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SECOND RECALL PETITION FILED AGAINST RST PRESIDENT SCOTT

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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.

RST PRESIDENT RECOVERING SATISFACTORILY FROM HEART ATTACK

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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.

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.”

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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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.

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.

INAUGURATION MARRED BY PRESIDENTIAL RECALL PETITION

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ROSEBUD --- Six months after taking office for the first time, President Cyril Scott is now facing his first recall petition for alleged violations of the RST Constitution & Bylaws.

The recall petition was filed with the RST Secretary’s Office on Monday, Jan. 28, 2013.

Petitioners have 90 days, or until around April 29, to gather signatures representing 30 percent of enrolled members who voted in the last tribal election held in August.

CYRIL SCOTT TAKES OATH OF OFFICE AS ROSEBUD SIOUX TRIBE'S NEW TRIBAL PRESIDENT

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By PR Gregg-Bear

ROSEBUD — President Cyril “Whitey” Scott was sworn-in last Tuesday along with vice president and council members for three-year terms in office.

Scott, 49, who is serving a first term in tribal office, won in a surprising upset with 1277 votes to President Rodney Bordeaux’s 1238 votes.

Surprising, say political observers, because Bordeaux led Scott by 194 votes coming out of the primary election, yet lost by 39 votes in the general.

RST VOTERS FAVOR INCUMBENTS OVER CHALLENGERS IN PRIMARY ELECTION

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NEWS ANALYSIS

By Gregg Bear

ROSEBUD — RST voters indicated Thursday that new business creation and legal alcohol sales carry enough bankable weight to overshadow three years of tribal-administration corruption allegations on the Rosebud Reservation, according to unofficial election returns.

DESPITE POLITICAL OPPOSITION, RST PRESIDENT REINSTATES CONTROVERSIAL ROSEBUD POLICE CHIEF

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ROSEBUD (July 28, 2012) — Despite widespread political opposition on the Rosebud, RST President Rodney Bordeaux threw caution to the wind last week and reinstated fired police chief Grace Her Many Horses to her post.

The president’s sudden decision came 51 days after the powerful RST Council, the tribe’s governing body, fired Her Many Horses in a council session May 30.

Though the president later argued her due process rights were violated, the council in subsequent meetings declined to rescind its action against her.

POLITICS: ROSEBUD'S EMBATTLED POLICE CHIEF FORCED OUT AMID CORRUPTION ALLEGATIONS

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By PR Gregg-Bear

ROSEBUD — With mounting political pressure biting into his bid for reelection, RST President Rodney M. Bordeaux earlier this month signed personnel action officially sanctioning the Tribal Council’s May 30 firing of the tribe’s top law enforcement officer, Grace Her Many Horses.

The police chief’s abrupt firing followed months of allegations of corruption in the Rosebud Police Department—under Her Many Horses, 57, an Oglala and non-Rosebud member—including investigative reports by the Sicangu Sun Times.

FIRED ROSEBUD COP SPEAKS OUT ON CORRUPTION; SEEKS ELECTED OFFICE

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ROSEBUD — Criminal Investigator Calvin Waln Jr. was fired Friday, ending a 12-year career in law enforcement. He was accused of being a whistleblower, disclosing information about Rosebud Police Department.

The 34-year-old officer, also known as “Hawkeye,” promptly dispatched a 998-word letter to President Rodney Bordeaux, telling him that as an unemployed tribal member he felt free now to tell people and the media about the department’s many problems.

70 CANDIDATES SEEK ELECTION TO ROSEBUD SIOUX TRIBAL GOVERNMENT

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ROSEBUD — Although the majority of Rosebud tribal candidates waited almost until the cutoff date and time before formally registering their candidacy with the RST Secretary’s office, in the end 70 candidates had filed for office.

Nearly ten candidates paid their $300 filing fee to register for the office of tribal president, along with the incumbent, Rodney M. Bordeaux, who is running for an unofficial third term.

ROSEBUD POLICE CHIEF MAY BE CLOSE TO DEPARTING OVER CONTINUING ALLEGATIONS

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Sun Times Political Analysis
By PR Gregg-Bear

ROSEBUD — Political support for Rosebud Police Chief Grace Her Many Horses appears to have been waning in recent months, and apparently has reached an all-time low, leading to speculation that she may be stepping down from her post in the near future.

SPECIAL UNITED NATIONS ENVOY COMING TO ROSEBUD RESERVATION MAY 1-2

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MISSION — The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Rights of Indigenous Peoples, James Anaya, will hold a public hearing at Sinte Gleska University, May 1-2, as part of his first official visit to the United States.

Traditional treaty councils, tribal governments/councils, tribal colleges and concerned tribal members are urged to attend this historic meeting, to be held in the multipurpose building at SGU, starting at 11 a.m.

RST OPEN FORUM BRINGS OUT WIDE ARRAY OF POLICE PROBLEMS

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By PR Gregg-Bear

ROSEBUD — “We used to ask cops to leave their guns outside,” said 72-year-old Lionel Bordeaux.

Bordeaux waved a hand at the wall of armed police officers in their blue uniforms, seated in a row directly behind Police Chief Grace Her Many Horses in council chambers.

The occasion was the Jan. 13 open forum conducted by RST Judiciary Committee, chaired by Rep. Lenard Wright, with Rep. Scott Herman and Rep. Pam Kills In Water.

TURTLE CREEK STORE SAFE HIT FOR UNKNOWN CASH AFTER CLOSING

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By PR Gregg-Bear

MISSION — Tribal police are continuing an investigation into the recent burglary at Turtle Creek Crossing Supermarket—the tribe’s latest entry into economic development on the Rosebud Reservation.

According to a sources familiar with the case, police have not ruled out employees or former employees in the burglary, which took place after dark.

The burglar(s) apparently knew how to get into the store’s safe, using its combination lock, according to sources.

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