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.
Incumbents on the council were the first to serve three-year terms after voters changed them in a referendum from two to three years.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
"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."
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.
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.
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.