Going Home Series: South Dakota

NPR's Kirk Siegler travels back to the Rosebud Reservation in rural South Dakota, where his parents worked when he was born.
NPR national desk reporter Kirk Siegler's family lived and worked on the Rosebud Reservation in the 1970s before settling permanently in Montana. Source: Kirk Siegler

NPR reporters are returning home this summer, back to the places where their families are from to see how they've changed – from the economy to schools to how people see their community and country.

I was born in a small town in Nebraska called Valentine but didn't stay for more than a few hours. It was the closest hospital to the Rosebud Reservation over the state line in South Dakota where my family lived at the time.

My parents moved to South Dakota from the east coast in the 1970s because my dad was working in community health and my mom landed a teaching job at the St. Francis Indian School

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