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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

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.

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

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COURTS

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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.

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.

SEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION AWARENESS MONTH

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WASHINGTON—As part of President Obama’s Generation Indigenous and Tiwahe initiatives, Assistant Secretary Indian Affairs Kevin Washburn said Sept. 10 will henceforth be known as "Hope for Life Day" to raise awareness in Indian Country about suicide prevention during National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.

Suicide strikes Native youth especially hard. The suicide rate for ages 15 to 34 is more than two times higher than the national average.

MAN SENTENCED TO 13 YEARS AFTER FORCING CHILDREN TO WATCH MOTHER'S HUMILIATION, BEATING

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NOW IN FEDERAL COURT

Frederick Leo Marshall, 57, Mission, convicted of Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury and Child Abuse, was sentenced on Sept. 14, by Judge Roberto Lange, to 10 years in prison for assault, and 3 years in prison for child abuse, to be served consecutively.

Marshall was also sentenced to 3 years parole upon release, and $200 victims fund. He was also ordered to pay restitution to victim in the amount of $1,677.14, and to South Dakota Medicaid in the amount of $11,581.76.

Marshall was indicted Dec. 9, 2014. He pleaded guilty June 29.

OBITUARY

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STEVEN VALANDRA

1952-2015

Steven R. Valandra (Piya Inajin: “Stands Again”), 63, St. Francis, S.D., was welcomed to the Spirit World on Aug. 4, 2015, with brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews at his side, at Sanford Medical Center, Sioux Falls.

Tragically, he was claimed by a massive stroke.

RST TREASURER DUCKS ETHICS CONVICTION AFTER STONEWALLING HIS CLAIMED ISLAMIC TERRORIST

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POLITICS

By Gregg Bear

ROSEBUD — RST Treasurer Byron Wright narrowly escaped getting convicted recently on ethics charges filed against him by a woman he feared belonged to the infamous terrorist group, Islamic State in Syria or ISIS.

The 20-member RST Council earlier this month approved a motion by Rep. Kathleen High Pipe to dismiss ethics charges against Wright in a roll-call vote, which resulted in: 6 Yes, 5 No, 1 Abstain, and 8 No shows.

ROSEBUD'S SUSPENDED TRIBAL PRESIDENT FACES 2ND ETHICS HEARING BEFORE A HOSTILE RST COUNCIL

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POLITICS

By Gregg Bear

ROSEBUD — RST President Cyril Scott, at the end of a 60-day suspension imposed by RST Council for ethics violations, now finds himself facing more charges by the same body.

As the Sun Times was going to press, President Scott was being called to appear at a hearing before the council on more charges of a similar nature: violating the ethics portion of his oath of office.

The second round of charges were reportedly being leveled by Rep. Calvin "Hawkeye" Waln, a known political nemisis.

STRAY-DOG ATTACKS CLAIM SWIFT BEAR WOMAN'S LIFE; OF 49 YEARS

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From Staff Reports

WHITE RIVER — For the second time in nearly four months, stray dogs are being hunted on a South Dakota Indian reservation following a fatal attack.

A woman died after she was attacked by wild dogs early Saturday morning, March 14, on the Rosebud Reservation, according to the Mellette County Sheriff’s Office. 

Julia Charging Whirlwind, 49, of Lower Swift Bear, which is just across the highway (83) from White River, was pronounced dead Saturday at Rosebud Hospital.

AMID ONGOING CONTROVERSY, RST PRESIDENT MAY ENCOUNTER STIFF COMPETITION IN RACE FOR REELECTION

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POLITICS

By Gregg Bear

ROSEBUD — RST President Cyril L. Scott has had to put his campaign for reelection later this year on hold while he resumes his battle with RST Council over alleged ethics violations, which resulted on Feb. 13 with his second suspension from office.

The suspension followed testimony before a packed council chamber in which Scott’s attorney, Al Arendt, attempted to discredit his accusers by bringing up alleged behavior that had occurred months earlier.

TUC WUNS TEMPORARY INJUNCTION TO STOP C-TE'S ABRUPT WINTER RATE HIKE

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Tribal Utility Commission

The Rosebud Sioux Tribal Court, in granting a temporary injunction, concedes Cherry-Todd Electric failed to duly notify Tribal Utility Commission (TUC) with necessary information about a new January residential rate increase.

On Feb. 6, TUC filed an emergency injunction in tribal court to halt a sudden electric rate increase by Cherry-Todd Electric approved by its board in December. Some speculate the increase is to offset attorney fees to help battle a tribal lawsuit against the cooperative.

ROSEBUD OFFICIAL CALLS REPUBLICAN VOTE ON KEYSTONE BILL AN 'ACT OF WAR'

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WASHINGTON — As Sen. Elizabeth Ann Warren, D-Mass., called for executive session, the Senate chambers last Tuesday suddenly fell silent as a shrill Lakota voice rose from the back of the crowded hall.

“The sergeant-at-arms will restore order,” Warren demanded immediately. “Restore order in the gallery.”

ROSEBUD TRIBAL UTILITY COMMISSION DRAFTING NEW RESIDENTIAL DISCONNECTION ORDINANCE

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REPORT

Tribal Utility Commission

The Rosebud Sioux Tribe has annually adopted state regulations governing electricity disconnection protocol for residential customers.

 Tribal Utility Commission has annually adopted the South Dakota state regulations governing the disconnection of residential electricity customers.

This year is no different.

HOMELESS LAKOTA VETS ON ROSEBUD STAGE CAMPOUT WHILE AWAITING SHELTER

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HOMELESS

By Gregg Bear

ROSEBUD — As the nights steadily grow colder, a group of homeless veterans remain camped at the fairgrounds here where they’ve lived since Rosebud Fair ended in August.

The group, numbering as many as seven some nights, employ blankets and body heat to keep warm in the single tent on the coldest nights.

Led by John Sharp Fish, 68, and his younger brother Gerald, 63, the men say they’re hoping an apartment provided by SWA housing opens soon.

SINTE GLESKA UNIVERSITY HOSTS CONFERENCE ON KIDNEY TRANSPLANTS

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SGU NEWS

By Teddie Rae Herman

MISSION — Sanford Transplant Center and Sinte Gleska University recently collaborated to educate the public about kidney disease and transplants.

Jessica Utecht-Whillock, transplant clinical care, did an overview of a kidney's functions, diseases causing kidney failure, prevention, kidney transplant, and kidney donation. 

Wayne Bear Shield, a transplant recipient, spoke about his own experiences, and when he first discovered he had diabetes. 

RST GOVERNMENT FAILS ATTEMPT TO REIN-IN LAKOTA VOICE WEBSITE

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POLITICS

By Gregg Bear

ROSEBUD — An emotional effort by the Rosebud Sioux Tribal Council recently to have its attorney general launch an official probe into an online news blog and its editor was narrowly defeated in council chambers by a 6-5 vote.

The Aug. 25 attempt by a perturbed Rep. Alvin Bettelyoun to compel AG Aisha Concha to conduct an official inquiry into LakotaVoice.com website and its outspoken editor would have set chilling new precedence in curbing free speech and free press on the reservation, say political observers.

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