Monday, November 12, 2012

Happy Birthday To You Too South Dakota!

November 2, 2012 was the 123rd anniversary celebrating statehood of both North Dakota and South Dakota.  We covered North Dakota on Tuesday so today we will highlight the 40th state in the Union, South Dakota.  Known as the Mount Rushmore state, the Coyote state, and Sunshine state, South Dakota is named after the Lakota and Dakota Sioux American Indian tribes.  Pierre is the capital and Sioux Falls is the largest city.  Notable people from South Dakota are Grammy-award-winner Shawn Colvin, wildlife artist Terry Redlin, TV journalist Tom Brokaw, 1964 Olympic Gold Medalist Billy Mills, and our own former Cincinnati Reds manager Sparky Anderson.  Try some of the following South Dakotan authors and writers and as the state song goes: "Hail, South Dakota".

Lori Armstrong--lives in Western South Dakota is an award-winning mystery writer.

Black Elk (1863-1950)--was a famous Medicine Man and Holy Man of the Oglala Lakota (Sioux).

Vine Deloria Jr.--was born in Martin and is a Standing Rock Sioux author, historian, and activist.

Paul Goble--this English children's author and illustrator moved to the Black Hills and was greatly influenced by Plains Indian culture.

Dan O'Brien--this wildlife biologist, rancher, falconer, and author lives west of the Badlands and north of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

Glen Rounds--born in a sod house in the Dakota Badlands, he is an award-winning children's author and illustrator.

Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve--this children's author was raised on the Rosebud Indian Reservation and her books focus on Native Americans.

C. M. Wendelboe--worked in South Dakotan law enforcement and writes the Spirit Road Mysteries based in Pine Ridge.

Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867-1957)--she grew up near De Smet and based her famous children's books on her life and experiences.

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