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Sicangu Sun Times Editor-Publisher PR Gregg-Bear Deceased

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It is with sadness that we announce the passing of PR Gregg-Bear, editor and publisher of Sicangu Sun Times, on Sept. 3, 2016.

This article will soon be updated with more information on the life and work of "PR."

COALITION OBJECTS TO REPUBLICAN AMENDMENT OPPOSING OBAMA'S USE OF ANTIQUITIES ACT

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STATEMENT

Bears Ears Intertribal Coalition

Introduction by Natasha Hale, Bears Ears Press

ROSEBUD COMMUNITY APPROVES HOLDING FINANCIAL AUDIT AFTER MORE THAN 10-YEAR WAIT

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COMMUNITIES

By Nancy Brooks

  ROSEBUD—At Rosebud Community’s last official meeting, held in late February, members okayed its first audit in more than ten years.

  Following a motion by former chairwoman Deana Leighton-Haukaas, the vote count of 13-0-2 indicated there is widespread interest in finally having an audit of community finances.

  The last complete audit took place when Stephanie Sully was chair in 2005. Community bylaws require that an audit of income and spending be performed once a year.

13 IN THE LAST MONTH HAVE HAD THEIR RUN-INS WITH FEDERALES ON THE ROSEBUD FOR METH, ASSAULTS, RAPE, AND MORE

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FEDERAL COURTS

From Staff Reports

TRIBAL LEADERSHIP MUST WORK TO ALLAY THE MOUNTING ANGST IN OUR MIDST

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EDITORIAL

By Gregg-Bear

People are not happy. Everywhere you go, if you listen closely, you hear their complaints, and their sense of foreboding. Many worry their future is a blind spot, and no one is telling them otherwise.

The politicians ignore or fail to see the anger building within certain families in their communities.

Police can see when burgeoning discontent erupts among jobless teens and young adults. Their solution is to incarcerate. A few days in jail, they say, and they’ll cool off.

ROSEBUD'S OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING DEATH RAISES QUESTIONS AMONG FAMILY MEMBERS

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COMMUNITIES

By Gregg-Bear

ROSEBUD—Rosebud police became part of America’s broader picture recently with an officer-involved shooting that left one tribal member dead, and people scratching their heads about what happened.

In the space of six minutes—from the time an officer arrived on scene until additional officers arrived—an alleged unarmed man was shot in the chest and killed.

CMS GRANTS ROSEBUD IHS HOSPITAL TEMPORARY STAY ON MEDICARE BAN

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HEALTH

From Staff Reports

ROSEBUD—Rosebud IHS Hospital has been granted a reprieve until May 16 by the Centers for Medicare Services (CMS) to get its act together and show improvements in patient care or have its Medicare refunds discontinued.

CMS had set mid-March as the cutoff date, but negotiations with Health & Human Services and Indian Health Service persuaded CMS to grant a 60-day extension, according to a news release.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA NEEDS EXPANSION IN THE UNITED STATES TO CONTROL PAIN

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LETTERS

Dear Editor:

Last spring, I was deeply moved listening intently as a father shared with me the last moments of his 59-year-old daughter's life.

She had been screaming in pain for quite some time in spite of efforts by the expert medical staff.

Finally her heart gave out, he said.

Watching one's child lose the battle with terminal cancer is hard enough for any parent.

There is something worse yet, in my opinion, and that’s finding out she could have been spared the unbearable pain.

MANY LEADS BUT NONE BEING FOLLOWED IN FAMILY MEMBER'S UNTIMELY DEATH

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LETTERS

Dear Editor:

I recently read an announcement from the Rosebud Police Department on the recovery of stolen starquilts and arrest of perpetrators.

Great Job. I am under the assumption that these are more important or have priority than the loss of life.

My son passed away under suspicious circumstances and many residents of Parmelee are saying they know who was involved in my son's untimely and tragic passing.

Yet our local law enforcement, police or criminal investigators have not been actively pursuing an investigation in the matter.

AN UNPRECEDENTED ORDER THAT PUTS OUR RIGHT TO PRIVACY AT-RISK

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COMMENTARY

By Sophia Cope

If you protect your smartphone with a passcode, the device is encrypted.

But the Justice Department convinced a federal judge to order Apple to create new software that would enable the FBI to crack the encryption on the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino attackers by trying a large number of possible passcodes.

This order is unprecedented.

MAJORITY OF OUR KIDS LACK PROPER EDUCATION ON CLIMATE CHANGE

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EDUCATION

By Suzanne Goldenberg

Most kids in the U.S. are taught lessons on climate change that do not rise to the level of a sound science education, according to new research.

A survey of 1,500 teachers found most pupils spend only an hour or two in an academic year learning about climate change in middle and high school—and much of what they are taught is confusing or simply wrong. 

FEDERAL JUDGE SMACKS DOWN STATE'S FEEBLE ATTEMPT TO OVERTURN RULING

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COURTS

From Staff Reports

RAPID CITY—Calling it a “fundamental lack of competence,” a federal judge last week denied South Dakota’s argument that he reconsider his earlier decision, which found the state violated the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) and denied Indian parents their constitutional rights.

In March 2015, Judge Jeffrey Viken issued a partial summary judgment favoring plaintiffs in Oglala Sioux Tribe v. Luann Van Hunnik, concerning emergency removal or “48-hour hearings” in Pennington County.

INTERIOR, JUSTICE AND HHS ANNOUNCE BIA MODEL INDIAN JUVENILE CODE

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JUVENILE JUSTICE

From Staff Reports

WASHINGTON—Furthering President Obama’s efforts to support American Indian families and protect tribal communities, Assistant Secretary Indian Affairs Lawrence Roberts has announced a proposed BIA Model Indian Juvenile Code.

Officials are seeking public comment on the draft, which will be the subject of listening and consultation sessions scheduled for March and April 2016.

HUD AWARDS $1.1 MILLION FOR AFFORDABLE TRIBAL HOUSING IN SOUTH DAKOTA

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HOUSING

From Staff Reports 

PINE RIDGE—HUD has announced it will give $1.1 million in an Indian block grant to the Oglala Sioux Tribe to help improve housing conditions, and stimulate community development on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

The first-of-the-year in housing funds—from a competitive block grant system, won by a single tribe—will help Pine Ridge start new construction projects, and provide vitally needed jobs on a reservation known nationally for its poverty-stricken families.

LARGER EARTHQUAKES POINT TO MAN-MADE CAUSE AFFECTING THE ENTIRE MIDWEST

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ENVIRONMENT

From Staff Reports

OKLAHOMA CITY—A 5.1 magnitude earthquake shook northwestern Oklahoma recently, an event the U.S. Geological Survey said should trouble wastewater injection companies.

The USGS said the earthquake could have been caused by wastewater injection, which can involve taking water used in fracking and injecting it into underground wells, ostensibly to not contaminate more drinking water.

FOR OUR OWN LONGEVITY, WE HUMANS MUST ADOPT A FAR BETTER LIFESTYLE DIET

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COMMUNITIES

TRIBE RISKS LOSING JUSTICE FOR OUR PEOPLE IF WE CONTINUE TO IGNORE IHS LAWSUIT

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COMMENTARY

By Calvin “Hawkeye” Waln

I want to address both the Oyate and elected officials of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe (Sicangu Nation) regarding the elephant standing in our midst; namely, the Indian Health Service (IHS) embodied in Rosebud Hospital.

My intentions are not to offend anyone, but to address a mammoth issue of Oyate concern, which should be welcomed with open arms by a tribal government that shouldn’t be complicit in IHS’s continuing neglect.  

FLANDREAU SANTEES RACE TO BE FIRST TO BEGIN SELLING PEJI FOR PROFIT

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NEW BUSINESS

From Staff Reports

FLANDREAU — Members of Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe are looking to be first of South Dakota’s nine Indian tribes to begin actively selling peji on their reservation by Christmas 2015.

To some tribal politicians, the notion long perpetrated by the U.S. government that peji or marijuana is an evil drug, remains embedded in their mindset, despite it now being legal in several states.

ROSEBUD COMMUNITY SLATES SEPT. 30 FOR NEW ELECTION OF OFFICERS

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By Gregg Bear

ROSEBUD — A dispute has erupted here in Rosebud Community, forcing the organization to hold a new election of officers.

The decision is not without some controversy.

Following this year's Sept. 10 election which showed former chairman Bob Long winning as chairman by eight votes, a special meeting was called for Sept. 15, where a motion by Stephanie Sully was approved to hold another election of officers because not enough people were notified of the election.

ADORED FORMER PRESIDENT RETURNS TO THE HELM AFTER LENGTHY HIATUS

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POLITICAL ANALYSIS

SCOTT HERMAN TAKES THE WHEEL AS VICE PRESIDENT

By Gregg Bear

ROSEBUD — Beloved, 3-time former President William Kindle was handed a landslide-return to the coveted RST presidency late last month, which also brought back to the political fold former Antelope Rep. Scott Herman to the vice presidency, according to official votes tallied by RST Election Board.

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