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OLC Candidate Forum was a great event, candidate specific posts forthcoming

May 19, 2014
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QA session at the OLC candidate forum.

Last Friday the Oglala Lakota College (OLC) hosted a South Dakota Congressional, Senatorial and Gubernatorial Candidates forum (I mentioned this forum here and here). It was held on the OLC campus at the  Woksape Tipi Library. I would say this has actually been the best of all the forums/debates I have attended thus far this year. The OLC Woksape Tipi Library staff should be proud of the work they put into this event. It was great to see a candidate forum offered during the ‘primary season’ that also allowed Independent candidates. Such a forum allows everyone to see the candidates and how they stack up against their own party and other political viewpoints at the same time.

Later today or tomorrow I plan to post the following blog articles about the three different portions of the open forum. I also plan to post the audio files so everyone that wants to can hear what the candidates had to say.

  • SD Gubernatorial candidates forum. In attendance were the following gubernatorial candidates: Susan Wismer (D), Joe Lowe (D), Lora Hubbel (R), and Mike Myers (I). The only gubernatorial candidate not in attendance was the incumbent Dennis Daugaard (R).
  • SD Congressional & Senatorial candidates forum. In attendance were the following senatorial candidates: Stace Nelson (R) and Jason Ravnsborg (R). The senatorial candidates that declined the invitation to the forum were Larry Rhoden (R), Rick Weiland (D), Larry Pressler (I), and Gordon Howie (I). There were two senatorial candidates that did not even have the courtesy to decline the invitation and instead failed to respond: Mike Rounds (R) and Clayton Walker (I). As for Congressional candidates the only one in attendance was Corina Robinson (D); Kristi Noem (R) declined the event. Since only two senatorial and one congressional candidates were in attendance the three joined together for one forum.
  • QA with candidates. After the two forums were done there was a QA session with candidates still in attendance (some had to leave by this time for other committed events). The five that were still around for the QA session were Joe Lowe, Stace Nelson, Corina Robinson, Jason Ravnsborg, and Mike Myers.

The event was moderated by Tom Casey and was livecast on KILI Radio and KOLC TV. Each candidate was given 5 minutes for an opening statement, two minutes to answer each question, and then an additional five minutes at the end for closing statements. 

This is one of those events that is a win-win for constituents and candidates. Constituents win because they are able to hear from the candidates their stances on a number of topics; many of which are not in their normal list of issues. The candidates win because they are able to reach out to more voters and show they actually want to serve the people of South Dakota in general; and for those living on the reservation in particular. Hopefully more of these forums can be held in the future; especially at OLC.

On a somewhat-related note.. After the event I spent the evening visiting with various people on the Pine Ridge Reservation. In the future I plan posts centered around topics that I believe all people in SD (both on and off the reservation) should be aware of: SD DSS mishandling of native-American adoptions and foster care, federal land grab in the Badlands that impacts Lakota ranchers, and the creation and use of the cryptocurrency Mazacoin by the Traditional Lakota Nation. Sadly these are all topics either being ignored by the mainstream media; or not covered with any interest in the truth.

  1. May 19, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    Thank you so much Ken….we did have a great time and great forum!!!!….the candidates that came were amazing! We will offer more of these venues in the future and thanks so much for your interest in local, tribal, state and national politics! We will stay in touch and always wish you and yours happy days!!

  2. Tasiyagnunpa Livermont
    May 20, 2014 at 11:55 pm

    Some of us non-ranching Lakota support the badlands efforts to create the first tribal national park.

    • May 21, 2014 at 9:03 am

      One thing I find odd about this situation is how few people know anything about this story. From any viewpoint.

      • Tasiyagnunpa Livermont
        May 21, 2014 at 10:41 am

        One of the tv news stations recently interviewed the Badlands superintendent. I thought he shared some important information about what they are trying to do. I have my own concerns about the ability of my birth tribe to pull this off, but I really can’t buy this whole ‘land grab,’ thing. Then again, I’m first generation off the ranch…and I keep asking, what about us ‘landless’ tribal members? Don’t we deserve to have a livelihood making good use of that land, while at the same time honoring the Buffalo Nation? I just hope we see hunting rights and some other common sense pieces to this puzzle. I really need to make it a priority to get down there and talk to some folks. The coverage has been one-sided and dismal. Thank you for your interest. (PS I spent part of my childhood rambling around the badlands park.)

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