PUBLISHED ON THE GREAT ROSEBUD SIOUX INDIAN RESERVATION, ROSEBUD, SOUTH DAKOTA 57570

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COPS ACCUSED OF GOING OVER BOARD IN TRAFFIC STOP

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By Barbara Soderlin

RC Journal

RAPID CITY --- Civil-rights activist Duane Martin Sr. said state Highway Patrol officers used unnecessary force in a traffic stop that resulted in his arrest Tuesday night in Rapid City.

Martin is angry that officers drew their guns, handcuffed him and members of his family and forced them to kneel on the road as their vehicle was searched for weapons.

REZ SUICIDES BRING TO LIGHT IMPORTANT ROLE OF NEWSPAPER IN COMMUNITY HEALING

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Sicangu Sun Times

ROSEBUD — At no time in the history of the Rosebud Indian Reservation has it been more important to have a homegrown newspaper reporting on the reservation. That is the way PR Gregg-Bear, publisher and editor of the Sicangu Sun Times, sees the picture on his reservation.

“When you get right down to it, it’s a humanitarian project of the first order, because it deals with passing on and exchanging information,” says Gregg-Bear, a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe.

FORMER GANGSTER REACHES OUT TO CURB LAKOTA GANGS

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By Elisabeth Kilpatrick
The Beacon News

AURORA, Ill. — Ten years ago, David Luna drew an abstract self-portrait of himself, spurred by a shadowy vision he didn't quite understand. This spring, during his first trip to the Badlands in South Dakota, that old drawing suddenly made sense: It looked exactly like the craggy rock formations sitting in front of him.

"(My driver) said, 'I believe you knew you were going to come visit us,'" Luna repeated recently, sitting in the living room of his Aurora home. "I was blown away," he said

Carnival of Love

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A rainy morning splits into a warm afternoon in Mission where this happy couple found time to climb aboard the Scrambler and enjoy a moment of young love at a carnival that happened through town for the day. During spring and summer months several carnivals make their annual trek to the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota to tickle the hearts of children, which culminates with the big annual Rosebud Fair & Pow-Wow held in Rosebud in August. SST Photo/ Bonnie Young

SUICIDE: MAKING PREVENTION EFFORT IN SPITE OF CALL FOR LESS MEDIA COVERAGE

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ROSEBUD --- With the recent hanging death of yet another teen suicide, the Rosebud Sioux Tribe is reeling from the devastating social impact of suicide --- now up to eight in this year alone --- that some tribal leaders, fearful of an uncontrolled situation, have been trying to find answers on their own and turning to a slow-moving federal government for help.

''We are in the midst of an ongoing battle,'' said Ken LaDeaux, RST chief of staff. ''The problem hasn't diminished," despite a declaration.

Hunters Walk Quietly

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Two unidentified turkey hunters are spotted leaving the scene of a kill on private property, as they make their way along a stand of ponderosa pine that will eventually take them back to the highway. The Rosebud Sioux Tribe Dept. of Game, Fish & Parks tries its best to weed out poachers, during and after hunting seasons, but the take-downs continue when the area is as broad as Crazy Horse Canyon, that meanders for miles along the Little White River, cutting the reservation in half.

Litefoot: Cheering on Number One

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Singer/actor Litefoot leads more than 100 kids in raising a forefinger to indicate "We are number one." The entertainer says he's traveled to more than 200 reservations in the last year, leaving behind a message of hope and inspiration. SST Photo/ Bonnie Young

Litefoot Visits Rosebud Reservation

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Entertainer/rapper Litefoot paid a visit to the Rosebud Reservation recently where he gave Rosebud Community youngsters a stirring speech aimed at positive thinking and pursuing uplifting goals rather than succumbing to a negative outlook on life. The Rosebud Sioux Tribe lost seven youngsters to suicide so far this year, propelling the tribe to first place in reservation suicides. A two-day suicide summit was held this week in an attempt to address the problem. SST Photo/ Bonnie Young

Modern-Day Treaty

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Oglala President John Yellow Bird Steele signs a modern-day agreement which returns lands --- used for practice bombing during World War II --- back to the tribe. Photo/ RC Journal

Norris Head Start

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Norris Community, located in one of the remote sections of the Rosebud Reservation, is home to the Norris Head Start Program, where youngsters get to enjoy graduation just like the big kids. SST Photo/ Bonnie Young

ROSEBUD POLITICS LEAVES STATUS OF COMMUNITY CHAIRMAN ON SHAKY GROUNDS

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ROSEBUD — An effort by Rosebud Community recently to obtain a favorable ruling from RST Ethics Commission regarding the community’s absent council representatives, was shot down after the three reps were subpoenaed to offer their own testimony before the commission.

From there, things got worse.

CATHOLIC HEADS BACK OFF FLAG ISSUE

ROSEBUD — The caskets of Native American veterans who are buried in Catholic funerals on the Rosebud Indian Reservation will continue to be covered by an American flag and a funeral pall in the form of a Lakota star quilt.

A Jesuit priest who conducts many of those funerals there said he would return to the long-standing tribal tradition of honoring the deceased person's military service by leaving the American flag on the casket throughout the funeral service, now that he knows about it.

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