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1. Best Places to See Bison in South Dakota
Best Places to See Bison in South Dakota
If you have never visited South Dakota, you're in for a surprise. The state is split in two by the Missouri River. The land east of the Missouri is called "East River", the land to the west is "West River". When people think of South Dakota, many picture the flat farmlands of east river. West ri...
Travel & Places - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 02:23:04
2. Devils Bathtub: A Spearfish Hike Way Off the Beaten Path
Devils Bathtub: A Spearfish Hike Way Off the Beaten Path
The Devil's Bathtub is one of those special places we locals like to keep to ourselves. Thousands of travelers, tourists and day hikers pass this little known spot each year without even realizing it's there. It's so stunning though, I feel that this is one secret I have to share. Please keep in...
Travel & Places - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 02:31:05
3. Scenic, South Dakota: Badlands Frontier Town
Scenic, South Dakota: Badlands Frontier Town
Scenic, South Dakota is the real deal - an old west town on the western edge of Badlands National Park. In the early 1900s, Scenic was a siding - a railroad stop on the way to Rapid City and the Black Hills. Adjacent to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, the town grew up as a watering hole and me...
Travel & Places - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 02:31:44
4. Lakota Traditional Foods
Lakota Traditional Foods
The Lakota believe that food is sacred. Without food there is no life, and food is therefore given proper respect. The Lakota developed many ingenious ways to obtain food in the unique environment in which they lived. Men and women each had separate, well-defined roles in obtaining food. The pr...
Food & Cooking - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 02:23:01
5. Visiting the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation
Visiting the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation
The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is the home of the Oglala Lakota or Sioux tribe, a band of the Oceti Sakowin (the Seven Council Fires of the Great Sioux Nation). The word Oglala means "they scatter their own" in the Lakota language. Then as now, the Oglala live further west than any of the oth...
Travel & Places - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 02:24:51
6. Steampunk Book, Movie and Music Gift Guide
Steampunk Book, Movie and Music Gift Guide
Since its start in the 80s, the Steampunk movement has grown by leaps and bounds. Steampunk started through the books of just three authors - K.W. Jeter, James Blaylock and Tim Powers. Early Steampunk was a variant of the cyberpunk genre, with stories set in the age of steam or in an alternate-h...
Holidays & Celebrations - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 02:24:05
7. Understanding History: Indian Boarding Schools
Understanding History: Indian Boarding Schools
Use of the boarding school as a tool to assimilate Native Americans in the United States was the brainchild of Lieutenant Pratt of the United States Army. These boarding schools were official U.S. government policy from the 1870s until the 1930s. The 1870s were an explosive time in Native/non-Na...
Culture & Society - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 02:24:10
8. Visiting Badlands National Park: Tips for Travelers
Visiting Badlands National Park: Tips for Travelers
Of all the places we get to visit in our western South Dakota "backyard", Badlands National Park is one of our favorites. There is so much to see and do, from the majestic buttes and eroded spires, to the big horn sheep nimbly making their way up impossible looking cliff faces. This site was onc...
Travel & Places - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 02:31:44
9. Steampunk Gift Guide
Steampunk Gift Guide
The Steampunk fashion aesthetic has developed over the past few decades to encompass Victorian-inspired clothing with a technological edge. Steampunk fashion also includes looks geared towards adventurers (especially those who adventure via airship), street urchins, gadgeteers, military-style an...
Holidays & Celebrations - Sun, 14 Sep 2014 21:01:40
10. Gifts For Science Geeks
Gifts For Science Geeks
Looking for a fun or functional gift for the science geek in your life, but not sure what to get them? Let me lend you a hand! Not only am I a science geek, but my husband, father, brother, kids and closest friends are all science geeks too. We know what geeks like, and we're ready to share our...
Holidays & Celebrations - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 02:24:57
11. Reptile Gardens: Exotic Black Hills Attraction is Fun for All Ages
Reptile Gardens: Exotic Black Hills Attraction is Fun for All Ages
Reptile Gardens, located in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota, is one of the area's most unique attractions. With over 225 reptile specimens, Reptile Gardens has the largest collection of cold-blooded animals in the world. The centerpiece of Reptile's Gardens is the Sky Dome, a three-sto...
Travel & Places - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 02:31:10
12. Growing Vegetables on the Homestead
Are you interested in growing your own vegetables? Welcome to the club! There is a growing movement of people who are growing their own produce. There are many reasons for this, including the desire for affordable organic foods, to step away from the "factory farming" model which gives us few ch...
home-and-garden - Wed, 04 Jan 2012 16:10:00
13. Visiting the South Unit Badlands
Badlands National Park, under control of the National Park Service is the part of the Badlands that most tourists see. Half of the Badlands is under the control of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. This is the undeveloped area of the Badlands referred to as the South Unit. The South Unit is beautiful, an...
travel-and-places - Sun, 25 Dec 2011 18:31:19
14. Storybook Island Family Fun Park
Storybook Island theme park opened its doors in 1959 and has remained a family favorite attraction ever since. Maintained by the Rotary Club, the city of Rapid City and hundreds of volunteers, Storybook Island is the place to take your kids in Rapid City. Storybook Island is home to dozens of p...
travel-and-places - Thu, 24 Nov 2011 18:25:10
15. Backyard Beekeeping Basics
Why would anyone want to keep honey bees in their backyard? My reply to that is, why would you not want to? Honey bees are tiny powerhouses, producing not only honey but also beeswax, royal jelly and bee pollen. The enterprising person can take all of these raw materials and turn them into produ...
pets-and-animals - Sun, 06 Nov 2011 17:43:58
16. Helping Hands: Dogs and Cats on the Homestead
Dogs can be of great help to any homesteader. Besides companionship, there are certain breeds of dog that are suitable to guard your property or livestock animals. Certain breeds are great at hunting. Others are natural shepherds, mustering cattle, goats, sheep and even poultry! Dogs known for t...
pets-and-animals - Sun, 06 Nov 2011 17:34:46
17. Visiting D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery
The D.C. Booth hatchery was in commercial operation from 1896 until 1983, providing trout stock for lakes in the Black Hills and throughout the country. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service took over the property in 1989 and has since turned the property into a living history museum to interpret t...
travel-and-places - Mon, 31 Oct 2011 18:34:48
18. Visiting Crazy Horse Memorial: Tips for Travelers
While Mount Rushmore National Memorial is impressive, it's not the largest carved mountain in the world. That honor belongs to the Crazy Horse Memorial in the Black Hills, just down the road from Mount Rushmore. Korczak Ziolkowski started out as a sculptor at Mount Rushmore; his work there began...
travel-and-places - Mon, 31 Oct 2011 17:18:48
19. Visiting Mato Tipila (Devils Tower): Tips for Travelers
Science fiction fans may recognize this site from the movie "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" . To the Lakota and other tribes that make the northern plains their home, this is a sacred site; the site where the Seven Sisters became the Pleiades. You may know it as Devils Tower, but to the Lak...
travel-and-places - Mon, 31 Oct 2011 17:11:05
20. Our Favorite Things to See and Do at Reptile Gardens
Reptile Gardens in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota has many interesting and exotic residents. It was hard to narrow the list down to our favorite things to see and do at this unique park, but here are my family's choices. Cheyenne is a rescue bird. She was found with a mangled and brok...
travel-and-places - Mon, 31 Oct 2011 16:46:02
21. Dinosaur Hill Park: Scenic View of Rapid City, South Dakota
Want a nearly 360 degree view of Rapid City and the Black Hills? Take a ride up Skyline Drive, a scenic road that winds its way up the hogback ridge that divides Rapid City in half. Near the top of the hill, you'll find historic Dinosaur Hill Park, a great place for all ages! From the head of th...
travel-and-places - Mon, 31 Oct 2011 16:27:59
22. Sandstone Buildings of Hot Springs
Originally called Mni Kahta (warm water) by the Lakota who used the spring-fed waters here as a healing tool, the town of Hot Springs, South Dakota became famous by sharing its mineral waters with the world. Hot Springs, founded in 1879, was widely promoted as a resort destination beginning in t...
travel-and-places - Mon, 31 Oct 2011 16:21:47
23. He Sapa Wacipi: The Black Hills Powwow
South Dakota doesn't celebrate Columbus Day - instead, we celebrate Native American Day! While the rest of the country commemorates the arrival of Christopher Columbus and his three ships, people all over South Dakota honor the indigenous peoples that were here long before Columbus and his ships ...
travel-and-places - Mon, 31 Oct 2011 16:09:26
24. Suzi Quatro: Glam Rock Icon
Suzi Quatro began her career as the bassist for the all-girl group the Pleasure Seekers in the 60s. Suzi gained fame as a glam rocker in 1971 when she was discovered by producer Mickie Most. As the story goes, Most saw Suzi performing and was blown away by the tiny 5-feet tall woman's bigger-tha...
Music - Mon, 31 Oct 2011 16:02:00
25. Visiting Mato Paha (Bear Butte): Tips for Travelers
Mato Paha is perhaps the most well known sacred site in South Dakota. It is a prayer site for over 30 American Indian tribes, many of whom perform yearly ceremonies here. By walking just a few feet along the trail to Mato Paha, you'll begin seeing colorful swatches of fabric tied here, there and ...
travel-and-places - Mon, 31 Oct 2011 15:59:18
26. Traditional Lakota Hunting
The Lakota or Sioux people of the Great Plains were skilled horsemen and hunters. Many regional animals such as elk and deer were hunted by individuals. Bison were the prized kill however, and generally required a group of hunters to be successful. The big communal hunts would bring out the whole...
sports-and-recreation - Mon, 31 Oct 2011 19:01:46
27. Understanding Wind Energy
Worldwide, wind has the potential to produce approximately 5,800 quads of energy per year. This is about 15 times the current world energy demand. Each quad could offset about 172 million barrels of oil or 45 million tons of coal per year. Clearly, there is enormous potential and benefits for ha...
healthy-living - Sun, 25 Dec 2011 18:30:16
28. How to Build and Use a Solar Oven
Solar ovens are cheap and easy to make and operate. I have been using solar ovens for two decades now, constructed from not much more than cardboard boxes and aluminum foil. Cardboard ovens don't last forever, but they're so easy to make that I don't mind have to replace my old one every couple ...
healthy-living - Sun, 25 Dec 2011 18:29:29
29. Growing Sunflowers on the Great Plains
Sunflowers are easy to grow in any sunny spot and so beautiful they're a favorite even with children. Their sunny faces attract butterflies, bees, and birds. In my area, sunflowers are a favorite home for ladybugs, for whom I like to lay out the welcome mat. Ladybugs love to eat certain pest bug...
home-and-garden - Sun, 25 Dec 2011 18:27:23
30. Solar Power on the Homestead
Certain materials have a property known as the photoelectric effects. This property allows them to absorbs photos of sunlight and release electrons. Capture of these free electrons results in an electric current. Through photovoltaics, light is converted directly into electricity. Solar power ca...
healthy-living - Sun, 25 Dec 2011 18:25:54
31. Wind Energy for the Homestead
Wind speed varies by and from season to season. Wind is strongest in cold-weather months when electricity demand is also at its peak, so variability tends to mirror demand. Fortunately for the small or hobby farmer, many of the best wind sites are in remote locations. Good sites for wind farms a...
healthy-living - Sun, 25 Dec 2011 18:22:52
32. Visiting the Buffalo Gap
Pte Tali Yapa (tay tah-lee yah-pah) is the Lakota name for the unique entry into the Black Hills that we now know as Buffalo Gap. The Gap in question can be entered by turning onto the 7-11 Road (named for a ranch, there are no 7-11 stores anywhere near here) from Highway 79. As you wind your wa...
travel-and-places - Sun, 25 Dec 2011 18:21:37
33. Kadoka, Gateway to Badlands National Park
Kadoka, from the Lakota word Hadoka meaning "hole in the wall", has been called the Gateway to the Badlands, and with good reason. Bridging a crest from the interstate, your eyes are suddenly dazzled by a landscape dominated by blazing white eroded buttes and spires. It can be a little disconcer...
travel-and-places - Sun, 25 Dec 2011 18:20:04
34. Yawapi Means Writing!
Lilly Sanovia gave her freelance writing business the name Yawapi (which means writing in the Lakota language) to complement her husband's business Makowapi (making maps), which focuses on Geographic Information Systems consulting and custom map-making. Lilly lives in the beautiful Black Hills o...
books-poetry-writing - Sun, 25 Dec 2011 18:18:47
35. Visiting the Rosebud Indian Reservation
The Sicangu Oyate or Burnt-Thigh people are one of the bands of the Oceti Sakowin (Seven Council Fires) that comprise the Tetuwan Oyate, Lakota or Great Sioux Nation. The name supposedly comes from a time when the band had to run through a fire on the prairie which left many tribal members with b...
travel-and-places - Mon, 12 Dec 2011 15:50:35
36. Basics of Backyard Chickens
The demand for backyard chickens is skyrocketing all over the U.S. Murray McMurray hatchery, the world's largest supplier of rare poultry, reports that they can't keep up with the demand from new customers eager to start their own small flocks. What's all the clucking about keeping chickens? Kee...
pets-and-animals - Fri, 11 Nov 2011 03:05:43
37. Llamas on the Homestead
Many U.S. residents getting into the small farm hobby buy at least one livestock animal, whether a cow, a couple of pigs or a few goats. Very few of these people consider the llama. I'm not sure why this is, as llamas are excellent for the small or hobby farm. Llamas are very easy and inexpensi...
pets-and-animals - Fri, 11 Nov 2011 03:00:37
38. Dutch Oven Cooking on the Homestead
Dutch ovens have been a popular cooking tool for over 300 years. Dutch ovens are usually made of cast iron and have a tight fitting lid. Some dutch ovens have three feet, which allows them to be put over a campfire or coals. Dutch ovens meant for the cookstove inside generally don't have feet. D...
food-and-cooking - Fri, 11 Nov 2011 02:40:54
39. Preserving Food on the Homestead
Growing your own food is healthy and rewarding. But what do you do in the winter when most gardens aren't producing anything? One of the most important skills you can learn when growing your own food is how to preserve that food so that you have something to eat even in the lean winter months. B...
food-and-cooking - Fri, 11 Nov 2011 02:14:51
40. Building and Using Ovens from the Earth
Do you enjoy the taste of wood-fired pizza? How about crusty, chewy sourdough bread? You can bake these and more in a backyard earth oven. Earth or adobe ovens are easily constructed at little or no cost. If you're lucky enough to live in an area rich in clay, you can use the earth at your feet....
food-and-cooking - Fri, 11 Nov 2011 02:04:48
41. Nut and Grain Recipes on the Homestead
For those of you who prefer your protein in plant form rather than on the hoof, this lens is for you. I was a vegan for 17 years, and during that time I learned a lot about getting the protein I needed (as a blood type O with high protein requirements) without using animal products. The human b...
food-and-cooking - Thu, 10 Nov 2011 01:34:00
42. Irrigation Systems for the Homestead
Water is a basic requirement for human, plant and animal life. Over the centuries, the need to get water to growing plants and the pressure to mono-farm huge tracts of land have resulted in the giant irrigation machines we see today. Unfortunately, these systems are not particularly efficient, s...
home-and-garden - Tue, 08 Nov 2011 19:37:32
43. Storing Water on the Homestead
It's very easy today in some countries to turn on a tap and get fresh water, but that was not always the case. Nor is it the case in every country even today. Because of this, humans have developed many strategies over the centuries in order to collect and store water for drinking, washing and g...
home-and-garden - Tue, 08 Nov 2011 19:29:32
44. Composting on the Homestead
Everyone knows that compost is an excellent natural soil conditioner and fertilizer. Composting is also one of the easiest things you can do to promote recycling and repurpose easily degraded waste, thereby keeping it out of landfills. It is estimated that as much as 98% of food scraps in the US...
home-and-garden - Tue, 08 Nov 2011 19:19:26
45. Growing Fruits and Berries on the Homestead
No home garden should be without berry bushes. They are one of the easiest and most rewarding type of plants to grow. Berry bushes can be used as food for humans and animals, to make products such as jams, jellies, preserves and syrups, as wildlife habitat in natural settings and even as a winds...
home-and-garden - Mon, 07 Nov 2011 04:11:40
46. Greenhouse Gardening on the Homestead
In many parts of the US, producing your own food is limited by the winter snows. One solution to this is to preserve the summer bounty by canning or storing food in a root cellar. Another way to get around this inability to garden outside when temperatures dip too low is by using a greenhouse to...
home-and-garden - Mon, 07 Nov 2011 04:06:11
47. Rabbits on the Homestead
Rabbits have been domesticated for centuries. They are especially well-suited for those who do not have a lot of land to pasture larger animals. Rabbits can be raised as companions or bred for shows. Rabbits can provide you with manure, fur and meat. If you're planning to raise rabbits, it is i...
pets-and-animals - Sun, 06 Nov 2011 17:46:06
48. Storing Food on the Homestead
Growing your own food is healthy and rewarding. But what do you do in the winter when most gardens aren't producing anything? One thing you can do is to build or set aside an area of you home to be used for food storage. Humans have developed many ways to store food over the centuries. Many Nati...
healthy-living - Sun, 06 Nov 2011 17:44:28
49. Recipes Using Fruits From the Orchard
If you're growing fruit in your garden (and you should be!) it's easy to eat fresh fruit all summer long without any worries. But what happens after summer? You can still enjoy your own homegrown fruits by either canning them or by freezing then cooking or using the fruits for smoothies. Why coo...
food-and-cooking - Sun, 06 Nov 2011 17:43:27
50. Growing Herbs on the Homestead
Herbs are one of my favorite things to grow. Most take up a small amount of space, are easy to grow and reward the grower with something delightful whether it is aromatic leaves to spice up some homemade tomato sauce or dried roots to chase away a difficult cold. Deciding which herbs to grow dep...
home-and-garden - Sun, 06 Nov 2011 17:42:22
51. Main Dish Meats on the Homestead
Meat from grass-fed animals is becoming more popular by the day as people turn away from the cruelty and disease of factory-farming. Urban farmers are finding that they can raise chickens and rabbits in even a small yard, while those with land are starting to raise their own pigs and sheep. Hob...
food-and-cooking - Sun, 06 Nov 2011 17:41:56
52. Helping Hands: Worms on the Homestead
Behold the lowly worm, what use could he possibly have to the home gardener or homesteader? Believe it or not, worms are very helpful and excellent at building rich, fertile soils. Worms are also good at digesting compost and can speed up the compost-to-soil process significantly. It is very ea...
pets-and-animals - Sun, 06 Nov 2011 17:41:08
53. Recipes Using Vegetables From the Garden
Are you reluctant to start a vegetable garden? Does the idea of finding ways to use up all of those vegetables leave you cold? Or even worse, are you convinced that you don't like vegetables? Well, never fear. If you've eaten supermarket produce your whole life, then you most likely don't know w...
food-and-cooking - Sun, 06 Nov 2011 17:39:47
54. Heating Water With the Sun
Many people these days realize the wisdom of generating some or all of your power at home. But many people are unsure how to get started using renewable energy technologies. The hands-down easiest way to dip your foot in the renewable waters is by purchasing and installing a solar hot water heat...
healthy-living - Sun, 06 Nov 2011 17:39:02
55. Geothermal Power on the Homestead
The potential of geothermal energy worldwide is estimated at 50,000 times the world's oil and natural gas reserves. It could provide all of our energy needs worldwide for 30,000 years. Hydrothermal resources are located in the western US; most of that is in seven states: Alaska, California, Hawa...
healthy-living - Sun, 06 Nov 2011 17:37:54
56. Improving Your Soil Naturally
Manufacturers of chemical fertilizers would have you believe that you can't grow plants successfully without the use of their products. So what exactly are chemical fertilizers? Mostly waste products from the petroleum industry. Chemical fertilizers contain different ratios of nitrogen, phosphor...
home-and-garden - Sun, 06 Nov 2011 17:36:40
57. Wildcrafting On The Homestead
Wildcrafting is gathering or gleaning plants found in the wild for food, medicine crafts or other purposes. Humans have practiced wildcrafting since time immemorial, but you may be surprised to find out that there are many people who wildcraft even today, including a growing segment of the popula...
food-and-cooking - Sun, 06 Nov 2011 17:35:34
58. Old MacDonalds Petting Farm: Family Fun in the Black Hills
Old MacDonalds petting farm is a fun spot to bring your kids when you're visiting the Black Hills of South Dakota. On the farm you'll find animal displays (some of which you can enter), watch eggs incubate, hold baby chicks, and bottle feed baby animals in the nursery and bottle-baby pens. You'...
travel-and-places - Mon, 31 Oct 2011 18:54:32
59. Our Favorite Displays at Storybook Island
Have you ever been to Pooh's house? I have! If you visit Storybook Island in Rapid City, South Dakota, you can visit Pooh's house too, along with numerous other displays from some of the world's best-loved storybooks. Come join me as we take a stroll through some of my family's favorite displays ...
travel-and-places - Mon, 31 Oct 2011 18:42:53
60. Visting Wounded Knee Memorial
Si Tanka (Chief Big Foot) was ill with pneumonia. The people of his band were hungry and tired. The Lakota's devotion to the Ghost Dance (and the settler's hysteria over the same) was reaching the boiling point as Si Tanka and his band made their slow way from Standing Rock down to Red Cloud's ag...
travel-and-places - Mon, 31 Oct 2011 17:24:59
61. Skyline Drive: A Scenic View of Rapid City
Rapid City, South Dakota is a mountain town located on the edge of the Black Hills. Its original name was Hay Camp, as the open grasslands along Rapid Creek provided hay for miners in the Black Hills gold rush towns. Rapid City is split in two halves by a hogback ridge. The road that traverses t...
travel-and-places - Mon, 31 Oct 2011 17:06:16
62. What is Makowapi Enterprises?
Makowapi Enterprises is the brainchild of James Sanovia, cultural/geologic map-maker and consultant. Jim is an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux tribe. Makowapi means "making maps" in the Lakota language. Makowapi grew out of Jim's experiences as a Native American undergraduate and graduate ...
business-and-work - Sun, 16 Oct 2011 18:48:56
63. Controlling Bugs Naturally on the Homestead
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home-and-garden - Fri, 11 Nov 2011 03:03:49
64. Raised Bed Gardening on the Homestead
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home-and-garden - Mon, 07 Nov 2011 04:12:19
65. Hunting on the Homestead
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sports-and-recreation - Wed, 02 Nov 2011 01:05:19

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