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Allison Renville: Hope for 10,000 Native American Voters to Have a Voice on the "Sioux" Falls Council

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Public Affairs Director Jon Michaels (since 1977) talks with Allison Renville and Jacklyn Franklin about Allison's run for City Council

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Originally from Sisseton, South Dakota Renville got further involved in the Sioux Falls scene in 2022 after spending 18 years focusing on media representation and her political activism. Motivated by the recent need for realistic and relatable community leadership, she feels confident in a run with such historical significance. She will be working hard by focusing on community outreach and campaign recruitment in these weeks to come. 

Renville has dedicated her career to civic engagement and is an advocate for domestic violence victims, Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women, and the Justice Impacted. Allison also served as the Public Information Officer for the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate throughout the pandemic, all very crucial experience she will bring as an At-Large Council member for Sioux Falls.

Platform Ideas


Universal income

  • Child care

  • Internet Access 

  • Increase focus on

    • Mental health 

    • Community resources


Job Training 

  • Redirect resources to focus on labor and employee education and opportunities.

  • Encourage more labor focus grant ideas, working toward more workers rights advocacy.

Transient & Houseless Folks 

Redirect and encourage new grant ideas 

  • Focus on mental health 

  • Housing programs 

    • Vouchers

    • Designated areas 

    • Repurpose properties

Justice & Public Safety

Reentry specific programs 

  • Anti-death policy 

  • Decriminalize possession by ingestion  

  • Re Enforce policy and procedures 

  • Address surveillance and consequence in hit and runs

    • Pedestrians 

    • Cyclists

    • Stationary motorists

  • Increase focus on neighborhood empowerment

Community Health

Securing realistic access to services

  • Expansion of opportunity and outreach

  • Transportation

  • Autonomy and Healthcare navigation

  • Broader Grant allocation

    • Tuition expenses

    • Internet access

Human Relations

Refocus on Historical Preservation 

  • Community surveying and town halls

  • More inclusive narratives and advocacy 

  • Uphold South Dakota values as an adaptability effort rather than motivated by political affiliation and divisive ideology.

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