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NATIVE AMERICANS' EDUCATIONAL, SOCIAL NEEDS REMAIN SIGNIFICANTLY UNMET

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COUNCIL REPORT

By Rep. Richard “Tuffy” Lunderman

Families with students in 11th and 12th grades should start preparing for college or tech school. This means financial aid.

In the world of higher education outside of the reservation the expectation is that higher education is a family responsibility. Parents need to be actively involved. Parents are encouraged to not leave the application filing for post-secondary education and financial aid up to teachers or counselors. Know the process and what is needed and required.

INCREASING ANIMAL LOSS: IS EARTH NEARING POINT OF NO RETURN?

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EDITORIAL

It was bound to happen sooner than later. Planet Earth is finally reaching what could become a major tipping point. People are now using up Earth’s natural resources faster than they can be replenished.

Fish, birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles disappeared by 52 percent between 1970 and 2010, far faster than previously thought, the World Wildlife Fund said.

THROWING 'GOD' OUT THE WINDOW COULD LEAVE YOU GREATER INNER PEACE

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OPINION

By Junior Mazaska

Though my family wasn’t very religious, I was raised with the notion that spirituality was an important aspect of life. To me, the question of God or Tunkasila was always an open question mark.

Other than creating a wondrous Universe, the Higgs boson, and perhaps some acknowledgement after death, God doesn’t participate much in our daily lives. From birth to death, we’re left largely to our own devices, except for inexplicable luck.

EDUCATION ON RESERVATIONS CAN WORK WITH RIGHT ATTITUDE, ADEQUATE FUNDING

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COUNCIL REPORT

By Rep. Richard “Tuffy” Lunderman

There has been an education crisis permeating our reservations for decades. The federal government and state public education systems have failed in Indian education. Philosophically, the goal was never really to educate. Their purpose was assimilation.

NEW COUNCIL GETTING WORK DONE; RST LOBBYIST LIKELY OVERPAID THOUSANDS

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COUNCIL REPORT

By Rep. Calvin “Hawkeye” Waln

The recent tribal election produced nine new faces on the RST Council. Some will be serving for the first time and some bring experience. I am proud to say business is getting done and we have unity. Many of the newly elected bring positive goals to the table. I see the council in the past month functioning as one heart and a collective mind.

NEW BLOOD ON RST COUNCIL MAY SEE LACK OF QUORUM AN ISSUE OF THE PAST

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COUNCIL REPORT

By Rep. Calvin “Hawkeye” Waln

I respectfully present my monthly council report. As always, the information is from recorded meetings, as well as my own opinion. Since representatives are also elected at-large by 20 communities, I include my report in the local newspaper to share with as many enrolled members as I can.

As I start my third year, I welcome the newly elected and returning council rep, and I look forward to serving with you.

MR. LIONEL BORDEAUX: YOUR LEADERSHIP REQUESTED AT A SPECIAL PRISON HONORING

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LETTERS

We, the many brothers and relatives in the Jameson prison complex in Sioux Falls, hereby humbly request the presence, leadership and help of our beloved brother and friend, Mr. Lionel Bordeaux, president of Sinte Gleska University at Antelope, to attend and lead us in a special honoring at our cultural powwow, to be held on Oct. 18, 2014.

RST GOVERNMENT SECRECY, UNEXPLAINED DELAYS HAS CHARBONNEAU HEIRS FRUSTRATINGLY PERPLEXED

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LETTERS

Dear Editor:

I made repeated requests and spent hours sitting through RST Council meetings hoping to correct an action taken July 16 dealing with a Charbonneau land resolution.

My wife and I were told we would be heard Aug. 26. Again, we waited through the day until 4:15 p.m. The council called executive session regarding another land issue.

TENTATIVE RST MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT WITH STATE LAW ENFORCEMENT

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A DRAFT

Memorandum of Agreement Regarding Mutual Aid Between the Rosebud Sioux Tribe and the State of South Dakota.

1. This Mutual Aid Agreement is hereby entered into by and between the Rosebud Sioux Tribe and the state of South Dakota to provide mutual aid and assistance to each other for the safety and protection of the citizens of South Dakota and those persons, whether Indian or non-Indian, who live within the boundaries of the Rosebud Reservation.

NEWS EVENT COMING SOON THAT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE—FOREVER

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NATIONAL

From Staff Reports

You will wake up one morning soon to news that will startle and frighten you, and it will forever change how you perceive the world around you.

Whether you can yet recognize it, you are gradually being prepared for this world-shaking news that is about to change your life.

Look around you. Changes are happening around the country, and around the world. There is a confidential reason why local police are starting to wear military garb and carrying high-powered weapons.

GETTING OLD IS SIMPLY ALLOWING YOURSELF TO FIND TRUE FREEDOM

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OPINION

By Gregg Bear

I am now the old person I never thought I’d be.

I don’t mean my body, for which I may despair a little yet—you know, the wrinkles, the aches and pains, the saggy butt. I’m still somewhat taken aback by the crazy-lookin’ old man in my mirror, but I no longer agonize over how I look, like I did in high school.

Today, I wouldn’t trade my faithful old dog, my sense of independence, or those who love me, just to have less gray or even a flatter belly. As I've aged, I've become kinder to myself; less critical.

INDIAN GOD FAR LESS COMPLICATED THAN WHITEMAN'S GOD

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LETTERS

Dear editor

I have noted in my own paper, the Winnebago Indian News, that considerable “free” space is often given in rural newspapers to both Catholic and Protestant preachers to say whatever they want, and that no mention is ever made on what the Indian people believed before white people invaded our country with their God.

BIA OFFICIALS STILL CLAIM THEY WERE NEVER INVOLVED IN 'TRIBAL AFFAIRS'

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COUNCIL REPORT

By Rep. Richard “Tuffy” Lunderman

Greetings! My purpose is to bring you information that you may not be aware of, but should be.

It is your right to know.

Education can and should be the answer to all the challenges that we face as Lakota. These challenges have been here for centuries. For most of the past few centuries, we were able to effectively beat off this assault.

NO IHS LAWSUIT MOVEMENT; ELECTED LEADERS SHOULD TAKE PAY CUTS FOR THE CHILDREN

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COUNCIL REPORT

By Rep. Calvin “Hawkeye” Waln

I promised if I was elected that I would be transparent and provide public reports and I have faithfully provided published reports throughout the month to keep the Oyate informed.

FREQUENT TRIBAL LEAVE COULD BE TICKET TO PRESIDENT'S REELECTION

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COMMENTARY

By Junior Mazaska

Several of us concerned Sicangu Sioux tribal members were talking today about all the administrative leave that’s being granted by RST President Cyril Scott to tribal employees, mostly so they can attend funerals.

I wonder how much it costs the tribe in federal funding every time administrative leave is granted, and there’s been quite a few days just this year alone. I understand it’s all paid leave, isn't it?

TUNKASILA'S SILENT MESSENGER BRINGS CHANGE TO FATHER'S LOST TRANQUILITY

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By Angela M. Ghost Dancer

"Watch out! You almost hit that car!" my father yelled, as we pulled out of Paul Mart Convenience Store in Rosebud.

"Dammit, girl,” he snapped. “Can't you do anything right?"

His words hit like fists. I looked at this gray, angry old man filling the seat next to me, daring me to say more. A lump appeared in my throat. I wasn't prepared for another round of hostilities, which were becoming a regular feature every day.

"I saw the car, Dad,” I said. “Don't yell at me when I'm driving."

ROSEBUD POLICE DEPARTMENT, COURT ARE RIFE WITH CORRUPTION, POOR ADMINISTRATION

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COUNCIL REPORT

By Rep. Richard Lunderman

The 2014 RST Primary Election is history and now we look forward to the general in August. I hope voters think seriously about it and ask serious questions of the candidates.

Tribal government is all about self-determination and always has been. Gradually, the general thinking of the powers that be have come around to recognizing the inherent right of sovereign tribal governments to govern themselves.

RST GOVERNMENT, TRIBAL COURT RIDDLED WITH ONGOING CORRUPTION

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COUNCIL REPORT

By Rep. Calvin “Hawkeye” Waln

I stay true to my word of providing these published reports to the Oyate and attending regular community meetings. This council report is based on actual events that transpire in duly called meetings, along with my personal views, and not the opinions of others.

I want to address several grave issues occurring in tribal government that the Oyate may not be fully informed on. These issues need immediate attention and they are being continually put off and the festering problem is affecting you—the Oyate.

VAST RIGHT-WING CONSPIRACY IS DRIVEN PRIMARILY TO OCCLUDE US

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SST EDITORIAL

By Gregg Bear

Those who can stomach an evening watching Fox News on television or listening to right-wing radio, soon find themselves engulfed in lies, half-truths, innuendoes, and unsourced allegations, all skillfully conveyed, and all carefully calculated with one goal in mind: make America’s first black president look nefarious to the American people, and to the rest of the world.

RST ADMINISTRATION HAS REPEATEDLY FAILED TO DEMONSTRATE LEADERSHIP

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COUNCIL REPORT

By Rep. Richard Lunderman

The opinions expressed herein are strictly my own. I believe one of my responsibilities is to provide tribal members with good information. We have another important tribal election approaching, so I encourage voters to look at leadership and elect leaders, not politicians.

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