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WHAT CAN WE DO TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF OUR PEOPLE?

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By Rep. Lydia Whirlwind Soldier

Omaka Teca Was’te yuha pe, Mitakuyepi:

I stepped out last night into the New Year and saw millions of stars smothering the black night. I thought, “Now this is the Force, this is Creation—it is Takuskanskan, it is Tunkasila.

I don't have to search for spiritual meaning; it is all around me. In midst of such wonder, this extraordinary beauty of the universe, I feel whole, and I am part of it.

VOTING FOR 'RIGHT CANDIDATE' NEVER SEEMS TO BE ENOUGH

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By PR Gregg-Bear

We have got to relinquish the idea that the simple act of voting will solve our many problems with government.

There, I finally said it.

And the politicians we elect to run it? Why, they morph into being merely actors once they’re on the inside, and eventually find themselves obedient to the grand schemes of the highest bidder; not acting for all the voters, but only for a few.

TRIBES SHOULD KEEP FAST-EYE ON CONGRESSIONAL AMENDMENTS FROM LEVIN, McCAIN

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By OJ Semans

Greetings Tribal Leaders & Members:

November is recognized as Native American Heritage Month, and is also when veterans are honored.

As Native Americans, we have the highest percentage of [any ethnic group] in the U.S. Armed Services than any other race.

Education, Employment Will Lead the Way Out of Poverty

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By Rep. Lydia Whirlwind Soldier

Every day we hear about the protesters on Wall Street and the politicians accusing the protesters of class warfare and attaching baggage-ridden labels, e.g. socialism, welfare and being aligned with Lenin.

I think the politicians are using scare-tactics and promoting the idea that the protesters are misled or that they are un-American. The politicians forget that their audiences are more educated and are probably not among the wealthy—the have-nots.

A TRIBAL FROG TALE

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A man takes the day off work and decides to go golfing at the local golf club. He is on the second hole, a par three, when he notices a strange-looking frog sitting near the second tee.

He thinks nothing of it and is about to download on the ball when he hears, "Ribbit. 9-iron."

The man looks around and doesn't see anyone. He refocuses. Then it comes again.

"Ribbit. 9-iron."

He looks at the frog and, innocently, decides to see what’s what. He puts his 6-iron away, and pulls out a 9-iron.

Boom! He hits the ball and it lands 10 inches from the cup.

JOURNALISTS CAN HAVE GOOD DAYS AS WELL AS NOT SO GOOD DAYS

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By PR Gregg-Bear

If any, of this year’s graduating seniors, have voiced the thought of becoming a journalist, know that even in this day and age, he or she will be entering a profession that can still be hazardous to your health.

The most famous journalist’s death in the last decade was the beheading of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, who was killed Feb. 1, 2002, while investigating ties between Al Qaeda and Pakistan. A gruesome video of his shocking death is available on the Internet.

A Premature Celebration

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A Lakota woman and man get into a rugged car accident on their way to the town of Mission one night, and it's a bad one.

Both cars are totally demolished, but amazingly, neither one of them is injured.

NEW METER-READING SYSTEM SET TO START UP IN JUNE 2011

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By PR Gregg-Bear

Cherry-Todd Electric members on limited income who fudge on their meter readings to keep electric power to their house one more month, aren’t going to like the new AMI system that’s about to start up in June.

Deadbeat, as well as hapless, consumers won’t be able to fool the main office any longer.

THE PASSING OF 'SPIRIT WATCHER'

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By PR Gregg-Bear
My brother Bloka died this evening, March 27, 2011, around 7:30 p.m. He was my friend, my buddy, my sunkawakan in shining armor, my "Spirit Watcher." He was only nine years old (63 in dog years). He was my protector, our house's guardian, and he thought the whole block belonged to him.

JAPAN EARTHQUAKE, TSUNAMI SHOW HOW A COURAGEOUS PEOPLE SURVIVE

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By PR GREGG-BEAR

Our hearts this week go out to the people of Japan and the western Pacific, where tens of thousands are being reported dead, and there’s fear afoot that nuclear radiation from damaged reactors could affect the health of millions of people worldwide.

SCHRAMM ARGUES HE DIDN'T MAKE A RACIST REMARK ON KWYR-FM RADIO

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LETTER-TO-THE-EDITOR

Accusations appearing in [Lakota Country Times] recently about me and radio station KWYR-FM 93.7, are false and misleading.

The editorial [by Vi Waln] accuses me of making an inappropriate and insensitive statement during the Feb. 18, [2011] broadcast.

It is important to note that the writer did not hear the broadcast herself.

I want your [Sicangu Sun Times] readers to know that I did not make the statement attributed to me, and people who heard the broadcast agree with me. I find that interesting.

ONLY YOU CAN CHANGE THEIR MINDS, BUT YOU MUST TRY

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By PR Gregg-Bear

Official minutes of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe are printed free of charge in the Sicangu Sun Times, an Indian-owned newspaper based on Rosebud Reservation, and will continue to print them until such time as the Tribe can afford to pay for them (at a reasonable rate). Officials cite "lack of funds" as the reason for not using this paper and have used that excuse since 1993.

HOSPITAL BLENDS NAVAJO TRADITION, MODERN MEDICINE TO REACH MORE PATIENTS

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By Angela Haupt, USA TODAY
When a Navajo woman delivers a baby at Banner Page Hospital in northern Arizona, she invites her entire family — often more than 10 people — into the birthing room. She may give birth squatting, as is custom among Native Americans. A medicine man will offer ancient prayers and herbs for the mother to ease childbirth. After the baby is delivered, nurses will save the placenta so the family can take it home and bury it in a sacred place.

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