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

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BIA OFFICIALS STILL CLAIM THEY WERE NEVER INVOLVED IN 'TRIBAL AFFAIRS'

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COUNCIL REPORT

By Rep. Richard “Tuffy” Lunderman

Greetings! My purpose is to bring you information that you may not be aware of, but should be.

It is your right to know.

Education can and should be the answer to all the challenges that we face as Lakota. These challenges have been here for centuries. For most of the past few centuries, we were able to effectively beat off this assault.

NO IHS LAWSUIT MOVEMENT; ELECTED LEADERS SHOULD TAKE PAY CUTS FOR THE CHILDREN

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COUNCIL REPORT

By Rep. Calvin “Hawkeye” Waln

I promised if I was elected that I would be transparent and provide public reports and I have faithfully provided published reports throughout the month to keep the Oyate informed.

ROSEBUD IHS HOSPITAL LOSES CLASSIFIED PATIENT DATA; DIRECTOR LOSES JOB

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By Gregg Bear

ROSEBUD — For weeks, Rosebud IHS Hospital had been in damage-control mode following what amounted to the negligent release of confidential patient data, which led to the subsequent firing of its service unit director.

The hospital has been undergoing turmoil ever since rumors escalated that the Rosebud Sioux Tribe was planning to initiate a class-action lawsuit, stemming from years of complaints from Indian patients.

RST PRESIDENT CORRECTS REPORTS OF ANOTHER BAR ALTERCATION

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From Staff Reports

ROSEBUD — Reports circulating that the Rosebud Sioux tribal president had gotten into another altercation with someone in a bar recently did have some elements of the truth, according to President Cyril Scott.

When asked about it, the president said what really happened was that he had gotten “jumped” by two 20-somethings as he was leaving a convenience store.

UNOFFICIAL PRIMARY ELECTION RESULTS FOR THE ROSEBUD SIOUX TRIBE

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From Staff Reports

ROSEBUD — The Rosebud Sioux Tribe’s July primary election for RST Council produced a number of potential new faces to be decided at the general in August.

Up for election are ten seats on the 20-member council.

Winning candidates will serve three-year terms on the tribe’s powerful governing body, the RST Council.

Though each candidate represents one of 20 recognized communities on the reservation, collectively they speak for the entire tribe.

FREQUENT TRIBAL LEAVE COULD BE TICKET TO PRESIDENT'S REELECTION

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COMMENTARY

By Junior Mazaska

Several of us concerned Sicangu Sioux tribal members were talking today about all the administrative leave that’s being granted by RST President Cyril Scott to tribal employees, mostly so they can attend funerals.

I wonder how much it costs the tribe in federal funding every time administrative leave is granted, and there’s been quite a few days just this year alone. I understand it’s all paid leave, isn't it?

TUNKASILA'S SILENT MESSENGER BRINGS CHANGE TO FATHER'S LOST TRANQUILITY

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By Angela M. Ghost Dancer

"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."

ROSEBUD POLICE DEPARTMENT, COURT ARE RIFE WITH CORRUPTION, POOR ADMINISTRATION

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COUNCIL REPORT

By Rep. Richard Lunderman

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.

RST GOVERNMENT, TRIBAL COURT RIDDLED WITH ONGOING CORRUPTION

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COUNCIL REPORT

By Rep. Calvin “Hawkeye” Waln

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.

HIGH PERCENTAGE OF MILITARY VETS CONSIDER SUICIDE AN OPTION

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From Staff Reports

Some 2,000 combat vets surveyed by Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) reported “crisis with suicide” as their number one concern.

Nearly half of all veterans who served in Iraq or Afghanistan know at least one who attempted suicide, and 40 percent know someone who did.

The largest survey of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans found much has improved in America’s care of veterans. Yet there are plenty of challenges and notable gaps in data nationwide.

FIGHT OVER SSA WINDFALL REVEALS HOW DEEP CORRUPTION RUNS IN RST GOVERNMENT

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POLITICS

By Gregg Bear

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.

MAN CONVICTED FOR BRUTALLY PUNCHING VICTIM IN THE FACE

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FEDERAL COURT NEWS

VAST RIGHT-WING CONSPIRACY IS DRIVEN PRIMARILY TO OCCLUDE US

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SST EDITORIAL

By Gregg Bear

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.

RST ADMINISTRATION HAS REPEATEDLY FAILED TO DEMONSTRATE LEADERSHIP

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COUNCIL REPORT

By Rep. Richard Lunderman

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.

THE LONG HARD FIGHT FOR INDIAN EQUALITY AND THE SIMPLE RIGHT TO VOTE

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COMMENTARY

By OJ Semans Sr.

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.

RST COUNCILMAN PROMISES HE WILL REPORT ON CORRUPTION WHEREVER HE FINDS IT

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COUNCIL REPORT

By Rep. Calvin “Hawkeye” Waln

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.

RST PRESIDENT SCOTT SHOULD CHECK FACTS BEFORE ISSUING PRESS RELEASE

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LETTERS

Dear Editor:

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.

ROSEBUD HOSPITAL DENIES PATIENT AFTER PROMISING TO PAY FOR CRITICAL EYE SURGERY

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LETTERS

Dear Editor:

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.

ARE EXTRATERRESTRIALS WORKING WITH HUMANS IN SECRET TUNNELS UNDERNEATH TOWN OF ROSEBUD?

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By Gregg Bear

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.

PROTESTERS DEMAND IMMEDIATE JUSTICE AFTER POLICE GUN DOWN FENCED DOG

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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.

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