Urban Indianz Podcast Episode 021 The Seinfeld Episode About Nothing

Urban Indianz Podcast: Gabriel Night Shield, Char Green, Kat Stands, Levi Hansen

Guests: Alana Snyder from 605 Magazine

Produced By Robert Mehling

Music Spotlight:
“Broken Dreams” From Loved & Hated by Night Shield

Sharing is Caring!

Reporter Overwhelmed with Lemurs

While attempting to speak at the Banham Zoo in Norfolk, England, a rather pensive BBC reporter named Alex Dunlop became hilariously overrun by a troop of ring tailed lemurs who happened to find the newsman quite irresistible.

BBC News reporter Alex Dunlop found himself mobbed by lemurs while trying to report on an animal count.

Sharing is Caring!

Urban Indianz Podcast Episode 014 – No Thanks No Giving

Episode 14 of The Urban Indianz Podcast: “No Thanks, No Giving,” today we talked about the recent oil spill of the Keystone Pipeline as well Native American’s history with Thanksgiving and what it means to us today. We were joined by special guests Taralyn Blue and Art To Art featured comedian Zach Dresch. We closed the show with this week’s Native Hip Hop Spotlight (Kilo Trackz)’s “All I Can Do.”

Urban Indianz Podcast Episode 014 - No Thanks No Giving

Urban Indianz Podcast Episode 014 – No Thanks No Giving

Urban Indianz Podcast: Gabriel Night Shield, Char Green, Kat Stands, Levi Hansen

Guest: Taralyn Blue

Art2Art: Comedian Zach Dresch

Produced By Robert Mehling

Music Spotlight:  Kilo Trackz With All I Can Do




Oil Spill



Butterball Hotline




Gabriel Night Shield, Levi Hansen, Robert Mehling, Taralyn Blue, Char Green, Kat Stands, Billie Sutton, Standing Rock, Squanto, Pilgrims, Disease, Smallpox, Spanish Flu, Center for Disease Control, Black Death, Thanksgiving, Political Correctness, South Park, Turkey, Free Turkeys, Zach Dresch, Boss’s Pizza, Count Chocula, Franken Berry, Boo Berry, Cinnabon Cereal, Hawaiian Ham, Honeybaked Ham, Butterball Hotline, Vikings, Die Hard, Hidden Figures, Mayonnaise, Date Movie, Van Wilder, Salted Caramel Whisky, Tommy Boy, Stand Up Comedy, Cathouse Studios, Open Mic, Wacko’s Comedy Club, Dan Bublitz Jr., Nathan Holtz, Luke Johnson, The Disarmed, Total Drag, Aliens Do Exist, Blink 182, Bigs Bar, Sioux Falls Comedy, Sioux Empire Tonight, Vinyl

Sharing is Caring!

Sacred Hills: Preserving Lakota Sioux Culture in South Dakota

Sequoia Crosswhite is dedicated to preserving and passing on the stories of the Lakota people. As a tour guide in Black Hills, South Dakota, he educates others about the 10,000-year-old native culture, taking them on journeys through the sacred lands and ancient petroglyphs. By walking others through the footsteps of his ancestors, Crosswhite is carrying on and protecting Lakota culture for generations to come.

— From Great Big Story.

Sharing is Caring!

Blood and Ghosts: The legend of Sica Hollow

They say the deep, thickly forested ravines of the eastern slope of the Prairie Coteau Hills are haunted. Stories can be traced back to the Dakota Sioux who once used the area as their hunting grounds. One place, in particular, now called Sica Hollow State Park, is thought to be the location of a creation and vengeance story where various Native American mythical figures fought.

Sica Hollow Ghost

Do Dakota Sioux Ghosts still guard Sica Hollow?

When the first Native Americans visited the location, they named it “Sica,” (pronounced she-cha) meaning evil. Numerous Sioux legends recall mysterious happenings here. The local Dakota believed this to be the reason for the blood red water that gushed out of the springs in Sica Hollow. It was most likely the result of minerals in the water, but still, the legend persists to this day. You can still walk the Trail of Spirits, where supernatural forces are supposedly at work. When European settlers first found Sica Hollow and the hills surrounding it, many of the fears of the supernatural were spread from the Dakota to the immigrants.

The first European to make his home near Sica Hollow was named Robert Roi, in the 1840s. Finding the location to be ideal with abundant game, he soon made his home in the deep ravine. The local Native Americans thought Roi was crazy for living in an area that they would not set foot in, much less make their home.

Sica Hollow

Sica Hollow

A few years later, an expeditionary force of U.S. government soldiers from Browns Valley set out to find Roi. Intent on collecting strategic information on what was then the frontier, it took them several days just to get down the wooded ravine where he lived. After they had visited with Roi, the soldiers left, agreeing with the local natives that the man was probably crazy to be living in such a place.

As the years passed, more and more whites settled the area, and the stories about Sica Hollow only grew. It was later believed that some beast or “Big Foot” type man inhabited the dense woods. This fear came to a boiling point when several people disappeared at Sica Hollow in the 1970s.

Sica Hollow, nearby Long Hollow, and other area ravines contain a form of quicksand due to the natural springs. There are also vast stretches of densely forested gullies and harbor ravines that drop several hundred vertical feet. It is little wonder why stories persist to this day. Over the years, nobody would live in Sica Hollow, which is one of the primary reasons that it is a national preserve and state park today.

Sica Hollow Trail Of Spirits

Sica Hollow Trail Of Spirits

Through the park runs a National Recreation Trail called the Trail of Spirits. On this path, you’ll see gurgling reddish bogs, the very same ones that the Sioux once thought were sprouting the blood of their ancestors. Swamp gas and stumps glow in the dark, and small waterfalls are heard echoing as trapped air escapes. For any that have been brave enough to stay the night, many have reported hearing voices, chanting, cries and war whoops, and even a few reported sighting of ghostly Indian braves.

Sources used for Background of this story:



Sharing is Caring!

Urban Indianz Podcast Episode 013 Halloween VIDEO

Episode 13 of The Urban Indianz Podcast is a wrap! “The Halloween Episode” features special guests Robert Mehling, Kyrie DuMarce & Troy Gibson of Black MASK Armada and we talk about everything from The Tall Man to Sioux Falls Witchcraft to The Shining to Flandreau Indian School Ghost Stories. This week’s Hip Hop Spotlight is “Lonely Halloween” by F. DUX & Maniac The SiouxperNatural aka The DayWalkers.

Sharing is Caring!

Not Too Early to Start Preparing For Winter Weather

PIERRE, S.D. – It certainly has not seemed like winter yet, but officials of the South Dakota Office of Emergency Management (OEM) say that doesn’t mean winter season won’t eventually arrive.

Wednesday, Oct. 25, is Winter Weather Awareness Day in South Dakota. The day serves as a reminder that, sooner or later, winter weather will be here.

“We always know that winter weather can occur at any time, but we just don’t know when,” says Tina Titze, director of the Office of Emergency Management. “This is a good time, especially on Wednesday, to start planning now for the cold temperatures and snow. By preparing now, you can be ready if you have to deal with power outages, blocked roads and being forced to stay at home for several days.”

Among the preparation tips OEM suggests are:

*** Monitor local weather forecasts when winter storms are approaching;

*** Make sure you have enough supplies, including food, prescription medication, and batteries, if you get stranded at home;

*** When traveling during the winter, make sure you have a winter survival kit in your vehicle and check road conditions before you leave.

For more on making winter weather preparations, check out the new OEM winter weather guide at http://bready.sd.gov/seasonal/seasonal.aspx.


OEM’s mascot Tommy the Turtle is featured in a book for children regarding winter preparedness. It is available at http://bready.sd.gov/docs/Winter%20Weather%20Book.pdf.


The Office of Emergency Management is part of the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.

Sharing is Caring!

Feeding My Fish and All My Ball Pythons Vlog! 🐍🐟🎃 💩

Today I’m feeding my fish and all my ball pythons. Thanks for watching hope you enjoyed and stay nerdy! Instagram Stayingnerdywithhon Twitter https://twitter.com/Pokehon89 Email josephektnitphong@gmail.com Rainbow https://www.facebook.com/rainbowcomic… Sioux Empire Podcast https://www.facebook.com/empirepodcast Our Comic-Book Convention https://www.facebook.com/siouxpercon

Sharing is Caring!

The Beauty in the Burning Bluffs

Earlier this month, I found an article that informed me on a natural geological oddity called The Burning (or Smoking) Bluffs right here in South Dakota. The Bluffs are located near the Platte-Winner mile long bridge, but sadly they have not been smoking for years. All the less it was still an exciting and eventful trip a little further out west than a typical day.

A day trip was planned between my friend and me to go out to the Missouri river and find these mysterious bluffs that neither he nor I ever heard of. Both of us are South Dakota natives, and with all that is South Dakota, we were both pleasantly surprised to hear that there is something else out there other than a big river. We packed our gear and went out west starting with Chamberlain, and for the first time, we took an up close look at Dignity. Dignity is the statue that stands tall over Chamberlin welded together by Rapid City artist Dale Lamphere. The statue was a gift to South Dakota in 2014 from Norm and Eunable of Rapid City in honor of the 125th anniversary of statehood.  Dignity was designed with over 100 diamond shape on the quilt of the statue that “move like an aspen leaf” according to Lamphere. Dignity was made to keep in mind the indigenous people that made South Dakota rich in dignity, and she certainly stands tall.

Dignity - Photo by Emily Gheorghiu

Dignity – Photo by Emily Gheorghiu

After seeing Dignity, we decided to check out the rest of Chamberlin and even managed to see the South Dakota Hall Of Fame, which I found to be much more appealing on the outside than the inside. Also, who would’ve thunk that Chamberlain also is developing a dinosaur inspired park? After a brief trip around the city, it started to rain and our adventure to find the bluffs were becoming more stormy than smokey. To beat the rain, we decided to venture to the Bijou Hills before stopping to see the bluffs.

Bijou Hills - Photo by Emily Gheorghiu

Bijou Hills – Photo by Emily Gheorghiu

Bijou Hills was the highlight of the trip for me that day, it was very fun getting there (we pretty much drove through a hurricane), but the landscape was beautiful. We google mapped Bijou Hills (don’t do it), and it leads us to a small vineyard/home labeled Bijou Hills. Google took us to a town that was actually just a house, and according to the internet it only has a population of 6, and I truly think that’s over estimating. Driving on the empty highway oohing and ahhing at
the bold strikes of lightning paired with the dark skies was magical as is, but when the Bijou Hill came into perspective, it felt like I saw a whole new world. To someone who lives in the
hills or the mountains, it might not seem like much, but to my eyes it was beautiful. The prairie rustling with the wind as this massive dark storm is brewing in the distance, but the sunset has
cast a perfect lighting for the rolling hills. We just had to see more, so we parked my car at the end of a minimum maintenance road got out and walked up the hills. It was truly unique in the sense that this land has not been manipulated and every step we took might not have seen a man’s foot in years. We, however, could not spend much time out there nor could my friend fly his drone to get an epic perspective because of the approaching storm. We hope back into my car and go the distance and make our way to the Platte Winner bridge.

Burning Bluffs - Photo by Emily Gheorghiu

Burning Bluffs – Photo by Emily Gheorghiu

Once we arrive at the Platte-Winner bridge, we scout the area for the burning bluffs and drive up to a lookout point. Well it was starting to seem like the burning bluffs were a bluff, but after speaking to a local man, we realized that the bluffs have been inactive for several years. The man told us that it had been five or more years since the bluffs have smoked, and to get to the particular smoking bluff, you would have to go by boat. This surprised me since the article was recent when I discovered it but then after reading about the author of the article, she was not from anywhere near South Dakota so it made sense that the article would have lacked the information. Although no bluffs were smoking at the time, we still got an epic view of the bluffs and the Missouri river. When the bluffs are smoking, it is a chemical reaction of Iron sulfide reacting with oxygen and water, creating heat which releases the smoke. At the moment no one knows when the bluffs will start smoking again but when they do I will be there with my camera to capture the magic. As far as the rest of our trip, it concluded with some of Springfield’s famous Norms corn nuggets. Which is worth the trip out there to have fried cream corn, and is something the locals keep dear to their town and their stomachs. After all, it was not a bad trip, and something I look forward to doing time and time again.

Missouri River - Photo by Emily Gheorghiu

Missouri River – Photo by Emily Gheorghiu

Sharing is Caring!