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

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RST GENERAL ELECTION PRODUCES UNPRECEDENTED TURNOUT OF VOTERS

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POLITICS

From Staff Reports

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.

ROSEBUD SIOUX TRIBE $22 MILLION IN DEBT TO WELLS FARGO BANK

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TRIBAL GOVERNMENT

By Gregg Bear

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.

TEN SEATS FOR RST COUNCIL TO BE DECIDED AT THE BALLOT BOX

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POLITICS

From Staff Reports

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.

TENTATIVE RST MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT WITH STATE LAW ENFORCEMENT

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A DRAFT

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.

NEWS EVENT COMING SOON THAT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE—FOREVER

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NATIONAL

From Staff Reports

You will wake up one morning soon to news that will startle and frighten you, and it will forever change how you perceive the world around you.

Whether you can yet recognize it, you are gradually being prepared for this world-shaking news that is about to change your life.

Look around you. Changes are happening around the country, and around the world. There is a confidential reason why local police are starting to wear military garb and carrying high-powered weapons.

SUCIDE AMONG NATIVE YOUTH CONTINUES TO BE A MAJOR PROBLEM

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INDIAN COUNTRY

By Sari Horwitz 

SACATON, Ariz. — The tamarisk tree down the dirt road from Tyler Owens’s house is the one where the teenage girl who lived across the road hanged herself.

“Don’t climb it, don’t touch it,” admonished Owens’s grandmother when Tyler, now 18, was younger.

There are other taboo markers around the Gila River Indian reservation—eight young people committed suicide here over the course of a single year.

GETTING OLD IS SIMPLY ALLOWING YOURSELF TO FIND TRUE FREEDOM

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OPINION

By Gregg Bear

I am now the old person I never thought I’d be.

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.

INDIAN GOD FAR LESS COMPLICATED THAN WHITEMAN'S GOD

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LETTERS

Dear editor

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.

BIA OFFICIALS STILL CLAIM THEY WERE NEVER INVOLVED IN 'TRIBAL AFFAIRS'

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COUNCIL REPORT

By Rep. Richard “Tuffy” Lunderman

Greetings! My purpose is to bring you information that you may not be aware of, but should be.

It is your right to know.

Education can and should be the answer to all the challenges that we face as Lakota. These challenges have been here for centuries. For most of the past few centuries, we were able to effectively beat off this assault.

NO IHS LAWSUIT MOVEMENT; ELECTED LEADERS SHOULD TAKE PAY CUTS FOR THE CHILDREN

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COUNCIL REPORT

By Rep. Calvin “Hawkeye” Waln

I promised if I was elected that I would be transparent and provide public reports and I have faithfully provided published reports throughout the month to keep the Oyate informed.

ROSEBUD IHS HOSPITAL LOSES CLASSIFIED PATIENT DATA; DIRECTOR LOSES JOB

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By Gregg Bear

ROSEBUD — For weeks, Rosebud IHS Hospital had been in damage-control mode following what amounted to the negligent release of confidential patient data, which led to the subsequent firing of its service unit director.

The hospital has been undergoing turmoil ever since rumors escalated that the Rosebud Sioux Tribe was planning to initiate a class-action lawsuit, stemming from years of complaints from Indian patients.

RST PRESIDENT CORRECTS REPORTS OF ANOTHER BAR ALTERCATION

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From Staff Reports

ROSEBUD — Reports circulating that the Rosebud Sioux tribal president had gotten into another altercation with someone in a bar recently did have some elements of the truth, according to President Cyril Scott.

When asked about it, the president said what really happened was that he had gotten “jumped” by two 20-somethings as he was leaving a convenience store.

UNOFFICIAL PRIMARY ELECTION RESULTS FOR THE ROSEBUD SIOUX TRIBE

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From Staff Reports

ROSEBUD — The Rosebud Sioux Tribe’s July primary election for RST Council produced a number of potential new faces to be decided at the general in August.

Up for election are ten seats on the 20-member council.

Winning candidates will serve three-year terms on the tribe’s powerful governing body, the RST Council.

Though each candidate represents one of 20 recognized communities on the reservation, collectively they speak for the entire tribe.

FREQUENT TRIBAL LEAVE COULD BE TICKET TO PRESIDENT'S REELECTION

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COMMENTARY

By Junior Mazaska

Several of us concerned Sicangu Sioux tribal members were talking today about all the administrative leave that’s being granted by RST President Cyril Scott to tribal employees, mostly so they can attend funerals.

I wonder how much it costs the tribe in federal funding every time administrative leave is granted, and there’s been quite a few days just this year alone. I understand it’s all paid leave, isn't it?

TUNKASILA'S SILENT MESSENGER BRINGS CHANGE TO FATHER'S LOST TRANQUILITY

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By Angela M. Ghost Dancer

"Watch out! You almost hit that car!" my father yelled, as we pulled out of Paul Mart Convenience Store in Rosebud.

"Dammit, girl,” he snapped. “Can't you do anything right?"

His words hit like fists. I looked at this gray, angry old man filling the seat next to me, daring me to say more. A lump appeared in my throat. I wasn't prepared for another round of hostilities, which were becoming a regular feature every day.

"I saw the car, Dad,” I said. “Don't yell at me when I'm driving."

ROSEBUD POLICE DEPARTMENT, COURT ARE RIFE WITH CORRUPTION, POOR ADMINISTRATION

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COUNCIL REPORT

By Rep. Richard Lunderman

The 2014 RST Primary Election is history and now we look forward to the general in August. I hope voters think seriously about it and ask serious questions of the candidates.

Tribal government is all about self-determination and always has been. Gradually, the general thinking of the powers that be have come around to recognizing the inherent right of sovereign tribal governments to govern themselves.

RST GOVERNMENT, TRIBAL COURT RIDDLED WITH ONGOING CORRUPTION

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COUNCIL REPORT

By Rep. Calvin “Hawkeye” Waln

I stay true to my word of providing these published reports to the Oyate and attending regular community meetings. This council report is based on actual events that transpire in duly called meetings, along with my personal views, and not the opinions of others.

I want to address several grave issues occurring in tribal government that the Oyate may not be fully informed on. These issues need immediate attention and they are being continually put off and the festering problem is affecting you—the Oyate.

HIGH PERCENTAGE OF MILITARY VETS CONSIDER SUICIDE AN OPTION

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From Staff Reports

Some 2,000 combat vets surveyed by Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) reported “crisis with suicide” as their number one concern.

Nearly half of all veterans who served in Iraq or Afghanistan know at least one who attempted suicide, and 40 percent know someone who did.

The largest survey of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans found much has improved in America’s care of veterans. Yet there are plenty of challenges and notable gaps in data nationwide.

FIGHT OVER SSA WINDFALL REVEALS HOW DEEP CORRUPTION RUNS IN RST GOVERNMENT

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POLITICS

By Gregg Bear

ROSEBUD — Although frivolous resolutions asking for a million-dollar line of credit at Wells Fargo Bank in Mission keep getting shot down, one-half of the 20-member council seems bent on getting their fair share of an apparent SSA windfall no matter the opposition.

MAN CONVICTED FOR BRUTALLY PUNCHING VICTIM IN THE FACE

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