It was bound to happen sooner than later. Planet Earth is finally reaching what could become a major tipping point. People are now using up Earth’s natural resources faster than they can be replenished.
Fish, birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles disappeared by 52 percent between 1970 and 2010, far faster than previously thought, the World Wildlife Fund said.
Though my family wasn’t very religious, I was raised with the notion that spirituality was an important aspect of life. To me, the question of God or Tunkasila was always an open question mark.
Other than creating a wondrous Universe, the Higgs boson, and perhaps some acknowledgement after death, God doesn’t participate much in our daily lives. From birth to death, we’re left largely to our own devices, except for inexplicable luck.
There has been an education crisis permeating our reservations for decades. The federal government and state public education systems have failed in Indian education. Philosophically, the goal was never really to educate. Their purpose was assimilation.
The recent tribal election produced nine new faces on the RST Council. Some will be serving for the first time and some bring experience. I am proud to say business is getting done and we have unity. Many of the newly elected bring positive goals to the table. I see the council in the past month functioning as one heart and a collective mind.
ROSEBUD — An emotional effort by the Rosebud Sioux Tribal Council recently to have its attorney general launch an official probe into an online news blog and its editor was narrowly defeated in council chambers by a 6-5 vote.
The Aug. 25 attempt by a perturbed Rep. Alvin Bettelyoun to compel AG Aisha Concha to conduct an official inquiry into LakotaVoice.com website and its outspoken editor would have set chilling new precedence in curbing free speech and free press on the reservation, say political observers.
ROSEBUD — The Aug. 28 general election saw an unprecedented turnout of voters in a first-ever mid-term election on the Rosebud Indian Reservation that did not feature presidential and vice presidential candidates.
This year’s reservation-wide tribal election marked the conclusion of three-year terms for one-half of the powerful 20-member Rosebud Sioux Tribal Council, replacing a stunning 9 of 10 seats, including a couple who served before.
I respectfully present my monthly council report. As always, the information is from recorded meetings, as well as my own opinion. Since representatives are also elected at-large by 20 communities, I include my report in the local newspaper to share with as many enrolled members as I can.
As I start my third year, I welcome the newly elected and returning council rep, and I look forward to serving with you.
We, the many brothers and relatives in the Jameson prison complex in Sioux Falls, hereby humbly request the presence, leadership and help of our beloved brother and friend, Mr. Lionel Bordeaux, president of Sinte Gleska University at Antelope, to attend and lead us in a special honoring at our cultural powwow, to be held on Oct. 18, 2014.
ROSEBUD — Through actions of its governing body and treasurer, the Rosebud Sioux Tribe today owes more than $22 million in loans to Wells Fargo Bank in Mission—which is part of a tribal debt that won’t take years but decades to pay off.
Just what those bank loans were for and how the tribe hopes to repay such an enormous debt is not something tribal leaders like to openly discuss with their constituents.
ROSEBUD — The Aug. 28 general election for ten seats on the powerful 20-member Rosebud Sioux Tribal Council has generated widespread interest on the Rosebud reservation.
After the dust settled from the July primary election and intense interest in the outcome of recounts in at least two contested communities, the RST Election Board ruled that nothing essential had changed from the initial primary results.
Memorandum of Agreement Regarding Mutual Aid Between the Rosebud Sioux Tribe and the State of South Dakota.
1. This Mutual Aid Agreement is hereby entered into by and between the Rosebud Sioux Tribe and the state of South Dakota to provide mutual aid and assistance to each other for the safety and protection of the citizens of South Dakota and those persons, whether Indian or non-Indian, who live within the boundaries of the Rosebud Reservation.
I don’t mean my body, for which I may despair a little yet—you know, the wrinkles, the aches and pains, the saggy butt. I’m still somewhat taken aback by the crazy-lookin’ old man in my mirror, but I no longer agonize over how I look, like I did in high school.
Today, I wouldn’t trade my faithful old dog, my sense of independence, or those who love me, just to have less gray or even a flatter belly. As I've aged, I've become kinder to myself; less critical.
I have noted in my own paper, the Winnebago Indian News, that considerable “free” space is often given in rural newspapers to both Catholic and Protestant preachers to say whatever they want, and that no mention is ever made on what the Indian people believed before white people invaded our country with their God.