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RST TRIBE SHOULD ESTABLISH PROPER MAINTENANCE PROTOCOL FOR SEWAGE PLANTS

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Employees and customers at Turtle Creek Supermarket here have been complaining for weeks about a pungent stench that permeates the facility and grounds—and it’s a problem that was predicted as far back as 2008.

The disturbing aroma comes from improper operation, maintenance and support of the store’s waste disposal plant.

WHITES DREAM OF RETURN TO WHITE-RULE IN UNITED STATES

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A recent poll suggests those who loudly demand unrestricted right to own guns are not worried so much about self-defense, but instead, harbor a deep-seated rage against the federal government, believing an armed revolution might eventually be necessary to put white people firmly back in control of their own country.

REPUBLICAN CRAFTED SCANDALS RESEMBLE FLIMSY FILM SCRIPT

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By Gregg Bear

Motion pictures, movies, films—call them what you will. They are not always what they seem. The recent wave in high-definition digital technology has made it nearly impossible to tell what is real on the screen anymore, almost like Washington politics.

Yet a movie cannot be produced without a coherent script. If the audience doesn’t believe the characters and plot, the film, no matter how superior the special effects, will likely have little success at the box office.

MYSTERIOUS NEW HUMANLIKE CREATURES DISCOVERED IN AFRICAN CAVE

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By Gregg Bear

Deepening the mystery of human beginnings, researchers recently disclosed finding a new and obscure possible prototype of humans, revealing a creature that, from head to toe, is a collection of early and modern body parts.

Scientists were astounded to find that these hominids had humanlike hands attached to apelike arms, an ape’s narrow rib cage but more humanlike lower torso, and a similar spine with roughly the same number of vertebrae.

REDESIGNING RST GOVERNMENT REQUIRES THOUGHT ON IMPACT TO OUR PEOPLE

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By Rep. Lydia Whirlwind Soldier

My writings are my ideas only; they do not represent decisions or goals that represent any other person.

I have been thinking lately of the transition that our tribal government is experiencing. Many of our people have spoken of how our tribal government is organized, and it is often suggested that we need to go back to a traditional form of government.

WOPIDA TO THE CARING PEOPLE WHO ATTENDED OUR PRISON WACIPI

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LETTERS

Dear Editor:

Our Lakota Dakota Nakota Spiritual group inside the Jameson Annex Prison in Sioux Falls held a powwow on January 26, 2013, which was successful and inspiring.

The singing, dancing, prayers and food inspired a feeling of unity and confidence.

On behalf of our group, I extend a Wopida Tanka (huge thanks) to Clyde Bellecourt, Jeanette Chosa, Jason Elias, Kateri Bird, Anna Haroldson, Clement Cross, Darrell Middletent, Dawn Middletent, Rikki Middletent, Ione “Tiny” McCloskey, Evelyn New and Linda Edel.

VETERAN: PRESIDENT BUSH, CHENEY SHOULD BE PUT ON TRIAL FOR MURDER

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An open letter to former President George W. Bush:

You told us [the Iraq Invasion] could be paid for by Iraq’s oil revenues. Instead, this war has cost the United States over $3 trillion.

I especially did not join the [Army] to carry out preemptive war. Preemptive war is illegal under international law. And as a soldier in Iraq I was, I now know, abetting your idiocy and your crimes.

OUR PETS ARE EXPOSED TO MORE DANGEROUS CHEMICALS THAN WE ARE

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Dear Editor: What are some tips for keeping my dogs and cats healthy? —Kim Newfield, via e-mail

Answer: Believe it or not, our pets may be exposed to more harsh chemicals through the course of their day than we are.

Researchers found that pet dogs and cats were contaminated with 48 of 70 industrial chemicals tested, including 43 chemicals at levels higher than those typically found in people.

KOCH BROTHERS STAND TO BENEFIT SUBSTANTIALLY FROM XL PIPELINE

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David and Charles Koch are each worth $20 billion, and they’re quite certain that’s not enough. And so, they need the XL Keystone Pipeline.

XL Keystone will take Canadian tar-sands oil and suck it down to Texas’ Gulf Coast refineries. Alberta’s oil reserve, if it can get to the U.S. market, will globally warm the planet by nearly 0.4°C all by itself.

Why suck heavy tar oil out of Canada, drag it across the middle of the U.S., and import it into the oil-exporting state of Texas?

IF A LOVED ONE IS FALSELY ACCUSED OF A CRIME

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ROSEBUD — Don’t kid yourself. It does happen. And quite frequently. Every day in this country an innocent person is accused of committing a crime, either by police or someone else.

Although you can’t change the fact that it happens, you can change how you react and handle the situation if it happens to you.

Here are ten tips to help you make it through your own ordeal if the feds or police come crashing through your door and someone you love is falsely accused of a crime:

Liken it to an illness.

ACCOUNTABILITY IS A CRUCIAL PART OF COMMUNITY GOVERNMENT RELATIONSHIP

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By Rep. Richard Lunderman

Education and education reform are important to the general development and evolution of tribal government. In one way or another, our government affects the lives of tribal members every day.

Community organization is an important component of government structure. Tribal communities should be directly involved in major issues and challenges affecting administration and development of programs and legislation.

OUR TRIBE IS HARD AT WORK ON ISSUES AND PROJECTS FROM TURTLE CREEK TO PERSONNEL

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RST PRESIDENT’S REPORT

By President Cyril Scott

The Rosebud Sioux Tribe has been reorganizing and restructuring tribal programs since I was sworn into office. There were some good recommendations made in a management report to the previous administration to streamline and bring some of the smaller programs into a tiered or pyramid structure for better management and oversight.

I have been following most of those management recommendations to date, and have set up some 638 program analysts to follow and make further recommendations in the future.

BEING A GOOD COUNCIL REP DOESN'T ALWAYS TRANSLATE WELL IN THE COMMUNITIES

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By Ronald L. Neiss

Hau, Mitakuyepi:

Just a brief article to relate some observations and concerns.

It has been just about six months since our last presidential election here on Sicangu makoce (lands). I remain cautiously optimistic.

Nothing outrageous to report on. Although the usual disappointments remain. For one, the RST Council is already having problems establishing quorums—taking care of peoples’ business—nor can complete a monthly written agenda.

This only six months after our most recent election.

CHERRY-TODD ELECTRIC SHOULD RETHINK ITS TREE-CLEARING POLICY ON LITTLE WHITE RIVER

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By Rep. Lydia Whirlwind Soldier

It was brought to my attention by a community member that hundreds of trees have been cut down by Cherry-Todd Electric these last few weeks in Grass Mountain.

As I understand it, Cherry-Todd Electric has the right and obligation to right-of-way clearing and maintenance to provide electrical energy to our communities.

CURIOSITY ABOUT HUMAN ORIGINS CAN FOLLOW MANY ROADS

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By Gregg-Bear

New information always interests me, especially when it involves human origins. It gets my curiosity up.

What has always puzzled me is that about 150,000 years ago, human beings (homo sapiens) suddenly appeared on the coast of South Africa, fully formed, appearing just like we do today.

They employed fire, made jewelry, spears, arrows, cave paintings, pottery, and fished abundantly from the ocean. They may have even had boats.

BETTER EDUCATION CONTROL, TAX CODE CAN HELP STRENGTHEN SOVEREIGNTY

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By Rep. Richard Lunderman

Education should educate!

But, as education relates to Lakota people, its intent seems to have been to limit us—which may be the primary, unwritten goal of the American/Federal education system.

On the other hand, the reelection of President Obama and his commitment to treaties and better government-to-government relations with tribal nations allows us an opportunity for more tribal control of education.

COMMENTARY: A LEGACY OF CARING FOR ONE ANOTHER

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By Gregg-Bear

Many people registered disappointment that the end of the world failed to rear its head Dec. 21, 2012, as many thought the Mayan calendar and other prophetical catastrophes were predicting it might.

At least—some epitaph greater than another gunman killing four firemen and his sister before offing himself with a pull of the trigger. Or, at least, some greater peril than another standoff incident nearer home in Vermillion, S.D., with the gunman killing himself.

COMMENTARY: PER CAPITA DISTRIBUTION WOULD PRECLUDE LONG-RANGE INVESTING, PLANNING

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By Rep. Lydia Whirlwind Soldier

The RST Council passed a resolution allocating money from the resource mismanagement fund to communities for community development, community building repairs and equipment purchases, among other things.

It was also decided that none of the money would be given directly to communities but distributed by RST Finance Department; and each community will utilize the tribe’s voucher/purchase order system and procurement policy; and submit proposals.

LETTERS: U.S. JUDICIAL SYSTEM DESIGNED TO SEND MORE INDIANS TO PRISON

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Dear Editor:

As a Native American mother, I witness hundreds of young men and women being incarcerated at an alarming rate.

I feel some of these young men and women do not deserve harsh, lengthly sentences that the federal justice system gives them.

There is a huge disparity in the judicial system between Native Americans and white society. For the same crime, a Native American can get 10, 20, 30 years to life and the white person gets probation.

LETTERS: DEPARTURE OF LATE STANLEY CROOKS WILL NOT GO UNNOTICED IN INDIAN COUNTRY

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Dear Editor:

How do you describe the loss of a modern-day warrior, a chief and friend? That’s where I am at today—after hearing about the loss of Chairman Stanley Crooks of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community.

Although Chairman Crooks is well known for his generosity and kindness in helping tribes not many are aware of his commitment to protecting the voting rights of the Great Plains tribal members since 2004.

When I met Chairman Crooks, he was never short on humor and always had the interest of tribes, our treaties and sovereignty in the forefront.

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