"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.
Those who can stomach an evening watching Fox News on television or listening to right-wing radio, soon find themselves engulfed in lies, half-truths, innuendoes, and unsourced allegations, all skillfully conveyed, and all carefully calculated with one goal in mind: make America’s first black president look nefarious to the American people, and to the rest of the world.
The opinions expressed herein are strictly my own. I believe one of my responsibilities is to provide tribal members with good information. We have another important tribal election approaching, so I encourage voters to look at leadership and elect leaders, not politicians.
Ten plus years is a long time, but living those ten years in Indian Country helped create significant change closer to home and the heart.
Starting in 2004, our daughter, grandson, aunts, uncles, cousins, my brother and friends, left us with heavy hearts when their time came to live with our ancestors. All these wonderful and beautiful relatives were present when we started our fight for equality. Now only their descendants and friends are left to see equality actually happening.
I send a special prayer and condolence to families who lost loved ones recently. I will pray for your health and strength. I apologize if I missed calls last week; I was on spiritual leave. Feel free to call back; I will return your call if I missed it.
June 2014 was very frustrating and troubling to me regarding tribal government. RST Council did not meet all month and several committees did not get quorums.
This is for the Sicangu Lakota Oyaté. My name is April Ferguson-Al-Salihi, the Ideal Lakota Community chairwoman. I would like to reply to the press release from the president of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe made on June 9, 2014. (SST May-June 2014)
It seems that President Scott was misinformed or perhaps it is just the layout of his announcement. Ideal Community is not, and I repeat—is not—talking about giving up tribal sovereignty.
After suffering from a cataract for many years, I was told to return to IHS clinic next year because there was no funding. I waited two years. I returned almost blind in one eye but was told again to return in another year because the eye doctor didn't know where IHS was going to find money for cataract surgery.
I returned the following year; I was now legally blind in one eye. Told I was going to be referred elsewhere for surgery, I questioned the eye doctor about payment. He assured me there was money available.
A beloved 97-year-old Rosebud elder who passed away last year would often raise questions about mysterious rumbling sounds she heard emanating from somewhere deep beneath the town.
She came to believe there were giant underground tunnels, constructed by the federal government, crisscrossing the area, and connected to some of the old minuteman missile silos that still dot the region.
Hundreds of people gathered in the streets of Salt Lake City to protest what they called an unnecessary shooting by police, and demanding immediate justice for the victim—a 110-pound dog named “Geist.”
The gray dog was in the backyard, secured behind a fence, when he was killed by a police officer searching for a missing boy. Police said dog was shot when he rose in an “aggressive manner” as officer entered dog's fenced-in area. The boy soon after was found at home asleep.
ROSEBUD — To help fulfill President Obama’s commitment to help Indian communities, the Department of Interior announced that offers have been sent to nearly 11,000 individual landowners with fractional interests on the Rosebud Indian Reservation.
Totaling more than $50 million, these offers will give landowners opportunity to voluntarily sell fractionated interests, which will be held in trust for the Rosebud Sioux Tribe.
PINE RIDGE — The OST Council's recent decision to abruptly suspend popular President Bryan Brewer stems partly from the president's dealings with tribal businessman Raycen Raines, which enraged many council members, according to sources.
After suspending him, the council immediately approved a resolution saying Brewer had no authority to let Raines act on behalf of the tribe in federal negotiations.
ROSEBUD — For the past month, members of the powerful RST Council have been engaged in an escalating political battle amongst themselves as they squabble over whether to allow certain elected officials to receive significant monetary payments from a major windfall.
An unregistered petition resolution had begun circulating last month among council members, pushed by tribal member Sylvia “Daisy” Wright, seeking 11 signatures to obtain approval.
An anonymous caller recently disclosed information to reporters about the mysterious disappearance of the Malaysian airliner that was big news a couple of months ago and had several countries searching the ocean for wreckage, including the U.S. and Australia.
So far, no sign of the airliner, nor its passengers, has been found.