DRA Receives Ceres Grant for Pollinator Work

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Part of an Effort to Educate the Community on the Importance of Pollinators while Protecting Pollinators and their Habitats Dakota Rural Action (DRA) has been awarded a $15,000 grant from Ceres Trust, a non-profit supporting local movements in preservation, restoration, and education. Dakota Rural Action members have been building their campaign strategy to help increase […]

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DRA Receives Grant From Newman’s Own Foundation

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Part of Effort to Improve Access to Fresh Food and Nutrition Education in Underserved Communities Dakota Rural Action (DRA) has been awarded a $25,000 grant from Newman’s Own Foundation, the independent foundation created by the late actor and philanthropist, Paul Newman. Newman’s Own Foundation made the award to Dakota Rural Action as part of a […]

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Submit Comments for State Pollinator Plan

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Submit your pollinator comments to the Dept. of Ag today! The SD Dept. of Ag has released a draft Pollinator Plan addressing the health of honey bee colonies, and comments are currently being accepted. The plan, which department officials have described as a list of suggestions and tools that can be used for managed pollinator […]

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2016 Matching Donation

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    DRA has an opportunity to raise $10,000! An anonymous donor will match all additional gifts made to DRA from 10/7 through 11/30/2016 of a $100 or less up to $5,000! Meaning if we can capture 50 $100 donations we will raise an additional $10,000 in year end internal fundraising. The donations can be […]

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Wild & Scenic Film Festival

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Homegrown Sioux Empire is thrilled to be a 2016 host for the Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour, one of the largest environmental film festivals in North America, and we are bringing it back to Sioux Falls this September 8th at Icon + Events at 6:00 PM. The Wild & Scenic Film Festival works […]

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The PowerPoint TransCanada doesn’t want you to see

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This PowerPoint presentation, put together by Nebraska nurse Cindy Meyers, contains more information about the dangers of benzene and the risks of the Keystone XL pipeline than most people have seen in their lifetime. That may or may not be the reason TransCanada objected to it being entered into the record in front of the […]

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Tuesday Update: Sue Sibson and the Battle with Keystone I

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This morning, day eight of the South Dakota Keystone XL pipeline hearings, Dakota Rural Action member Sue Sibson took the stand. The Sibsons, husband and wife Mike and Sue, live out near Howard. They’re a good, third-generation South Dakota ranch family; they grow crops and run cattle out on their land. Grass-fed, high-quality beef. The […]

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Monday Update: Keystone XL Permit Hearing, 12 Hours to Oahe

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It’s Monday and we are back in the Capitol building in Pierre, South Dakota, for day seven of the Keystone XL permit certification hearing. Last week the hearings went through Saturday, with the extra day being added on due to the hearings taking longer than the commissioners had expected. With a six-day week, TransCanada’s patience […]

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Mid-Week Update: Keystone XL Permit Hearing – Off the Rails

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We have just concluded the third day of testimony on the Keystone XL permit certification here in Pierre, South Dakota. It’s been a bit of a ride, to say the least – rules seem to change by the hour, TransCanada pulled a witness soon after intervening parties started asking him questions, and at times the […]

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Dakota Rural Action’s Opening Statement on Keystone XL Pipeline Certification

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DRA has intervened in the pipeline certification of TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline. Two of our members, Paul Seamans and John Harter, are here at the hearing as well and will be reading their opening statements later in this process and we’ll post those when they are read. For now, here is the opening statement of […]

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Protect the Plains: DRA and IEN team up to crowdfund!

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<iframe src=”https://www.indiegogo.com/project/a-campaign-to-protect-the-plains/embedded/4861426″ width=”222px” height=”445px” frameborder=”0″ scrolling=”no”></iframe>   The Indigenous Environmental Network and Dakota Rural Action are teaming up to raise funds to support the on-going legal and grassroots fights against Keystone XL and Dakota Access. These two pipeline proposals threaten the Great Plains – and our planet, by deepening our reliance on dirty fossil fuels. […]

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Joint release on Keystone XL hearings heating up in South Dakota

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For immediate Release: APRIL 9, 2015 Contact: Sabrina King, Dakota Rural Action Keystone XL Organizer, (605) 939-0527. Dallas Goldtooth, IEN KXL Organizer, (507) 412-7609   TRIBES AND LANDOWNERS FIGHT TO BE HEARD IN SOUTH DAKOTA PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION (PUC) HEARINGS ON KXL PIPELINE   LATE BREAKING NEWS:  The South Dakota PUC scheduled an “Ad hoc” […]

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