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MAN PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO ATTEMPTED MURDER, STRANGULATION

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FEDERAL COURT NEWS

Harold Picotte III, 40, Eagle Butte, appeared before Judge Mark Moreno and pleaded not guilty to Assault with Intent to Commit Murder and Assault by Strangulation.

Maximum penalty on conviction is 20 years in prison and $250,000 fine, 3 years parole, and $100 victims fund.

Charges allege in February, Picotte assaulted a girlfriend with intent to commit murder by strangulation and choking.

Investigation conducted by Cheyenne River LES. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mikal Hanson is prosecuting.

45 CANDIDATES VIE FOR 10 OPEN SEATS ON THE ROSEBUD SIOUX TRIBAL COUNCIL

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From Staff Reports

ROSEBUD — This year marks the conclusion of the first 3-year terms for one-half of the 20-member Rosebud Sioux Tribal Council, producing 45 candidates as of deadline.

According to RST Election Board, the primary election will be held July 24 and the general election will be held Aug. 28.

ELECTED RST OFFICIALS LOCK HORNS OVER LATEST SSA WINDFALL

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From Staff Reports

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.

WAS THE MALAYSIAN AIRLINER PURPOSELY CRASHED IN DEEP WATER?

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By Junior Mazaska

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.

RST COUNCIL'S 90-DAY REVIEW PLAN NEEDS OVERSIGHT FROM THE OYATE

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Dear Editor:

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?

RST PRESIDENT SCOTT'S COVERT ATTEMPT TO SILENCE THE SUN TIMES

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SST EDITORIAL

By Gregg Bear

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.

XL SOUTHERN PIPELINE ALREADY EXHIBITING WORRISOME FLAWS

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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.

REPS. WALN, LUNDERMAN SHOULD GET THEIR FACTS STRAIGHT BEFORE CRITICIZING

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RST PRESIDENT'S REPORT

By President Cyril Scott

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.

THE AMERICAN LYNCHING OF POW SGT. BOWE BERGDAHL

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By A Vietnam Veteran

Last week, President Barack Obama gave a stirring announcement in the White House Rose Garden. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, held captive in Afghanistan for five years by the Taliban, was coming home.

Obama explained that with support of U.S. military officials he “made a deal to bring home the longest-held American captive of America’s longest war.”

RST NEEDS TO INITIATE INVESTIGATION INTO SWA ELDERLY APARTMENTS

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Dear Editor:

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.

HOW CONCURRENT JURISDICTION CONTINUES TO FAIL THE OYATE

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COUNCIL REPORT

By Rep. Calvin "Hawkeye" Waln

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.

FEDERAL COURT: MAN PLEADS IN ASSAULT, STRANGULATION, SERIOUS INJURY CASE

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Jacob Lee, 30, Mission, appeared before Judge Mark Moreno April 15, and pleaded not guilty to Assault Resulting In Serious Bodily Injury and Assault By Strangulation & Suffocation.

Maximum penalty upon conviction is 10 years in prison and $250,000 fine, 3 years parole.

The charges allege that on Feb. 8, Lee assaulted victim by strangling and suffocating her, which resulted in serious bodily injury.

The investigation is by Rosebud LES. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tim Maher is prosecuting the case.

RACISM SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED IN COMMUNITY MEETINGS

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EDITORIAL

By Gregg Bear

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.

RST COUNCIL MOVES TO FILE CLASS-ACTION LAWSUIT AGAINST INDIAN HEALTH SERVICE

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From Staff Reports

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.

MAN KILLED AS GANG ATTEMPTS HOME ROBBERY IN MISSION

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From Staff Reports

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.

ROSEBUD SIOUX TRIBE WILL MAINTAIN ITS POSITION AGAINST KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE

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COMMENTARY

By President Cyril Scott

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.

DO WE REALLY WANT TO GIVE UP MORE TRIBAL SOVEREIGNTY TO THE STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA?

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COUNCIL REPORT

By Rep. Richard Lunderman

The state of South Dakota is extending a carrot stick to tribal governments through so-called “partnerships.”

Right now, the state is saying all the right things to sell these proposals.

First, the state is saying it doesn’t want to infringe on tribal jurisdiction. Yet, if you check the State/Tribal Relations Committee website, you will see the following message:

 

MISSION STATEMENT

RST MOVES AHEAD WITH LAWSUITS AGAINST IHS HOSPITAL, CHERRY-TODD ELECTRIC, OTHERS

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COUNCIL REPORT

By Rep. Calvin Waln

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.

PUBLISHED ALLEGATIONS AGAINST RST'S NEW ATTORNEY GENERAL LARGELY UNTRUE

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POLITICS

By Gregg Bear

ROSEBUD — Accusations dogging the Rosebud Sioux Tribe’s new attorney general, claiming she lied about her tribal enrollment status to get hired, and other allegations—apparently are largely unfounded.

In November 2013, Aisha Concha was interviewed for the job of attorney general over the phone by the RST Council.

She was hired.

INDIAN HEALTH SERVICE: IS IT PROPERLY SERVING ITS PATIENTS?

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Attention Indian Health Service (IHS) Patients

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