Journal

I have always loved to write. Even though they say a picture is worth a thousand words, sometimes you still need to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) to tell a story or make a point. I was recently hired as a correspondent for the Native Sun News Today and will add links to the stories I write for the newspaper on the right. Below are my personal blog posts for this website.

Tatanka Harvest

On November 11, 2017, I attended a Tatanka Harvest at the Thunder Valley Community Development Corp. in Porcupine, South Dakota. Wild bison, or Tatonka as the Lakota called them, once roamed North America in great numbers. Before white settlers came, an approximated...

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Totality

I traveled to the Jackson Hole area for the solar eclipse on August 21st so I could try to photograph totality. I wasn't sure if I would get any good shots, but I was excited to just be there to see and experience it. I went a few days early so I could go to...

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Victory Day Celebration

Each year, indigenous tribes across America celebrate the Sioux, Cheyenne, and Arapahoe Indians victory over General Custer and his troops at the Battle of the Little Bighorn (Battle of Greasy Grass). In Kiza Park on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South...

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When Stars Align

Most days are just like any other day. Last Sunday (July 17, 2016) was like most days, an ordinary day filled with people doing what they ordinarily did. I was just finishing up a photo shoot, one of my favorite kinds - we were making powerful images that addressed...

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Bernie Comes to SoDak

On Thursday May 12, 2016 Senator Bernie Sanders visited western South Dakota, visiting first the Pine Ridge reservation and then Rapid City. I attended the rally in Rapid City and took some pictures. I will never forget the energy that day; the crowd was full of hope...

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Hope

What is hope? hope \ˈhōp\ noun 1. the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best: to give up hope. 2. a particular instance of this feeling: the hope of winning. 3. grounds for this feeling in a particular...

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Meeting Jim

I have a friend who lives in California named Leah. She grew up in the Black Hills, where I still live, and she looks at the photos I take of her home state. Over the years she has shared my work with other friends in California, one of them a man named Jim. She would...

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Click the links below to read the stories I have written as a correspondent for Native Sun News.





AWARDS

I was honored to win 2nd Place in the 2017 South Dakota Newspaper Association's Better Newspaper Contest for my Feature Series on Whiteclay.

"This series is powerful -- both the coverage of the ongoing battle to close the beer stores in Whiteclay and the accompanying photographs that support the writing nicely. Excellent coverage of a landmark story in this region."  Judges Comments


I was also honored to win 1st Place for a photo series I did called 'A Hero Comes Home' which covered the return of a Lakota soldier's remains to Pine Ridge for burial.

"'A hero comes home'... photos capture the community's respect and tradition. Great job."  Judges Comments