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

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RST PRESIDENT RECOVERING SATISFACTORILY FROM HEART ATTACK

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From Staff Reports

ROSEBUD — RST President Cyril Scott reportedly continues to recover nicely after being rushed to a Sioux Falls hospital last month complaining of acute chest pains.

The president’s temporary hospitalization marks the second time since he was elected to office last year that he has entered a healthcare facility with heart-related concerns.

RECALL PETITION AGAINST RST PRESIDENT SCOTT FALLS SHORT

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ROSEBUD — A recall petition that has been circulating on the Rosebud since January, aimed at taking down RST President Cyril Scott for alleged misconduct in office, has failed, according to the RST Secretary’s Office.

The petition, filed Jan. 28 by Sylvia “Daisy” Wright of Rosebud, was circulated by a handful of volunteers. They managed to gather 774 signatures, 13 more than the 761 needed.

RST UP AGAINST FEDERAL PENALTIES FOR OVERTIME SPENDING

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By Gregg Bear

ROSEBUD — The Rosebud Sioux Tribe faces harsh sanctions from the federal government for paying prodigious amounts in overtime to police department employees over the past six months, and nearly wiping out its annual budget.

Before the monitoring agency caught on and stopped the abusive practice, one police officer, with an annual base salary of $30,698.14, was paid $32,446.05 in federal overtime for a six-month period, bringing his total income to $63,144.19.

OST DEMANDS OBAMA QUICKLY SUPPLY FUNDING FOR LANGUAGE EDUCATION

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PINE RIDGE — Oglala Tribal President Bryan Brewer has demanded that President Barack Obama immediately fulfill his campaign promise to push forward Indian education and immersion language strategies.

In a recent letter to President Obama, Brewer exhorted the White House take action without delay.

WHITES DREAM OF RETURN TO WHITE-RULE IN UNITED STATES

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COMMENTARY

A recent poll suggests those who loudly demand unrestricted right to own guns are not worried so much about self-defense, but instead, harbor a deep-seated rage against the federal government, believing an armed revolution might eventually be necessary to put white people firmly back in control of their own country.

REPUBLICAN CRAFTED SCANDALS RESEMBLE FLIMSY FILM SCRIPT

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By Gregg Bear

Motion pictures, movies, films—call them what you will. They are not always what they seem. The recent wave in high-definition digital technology has made it nearly impossible to tell what is real on the screen anymore, almost like Washington politics.

Yet a movie cannot be produced without a coherent script. If the audience doesn’t believe the characters and plot, the film, no matter how superior the special effects, will likely have little success at the box office.

CUSTOMERS AWAIT REOPENING OF ALLSTOP GROCERY STORE

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By Gregg Bear

ROSEBUD — The sudden closing of AllStop Grocery Store here last month due to fire has made many in the community realize how valuable the store had become over the past decade, which the owner hopes to mitigate by reopening in a few months when repairs are complete.

“Contractors are being lined up and reconstruction will start within two weeks,” said owner Wes Colombe. “It’s too early to say when we’ll reopen.”

OBAMA LIMITS 2014 INDIAN AFFAIRS BUDGET, WHILE ATTEMPTING TO STRENGTHEN, SUPPORT TRIBES

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WASHINGTON — President Obama’s FY-2014 budget request for Indian Affairs, which includes BIA and BIE, is $2.6 billion—representing a mere $31.3 million increase over last year.

The proposed budget is aimed at attempting to meet government’s responsibilities to tribes, while exercising tough fiscal responsibility, and striving to improve operations and efficiency.

The White House hopes a limited budget with cuts will assure congressional approval in the face of unswerving political opposition to new spending in the Republican House.

SINTE GLESKA STUDENTS TAKE AWAY FINE ARTS, TRADITIONAL ART AWARDS AT AIHEC

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MISSION — Five imaginative and skilled students of Great Plains Art Institute, Sinte Gleska University, have brought home eight of 16 prestigious awards in painting, drawing, sculpture and mixed media, won at AIHEC's 40th Annual Student Conference.

RST PRESIDENT'S OFFICE MIRED UNDER DISAFFECTED APPOINTEES, COUNCILMAN'S ACCUSATIONS

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By Gregg Bear

ROSEBUD — An aide to RST President Cyril Scott reportedly is under investigation by Rosebud police for allegedly stealing and forging financial documents for personal gain.

According to sources in the president’s office, a former presidential aide is being investigated for allegedly forging names to payroll deduction forms and benefitting financially from the transactions.

RST SECRETARY'S OFFICE HOLDS FUNDRAISERS, EVENTS FOR NURSING CENTER

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From Staff Reports

WHITE RIVER — White River Health Care Center, home for the elderly and disabled, is a happy beneficiary of the RST Secretary’s Office, which adopted the center as an outlet for volunteer work.

Under Secretary Linda Marshall, the Secretary’s Office recently initiated a fundraiser for the center, helping raise more than $500 through ticket sales.

The money raised through such fundraisers has been used to buy wheelchair monitors, walkers and other equipment for nursing home residents.

MYSTERIOUS NEW HUMANLIKE CREATURES DISCOVERED IN AFRICAN CAVE

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By Gregg Bear

Deepening the mystery of human beginnings, researchers recently disclosed finding a new and obscure possible prototype of humans, revealing a creature that, from head to toe, is a collection of early and modern body parts.

Scientists were astounded to find that these hominids had humanlike hands attached to apelike arms, an ape’s narrow rib cage but more humanlike lower torso, and a similar spine with roughly the same number of vertebrae.

HIGH COST OF EQUALITY REFLECTED IN CONTINUING FIGHT FOR VOTING RIGHTS

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MISSOULA, Mont. — “Everyone talks about rights, but they have a cost,” said opposition attorney Sara Frankenstein, who represents Montana state and county defendants in the federal voting-rights case, Wandering Medicine v. McCulloch.

For expense reasons, Montana Indians shouldn’t expect counties to spend money providing early-voting satellite offices, she said.

“We all can’t have everything we want,” chided Frankenstein (real name), who also represents two South Dakota counties in a similar case brought by members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe.

REDESIGNING RST GOVERNMENT REQUIRES THOUGHT ON IMPACT TO OUR PEOPLE

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COMMENTARY

By Rep. Lydia Whirlwind Soldier

My writings are my ideas only; they do not represent decisions or goals that represent any other person.

I have been thinking lately of the transition that our tribal government is experiencing. Many of our people have spoken of how our tribal government is organized, and it is often suggested that we need to go back to a traditional form of government.

WOPIDA TO THE CARING PEOPLE WHO ATTENDED OUR PRISON WACIPI

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LETTERS

Dear Editor:

Our Lakota Dakota Nakota Spiritual group inside the Jameson Annex Prison in Sioux Falls held a powwow on January 26, 2013, which was successful and inspiring.

The singing, dancing, prayers and food inspired a feeling of unity and confidence.

On behalf of our group, I extend a Wopida Tanka (huge thanks) to Clyde Bellecourt, Jeanette Chosa, Jason Elias, Kateri Bird, Anna Haroldson, Clement Cross, Darrell Middletent, Dawn Middletent, Rikki Middletent, Ione “Tiny” McCloskey, Evelyn New and Linda Edel.

VETERAN: PRESIDENT BUSH, CHENEY SHOULD BE PUT ON TRIAL FOR MURDER

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LETTERS

An open letter to former President George W. Bush:

You told us [the Iraq Invasion] could be paid for by Iraq’s oil revenues. Instead, this war has cost the United States over $3 trillion.

I especially did not join the [Army] to carry out preemptive war. Preemptive war is illegal under international law. And as a soldier in Iraq I was, I now know, abetting your idiocy and your crimes.

OUR PETS ARE EXPOSED TO MORE DANGEROUS CHEMICALS THAN WE ARE

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QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

Dear Editor: What are some tips for keeping my dogs and cats healthy? —Kim Newfield, via e-mail

Answer: Believe it or not, our pets may be exposed to more harsh chemicals through the course of their day than we are.

Researchers found that pet dogs and cats were contaminated with 48 of 70 industrial chemicals tested, including 43 chemicals at levels higher than those typically found in people.

KOCH BROTHERS STAND TO BENEFIT SUBSTANTIALLY FROM XL PIPELINE

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COMMENTARY

David and Charles Koch are each worth $20 billion, and they’re quite certain that’s not enough. And so, they need the XL Keystone Pipeline.

XL Keystone will take Canadian tar-sands oil and suck it down to Texas’ Gulf Coast refineries. Alberta’s oil reserve, if it can get to the U.S. market, will globally warm the planet by nearly 0.4°C all by itself.

Why suck heavy tar oil out of Canada, drag it across the middle of the U.S., and import it into the oil-exporting state of Texas?

TREASURY PLAN WOULD CONTINUE EROSION OF CITIZEN PRIVACY RIGHTS

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WASHINGTON — The Reuters News Agency has reported seeing a U.S. Treasury Department document showing plans to give military intelligence agencies full access to banking records of U.S. citizens.

Under this new plan, there apparently will be no need to request such records on a case-by-case basis, as is presently required.

RST COUNCILMAN FACES UP TO FIVE YEARS, IF CONVICTED

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By Gregg-Bear

ST. FRANCIS — RST Council Rep. John Swift, St. Francis, is laying low these days, pending the outcome of a federal court case, following a grand jury indictment for larceny.

Although the 55-year-old council member can still attend official council meetings, vote on critical issues, and has retained his full salary of more than $45,000 a year, things are not going so well in the community, where he is the sole representative.

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