November 16th – 10:30 am – 9:30 pm
November 17th – 9:00 am -3:00 pm


Pat Duffy Center
19 East Main, Ft. Pierre, SD 57532

Keynote Speaker

This year’s keynote speaker is DRA member and lawyer Bruce Ellison. He will discuss when an issue or campaign can be won by legal, legislative, or community action, and the value of each different approach.

Breakout Sessions

This year we will host three concurrent breakout sessions covering the following topics:

  • Environmental Issues and Environmental Law
  • CAFOs
  • Sustaining Local Foods

Time for ad hoc discussions will also be provided.


Friday, November 16th
10:30 – 11:30 – Optional Solar Tour with Pierre Utility
11:30 – 1:00 -Lunch on your own
1:00 – 4:00 – Breakout Sessions
4:00 – 5:00 – Ad Hoc Discussions
5:00 – 6:30 – Break
6:30 – 9:30 – Celebration and Keynote Speaker – Food and beverage will be available

Saturday, November 17th
Breakfast on your own
9:00 – 10:00  – Optional Thanksgiving Farmers Market at Capital City Farmers Market in Pierre
10:30 – noon – Business Meeting/Reports/Resolutions and Bylaws
12:00 – 1:00 – Raffle Drawing and Potluck Lunch (storage space/refrigerator will be available to keep food items)
1:00 – 3:00 – Business Meeting/Reports/Resolutions and Bylaws

Hotel Block

Blocks of single and double rooms are reserved under “Dakota Rural Action” for a special group rate at the following hotels:

  • Governor’s Inn – 605-224-4200 – located in Pierre next to Red Rossa Restaurant
    700 West Sioux Ave., Pierre, SD
    $65.00 + tax per night
  • AmercInn – 605-269-8411 – located in Ft. Pierre on the river with a bar on site
    312 Island Dr., Ft. Pierre, SD
    $109.99 + tax per night

Deadline for the block rate is Oct. 15th for both hotels.  Both hotels offer complimentary breakfast, pool, and are pet friendly.

Raffle Fundraiser

This year DRA will host a raffle fundraiser instead of a silent auction.  We will focus on larger baskets valued at around $200 with specific themes. Each member is invited to donate one or more item for a basket, and chapters are also encouraged to collectively participate. Themes for baskets are as follows:

      • Holiday Baking
      • Gardening
      • Crafting (Crafts & Arts)
      • Camping/Wild Life
      • New Baby
      • Native American Food
      • Home Brew/Wine Making/Fermentation Galore
      • Get Away
      • Family Game Night
      • Biking

Donations for the fundraiser should be new or very gently used and must be entered into the raffle form HERE by November 1st. For more information on the raffle fundraiser, including information about how to donate, please click HERE.