PUBLISHED ON THE GREAT ROSEBUD SIOUX INDIAN RESERVATION, ROSEBUD, SOUTH DAKOTA 57570

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AMID ONGOING CONTROVERSY, RST PRESIDENT MAY ENCOUNTER STIFF COMPETITION IN RACE FOR REELECTION

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POLITICS

By Gregg Bear

ROSEBUD — RST President Cyril L. Scott has had to put his campaign for reelection later this year on hold while he resumes his battle with RST Council over alleged ethics violations, which resulted on Feb. 13 with his second suspension from office.

The suspension followed testimony before a packed council chamber in which Scott’s attorney, Al Arendt, attempted to discredit his accusers by bringing up alleged behavior that had occurred months earlier.

TUC WUNS TEMPORARY INJUNCTION TO STOP C-TE'S ABRUPT WINTER RATE HIKE

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Tribal Utility Commission

The Rosebud Sioux Tribal Court, in granting a temporary injunction, concedes Cherry-Todd Electric failed to duly notify Tribal Utility Commission (TUC) with necessary information about a new January residential rate increase.

On Feb. 6, TUC filed an emergency injunction in tribal court to halt a sudden electric rate increase by Cherry-Todd Electric approved by its board in December. Some speculate the increase is to offset attorney fees to help battle a tribal lawsuit against the cooperative.

TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS ABLE TO TAKE CRIMINAL ACTION AGAINST NON-INDIANS

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ROSEBUD — As of March 7, tribal government may begin exercising jurisdiction over non-Indians who commit crimes of domestic violence, dating violence, or violate a protection order against an Indian victim on tribal lands.

“This is a major step forward to protect the safety of native people, and we thank all members of Congress for passing the Violence Against Women Act of 2013, and recognizing tribal authority,” said Brian Cladoosby, president of NCAI.

IMPORTANT EDUCATIONAL CHANGE CAN BE MADE AVAILABLE THROUGH SIMPLY VOTING

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COUNCIL REPORT

By Rep. Richard “Tuffy” Lunderman

The education of Lakota students on the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation is an important aspect in their very young lives, and it can carry an unforgettable, lifelong impact, if properly applied.

Unfortunately, the two educational systems we have been forced to comply with—federal (BIE) and public (state)—have consistently failed us.

ACLU LAWSUIT SEEKS TO HALT NSA'S MASSIVE SPYING ON CITIZENS

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EDITORIAL

Next time you go online, keep in mind that the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has recently filed a major new lawsuit against the National Security Agency’s mass interception and searching of Americans’ Internet communications, including emails, web-browsing content, and search-engine queries.

At issue is NSA’s “upstream” surveillance, which involves NSA’s tapping into the internet backbone inside the United States—the physical infrastructure that carries Americans’ online communications with each other and with the rest of the world.

ROSEBUD MAN FOUND NOT GUILTY OF SEXUAL ABUSE IN FEDERAL COURT

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IN FEDERAL COURT

Anthony Fast Horse, 55, Rosebud, has been found not guilty of Sexual Abuse following a jury trial in Pierre.

The verdict was reached on Feb. 11. Fast Horse was indicted on Mar. 13, 2012, for allegedly sexually abusing the victim in Rosebud.

The investigation was conducted by FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office prosecuted the case.

Fast Horse was released from custody.

 

REPORTERS, ACTIVISTS DEMAND RELEASE OF FORMER JUDGE'S 'RACIST' EMAILS

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From Staff Reports

HELENA, Mont. — A nonprofit Indian activist group, engaged in voting rights issues, has joined with investigative reporters and others in calling for the public release of "racist" emails sent by a former federal judge who made critical rulings in cases involving minorities.

“Former 9th District Circuit Court Judge Richard Cebull sent hundreds of bigoted emails from his federal computer before 2013, and the public has a right to review them now,” demanded Oliver J. Semans, director of Four Directions in Mission, S.D. 

ROSEBUD OFFICIAL CALLS REPUBLICAN VOTE ON KEYSTONE BILL AN 'ACT OF WAR'

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From Staff Reports

WASHINGTON — As Sen. Elizabeth Ann Warren, D-Mass., called for executive session, the Senate chambers last Tuesday suddenly fell silent as a shrill Lakota voice rose from the back of the crowded hall.

“The sergeant-at-arms will restore order,” Warren demanded immediately. “Restore order in the gallery.”

BUCHE FOODS STORE TOPS GOAL IN ANNUAL BREAST CANCER FUNDRAISER

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From Buche Foods

Buche Foods’ teams have proven again they can bring their “A” game when it comes to raising funds for a worthy cause, and the Mission store is a clear example.

“I’m humbled and very fortunate to work with such a good group of people that truly goes above and beyond to meet our expectations,” said RF Buche, president of GF Buche Company.

“We took RF’s challenge and had some fun with it, just to ensure we would beat our company goal,” added Mission Store Manager Mike Husman.

The goal was to exceed last year’s record.

ROSEBUD TRIBAL UTILITY COMMISSION DRAFTING NEW RESIDENTIAL DISCONNECTION ORDINANCE

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REPORT

Tribal Utility Commission

The Rosebud Sioux Tribe has annually adopted state regulations governing electricity disconnection protocol for residential customers.

 Tribal Utility Commission has annually adopted the South Dakota state regulations governing the disconnection of residential electricity customers.

This year is no different.

OUR CHILDREN ARE CHANGING IN WAYS WE MAY NOT YET UNDERSTAND

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COMMENT

It is said new influences in our environment are evolving the next generation of children in unexpected ways. Now, scientists are seeing children being born with high frequency energy fields, and they are being damaged by society, schools, and ingredients found in various vaccines.

Modern medicine does not yet recognize this subtle energy field, and with high frequency kids, the conductive material in vaccines is expanding consciousness away from the body to varying degrees, which can produce a migration into the spectrum of autism and Aspergers.

ARE HUMANS THE DRIVING FORCE BEHIND DESTRUCTIVE CLIMATE CHANGE?

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EDITORIAL

People here on the reservation probably find little time to consder the implications, but recent pleas for massive carbon dioxide reduction worldwide, coming from the European Union (EU) and Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) at their New Zealand conference of world leaders, are still not enough to truly lessen the impact of anthropogenic climate disruption (ACD), known as “climate change,” or stem massive wildlife disappearances now occurring globally, and points to other signs of an increasingly unstable climate across the planet.

METH USE ON ROSEBUD REZ HAS CLEARLY REACHED EPIDEMIC PROPORTIONS

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COUNCIL REPORT

By Rep. Calvin “Hawkeye” Waln

It’s always an honor to address the Oyate and I take pride in being transparent, so you have a better understanding of crucial issues within the Rosebud Sioux Tribe.

The issues I will report on this month concern tribal finances, Keystone XL pipeline, methamphetamines, and the tribe’s lawsuits.

NATIVE AMERICANS' EDUCATIONAL, SOCIAL NEEDS REMAIN SIGNIFICANTLY UNMET

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COUNCIL REPORT

By Rep. Richard “Tuffy” Lunderman

Families with students in 11th and 12th grades should start preparing for college or tech school. This means financial aid.

In the world of higher education outside of the reservation the expectation is that higher education is a family responsibility. Parents need to be actively involved. Parents are encouraged to not leave the application filing for post-secondary education and financial aid up to teachers or counselors. Know the process and what is needed and required.

HOMELESS LAKOTA VETS ON ROSEBUD STAGE CAMPOUT WHILE AWAITING SHELTER

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HOMELESS

By Gregg Bear

ROSEBUD — As the nights steadily grow colder, a group of homeless veterans remain camped at the fairgrounds here where they’ve lived since Rosebud Fair ended in August.

The group, numbering as many as seven some nights, employ blankets and body heat to keep warm in the single tent on the coldest nights.

Led by John Sharp Fish, 68, and his younger brother Gerald, 63, the men say they’re hoping an apartment provided by SWA housing opens soon.

INCREASING ANIMAL LOSS: IS EARTH NEARING POINT OF NO RETURN?

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EDITORIAL

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.

SINTE GLESKA UNIVERSITY HOSTS CONFERENCE ON KIDNEY TRANSPLANTS

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SGU NEWS

By Teddie Rae Herman

MISSION — Sanford Transplant Center and Sinte Gleska University recently collaborated to educate the public about kidney disease and transplants.

Jessica Utecht-Whillock, transplant clinical care, did an overview of a kidney's functions, diseases causing kidney failure, prevention, kidney transplant, and kidney donation. 

Wayne Bear Shield, a transplant recipient, spoke about his own experiences, and when he first discovered he had diabetes. 

THROWING 'GOD' OUT THE WINDOW COULD LEAVE YOU GREATER INNER PEACE

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OPINION

By Junior Mazaska

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.

EDUCATION ON RESERVATIONS CAN WORK WITH RIGHT ATTITUDE, ADEQUATE FUNDING

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COUNCIL REPORT

By Rep. Richard “Tuffy” Lunderman

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.

NEW COUNCIL GETTING WORK DONE; RST LOBBYIST LIKELY OVERPAID THOUSANDS

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COUNCIL REPORT

By Rep. Calvin “Hawkeye” Waln

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.

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