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.
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.