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ST. FRANCIS MAN GETS 37 MONTHS FOR ASSAULT WITH DANGEROUS WEAPON

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IN FEDERAL COURT

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RS 2014 GENERAL ELECTION GALVANIZES UNPRECEDENTED TURNOUT OF VOTERS

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POLITICS

From Staff Reports

ROSEBUD — The Aug. 28 general election saw an unprecedented turnout of voters in a first-ever mid-term election on the Rosebud Indian Reservation that did not feature presidential and vice presidential candidates.

This year’s reservation-wide tribal election marked the conclusion of three-year terms for one-half of the powerful 20-member Rosebud Sioux Tribal Council, replacing a stunning 9 of 10 seats, including a couple who served before.

STIRRING 2014 SINTE GLESKA UNIVERSITY GRADUATION INCLUDES 5 NEW NURSES

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EDUCATION

By Teddie Rae Herman-Rogers

ANTELOPE — Sinte Gleska University celebrated its 42nd annual Wounspe Wowapi Yusutapi and its 31st annual GED Wounspe Wowapi Yusutapi on Aug. 22, at the Wakinyan Wanbli Multipurpose Building.

Lakol Woicicunze: Sicangu Oyate nahan Sinte Gleska Owayawa Wakatuya. Wakicunza ki Ta Woihanble ki “Ho Wana! Woicicunze Unkicicage pi kte.”

Commencement them: “Sharing the Sicangu Oyate and SGU founders’ vision and how we make the promise to fulfill their vision.”

ROSEBUD SIOUX TRIBE $22 MILLION IN DEBT TO WELLS FARGO BANK

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TRIBAL GOVERNMENT

By Gregg Bear

ROSEBUD — Through actions of its governing body and treasurer, the Rosebud Sioux Tribe today owes more than $22 million in loans to Wells Fargo Bank in Mission—which is part of a tribal debt that won’t take years but decades to pay off.

Just what those bank loans were for and how the tribe hopes to repay such an enormous debt is not something tribal leaders like to openly discuss with their constituents.

TEN SEATS FOR RST COUNCIL TO BE DECIDED AT THE BALLOT BOX

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POLITICS

From Staff Reports

ROSEBUD — The Aug. 28 general election for ten seats on the powerful 20-member Rosebud Sioux Tribal Council has generated widespread interest on the Rosebud reservation.

After the dust settled from the July primary election and intense interest in the outcome of recounts in at least two contested communities, the RST Election Board ruled that nothing essential had changed from the initial primary results.

ROSEBUD IHS HOSPITAL LOSES CLASSIFIED PATIENT DATA; DIRECTOR LOSES JOB

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By Gregg Bear

ROSEBUD — For weeks, Rosebud IHS Hospital had been in damage-control mode following what amounted to the negligent release of confidential patient data, which led to the subsequent firing of its service unit director.

The hospital has been undergoing turmoil ever since rumors escalated that the Rosebud Sioux Tribe was planning to initiate a class-action lawsuit, stemming from years of complaints from Indian patients.

RST PRESIDENT CORRECTS REPORTS OF ANOTHER BAR ALTERCATION

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From Staff Reports

ROSEBUD — Reports circulating that the Rosebud Sioux tribal president had gotten into another altercation with someone in a bar recently did have some elements of the truth, according to President Cyril Scott.

When asked about it, the president said what really happened was that he had gotten “jumped” by two 20-somethings as he was leaving a convenience store.

UNOFFICIAL PRIMARY ELECTION RESULTS FOR THE ROSEBUD SIOUX TRIBE

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ROSEBUD — The Rosebud Sioux Tribe’s July primary election for RST Council produced a number of potential new faces to be decided at the general in August.

Up for election are ten seats on the 20-member council.

Winning candidates will serve three-year terms on the tribe’s powerful governing body, the RST Council.

Though each candidate represents one of 20 recognized communities on the reservation, collectively they speak for the entire tribe.

FIGHT OVER SSA WINDFALL REVEALS HOW DEEP CORRUPTION RUNS IN RST GOVERNMENT

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POLITICS

By Gregg Bear

ROSEBUD — Although frivolous resolutions asking for a million-dollar line of credit at Wells Fargo Bank in Mission keep getting shot down, one-half of the 20-member council seems bent on getting their fair share of an apparent SSA windfall no matter the opposition.

MAN CONVICTED FOR BRUTALLY PUNCHING VICTIM IN THE FACE

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FEDERAL COURT NEWS

ROSEBUD LANDOWNERS HAVE UNTIL AUG. 16 TO ACCEPT PURCHASE OFFERS

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ROSEBUD — To help fulfill President Obama’s commitment to help Indian communities, the Department of Interior announced that offers have been sent to nearly 11,000 individual landowners with fractional interests on the Rosebud Indian Reservation.

Totaling more than $50 million, these offers will give landowners opportunity to voluntarily sell fractionated interests, which will be held in trust for the Rosebud Sioux Tribe.

MAN PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO ATTEMPTED MURDER, STRANGULATION

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FEDERAL COURT NEWS

Harold Picotte III, 40, Eagle Butte, appeared before Judge Mark Moreno and pleaded not guilty to Assault with Intent to Commit Murder and Assault by Strangulation.

Maximum penalty on conviction is 20 years in prison and $250,000 fine, 3 years parole, and $100 victims fund.

Charges allege in February, Picotte assaulted a girlfriend with intent to commit murder by strangulation and choking.

Investigation conducted by Cheyenne River LES. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mikal Hanson is prosecuting.

45 CANDIDATES VIE FOR 10 OPEN SEATS ON THE ROSEBUD SIOUX TRIBAL COUNCIL

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From Staff Reports

ROSEBUD — This year marks the conclusion of the first 3-year terms for one-half of the 20-member Rosebud Sioux Tribal Council, producing 45 candidates as of deadline.

According to RST Election Board, the primary election will be held July 24 and the general election will be held Aug. 28.

ELECTED RST OFFICIALS LOCK HORNS OVER LATEST SSA WINDFALL

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From Staff Reports

ROSEBUD — For the past month, members of the powerful RST Council have been engaged in an escalating political battle amongst themselves as they squabble over whether to allow certain elected officials to receive significant monetary payments from a major windfall.

An unregistered petition resolution had begun circulating last month among council members, pushed by tribal member Sylvia “Daisy” Wright, seeking 11 signatures to obtain approval.

FEDERAL COURT: MAN PLEADS IN ASSAULT, STRANGULATION, SERIOUS INJURY CASE

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Jacob Lee, 30, Mission, appeared before Judge Mark Moreno April 15, and pleaded not guilty to Assault Resulting In Serious Bodily Injury and Assault By Strangulation & Suffocation.

Maximum penalty upon conviction is 10 years in prison and $250,000 fine, 3 years parole.

The charges allege that on Feb. 8, Lee assaulted victim by strangling and suffocating her, which resulted in serious bodily injury.

The investigation is by Rosebud LES. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tim Maher is prosecuting the case.

RST COUNCIL MOVES TO FILE CLASS-ACTION LAWSUIT AGAINST INDIAN HEALTH SERVICE

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From Staff Reports

ROSEBUD — Rosebud IHS Hospital increasingly has come under attack for its alleged failure to honor treaty obligations, and now the Rosebud Sioux Tribe has launched a class-action lawsuit against IHS and facility.

Complaints range from forcing elderly patients to move elsewhere for healthcare, to injuring patients during treatment, to reneging on hospital bills.

MAN KILLED AS GANG ATTEMPTS HOME ROBBERY IN MISSION

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MISSION — A Mission man used deadly force when he shot one man and fired at two others after they allegedly broke into his home in an attempted robbery one night recently.

Levi Antoine II, 18, of Mission, died March 30 in a Sioux Falls hospital after sustaining at least one gunshot wound during an attempted home robbery.

The robbery victim, who apparently had been laying in wait for the gang after two previous break-ins, reportedly fired two warning shots before shooting Antoine, according to a person familiar with the incident.

PUBLISHED ALLEGATIONS AGAINST RST'S NEW ATTORNEY GENERAL LARGELY UNTRUE

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POLITICS

By Gregg Bear

ROSEBUD — Accusations dogging the Rosebud Sioux Tribe’s new attorney general, claiming she lied about her tribal enrollment status to get hired, and other allegations—apparently are largely unfounded.

In November 2013, Aisha Concha was interviewed for the job of attorney general over the phone by the RST Council.

She was hired.

ROSEBUD OFFICIALS WORRY XL PIPELINE MAY JEOPARDIZE WOMEN, CHILDREN IN SO-CALLED 'MAN-CAMPS'

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From Staff Reports

ROSEBUD — Officials of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe have openly expressed worry that Keystone XL pipeline poses danger for Indian women and children, if it is approved by President Obama, and a former police chief helps feed into that worry.

Though a Nebraska court last week blocked the pipeline—likely until next year—in ruling on a lawsuit by landowners in that state, the southern leg of the billionaire project has already begun sending Canadian oil further south and on to Texas refineries, to the delight of the Koch brothers, the owners.

FEDERAL COURT: FORMER ELECTED OFFICIAL SENTENCED FOR FIRE STATION LARCENY; MORE

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John Swift, 55, St. Francis, convicted of stealing from local fire station, was ordered on Nov. 25, by Judge Roberto Lange, to repay nearly $10,000 in restitution, fined $500, and given 2 years probation.

Swift, a former member of RST Council, was indicted Feb. 13. Stalling nearly 6 months through plea bargaining, he finally pleaded guilty to larceny on July 23.

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