Ramona Herrington

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Ramona Herrington is a South Dakota activist.

“I am enrolled with the Oglala Sioux Tribe. My parents moved when I was 5 years old and I grew up in Utah and southern Idaho. I spent the summers here in SD but went to school mostly in southern Idaho. “

“I graduated high school and went into the military; the Army and then the Navy and a year with the National Guard. I was a flight medic in the army. I flew crash rescue and wanted to be a crew chief on helicopters so I reenlisted in the navy and became a jet engine mechanic. I was finally able to work on a helicopter aircraft in the National Guard. I was trained on both jets and helicopters. I learned that I had to be the best because the military was a man’s world and in order to be successful, I had to be able to compete with them. I took college courses and I am close to getting my B.S. in Criminal Justice with a minor in Human Services/Social Justice. I started out with pursuing a paralegal degree but switched to Criminal Justice. I am interested in this area because of the things I see happening here in Rapid City.”

“I haven’t had a chance to work in the field but I do work for the University of New Hampshire on a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) project called Youth Voices in Prevention. I enjoy working with youth. We are doing work on sexual violence prevention".

“I have worked recently on a project with YVIP that is in Rosebud. It’s called No Means No Worldwide NMNW. It was created by a woman who started the project in Kenya and wherever it is taught the sexual assault rates go down by 50 percent and teenage pregnancy goes down by 70 percent. It teaches children how to use their voice to say no and it also teaches them to be able to protect themselves physically and they learn self-awareness. Working with these families who come from poverty, I’ve learned that there are many families who are struggling to find shelter and food and don’t realize the things that are happening to their children out in the community. Working with One Rapid City I am able to see the problems that these families are facing because they can’t deal with all that is happening to their children. We have complaints about abusive situations created by the systems that should be protecting them. We hear about abusive landlords and unfair housing situations.”

“I and my friend, Karissa Loewen, created a non-profit organization called One Rapid City. We met when we both were involved with Rapid City Community Conversations (RCCC), but we co-founded our group so we could have control of the things we were trying to accomplish without having to ask permission. We wanted things to start moving. We also want to work on public policy issues that affect socio-economic inequities and providing individual/personal advocacy that supports advocacy and helps people to find their rights and entitlements.”[1]

Backing Herrington

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West River Democratic Socialists of America backed Ramona Herrington for City Council.

West River Democratic Socialists of America May 3 2019·

If you're in Rapid tomorrow come out and canvas for Mona for Council. Mona is a DSA supporter, strong progressive and apart of the wave of native women running to change the all white Rapid City Council.

Historic run

In 2019 five Native women made history by seeking public office in Rapid City, South Dakota, though none won their seats in an election.

For mayor, Natalie Stites Means was defeated by incumbent Steve Allender. She secured 25 percent of the vote to Allender's 75 percent, according to the unofficial results.

Additionally, four Native women ran for seats on the city council. In Ward 1, Terra Houska won 23 percent of the, Ramona Herrington won 46 percent in Ward 2, Stephanie Savoy won 16 percent in Ward 3 and Cante Heart won 28 percent in Ward 5.

All five candidates were running for office for the first time. Despite the city's large Native population -- about 11 percent of the total -- there are no Native representatives in local government.[2]

Anti-racists

Karissa Loewen January 20, 2018 ·

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With Ramona Herrington.

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