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TRIBAL LEADERSHIP MUST WORK TO ALLAY THE MOUNTING ANGST IN OUR MIDST

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EDITORIAL

By Gregg-Bear

People are not happy. Everywhere you go, if you listen closely, you hear their complaints, and their sense of foreboding. Many worry their future is a blind spot, and no one is telling them otherwise.

The politicians ignore or fail to see the anger building within certain families in their communities.

Police can see when burgeoning discontent erupts among jobless teens and young adults. Their solution is to incarcerate. A few days in jail, they say, and they’ll cool off.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA NEEDS EXPANSION IN THE UNITED STATES TO CONTROL PAIN

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LETTERS

Dear Editor:

Last spring, I was deeply moved listening intently as a father shared with me the last moments of his 59-year-old daughter's life.

She had been screaming in pain for quite some time in spite of efforts by the expert medical staff.

Finally her heart gave out, he said.

Watching one's child lose the battle with terminal cancer is hard enough for any parent.

There is something worse yet, in my opinion, and that’s finding out she could have been spared the unbearable pain.

MANY LEADS BUT NONE BEING FOLLOWED IN FAMILY MEMBER'S UNTIMELY DEATH

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LETTERS

Dear Editor:

I recently read an announcement from the Rosebud Police Department on the recovery of stolen starquilts and arrest of perpetrators.

Great Job. I am under the assumption that these are more important or have priority than the loss of life.

My son passed away under suspicious circumstances and many residents of Parmelee are saying they know who was involved in my son's untimely and tragic passing.

Yet our local law enforcement, police or criminal investigators have not been actively pursuing an investigation in the matter.

AN UNPRECEDENTED ORDER THAT PUTS OUR RIGHT TO PRIVACY AT-RISK

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COMMENTARY

By Sophia Cope

If you protect your smartphone with a passcode, the device is encrypted.

But the Justice Department convinced a federal judge to order Apple to create new software that would enable the FBI to crack the encryption on the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino attackers by trying a large number of possible passcodes.

This order is unprecedented.

FOR OUR OWN LONGEVITY, WE HUMANS MUST ADOPT A FAR BETTER LIFESTYLE DIET

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COMMUNITIES

TRIBE RISKS LOSING JUSTICE FOR OUR PEOPLE IF WE CONTINUE TO IGNORE IHS LAWSUIT

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COMMENTARY

By Calvin “Hawkeye” Waln

I want to address both the Oyate and elected officials of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe (Sicangu Nation) regarding the elephant standing in our midst; namely, the Indian Health Service (IHS) embodied in Rosebud Hospital.

My intentions are not to offend anyone, but to address a mammoth issue of Oyate concern, which should be welcomed with open arms by a tribal government that shouldn’t be complicit in IHS’s continuing neglect.  

TRIBAL VOTERS DESERVE MORE THAN WHAT CANDIDATES ARE FEEDING THEM

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By Gregg Bear

The Sicangu Sun-Times Newspaper is Sicangu-owned and has been publishing on the Great Rosebud Sioux Reservation (Sicangu Nation) since Aug. 20, 1990, an entire quarter of a century (25 years).

But after all these years, I finally found myself in a dilemma regarding tribal candidates, particularly those running in the upcoming Aug. 27 RST General Election.

If you’re a regular reader of the Sun-Times, you might recall in the last edition, with consent of my editorial board, I made a rare overture to candidates.

LACK OF RESPECT AND THE DOWNFALL OF A TROUBLED RST PRESIDENT

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POLITICAL ANALYSIS

By Gregg Bear

ROSEBUD — Newly elected women council representatives appeared to play a significant role in opening the final flood gate leading to the ultimate downfall of RST President Cyril L. Scott, and his recent removal from office.

In the end, it was clearly a collaborative effort by elected officials grown tired of President Scott’s continuing effrontery in office.

ELECT CANDIDATES TO TODD COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD WHO CARE ABOUT LAKOTA STUDENTS

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COUNCIL REPORT

By Rep. Richard “Tuffy” Lunderman

As always, the opinions expressed herein are my own.

It is highly critical that tribal members get to the voting polls and participate in the next Todd County School District, Board of Education election.

To be eligible to vote, you simply have to be a registered voter in Todd County.

It is important to elect candidates who have a real interest in education and believe in education reform on the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation. It is simply not enough just to be a tribal member anymore.

OYATE WILL ALWAYS COME FIRST—THE DRIVING FORCE BEHIND POSITIVE CHANGE

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COUNCIL REPORT

By Rep. Calvin “Hawkeye” Waln

I am respectfully submitting, for the Oyate, a Council Report using my own words and opinions.

The report contains the highlights of recent events, including: Tribal Finance, IHS Healthcare, and the Ethics Hearing against Cyril Scott.

Tribal Finances

Rosebud Sioux Tribe is still having problems with cash flow. If you review the current Treasurer’s report, it shows programs funded by the General and Casino accounts all have money, on paper.

CHRISTIAN TYRANNY STILL HIGHLY EVIDENT IN ROSEBUD RESERVATION SCHOOL SYSTEMS

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By Rep. Richard “Tuffy” Lunderman

The opinions expressed herein are those of the author.

We continue to have a crisis in education on the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation, all the way through post-secondary education. The federal (BIE) and state (public) educational systems continue to fail the educational needs of Rosebud tribal members.

THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD TO BECOMING AN OLD, NEW RESERVATION INDIAN WRITER

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By Junior Mazaska

All my life, I have wanted to be a writer. I used to keep a diary of my daily experiences on note pads my Mom bought for me in town. I did not realize until many years later that she found in me my own perfect babysitter, able to entertain myself with words and drawings for hours, while she went out on dates.

Sometimes, she would be gone a day or two or even three, leaving me alone in the darkened house, surviving on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and peeking timidly out the window as I ate them, waiting for her return.

SEARCHING FOR A HIGHER SPIRITUAL PLANE FOR INDIAN AMERICA TO RECLAIM THE EARTH

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Dear Editor:

I am, as some may call me, a European Wasicu.

Most Europeans look up to Native Americans and value their cultural heritage. They consider the European colonizers, your ancestors of the American Wasicu, the oppressors.

However, some American Wasicu, and there are many, believe Native American tribal people stand on higher spiritual grounds.

I am one of these.

IS YOUR TRIBAL GOVERNMENT A PATRIARCHY? SIGNS TO WATCH FOR

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A N A L Y S I S

From Staff Reports

The bad news is that if your operating under a patriarchal leadership model—where the head honcho enjoys special privileges while employees do as they’re told—it can prove highly detrimental for the cohesiveness of your tribal organization.

At least 87 percent of tribal governments fail to execute their strategies each year, and a destructive patriarchal dynamic is one of many possible culprits.

INDIAN PATIENTS ARE BEING STUDIED LIKE 'LAB RATS' BY PHYSICIANS

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Dear Editor:

I’m a very concerned elder in our community. Did you know that we are being used like “test-study lab rats?”

We are a people with feelings and much heart.

I know I’m not the only one who is on the study list. I don’t know how they pick and choose us lab rats, but it resulted in me being placed in Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls.

I needed a knee replacement, that was in 2014, February. When I discovered, while in the hospital, that something was very wrong with the way they tried to kick me out of the hospital, which confirmed what I already knew.

IMPORTANT EDUCATIONAL CHANGE CAN BE MADE AVAILABLE THROUGH SIMPLY VOTING

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COUNCIL REPORT

By Rep. Richard “Tuffy” Lunderman

The education of Lakota students on the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation is an important aspect in their very young lives, and it can carry an unforgettable, lifelong impact, if properly applied.

Unfortunately, the two educational systems we have been forced to comply with—federal (BIE) and public (state)—have consistently failed us.

ACLU LAWSUIT SEEKS TO HALT NSA'S MASSIVE SPYING ON CITIZENS

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EDITORIAL

Next time you go online, keep in mind that the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has recently filed a major new lawsuit against the National Security Agency’s mass interception and searching of Americans’ Internet communications, including emails, web-browsing content, and search-engine queries.

At issue is NSA’s “upstream” surveillance, which involves NSA’s tapping into the internet backbone inside the United States—the physical infrastructure that carries Americans’ online communications with each other and with the rest of the world.

OUR CHILDREN ARE CHANGING IN WAYS WE MAY NOT YET UNDERSTAND

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COMMENT

It is said new influences in our environment are evolving the next generation of children in unexpected ways. Now, scientists are seeing children being born with high frequency energy fields, and they are being damaged by society, schools, and ingredients found in various vaccines.

Modern medicine does not yet recognize this subtle energy field, and with high frequency kids, the conductive material in vaccines is expanding consciousness away from the body to varying degrees, which can produce a migration into the spectrum of autism and Aspergers.

ARE HUMANS THE DRIVING FORCE BEHIND DESTRUCTIVE CLIMATE CHANGE?

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EDITORIAL

People here on the reservation probably find little time to consder the implications, but recent pleas for massive carbon dioxide reduction worldwide, coming from the European Union (EU) and Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) at their New Zealand conference of world leaders, are still not enough to truly lessen the impact of anthropogenic climate disruption (ACD), known as “climate change,” or stem massive wildlife disappearances now occurring globally, and points to other signs of an increasingly unstable climate across the planet.

METH USE ON ROSEBUD REZ HAS CLEARLY REACHED EPIDEMIC PROPORTIONS

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COUNCIL REPORT

By Rep. Calvin “Hawkeye” Waln

It’s always an honor to address the Oyate and I take pride in being transparent, so you have a better understanding of crucial issues within the Rosebud Sioux Tribe.

The issues I will report on this month concern tribal finances, Keystone XL pipeline, methamphetamines, and the tribe’s lawsuits.

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