I’m an elder of 85 years. I reside at Antelope 20-Plex in Antelope Community. I’m writing this letter to request an investigation into Sicangu Wicoti Awanyakape (SWA) Corporation.
I don’t want RST Council included because of their involvement with staff and director of SWA Corporation, which is in charge of housing on our reservation. I know some council people have done favors in the past, obtaining housing and trailer houses in the communities.
I want to explain a serious issue that has plagued the Oyate since 2007, when the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Constitution & Bylaws was amended and the U.S. Senate passed the Tribal Law and Order Act (TLOA).
Historically, concurrent jurisdiction was granted to the Rosebud Sioux Tribe that created the tribal court system. The Indian Civil Rights Act (ICRA) established maximum sentencing guidelines for tribal courts. ICRA governed court procedures until the Senate enacted TLOA.
With racism becoming so prevalent in our country today, Rosebud community chairman Robert Long has acknowledged he made a grave mistake at a recent meeting by allowing a nonmember of the community and her supporters to exclude non-Indians from a public meeting by calling an illegal executive session.
ROSEBUD — Rosebud IHS Hospital increasingly has come under attack for its alleged failure to honor treaty obligations, and now the Rosebud Sioux Tribe has launched a class-action lawsuit against IHS and facility.
Complaints range from forcing elderly patients to move elsewhere for healthcare, to injuring patients during treatment, to reneging on hospital bills.
MISSION — A Mission man used deadly force when he shot one man and fired at two others after they allegedly broke into his home in an attempted robbery one night recently.
Levi Antoine II, 18, of Mission, died March 30 in a Sioux Falls hospital after sustaining at least one gunshot wound during an attempted home robbery.
The robbery victim, who apparently had been laying in wait for the gang after two previous break-ins, reportedly fired two warning shots before shooting Antoine, according to a person familiar with the incident.
I wish to explain to the Oyate what took place with the mega-load semi-trucks at Rosebud Casino’s Fuel Plaza recently. First, I want to reiterate that the Rosebud Sioux Tribe has numerous resolutions in place opposing the Keystone XL pipeline.
To nearly everyone’s surprise, RST Council met for four days straight during the first week of March 2014. We were able to pass all resolutions presented, except the resolutions amending ordinances as the required votes were not available.
ROSEBUD — Officials of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe have openly expressed worry that Keystone XL pipeline poses danger for Indian women and children, if it is approved by President Obama, and a former police chief helps feed into that worry.
Though a Nebraska court last week blocked the pipeline—likely until next year—in ruling on a lawsuit by landowners in that state, the southern leg of the billionaire project has already begun sending Canadian oil further south and on to Texas refineries, to the delight of the Koch brothers, the owners.
I would like to take this time to provide the Oyate with a Tribal Council report for the past two months.
First, I want to send a prayer and my deepest sympathy to the families who have had loved ones pass on to the spirit world.
I have received numerous calls from the Oyate expressing their frustration due to Tribal Council not meeting and attending to business. I share the same frustration. In my opinion, it seems the Tribe has come to a halt.
For more than a century, the FBI has played an integral role in the lives of Native Americans living on federal Indian reservations, where the agency makes arrests and investigates various crimes, including rape and murder.
This has all been done under the premise that federal government is protecting Indian tribes as obligated under treaties signed in the 1800s.
Since 9/11, the primary mission of the FBI has inexorably changed, as noted on FBI Fact Sheets, from that of “law enforcement” to “national security.”
John Swift, 55, St. Francis, convicted of stealing from local fire station, was ordered on Nov. 25, by Judge Roberto Lange, to repay nearly $10,000 in restitution, fined $500, and given 2 years probation.
Swift, a former member of RST Council, was indicted Feb. 13. Stalling nearly 6 months through plea bargaining, he finally pleaded guilty to larceny on July 23.