drag Records).  This week’s episode is sponsored by Almost Alchemy Jewelry.  The Sioux Empire Podcast still doesn’t know what happened to the goats of Goat Island.

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SEP045- Cosmic Rage

In a massive new episode of cosmic proportions the Sioux Empire Podcast crew (Robert Mehling, Seth Glover, Natasha Estes, and Emily Gheorghiu) welcome special guests; animator Chris Biewer (of Cosmic Rage) and Jessica Tebben.  This week the female members of the crew horrify the male members by telling them how prolific unsolicited… “Photos” are.  We take a look at a very poorly conceived mattress sale, the Colin Kaepernick controversy, how Sioux Falls Stop the Funding was stopped, and a columnist who says he won’t date feminists.  This episode features music by Elliott Graber.  In the second half, we get very deep into issues about the future, not just of Sioux Falls, but of mankind.  We talk about some massive concepts such as; is there other intelligent life in the universe?  This episode is sponsored by PremonitionLive.  Prepare yourself for a night of magic, stunts, mind reading, and mystery with PremonitionLive October 8th! The Sioux Empire Podcast would like to apologize in advance for any interstellar wars triggered by this episode.

Cosmic Rage

Phoenix Ash

This week’s episode is sponsored by PremonitionLive:

On October 8th at the Orpheum Theater in Sioux Falls.  Prepare yourself for a night of magic, stunts, mind reading, and mystery with PremonitionLive!  z*stonish & Travis Nye perform a fast-paced, cutting-edge show that creates an unforgettable evening full of magic, mentalism, stunts, and mystery! Forget everything you know to be certain in this world. Allow your perception to change as you prepare to see how deep the rabbit hole goes.  Zac Tennneboe, aka z*stonish, brings an experience full of mentalism, hypnosis, and magic. You have to see to believe Zac’s world of make-believe.  Sit back and enjoy an evening of fun, mystery, and laughter. With Travis Nye’s combination of shock, freak stunts, & magic you will be saying “WOW!”

Music guest: Elliott Graber

Local Music Spotlight: Elliott Graber

Twin towers mattress sale

Take a stand by sitting

Stop the funding sabotage

Ladies man

The Bees!

Is Phillips Avenue Haunted?

The Ghost of Phillips Avenue?

Rail yard transformation

Dream Big or Go Home

ET Phone you!

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Dakota Access Pipeline Company Attacks Native American Protesters with Dogs and Pepper Spray

On September 3, the Dakota Access pipeline company attacked Native Americans with dogs and pepper spray as they protested against the $3.8 billion pipeline’s construction. If completed, the pipeline would carry about 500,000 barrels of crude per day from North Dakota’s Bakken oilfield to Illinois. The project has faced months of resistance from the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and members of nearly 100 more tribes from across the U.S. and Canada.

Warning, the images from the incident are graphic.

Video of the attack from Democracy Now:

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