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

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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.

RST GOVERNMENT FAILS ATTEMPT TO REIN-IN LAKOTA VOICE WEBSITE

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POLITICS

By Gregg Bear

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.

ST. FRANCIS MAN GETS 37 MONTHS FOR ASSAULT WITH DANGEROUS WEAPON

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IN FEDERAL COURT

From Staff Reports

RS 2014 GENERAL ELECTION GALVANIZES 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.

NEW BLOOD ON RST COUNCIL MAY SEE LACK OF QUORUM AN ISSUE OF THE PAST

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COUNCIL REPORT

By Rep. Calvin “Hawkeye” Waln

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.

STIRRING 2014 SINTE GLESKA UNIVERSITY GRADUATION INCLUDES 5 NEW NURSES

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EDUCATION

By Teddie Rae Herman-Rogers

ANTELOPE — Sinte Gleska University celebrated its 42nd annual Wounspe Wowapi Yusutapi and its 31st annual GED Wounspe Wowapi Yusutapi on Aug. 22, at the Wakinyan Wanbli Multipurpose Building.

Lakol Woicicunze: Sicangu Oyate nahan Sinte Gleska Owayawa Wakatuya. Wakicunza ki Ta Woihanble ki “Ho Wana! Woicicunze Unkicicage pi kte.”

Commencement them: “Sharing the Sicangu Oyate and SGU founders’ vision and how we make the promise to fulfill their vision.”

MR. LIONEL BORDEAUX: YOUR LEADERSHIP REQUESTED AT A SPECIAL PRISON HONORING

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LETTERS

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.

RST GOVERNMENT SECRECY, UNEXPLAINED DELAYS HAS CHARBONNEAU HEIRS FRUSTRATINGLY PERPLEXED

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LETTERS

Dear Editor:

I made repeated requests and spent hours sitting through RST Council meetings hoping to correct an action taken July 16 dealing with a Charbonneau land resolution.

My wife and I were told we would be heard Aug. 26. Again, we waited through the day until 4:15 p.m. The council called executive session regarding another land issue.

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.

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