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

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BUCHE FOODS GIVEN ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR FISCAL YEAR

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MISSION — Buche Foods, Mission branch, was given the Pinnacle Achievement Award last month in Omaha at the 82nd annual Affiliated Foods Midwest fall food show.

The Mission store’s heralded success has been under the resolute management of Mike Husman, who has helped develop the branch into the most competitive grocery outlet on the Rosebud Reservation and surrounding area.

A PERSONAL REQUEST FOR PROTECTION FROM THE RST PRESIDENT

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LETTERS

Dear Editor:

I am writing about the recent decision made by RST President Cyril Scott to place employees of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe on furlough status.

First of all, for the president to place any employee on furlough is a direct violation of our rights under RST Ordinance 07-09, Personnel Policy & Procedure Manual.

STILL PUSHING TOWARDS AN HONEST, UNCORRUPT RST GOVERNMENT

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COUNCIL REPORT

By Rep. Calvin Waln

This is my monthly report to the Oyaté. It will also serve as response RST President Cyril Scott’s letter in the Sun Times (No. 578, Sep-Oct 2013).

I will always provide facts, support honest government, and not distort truth just to distract the Oyaté from the real truth.

A recent memo issued by President Scott directs all programs not to release any documents or information without his prior approval.

LENDING MONEY TO FRIEND REAPS ONE TELLING REWARD

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COMMENTARY

By Gregg Bear

A young woman I've known a long time came to me wanting to borrow money.

"Well, I don't know," I said, immediately realizing I had already slipped up.

"You know me," she said. "Normally, I would never ask you such a favor. How long have we known each other?"

"Well, it's been a while," I said.

"I know you don't like loaning money, so I'm violating our friendship by even bringing it up," she said.

"Well, you're right there, I don't like loaning money, especially to friends."

FINDING DEMOCRACY ON THE DISTANT PLAINS

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COMMENTARY

By Gregg Bear

On Oct. 16, 2013, as the nation held its breath, 140 representatives and 18 senators, in Washington, essentially voted for the downfall of their country, opting to undermine the very constitution they all took a solemn oath to uphold.

Similar action in some countries would have led to mass hangings or civil war. Their thoughtless actions were that serious.

Fortunately, a rational majority prevailed and a continuing catastrophe was temporarily averted.

TREATY COUNCILS HOLD SUMMIT TO HIGHLIGHT CONCERNS

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VALENTINE — Treaty officials from South Dakota gathered recently at Rosebud Casino for a three-day summit, giving voice to issues ranging from education to protection of sovereignty, to failures in IRA governments.

Sicangu Treaty Council of Rosebud, with others representing Oceti Sakowin (Seven Council Fires), and elected officials, assembled last week on Rosebud to pinpoint prioritized concerns affecting Indian Country.

NEW SICANGU PROPANE PROMISES BETTER DELIVERY, MODERATE RATES

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MISSION — Sicangu Propane, after a faltering start earlier this year, is the latest REDCO business venture to get off the ground, starting with a free promotional delivery to a senior citizen.

Last week, 99-year-old Adell Boyd, of Rosebud, became the happy delivery recipient of Sicangu Propane’s first 100 gallons, offered free-of-charge in honor of Rosebud’s elders.

SOUTH DAKOTA PROTESTORS WANT LOCALS TO KNOW POTENTIAL PIPELINE DANGERS

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WINNER — Protestors converged on the town of Winner last month to raise local awareness of the potential ramifications to the area if the controversial Keystone XL pipeline is approved by President Obama.

According to one protest organizer, Karen Little Thunder, an underground 36-inch diameter pipe would be employed to move synthetic crude and diluted bitumen from Tar Sands in Alberta, Canada, to Steele City, Nebraska.

UNDER PRESSURE, RST COUNCIL TABLES CONTROVERSIAL LINEAL DESCENDANT LAW FOR NOW

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ROSEBUD — After getting hit with a powerful backlash, the RST Council last week approved a motion that tables a new lineal descendants amendment that had wiped out all benefits to lineal enrollees.

Such was the adverse reaction to the amendment’s passage last month, Rep. Tony Metcalf managed to get a motion approved tabling the new law pending legal clarification.

METCALF FLEES TRIBAL ARREST; PRESIDENT SCOTT DEMANDS TOUGHER CHARGE

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By Gregg Bear

VALENTINE — A former RST Councilman, following a brief speech at a treaty summit, hosted at Rosebud Casino, allegedly escaped from arrest by tribal authorities, and fled to his freedom across the state border, into Nebraska.

Minutes earlier, Ned Metcalf, 61, of Two Strike, had momentarily taken the microphone and told listeners that he had been “86‘d” by the casino, according witnesses.

NOW IN FEDERAL COURT

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Orson Black Spotted Horse, 50, St. Francis, convicted of Assault With a Dangerous Weapon, was sentenced Sept. 16, to 18 months in prison, 18 months parole, and $100 to victims fund. 

Black Spotted Horse was indicted in February. He pleaded guilty on June 25. 

The conviction stems from Sept. 3, 2012, when defendant got into an argument with victim. Black Spotted Horse took a metal pipe and hit victim in head; victim sustained serious head injury.

The investigation was conducted by Rosebud LES. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tim Maher prosecuted the case. 

REDCO HOSTS GRAND OPENING FOR SICANGU AUTO PARTS STORE

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MISSION — Sicangu Auto Parts has joined the Mission business community as the latest profit-making venture of REDCO, the tribe’s economic arm.

Rosebud Economic Development Corporation (REDCO) hosted the new store’s grand opening Monday, which will provide a full line of auto parts, and compliment Sicangu Auto Service, another REDCO venture, combined with the auto parts store, offering oil changes, tuneups, wheel alignments, and repairs.

WE HAVE TO WORK TOGETHER TO CREATE NECESSARY CHANGE

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LETTERS

Dear Editor:

There is a lot being said about the scheduled "Leonard Peltier International Tribunal on the Abuse of indigenous Human Rights" on October 2-4, 2013, on the Oneida Reservation in Oneida/Green Bay, WI.

I want to express support for and appreciation to my team for all their hard work to make this a documented historical event. My team and I feel the time has come to address the many years of abuse suffered by indigenous people all over the world.

CASH AWARDS, 'HONORARIUMS' GIVEN OUT BY RST COUNCIL

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ROSEBUD — On Aug. 19, a week before the 137th annual Rosebud Fair, Rosebud Sioux council members signed a circulated petition that allowed them all to receive a $500 bonus.

The petition resolution, RST 13-158, received eleven signatures from council members to obtain approval, and signed by the tribal president.

Although all council members received the $500 bonus, Rep. Richard “Tuffy” Lunderman (Rosebud) was the only one of 20 members to return his bonus to the RST Finance Office.

LINEAL DESCENDANTS DENIED EQUAL BENEFITS UNDER NEW LAW PASSED BY RST COUNCIL IN SESSION

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ROSEBUD — Enrolled members of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, listed as lineal descendants, will no longer enjoy the same privileges as other tribal members under a new amendment passed by the RST Council.

Under the new amended law, lineal descendants will be stripped of all benefits, but can still remain on the books as enrolled members, according to RST 13-171.

REDCO INVITES PARTICIPATION IN KICKOFF OF NEW DEVELOPMENT PLAN

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LETTERS

Dear Editor:

Community members from all walks of life are invited to come voice their opinions and ideas as part of beginning stages of planning for a new community development project called, “Keya Wakpala” (Turtle Creek), on the Rosebud Reservation.

Rosebud Economic Development Corporation (REDCO) will host two community meetings on Monday, Sept. 30, at Rosebud Community Center in Rosebud, and on Tuesday, Oct. 1, at SGU Multi-Purpose Room in Mission.

RST COUNCIL FAILED TO UPHOLD CONSTITUTION & BYLAWS

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LETTERS

Dear Editor:

As a former Rosebud tribal president and vice president, having served this tribe ten years as a public official—as well as an honorably discharged Korean War veteran, an 82-year-old elder and a full-blood (4/4 degree on my enrollment records)—I feel the need to address concerns that have faced our tribe for many years, and address the current activity of the Tribal Council.

TRIBAL GOVERNMENT, FINANCES, AND HEALTHCARE

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COUNCIL REPORT

By Rep. Calvin Waln

This Council Report may seem troubling, but the Oyaté have a right to know the current condition of our tribal nation. I hear both positive and negative comments about my reports and I humbly respect any criticism and thank you for your support.

In this report, I will cover Tribal Government, Tribal Finances, and Health Care—our most pressing issues as our financial cycle draws to a fiscal-year end.

TRIBAL GOVERNMENT

RST PRESIDENT SCOTT RETAKES HELM, DECLARES COUNCIL SUSPENSION OUT OF ORDER

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Files ethics charges against two representatives.

By Gregg Bear

ROSEBUD — At an anticlimactic meeting of the RST Council Wednesday, President Cyril Scott adjourned the meeting shortly after 12 Noon with the approved motion to suspend him still technically intact, but apparently no longer valid.

A new motion was on the floor to rescind the council action suspending the president for 90 days, but the president declared the motion out of order.

RST PRESIDENT RETAKES CONTROL OF PRESIDENT’S OFFICE AFTER 90-DAY SUSPENSION IMPOSED

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ROSEBUD (Sept. 13, 2013) — RST President Cyril Scott declared today that he is rejecting a 90-day suspension imposed on him yesterday by the RST Council, and that he has taken back control of the president’s office.

“Be advised that as president of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, I am retaining my authority as the elected leader of our nation,” Scott said in a short prepared statement.

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