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An artistic invitation to rise up

The artist behind a new mural in Rapid City, South Dakota talks about his inspiration. Plus we have an update from the nation's capital
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Cares Act funding provided relief in many different ways, including the creation of a mural in Rapid City, South Dakota. Racing Magpie commissioned Oglala artist Micheal Two Bulls to create the large mural. Two Bulls is also a member of the musical group, The Wake Singers, and he’s a printer at Pejuta Press.

John Tahsuda III, Kiowa, is a regular contributor to Indian Country Today. In 2002, he worked as the staff director for the Senate Indian Affairs committee. He also is a former principal deputy assistant secretary for Indian Affairs and served in that position from 2017 to 2020. Prior, he worked with Navigators Global, a company that provides political services to several industries, including tribes.

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