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Vol. 47 Issue No. 49

Anpetu Iyamni, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016

Inside this Edition –

SWST akicita respond to nation-wide call for veterans to come to Standing Rock

US Army Corps of Engineers calls a halt to DAPL drilling!

150th anniversary of the Sand Creek Massacre

Dr. Kim TallBear named to Canada Research Chair

Shilo Renville shares his 41-year odyssey of self-discovery

Roy Janisch chosen for Fulbright Fellowship

Weekly weather forecast by Ken Siyaka

Sept. 2016 SWST Council proceedings inside this Sota

Deadline for receipt of copy is Friday noon

SWST veterans travel to Standing Rock

Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Tribal veterans answered a nation-wide call for veterans around to come to the Standing Rock homelands this past weekend. Several assembled for prayers before leaving in a caravan from Dakota Connection at Sisseton Saturday morning, Dec. 3rd.

Others made the journey from other points, but all were to assemble at Cannon Ball, ND.

KXSW announcer Tom Wilson made the journey on Sunday, to cover news live of the veterans and religious leaders gathering at the camp.

Watch for news from Standing Rock, and photos from SWST photographer John Heminger, who traveled with them, in the next edition of the Sota.

SWST Chairman Dave Flute, an Iraq combat veteran, participated, having been invited by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Council.

The SWST Chairman was one of several veterans and tribal leaders to speak at a meeting held at Sitting Bull College Saturday evening.

Chairman Flute said for readers to expect his "Chairman's Corner" next week.

Besides the Sisseton-Wahpeton support for its sister tribe against DAPL, he will report on the closing of the SWST jail facilities.

The jail at Agency Village, which no longer meets the needs of an approved detention facility, is closed. There are measures in place to house inmates locally, but the long term solution is in the planned new justice center.

The Chairman also said he will provide a comprehensive report during the Winter General Council.

Please note that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers notified the SRST on Sunday that it is denying the easement for DAPL to drill underneath the Missouri River pending completion of an environmental impact study.

University of Alberta receives $11.9 million for Canada Research Chairs

By Clare Clancy

Edmonton Journal – Dec. 2, 2016 – The University of Alberta is receiving $11.9 million for 13 Canada Research Chairs, enrolling eight new academics in the prestigious program. Five researchers are having their positions renewed.

Federal Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi said Friday the research grows the middle class and affects quality of life for all Canadians.

"The researchers that we are celebrating today at the University of Alberta offer unique and essential expertise to help develop technologies that will benefit our province and country," he said in a statement.

Dr. Kim TallBear (SWST member), who researches the capacity of indigenous communities to shape science, technology and environmental projects, is the first recipient of the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Peoples, Technoscience and Environment.

"Indigenous communities have lawyers, teachers and people in health fields, very pragmatic service fields where there is a lot of need, and that's great. But we don't have a lot of researchers," TallBear said in a statement. "I want my research to help more indigenous people get those higher degrees in science and engineering … but in ways that are informed by critical social sciences and humanities that understand the history of the relationships between colonialism and science and technology."

The federal government announced $173 million in funding for 203 Canada Research Chairs at 48 institutions across the country.

NIGC remembers core values of National Native American Heritage Month

Washington, DC – Nov. 30, 2016 – PRN PRNewswire-USNewswire – As November draws to a close, the National Indian Gaming Commission will continue to recognize the core values of the National Native American Heritage Month (NAHM).

In 1986 President Ronald Reagan was the first to recognize the importance of Native American heritage and cultures by designating the week of November 23-30 as "American Indian Week." President Reagan stated in his proclamation: "We look to a future of development of economic independence and self-sufficiency, and an enhanced government-to-government relationship that will allow greater Indian control of Indian resources." Every president after President Reagan, including President Barack Obama and his 2016 Proclamation, has expanded on this with similar statements supporting strong tribal communities and declaring the month of November as a special month to learn about and remember the contributions of Native Americans.

President Reagan saw the value in self-sufficiency and strong tribal communities throughout his presidency and in 1988 signed into law the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA). IGRA's mission and goals are to promote tribal economic development, self-sufficiency, and strong tribal governments, recognizing tribes' inherent sovereignty to regulate tribal gaming.

IGRA also created the NIGC to regulate the Indian gaming industry in partnership with tribes and tribal regulators. The NIGC works with over 6,000 tribal regulators to ensure that tribes are the primary beneficiaries of their gaming revenue. And while November is an important month to honor the sovereignty and contributions of Tribes and individual Native Americans, the NIGC will continue to uphold the values of tribal economic development, self-sufficiency, and strong tribal governments as the standard in our everyday work every month.

"These values are at the core of NIGC's mission and everyday operations; we will continue to support thriving and stable tribal communities through Indian gaming revenue all year round," said Chairman Jonodev Chaudhuri.

As we continue to celebrate National Native American Heritage month and our mission, we understand the importance of strong Native leadership within tribes and the NIGC. The NIGC has made efforts to foster and encourage leadership in Indian country. We would like to take this time to acknowledge some of our own staff for their leadership. Vice Chair Kathryn Isom-Clause was awarded the 40 under 40 award by The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development for young leaders on November 16th and Ms. Shannon O'Loughlin, Chief of Staff was appointed to the Cultural Property Advisory Committee on September 30, 2016. Both O'Loughlin and Isom-Clause exemplify what it means to hold our values as the standard when completing their everyday work. Additionally, the NIGC has also announced its first ever Technology Leaders Fellowship opportunity in order to foster future tribal leaders in Indian gaming.

NIGC 2017 Tribal Consultation sessions

Washington, DC – Nov. 22, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire – Today the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) announced it will hold a series of tribal consultation sessions across Indian Country from February through May, 2017. The NIGC undertakes its upcoming consultation sessions as part of its ongoing commitment to meaningful consultation with tribal nations and in performance of its regulatory responsibilities.

The consultation will focus on: (1) Non-binding guidance for Class III minimum internal control standards (MICS); (2) rural outreach; (3) developing a strong workforce through training; (4) management contract regulations and procedures; (5) technical standards for Mobile Gaming Devices; (6) modifications to fee regulations; and (7) grandfathered Class II gaming system regulations. The NIGC looks forward to engaging in significant dialogue with tribes as we begin to consider the Commission's current regulations and policies for this constantly growing Indian gaming industry.

Consistent with federal law and NIGC's internal policy, the NIGC places the utmost importance on meaningful consultation with tribal nations in the performance of its statutory duties. The Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) provides the statutory framework to promote tribal economic development, self-sufficiency, and strong tribal governments. Tribal consultations are a vital tool for accomplishing this purpose. These consultations establish regular and meaningful collaboration with tribal officials in the development of Federal policies that have tribal implications. In addition, tribal consultations strengthen the government-to-government relationships between the United States and Indian tribes.

The NIGC has advanced its core initiatives of staying ahead of the technology curve, protecting gamesmanship on the backs of tribes, promoting rural outreach, and creating a strong workforce, both within the NIGC and with its tribal regulatory partners. The Commission has developed these initiatives with the goal of faithfully upholding IGRA's purposes. Together, IGRA and the Commission's initiatives will continue to drive our daily operations as we move forward to fulfill our mission. "Tribal consultations are vital to our ongoing regulatory work. The law mandates that Tribes be the primary beneficiaries of their operations. It is crucial to work hand in hand with our regulatory partners on a government-to-government basis to together preserve the integrity of Indian gaming," said Chairman Jonodev Osceola Chaudhuri.

The NIGC is committed to working with the primary regulators of Indian gaming – the over 6,000 tribal regulators in the field – as well as all relevant stakeholders to protect tribal assets and preserve the integrity of tribal gaming. The NIGC will continue its approach based on IGRA's statutory requirements to ensure that tribes are truly the primary beneficiaries of their gaming enterprises. You can find more information at

The Indian Gaming Regulatory Act created the National Indian Gaming Commission to support tribal self-sufficiency and the integrity of Indian gaming. NIGC oversees the efficient regulation of 497 gaming establishments operated by 244 tribes across 29 states. The Commission's dedication to compliance with the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act ensures the integrity of the growing $29.9 billion Indian gaming industry.

Shilo Renville shares his 41-year odyssey of self-discovery

By CD Floro

Sota Editor

We've known Shilo since he was young.

Our first meeting was on a Housing Authority then-overgrown and unused recreation site at Agency Village.

He was working on a youth crew, clearing brush and putting new nets onto basketball hoops.

Kids would hopefully get back to the court, practice their drills and shooting skills.

First thing we noticed was the sparkle in his eyes; a lot of hopefulness lived there.

But despite that inner light, Shilo struggled with darkness.

His life, as for many other boys and men in our oyate, has come with a unique set of problems related to identity.

Genocide, colonization, and forced assimilation burden our Indigenous nations people with historical trauma.

Present-day racism – systemic and institutionalized – continues preventing our oyate from taking pride in, and accepting their cultural identity.

But this is Shilo's story, and we only mention this collective burden as background.

He is one of many dealing personally, in family and in community, with these traumas.

(Anyone who believes the traumatic past is gone and buried, take a look around the divided towns and cities on our Reservation. Look at the unleashed racism in North Dakota and beyond targeting our Indigenous mni wiconi defenders supporting Standing Rock.)

But, yes, this is Shilo's story.

And he especially wants other boys and men of the oyate to listen.

Here is his story, his 41-year odyssey.

It's a journey of discovering who he is.

How he relates to family and community.

We sat down at his house a few weeks ago.

Here is our conversation.

We began not at the beginning of this story, but at the conclusion. Well, maybe not the conclusion, but at the end of a long cycle of wondering.

You see, Shilo grew up not ever being connected with his biological father. That makes him one of many other boys and men without that connection. Who wonder about their dad, who he was, who he is.

Earlier this fall, Shilo and his partner Chrissy Heminger made a trip to the west coast.

"We took the train from Fargo," said Shilo.

"She (Chrissy) had a tribal workshop in Oregon, in Portland."

"I had overheard my father, my biological father, was director of Indigenous Studies for a university there."

"He oversees everything (in that department)."

"About twenty years ago, I called him."

"I finally got a phone number."

"I called him there."

"It was Christmas eve, about three or four in the afternoon."

"I said, I'm your son. I explained everything."

"You're my father … shared the history my mother had explained to me."

"At that time, he said, how did you get my number?"

"I used legal services back then. Dakota Plains Legal Services."

"He said, well, I don't appreciate your calling me."

"And … don't call me again."

"And … click."

"Hung up on me."

"And that was hard. Really hard."

"I cried."

"I was hurt."

"I had anger … and after thinking about it, my youth, my teenage years, twenties … but mostly my teenage years, that's what I blamed all my misbehaving on … was my dad not being there."

"My mom, Colleen, she did everything for me."

"And my grandmother and my grandfather."

"My uncles and aunts."

"They did everything for me."

"Spoiled me."

"Gave me everything I wanted."

"Then, when I got in trouble … I got out of it."

"Pretty soon, it got to be a pattern."

"Getting in trouble, and knowing they would get me out of it."

"I knew I could use this to advantage."

"And I see that today in the kids."

"A lot."

"Taking advantage."

"My mom, back then, gave me everything."

"Then Harvey came into my life."

"And he was everything. He was the perfect dad."

"He was about education, he was about all my sports."

"Wrestling, football, basketball, baseball."

"Took me to all that."

"He would play catch with me, visit with me, talk with me, and hiking."

"But it was me not getting close to him. Knowing that we was my step-father."

"I didn't give him my full love, full attention."

"I see that with kids today."

"They only go so far, and then … well, you're not my dad. I don't have to listen to you."

"Or … I don't have to listen to you, you're not my mother."

"Some kids are like that now."

"I can understand both sides now, I'm a parent."

We skipped ahead to the workshop in Oregon.

"She's going to the workshop."

"And I'm employed at Rosalie's as a cook."

"And I work hard."

"If you're in food service, you're constantly on your feet, working extra days filling in for people."

"I had been working there over a year and didn't take a vacation."

"Never took a vacation."

"So I figured I'd take a vacation. I'm getting burned out."

"And said (to Chrissy) you're going where? To Portland?"

"I ought to go see my dad."

"I wonder if he's still there."

Here we backtrack again.

"Two years ago, we went down to Tulsa, Oklahoma."

This was for another tribal workshop Chrissy attended.

"We traveled on to Lawton, Oklahoma to see my dad's family that time."

"When I went to see the (Comanche Nation) tribal chairman, Wallace Coffee, I explained my story."

"He just opened his arms."

"He called members of the tribe, telling them hey you've got a family member here."

"When I was introduced to them, I heard oh you're the spitting image of your dad, you talk like him, you act like him, your hands, everything."

"And they gave me a heads-up about his attitude."

"Ah we love him … but he thinks he's too good."

Here in the conversation we shared some laughter.

"Anyway, they said come down any time to the Comanche Nation … you're always welcome here."'

"So we came back … two years ago … but there was still something missing."

"In my whole life, there has always been something missing."

"And it was my real, biological father."

"Not seeing him, not knowing him."

"Thoughts of … I wonder what it would be like if we would talk."

"If I would see him, I wonder if we would do father-and-son things."

"Like I always wanted."

Shilo talked about traveling on the train, going through lovely scenery, but even in recounting his story, you could see him struggling with his thoughts. He was saying that despite the beautiful scenery, his mind was elsewhere, and he was anxious.

"We got there on a Sunday. Monday was relaxed, I totally slept."

"Then, on Tuesday, I did a little research on Google."

"I looked up his name, the university. I looked in the directory and found he was still there."

"That morning I said prayers. I had some sage and bitterroot, didn't have any tobacco."

"But all along the way I've had help from sage and bitterroot."

"I called a cab. Chrissy was already at the workshop."

"On the way I told the driver, a Chinese man, my story."

"He thought it was awesome, my coming from a reservation into the big city looking for my father."

"I go on campus. I see one building, but it wasn't it."

"I went to another, it wasn't it."

"I got directions but couldn't find it. I did get discouraged."

"But I went with the flow."

"Finally, I met a man walking his dog, and he listened. I told him my story."

"He said he couldn't believe it."

"I was soaking in Portland, and this campus, and talked to students."

"They couldn't believe that my dad, my father, my biological father was a professor."

The students guided Shilo to the building where his dad had an office.

Finally, inside "… I see a sign on the door 'Indigenous Native American Cultural Program' and go in."

"There's a board with people's names and if they are in or out."

"His was the top one, and his was on 'out.'"

"Right away I felt, oh man, he's not here today."

"This African American guy walks up … I ask if Cornell's in, and he says oh yeah, he's upstairs."

"He gave me directions."

"I walked up the stairs … felt like the longest staircase I've ever seen."

"Because knowing that on the top of those stairs is my journey … my everything I've wanted in life."

"I'm gonna meet it."

"The hardest stairs I've ever climbed."

"When I got to the top, that's when fear kicked in."

"My hands were sweaty, and I'm sweating, what am I going to say, what am I going to do."

"But … I was calm."

"I saw his door. Saw the door handle. And knocked."

"And the door opened."

"And when that door opened, he didn't look, he turned around and walked to his desk and sat down."

"And I came in. I sat down."

"And he looked at me like he'd seen a ghost."

"He was looking at my face."

"I said, 'My name is Shilo Renville. I'm from South Dakota, the Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Tribe. 'You're my biological father.  You're my dad.'"

"I explained again, how he had met my mother, back in the day."

"I called you twenty years ago and you hung up on me."

"I'm not mad at you."

"Back then, I was."

"But I'm fine now."

"I have children."

"My grandmother Caroline Renville always told me, go find your dad."

"I'm not expecting anything. It's just whatever you want to do."

"The way he was looking at me, his eyes were shaking, like nerves."

"He kept saying 'I don't know what to say. I really don't know what to say.'"

"I knew he was a spiritual man."

"I knew he played the Native American flute."

"I knew he taught Native American, how do you say, ethics, philosophy … in a university."

"I thought for sure he would want to get to know me, knowing he has this background."

Shilo saw signs against Indian mascots, signs against the pipelines.

"So I used my Native American 'card.'"

"I was thinking, my grandmother raised me in a good way. She came from boarding school, but she showed me love."

"No matter what she went through those boarding school days, torture, taken away at five, through all that stuff she was not mad, she was not mad at all."

"She showed me love, taught me how to cook."

"So I told him, in our Tribe if we have a family member hurting, we help them."

"If they're going through something, we help them."

"Or we point something out if they're doing bad."

"But times have really changed, so it's not as much … it's still like that back home but not as much as years ago."

"So I tried to use the Native American spiritual thing, and that didn't work."

"After talking to him, he said 'Well, it seems li8ke you have a good family back home. Good family. Good tribe. Seems like you're satisfied.'"

"Then he said, 'I have a family. I'm satisfied. So why don't we just keep it as that.'"

"When he said that, I thought in my head, wow. It was mind-blowing that this guy, pro-Native, and he has his own flesh-and-blood son come to him and doesn't want anything to do with him."

"Nothing to do with his son."

"It's closure I wanted in my heart and in my soul. Finally."

"Now I know."

"'Thank you for your time,' I told him."

"I shook his hand. I gave him a nice firm handshake."

"And his handshake was a little bit weak."

"I stood up."

"I didn't cry. I didn't have sad feelings. No hate feelings."

"I really didn't know what to feel."

"I walked out, closed his door nicely, and walked down the stairs."

"When I was walking down the stairs I heard this … (Shilo thumps on the table, making sounds that could've been someone hurriedly walking on the floor) … like he got up and hurried to the door."

"But something must have clicked … like maybe he was thinking oh man maybe I shouldn't do this … I've got a family, credentials, whatever you want to call it."

"I think he stopped and thought about it."

"When I was going down those stairs a picture came to me, my son Moses, smiling."

"This isn't the end, I'm not even bummed out."

"I've got my son at home, I'm going to go back home and help him."

"I'll be there more."

"We were separated because of my (being in) prison, and how things turned out when I came back."

"Now he's back in my life. Things are great. Things are going good."

"But it feels like the Creator, God, had just lifted this big weight off my shoulders."

"As big as I am, I felt light."

"I thought I'm not just going to help my son. I need to be a part of some sort of group that helps young men, Native and non-Native on my reservation."

"Because my story is so similar to a lot of other boys."

"I didn't give up."

"Despite going to federal prison."

"Despite going to state prison."

"And treatment … I never gave up."

"Yeah I had a hard time, there were times I wanted to give up. Discouragements."

"But I had a lot of support."

"It's family."

 "I kept looking for my dad, and found him, and got my answer."

We talked more about that experience in his dad's office.

Shilo told what someone else had told him about that meeting: "'You know, when you shook his hand, seems like you gave him this lifelong burden of longing onto him.'"

"And that's right. I don't carry that burden any more. He has it."

"Now I want to help in the area of absent fathers."

That … and cooking.

Shilo sees cooking as a valuable tool for healing.

Anyone interested in finding out more, Shilo can be reached through Rosalie's Restaurant in Sisseton.

Oh, and while you're there, check out the menu.

Article from the Sisseton Courier –

Janisch chosen for Fulbright Fellowship

By Katy Heinecke

Courier Staff Writer

Sisseton High School graduate Roy Janisch is embarking on a once-in-a lifetime opportunity, utilizing his vast knowledge and prior experience and an interest that developed in high school. Janisch is currently the Pittsburg State University, Associate Professor and Coordinator, Justice Studies in PSU's Department of History, Philosophy and Social Sciences, where he has taught since the fall of 2005. He has been named Vancouver Island University's inaugural Fulbright Canada Jarislowsky visiting chair in Aboriginal Studies and will be serving a nine month Fulbright fellowship at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada.

Roy first visited Vancouver Island University in 2014 while on a sabbatical and plans to examine restorative justice practices and principles in the United States and Canada. He plans to interview indigenous people in both countries, including some based on Vancouver Island, as part of his research. Through interviews, Roy will compare U.S. Native American and Canadian First Nations peoples' ideas of justice. He will study the merging of identity, Indian sovereignty and governmental forms on crime and justice in Native American communities. Janisch will examine incarceration rates in prisons and the laws, policies and procedures that affect the criminal justice systems in both countries. The project will be a collaborative effort that will involve the university's Departments of Criminology and First Nations Studies, as well as the Office of Aboriginal Education and the Centre for Pre-Confederation Treaties and Reconciliation. Restorative justice emphasizes the rehabilitation of offenders through victim and community reconciliation.

Janisch, a 1983 SHS graduate and son of Karen and the late Pete Janisch, brings forth an enormous amount of experience to his position. During high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army as a Military Police Officer, Investigator and received specialized training in security, surveillance and investigations. He then attended the University of South Dakota where he obtained a B.S. in Criminal Justice and Psychology, followed by a Master of Public Administration. He has worked as a law enforcement specialist and management analyst in Washington, DC and as a federal criminal investigator specializing in drug enforcement and interdiction operations throughout Indian Country. He went on to further his education by earning a Ph.D. in Law and Social Sciences from Arizona State University.

The Fulbright Canada Jarislowsky Visiting Research Chair in Aboriginal Studies is supported by $250,000 in funding, which is provided by the Fulbright Canada Foundation and the Jarislowsky Foundation. The position will engage VIU's Aboriginal students in research and strengthen relationships between the University, First Nations, Metis, Inuit and the broader community. The Jarislowsky Foundation was founded by Canadian businessman and philanthropist Stephen Jarislowsky in 1991. Since then, it has supported the establishment of 30 chairs in Canada in a number of fields, including education, medicine and art. The Fulbright is a program operated through the Department of State in the U.S. which encourages cross-cultural research, collaboration, and learning while espousing principles of a democratic society. The Universities, Fulbright Committee and Academic Departments review applicants and make the selection. Approximately 1,600 Fulbright Scholars are selected in the U.S. annually.

Roy's resume, education, prior experience and knowledge are outstanding, but he isn't done yet. With so many accomplishments already behind him, he still has future plans to create a center or institute for the study of Native American Crime in the US and to better understand how the social conditions of reservations impacts those numbers.

The nine month fellowship that he is currently serving will be advantageous to his PSU students upon his return to teaching. "I am creating a course on the principles and practices of restorative justice so students can consider alternatives to a system of incarcerations and punishment….one with components of alternatives to justice, along with compassion, to the plight of those social conditions which affect individuals, groups, communities, and society generally."

In his numerous years in working within criminal justice, he has seen many issues, and he speaks of some of the major ones. "The level of social control over all citizens appears to be tightening. Surveillance through technology, both willing and unwilling; the use of those data to further political control and agendas through subservience of the masses and economic gain by a small percentage."

When asked how Janisch feels we as U.S. citizens can make a difference in what appears to be an increase in racism, due to the recent Presidential election and the DAPL pipeline situation, he offered his opinion. "Because the DAPL includes a minority population a lot of people think it is a problem of race, when in fact is a lack of understanding, no respect, no communications and no relationship building. The governmental entities in the U.S. have elevated themselves with military-style equipment to maintain their control over people, resources and economies. We need to begin a dialogue, develop streams of communication with our communities where differences exist and create spaces where real understanding occurs. Ultimately, there needs to be a paradigm shift in the manner in which people relate to one another and come to terms with their gross history, accept and acknowledge that history in order to form a foundation of a just and democratic society."

Roy and wife Julie lead an incredible and adventurous lifestyle and have been able to do a lot of traveling over the years when he isn't working incredibly hard. Congratulations to Roy for this spectacular fellowship opportunity, and I am sure we will hear of more of his accomplishments in the future.

A century and a half after Sand Creek massacre, there are still efforts to whitewash it

By Meteor Blades

The Daily KOS – Nov. 29, 2016 – Today is the 152nd anniversary of one of the best known of scores of mass killings of Indians in the history of North America—the Sand Creek Massacre of Cheyenne and Arapaho on the eastern plains of what is now Colorado. Earlier today, Winter Rabbit posted a diary that includes many details and images of that slaughter in 152nd Anniversary of the Sand Creek Massacre of Nov. 29th, 1864.

Forty-seven years ago, in 1969, my Kiowa friend Tim Kloberdanz, my Navajo friend Charlie Cambridge and I attempted to get a dormitory renamed at the University of Colorado that had been named after Captain David Nichols — one of the officers at the Sand Creek massacre of 1864 and later a lieutenant governor of the state. The name we chose was White Antelope, a southern Arapaho chieftain killed at Sand Creek. We founded the Student Crusade for Amerindian Rights (SCAR) at this time, and the dormitory renaming was the first of several projects, including our successful pressuring of the university to add Indian studies to the curriculum.

A student referendum on the dormitory renaming was eventually held and passed 3-1 the year after I had graduated. But the Board of Regents rejected the name-change because family members of David Nichols, who had donated considerable money to the university when it was founded in 1876 and for decades afterward, still lived locally and objected.

Eighteen years later, under fresh pressure from Cambridge, faculty and students, my friend, the MacArthur Grant recipient and Western historian Patricia Limerick, was asked to investigate David Nichols, which she did in What's in a Name? Nichols Hall: A Report. In 1989, the Nichols dormitory was finally renamed Cheyenne-Arapaho Hall.

Sand Creek wasn't something I learned about in my 9th grade Colorado history class, and it's something that many Coloradans and many other Americans are still unaware of although almost everyone knows about Little Big Horn. The short version: on Nov. 29, 1864, Col. John Chivington and 700 volunteers attacked the peaceful Cheyenne-Arapahoe village on the Colorado plains and killed at least 150 people. The count of the dead in different sources varies greatly, in part because the soldiers there that day exaggerated how many they killed. Most of them warriors, in their tales. Most if the dead were, in fact, children, women and old men, many of the men being away on a hunt. But a few leaders of the two tribes were also killed: War Bonnet, Left Hand, White Antelope, Lone Bear, Yellow Wolf, Bear Man. One leader, Black Kettle, escaped, only to be killed by George Armstrong Custer's men on the Washita River in 1868, an attack fictionalized in the 1970 movie, Little Big Man.

The soldiers mutilated bodies, cutting off breasts and scrota for use as tobacco pouches, and rode into Denver with scalps tied to their pommels. But let Capt. Silas Soule — who was at Sand Creek but refused to fight that day and wrote a letter about the massacre — describe what happened:

The massacre lasted six or eight hours, and a good many Indians escaped. I tell you Ned it was hard to see little children on their knees have their brains beat out by men professing to be civilized. One squaw was wounded and a fellow took a hatchet to finish her, and he cut one arm off, and held the other with one hand and dashed the hatchet through her brain. One squaw with her two children were on their knees, begging for their lives of a dozen soldiers, within ten feet of them all firing — when one succeeded in hitting the squaw in the thigh, when she took a knife and cut the throats of both children and then killed herself. ... They were all horribly mutilated. You would think it impossible for white men to butcher and mutilate human beings as they did.

Soule later testified against Chivington. He was murdered soon after. One hundred thirty-five years after the slaughter, in 1999, Congress passed a resolution to establish the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site. Today, you can visit the site and on plaques like the one pictured, read during a self-guided tour a reasonably accurate history about the slaughter.

Nonetheless, attempts to obscure or whitewash the killings have continued. A few years ago, History Colorado, an organization that had been founded less than 20 years after the massacre, planned an exhibit about Sand Creek in its new building to be opened in Denver in 2012. Progress, right? Just one problem, as Patricia Calhoun of the Denver weekly Westword wrote nearly four years ago. Arapaho and Cheyenne descendants of the victims of the massacre living in Montana and Oklahoma hadn't been consulted, as they were supposed to have been, by History Colorado until just a few months before the exhibit was scheduled to open:

And when the [Northern Cheyenne] tribe was consulted, they did not like what they found. A quote from George Bent, a survivor of the massacre, had been edited beyond all meaning. Dates were wrong; spellings were incorrect. A letter written by Soule was to be featured, but it was one he'd written his mother: "I was never much of a Christian and am naturally wild. Our Col. is a Methodist Preacher and whenever he sees me drinking, gambling, stealing or murdering, he says he will write to Mother." Chivington himself seemed to be getting off easy — especially since in 1865, the congressional committee considering his actions had said it could "hardly find fitting terms to describe his conduct.... He deliberately planned and executed a foul and dastardly massacre which would have disgraced the veriest savages." When the Colorado state historian flew to Billings to smooth over relations with Joe Fox, the vice president of the Northern Cheyenne, said he found the experience "bruising," as "consultants from all three tribes expressed their deep sense of personal pain, insult, and outrage at History Colorado's interpretation, and requested a formal apology from the lead developer and the institution's CEO."

Just a month before the exhibit opened in April 2012, they got a meeting with Edward C. Nichols, a fourth generation Coloradan who was then CEO of History Colorado and a distant relative Captain Nichols. The Northern Cheyenne wanted the exhibit not to open until it was reworked. But that didn't happen. Some modest changes were made, but when the tribe saw what was included and excluded in the exhibit, called Collision, they were deeply unhappy. Fox wrote Nichols four months after the opening, Calhoun reported, saying that Collision was still filled with "errors and omissions" and "Others reveal shabby research and a shocking lack of curatorial understanding of the massacre, the events surrounding it, and its meaning to history."

He again asked for collaboration with History Colorado. Nichols wrote a letter with a nopology and offering consultations. And the tribe responded that it would do so, with conditions. But nothing happened. You can read the details at the link. Thus, on the 150th anniversary of the massacre, visitors to the museum did not get an important part of the story, the Indian side.

DOJ funding available to federally recognized tribes

Washington, DC – Nov. 29, 2016 – The Department of Justice today announced the opening of the grant solicitation period for comprehensive funding to American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments and tribal consortia to support public safety, victim services and crime prevention. The department's Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS) posts today at

"The CTAS program is a cornerstone of the Justice Department's partnership with sovereign tribal nations," said Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch. "By providing tribes and villages with critical funding for everything from law enforcement equipment to programs for native youth and victims of crime, the CTAS program gives tribes the resources they need to address the particular challenges they face. I encourage tribes and villages to take advantage of this program, and I look forward to continuing our work with our tribal partners to build stronger and safer communities for all." The Department of Justice launched CTAS in FY 2010 in direct response to concerns raised by tribal leaders about the department's grant process that did not provide the flexibility tribes needed to address their criminal justice and public safety needs. The department designed this comprehensive approach to save time and resources and allow tribes and the department to gain a better understanding of the tribes' overall public safety needs.

The department's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) and the Office of Justice Programs (OJP), specifically OJP's Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) and Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) all award funding under CTAS. The funding can be used to enhance law enforcement, bolster adult and juvenile justice systems, prevent and control juvenile delinquency, serve native victims of crime and support other efforts to combat crime.

Grantees submit applications for CTAS online through DOJ's Grants Management System (GMS). Applicants must register with GMS at prior to submitting an application. The application deadline is 9:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST), Feb. 28, 2017. Applicants are strongly urged to apply in advance of the deadline.

For the FY 2017 CTAS, a tribe or tribal consortium will submit a single application and select from any or all of the nine competitive grant programs referred to as "purpose areas." This approach allows the department's grant-making components to consider the totality of a tribal nation's overall public safety needs.

The nine purpose areas (PA) are:

· PA1 - Public Safety and Community Policing (COPS)

· PA2 - Comprehensive Tribal Justice Systems Strategic Planning (BJA)

· PA3 - Justice Systems and Alcohol and Substance Abuse (BJA)

· PA4 - Corrections and Correctional Alternatives (BJA)

· PA5 - Violence Against Women Tribal Governments Program (OVW)

· PA6 - Victims of Crime: Children's Justice Act Partnerships for Indian Communities (OVC)

· PA7 - Victims of Crime: Comprehensive Victim Assistance (OVC)

· PA8 - Juvenile Healing to Wellness Courts (OJJDP)

· PA9 - Tribal Youth Program (OJJDP)

Tribes or tribal consortia may also be eligible for non-tribal specific federal grant programs and are encouraged to explore these other funding opportunities. Additional funding information may be found at the department's Tribal Justice and Safety website at or the

Today's announcement is part of the department's ongoing initiative to increase engagement, coordination and action on public safety in tribal communities.

#NoDAPL updates

Army will not grant easement for Dakota Access Pipeline crossing

By U.S. Army – December 4, 2016 – The Department of the Army will not approve an easement that would allow the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline to cross under Lake Oahe in North Dakota, the Army's Assistant Secretary for Civil Works announced today.

Jo-Ellen Darcy said she based her decision on a need to explore alternate routes for the Dakota Access Pipeline crossing. Her office had announced on November 14, 2016 that it was delaying the decision on the easement to allow for discussions with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, whose reservation lies 0.5 miles south of the proposed crossing. Tribal officials have expressed repeated concerns over the risk that a pipeline rupture or spill could pose to its water supply and treaty rights.

"Although we have had continuing discussion and exchanges of new information with the Standing Rock Sioux and Dakota Access, it's clear that there's more work to do," Darcy said. "The best way to complete that work responsibly and expeditiously is to explore alternate routes for the pipeline crossing."

Darcy said that the consideration of alternative routes would be best accomplished through an Environmental Impact Statement with full public input and analysis.

The Dakota Access Pipeline is an approximately 1,172 mile pipeline that would connect the Bakken and Three Forks oil production areas in North Dakota to an existing crude oil terminal near Pakota, Illinois. The pipeline is 30 inches in diameter and is projected to transport approximately 470,000 barrels of oil per day, with a capacity as high as 570,000 barrels. The current proposed pipeline route would cross Lake Oahe, an Army Corps of Engineers project on the Missouri River.

Army Corps of Engineers halts Dakota Access Pipeline

The Daily Beast – Dec. 4, 2016 – The Army Corps of Engineers has told the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe that it will halt work on the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline in order to conduct an environmental impact study, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe announced.

In a statement, the tribe said it "wholeheartedly support[s]" the government's decision, and thanked President Obama and the Justice Department.

"We thank the milions of people around the globe who expressed support for our cause," the statement reads. "We thank the thousands of people who came to the camps to support us, and the tens of thousands who donated time, talent, and money to our efforts to stand against this pipeline in the name of protecting our water."

Protesters have been camped out at the site in North Dakota for weeks to demonstrate against the $3.8 billion project, arguing it will destroy the environment and taint the drinking water used by the Standing Rock Sioux tribe. As protesters have vowed to stay put, clashes with police have intensified in recent days.


By Sarah Sunshine Manning

Dec. 4, 2016

 Don't go thinking Native people and allies are just gonna up and abandon camp now.

It's not that simple.

Trusting a government proclamation has never been that simple for us, and now especially with a Trump presidency around the corner.

Many of us still remain committed to protecting Earth and fighting DAPL and corporate greed.

Is it all over?

We'll have to wait and see.

(Editor's note: We echo Sarah's comments. We see a tremendous victory at Standing Rock today [Sunday, December 4th], but the war against corporate greed is far from over.)

3000 religious will come to Oceti Sakowin Camp for "The Day of Prayer"

White Wolf Pack – Dec. 3, 2016 – Between 2,000 and 3,000 members of interfaith religious groups from across the country are expected to converge in North Dakota Sunday.

The representatives of United Religions Initiative, a nonprofit based in San Francisco, will take part in an Interfaith Day of Prayer at the Oceti Sakowin Camp, where members of the Standing Rock Sioux and their supporters have been trying to block a segment of the 1,200-mile Dakota Access Pipeline from threatening their land.

Chief Arvol Looking Horse, a representative of the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota nations and a member of URI, Rev. Victor Kazanjian, URI executive director, and Rev. Karen Van Fossan of the Bismarck-Mandan Unitarian Universalist Congregation, in Bismarck, N.D., will lead the events that will start off with a sunrise ceremony and continue with interfaith prayers, a community lunch and group discussions, said Isabelle Ortega, URI director of communications.

"This is really what our peace-building efforts around the world are all about -- it's casting aside differences, seeing diversity as a strength," Ortega said. "In the case of Standing Rock, different tribes that have been enemies for so long recognize there is an issue bigger than them."

URI also has gathered prayers from supporters around the world and some of them will be read on Sunday, she said.

2,000 veterans are at Standing Rock to form human shield to protect water defenders from police brutality

By Jeremiah Jones

Counter Current News – More than 2,000 US military veterans have formed Veterans Stand for Standing Rock and plan to act as a human shield around protesters demonstrating against the Dakotas Access Pipeline. Over 2,000 members of Veterans Stand for Standing Rock are planning to travel to a campsite near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, to create a human barrier between protesters and law enforcement this weekend. The news comes just a day following the US Commission on Civil Rights accusing law enforcement of using "military-style equipment and excessive force" against Native American protesters.

Erick Lizandro Marroquin, one of the Veterans Standing for Standing Rock members, told RT America's Ed Schultz that they acknowledge the risks of coming into conflict with law enforcement or other authorities that have been accused of excessive force.

"When we get there, we're not just Latinos, blacks or whites, we are veterans," Marroquin stated. "So, they will be shooting or threatening the uniform of the United States military. But it doesn't have to get to this point."

The veterans are not only hoping to offer some protection to the protesters, but also a respite from demonstrating.

"We want to give them a moment of peace so we can take a little bit of pressure off," Ashleigh Jennifer Parker, a Coast Guard veteran and spokeswoman for Veterans Stand for Standing Rock, told USA Today.

The veterans will be going to the Oceti Sakowin campsite, which has been the target of a number of recent orders from the government. This weekend will be a critical time for the camp, as the US Army Corps of Engineers announced that it would close the protest camp on Saturday. While authorities say they do not plan to forcibly remove protesters, all remaining persons would be subject to prosecution and arrest.

On Monday, Governor Jack Dalrymple (R) ordered an emergency evacuation of the camp, citing harsh weather conditions. In addition, local law enforcement announced plans to block supplies from entering the campsite but walked back on that, claiming they would only check vehicles for prohibited supplies and issue fines of as much as $1,000 for violating the governor's order.

However, that did little to deter Veterans Stand for Standing Rock, who appear motivated to support the cause.

"I figured this was more important than anything else I could be doing," Guy Dull Knife, 69, a Vietnam War Army veteran, told Reuters.

Dull Knife has been at the campsite for months and will soon by joined by many more veterans, including Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) and a major in the Hawaii Army National Guard.

Parker explained to USA Today that she and the other veterans are not concerned about violent treatment, because it would only bring more attention to the cause.

"We're hoping if we stand together in formation and look the aggressors in their face… if they can treat us the same way [as protesters] then that should showcase to the American people what's going on up there," Parker said.

Civil Rights Commissioners on way to Standing Rock

Submitted by Scott German, SWST member

Civil Rights Commissioner

Dec. 2, 2016 – U.S. Commission on Civil Rights voted today to send a delegation to Standing Rock over the weekend.

With assistance of A. Gay Kingman, Executive Director of the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen's Association, Commissioners plan to travel on Sunday, arriving mid-day.

They will visit with the camp on Sunday afternoon and evening, and will be there also Monday to interview water defenders.

"This is the same time that several thousand veterans are arriving, and there are already hundreds in the camp," said Kingman.

"I anticipate this immediate action by the US Commission, will be valuable to the peaceful protestors, the tribes and to the US Commission," she added.

Scott German added he hopes that other Commissioners join him at Standing Rock.

Water Protectors deliver donations to Morton County Officers

Mandan, ND – Indigenous Environmental Network – Dec. 2, 2016 – On Friday December 2nd at approximately 2 p.m. CST Water Protectors from Oceti Sakowin camp will fulfill a donation list that the Morton County Sheriff's Department released on November 22, 2016.

The Oceti Sakowin headsman will join veterans, youth, and women leaders and stand with Leonard Crow Dog who will offer a prayer as Protectors deliver the supplies to the Sheriff's Department in Mandan, ND.

Water Protectors offer these donations to the Morton County officers in generosity and compassion, despite the aggression and hostility they have shown innocent unarmed Protectors of this camp.

The following is a joint statement from the Indigenous Environmental Network and the Indigenous Peoples Power Project:

"North Dakota taxpayers have already bankrolled the Morton County Sheriff Department with approximately 10 million dollars for the suppression of peaceful water protectors. Despite this excessive financial support, Morton County officers are asking taxpayers to donate supplies.

The Oceti Sakowin camp is a prayer camp, and a resilient, self-sufficient community. The camp is full of abundance-- in spirit, in humanity, and in resources. Oceti Sakowin has enough to share. Generosity is an original teaching for the Lakota."

National Lawyers Guild sues Morton County Sheriff, Police for excessive force

Democracy Now – Nov. 29, 2016 – In North Dakota, a group of lawyers from the National Lawyers Guild has filed a class action lawsuit against Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier, Morton County and other law enforcement agencies, arguing they are using excessive force against Native American water protectors fighting the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline.

In recent weeks, police have attacked the protectors with rubber bullets, bean bag rounds, water cannons in subfreezing temperatures, sound cannons, explosive tear gas grenades and concussion grenades, injuring hundreds of people.

One water protector, Sophia Wilansky, was critically injured during one police attack, after her father says a police concussion grenade exploded and nearly blew her arm off.

(Editor's note: Please share in prayers for Sophia, who had been a guest in our SWST camp.)

Editorials –

Sota guest editorial –

Call for Interfaith Day of Prayer

(Editor's note: On Sunday, December 4th, the day before the Army Corps' "eviction" is to go into effect, Chief Arvol Looking Horse called for an Interfaith Day of Prayer.)

Cannon Ball, ND – Statement by Chief Arvol Looking Horse, 19th Generation Keeper of White Buffalo Calf Pipe Bundle, Spiritual Leader of the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota Nations:

Pray with Us, Oceti Sakowin Camp on Sunday, December 4, 2016.

The hearts of all people's faiths must now unite in believing we can change the path we are now on. We, from heart of Turtle Island, have a great message for the world to unite for our children's future. Already we have witnessed many nations of life are now dying because of contamination: those that swim, those that crawl, those that fly, the plant nation, the four legged, and now the two legged.

We are asking the religious people to come and support our youth, to stand side by side with them, because they are standing in prayer. If you can find it in your heart, pray with them and stand beside them. The police department and National Guard would listen to each and every one of you.

This is a very serious time we are in. I know in my heart there are millions of people that feel this is long overdue. It is time that all of us become leaders to help protect the sacred upon Mother Earth. She is the source of life and not a resource.

In a Sacred Hoop of Life, where there is no ending and no beginning.

Brief editorial comments from the editor's desk –

On and Off the Lake Traverse Reservation

Pidamiya to our Tribal member/veterans who traveled to Standing Rock over the weekend.

They joined other veterans in standing up to the nonviolent water protectors from enormous violence – physical and psychological – from militarized police acting illegally for corporate interests.

Along with many other mni wiconi defenders, we were more than a little surprised Sunday afternoon when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced its denial of the easement for DAPL to drill under the Missouri River.

Shocked and very, very glad.

Support from many thousands who made the journey to Standing Rock, and millions across the continent and around the world has made a big impact.

But we caution that while this is a victory, a big one, it is not the end of the war against corporate greed.

Besides the fracking and oil pipelines, there are other aspects of how corporations, with government support, are damaging the water, land, and lives of people – including right here on the Lake Traverse Reservation.

Continue reading here:


While attention is focused on protecting water from pipeline spills on Standing Rock Sioux homelands, we must remember this is but one of several evils coming from the empire that has infected and now controls the country and economy. It is the same empire that manufactures excuses to invade other sovereign nation homelands to take control.

The water, land, and people are being systematically attacked from many sources.

A major point is right here on our Lake Traverse Reservation.

Here is arguably the largest dairy CAFO operation in the Upper Midwest.

At more than 21,000 head of cows confined at Veblen, we think it is the largest one. We think so. We are not certain, because current statistics are very difficult to find.

Google won't help much, and state and federal governments seem more interested in protecting corporate interests than protecting consumers and the environment.

Our readers know of our support for protecting the water resources on the Reservation and preventing continued contamination of ground and surface water. Remember our SWO Mni Wiconi group?

It still exists, but has not gotten much attention.

It is not forgotten.

The suggestion has been made that we change the name, as it is often confused with the West River Mni Wiconi, and despite the appropriateness of its meaning, a change would be welcome.

We don't know results of current water quality testing by the Tribe's OEP, but we have gone out ourselves to sample water near the Veblen dairy operations.

The eColi counts are high, well above EPA standards for posing a risk to public health.

But the locations we really want to sample, we cannot.

Normally year-round flow is dry.

This includes Shortfoot Creek, where a year ago we got outrageously high counts of harmful bacteria.

We want readers to know that our desire to finally make headway against ag industry and its government protectors is not going away.

And just to put in perspective how much water is being taken from the aquifer over which Tribal members have, or should have first usage rights, check this out.

Since January 1, 2016 until this Sunday, December 4, the Veblen CAFOs have extracted more than 339,000,000 gallons of water.

And consider the waste, which amounts to about 120 pounds of manure per cow per day.

So far this year, this one corporate operation has produced more than 854,280,000 pounds of manure since the first day of this year.

Far, far too much to be used safely as fertilizer for farming operations in our area.

And consider the high concentration of other diary CAFOs on the Reservation! From relatively small to 5,000 head. SD Governor Daugaard has been out selling the idea to California dairies to relocate here!

Two months ago while sampling water and observing Veblen dairy application of liquid fertilizer (waste, which yes includes with manure, antibiotics and hormones) we witnessed what they are not supposed to be doing.

According to law, which is monitored (wink wink) by the SD DENR, farm fields are to be tested to determine amount of fertilizer required for the next season's crop. Then, application is supposed to be limited, with liquid manure being dug underneath the surface of the ground by tines dragged by the tractors.

Well, what we saw was liquid manure being sprayed above the ground, with the tines retracted and not even touching the earth.

Clearly illegal.

Another point to make.

While this is harmful to those of us living here, consider what it is doing to millions of people downstream.

Contamination is flowing down the Minnesota River and on into the Mississippi River from here.

We are considering using our time on the Winter General Council agenda to devote to what we have been calling our SWO Mni Wiconi.


Elder's Meditation:

"The smarter a man is the more he needs God to protect him from thinking he knows everything." –George Webb, PIMA

A spiritual person needs to be careful. The more confident we are, the more likely our egos will get us into trouble. It's relatively easy to become self-righteous. We start to think we are teachers and others are students. We start to judge others. We start, very subtlely at first, to play God. After a while we really get good at it. This is very dangerous. We need to remind ourselves, we are here to do God's will. We need to pray every morning. Each day we need to check in with God to see what He would have us do. At night we need to spend time with God and review our day. By doing these things, we will stay on track.

My Creator, guide my path and show me how to correct my life.


Words to consider (or, perhaps not!):

A cynic is not merely one who reads bitter lessons from the past, he is one who is prematurely disappointed in the future. Sidney J. Harris

The real hero is always a hero by mistake; he dreams of being an honest coward like everybody else. Umberto Eco (1932 - ), Travels in Hyperreality (Harcourt)

There is no safety in numbers, or in anything else. James Thurber (1894 - 1961), New Yorker, Feb. 4, 1939, "The Fairly Intelligent Fly"

War is not nice. Barbara Bush (1925 - )

No problem is so formidable that you can't walk away from it. Charles M. Schulz (1922 - 2000)

I am patient with stupidity but not with those who are proud of it. Edith Sitwell (1887 - 1964)

It's amazing that the amount of news that happens in the world every day always just exactly fits the newspaper. Jerry Seinfeld (1954 - )

Every crowd has a silver lining. Phineas Taylor Barnum (1810 - 1891)


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Obituaries –

Services held for RaNae Yammerino

Funeral services for RaNae Erin Yammerino, 37 of Sisseton, SD were held on Thursday morning, December 1, 2016 at the Grace Lutheran Church, Sisseton, SD with the Pastor Vern Donnell officiating.

Organist was Michelle Greseth and soloists were Holly Butrum and Pat Schubert.

Pallbearers were Bracken Robinson, Heath Butrum, Zayden Monson, Susan Likness, Cody Ringsaker, Colton Ringsaker, Caleb Ringsaker, Doug Martenson, and Maegan Dykstra.

Honorary Pallbearers were all of RaNae's nieces, nephew, aunts, and uncles.

Interment is in the Mayasan Cemetery, Sisseton, SD.

The Cahill Funeral Chapel, Sisseton, SD is in charge of funeral arrangements.

RaNae Erin Yammerino was born December 18, 1978 in Sisseton, SD to James and Susan (Monson) Yammerino, the youngest of four siblings.

She grew up enjoying several activities, Girl Scouts, basketball, gymnastics and of course anything horse related.

While growing up with cousins at the farm, they enjoyed swimming with horses, trail rides, and camping with Grandpa Bud on the sand hill. RaNae also liked staying at Susie Likness' when Anthony was younger.

One of the highlights was an annual trip to the Black Hills Stock Show to spend time with family. She was confirmed at First Presbyterian Church in Sisseton.

RaNae attended and graduated school in Sisseton, SD and then went on to LATI in Watertown for Cosmetology.

She babysat, worked at Siston Theater, Taste Freeze, Cheetahs and made a career at Salon 10 in Sisseton and she had 2 home businesses with Younique and Le-Vel.

Anthony James Tchida was born into her life September 29, 2002 which she described as the best day of her life. She was so proud of the young man he is becoming. RaNae's world revolved around her son and she could be seen at his basketball, football and baseball games cheering loud as she could.

Her mission in life was to make people feel better and lift them up.

Her friends remember her as brightening their day with a smile, as being the first to call and see how they were doing, as being positive and encouraging them, always there to talk.

RaNae relished the times at the lake, out dancing, motorcycle trips to Sturgis with John, trail rides and just goofing around with friends, family and especially as Auntie.

RaNae passed away at her home on November 27, 2016.

RaNae is survived by her son Anthony Tchida; her partner John Tchida; her mother Susan Yammerino; three brothers Cory, Darin (Pauline) and Jared Yammerino, all of Sisseton, SD; her maternal grandmother, Vivian Monson of Veblen, SD; eleven nieces, and one nephew. Her extended family of aunts, uncles and cousins miss her dearly and our beautiful girl left us all too soon. We love you forever!

RaNae was preceded in death by her father James Yammerino, Uncle John Yammerino, maternal Grandfather James Monson; paternal grandparents, Frank and Lillian (Crawford) Yammerino; and cousin Shannon Monson.

Memorial dedications can be made to a Suicide Prevention Program.

For RaNae's obituary and on-line registry please visit

Funeral Monday for Janita Abraham

Janita Lynn Abraham, age 60, of Waubay, SD journeyed to the Spirit World on November 11, 2016 near Waubay, SD.

She was born October 18, 1956 to Caroline Cloud and Pete Abraham in Sisseton South Dakota.

She grew up in the Sisseton area and attended school at Tekakwitha and graduated from Flandreau Indian School.

After school Janita lived and worked in Aberdeen and later moved to St. Paul MN, where she lived for a number of years.

Janita moved back to Aberdeen to be near her grandchildren.

In 2016, Janita moved to Waubay after an accident and to be close to her mother.

Janita loved spending time with her grandchildren and took them fishing, ice skating, to the movies and singing in the car with them.

She also enjoyed sketching, painting and coloring and spending time with her family and friends.

Janita is survived by her mother, Caroline Abraham; children, Tucker of Wilmot, Sunshine of Watertown, Joshua of Waubay and Lindsey of Aberdeen; brothers, Cyril of Waubay, Matthew of Waubay, Lyle of Redwing, MN and Eugene of St. Peter, MN; sister, Debra Abraham of Browns Valley, MN; grandchildren, Brent, Lucy, Jaelyn, Jessica, Jannessa, Joaquine and Nakia; nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends. Janita was preceded in death by her father, Pete Abraham; step-father, Daniel Campbell Sr.; her husband, Victor Morrish; daughter Lindsey; brothers Weldon, Allen and Danny Boy.

Wake services were held Saturday and all-night Sunday at the Enemy Swim Community Center.

Funeral services are scheduled this Monday noon, December 5, 2016 at the Enemy Swim Community Center.

Pastor Amos Roberts will officiate. Interment will follow at St. James Cemetery in Waubay, SD.

Honorary casket bearers are Denise Szmiot, Susie Bury, Ruth Campbell, Lori Campbell, Maureen Tracy, Iris Sargent, Grace Iyarpeya, Maria Gill, Family and Friends.

Casket bearers are Brent Valtierra, Brady Roberts, Brandon Roberts, Terry Cloud, Kyle ThreeLegs, Brian Sargent, Donnie Bury and Bobby Campbell.

Chilson Funeral Home, Winsted, MN assisted the family with arrangements.

On-line condolences can be made at

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Poems by Roland Brant




















































My Freedom comes when I see the sun rise

As I walk out in the woods and hear Maiigun

Howl, I know what freedom is then

Today I dream about freedom I look out my

Cell window I see nothing but pine trees

And razor wire

Where is my freedom

Memories comes to me as a young Native

Boy. My freedom was riding my horse across

The prairie.

Wind blowing thru my long hair, that's my

Freedom as a child

My freedom is walking in the forest and

Listening to Mother Nature, The caw of the

Crow. Freedom is listening to the loon sing

His song across the lake

What is Freedom for me today I wake up in

A room that has no sun light I sit on the edge

Of my bed and ask my Higher Power watch

Over my Friends I've made and bless them for

They are trying to find the freedom I'm

Looking for also

Freedom, what is real freedom



Roland J. Brant


Never is the world silent

Somewhere a glass falls to the floor

I wake up and wonder why

I know I need to be quiet


I hear the drums in my dreams

As I sit along the lake shore

Off in the distance I hear the

Howl of the wolf


I wait and listen for more of him

With the wind blowing the rustling

Of the leaves on the tree's

Slapping of the foaming water on the rocks

Never will there be a more silent sound

As I listen for him to howl


I know I can have Peace and Serenity

In the deep slumber, more sounds come

I hear the loon singing across the lake

I look and see the bald eagle soaring

And he screams his song across the sky


This is the Silence I hear

I wake to the alarm of George Jones,

Stop Loving Her Today

And my Silence is broken as I role

Over there in the next bed is my roommate

Now I must wake and see how my

Silence is broken again



Roland J. Brant

Weekly weather round-up

By Ken Siyaka

Ken, a SWST member, enlisted in 1988, after graduating observing school at Chanute AFB, spent 4 years at Hill AFB observing and honing weather techniques. Graduated forecasting school at Keesler AFB, 1996.

Assigned to Minot AFB, where his forecast area of responsibility consisted of the NE sector of the US, ( North and East of Omaha, NE), Southern California and trans- Atlantic and Pacific flights.

After a tour on the Korean Peninsula, he was assigned to HQ Air Force Weather Agency, Offutt, AFB, NE where he was assigned to forecast for locations worldwide and to classify and tracking tropical storms, identifying geophysical events such as dust storms and volcanic eruptions.

Other placed forecasted for; Panama and South America, Kosovo, Iraq.

Ken also was assigned to Learmonth Solar Observatory, Learmonth, Western Australia to monitor solar events that could potentially disrupt global communications, shuttle flights and for the protection of astronauts on the International Space Station.

After his retirement Ken also spent 2 seasons at McMurdo Station, Antarctica forecasting for the National Science Foundation supporting United States Antarctic Program.

Current and Long Range Forecast

Current long range models suggesting the following:

NESD: it appears to be flurries throughout the week with occasional heavier snow from Monday night into Tuesday bringing another couple of inches, with a total accumulations of about 4 inches by next Friday. Temperatures start to drop starting Monday afternoon, expect the highs and lows to be between 0F to 7F and windchills from -15F to -20F through Friday. Saturday, temperatures are expected to rise into the low teens as another system moves into the plains. dropping another 2-5 inches of fluffy white stuff.

Oceti Sakowin Camp: Expect 2-4 inches of snow Monday, then occasional flurries until Friday when the next system is expected to drop another 2-4 inches on Saturday. Temps are still expected to drop on Monday as well Monday night lows near 5F, Tuesday high of 6F, Low 0F, Wed temps +4F/-5F, Thursday 0F/ -8F, Friday temps start to rise from -8F to + 5F as the next system moves into the plains. The downside is that the camps are going to b experiencing some downright cold windchills through the week. From about 10F starting noon Monday and dropping to -15F to -25F until Saturday...


Any comments? Questions for Ken?

Address them to Sota, ATTN Ken Siyaka, P.O. Box 5, Wilmot, SD 57279; 605-938-4452; fax 605-938-4676; or email

Noise Induced Hearing Loss

By Richard P. Holm, MD

Of the 40 million people with hearing loss in the United States, 25% of those, or 10 million, have lost part or all of their hearing as a result of excessive exposure to too much noise. But how much noise is too much?

Measured as decibels (dB), the acceptable manufacturing noise standard is to allow a daily exposure up to but not over 85 dB in an eight-hour period of time. More than that can cause permanent injury to our hearing. This is likely due to wear and tear on the tiny cells in the ear, called hair cells, that vibrate when sound is introduced. It's like a daily line of college kids walking too often across one path on the grass. A little is fine; too much kills the grass.

The average conversation, for example, is usually around 50-60 dB, street noises at 70-80 dB, and an operating lawnmower at about 90 dB. Single loud sounds like gunfire at about 150 dB can also be damaging, but realize that the time exposed to lower volumes are the unrecognized danger we face daily. Noise levels above 90 dB come from surprising places like screaming babies, convertibles driving at 60 mph, marching bands, leaf blowers, hand and hair driers, and those noisy electronically amplified concerts.

Now a new threat has turned up. Tuning out the world with ear buds, while turning up the tunes for hours, can be like riding on a two-cylinder John Deere Tractor with no cab all day while cultivating corn. Those old two-cylinders were loud, and so it can be with ear buds! Ear bud volumes at 100 dB for as short as 15 minutes can damage hearing. Again, it's the volume multiplied by the time of exposure that makes it so bad. One study showed that 97% of third graders had documented exposure to hazardous sound levels, while another showed that 12.5% of 6-19 year olds in the U.S. already had hearing loss directly attributed to noise exposure.

What's more, ear buds can be even more dangerous if the volume is too high and blocking out the ambient outside noise, which is needed to avoid danger. For example, walkers, runners, and bicyclists need their ears to hear when a truck might be coming from behind.

Of course, it isn't just noise that can reduce our hearing. Infections, trauma, and even medications like antibiotics, chemotherapy drugs, or pain medications can do it too, and we need to be aware. But the take home message for today is to protect ears by avoiding exposure to too much noise, and that the noise from ear buds is a new and dangerous threat.

Youth, school activities highlights –

Education watch on the Lake Traverse Reservation

ESDS FACE program celebrates holiday season

By Kari Ewalt

The Family and Child Education Program helped celebrate the holiday season with a fun filled day of games and warm company.

On December 2nd, prior to the Holiday Celebration at Enemy Swim Day School, Adult Education participants and their children enjoyed a game of Yahtzee in the Adult Education center.

A special holiday dinner was enjoyed by students, family, and community members.

FACE provides home-base services, prenatal through age 3. Children, ages 3-5, can enroll to attend the Early Childhood Center, which is full, but you are able to place your child's name on the current waiting list. Adults in the Adult Education area work on GED, pre-collage skills, participate in online college courses, and work skills.

FACE is a research and data based program that provides learning skills, family wellness, developmental activities, pre-school services, and adult education to its participants.

FACE partners with the National Council for Families Learning and Parents as Teachers to provide the best opportunities for learning for all ages and stages of your family.

Check out FACE today!

Feel free to contact the FACE program at (605) 947-4605.

Outdoor Report

By Dean E. Shultz Jr.

Roberts County Conservation Officer

Well, hello again! I would like to take this time and remind everyone about a couple of things that are happening in the field of wildlife and fisheries.

Where did the fall go? I hate to say it but, it is getting to the time of the year where most of our hunting seasons are wrapping up. Here are some of the ending dates around our area. Duck season will close on December 6th and goose season closes December 18th. Pheasant, partridge and grouse season will be closing on January 1rd. The East River rifle deer season will close December 4th.

I would like to remind landowners about depredation issues before they start. It is time to start thinking about protecting your winter hay and feed supply. Although this fall started with higher then normal temperatures and lower snowfall totals than an average year, the last two weeks produced some snowy and icy conditions, we can expect the animals will be forced into producer's feed stores, maybe in larger then usual numbers. To protect hay and stored feed from hungry wildlife take extra planning steps to store your winter hay and feed in a secure manner and location. Should you wait too long, snow could make moving hay difficult or impossible and leave the feed easily accessible to wildlife. There are also locations and configurations of storing hay where it is more protected from wildlife. To help we have a number of protective fencing options. The earlier you contact my office or the Watertown Regional Office before a problem becomes serious, the more management options may be considered.

The time of the year has arrived that ice is just starting to form on the lakes and sportsmen and women are getting their fishing gear ready to hit the ice. I would like to remind you of some ice safety concerns. The first issue is knowing good ice verses bad ice. Just because there is ice on the lake doesn't mean it is good. Here is a general rule of thumb for ice thickness and the activities the ice will support. Two inches of clear, solid ice is usually safe for one person walking. Four inches of the same kind of ice is usually safe for ice fishing. Five inches of the same kind of ice is usually safe for snowmobiling. Eight to twelve inches is usually safe for vehicles to be on the ice, but driving should be avoided when ever possible. Traveling on the ice, especially early or late in the season, is simply an accident waiting to happen. New ice is usually stronger than old ice. As ice ages, the bond between the crystals becomes weak making it more dangerous and weaker even if melting hasn't occurred. Wind speeds influence ice formation. Light winds speed up formation. Strong winds force water from beneath the ice and can decay the edges of the ice. Snow can insulate ice and keep it from thickening. When ice is covered by snow, great precautions need to be taken to determine ice thickness before starting any activity. Snow can also hide cracked, weak and open water areas. Slush is a danger sign. Slush indicates that ice is no longer freezing from the bottom. Slush also indicates weak or deteriorated ice. Ice can change with the surrounding climate conditions. Temperature, precipitation, wind speed, ice age and water depth and water quality are all factors that affect ice strength and thickness. Never check the ice or rescue a victim of ice failure alone because you could go from rescuer to victim very quickly. Individuals should wear a flotation device and ice picks when on questionable ice. They also should carry ice picks whenever on the ice, as they never know when they may need them to pull themselves out. Everyone should have a set or two. Two short lengths of broom handle or dowel with sharpened nails in one end and joined with a piece of string can be easily carried in the pocket. Precautions need to be taken to assure ice is safe for your winter recreational activities. Always check the ice before going out on it. Be aware that ice thickness and strength can very from location to location. Never assume that ice is ok to drive on just because everybody else is doing it.

If you have any questions about the information in this article or any other topic please feel free to give me a call at 605-881-3773.

Good luck, on your next outdoor adventure.

NIGC seeks applicants for first-ever technology leaders fellowship

Washington, DC – Nov. 30, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Indian Gaming Commission has announced its first ever Technology Leaders Fellowship opportunity. The announcement of this fellowship is part of our celebration of Native American Heritage Month but more importantly to support tribal economic development, self-sufficiency, and strong tribal governments. The NIGC sees the importance of leadership in Indian country year-round therefore has created this fellowship to help cultivate future leaders in Indian gaming.

The Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) mandates that the NIGC supports tribal economic development, self-sufficiency, and strong tribal governments. In keeping with the mission of IGRA, as well as promoting our initiative of staying ahead of the technology curve, the NIGC is proud to offer this Fellowship as a one-year apprenticeship-type opportunity for recent graduates in the fields of technology and who are interested in Indian gaming. The Technology Leaders Fellow will assist and collaborate with NIGC technology staff on a variety of special projects.

This Fellowship was developed based on conversations with tribal leaders about the important role technology plays, and will continue to play in the tribal gaming industry. From those conversations, the NIGC designed a program with the purpose of helping to foster technological expertise specific to tribal gaming. "In this growing industry it is necessary to train the best and brightest in gaming technology serving Indian gaming. This Fellowship supports our initiative of staying ahead of the technology curve by giving hands on training to recent graduates that can be taken back into Indian Country and Indian gaming." said Chairman Jonodev Osceola Chaudhuri.

Newly named Director of Technology, Travis Waldo stated, "NIGC saw a growing number of invitations for technical trainings and technology assessments by tribes. This new Fellowship will allow recent graduates in technology to spend one year with the NIGC, in the hopes that those Fellows will return to Indian Country gaming operations."


The Indian Gaming Regulatory Act created the National Indian Gaming Commission to support tribal self-sufficiency and the integrity of Indian gaming. The NIGC has developed four initiatives to support its mission including (1) To protect against anything that amounts to gamesmanship on the backs of tribes; (2) To stay ahead of the Technology Curve; (3) Rural outreach; and (4) To maintain a strong workforce within NIGC and with its tribal regulatory partners. NIGC oversees the efficient regulation of 497 gaming establishments operated by 244 tribes across 29 states. The Commission's dedication to compliance with the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act ensures the integrity of the growing $29.9 billion Indian gaming industry. To learn more, visit and follow us on Facebook and Twitter .







Case No. D-17-071-765

In the Matter of the Change of Name of ALEXIS PAIGE CONTRERAS AND ANDREW ZANE CONTRERAS, Minor Children.

And Concerning: MURRETTA ANDERSON, Petitioner.



NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Petitioner's request for a change of name from ALEXIS PAIGE CONTRERAS to ALEXIS PAIGE ANDERSON, and ANDREW ZANE CONTRERAS to ANDREW ZANE ANDERSON shall be heard before the Honorable B.J. Jones, Judge of the Tribal Court, in the Courtroom of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Tribal Court at Agency Village, SD at 1:30 P.M. on the 21st day of December 2016.

Dated this 16th day of November 2016.


/s/ BJ Jones


ATTEST: Lois Kohl, Clerk of Courts



Request for Bids

The Sisseton Wahpeton Housing Authority (SWHA) is seeking bids for the following: Scope of Work

1.  The Contractor shall provide all labor, material, tools, equipment, and services to "Button-up" 44' x 28' ,1,232 sq. ft. Dynamic Home. The unit will also require a 28' x28' garage to be constructed on-site. There are repair items in the sheetrock that will require additional work.

2.  A complete specification package can be obtained by contacting Robert Starr, 605-698-3901, extension 15, available starting December 06, 2016. A on-site visit of the unit by the bidder is encouraged to assure that a complete bid is submitted.

3.  The Request for Bids shall be accepted at the SWHA office until 4:00 p.m., January 06, 2017, where they will be logged in and recorded. The bid opening will be January 09,

where they will be opened read aloud and recorded. The objective of this Request for Bids is to locate a source that will provide the best overall value to the Sisseton Wahpeton Housing Authority, with price being the most significant factor, other criteria will form the basis of the award decision. Submission Guidelines and Requirements that apply to this Request for Bids (RFB).

1.  Sisseton Wahpeton Sioux Tribe (SWST) Business License (attach to bid).

2.  SWST Tribal Employment Rights Office Certification if applicable (attach to bid).

3.  Liability Insurance (attach to bid).

4.  Workman's Compensation Insurance (attach to bid).

5.  Bidders shall be aware of the SWST Chapter 75, Sex Offender Code.

6.  Bidders must document at least two (2) similar projects as part of their response.

7.  The bid price must be provided by the bidder that is not more than three pages. This bid price must indicate the overall fixed price for the project.

8.  A start date and completion date must be included.

9.  Proposals must be signed by a representative that is authorized to commit the bidder's organization.

10. Proposals shall be valid for sixty (60) days.

11. All bids shall be submitted to the SWHA in a sealed envelope marked clearly on the outside "Bid for Long Hollow underground cable installation, Attn. J.C. Crawford, Director" where it will be time recorded and secured.

Evaluation Factors

1.  Responsiveness to the requirements set forth in this RFB.

2.  Relevant past performance/experience with similar projects

3.  Experience of bidder and bidder's work force.

4.  Start date and completion date.

The Sisseton Wahpeton Housing Authority reserves the right to award to the bidder that provides the best value, and responsiveness to the owner's requirements, as determined by the SWHA in its absolute discretion.

JC Crawford Executive Director.


Request for Bids

The Sisseton Wahpeton Housing Authority (SWHA) is seeking bids for the following: Scope of Work

1.  The Contractor shall provide all labor, material, tools, equipment, and services to replace temporary overhead electrical service and install new underground cable.

2.  The underground cable shall be installed in PVC conduit schedule 80 for protection from rodent damage.

3.  The contractor shall dispose of all construction debris and landscape the construction site to the satisfaction of the owner.

4.  Units affected are Long Hollow site 542, 543, 544, 545 located on Redday Drive.

5.  The Request for Bids shall be accepted at the SWHA office until 4:00 p.m., December 16, 2016 where they will be logged in and recorded.

6.  The bids shall be opened December 19, 2016, at a SWHA board meeting where they will be opened, read aloud and recorded.

The objective of this Request for Bids is to locate a source that will provide the best overall value to the Sisseton Wahpeton Housing Authority, with price being the most significant factor, other criteria will form the basis of the award decision. Submission Guidelines and Requirements that apply to this Request for Bids (RFB).

1.  Sisseton Wahpeton Sioux Tribe (SWST) Business License (attach to bid).

2.  SWST Tribal Employment Rights Office Certification if applicable (attach to bid).

3.  Liability Insurance (attach to bid).

4.  Workman's Compensation Insurance (attach to bid).

5.  Electricians License to accomplish project work (attach to bid).

6.  Bidders shall be aware of the SWST Chapter 75, Sex Offender Code.

7.  Bidders must document at least two (2) similar projects as part of their response.

8.  The bid price must be provided by the bidder that is not more than three pages. This bid price must indicate the overall fixed price for the project.

9.  A start date and completion date must be included.

10. Proposals must be signed by a representative that is authorized to commit the bidder's organization.

11. Proposals shall be valid for sixty (60) days.

12. All bids shall be submitted to the SWHA in a sealed envelope marked clearly on the outside "Bid for Long Hollow underground cable installation, Attn. J.C. Crawford, Director" where it will be time recorded and secured.

Evaluation Factors

1.  Responsiveness to the requirements set forth in this RFB.

2.  Relevant past performance/experience with similar projects

3.  Experience of bidder and bidder's work force.

4.  Start date and completion date.

The Sisseton Wahpeton Housing Authority reserves the right to award to the bidder that provides the best value, and responsiveness to the owner's requirements, as determined by the SWHA in its absolute discretion.

JC Crawford Executive Director.


Request for Bids

The Sisseton Wahpeton Housing Authority is seeking bids for the following: Scope of Work

1.  The installation of Steel Roofs over existing asphalt shingled roofs in seven units located in the Big Coulee Housing site, units 197, 200, 201, 202, 203, 204, 206.

2.  Furnish all labor, material, tools, equipment, and services for all preformed steel roofing as indicated. The selected bidder will provide all components required for a complete metal roofing system to include panels, panel clips, trim flashing fascia, ridge, closures, sealants, fillers, pipe flashing, ice and water barriers, seamless rain gutters, and downspouts.

The objective of this Request for Bids is to locate a source that will provide the best overall value to the Sisseton Wahpeton Housing Authority, with price being the most significant factor, other criteria will form the basis of the award decision. Submission Guidelines and Requirements that apply to this Request for Bids (RFB).

1.  Sisseton Wahpeton Sioux Tribe (SWST) Business License (attach to bid).

2.  SWST Tribal Employment Rights Office Certification if applicable (attach to bid).

3.  Liability Insurance (attach to bid).

4.  Workman's Compensation Insurance (attach to bid).

5.  Bidders shall be aware of the SWST Chapter 75, Sex Offender Code.

6.  Bidders must document at least two (2) similar projects as part of their response.

7.  The bid price must be provided by the bidder that is not more than three pages. This bid price must indicate the overall fixed price for the project.

8.  A start date and completion date must be included.

9.  Proposals must be signed by a representative that is authorized to commit the bidder's organization.

10. Proposals shall be valid for sixty (60) days.

11. All bids shall be submitted to the SWHA in a sealed envelope marked clearly on the outside "Bid for Big Coulee steel roof installation" where it will be time recorded and secured no later than 4:00 pm, December 16, 2016.

12. The bids shall be opened December 19, 2016 when they will opened read aloud and recorded.

Evaluation Factors

1.  Responsiveness to the requirements set forth in this RFB.

2.  Relevant past performance/experience with similar projects

3.  Experience of bidder and bidder's work force.

4.  Start date and completion date.

The Sisseton Wahpeton Housing Authority reserves the right to award to the bidder that provides the best value, and responsiveness to the owner's requirements, as determined by the SWHA in its absolute discretion.

JC Crawford Executive Director.

Trading Post ads

Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate

Job Openings

The Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate is seeking to fill the following positions(s):

School Resource Officer, Law Enforcement

Drug Court Clerk, Tribal Court

Probation Officer, Tribal Court

Program Manager, Child Protection Program

Process Server (part-time), Office of Child Support

Resident Assistant, Wacinyan Tipi

Resident Assistant (part-time), Wacinyan Tipi

Outpatient Counselor, Dakotah Pride

Case Manager, Dakotah Pride

Early Childhood Specialist, Education Department

Closing Date: December 9th, 2016 @ 04:30 PM

Chief Academic Officer, Education Department

Student Support Specialist, Education Department

Tracking Paraprofessional, Early Childhood Intervention

Dakota Language Teacher, Head Start

Bus Monitor/Teacher Aide, Head Start

Bus Driver - Part Time, Head Start

Dispatcher, Law Enforcement

Closing Date: December 16th, 2016 @ 04:30 PM

Application and job description information can be seen at SWO Human Resources Office or Application can be downloaded from "Apply Now" and emailed to ArnoldW@SWO-NSN.GOV or DeniseH@SWO-NSN.GOV. Contact can also be at Arnold Williams 698-8238 or Denise Hill 698-8251 with questions. (Tribal preference will apply).


Sisseton Wahpeton College

Has the following vacancies:

Extension Program Assistant: There is an opening for a full-time Extension Program Assistant at SWC. This position provides assistance to the Science and Extension Coordinator and science instructors with classes, workshops, and seminars. Requirements are: AA degree in a science or related field. Position closes at 4:30 p.m. on December 16, 2016. Visit our website for a complete job description and application or contact the HR office at 605-698-3966, ext. 1118.

Early Childhood Adjunct Instructor: There is an opening for an Early Childhood Adjunct Instructor at SWC. Requirements are: Master's Degree or 18 graduate credits in Early Childhood. Visit our website for a complete job description and application or contact the HR office at 605-698-3966, ext. 1118. Position closes at 4:30 p.m. on December 16, 2016.

Culinary Arts Instructor: There is an opening for a full-time Culinary Art Instructor at SWC. Able to instruct all levels of baking or cooking, sanitation and management in a lab or lecture setting. Instruct courses specifically in baking, pastry, culinary arts, restaurant management lab classes and lecture classes. Requirements are: Bachelor's degree in Culinary Arts, Hospitality, Food Service Management, or related field. Two-year's full-time, or equivalent part-time, teaching or training experience in Culinary Arts. Significant professional experience in food service operations, including substantial responsibilities in purchasing and inventory management. Visit our website for a complete job description and application or contact the HR office at 605-698-3966, ext. 1118. Position open until filled.

Gunsmithing Instructor: There is an opening for a full-time Gunsmithing Instructor at SWC. Requirements are: Associate's Degree in Gunsmithing or related field. Visit our website for a complete job description and application or contact the HR office at 605-698-3966, ext. 1118. Position is open until filled.


Positions Open

Agency C-Store: Part-time Cashier (night shift)

Fuel Inc.: Propane Driver – Fulltime (Seasonal)

All interested applicants may obtain an application at SWO Fuel Inc. or Agency C-Store.


Dakota Magic Casino

Job Openings

Human Resources Department:

Clerk (Full-Time) Day 1-year clerical experience in a professional setting Must pass a typing proficiency test 45wpm.

Seamstress (Part-Time) Day

Table Games Department:

Dealer (2 Part-Time) Rotating

Closing Date: December 9, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.

High School Diploma or GED required for most positions

Two identifications documents required upon hire

If interested please submit application to Human Resources Department, 16849 102nd Street SE, Hankinson ND 58041.For complete Job Description contact James Neconish 701-634-3000 ext. 2582 Indian Preference will apply / EEO. (Please Provide Tribal Enrollment). Must be licensable by the SWO Gaming Commission.


Dakota Sioux Casino & Hotel

Job Openings

Dakota Sioux Casino & Hotel is seeking to fill the following position(s):

PORTER: PORTER (4 Full-Time) GENERAL FUNCTION: Serves as janitorial/housekeeping staff for guests and casino operations. REQUIREMENTS: Physical mobility throughout the facility and surrounding grounds. Able to lift 40 to 50 lbs. Must be able to bend, stoop, stand and walk a 8 hour shift. Weekends are mandatory, Must obtain a Non-Gaming License upon hire. Must be 21 years of age

This position will close on December 7, 2016 at 4 pm.

Indian Preference will apply/EEO.

Contact the Human Resources Department for complete job descriptions at 1-800-658-4717 ext. 1652.

If interested please fill out an application and submit to: Dakota Sioux Casino & Hotel, Human Resources Department, 16415 Sioux Conifer Road, Watertown, SD 57201.


Dakota Connection Casino

Job Openings

Security Department: Officer (1) full-time, rotating shifts, day, swing, graveyard, weekends, holidays, and the ability to work flexible hours. Mobility throughout the facility 45% percent of time; will be stooping, bending, walking for long periods of time, able to lift up to 40 pounds, computer skills required for report writing. Will be exposed to noise and tobacco smoke. Appropriate dress code. Must be at least 21 years old & have High School Diploma or GED. Must be able to obtain a Key Gaming License.

C-Store Department: Clerk/Cashier (1) full-time, rotating shifts, day, swing, graveyard, includes weekends & holidays. Excellent customer service skills; math skills essential; ability to operate necessary equipment; physical ability to lift moderate amounts of weight; previous experience working with money preferred; strong organizational skills managing various functions; dependable & available to work any & all shifts. Must be at least 21 years old & have a High School diploma or GED.

Restaurant Department: Prep cook/cook (2) full-time, rotating shifts, day, and swing, includes weekends & holidays. Previous experience is preferred. Must be able to multi-task; have the ability to work under pressure; the ability to operate necessary equipment; knowledge of food preparation safety requirements and ability obtain a "Food Handlers" certification; physical ability to clean, lift heavy object up to 20 lbs. or more and restock inventory. Have the physical ability to stand for prolonged periods of time. Appropriate dress code. Must be very dependable. Must be at least 18 years old & must have a High School Diploma or GED.

Bingo Department: Rover/Drop Team Member (1) full-time; will be required to work any shift assigned during Bingo hours, weekends & holidays, and drop days. Will also be trained in all positions in the bingo department; such as floor clerk, cashier, pack maker, paymaster and caller. Previous experience working with money preferred. Will be responsible for collecting slot drop and bill validators drop, counts, and verifies all boxes. Transports bill validators to the vault. Prepares appropriate paperwork and makes necessary computer entries. Must be 21 years old, must have a High school Diploma or GED. Must be able to obtain a Key Gaming License.

Opening date: Thursday, December 1, 2016

Closing date: Wednesday, December 7, 2016 @ 4:00 p.m.

All positions will be exposed to noise & tobacco smoke

Indian preference will apply/EEO Employer.

Apply with the Human Resources Department, call or write for job description. Submit application to: Human Resources Department Dakota Connection Casino, 46102 SD Hwy 10, Sisseton, SD 57262.



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