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.
I am told that on March 5, 2014, the Rosebud Sioux Tribal Council was in executive session, and coming out of executive session, a motion was made to suspend the SWA (housing) charter and the SWA Board of Commissioners.
And they appointed elected council representatives to the now revamped board to review the SWA charter for 90 days.
My question is: did the SWA Board of Commissioners violate or deny anyone’s due process while in regular session to earn this sudden need for a review?
It has been nearly a month since RST President Cyril Scott promised the Sicangu Sun Times, on the phone, that he would print a retraction in the Todd County Tribune over remarks he made in a news release in May.
His last promise to publish a retraction was just last week. At this stage, I doubt he intends keeping his word, merely to keep stalling, hoping it’ll fall by the wayside or we'll forget about it.
PIERRE — Federal regulators have placed two extra restrictions on TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline after learning of potentially dangerous construction defects on the southern leg of the Canada-to-Texas project.
The northern leg, which is being lobbied hard by Koch Industries and the political right, is planned for North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska and other states, despite stiff opposition from Indian tribes, farmers and ranchers, especially along the Ogallala Aquifer.
Call me a little old-fashioned, but I believe in tribal sovereignty, period. I am having a tough time sitting here reading a couple of media-hungry Council persons, who think they know more about law than our tribal attorneys do, saying that I am pushing state jurisdiction.
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.