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POLICE DEPARTMENT RIFE WITH CORRUPTION UNDER CURRENT POLICE ADMINISTRATION

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By PR Gregg-Bear

ROSEBUD — For more than two years, tribal members and elders have been voicing concerns about personnel and administration of the Rosebud Police Department, especially about the way it is being run, from tribal president on down.

The Police Commission, originally set up to handle personnel problems, largely demurs to an aggressive tribal president, who provides instruction and cover for the police chief, whom he championed for hiring.

RST CRIMINAL INVESTIGATOR SCRUTINIZED FOR ALLEGEDLY SHOOTING AT SHERIFF'S HOUSE

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WHITE RIVER — A supervisory criminal investigator for Rosebud Police Department has been arrested in connection with allegations he shot at the sheriff’s residence here late Saturday night.

Charles Ginsbach, 38, a criminal investigator since 2008, was arrested by Rosebud police and taken to Mission after the alleged late-night incident where he met with Rosebud Police Chief Grace Her Many Horses, according to a source familiar with police actions that night.

SICANGU NATION GETS $7 MILLION FOR FIRST NATIONAL CEMETERY FOR VETERANS

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By Perry DeCory

ROSEBUD — Rosebud Sioux Tribe is the first tribal nation to receive nearly $7 million in grants to establish a veterans cemetery on tribal lands, which culminated in a groundbreaking ceremony held at the site.

SPECIAL REPORT: ELECTION FOLLOWUP TAKES IN OVERVIEW; LONG WINS REELECTION

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By PR Gregg-Bear

ROSEBUD — Swearing-in ceremonies have all been completed for ten RST Council members and two officers, to close off the political drama for this year on the Rosebud.

Pending challenges against two winners on the council have also been concluded by RST Election Board, headed by an elusive Patti Romero, both rulings favored the winners.

RECORDS SHOW WIDESPREAD USE OF CASH IN ADMINISTERING COMMUNITY FINANCES

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By PR Gregg-Bear

ST. FRANCIS — A lengthy review of available bank documents for a specific period of time between 2009-2010, reveals at least $33,000 cannot be accounted for.

Ronald Valandra, current chairman, said he became inspired to conduct his own audit of community finances when he read a challenge by a former chairman to find any checks made out to him.

ST. FRANCIS AUDIT RAISES MORE QUESTIONS THAN IT ANSWERS

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ST. FRANCIS — A financial audit that revealed $43,000 cannot be accounted for—and sparking a federal investigation—continues to raise questions among community members.

More questions than answers, since last reported in the Sicangu Sun Times [April-May 2011].

Community members, at a meeting last week, rejected an offer of resignation from chairman Ronald Valandra, who said certain aspects of being chairman were not worth the aggravation.

RST 2011 CAMPAIGN SEASON KICKS OFF WITH 12 SEATS OPEN FOR ELECTION

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By PR Gregg Bear
ROSEBUD — As tribal employees settled into a four-day weekend, the number of candidates filing for office this year was still incomplete as deadline-for-filing loomed on the immediate horizon.

But filings were complete at deadline.

Rosebud Sioux Tribe Treasurer Louis Wayne Boyd has filed for another term against challenger Ben Black Bear Jr.

Candidates to file for Tribal Secretary are the incumbent Linda Marshall and former longtime holder of that office Geraldine Night Pipe.

COMMUNITY AUDIT REVEALS $43,000 MISSING FROM ACCOUNTS

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By PR Gregg-Bear

ST. FRANCIS — Federal investigators have taken possession of St. Francis’ financial records after an audit shows more than $43,000 cannot be accounted for, an official said.

According to Ronald Valandra, current chairman of St. Francis Community, a recent audit of finances by Empire Auditing of Valentine, Neb., reveal that critical documents and receipts are missing.

ROSEBUD CHAIRMAN VOTED BACK IN, BUT CAN IT STAND?

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By PR Gregg-Bear

ROSEBUD — In answering charges against him, ousted Rosebud Chairman Robert Long called the meeting to order at 7:12 p.m., then turned the April 13 meeting over to Vice Chair Bernadette Wright to conduct a hearing.

According to community bylaws, a chairman voted out of office is entitled to a hearing to answer charges against him not sooner than 15 days but not later than 30 days from the date of his ouster.

ROSEBUD COMMUNITY CHAIRMAN IMPEACHED, BUT WILL IT STAND?

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By PR Gregg-Bear
ROSEBUD —  When Chairman Robert Long called the meeting to order last week, agreeing to pencil in his nephew and sergeant-at-arms at the end of the agenda, little did he realize what was in store that night.

But maybe he did have an inkling impeachment was coming.

Since Christmas, and starting even before, people in the community were beginning to quietly criticize and ask questions among themselves, questions which he’d always been able to turn aside in meetings or ignore.

KOYA RADIO 88.1 FM HITS THE ROSEBUD RESERVATION AIRWAVES

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By Perry DeCory

MISSION — The new radio station—KOYA Radio 88.1 FM—will broadcast at 51,000 watts on a 502 ft tower and is an educational station, meaning it will not be competing with other stations for advertising commercials.

Operating under an eclectic format, one of the planned programming features include “Monday Night Live,” a program dedicated to providing live on-air performances by local artists of all genres.

PRESIDENT BORDEAUX RESPONDS TO RECALL PETITION

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By Rodney M. Bordeaux

On February 9, 2011, Larry Wright, of Mission, filed a petition for recall of my presidency. Wright represents the recall group which is largely spearheaded by former council representatives and former tribal political candidates.

First of all, I would l like to say that every tribal member is afforded the right and opportunity to express their opinion, but in doing so, we must make every effort to be truthful.

RECALL PETITION FILED AGAINST ROSEBUD SIOUX TRIBE PRESIDENT BORDEAUX

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By PR Gregg-Bear

ROSEBUD — A group of tribal members—rather than waiting for three-year term to expire next year—has begun circulating petitions to recall Rodney M. Bordeaux, president of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. The petition, filed earlier this month, charges that Bordeaux knowingly violated a number of tribal laws in his capacity as president, and that the violations are sufficiently egregious to warrant “gross misconduct” in office.

They want his immediate removal.

ST. FRANCIS MAN'S DEATH SHADOWED IN CONTROVERSY

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By PR Gregg-Bear

ROSEBUD — The man was laying on the ground near Rosebud Creek shouting at motorists as they slowed at the stop sign before turning left or right to go up the hill toward AllStop Grocery or the other direction toward the tribal building.

Most were too busy to notice or stop to see what the elderly man was screaming about.

But at least one person did notice, and stopped.

RST GAMBLES STORE, CASINO ON RENOVATION, MARKETING PLAN

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By PR Gregg-Bear

ROSEBUD — The Rosebud Sioux Tribal Council has apparently received loan approval for a casino renovation plan that banks on an obscure high-rollers list to pay off the loan, while putting up Rosebud Casino/Hotel and Turtle Creek Crossing supermarket as collateral.

The council was told of the loan approval by President Rodney Bordeaux at a recent meeting.

COBELL CASE WINS $3.4 BILLION FOR INTERIOR DEPARTMENT'S MISMANAGEMENT OF REVENUES

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WASHINGTON — "Finally!" shouted American Indian leaders down the long Capitol building corridors, startling people within earshot.

And that's how it would come to pass.

Under legislation passed by the Senate early last month, and signed by President Barack Obama, American Indians, who were wrongly cheated out of royalties by the Interior Department, will now receive $3.4 billion in compensation.

THE STORY: HOW 'THE LEARNING ROAD' REALLY BEGAN

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By PR Gregg-Bear

As I recall these many years later, I was laid up at my father's house north of Mission at the time, slowly recuperating from a gang fight that nearly sent me to my happy hunting grounds.

Stitches covered most of my face; a couple of cracked ribs exploded in pain when I laughed; and black-blue marks, tinged in red and yellow, covered most of my body.

GRANDFATHER OBSERVED DEPLOYING COPING SKILLS

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A woman in Turtle Creek supermarket recently tells us that she found herself following a Lakota grandfather and his badly behaved 3-year-old grandson.

It's obvious to her that he has his hands full with the child screaming for sweets in the sweet aisle, biscuits in the biscuit aisle; and for fruit, cereal and pop in the other aisles.

BLACK BEAR RESIGNS FOR HEALTH REASONS; TRIBE TAKES OVER NATIONALLY ACCLAIMED PROGRAM

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By Andrea J. Cook

MISSION — Matilda “Tillie” Black Bear, a nationally acclaimed pioneer in the campaign against domestic violence, resigned last week as the head of the White Buffalo Calf Woman Society, along with two board members.

Black Bear cited poor health as the reason for her departure from the society, which operates a domestic violence shelter and related programs in Mission on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation.

SENATE SHOULD IMMEDIATELY APPROVE SETTLEMENT WITH AMERICAN INDIANS

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EDITORIAL

Time is running out for the Senate to step up to the plate and do right by American Indians whose money and land were mismanaged by the federal government for more than a century.

At issue is a proposed $3.4 billion settlement of a 14-year-old legal battle in which Indians alleged the government illegally withheld some $150 billion in royalties from them.

The House has approved the settlement, but it remains stalled in the Senate, even as a court-imposed deadline of Oct. 15 looms.

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