Dana Ferguson

Minnesota Capitol Correspondent

Dana Ferguson is Minnesota Capitol Correspondent for Forum News Service. Until late 2018, she was a watchdog state government and politics reporter at Argus Leader Media in Sioux Falls, S.D. She received the South Dakota Newspaper Association’s 2017 Outstanding Young Journalist Award for her work covering the state Legislature. She was a 2018 National Fellowship and produced a project on problems in the Indian Health Service on reservations in South Dakota.


The Argus Leader reviewed hundreds of pages of federal hospital inspection records and legal filings as part of a monthslong investigation into the facilities. And reporters met with dozens of tribal members on visits to the Rosebud and Pine Ridge Indian Reservations.

The move to push tribes onto reservations came with health consequences. Traditional diets were harder to access, which meant people couldn’t hunt or gather traditional foods or ingredients for medicines.