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SINTE GLESKA UNIVERSITY 2012 GRADUATES

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STUDENT LISTING OF ALL GRADUATES

Stephanie Astleford

Evaleen Brave Heart

Stephanie Brown Bull

Amy Engel

Ida Fast Wolf

Del Rae LaRoche

Marilyn Strait

Marjorie White Bear Claws

Edwina Brown Bull

Kimberly Coon

Haelee Engel

Darlene Medicine Crow

Marlow Medicine Crow Sr.

Warren Pourier

Ann Valandra

Nathan Bordeaux

Bianca McCloskey

Travis Jansen

Lisa Johnson

Holly Petite

Michele Reifel

Kera Richards

Lisa Shaw

WAGNER COUPLE REPORTEDLY CANNOT RECALL LAST SEEING CHILD ALIVE

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From Staff Reports

LAKE ANDES — A Wagner man and woman accused of not notifying police of a child’s death in their home have been arraigned in Charles Mix County, and reportedly can't recall when child last seen alive.

Taylor Cournoyer, 21, and Laurie Cournoyer, 28, are charged with one count each of abusing a minor and failing to notify authorities of a child’s death.

PINE RIDGE RACES TO CLEAN UP DEER MICE HAVENS, FECES

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Special to Sun Times

PINE RIDGE — Pine Ridge Reservation is the latest victim of hantavirus and people here are racing to clean their homes of rodent droppings and urine. So far, a young girl has died and another hospitalized.

Hantavirus—first made infamous in Navajo Country when it killed several athletes in 1990s—is more widespread than people might commonly think.

NEBRASKA REPUBLICANS GIVES TRANSCANADA GO-AHEAD ON NEW ROUTE FOR KEYSTONE PIPELINE

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OMAHA — The Nebraska State Legislature last week passed legislation, LB 1161, allowing the controversial Keystone XL project to change the original route and avoid the Sandhills region.

The unstable, sandy soil and high-water table of the Ogallala Aquifer led many to question the wisdom of the project and call on TransCanada, the operator of the project, to reroute the pipeline.

The new proposed route adds another 100 miles to the pipeline but still intersects the Ogallala Aquifer, which has fueled continued opposition to the project.

A NEEDLESS DEATH: THE TONY LESTER STORY

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Special to the Sun Times

By OJ Semans Sr.

As a Lakota man, I was taught to respect life and death. Living on the reservation, death is all too common. From young to old, we have all felt the pain of losing a loved one before their time.

Death among Indians, in one way or another, touches us all, even if we live elsewhere than the reservation.

LESS PRIVACY TO STEM FROM NEW LAW LETTING DRONES TAKEOVER U.S. AIRSPACE

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J. Emilio Flores

ROSEBUD, S.D. — Daniel Gárate’s career came crashing to earth a few weeks ago. That’s when police warned local real estate agents not to hire photographers like Gárate, who was helping sell luxury property by using a drone to shoot sumptuous aerial movies.

Say what?

Flying drones for commercial purposes, police said, violated federal aviation rules.

No, that can’t be true, can it?

OGLALA LAKOTA COLLEGE APPLICATION DEADLINE

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Oglala Lakota College
Graduate Studies Department
APPLICATION DEADLINE
APRIL 27, 2012

Interested in obtaining a master’s degree, such as: Lakota Leadership & Management; or Education Administration?

Deadline for applications is April 27, 2012.

OGLALAS SET UP HEAVY-EQUIPMENT TRUCK BLOCKADE; PROTESTERS ARRESTED BY POLICE

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By Debra White Plume

WANBLEE — On Monday, March 5, we were called by a lady from Wanblee who said she was forced to pull completely off the highway because of huge semi-trucks hauling enormous pieces of equipment were taking up the entire highway.

Two trucks were hauling equipment called "treater vessels" from Houston, Texas to Alberta, Canada. The treater vessels had arrived in Texas in August 2011 from South Korea.

STUDENT FINDS SUCCESS AFTER OVERCOMING ALCOHOLIC PAST

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By Janelle Gerharter

NORFOLK, Neb. — The distance between his present and past life is light years, but Northeast Community College student Corey Flood, 50, has found great success as a student, and more.

Flood, a member of the Sicangu Lakota on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota, has overcome addictions that nearly killed him and cost him three marriages and custody of a daughter he raised alone for 12 years. His demons also led to incarcerations and loss of his driver’s license.

COBELL: 'I NEVER WANTED TO BE A HERO'

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HELENA, Mont. — Elouise Cobell, 65, whose name will be forever linked to her 15-year fight, forcing U.S. government to account for mismanaged Indian land royalties and leading to the largest government class-action settlement in country's history, has died.

In these last months, as she saw her goal looming ahead of her, Cobell often stressed the urgency she felt in wanting a settlement reached because older victims were starting to die off without ever being compensated, little realizing she would be among them.

BLACK HILLS ARE NOT FOR SALE

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OFFICE OF PRESIDENT
ROSEBUD SIOUX TRIBE
RODNEY M. BORDEAUX

On August 4, 2011, U.S. District Judge Lawrence Piersol issued an order dismissing arguments in a federal lawsuit—filed by members of Sioux Tribes located in Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska—that sought distribution of Black Hills claims money, known as Dockets 74-A and 74-B.

The Dockets, combined, represent an amount estimated at exceeding $650 million.

FIGHTING TO PROTECT SACRED BEAR BUTTE FROM POLLUTING OIL WELLS

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Protect Bear Butte

Protect Sacred Sites (PSS) has been actively involved for more than 6 years in Protect Bear Butte efforts.

Bear Butte is a sacred mountain located in the Black Hills, eight miles east of Sturgis, S.D. The Rosebud Sioux Tribe, and other tribes, own land near Bear Butte.

NINTH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS FINDS FOR TRIBAL SOVEREIGNTY

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By PR Gregg-Bear

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has favorably ruled in a case that has far-reaching impact on Indian Country, granting tribal courts more jurisdiction over non-Indians in civil matters on reservation lands.

The pivotal ruling—for tribal sovereignty—comes in a case known as Water Wheel Camp Recreation Area Inc. vs. LaRance.

POLICE GIVEN GREATER POWER TO ENTER YOUR HOME WITHOUT A WARRANT

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By Tom Carter
A decision last week by the U.S. Supreme Court flagrantly represents another major step in killing basic civil liberties protections (in the Bill of Rights) and gives police even more power to search private homes without a warrant, and with little excuse for searching.

And, in the middle of the night, police can arrest you for whatever they might find.

OGLALA MAN DOING LIFE WINS FREEDOM AFTER 30 YEARS IN PRISON

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SIOUX FALLS — An Oglala man who killed his abusive, alcoholic father 30 years ago has been allowed another chance at freedom by the South Dakota Board of Pardons & Parole—against the wishes of the man who prosecuted him.

Timothy Sean Caffrey, 47, Martin, was convicted of manslaughter in an adult court and sentenced to life without parole for fatally shooting his non-Indian father with a .25 caliber handgun.

ZIEBACH: INSIDE ONE OF AMERICA'S POOREST COUNTIES IN SOUTH DAKOTA

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By Nomaan Merchant

ZIEBACH COUNTY, S.D. — In the barren grasslands of Ziebach County, there's almost nothing harder to find in winter than a job. This is America's poorest county, where more than 60 percent of people live at or below the poverty line.

At a time when the weak economy is squeezing communities across the nation, recently released census figures show that nowhere are the numbers as bad as here — a county with 2,500 residents, most of them Cheyenne River Sioux Indians living on a reservation.

GRAHAM SENTENCED TO LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE, WHILE PLEADING INNOCENT

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By PR Gregg-Bear

Minutes before he was sentenced to spend the rest of his natural life in South Dakota state Penitentiary for murdering Annie Mae Aquash in 1975, the heavily-shackled prisoner John Graham turned slowly to face Aquash’s daughters in the courtroom.

Breaking his silence, and with the whole court looking on, he told them in a quiet voice that he was innocent.

I am sure someone must have thought, “Oh sure. Now you tell us.” But no one said anything.

A TRIBUTE: (SAMUEL) JOHN AROUND HIM TAUGHT SPIRITUAL FREEDOM BEHIND PRISON WALLS

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By George Blue Bird

John Around Him (1942 - 2006), Oglala, began working with us in 1995 at the request of our traditional people on the Pine Ridge Reservation who were concerned about our rights and the preservation of our spirituality and culture in the prisons of South Dakota.

They wanted him to begin teaching our imprisoned brothers and relatives about our ceremonies and customs.

NATIVE AMERICANS FINALLY WIN $3.4 BILLION IN LONG-RUNNING LAWSUIT

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WASHINGTON — "Finally!" shouted American Indian leaders down the long Capitol building corridors, startling people within earshot.

And that's how it would come to pass.

Under legislation passed by the Senate early last month, and signed by President Barack Obama, American Indians, who were wrongly cheated out of royalties by the Interior Department, will now receive $3.4 billion in compensation.

GRAHAM FOUND GUILTY OF SHOOTING AQUASH WITH HANDGUN

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RAPID CITY — After more than 34 years, a South Dakota jury viewed enough evidence during trial to finally convict the man charged with shooting an AIM activist in 1975 of second-degree murder but acquitted him of a first-degree murder rap.

Jurors in December found Canadian John Graham, 55, guilty of felony murder during the kidnapping of Annie Mae Aquash, a fellow Canadian.

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