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THE LONG HARD FIGHT FOR INDIAN EQUALITY AND THE SIMPLE RIGHT TO VOTE

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COMMENTARY

By OJ Semans Sr.

Ten plus years is a long time, but living those ten years in Indian Country helped create significant change closer to home and the heart.

Starting in 2004, our daughter, grandson, aunts, uncles, cousins, my brother and friends, left us with heavy hearts when their time came to live with our ancestors. All these wonderful and beautiful relatives were present when we started our fight for equality. Now only their descendants and friends are left to see equality actually happening.

RST COUNCILMAN PROMISES HE WILL REPORT ON CORRUPTION WHEREVER HE FINDS IT

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COUNCIL REPORT

By Rep. Calvin “Hawkeye” Waln

I send a special prayer and condolence to families who lost loved ones recently. I will pray for your health and strength. I apologize if I missed calls last week; I was on spiritual leave. Feel free to call back; I will return your call if I missed it.

June 2014 was very frustrating and troubling to me regarding tribal government. RST Council did not meet all month and several committees did not get quorums.

RST PRESIDENT SCOTT SHOULD CHECK FACTS BEFORE ISSUING PRESS RELEASE

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LETTERS

Dear Editor:

This is for the Sicangu Lakota Oyaté. My name is April Ferguson-Al-Salihi, the Ideal Lakota Community chairwoman. I would like to reply to the press release from the president of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe made on June 9, 2014. (SST May-June 2014)

It seems that President Scott was misinformed or perhaps it is just the layout of his announcement. Ideal Community is not, and I repeat—is not—talking about giving up tribal sovereignty.

ROSEBUD HOSPITAL DENIES PATIENT AFTER PROMISING TO PAY FOR CRITICAL EYE SURGERY

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LETTERS

Dear Editor:

After suffering from a cataract for many years, I was told to return to IHS clinic next year because there was no funding. I waited two years. I returned almost blind in one eye but was told again to return in another year because the eye doctor didn't know where IHS was going to find money for cataract surgery.

I returned the following year; I was now legally blind in one eye. Told I was going to be referred elsewhere for surgery, I questioned the eye doctor about payment. He assured me there was money available.

ARE EXTRATERRESTRIALS WORKING WITH HUMANS IN SECRET TUNNELS UNDERNEATH TOWN OF ROSEBUD?

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By Gregg Bear

A beloved 97-year-old Rosebud elder who passed away last year would often raise questions about mysterious rumbling sounds she heard emanating from somewhere deep beneath the town.

She came to believe there were giant underground tunnels, constructed by the federal government, crisscrossing the area, and connected to some of the old minuteman missile silos that still dot the region.

WAS THE MALAYSIAN AIRLINER PURPOSELY CRASHED IN DEEP WATER?

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By Junior Mazaska

An anonymous caller recently disclosed information to reporters about the mysterious disappearance of the Malaysian airliner that was big news a couple of months ago and had several countries searching the ocean for wreckage, including the U.S. and Australia.

So far, no sign of the airliner, nor its passengers, has been found.

RST COUNCIL'S 90-DAY REVIEW PLAN NEEDS OVERSIGHT FROM THE OYATE

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Dear Editor:

I am told that on March 5, 2014, the Rosebud Sioux Tribal Council was in executive session, and coming out of executive session, a motion was made to suspend the SWA (housing) charter and the SWA Board of Commissioners.

And they appointed elected council representatives to the now revamped board to review the SWA charter for 90 days.

My question is: did the SWA Board of Commissioners violate or deny anyone’s due process while in regular session to earn this sudden need for a review?

RST PRESIDENT SCOTT'S COVERT ATTEMPT TO SILENCE THE SUN TIMES

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SST EDITORIAL

By Gregg Bear

It has been nearly a month since RST President Cyril Scott promised the Sicangu Sun Times, on the phone, that he would print a retraction in the Todd County Tribune over remarks he made in a news release in May.

His last promise to publish a retraction was just last week. At this stage, I doubt he intends keeping his word, merely to keep stalling, hoping it’ll fall by the wayside or we'll forget about it.

REPS. WALN, LUNDERMAN SHOULD GET THEIR FACTS STRAIGHT BEFORE CRITICIZING

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RST PRESIDENT'S REPORT

By President Cyril Scott

Call me a little old-fashioned, but I believe in tribal sovereignty, period. I am having a tough time sitting here reading a couple of media-hungry Council persons, who think they know more about law than our tribal attorneys do, saying that I am pushing state jurisdiction.

THE AMERICAN LYNCHING OF POW SGT. BOWE BERGDAHL

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By A Vietnam Veteran

Last week, President Barack Obama gave a stirring announcement in the White House Rose Garden. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, held captive in Afghanistan for five years by the Taliban, was coming home.

Obama explained that with support of U.S. military officials he “made a deal to bring home the longest-held American captive of America’s longest war.”

RST NEEDS TO INITIATE INVESTIGATION INTO SWA ELDERLY APARTMENTS

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Dear Editor:

I’m an elder of 85 years. I reside at Antelope 20-Plex in Antelope Community. I’m writing this letter to request an investigation into Sicangu Wicoti Awanyakape (SWA) Corporation.

I don’t want RST Council included because of their involvement with staff and director of SWA Corporation, which is in charge of housing on our reservation. I know some council people have done favors in the past, obtaining housing and trailer houses in the communities.

HOW CONCURRENT JURISDICTION CONTINUES TO FAIL THE OYATE

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COUNCIL REPORT

By Rep. Calvin "Hawkeye" Waln

I want to explain a serious issue that has plagued the Oyate since 2007, when the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Constitution & Bylaws was amended and the U.S. Senate passed the Tribal Law and Order Act (TLOA).

Historically, concurrent jurisdiction was granted to the Rosebud Sioux Tribe that created the tribal court system. The Indian Civil Rights Act (ICRA) established maximum sentencing guidelines for tribal courts. ICRA governed court procedures until the Senate enacted TLOA.

RACISM SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED IN COMMUNITY MEETINGS

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EDITORIAL

By Gregg Bear

With racism becoming so prevalent in our country today, Rosebud community chairman Robert Long has acknowledged he made a grave mistake at a recent meeting by allowing a nonmember of the community and her supporters to exclude non-Indians from a public meeting by calling an illegal executive session.

ROSEBUD SIOUX TRIBE WILL MAINTAIN ITS POSITION AGAINST KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE

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COMMENTARY

By President Cyril Scott

I wish to explain to the Oyate what took place with the mega-load semi-trucks at Rosebud Casino’s Fuel Plaza recently. First, I want to reiterate that the Rosebud Sioux Tribe has numerous resolutions in place opposing the Keystone XL pipeline.

DO WE REALLY WANT TO GIVE UP MORE TRIBAL SOVEREIGNTY TO THE STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA?

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COUNCIL REPORT

By Rep. Richard Lunderman

The state of South Dakota is extending a carrot stick to tribal governments through so-called “partnerships.”

Right now, the state is saying all the right things to sell these proposals.

First, the state is saying it doesn’t want to infringe on tribal jurisdiction. Yet, if you check the State/Tribal Relations Committee website, you will see the following message:

 

MISSION STATEMENT

RST MOVES AHEAD WITH LAWSUITS AGAINST IHS HOSPITAL, CHERRY-TODD ELECTRIC, OTHERS

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COUNCIL REPORT

By Rep. Calvin Waln

To nearly everyone’s surprise, RST Council met for four days straight during the first week of March 2014. We were able to pass all resolutions presented, except the resolutions amending ordinances as the required votes were not available.

INDIAN HEALTH SERVICE: IS IT PROPERLY SERVING ITS PATIENTS?

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Attention Indian Health Service (IHS) Patients

RST COUNCIL AUTHORITY USURPED BY MIS-APPLIED ACCOUNTING MANUAL

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COUNCIL REPORT

By Rep. Richard Lunderman

The opinion expressed here is strictly my own. I had to qualify it because it concerns a longtime issue that has oppressed and hindered tribal government at Rosebud.

And if I didn’t qualify it, I’d be in the majority.

Approximately ten years ago, at the recommendation of a CPA firm, the Rosebud Sioux Tribe adopted an Accounting Policies & Procedures Manual to govern finances.

OYATE SHOULD RAISE COLLECTIVE VOICES SO PRESIDENT, COUNCIL CAN HEAR

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COUNCIL REPORT

By Rep. Calvin "Hawkeye" Waln

I would like to take this time to provide the Oyate with a Tribal Council report for the past two months.

First, I want to send a prayer and my deepest sympathy to the families who have had loved ones pass on to the spirit world.

I have received numerous calls from the Oyate expressing their frustration due to Tribal Council not meeting and attending to business. I share the same frustration. In my opinion, it seems the Tribe has come to a halt.

DO TRIBAL MEMBERS WANT THE FBI TO CATEGORIZE THEM AS TERRORISTS?

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ANALYSIS

By Gregg Bear

For more than a century, the FBI has played an integral role in the lives of Native Americans living on federal Indian reservations, where the agency makes arrests and investigates various crimes, including rape and murder.

This has all been done under the premise that federal government is protecting Indian tribes as obligated under treaties signed in the 1800s.

Since 9/11, the primary mission of the FBI has inexorably changed, as noted on FBI Fact Sheets, from that of “law enforcement” to “national security.”

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