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SEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION AWARENESS MONTH

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From Staff Reports

WASHINGTON—As part of President Obama’s Generation Indigenous and Tiwahe initiatives, Assistant Secretary Indian Affairs Kevin Washburn said Sept. 10 will henceforth be known as "Hope for Life Day" to raise awareness in Indian Country about suicide prevention during National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.

Suicide strikes Native youth especially hard. The suicide rate for ages 15 to 34 is more than two times higher than the national average.

MAN SENTENCED TO 13 YEARS AFTER FORCING CHILDREN TO WATCH MOTHER'S HUMILIATION, BEATING

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NOW IN FEDERAL COURT

Frederick Leo Marshall, 57, Mission, convicted of Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury and Child Abuse, was sentenced on Sept. 14, by Judge Roberto Lange, to 10 years in prison for assault, and 3 years in prison for child abuse, to be served consecutively.

Marshall was also sentenced to 3 years parole upon release, and $200 victims fund. He was also ordered to pay restitution to victim in the amount of $1,677.14, and to South Dakota Medicaid in the amount of $11,581.76.

Marshall was indicted Dec. 9, 2014. He pleaded guilty June 29.

OBITUARY

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STEVEN VALANDRA

1952-2015

Steven R. Valandra (Piya Inajin: “Stands Again”), 63, St. Francis, S.D., was welcomed to the Spirit World on Aug. 4, 2015, with brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews at his side, at Sanford Medical Center, Sioux Falls.

Tragically, he was claimed by a massive stroke.

RST TREASURER DUCKS ETHICS CONVICTION AFTER STONEWALLING HIS CLAIMED ISLAMIC TERRORIST

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POLITICS

By Gregg Bear

ROSEBUD — RST Treasurer Byron Wright narrowly escaped getting convicted recently on ethics charges filed against him by a woman he feared belonged to the infamous terrorist group, Islamic State in Syria or ISIS.

The 20-member RST Council earlier this month approved a motion by Rep. Kathleen High Pipe to dismiss ethics charges against Wright in a roll-call vote, which resulted in: 6 Yes, 5 No, 1 Abstain, and 8 No shows.

TRIBAL VOTERS DESERVE MORE THAN WHAT CANDIDATES ARE FEEDING THEM

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By Gregg Bear

The Sicangu Sun-Times Newspaper is Sicangu-owned and has been publishing on the Great Rosebud Sioux Reservation (Sicangu Nation) since Aug. 20, 1990, an entire quarter of a century (25 years).

But after all these years, I finally found myself in a dilemma regarding tribal candidates, particularly those running in the upcoming Aug. 27 RST General Election.

If you’re a regular reader of the Sun-Times, you might recall in the last edition, with consent of my editorial board, I made a rare overture to candidates.

LACK OF RESPECT AND THE DOWNFALL OF A TROUBLED RST PRESIDENT

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POLITICAL ANALYSIS

By Gregg Bear

ROSEBUD — Newly elected women council representatives appeared to play a significant role in opening the final flood gate leading to the ultimate downfall of RST President Cyril L. Scott, and his recent removal from office.

In the end, it was clearly a collaborative effort by elected officials grown tired of President Scott’s continuing effrontery in office.

ELECT CANDIDATES TO TODD COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD WHO CARE ABOUT LAKOTA STUDENTS

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COUNCIL REPORT

By Rep. Richard “Tuffy” Lunderman

As always, the opinions expressed herein are my own.

It is highly critical that tribal members get to the voting polls and participate in the next Todd County School District, Board of Education election.

To be eligible to vote, you simply have to be a registered voter in Todd County.

It is important to elect candidates who have a real interest in education and believe in education reform on the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation. It is simply not enough just to be a tribal member anymore.

OYATE WILL ALWAYS COME FIRST—THE DRIVING FORCE BEHIND POSITIVE CHANGE

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COUNCIL REPORT

By Rep. Calvin “Hawkeye” Waln

I am respectfully submitting, for the Oyate, a Council Report using my own words and opinions.

The report contains the highlights of recent events, including: Tribal Finance, IHS Healthcare, and the Ethics Hearing against Cyril Scott.

Tribal Finances

Rosebud Sioux Tribe is still having problems with cash flow. If you review the current Treasurer’s report, it shows programs funded by the General and Casino accounts all have money, on paper.

ROSEBUD'S SUSPENDED TRIBAL PRESIDENT FACES 2ND ETHICS HEARING BEFORE A HOSTILE RST COUNCIL

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POLITICS

By Gregg Bear

ROSEBUD — RST President Cyril Scott, at the end of a 60-day suspension imposed by RST Council for ethics violations, now finds himself facing more charges by the same body.

As the Sun Times was going to press, President Scott was being called to appear at a hearing before the council on more charges of a similar nature: violating the ethics portion of his oath of office.

The second round of charges were reportedly being leveled by Rep. Calvin "Hawkeye" Waln, a known political nemisis.

STRAY-DOG ATTACKS CLAIM SWIFT BEAR WOMAN'S LIFE; OF 49 YEARS

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From Staff Reports

WHITE RIVER — For the second time in nearly four months, stray dogs are being hunted on a South Dakota Indian reservation following a fatal attack.

A woman died after she was attacked by wild dogs early Saturday morning, March 14, on the Rosebud Reservation, according to the Mellette County Sheriff’s Office. 

Julia Charging Whirlwind, 49, of Lower Swift Bear, which is just across the highway (83) from White River, was pronounced dead Saturday at Rosebud Hospital.

CHRISTIAN TYRANNY STILL HIGHLY EVIDENT IN ROSEBUD RESERVATION SCHOOL SYSTEMS

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By Rep. Richard “Tuffy” Lunderman

The opinions expressed herein are those of the author.

We continue to have a crisis in education on the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation, all the way through post-secondary education. The federal (BIE) and state (public) educational systems continue to fail the educational needs of Rosebud tribal members.

THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD TO BECOMING AN OLD, NEW RESERVATION INDIAN WRITER

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By Junior Mazaska

All my life, I have wanted to be a writer. I used to keep a diary of my daily experiences on note pads my Mom bought for me in town. I did not realize until many years later that she found in me my own perfect babysitter, able to entertain myself with words and drawings for hours, while she went out on dates.

Sometimes, she would be gone a day or two or even three, leaving me alone in the darkened house, surviving on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and peeking timidly out the window as I ate them, waiting for her return.

SEARCHING FOR A HIGHER SPIRITUAL PLANE FOR INDIAN AMERICA TO RECLAIM THE EARTH

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Dear Editor:

I am, as some may call me, a European Wasicu.

Most Europeans look up to Native Americans and value their cultural heritage. They consider the European colonizers, your ancestors of the American Wasicu, the oppressors.

However, some American Wasicu, and there are many, believe Native American tribal people stand on higher spiritual grounds.

I am one of these.

IS YOUR TRIBAL GOVERNMENT A PATRIARCHY? SIGNS TO WATCH FOR

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A N A L Y S I S

From Staff Reports

The bad news is that if your operating under a patriarchal leadership model—where the head honcho enjoys special privileges while employees do as they’re told—it can prove highly detrimental for the cohesiveness of your tribal organization.

At least 87 percent of tribal governments fail to execute their strategies each year, and a destructive patriarchal dynamic is one of many possible culprits.

INDIAN PATIENTS ARE BEING STUDIED LIKE 'LAB RATS' BY PHYSICIANS

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Dear Editor:

I’m a very concerned elder in our community. Did you know that we are being used like “test-study lab rats?”

We are a people with feelings and much heart.

I know I’m not the only one who is on the study list. I don’t know how they pick and choose us lab rats, but it resulted in me being placed in Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls.

I needed a knee replacement, that was in 2014, February. When I discovered, while in the hospital, that something was very wrong with the way they tried to kick me out of the hospital, which confirmed what I already knew.

AMID ONGOING CONTROVERSY, RST PRESIDENT MAY ENCOUNTER STIFF COMPETITION IN RACE FOR REELECTION

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POLITICS

By Gregg Bear

ROSEBUD — RST President Cyril L. Scott has had to put his campaign for reelection later this year on hold while he resumes his battle with RST Council over alleged ethics violations, which resulted on Feb. 13 with his second suspension from office.

The suspension followed testimony before a packed council chamber in which Scott’s attorney, Al Arendt, attempted to discredit his accusers by bringing up alleged behavior that had occurred months earlier.

TUC WUNS TEMPORARY INJUNCTION TO STOP C-TE'S ABRUPT WINTER RATE HIKE

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Tribal Utility Commission

The Rosebud Sioux Tribal Court, in granting a temporary injunction, concedes Cherry-Todd Electric failed to duly notify Tribal Utility Commission (TUC) with necessary information about a new January residential rate increase.

On Feb. 6, TUC filed an emergency injunction in tribal court to halt a sudden electric rate increase by Cherry-Todd Electric approved by its board in December. Some speculate the increase is to offset attorney fees to help battle a tribal lawsuit against the cooperative.

TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS ABLE TO TAKE CRIMINAL ACTION AGAINST NON-INDIANS

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ROSEBUD — As of March 7, tribal government may begin exercising jurisdiction over non-Indians who commit crimes of domestic violence, dating violence, or violate a protection order against an Indian victim on tribal lands.

“This is a major step forward to protect the safety of native people, and we thank all members of Congress for passing the Violence Against Women Act of 2013, and recognizing tribal authority,” said Brian Cladoosby, president of NCAI.

IMPORTANT EDUCATIONAL CHANGE CAN BE MADE AVAILABLE THROUGH SIMPLY VOTING

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COUNCIL REPORT

By Rep. Richard “Tuffy” Lunderman

The education of Lakota students on the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation is an important aspect in their very young lives, and it can carry an unforgettable, lifelong impact, if properly applied.

Unfortunately, the two educational systems we have been forced to comply with—federal (BIE) and public (state)—have consistently failed us.

ACLU LAWSUIT SEEKS TO HALT NSA'S MASSIVE SPYING ON CITIZENS

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EDITORIAL

Next time you go online, keep in mind that the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has recently filed a major new lawsuit against the National Security Agency’s mass interception and searching of Americans’ Internet communications, including emails, web-browsing content, and search-engine queries.

At issue is NSA’s “upstream” surveillance, which involves NSA’s tapping into the internet backbone inside the United States—the physical infrastructure that carries Americans’ online communications with each other and with the rest of the world.

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