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Stories you've never heard in the Sioux Empire about the Sioux Empire.

The Sioux Empire Podcast Robert Mehling

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0, 8 Ratings

Stories you've never heard in the Sioux Empire about the Sioux Empire.

    The Rise and Fall of the Ku Klux Klan

    The Rise and Fall of the Ku Klux Klan

    Without warning Four shots ring out and echo through the valley of Poorman’s Gulch outside of Lead South Dakota.  Father Belknap lies bleeding on the ground.  He’s been shot at point-blank range by four .45 Caliber rounds.  Here on the ground, he will bleed to death in his priestly vestments that he’d quickly put on, having been lured to this spot by being told a member of his flock desperately needed last rights.  The brutality of this crime will shock both Catholics and Protestants across South Dakota.  The year is 1921 and Father Belknap’s killers will never be found. The rise and fall of the Ku Klux Klan in South Dakota is next.

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    This episode features interviews with:

    Dr. Michael Gérard White, Film professor and head of the Hot Attic Film school at Wayne State College and teaches film criticism and production.


    Shelby Hagerdon, a historian with a major in film theory. Currently earning a master's degree in film theory next fall.

    Lori Miller, Director of Research and board member for South Dakota Voices for Peace and South Dakota Voices for Justice.


    • 1 hr 48 min
    Hemp in South Dakota, A History

    Hemp in South Dakota, A History

    In 2019 South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem vetoed a popular bill in South Dakota to legalize the cultivation of industrial hemp.  At the time she famously said that South Dakota was “not ready.”  But just over one hundred years ago, a South Dakota Governor would beg Washington and the private sector for help getting an emergency hemp industry started in the state.  The Story of how hemp went from commodity, to odity, to war hero, to menace to children, to war hero again, to menace, to a cash crop of the future is next.

    • 56 min
    The Reboot

    The Reboot

    Greetings, and welcome back to the Sioux Empire Podcast. It's been a long time, and a lot has happened both globally and nationally as well as personally for me. We've been silent for a while. So I've had a lot of time to think about what I want from this podcast and from podcasting in general.

    As some of you may know, I've been mourning a loss in the family of someone close as well as dealing with a health scare with my dad that required several heart surgeries while we were away. These events have both had a profound effect on me. Specifically, my thoughts on what I want to do with my time while I'm here on this earth with you, and then the COVID outbreak began, which brought all of that into even more stark relief. For now, I'll be focusing on telling non-fiction stories. I'm not ruling out a future season of the wonderful audio drama we produced last year, Edge Case Podcast (https://anchor.fm/edgecase).

    So finally you're probably wondering where is this going, what is the plan to move this podcast forward. The answer is that the Sioux Empire Podcast will now be my primary focus once again in podcasting. It also means that I'll be making the most radical shift in the show's format I've ever attempted.

    The Sioux Empire Podcast is moving towards a highly produced and polished non-fiction audio format. It will include facts, history, current events, and human interest stories about the Sioux Empire. Our goal is to bring a unique perspective with journalistic honesty to those living and working individuals and families from the Sioux Empire. Stories you've never heard in the Sioux Empire about the Sioux Empire.

    It will be a very different format than the last show. I hope if you're an old listener, you stick around and give us a chance. And if you are new to the podcast, we hope you enjoy where this is going.

    • 2 min

Customer Reviews

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8 Ratings

8 Ratings

danobub ,

Reboot for the win!

This was a great podcast in its old format, but the reboot is what it needed. Its a very informative show and you can tell that Robert puts his heart and soul into it! Its evident that Robert does thorough research and contructs each episode with forthought.

Kreger10+ ,

Local People Talking All Things Local

Local People Talking All Things Local. Love that they have local business owners and such every episode!

One that knows ,


Great podcast with an intelligent, delightful cast

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