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CITIZENS SHOULD FLOOD PERSONS OF AUTHORITY WITH DEMANDS FOR CHANGE

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By Gregg Bear

Increasingly, America is becoming a police state. Across the country, not a day goes by that you don’t read or hear of innocent people getting shot or killed by police.

Police today have evolved into semi-military organizations, right down to their clothing, and worried more about protecting themselves than protecting others.

This evolution must be turned back, and the ones who can make it happen are those in charge.

SEN. McCASKILL WON'T GET AWAY WITH HER PLANNED DESTRUCTION

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COMMENTARY

By OJ Semans Sr.

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill has leveled her gunfire at Indian Country economies by attempting to create worse poverty than we already suffer.

If she succeeds, more children won’t be fed and clothed; homes won’t be heated; social issues won’t deescalate; and more local business and their limited jobs (with extended families) won’t continue.

The Missouri senator isn’t really using guns or smallpox-infected blankets, as her ancestors once did, but her methods are just as effective.

MULTIPLE ISSUES THE OYATE NEED TO SERIOUSLY CONSIDER

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COUNCIL REPORT

By Rep. Calvin Waln

LACK OF QUORUMS

One pressing issue facing RST Council is maintaining a quorum after meetings break for lunch. Quorum issues also spill over into committees. It’s very frustrating when Council can’t get business done and pending resolutions don’t get approval. Some of these unaddressed resolutions are time-sensitive and eventually have to be approved by time-consuming petitions.

A PERSONAL REQUEST FOR PROTECTION FROM THE RST PRESIDENT

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LETTERS

Dear Editor:

I am writing about the recent decision made by RST President Cyril Scott to place employees of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe on furlough status.

First of all, for the president to place any employee on furlough is a direct violation of our rights under RST Ordinance 07-09, Personnel Policy & Procedure Manual.

STILL PUSHING TOWARDS AN HONEST, UNCORRUPT RST GOVERNMENT

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COUNCIL REPORT

By Rep. Calvin Waln

This is my monthly report to the Oyaté. It will also serve as response RST President Cyril Scott’s letter in the Sun Times (No. 578, Sep-Oct 2013).

I will always provide facts, support honest government, and not distort truth just to distract the Oyaté from the real truth.

A recent memo issued by President Scott directs all programs not to release any documents or information without his prior approval.

LENDING MONEY TO FRIEND REAPS ONE TELLING REWARD

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COMMENTARY

By Gregg Bear

A young woman I've known a long time came to me wanting to borrow money.

"Well, I don't know," I said, immediately realizing I had already slipped up.

"You know me," she said. "Normally, I would never ask you such a favor. How long have we known each other?"

"Well, it's been a while," I said.

"I know you don't like loaning money, so I'm violating our friendship by even bringing it up," she said.

"Well, you're right there, I don't like loaning money, especially to friends."

FINDING DEMOCRACY ON THE DISTANT PLAINS

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COMMENTARY

By Gregg Bear

On Oct. 16, 2013, as the nation held its breath, 140 representatives and 18 senators, in Washington, essentially voted for the downfall of their country, opting to undermine the very constitution they all took a solemn oath to uphold.

Similar action in some countries would have led to mass hangings or civil war. Their thoughtless actions were that serious.

Fortunately, a rational majority prevailed and a continuing catastrophe was temporarily averted.

WE HAVE TO WORK TOGETHER TO CREATE NECESSARY CHANGE

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LETTERS

Dear Editor:

There is a lot being said about the scheduled "Leonard Peltier International Tribunal on the Abuse of indigenous Human Rights" on October 2-4, 2013, on the Oneida Reservation in Oneida/Green Bay, WI.

I want to express support for and appreciation to my team for all their hard work to make this a documented historical event. My team and I feel the time has come to address the many years of abuse suffered by indigenous people all over the world.

REDCO INVITES PARTICIPATION IN KICKOFF OF NEW DEVELOPMENT PLAN

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LETTERS

Dear Editor:

Community members from all walks of life are invited to come voice their opinions and ideas as part of beginning stages of planning for a new community development project called, “Keya Wakpala” (Turtle Creek), on the Rosebud Reservation.

Rosebud Economic Development Corporation (REDCO) will host two community meetings on Monday, Sept. 30, at Rosebud Community Center in Rosebud, and on Tuesday, Oct. 1, at SGU Multi-Purpose Room in Mission.

RST COUNCIL FAILED TO UPHOLD CONSTITUTION & BYLAWS

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LETTERS

Dear Editor:

As a former Rosebud tribal president and vice president, having served this tribe ten years as a public official—as well as an honorably discharged Korean War veteran, an 82-year-old elder and a full-blood (4/4 degree on my enrollment records)—I feel the need to address concerns that have faced our tribe for many years, and address the current activity of the Tribal Council.

TRIBAL GOVERNMENT, FINANCES, AND HEALTHCARE

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COUNCIL REPORT

By Rep. Calvin Waln

This Council Report may seem troubling, but the Oyaté have a right to know the current condition of our tribal nation. I hear both positive and negative comments about my reports and I humbly respect any criticism and thank you for your support.

In this report, I will cover Tribal Government, Tribal Finances, and Health Care—our most pressing issues as our financial cycle draws to a fiscal-year end.

TRIBAL GOVERNMENT

EVIDENCE OF ONGOING, UNRESTRAINED CORRUPTION IN ROSEBUD BIA, RST OPERATIONS

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COUNCIL REPORT

By Rep. Calvin Waln

Greetings to the Oyate: I would now like to provide you with an honest Tribal Council Report, with facts backed up by supporting evidence. This includes the coming federal “blackout” (October through December), healthcare, and BIA Rosebud Agency.

First I want to rebut a letter RST President Cyril “Whitey” Scott printed in the Todd County Tribune two weeks ago.

SOBRIETY PREVENTS NATIVE AMERICAN TARGETING BY POLICE

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LETTERS

Dear Editor:

I am a Sicangu Lakota from Parmelee on the Rosebud Reservation. At present, I’m living at Sicangu Oyate Tipi (homeless shelter) in Rosebud.

I am writing this letter, based on personal experience, to warn our Lakota brothers and sisters about the treatment and attitude displayed toward Indians by police in Pennington County and Rapid City.

ZIMMERMAN SATISFIES CURIOSITY BY KILLING TRAYVON MARTIN

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COMMENTARY

By Gregg Bear

Like many people, I was drawn to the recent, closely-watched murder trial of George Zimmerman, the Florida man a white jury of six found not guilty of killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

Zimmerman claimed the unarmed teenager “viciously attacked” him that rainy evening, causing him to fear for his life, and justifying why he fired a fatal bullet into his chest.

KIKTAYOWAJIN: WAY OF THE MODERN-DAY WARRIOR

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Knowing Yotaka is Not Enough

By Gregg Bear

In KiktayoWajin, yotaka is essentially “seated attentiveness.” It’s a place where we can secretly go beyond our daily distractions; a place of turning inward for peace; for answers to our most pressing questions about life; for a way to see our lives with deeper understanding, with sincere love and caring.

In fact, with practice and a warrior’s strong heart and determination, you can go even further.

THERE IS MORE TRUTH IN NUMBERS THAN PEOPLE

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LETTERS

Dear Editor

I want to take this time to praise and at the same time lightly criticize the latest efforts of the Todd County Tribune.

First, great job on the front page story in last week’s issue: the council attendance report, and the recent resignation of St. Francis’ RST Council representative.

These are very important issues to the Oyate. The attendance report was ridiculous considering how much these council reps get paid—an annual salary of $47,000 to attend at least 3-4 meetings a month, and many DO NOT show up.

KIKTAYOWAJIN: WAY OF THE MODERN-DAY WARRIOR

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Learning to Find the Stillness

By Gregg Bear

Like all meditation, start with keeping the back straight while sitting, whether on floor or chair, allows the diaphragm to move freely. Yotaka breathing becomes very deep. Your abdomen will rise and fall like an infant. When maturing, breathing becomes less complete, more shallow.

In yotaka, it is important not to wear anything tight around the waist and clothing that is non-binding. Allow diaphragm to move freely so that breathing can be deep and natural.

KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE WILL BE THE SAFEST PIPELINE IN AMERICA

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LETTERS

The White House is running out of reasons to reject the Keystone XL pipeline.

This administration's very own State Department recently released its much-anticipated report on the potential environmental effects of the project, which would construct a 1,179-mile extension of the existing Keystone pipeline system connecting Canadian oil sands  and U.S. oil shale deposits to American refineries on the Gulf Coast.

TOO MANY SECRETS: WHERE DOES IT EVENTUALLY END?

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By Gregg Bear

Here, United States officials have been busy in recent weeks trying to resell Americans on why our sacred protection demands a vast digital spy network—ever since we found out to what extent they were spying and that we were largely the ones being spied on.

As I write, the most powerful secret organization ever contrived is scouring the four corners of the planet in search of the whistleblower responsible for telling us what we hadn’t fully realized before.

CHAMBERLAIN STUDENTS DENIED HONORING SONG AT THEIR GRADUATION

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LETTERS

Dear Editor:

I am not sure how many people are aware of what is happening at the high school in Chamberlain, S.D., so I will give everyone a heads up.

The high school student body, consisting of both native and non-native students, wanted to have a Lakota honoring song at graduation ceremonies for the graduating students. This was also supported by the high school principal and teachers.

Needless to say, the school board waited until the last minute to deny the students’ request.

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