WASHINGTON—As part of President Obama’s Generation Indigenous and Tiwahe initiatives, Assistant Secretary Indian Affairs Kevin Washburn said Sept. 10 will henceforth be known as "Hope for Life Day" to raise awareness in Indian Country about suicide prevention during National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.
Suicide strikes Native youth especially hard. The suicide rate for ages 15 to 34 is more than two times higher than the national average.
Frederick Leo Marshall, 57, Mission, convicted of Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury and Child Abuse, was sentenced on Sept. 14, by Judge Roberto Lange, to 10 years in prison for assault, and 3 years in prison for child abuse, to be served consecutively.
Marshall was also sentenced to 3 years parole upon release, and $200 victims fund. He was also ordered to pay restitution to victim in the amount of $1,677.14, and to South Dakota Medicaid in the amount of $11,581.76.
Marshall was indicted Dec. 9, 2014. He pleaded guilty June 29.
Steven R. Valandra (Piya Inajin: “Stands Again”), 63, St. Francis, S.D., was welcomed to the Spirit World on Aug. 4, 2015, with brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews at his side, at Sanford Medical Center, Sioux Falls.
ROSEBUD — RST Treasurer Byron Wright narrowly escaped getting convicted recently on ethics charges filed against him by a woman he feared belonged to the infamous terrorist group, Islamic State in Syria or ISIS.
The 20-member RST Council earlier this month approved a motion by Rep. Kathleen High Pipe to dismiss ethics charges against Wright in a roll-call vote, which resulted in: 6 Yes, 5 No, 1 Abstain, and 8 No shows.
ROSEBUD — Newly elected women council representatives appeared to play a significant role in opening the final flood gate leading to the ultimate downfall of RST President Cyril L. Scott, and his recent removal from office.
In the end, it was clearly a collaborative effort by elected officials grown tired of President Scott’s continuing effrontery in office.
As always, the opinions expressed herein are my own.
It is highly critical that tribal members get to the voting polls and participate in the next Todd County School District, Board of Education election.
To be eligible to vote, you simply have to be a registered voter in Todd County.
It is important to elect candidates who have a real interest in education and believe in education reform on the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation. It is simply not enough just to be a tribal member anymore.
The opinions expressed herein are those of the author.
We continue to have a crisis in education on the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation, all the way through post-secondary education. The federal (BIE) and state (public) educational systems continue to fail the educational needs of Rosebud tribal members.
All my life, I have wanted to be a writer. I used to keep a diary of my daily experiences on note pads my Mom bought for me in town. I did not realize until many years later that she found in me my own perfect babysitter, able to entertain myself with words and drawings for hours, while she went out on dates.
Sometimes, she would be gone a day or two or even three, leaving me alone in the darkened house, surviving on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and peeking timidly out the window as I ate them, waiting for her return.
The bad news is that if your operating under a patriarchal leadership model—where the head honcho enjoys special privileges while employees do as they’re told—it can prove highly detrimental for the cohesiveness of your tribal organization.
At least 87 percent of tribal governments fail to execute their strategies each year, and a destructive patriarchal dynamic is one of many possible culprits.
I’m a very concerned elder in our community. Did you know that we are being used like “test-study lab rats?”
We are a people with feelings and much heart.
I know I’m not the only one who is on the study list. I don’t know how they pick and choose us lab rats, but it resulted in me being placed in Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls.
I needed a knee replacement, that was in 2014, February. When I discovered, while in the hospital, that something was very wrong with the way they tried to kick me out of the hospital, which confirmed what I already knew.
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.
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.
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.
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.