There are strict regulations when it comes to how Native American arts and crafts are labeled - the most important being that non-Natives cannot call Native-inspired crafts they make "Native American-made." State laws go a step further, but a lack of clarification in the legislation is causing some products to slip through the cracks.
Arts and crafts are a profitable side-gig for many Native Americans in South Dakota, but online storefronts, including some based right here in Rapid City, are skirting around federal and state laws to sell non-Indigenous goods at the expense of Native American artists. This report is the first in a three-part series on illegitimate Native American arts and crafts.
The art scene in Rapid City continues to expand as more galleries pop up throughout town. Two artists from the Pine Ridge reservation opened a gallery in June aimed to give indigenous artists the opportunity to sell their work off the reservation.
One of the most decorated Olympic gymnasts sent shock waves around the world, Simone Biles withdrew from the gymnastics final, saying it was for mental health reasons. Some call the decision controversial, others call it brave, either way mental health professionals think her decision paints a good picture of how serious mental health can be.