Local

Chamberlain School Officials To Decide On Graduation Song

Chamberlain School Officials To Decide On Graduation Song

CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. (AP) — School officials in Chamberlain are set to decide next month whether to include an American Indian honor song at future graduation ceremonies.

The controversy arose last spring, when the school board rejected a request for a Lakota honor song. Board members said a feathering ceremony the night before graduation honors tribal students and that the commencement exercise should be about recognizing academic achievements rather than cultural ties.

The issue arose again at a contentious board meeting this week, and the board scheduled a Dec. 9 vote.

More than one-third of the Chamberlain School District’s 900 students are American Indian.

Recent Headlines

in Local

Sanborn County Official Hoping For New Leads In Missing Woman Case

Rachel Lucille Cyriacks

32-year old Rachel Cyriaks of Woonsocket was last seen in Mitchell in November of 2013.

in Local

BAC Results Released For Man Killed In Mitchell Crash

police 3

Ryan McManus, 33, was killed in a car accident on March 14th.

in Local

Fischer Sentenced To More Than 30 Years In Prison

courtroom

The July 2013 accident killed two people.

in Local

Warner Retiring From SD Board Of Regents

SD sign

He will retire to Rhode Island to spend time with family.