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LETTERS: STRANGE RUMBLING SOUNDS COULD HAVE CONNECTION TO HOPI LEGENDS

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Dear Editor:

I read with great deal of interest your article on the strange rumbling sounds under the ground—or somewhere—that other people have heard in Rosebud.

The noise is supposedly being heard in other counties, towns and states, and other countries around the world, like your article said.

In my own case, I’d like to report that I have heard mysterious sounds coming from somewhere near my apartment at the 20-Plex, or from inside the ground. I haven’t heard of any workers doing work around here. The community chairman hasn’t reported it, either.

ANALYSIS: LIES DOMINATE CONSERVATIVE POLITICS IN AN ELECTION YEAR

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From Staff Reports

Ever since President Barack Obama was elected president in 2008, he and his wife Michelle have been dogged by conservative liars—to the extreme.

Not only have neoconservatives been caught telling lies on television, radio and at large conferences—or found editing videos out of context to make it sound like Obama is being less than truthful—but when irrefutably caught lying or distorting truth they will invariably deny absolutely everything, often resorting to even more lies in a foolish attempt to justify the first ones.

ADVICE: BE A BETTER CUSTOMER—GET BETTER SERVICE IN RETURN

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From Staff Reports

You stop for morning coffee in Mission running late and the girl at the counter doesn’t smile or even look at you when you place your order. She mutters, “Here,” in a flat voice, and hands you the steaming cup without a cardboard sleeve around it—and moves on robotically to the next customer.

As you hurry on to work, hands burning, you think, ‘Well, she was sure unfriendly … when did customer service get so terrible?’

HUMOR: MONEY AND THE AFTERLIFE

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A man named Rodney Dickerson worked hard all his life and saved all his money. He loved money more than anything and could not get enough of it. Tough times came and went, but he always managed to stay on top. In time, he became filthy rich.

On his 96th birthday, Dickerson went to see his doctor for a routine annual checkup. After a thorough examination, the doctor had bad news to report.

HUMOR: THE ELECTRONIC TURTLE LODGE

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Two old medicine men go fishing. While fishing at the lake all afternoon, they succeed in catching a small turtle.

They decide to take the amphibian home as proof to their wives that they really did go fishing. One medicine men reminds the other that turtles have strong medicine and that their catch may suggest great revelations ahead.

As they head home, one medicine man invites the other to his grandson’s house for cold lemonade. Since it is a hot day and close to home, it’s agreed.

LETTERS: USE YOUR VOTES WISELY IN THE UPCOMING RST ELECTION

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Dear Editor:

Mitakuyepi, some thoughts for your consideration.

Most of our Oyate agree that we are an oppressed people, that our Sicangu system serves only a few—12 percent by estimation.

This leaves 88 percent of us unserved and neglected.

It is in our power to change this by electing true leadership in our upcoming tribal election.

WHAT'S CAUSING THE STRANGE RUMBLING SOUNDS?

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By Gregg Bear

A strange noise permeating the area where I live has puzzled me no end these past months and I wonder how many other people are hearing the same thing?

In many respects, the noise resembles a large, heavy truck passing by on the highway, shaking the house ever so slightly.

Rushing outside to see, turns up nothing. No truck, no car, no ATV, not even a plane or helicopter passing overhead.

POLITICAL AD: VOTE — OLIVER J. SEMANS FOR VICE PRESIDENT, ROSEBUD SIOUX TRIBE

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VOTE OLIVER J. SEMANS

RST VICE PRESIDENT

 

Greetings RST Voters:

I am seeking the office of Vice President of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, and I am asking for your vote.

My name is Oliver (“OJ”) Semans. My grandmother Eunice (Roubideaux) Wright named me after Oliver Kills Alive, so that’s where the name Oliver comes from.

SST EDITORIAL: WHAT NEEDS DOING TODAY CANNOT BE DONE WITHOUT Y-O-U

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SST Editorial - 563

By PR Gregg-Bear

Most assuredly we are living in an unfortunate time, when committing widespread fraud is apparently legal as long as you’re a banker or a politician, while people with tiny debts are held in rundown, overpopulated jails.

Anyone with millions, it seems, can pay off politicians, buy government and elections, while opponents of corruption and whistleblowers are hunted down and locked up—measures supported routinely by judges, prosecutors and law enforcement.

LETTERS: RST MEMBERS NEED TO ELECT A 'PEOPLE'S CHAMPION' IN THIS YEAR'S ELECTION

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Dear Editor:

Can you smell it, taste it, feel it?

Something in the air, a time of hope, of change, of renewal.

No, it isn't springtime I write of, but election time on the Rosebud.

Seniors say during this time that elders, children and treaties will be sacred for the next few weeks as the so-called elected leadership of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe begs for our vote.

Most of the Sicangu Oyate say this is the only time the 88-percent have a voice. We cannot let that voice—our votes—be wasted and misused again for personal gain and power.

COVERED UP FOR MORE THAN A CENTURY: THE BLUE WATER MASSACRE OF NEBRASKA

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By Reginald Little Thunder

The 95th Meridian, an invisible line on the map stretching from Canada to the Missouri, down the Mississippi to Mexico; for “as long as grass grows and water flows.” According to the 1851 Treaty, all land west was theirs to keep forever: Blue Water Creek, an oasis in an American desert, in Nebraska.

The treaty allowed whites access with their wagons, free from Indian threat or intimidation, an endless winding river of wagons from sunrise to sunset, filling the once pristine land with trash thrown from their wagons.

POLITICAL ADVERTISEMENT: FIRED POLICE CHIEF DEMONSTRATES NO CLEAR ADMIN PROCEDURE AT RPD

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Political Advertisement

A June 8, 2012, photo by a concerned tribal citizen, showing former Police Chief Grace Her Many Horses’ police cruiser parked in front of her BIA house, was taken 9 days after she was fired by RST Council.

HMH and her supporters had hoped President Rodney Bordeaux would reinstate her immediately on returning from a trip to Washington, D.C. Instead, the Council, in special session, reaffirmed her firing in spite of Bordeaux’s protests.

HUMOR: SOMETHING NASTY THIS WAY COMETH

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Everyday after work, Amos goes to the drive-up window next to the supermarket, buys a 12-pack of cold Bud, and drives home to sit in front of the TV.

One night, as he’s finishing his last beer, a knock comes at the door. Stumbling into the hallway, he opens the door to find a giant, 6-foot-5 cockroach standing in the doorway.

Before he can utter a word, the big bug grabs him by the shoulders and tosses him across the living room, knocking over furniture, lamps and end tables, sending Amos crashing to the floor.

The bug then leaves.

LETTERS: JUSTICE SOUGHT AGAINST TEACHER, POLICE INVOLVING GRANDDAUGHTER, FACEBOOK

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Dear Editor:

On May 22, 2012, I brought to the attention of St. Francis Indian School a Facebook page of a first-grade teacher asking our granddaughter for topless pics, and who apparently has been involved in a relationship with her.

Our daughter faxed the printed pages to SFIS.

Over a period leading up to the discovery of the identity of this teacher, our 12-year-old granddaughter was constantly fooling her grandmother Duana, being deceitful and lying to her about the text-messages from [the teacher].

LET US BRING BACK THE STORYTELLERS TO HELP US FIND OUR PLACE IN THE FUTURE

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Sun Times Editorial - 561

Sometimes it's easy to forget that the world as we know it is simply a collection of intergalactic star dust rotating around the sun, in one of the billions of galaxies in this immense universe.

We humans have spent so long separating ourselves from nature and from each other, we've divided ourselves based on every imaginable difference and retreated to our enclaves to try and escape our many fears.

CRUCIAL ELECTION RAPIDLY APPROACHING ON THE ROSEBUD RESERVATION

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Sun Times Editorial - 560

It is rapidly approaching that time of year again on the Rosebud for tribal voters to be heard.

On July 26, an eligible few will be allowed to exercise their right to vote in the Primary Election, weeding out the excess number of candidates given the opportunity to file their candidacies, and pay for that right, during the month of May.

SOVEREIGNTY: FOR THE FEW, A HIGHLY COMPLEX SUBJECT NEEDING OPEN DEBATE

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By OJ Semans Sr.

Recent negative events created by corporations, state and federal government are affecting tribes all over the U.S.

For most people, sovereignty is an easy concept when applied to the United States alone.

However, when it comes to tribes, sovereignty becomes highly complex, impossible to understand, and may be really bad. How bad?

It causes cancer.

Huh?

A REPORT ON A SPECIAL MEETING WITH PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA, CABINET MEMBERS

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FROM THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT

By Rodney M. Bordeaux

Hau, Mitakuyepi: Since the United States first began illegally invading our homelands in the 1800s, the Sicangu Lakota have defended our homelands. Despite the overwhelming military force of the U.S., our people fought to force the U.S. to negotiate the 1851 and 1868 treaties.

OUR CHILDREN HAVE TOLD US THAT: ‘WE ARE MORE THAN THAT’

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By Rep. Lydia Whirlwind Soldier

A motion was made by an RST Council member on the Health Board to suspend the highly-successful free animal clinic temporarily, and the motion was approved.

This Animal Control Clinic is provided by the Community Health Representative (CHR) Program to our people, and in my opinion, a very much needed service for our people and our animals.

RST MEMBERS NEED TO BE INVOLVED IN DEBATE TO MAKE CHANGES IN CONSTITUTION

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By OJ Semans Sr.

I am wondering how many members of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe realize that we, as members living on the reservation, are not protected by some of the provisions of the U.S. Constitution—and why our own constitution is so important to us?

Three essential protections of the U.S. Constitution not given to tribal members include the following:

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