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SECOND RECALL PETITION AGAINST RST PRESIDENT SCOTT FALLS SHORT

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By Gregg Bear

ROSEBUD — A second attempt to bring down Rosebud’s brusque and contentious leader, RST President Cyril Scott, through petition of registered voters, has failed.

According to RST Secretary’s Office, the recall petition was officially filed in Rosebud on May 14, by Oliver J. Semans Sr., of Mission.

Six months after registering, Semans turned in 865 signatures. The minimum number required is 761, representing 30 percent of registered voters in last year’s election.

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.

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.

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.

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.

RST COUNCIL IMPOSES 90-DAY SUSPENSION ON PRESIDENT CYRIL SCOTT

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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.

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.

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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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.

RST COURT OKAYS RESTRAINING ORDER AGAINST RST PRESIDENT

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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.

NEW POLICE CHIEF TAKES CHARGE AMID POLITICAL RUMBLINGS

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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.

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