Seth Tupper

Seth Tupper

Seth Tupper, editor-in-chief of South Dakota Searchlight, has devoted his career to chronicling the people, places, history and politics of South Dakota. He was raised in the small towns of Wessington Springs and Kimball, graduated from South Dakota State University in Brookings, worked as a journalist at newspapers in Mitchell and Rapid City, and served as a supervising senior producer at South Dakota Public Broadcasting’s Black Hills Studio. Along the way, he won the South Dakota Newspaper Association’s Outstanding Young Journalist Award and a National Edward R. Murrow Award for investigative reporting. He is the author of “Calvin Coolidge in the Black Hills,” about the 30th president’s three-month sojourn in South Dakota; the co-author of “Surviving the ’72 Flood,” about one of the nation’s deadliest natural disasters, the 1972 Black Hills Flood; and a contributor to “The Black Hills of South Dakota,” a travel guidebook. He lives in Rapid City with his wife and two children.


The cost of free land and either-or history

By: - November 23, 2023

Some white South Dakotans love to talk about their generational connection to the land. I’m one of them: a proud, fifth-generation descendant of Dakota Territory homesteaders. The federal government awarded nearly 100,000 parcels of free land to South Dakota settlers via the 1862 Homestead Act and successive rounds of related legislation. Modern South Dakotans celebrate […]