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RST COUNCIL IMPOSES 90-DAY SUSPENSION ON PRESIDENT CYRIL SCOTT

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From Staff Reports

ROSEBUD (Sept. 12, 2013) — The Rosebud Sioux Tribal Council narrowly voted today to suspend RST President Cyril Scott for 90 days, without pay.

The initial roll-call vote resulted in a tie: 8 voting in favor and 8 against, with 4 absent. The tie was broken by Vice President William Kindle, who voted against the president.

RED CROW FIRED AGAIN; POLICE LOSE FUNDING AS BIA BEGINS PROCESS OF IMPOSING SANCTIONS

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By Gregg Bear

ROSEBUD, Aug. 26, 2013 — After getting officially rehired only last week, Rosebud’s new police chief Charles Red Crow today was summarily fired by President Cyril Whitey Scott due to the tribe’s failure to provide BIA with information called for to okay employment under a 638 contract.

BIA-Rosebud Agency has also instituted harsh sanctions against the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, largely because of Red Crow, but related to nearly half a million dollars in unauthorized federal overtime approved under a former police chief.

EVIDENCE OF ONGOING, UNRESTRAINED CORRUPTION IN ROSEBUD BIA, RST OPERATIONS

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COUNCIL REPORT

By Rep. Calvin Waln

Greetings to the Oyate: I would now like to provide you with an honest Tribal Council Report, with facts backed up by supporting evidence. This includes the coming federal “blackout” (October through December), healthcare, and BIA Rosebud Agency.

First I want to rebut a letter RST President Cyril “Whitey” Scott printed in the Todd County Tribune two weeks ago.

FROM THE HEART OF OUR HOMELANDS, WE WILL MAKE OUR FINAL STAND

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COMMENTARY

By Gregg Bear

The vast distances embodied in the open prairie may serve as an appropriate simile for the broad separation between the richest one percent and everybody else, a distance which continues to widen in America. Researchers now say when race is factored into the equation, the huge economic gap is even more glaring.

PARENTS OF MISSING SICANGU TEEN FEAR FOUL PLAY

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By Gregg Bear

ALPINE, Utah — The frightened parents of a missing 16-year-old Sicangu girl are desperately searching for their daughter, who mysteriously disappeared last week.

The family of Indica Huddleston, 16, have launched their own full scale investigation into their missing teen, who vanished without her ever-present cellphone or money.

After finding a cryptic note she left behind, her parents, Bryan and Andrea Huddleston, suspect she may have been seduced away by a man she met online.

RST CHIEF REHIRED DESPITE LOOMING THREATS FROM BIA

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Feature-Length Report

By Gregg Bear

ROSEBUD — Despite repeated, pressing attempts by BIA-Rosebud Agency to oust Rosebud’s acting police chief, resulting in his abrupt suspension by RST’s president and his later firing, the RST Council last week voted to rehire Charles Red Crow as the reservation’s chief of police.

REP. WALN PROPOSES CUTS TO OFFSET FEDERAL 'BLACKOUT'

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From Staff Reports

ROSEBUD — The Rosebud Sioux Tribe could endure a looming “blackout” if elected officials would agree to modest cuts in their income, an outspoken member of the RST Council says.

The approaching blackout in federal funding, scheduled to hit sometime between October and December, will affect major programs currently operating within the tribe.

SOBRIETY PREVENTS NATIVE AMERICAN TARGETING BY POLICE

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LETTERS

Dear Editor:

I am a Sicangu Lakota from Parmelee on the Rosebud Reservation. At present, I’m living at Sicangu Oyate Tipi (homeless shelter) in Rosebud.

I am writing this letter, based on personal experience, to warn our Lakota brothers and sisters about the treatment and attitude displayed toward Indians by police in Pennington County and Rapid City.

ZIMMERMAN SATISFIES CURIOSITY BY KILLING TRAYVON MARTIN

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COMMENTARY

By Gregg Bear

Like many people, I was drawn to the recent, closely-watched murder trial of George Zimmerman, the Florida man a white jury of six found not guilty of killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

Zimmerman claimed the unarmed teenager “viciously attacked” him that rainy evening, causing him to fear for his life, and justifying why he fired a fatal bullet into his chest.

KIKTAYOWAJIN: WAY OF THE MODERN-DAY WARRIOR

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Knowing Yotaka is Not Enough

By Gregg Bear

In KiktayoWajin, yotaka is essentially “seated attentiveness.” It’s a place where we can secretly go beyond our daily distractions; a place of turning inward for peace; for answers to our most pressing questions about life; for a way to see our lives with deeper understanding, with sincere love and caring.

In fact, with practice and a warrior’s strong heart and determination, you can go even further.

THERE IS MORE TRUTH IN NUMBERS THAN PEOPLE

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LETTERS

Dear Editor

I want to take this time to praise and at the same time lightly criticize the latest efforts of the Todd County Tribune.

First, great job on the front page story in last week’s issue: the council attendance report, and the recent resignation of St. Francis’ RST Council representative.

These are very important issues to the Oyate. The attendance report was ridiculous considering how much these council reps get paid—an annual salary of $47,000 to attend at least 3-4 meetings a month, and many DO NOT show up.

RST COURT OKAYS RESTRAINING ORDER AGAINST RST PRESIDENT

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From Staff Reports

ROSEBUD — The Rosebud Sioux Tribal Court has granted a temporary restraining order against RST President Cyril Scott, filed by the tribe’s police chief.

But that may not be enough to keep the police chief in his post.

The emergency court action, filed last week, followed an attempt by President Scott to suspend Charles Red Crow as police chief and appoint Robert Sedlmajer as acting chief.

KIKTAYOWAJIN: WAY OF THE MODERN-DAY WARRIOR

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Learning to Find the Stillness

By Gregg Bear

Like all meditation, start with keeping the back straight while sitting, whether on floor or chair, allows the diaphragm to move freely. Yotaka breathing becomes very deep. Your abdomen will rise and fall like an infant. When maturing, breathing becomes less complete, more shallow.

In yotaka, it is important not to wear anything tight around the waist and clothing that is non-binding. Allow diaphragm to move freely so that breathing can be deep and natural.

NEW POLICE CHIEF TAKES CHARGE AMID POLITICAL RUMBLINGS

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From Staff Reports

ROSEBUD — Although newly hired Police Chief Charles Red Crow says he is firmly in place, he admits knowing political maneuvers are underway by the former chief to win reinstatement.

Red Crow, 46, in an exclusive interview with the Sun Times, said he fired Grace Her Many Horses from her presidential appointment as supervisory special agent shortly after he was hired last month.

SECOND RECALL PETITION FILED AGAINST RST PRESIDENT SCOTT

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From Staff Reports

ROSEBUD — A mere 25 days after the last recall petition against RST President Cyril Scott was turned in, only to be found invalid, a second recall petition has now been filed with the tribe.

The petition was received by the RST Secretary’s Office on May 14, 2013, filed by Oliver J. Semans Sr., of Mission.

Like the last petition, Semans and his petitioners have 90 days—or until around Aug. 12—to come up with 761 valid signatures, representing 30 percent of those who voted in the last tribal election.

KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE WILL BE THE SAFEST PIPELINE IN AMERICA

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LETTERS

The White House is running out of reasons to reject the Keystone XL pipeline.

This administration's very own State Department recently released its much-anticipated report on the potential environmental effects of the project, which would construct a 1,179-mile extension of the existing Keystone pipeline system connecting Canadian oil sands  and U.S. oil shale deposits to American refineries on the Gulf Coast.

TOO MANY SECRETS: WHERE DOES IT EVENTUALLY END?

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By Gregg Bear

Here, United States officials have been busy in recent weeks trying to resell Americans on why our sacred protection demands a vast digital spy network—ever since we found out to what extent they were spying and that we were largely the ones being spied on.

As I write, the most powerful secret organization ever contrived is scouring the four corners of the planet in search of the whistleblower responsible for telling us what we hadn’t fully realized before.

CHAMBERLAIN STUDENTS DENIED HONORING SONG AT THEIR GRADUATION

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LETTERS

Dear Editor:

I am not sure how many people are aware of what is happening at the high school in Chamberlain, S.D., so I will give everyone a heads up.

The high school student body, consisting of both native and non-native students, wanted to have a Lakota honoring song at graduation ceremonies for the graduating students. This was also supported by the high school principal and teachers.

Needless to say, the school board waited until the last minute to deny the students’ request.

SUICIDE RATE AMONG OLDER NATIVE AMERICANS JUMPS DRAMATICALLY

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From Staff Reports

ROSEBUD — Among non-Hispanic whites and Native Americans, annual suicide rates have jumped 40 percent and 65 percent, respectively, according to government reports.

Suicide rates are rising dramatically among middle-aged and older Americans, according to U.S. government statistics, which showed a 28 percent spike from a decade ago.

The CDC said figures show more people are committing suicide than dying in car accidents, and attribute the increase to adults aged 35 to 64.

RST TRIBE SHOULD ESTABLISH PROPER MAINTENANCE PROTOCOL FOR SEWAGE PLANTS

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EDITORAL

Employees and customers at Turtle Creek Supermarket here have been complaining for weeks about a pungent stench that permeates the facility and grounds—and it’s a problem that was predicted as far back as 2008.

The disturbing aroma comes from improper operation, maintenance and support of the store’s waste disposal plant.

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