Benham Brothers to Headline FHA Stand Banquets

The STAND Banquet is Family Heritage Alliance’s primary fundraiser for its annual operations budget. The evening features fine dining, a year-in-review, vision casting, and this year’s special guest speakers: David and Jason Benham; indentical twins, serial-entrepreneurs, former pro-baseball players, leaders, husbands, fathers, authors and speakers.

For up-to-date info and to book your ticket, use the following links:

Stand Banquet East

Stand Banquet West

Dale’s FHA Action Blog – Day 24

This week’s Catacomb Caucus was uniquely led by a father/daughter team.  Senator Jenna Netherton and Representative Don Haggar inspired us to LOVE out-loud taking as our lead the words of the Apostle Paul in Ephesians 2:4-9.  We have only three devotional morning’s remaining:  Feb. 22 – Rep. Isaac Latterell, March 1 – PUC Chris Nelson, and March 8 – Trudy Qualm.  If your in the Capitol those days (Wednesdays) then please join us in the Governor’s large conference room from 7:00 – 7:30 a.m.

Author John Maxwell rightly wrote, “Leadership is Influence”.  He’s right and by God’s grace the FHA Action’s team of lobbyists, Dale Bartscher, Norman Woods and Ed Randazzo, are endeavoring to exercise that influence.  The 92nd Legislative Session is currently considering some 436 bills and resolutions.  Please follow the work of the FHA Action by regularly going to and click on ‘Legislative Radar’ to view those bills and/or resolutions we are tracking.

One such bill we are enthusiastically supporting is:  SB149:  A Faith-Based Adoption Agency Protection Bill

We need your HELP in the passage of SB149 an bill that ensures that faith-based adoption agencies in South Dakota are free to continue placing children and making decisions that are consistent with their sincerely held religious beliefs and moral convictions. The bill prevents the state from coming down with a “heavy hand” on any agency because that agency follows their convictions.

A few of our wonderful SB149 support team members are pictured here and from left to right they are:  Norman Woods (FHA Action Lobbyist), Jim Kinyon (West River Catholic Social Services), Senator Alan Solano (Rapid City), Troy Cumings (Bethany Christian Services National Office), Renee Eggebraaten (Bethany Christian Services of Western SD), and Dale Bartscher (FHA Action Lobbyist).   Not picture is Representative Steve Haugaard of Sioux Falls and our CWA partners.

TAKE ACTION NOW:  To contact your SD Senator simply click here.  You may also call the Senate and House Switchboard phone numbers and leave a message:  Senate:  605-773-3821House:  605-773-3851.  These numbers are open and available for taking messages from 7:45 a.m. (CST) until one hour after session concludes for the day.  SB149 will likely be voted on the SD Senate floor this coming Wednesday, February 22.

God Bless you and yours as together we fight for that which is right.

2017 Ministry Leaders’ Capitol Summit


This event, which pulls together ministry leaders from across the state of South Dakota, provides networking, unity, fellowship, vital information about the government of our state, and an awesome touch point between ministry leaders and legislators. The Summit springs from the core of who we are as an organization, from our “DNA” if you please, and it is certainly one of the most important events of our calendar year. So, if you lead a ministry, mark your calendar for February 7, and make plans now to join us in Pierre on that day.

As in the past, we are providing bus transportation to Pierre for those who would like to go green. You can fellowship, read, or sleep and leave the driving to us. As last year, we are providing two buses. Each bus will leave from their respective locations promptly at 5:15 AM on the 7th (did we mention you can sleep on the bus?).

Family Research Council’s Pastor JC Church will be our keynote speaker.

West River Bus

There will be a 56-passenger ‘Grey Hound Bus’ traveling to Pierre from Rapid City at no cost to the passengers. The bus will leave from the Flying J Truck Stop’s East Parking Lot (I-90 & Elk Vale Road) @ 5:15 a.m. (MST) and will return by 5:00 p.m.

East River Bus

There will be a 55-passenger ‘Grey Hound Bus’ traveling to Pierre from Sioux Falls at ‘no cost’ to the passengers. The bus will leave from the Northwest Walmart parking lot, the southeast corner of the lot, (5200 W 60th Street N, Sioux Falls) @ 5:15 a.m. (CST) and will return by 6:00 p.m.


As always, you can register online or you can call our office at 605.718.5433.  Registration deadline is Wednesday, February 1!  We need you to register for one (and only one) of three options:

Click here if you would like to register for the Summit and the bus ride from Rapid City

Click here if you would like to register for the Summit and the bus ride from Sioux Falls

Click here if you would like to register for the Summit and you have your own transportation

Stop the Military’s Transgender Policy

The following comes to us from our friends at FRC Action:
boykinThe U.S. military is suffering at the hands of the Obama administration, both financially and in terms of recruitment and retention. It has prioritized political correctness over military readiness. The latest social engineering experimentation occurred when the Department of Defense lifted regulations preventing those who self-identify as transgender from serving, which had long been in place due to medical and readiness reasons. In fact, the new policy allows the military to also pay for active duty service members who identify as transgendered to obtain hormone therapy or even sex-change surgery.

This is a problem for a number of reasons. First, this policy does not contain any religious freedom protections for chaplains, doctors, counselors and other service members who would object to providing counseling or medical treatment in a way that endorses a person’s identity as transgendered. Even commanders, through the administration’s new policy, will be forced to affirm “gender identity” by using the pronoun of the member’s choice, even if it does not correspond with the service member’s biological sex.

Second, this policy uses federal tax dollars to pay for service members’ gender transitions, resulting in a reduction in individual readiness of the service members undergoing the treatment during a multiyear transition process. Even after this process is complete, there is no scientific evidence that the transgendered person will be mentally or physically healthier after having undergone a sex-change operation. Further, the military will have to provide frequent exceptions for military standards. That could harm military force readiness by jeopardizing the deployability of people in the force because those undergoing mental health or physical changes may not be able to deploy with their unit during the transition process.

The good news is that Congress can delay the implementation of the Obama administration’s recent policy change by adding language in the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2017 (“NDAA”). This bill passed the House and Senate and Congress is “conferencing,” or negotiating, the two versions of the bill now. Call your Senators and Congressman at (202) 224-3121, or email them here. Ask them to tell their fellow Senators and Members of Congress involved in the NDAA negotiations to stop this policy from taking place.


Lt. Gen. (US Army-Ret.) William “Jerry” Boykin
Executive Vice President

Click here to urge congress to stop the federal military’s transgender policy

Governor Daugaard Details Medicaid Expansion Plan to FHA Team

By John Dennis and Ed Randazzo

sizedDSC_0235On Friday August 12, Governor Dennis Daugaard, two staffers, and Kim Malsam-Rydson, South Dakota Secretary of Health, made their way to the Rapid City offices of Family Heritage Alliance.  The purpose of the meeting was a cordial and informal informational discussion, between the Governor and FHA Board Members and Staff regarding, the proposed expansion of Medicaid in South Dakota, between the Governor and FHA Board Members and Staff.

The Governor presented almost an hour and a half of information detailing the complexities of health care, and the financial impact it has on the state. He explained his view of the benefits of Medicaid Expansion which include, among others, additional and improved health care for some of the neediest in our state, improving payments to some providers, and reducing the state’s portion of payments in Medicaid cases.

For the board and staff of FHA, this was a fact finding mission only.  The FHA team listened intently to the Governor’s presentation, pausing only occasionally to ask questions.

To continue to research and better understand the complexities of this issue, Dale Bartscher, FHA’s Executive Director, has already reached out to “Americans for Prosperity”, requesting a similar meeting to examine this issue from another perspective.  Ben Lee, Executive Director of AFP was quoted as saying, “consider it done.”

Family Heritage Alliance is deeply honored that Governor Daugaard and team would take time to travel from Pierre to Rapid City to discuss this very complicated issue with us.

Stay informed and in touch with us here for further updates on this important issue for South Dakota.  Much discussion is yet to be had before this issue possibly comes before South Dakota legislators in the 2017 session.

For more pictures from this event, check out our Facebook post.  Click here.

State of South Dakota Joins Lawsuit Against Bathroom Mandate

Marty2-105-Edit-2.jpgPIERRE, S.D.- Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that South Dakota has joined a lawsuit filed today in Nebraska Federal District Court against the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Justice over the bathroom mandate. There are a total of 23 states joining the Nebraska and Texas cases, 10 in Nebraska and 13 in Texas.

“As Attorney General it was and remains my hope that our country and state lawmakers can find a solution to the transgender bathroom concerns. However, the President’s mandate or directive that children of opposite sex must be required to share locker rooms and bathrooms under the threat of lawsuit and withholding of education funding is a solution that goes beyond his authority. I am therefore joining other Attorneys General in the Nebraska litigation to clarify that federal law cannot mandate that children of opposite sex be required to share locker rooms and bathrooms.”

States included in the Nebraska lawsuit are Arkansas, Kansas, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota and Wyoming.

A similar case was filed earlier in the 5th Circuit District Court by State of Texas joined by Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

There is no cost for South Dakota to join these proceedings.