Frequently Asked Questions:
What is a war bond?
A war bond is a savings bond used to
help a nation fund an expensive war. During WWI and WWII many bonds
were sold to Americans on the home front. The people that purchased
the bonds received the satisfaction that they helped support the
For more information about bonds,
click on the following site:
What does the rationing of food mean
during war time?
Embargos and the reduction of food
production in war zones can lead to a food shortage. Victory
gardens and the rationing of food were two methods of reducing the
amount of food used on the home front. Victory gardens were small
gardens grown on empty lots, on top of buildings, and in yards. The
food was used to feed families on the home front so more would be
available for soldiers on the frontline. Food rationing was a
process of setting limits on the amount of food a person was allowed
to purchase. Some of the foods rationed were meat, sugar, and
The U.S. Army Quartermaster Museum
found in Fort Lee, Virginia has a great site below:
Is it true that the Japanese military
sent large balloons carrying bombs toward the United States?
Yes it is. Near the end of World War
II, the Japanese military sent thousands of large balloons carrying
bombs or fire-starting devices across the ocean toward the west
coast of the United States. Most of the balloons dropped along the
coast, but a few made it all the way to South Dakota. One exploded
over Belle Fourche, and a rancher found another on the Cheyenne
River Reservation. One of the balloons is on display at the
Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.
For more information click on the
Museum of the US Air Force)
Were missile silos built in the Black
Hills area during the Cold War?
Yes they were. The last missile silo
was demolished in 1996. There were 149 missile silos built during
the Cold War.
For more information,
National Park Service missile silo
Who fought on the side of the United
States during World War I?
The United States fought for a
coalition called the Allied Powers. The group was comprised of many
nations; some of the nations were Russia, Italy, and France.
The opposing powers were called the
Central Powers. The Central Powers included Bulgaria, Ottoman
Empire, Germany and Austria-Hungary.
In what year(s) did the Korean War
The Korean War lasted from
1950-1953. Twenty-six thousand South Dakotans fought in the Korean
Other United States wars with South
WWI (Great War)
Who fought on the side of the United
States during World War II?
The coalition that the United States
fought for was called the Allied Powers. Some of the members
included the Soviet Union, United Kingdom, France, and China.
The opposing group was called the
Axis Powers. The group included powerful countries like Italy,
Japan, and Germany.
What is a draft and who is in charge
of deciding who would be drafted?
Currently, military involvement in
the armed forces is on a volunteer basis. In the event of a long
war or threat to national security, a draft could be reinstated.
Congress has the authority to reinstate the draft. A draft is a
process in which eligible draftees are called to active duty by the
government. The Selective Service System is in charge of this
For more information, click on the
Selective Service website below:
Why was milkweed silk chosen to make
life jackets during WWII?
Milkweed silk was a natural resource
found in the United States. The fibers are water resistant and they
have a low density. Children, including those in the South Dakota,
collect 14,000 bags of milkweed pods.
Click on the site below to see a
State University Cooperative Extension)
Click on the South Dakota site below
to learn more about life jackets:
Were tanks used during World War I?
Yes, tanks were used during World War
I. They looked different than the tanks you see today in Iraq, but
they were still effective. Below you will find a great site,
Photos of the Great War: World War One Image Archives, which
includes many great photos:
United States Army webpage
2005 tank photos
The U.S. Ordinance Museum Foundation
Inc. Great tank photos:
What is an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM)??
An Intercontinental Ballistic Missile is a missile designed to
travel a great distance. Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles are
designed to fire from one continent to another. The missiles are
powered by rockets which fire for a short period of time. The
missiles follow a set path called a trajectory. The missiles are
guided by the initial trajectory and air resistance.
Click on the following site for more information:
Park Service Minuteman Missile)
When are the Dakota Pathways shows aired on SDPB?
Throughout the school year Dakota Pathways will air on Mondays and
Fridays from 2:15pm 2:30pm CT. Also, we air Dakota Pathways during
the overnight schedule. The overnight schedule can be accessed on
the Internet at http://www.sdpb.org/
, in our monthly SDPB Magazine, or in our weekly education
newsletter. You can receive the SDPB Magazine by calling our Friends
Office at (1-800-333-0789). If you are interested in receiving our
weekly newsletter contact our office at
What age group is Dakota Pathways designed for?
Originally, the show was designed for South Dakota 4th graders;
although, Dakota Pathways is enjoyed by people of all ages.
many South Dakota Public Broadcasting Stations are there?
South Dakota Public Broadcasting is
Dakota's statewide public broadcasting network. SDPB is vital
community resource producing and broadcasting high-quality,
commercial-free programs and valuable community outreach projects
that educate, enlighten and entertain.
||City of License
||near Long Valley
TV - Full Power
DTV - 17
Brookings - Hetland
DTV - 18
Faith - Eagle Butte
DTV - 25
DTV - 15
Martin- Long Valley
DTV - 23
Pierre - Reliance
DTV - 21
DTV - 26
DTV - 24
Vermillion - Beresford
DTV - 34
Follow this link to
cable Television Channel Assignments
How many episodes of Dakota Pathways will be produced?
SDPB TV produced 20 episodes.
||Rails and Other Roads
||Transportation and movement
||Stories from the Skies
||Myths, stories, famous flyers
||The Mighty Mo
||The Missouri River influence
||East River, West River
||Farmers and Ranchers and such
||The First Hunters & Farmers
||Mammoth hunters & early Indian
||Mining Booms and Busts
||Mining in SD
||Water and Dust
||The droughts and floods of SD
||History and Legend
||Wild Bill and other tales
||People of the Bison
||Lakota, Dakota and Nakota peoples
||Headlines and Bulletins
||Newspapers, radio and television
||Blackboards and Computers
||Education history in SD
||Maps and Borders
||Changing borders of the region
||Big Towns and Little Towns
||Sioux Falls to ghost towns
||Sports history of SD
||Finding a National Voice
||Famous politicians & leaders
||History of tourism in South
||The Home Front
||At home during WWI & WWII etc.
||Cowboys of the Open Range
||Cattle ranching, the early days
||SD authors of fiction &
||A Dark Day
||Wounded Knee, the history
How long can I legally use a Dakota Pathway show after I have
All of the Dakota Pathways episodes are produced by SDPB. You have
unlimited educational rights to use these programs. So enjoy them
for years. Note: Some of the shows we air are not produced by SDPB
and only have rights for a year. Please email
if you have questions about other shows.
Feel free to contact
EdServices@sdpb.org if you have additional questions about
any of our shows.