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Volume 46 Issue No. 31

Anpetu Iyamni, August 5, 2015

Inside this Edition –

Chairman Renville meets SD officials for tour of SWO Parolee Project, admin building, Dakotah Pride, and Jail

Mni Wiconi organizes water rights forum or everyone August 9th at Watertown

Project consultant praises SWO team effort preparing Barker Hill homes for state inspection

SWO Wellness missed appointments survey

St. Catherine’s Catholic Church renamed St. Kateri’s

Jr. Miss SWO on road representing Oyate

Joseph Robertson impacting school systems

Root Beer Float benefit held for KXSW-Radio

S-W Federal Credit Union annual meeting August 20th

Deadline for receipt of copy is Friday noon

W.A.T.E.R. “We All Take Environmental Responsibility” –

Mni Wiconi to host water rights forum for everyone

By CD Floro

Sota Editor

Mni Wiconi, Oyate grassroots volunteers continue to gather evidence showing harmful impacts the concentrated animal feedlot operations (CAFOs) are having on the environment and people’s health on the Lake Traverse Reservation.

Working in tandem with attorneys who have already sent “cease and desist” letters to the CAFOs, the documentation mounts showing massive contamination of E.coli in groundwater.

Last Thursday our lead water monitor Julian Boucher toook repeat samples at five sites in the vicinity of the Veblen dairy operations.

Each one tested far above the public health hazard limit.

While taking the samples, Julian noticed three young children playing in a field near the creek where he drew one of the bottles.

A stark reminder of who is being exposed to this deadly contamination.

This group was formed to support your Tribal government’s path in protecting the quantity and quality of water in your aquifers. Using treaties as a basis, your first usage rights are to be protected by law. And besides the massive drain on the aquifers needed for these giant ag factories, there is the contamination coming from huge amounts of waste. This waste contains not only manure but antibiotics and other medicines used in lessening the inevitable disease when animals are confined in tight spaces but steroids used to increase production.

Proponents of the CAFOs’ tout “progress” and “economic development,” and point to environmental protection procedures in place at these animal factories, but they defend the indefensible.

These pages of how the environment is protected are useless. And so far the public agencies charged with overseeing these businesses have neglected their responsibility – in a big way. So much so, that the government is a co-partner with those out-of-area owners/investors pulling profits from the Oyate. Taking profits without regard to the environment or health and well-being of the people.

What Mni Wiconi wants to do is let everyone understand that this battle against the CAFOs is not solely for the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate, for the members of the SWO Tribe. Not at all.

It is a battle for the water and health, the wellbeing of everyone who lives here. All the neighbors, Indian and non-Indian alike.

To bring home the collaborative nature of water rights protection, Mni Wiconi has scheduled a public forum to be held in Watertown, SD next Sunday, August 9th.

City officials of Watertown and other communities have been invited, and it is hoped that a good many non-Indian people will attend.

The group will share information on what’s been happening, and how efforts are underway to bring together other groups and communities that share a common goal – protection of water resources for everyone, now and in the future.

A Skype link will be available during the afternoon so that the public can ask questions of attorneys involved in the case.

Hours are from 1:00-6:00 p.m. at Dakota Sioux Casino & Hotel.

Following the forum there will be a community meal for everybody.

Please see the W.A.T.E.R. notice elsewhere in this edition of the Sota.

SWO Tribal Chairman Renville meets SD officials

SWO is leading the nation as a pilot tribe for the Parolee Project and is creating an evidence based program that has the potential to be implemented by other tribal nations.

Submitted by Maya Kwon

SWO Legal Department

A delegation of South Dakota state officials visited the Lake Traverse Reservation last Wednesday, July 29, 2015.

They were met by SWO Tribal Chairman Bruce Renville.

They included: Denny Kaemingk, Secretary of the Department of Corrections; Laurie Feiler, Deputy Secretary of the Department of Corrections; Jim Seward, General Counsel for Governor Daugaard; Steve Emery, Secretary of Tribal Relations; and Michael Winder, Department of Corrections Communications and Information Manager.

They conducted a site visit at the SWO Parole Office. SWO is leading the nation as a pilot tribe for the Parolee Project and is creating an evidence based program that has the potential to be implemented by other tribal nations.

The group also toured the Dakotah Pride Treatment Facility, Tribal Administration Building, and the Tribal Jail.

Travois praises SWO collaborative effort preparing Barker Hill homes for inspection

(Editor’s note: Here is a letter from Travois consulting group, which helps SWO manage its properties.)

DATE: July 27, 2015

TO: Dakota Nation Development Corp.

Barker Hill Team,

First, I would like to congratulate you all on an outstanding job preparing Barker Hill for the state inspection last week. Please thank all the groups and individuals who pitched in on this clean up and renovation project (DNDC, SWHA, Natural Resources, Health & Fitness Center, Summer Youth Program, etc.) which resulted in a fantastic state inspection.

Julie Anderson, Housing Management Officer for SDHDA, arrived around 9:30 am and due to rain (not to mention buying a little more time to finish renovations on site) she began the inspection with a review of all 21 Barker Hill Homes tenant files. Joshua Flute and I were available to answer any questions and make any corrections necessary as she reviewed the files. One file needed the tenant's initials on a correction, and luckily the resident was able to come in on her lunch break and take care of it. Anything Julie found, we were able to take care of right there on the spot. She did make a recommendation about adding an addendum to the lease explaining that DNDC is not responsible for loss of tenant's personal property and that they should consider obtaining "renter's insurance."

By 2:00, we began the physical inspections of all 21 units. Fran Tease and I accompanied Julie on the inspections. There were still a couple of maintenance crews on site finishing up final details, which actually worked to our advantage. There were a few items that would have been health and safety violations, but the maintenance crew were able to fix the issues right there on the spot. So the inspection resulted in zero health and safety violation findings!

Unfortunately, screens that had been ordered weeks ago, had not arrived in time for the inspection, so those units needing new screens will have "findings" for missing or damaged screens. A few of the units had other minor issues like broken glass/mirror and trash outside that needed cleaning. A lot of the tenants had paper or other flammable items stored in or around their hot water heaters, which would have resulted in a "finding." But Fran (or the tenant if they were home) moved the items during the inspection.

 Once you receive the full report from Julie, you will have 90 days to correct any findings. This will require completion of a work order on each finding issued, and documentation of the repairs done, as well as the completion date. Of course, you will want to correct the issues as quickly as possible, so you can receive an "all clear" letter from the state indicating there will not be any 8823's issued to the IRS for non-compliance.

Julie did mention that the state department responsible for awarding new grants, will check with her department to see if current projects are in good standing and are being well maintained. She will be happy to give a positive report for DNDC and Barker Hill after how well the inspection went. She said this was a very good visit and she's excited about the changes that have taken place and how everyone pitched in to get the property ready for her inspection. She was able to wrap up Barker Hill's inspection around 4:30 pm, without needing to return Thursday morning. Before leaving, she indicated that she had another inspection that would take up the rest of her week and that she should be able to get her inspection report sent out to DNDC the following week.

Julie mentioned that DNDC may request a rent increase, but suggested that it not exceed 10% of the current rent amount. She said even if you would like to propose a graduated plan for a small annual increase of say $20 - $25 per month, to increase annually over the next four or five years, would be more likely to get approved than a large lump sum of $100 per month. (It was nice to get that insider's tip.)

One thing Julie still needs to complete the inspection is a copy of the Replacement Reserve Account balance. Garrett Renville is going to work on providing this to Julie.

Julie recommends, as stated in the QAP, that staff attend state provided tax credit training as well as Crime Free Multi-Housing training (provided by Jim Larson with the Sioux Falls Police Department) once every three years. Certifications should be maintained and provided at annual reporting and at the state inspections.

If you have any questions or concerns about anything noted in this inspection summary, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank You, Trish Peterson, Asset Manager Travois Asset Management.

St. Catherine’s Catholic Church is renamed St. Kateri’s

St. Catherine's Catholic Church celebrated the re-naming of the parish to St. Kateri Tekakwitha on July 14. This day the Catholic Church throughout the world celebrates St. Kateri's life and looks to her for intercession and inspiration on truly living a Christian life. David Flute and his drum group began the celebration with an honor song for St. Catherine's and all the memories, joys and sorrow experienced there throughout the years, and following the official proclamation, a second song welcoming the gift and hope and joy of the new name of St. Kateri was sung as the new sign outside the church was unveiled.  Bishop Paul Swain celebrated the Mass along with Fr. Jerome Ranek (pastor of St. Kateri's), Fr. Norm Volk, OMI (a former pastor), and Fr. David Axtmann of the Webster & Waubay parishes.  Deacon Chet Cordell assisted the bishop.  A sculpture of St. Kateri Tekakwitha was blessed during the ceremony and will be displayed permanently in the church. As an inspiration and the patron saint of the parish, her life is one that can teach us all. She points to God's faithfulness and goodness to those who discover God and persevere through opposition and struggles in faith.  He leads and protects and strengthens those who put their trust in Him. Her story is one worth telling, or retelling for those who are already familiar:

Kateri's mother was a Christian Algonquin, taken captive by the Iroquois and given as wife to the chief of the Mohawk clan. When she was four, Kateri lost her parents and little brother in a smallpox epidemic that left her disfigured and half blind. She was adopted by an uncle, who succeeded her father as chief. He hated the coming of the Jesuit missionaries, but could do nothing to them because of a peace treaty with the French. She was moved by the words of three missionaries who lodged with her uncle, but fear of him kept her from seeking instruction. She refused to marry a Mohawk brave and at 19 finally got the courage to take the step of converting. She was baptized with the name Kateri (Catherine) on Easter Sunday.

Now she would be treated as a slave. Because she would not work on Sunday, she received no food that day. Her life in grace grew rapidly. She told a missionary that she often meditated on the great dignity of being baptized. She was powerfully moved by God's love for human beings and saw the dignity of each of her people.

She was always in danger, for her conversion and holy life created great opposition. On the advice of a priest, she stole away one night and began a 200-mile journey to a Christian Indian village at Sault St. Louis, near Montreal.

For three years she grew in holiness under the direction of a priest and an older Iroquois woman, giving herself totally to God in long hours of prayer, in charity and in strenuous penance. At 23 she took a vow of virginity, an unprecedented act for an Indian woman, whose future depended on being married. She found a place in the woods where she could pray an hour a day.

She practiced extremely severe fasting as penance for the conversion of her nation. She died the afternoon before Holy Thursday. Witnesses said that her emaciated face changed color and became like that of a healthy child. The lines of suffering, even the pockmarks, disappeared and the touch of a smile came upon her lips.

The re-naming celebration concluded with a dinner and door prizes along with presentations of gifts to Bishop Swain, Ruth Ellis (for her work with the new sculpture) and to the Parish from the Co-coordinator for Native American Ministry in the Diocese of Sioux Falls, Deacon Chet Cordell.  The newly-named Parish of St. Kateri Tekakwitha welcomes those who desire a closer relationship with God in the Catholic faith.  Mass is celebrated every Sunday at 11:00 a.m.

SWO Wellness missed appointments survey results

Gypsy Wanna

SWO Wellness Coordinator

Recently, the Community Health Education Program conducted a survey of patients on missed appointments at the Woodrow Wilson Keeble Memorial Health Care Center. The reason we did this is to help improve the DNKA (pronounced dinka) rates. When people don't show up for an appointment it is called a DNKA (Did Not Keep Appointment). DNKA's delay or prevent others from getting health care.

The results of our survey show that 43% of the people miss appointments because they forget about them while 30% of the people said they would like some kind of reminder for their appointment such as a phone call, a letter in the mail or a text message. Not surprising is that 69% of the people said they would like appointment reminders by text message.

IHS already makes reminder phone calls the day before and sends reminder letters in the mail. If IHS is already doing reminder phone calls and reminders by mail, why are people still forgetting their appointments? Are patients not keeping their contact information up to date? When you register for your next appointment, please make sure your contact information is up to date.

Here are some tips (from those surveyed) to help you remember your appointments:

1. Write it down on your calendar

2. Put it in your phone calendar

3. Use multiple alarms to prevent oversleeping (if your appointments is early in the morning)

4. Make arrangements ahead of time for a ride to your appointment

5. Show up on time

YOUR health care is YOUR responsibility. Everyone else involved in YOUR care is there to help you, support you, and guide you.

Thank you for taking the time to read this and remember, don't be a DNKA: Please keep your appointment or call to cancel it or reschedule it.

New Jr. Miss SWO representing Oyate nationally

Submitted by Danielle DeCoteau

Han mitakuyapi!

The new Jr. Miss Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Talia Robertson (Mni Iwakob Sotozu) has been representing nationally with the Lakota Women Warriors, of which her mother Danielle DeCoteau is a member.

We have gone to White Shield, ND Wacipi where we met MMA Fighter Bill Smallwood and to Salamanca, NY Veterans Wacipi to represent the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate in the last couple of weeks.

During the trip to New York we met many hospitable Seneca veterans and people from the US and Canada and we paid a visit to Niagara Falls where rode on the Maid of the Mist which took us right up to the falls.

This travel allows us to be able to go out and represent our Tribe(s) and meet new people, which is a huge honor.

Federal Credit Union to hold annual meeting Aug. 20th

The Sisseton-Wahpeton Federal Credit Union has announced plans to hold its annual meeting at the Tribal Elderly Center, Agency Village, SD, on Thursday, August 20, 2015, at 5:00 p.m.

The agenda includes:

*Financial report.

*Committee reports.

*Election of three Board members.

*Election to change term limit from two to three years.

*Other business.

*Door prizes.

Any member of the SWFCU, 21 years of age or older with knowledge about the Credit Union or willing to learn can run for a position by filing a notice at the Credit Union office by 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 19, 2015 and must be current on any obligations at the Credit Union.

To be eligible for the door prizes, you must be a member of the Credit Union by 4:30 p.m. on August 19, 2015 and current on any obligations to the Credit Union.

President Obama signs SD Disaster declaration

The President today declared a major disaster exists in the State of South Dakota and ordered federal aid to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding during the period of June 17-24, 2015.

Federal funding is available to state, tribal, and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding in the counties of Brule, Buffalo, Fall River, Haakon, Hughes, Jackson, Jerauld, Jones, Lyman, McCook, Oglala Lakota, and Stanley and the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe, Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, and the Oglala Sioux Tribe within Oglala Lakota County.

Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.

W. Craig Fugate, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named Gary R. Stanley as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area.

FEMA said additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.

Multi-Year Highway Bill investment in roads and bridges

By Senator John Thune

With one million bikers expected to take to the highways for the 75th annual Sturgis motorcycle rally, and as tourist season remains well underway, there is no better time to stress the need for safe, reliable roads and bridges in South Dakota and across America.

Our transportation infrastructure keeps our economy and our nation moving. That is why I am pleased the U.S. Senate recently passed a multi-year highway bill by a vote of 65-34 that would fund federal highway and infrastructure projects for three years. The Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy (DRIVE) Act provides certainty to states across the country, does not increase the gas tax, and would be the longest highway funding measure in over a decade.

For too long, transportation funding has been subjected to one short-term extension after another – 34 short-term extensions since 2009 – that leaves those responsible for our nation’s transportation system without the certainty and predictability they need to maintain and improve the safety of our roads, bridges, and highways.

If Congress fails to provide state and local governments with this necessary certainty, they are hamstrung when it comes to authorizing certain projects or making long-term plans for transportation infrastructure. Such a scenario could mean that essential construction projects get deferred, necessary repairs might not get made, and jobs that depend on transportation are put in jeopardy.

The DRIVE Act answers the call for the type of long-term certainty state and local governments need. This legislation signals an important commitment to safe, quality highways and bridges in South Dakota that will help support our economy and ensure important industries such as tourism, agriculture, and manufacturing continue to thrive.

South Dakota agriculture producers and businesses rely on our interstate highway system to distribute their goods to stores across the United States and around the world. All of us depend on our nation’s roads and bridges to get from place to place every day – especially in a state like South Dakota where the distance between towns is often measured in hours.

This multi-year highway bill is another major legislative achievement for the Republican-led Senate and the result of months of hard work by multiple Senate committees, including the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, which I chair. Republicans and Democrats alike had their voices heard during this process, and the final product is stronger because of it. It is critical the House and Senate finish a long-term highway bill in the coming months.

As this year’s rally approaches, I hope your travels throughout the state are safe. Motorcycles will be everywhere over the next few weeks, so remember to look twice and save a life.

Transportation Investments Bill, improvements for Veterans to access Care

Washington, DC – July 30, 2015 – U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp today issued the following statement after the Senate passed a bipartisan, long-term bill to fund federal highway programs that support critical infrastructure projects in North Dakota. Heitkamp made sure it included her legislation to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank which levels the playing field for North Dakota businesses and workers. The House of Representatives left Washington until early September without voting on the Senate-passed bill.

The Senate then passed a three-month extension of the highway bill – that unfortunately does not reauthorize the Export-Import Bank – to enable the infrastructure projects to move forward while Congress works on an agreement. According to a NDSU-Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute study, 54 percent of roads in western North Dakota will need improvements like resurfacing, widening, reconstruction, and other maintenance in 2015.

The Senate also passed legislation to improve the ability of U.S. military veterans to access care that Heitkamp has pushed for.

“North Dakota’s rapidly growing population is taking a toll on our roads, and we need long-term investments to make needed repairs and plan our roads, highways, and bridges – but we can’t do that by continuing to kick the can down the road with more short-term extensions,” said Heitkamp. “Operating deadline-to-deadline isn’t how North Dakota’s construction projects for roads and bridges work, and it shouldn’t be the way we legislate on our most basic infrastructure programs. Additionally, the Senate finally passed my bipartisan bill to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank which supports North Dakota jobs and workers, and our economy. But the House left town, avoiding voting to reauthorize the agency, and leaving many North Dakota workers and small businesses in limbo. In its 81-year history the Bank hasn’t been controversial because it has a strong record of leveling the playing field for American businesses and American workers. As it continues to get politicized, it’s only doing a disservice to those working hard to get their jobs done.

“The Senate also passed needed legislation to support North Dakota’s and our nation’s veterans to give them the flexibility they need access care in their communities. Our veterans should never have to worry about getting needed services and support, and the Senate passed needed reforms to help make that possible.”

Transportation Infrastructure Provisions

In the long-term transportation bill passed today by the Senate, which the House failed to vote on, Heitkamp successfully pushed for provisions which would have helped provide a long-term path forward for North Dakota’s continued transportation infrastructure growth. In May, Heitkamp held a discussion in Bismarck where she spoke with community leaders about the importance of building and expanding roads and bridges to improve safety and keep up with the increase of traffic on the roads. The Senate-passed bill would:

· Keep North Dakota’s Transportation Infrastructure Strong: The bill would provide steady increases in funding to make sure the state can plan for its rapidly expanding communities as the state’s population grows – with about $254 million in funding for 2016 and a projected $288.5 million in 2021.

· Increase Support from Tribal Transit: The bill includes $30 million in automatic funding for the Tribal Transit Program – a U.S. Department of Transportation program which helps support the operation and planning of public transportation on tribal lands – which Heitkamp advocated for.

· Maintain Support for Critical Research at NDSU: The bill included $72 million in federal funding to continue needed education and research being done at university transportation centers like NDSU’s Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute.

· Cut Unnecessary Red-Tape for Farmers & Custom Harvesters: Heitkamp introduced bipartisan legislation this spring to make sure farmers and custom harvesters in North Dakota and across the country are not burdened by a financially restrictive and time-consuming requirement of obtaining licenses to transport 1,000 gallons of diesel or less that they need to do their jobs. Today, the Senate passed her Fuel Transport Act in the bill to cut this unnecessary red-tape.

Veterans Provisions

Long a champion for improving veterans’ services and access to care, Heitkamp pushed for and helped pass critical provisions to help accommodate veterans living in rural areas, as well as the growing population of post-9/11 veterans in North Dakota. These provisions would:

· Provide More Program Flexibility for Veterans to Access Needed Services: Since June 2014, the VA has made over three million authorizations for veterans to receive care outside of the VA – 41 percent more authorizations than in previous years. The bill would provide the VA with the funding flexibility it needs to meet these demands with the resources already available to the VA in the Veterans Choice Program and improve the future efficiency of the Veterans Choice Program by consolidating multiple programs.

· Increase Time Limitations for Veterans to Enroll in and Obtain Services: The bill makes sure veterans have more time to obtain follow-up care under the Veterans Choice Program, removing the August 1, 2014 deadline for veterans to enroll in the VA system to be eligible for outside care, and expanding eligibility for veterans to qualify for the program.

President Obama announces another key Administration post

Washington, DC – July 30, 2015 – Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individual to a key Administration post:

Eric D. Eberhard, Nominee for Member, Board of Trustees of the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation.

Eric D. Eberhard is the Distinguished Indian Law Practitioner in Residence and a Senior Fellow at the Center for Indian Law and Policy at the Seattle University School of Law, positions he has held since 2009 and 2014, respectively. Mr. Eberhard is also an Associate Justice of the Court of Appeals of the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Suislaw Indians in Oregon, a position he has held since 2012. He was a Partner at Dorsey & Whitney LLP from 1995 to 2009. Mr. Eberhard served as General Counsel and Staff Director on the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs for Senator John McCain from 1989 to 1995. Mr. Eberhard served as Executive Director of the Navajo Nation Washington Office from 1985 to 1987 and as Deputy Attorney General of the Navajo Nation from 1983 to 1985. Mr. Eberhard is Vice Chairman of the Native American Concerns Committee of the American Bar Association’s Committee on Individual Rights and Responsibilities and is a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation from 2000 to 2014, and served as the Board’s Chairman from 2011 to 2014 and as Chair of its Committee on the Native Nations Institute from 2001 to 2011. Mr. Eberhard received a B.A. from Western Reserve University, a J.D. from the University of Cincinnati, and an LL.M from the George Washington University.

Works to improve Voter access for Native Americans

Native American Voter Turnout was 17 Percent Less than non-Natives in 2012

Washington, DC – July 30, 2015 – U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp, a member of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, today helped introduce legislation to increase voter protections and access to the polls for Native Americans.

Heitkamp’s Native American Voting Rights Act would require each state to establish polling locations on reservations upon request from the tribe, including early voting locations in states that allow votes to be cast prior to Election Day. It directs state election administrators to mail absentee ballots to the homes of all registered voters if requested by the tribe. And it mandates that all states recognize tribal IDs as a valid form of identification if an ID is required to vote.

Many Native Americans live in rural communities and often are forced to travel long distances to the closest polling location. According to the National Congress of American Indians, Native American voter turnout was 17 percent less than non-Natives in 2012. Native Americans only fully gained the right to vote in 1957.

“For far too long, Native Americans have had their voices silenced at the voting booth because of unfair rules that often suppress their votes – and we still hear about it happening in North Dakota,” said Heitkamp. “We need to put an end to any form of voter discrimination and our bill would protect the voting rights of Native Americans. Every American should have an equal right to vote and it should be accessible, simple, and fair.”

The bill expands provisions under the Voting Rights Act to require the U.S. Attorney General to take civil actions to enforce tribal voting protections and supply poll observers to make sure no one is denied their right to vote if they meet the qualifications under state and federal law.

Senators Jon Tester (D-MT), Tom Udall (D-NM), and Al Franken (D-MN) also introduced the bill. Heitkamp helped introduce similar legislation in the previous Congress.

Editorials –

Sota editorial –

Our battles are the same

Our focus, in Mni Wiconi, is on protecting the quantity and quality of the sacred waters of the Lake Traverse Reservation for the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate. It is arguably the most important environmental issue there is – water is truly the most precious part of life.

As we look around, there are others already much further on the path of resistance against the forces of destruction. In the names of economic development and progress, these forces are so heavily entrenched in the economic, industrial, and political systems as to be a nearly undefeatable perverse monster.

Yet they can be defeated. And must be defeated. For everyone’s sake.

We reach out to our non-Indian neighbors living on the Reservation. It is not only for ourselves that the Oyate join this battle but for you and for your future generations as well.

We reach out to others who are already engaged in the political and economic struggle to stop the expanding animal confinement industries – factories really, not farms at all – that are present on this Reservation and new ones being permitted to come here.

A complaint to the SD DENR by Roger Foote, Director of the Upper Big Sioux Watershed Project, against a CAFO dairy near Summit is part of our battle.

The complaint and articles in the Grant County Review prompted to Valley Queen Cheese CEO Mike Leddy to make public statements defending the CAFO as an environmentally friendly ag business.

His remarks, which appeared in the Saturday, August 1st edition of the Public Opinion, we believe open him up to heavy scrutiny.

A “couple of test” samples are not going to get this big confined animal operation off the hook, nor the notion that cattle farther upstream is the culprit that is polluting the Upper Big Sioux River.

Leddy is defending the indefensible.

And look at his company – Valley Queen Cheese.

A central point in this cycle of destruction.

Back in the early 1990s that company began putting in place a master plan to rid the countryside of family dairy farms. Valley Queen went so far as to refuse to pick up milk from the small dairies until one by one they gave up their farms. No, Valley Queen was not solely responsible as the federal government had a big helping hand in the transition.

Instead, the master plan brought in large confined milking operations, where profit could be maximized – without regard for the wellness of the animals themselves, the environment, or the people who live here.

Yes, each of these monstrous dairies comes with a summary of how the environment will be protected.

Yet it is foolish to believe them, or to trust the agencies responsible for checking to ensure their practices are indeed environmentally friendly.

And we look to those who are arguing in Pierre right now, as the SD Public Utilities Commission is holding a hearing on approval of the Keystone XL pipeline right to go ahead and build a second pipeline across the state.

The hearing kicked off on July 27th and was scheduled to end this Tuesday, August 4th. The PUC has said it may continue the talks through the end of the week instead.

Purpose of the hearing is to determine whether TransCanada can meet 50 conditions that were set out in its original 2010 state permit.

Since the construction was delayed due to President Obama’s refusal to approve the Canada-US project, the state permit must be re-certified. That’s the purpose of this hearing.

An alliance of tribes and environmental groups are represented by legal counsel. The tribes are Yankton, Rosebud, Cheyenne River and Standing Rock.

The SWO was a principal in the legal case against the first Keystone. But that court challenge was unsuccessful.

And so today we already have a pipeline that is a time bomb for leaks.

What is encouraging is the interest shown by the attorneys in Pierre for joining our Mni Wiconi effort to protect the Oyate’s sovereign rights to its water.

SWO members attending last week’s No KXL Rally in Pierre came home with that message from several of the attorneys and members of their groups.

One thing we need to have happen is a broadening of the battle to include those other people and groups – among them Dakota Rural Action – who are already doing what we have begun.

--CDF

Are we exaggerating likelihood of spills?

No!

Here is an excerpt from a November 2014 report by West Coast Native News (WCNN):

Over the past year WCNN has reported on many Crude oil and Toxic produced water spills all over Alberta, in fact we have reported over 600,000 Litres of toxic crap that has been spilled just last month and yet not one mainstream media outlet has picked up the incidents. So let’s take a look back at just the last month (October) and see just what the mainstream is not telling you.

Oct 3, 2014 – Canadian Natural Resources Limited – 11Km East of Delia – 10,000 litres of Crude oil

Oct 5, 2014 – Nexen Energy ULC – 2.5Km SouthWest of Kinosis – 5,800 litres of Toxic water

Oct 5, 2014 – Cenovus Energy Inc – 56Km East of Brooks – 9,800 litres of Toxic water

Oct 5, 2014 – Nexen Energy ULC – 41Km SouthEast of Ft. McMurray – 13,000 litres of Condensate

Oct 10, 2014 – Husky Oil – 30Km SouthEast of Vermilion – 50,000 litres of Crude oil and 25,000 litres of toxic water

Oct 13, 2014 – Arc Resources – 5Km North of Redwater – 150,000 litres of Toxic water

Oct 11, 2014 – TAQA North Ltd – 44Km SouthWest of Spirit River – 24,000 litres of Crude oil

Oct 14, 2014 – Whitecap Resources Inc – 37Km NorthWest of Sexsmith – 10,000 litres of Toxic water

Oct 15, 2014 – Penn West Petroleum Ltd -14Km SouthEast of Slave Lake – 52,000 litres Crude oil

Oct 14, 2014 – Zargon Oil & Gas Ltd – 26Km NorthWest of Vauxhall – 8,000 litres of Toxic water

Oct 17, 2014 – TAQA North Ltd – 32Km NorthWest of Rocky Mountain House – 18,000 litres of Toxic water

Oct 21, 2014 – Harvest Operations Corp – 20Km East of Galahad – 200,000 litres of Toxic water

Oct 26, 2014 – Apache Canada Ltd -9Km East of Zama City – 50,000 litres of Toxic water

Total = Over 625,000 Litres of toxic crap spilled in Alberta for just the month of October and not one Mainstream media reports about it.

(https://sheet.zoho.com/)

Curious, I went back to July, August and September of this year, and found that October's incidents weren't unusual at all! In July, 27 incidents were reported --16 of which involved pipelines spilling either crude oil or gas production. August saw 39 spills or releases happen, 28 of which involved pipelines. September--26, of which 22 were pipeline spills or releases. October-- 41 total incidents (24 pipeline incidents).

The grand total for four months....133 incidents of which 90 involved pipeline spills....68%!

What is produced water that is mentioned in the incident reports? OilfieldWiki states that it is either water mixed with the oil as it comes up from the ground and from two sources: with the oil, or separate from it... OR it's injected fluid.

Sources of this water may include flow from above or below the hydrocarbon zone, flow from within the hydrocarbon zone, or flow from injected fluids and additives resulting from production activities. This water is frequently referred to as “connate water” or “formation water” and becomes produced water when the reservoir is produced and these fluids are brought to the surface. Produced water is any water that is present in a reservoir with the hydrocarbon resource and is produced to the surface with the crude oil or natural gas.

I regret to say that due to my non-existent maths skills, I can't calculate the volume of the spills into liters for you all. Perhaps someone else can do the math for me.

I noticed that in the report of an incident document, every single report mentions that no effects to wildlife or waterways occurred... WHAT? How can spilling even a small amount of oil not affect the soil and water, and in turn affect the wildlife. Even the removal of the contaminated soil will have an effect. This is the kind of glossing over important facts that happen when there is only self-reporting done. No-one follows up or studies the results. And no-one calls them on their shoddy reporting.

It shouldn't need to be said, but those who think that putting a pipeline that carries oil, dilbit, or natural gas over any agricultural, environmentally sensitive or heavily populated areas should have their little heads examined. Pipelines are neither safe nor infallible. I see the US House of Representatives have passed a bill to allow the Keystone XL to be built and used...folly...sheer idiocy!

Brief editorial comments from the editor’s desk –

On and Off the Lake Traverse Reservation

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Our thanks to Maya Kwon of the Tribe’s Legal Department for sharing information about the visit last Wednesday by SD state officials to SWO headquarters.

They delegation met with Chairman Renville and visited the SWO Parolee Project. The pilot project is a leader in the nation.

They also toured the administration building, Dakotah Pride Center, and the Jail.

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Please read the Travois consultant report on the recent inspection of the 21 homes at Barker Hill.

Good to hear how the Tribe’s teamwork paid off in a positive site inspection.

Thanks again to everyone who came together to clean up the units and grounds.

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Congratulations to Joseph Robertson for his ongoing contributions to the field of Education.

Please read the article about this SWO mathematician and what he is doing at SDSU-Brookings. It’s in this week’s Sota.

Hopefully, he will inspire other Oyate in the field of Education.

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A cure has been found for the recent outbreak of bird flu, which caused many poultry and egg businesses in our area to shut down!

Good news! Right?

Well, maybe.

Maybe not.

Think about it.

The vaccine which prevents from this recent outbreak, or strain of virus, will now be added to the cocktail of antibiotics and other chemicals pumped into the animals in all these confined industrial factories (CAFOs).

The cocktail becomes heavier with medicines and other chemicals, and adds not only to the risk on our food tables but to the groundwater where the waste eventually ends up.

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Elder's Meditation:

"When you get older and you are ready, your ancestors will show up to guide you." -- Joe Coyhis, STOCKBRIDGE-MUNSEE

Many of us, when we are young, spend a portion of our lives in learning. Unfortunately, some of us spend this time learning the hard way. When we are young we sometimes think we know everything. Sometimes we do foolish things. As we get a little older, we realize we don't know anything. This is when we become teachable. There is a saying that goes, when the student is ready, the teacher appears. We usually aren't teachable unless we are ready. The ancestors are waiting and willing to help. When we are ready, many beautiful teachers start to come into our lives. Then we really start to grow and mature. We are ready for the spiritual lesson.

Creator, help me to become ready and teachable.

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Words to consider (or, perhaps not!):

If two men agree on everything, you may be sure that one of them is doing the thinking. Lyndon B. Johnson (1908 - 1973)

Never try to tell everything you know. It may take too short a time. Norman Ford

Man is a clever animal who behaves like an imbecile. Albert Schweitzer (1875 - 1965)

I get up every morning determined to both change the world and have one hell of a good time. Sometimes this makes planning my day difficult. E. B. White (1899 - 1985)

Charm is a way of getting the answer yes without asking a clear question. Albert Camus (1913 - 1960)

In archaeology you uncover the unknown. In diplomacy you cover the known. Thomas Pickering (1931 - )

I keep the subject of my inquiry constantly before me, and wait till the first dawning opens gradually, by little and little, into a full and clear light. Isaac Newton (1642 - 1727)

We confess our little faults to persuade people that we have no large ones. Francois de La Rochefoucauld (1613 - 1680)

Just a word of advice. Whenever you're furious with your parents or you think they're terrible, just remember, you vomited on them and they kept you. John Green, Vlogbrothers, The Five Worst Places to Vomit, 09-04-12

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Obituaries –

Services last week for Dennis Richards

The funeral service for Dennis L. Richards of Sisseton, SD was held last Friday afternoon, July 31, 2015 at the Peever Lutheran Church in Peever, SD with Pastor William Schruba officiating and organist Kim Lawrence.

Pallbearers were Scott Richards, Jared Richards, Matthew Richards, Tyler Richards, Cody Richards and Steven Richards.

There was visitation Thursday evening at the Cahill Funeral Chapel, Sisseton, SD.

Interment is at the Peever Cemetery.

Dennis Richards was born on July 14, 1949 to Bennie and Alice (Nerison) Richards and had three sisters and four brothers. He grew up on the family farm until it was sold in 1958 when he was nine years old.

They moved to Sisseton to run the Two Old Cranks Cafe where he helped his dad in the kitchen. A little later Dennis began to work for Morris Schelstad’s mink farm where he raised ducks and fox. At the age of 18 he began to work for the Roberts County Highway Department in Sisseton for 25 years until he was injured in 1992.

Dennis really enjoyed watching WWE/WWF wrestling, found a passion for planting plants and trees in his yard in which he spent many hours taking care of. He had a strong love for dogs and he had a few he took care of up to his death on July 27, 2015.

Dennis met Betty Sumitt in 1982 on Valentines Day, they dated until 1984 when they decided to get married in 1984. They had three children Jeremiah, Devon and Tanya.

Dennis is survived by his wife Betty of Sisseton, SD; three children Jeremiah (Jessica) Summitt of Aberdeen, SD, Devon Richards of Wahpeton, ND, Tanya Richards of Wahpeton, ND; five grandchildren William, Cade, Xileena, Wade, and Logan; sisters Debbie (Jeff) Karst of Afton, WY and Bonnie (Herbert) Lotz of Pierre, SD; brothers Darold (Sharon) Richards of Sisseton, SD and Delray (Linda) Richards of Pierre, SD.

Dennis is preceded in death by his parents Bennie and Alice Richards; sister Jane Skogen; two brothers Jerry and Gerald Richards.

Services Monday for Denise Deegan

Funeral service for Denise Ann Deegan, 59 of Sisseton, SD will be held on Monday, August 3, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at the Dakota Alliance Church, Sisseton, SD with the Rev. Richard Felch officiating.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Gene Lumbar, James Deegan, David Deegan, Joe Frankle, Theresa Necklace, Miah Deegan, and Joe Deegan.

Military rites will be provided by the United Veterans Association.

There was a wake service held Sunday evening at the Long Hollow District Center.

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

Denise Ann Deegan was born on June 26, 1956 in Sisseton, SD to Charles and Shirley (Hisgun) Deegan Jr. She grew up and attended school in Minneapolis, graduating from Minneapolis South High School. After her education she worked at various jobs.

She entered the United States Navy on March 23, 1983 and served until March 22, 1987. Following her discharge she went to Bellingham, WA where she worked for the DNR at a Fishery.

She also worked for IHS Health Board.

She returned to Sisseton and lost her life to cancer on July 30, 2015 at the Veterans Hospital, Fargo, ND.

She loved to read, travel, watch movies and loved cats.

Denise is survived by one son, Nicholas Pioche of Sisseton, SD; and four brothers, Charles Deegan III of Sisseton, SD, Mark Deegan of Sacramento, CA, Merlin Deegan of Mahnomen, MN and Daniel Deegan of Minneapolis, MN. Denise was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, Nathan.

Funeral services for Bernice Lily Hopkins

Bernice L. Hopkins, 82, of Waubay, SD passed away on August 1, 2015 at her home.

Funeral mass will be Wednesday, August 5, 2015 at 10:00 AM at St. Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Church in Sisseton, SD.

There will be a wake service on Monday, August 3, 2015 starting at 7:00 p.m. at the Commons in Enemy Swim, SD.

There will be an all-night wake starting at 7:00 p.m. at St. Kateri Tekakwitha Hall on Tuesday, August 4, 2015.

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Open letter to the Oyate

I would like to comment on the Meth issue here on the beautiful reservation we call home, Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate.

I have been on Judicial a long time, and we/Judicial did bring up this issue Meth, along with the prescription pill abuse here on the Reservation that is eating up our Tribal Members. But, certain individuals blame the SWO Judicial Committee for sitting on their asses and not addressing the code we are sitting on. We are not sitting on a code for Meth, you need to ask the Tribal Attorney, Shaun Eastman.

Judicial met with CPP, Gary G., and the Judge in 2014, and asked about what happens to the complaints that are sent in from the Doctors when these mothers and babies test positive for Meth. You want to know what CPP said, they refer it to the Tribal Police. We as Judicial asked CPP Mgr. Hardy why don't you check these out first and take Law Enforcement with you, these are children involved, this is who you represent. This is probably one of the reasons Hardy is no longer there.

The code that addresses drugs, is Chapter 24 the Penal Code, and the drug that is specifically addressed is Marijuana. This code was done in the 80s, prescription pill abuse, and Meth was never rampant like it is now.

We need to put into the Penal Code Chapter 24, specifically addressing prescription pill abuse, and Meth. These alone need their own section in this code.

So do some research before you start blaming…talk to the people that know who is selling the pills, and the Meth.

If we ever want to get this kind of abuse under control, talk to the people who know who is selling….if you can get them to tell…you’re helping fight this war on drugs here on the Lake Traverse Reservation.

Pi da mi ya,

Rhonda Kampeska, Old Agency Representative, Vice-Chairperson, SWO Judicial Committee.

KXSW Radio holds root beer float rundraiser

Tom Wilson, KXSW Announcer, was live on the air at the administration building rotunda last Friday noon. The station held a fundraiser to help with expenses by selling root beer floats.

Floats were $5 apiece, and with the purchase came a chance to win door prizes.

Tom expressed thanks to everyone who attended and everyone who supports the Tribal radio station.

Golf tournament champions

Patrick Deutsch Jr., James Neconish and Harold Bruce have competed in the Dakotah Ridge 3-Man Scramble Golf Tournament, held in Morton, Minn. on June 12, 2015.

The three-man team captured the first place trophy in the tournament.

Congratulations!

Found guilty of Social Security fraud

A Waubay woman has been sentenced to 20 months in prison, three years of supervised release and ordered to pay $21,815.83 in restitution after pleading guilty to Social Security fraud.

Daphne Lynn Keeble, 37, was indicted on several counts after her sister died in a traffic accident near Waubay in June 2006.

Keeble applied for the one-time death benefit and also survivor’s insurance benefits on behalf of her sister’s juvenile son.

Benefits were granted and Keeble was listed as the representative payee. Keeble received $21,815.83 in benefits, although the child lived the entire time with his biological father. Keeble never told the father she was receiving benefits on behalf of his son.

Low Income Assistance available to telephone subscribers

In response to concerns about the affordability of telephone service for low-income citizens, Venture Communications is authorized to offer Lifeline to our customers. Lifeline is a federal telephone assistance program. To be eligible for this program, the applicant must participate in at least one of the following public assistance programs: food stamps, federal public housing assistance, low-income home energy assistance, Medicaid, or supplemental security income (SSI).

To be eligible for the Enhanced Lifeline or the Link-Up programs, the applicant must live on tribal land and participate in at least one of the following public assistance programs: food stamps, federal public housing assistance, Head Start (meeting income qualifying standards), low-income home energy assistance, Medicaid, national school lunch program's FREE lunch program, supplemental security income (SSI), tribally administered temporary assistance for needy families or Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) general assistance program.

Lifeline provides eligible subscribers with a credit of $9.25 each month on the basic service portion of their telephone bill. The discount applies on the main home telephone line listed in the name of the eligible telephone company subscriber. Lifeline subscribers may also receive blocking of long distance calls on their telephone line at no charge.

Enhanced Lifeline provides subscribers expanded eligibility opportunities and additional telephone service discounts. They may also receive long distance blocking on their telephone at no charge. Eligible subscribers for Enhanced Lifeline must live on Tribal Land.

If you meet the eligibility requirements, you can obtain an application from our main office in Highmore or the office in Sisseton and return it to either location. You may also print off an application from our website at www.venturecomm.net. When you no longer participate in any of the qualifying public assistance programs, you are no longer eligible for Lifeline or Link-Up. Each household is only able to receive one Lifeline discount. You are obligated by law to notify Venture Communications and advise us of your ineligibility.

If you have any questions about Lifeline or Link-Up, please contact us at 852-2224 for more information.

Social “helper” column dedicated to young generation Oyate –

Wawokiyape

By Shay Dirtseller

Hello Oyate.

This week's column is about a few articles I have read on tribal news pages as well as other media pages, in regards to "suspicious deaths." The one that I read about and saw videos of were that of Sandra Bland, an African American woman from Florida, who was stopped for a failure to use turn signals. In the video it shows an officer literally jerk her out of her vehicle away from the view of his dashboard camera where he assaults her. She can be heard screaming "Stop you’re hurting me, your breaking my ribs!" and "You slammed my face into the ground." Apparently her death is still being "investigated" and it is being debated on whether or not it was a murder or suicide.

A similar incident happened to a Native American activist Rexdale W. henry, 53, in Mississippi, who was also arrested for a minor traffic violation. The Native American activist was later found dead in his cell. According to local papers from the area, correctional officers reported in their logs that Henry was found dead around 10 a.m. But reports and logs later revealed that he was alive and well just a half hour before he was found. Nothing was released on the cause of death from what I read, it said more details would be available after an autopsy. Henry was a member of the Choctaw tribe and is known in his community as a community activist.

Now the most recent article is in the Indian Country newspaper about Sarah Lee Circle Bear who also died while in the custody of those swore to "Serve and protect." According to the news article Circle Bear was found unresponsive in a holding cell in Browns County jail in Aberdeen, SD. Before being taken to the holding cell the young woman had been pleading with jailers that she was in extreme pain but those cries for help fell on deaf ears. Other inmates were said to have cried out for help on her behalf and only then did the jail staff move Circle Bear to the holding cell where she was found unresponsive. Circle bear was just 24 years old and a mother of two young children.

After reading all of these stories and the mysterious ways that these people have passed away makes me really wonder what kind of people we entrust to protect us. Some of these police officers that I have read about and seen in numerous videos are racist, violent, sadistic and in some cases down right murderers who think they are above the law. Why do they think they are above the law? Because the public allows them to be by not reporting them or speaking up against them. Together we have a voice and we need to start speaking up loud and clear for these corrupt, murderous monsters to hear! United we stand, Divided we fall. I never understood that saying when I was younger but now I do. These atrocities are not just focused on one group of people, race or gender. It is civilians against police brutality and these are not the only cases! There are many more that are not publicized in the media. Especially the ones right here against our people in the state of South Dakota. That is why I encourage so many people to know your rights when you are stopped or questioned by law enforcement:

1. SILENCE IS YOUR RIGHT.

2. YOU CAN SAY "NO" TO SEARCHES OF YOURSELF AND BELONGINGS. Saying "no" does not mean you have anything to hide.

3. YOU CAN LEAVE IF YOU ARE NOT BEING DETAINED OR ARRESTED.

4. IF YOU ARE BEING DETAINED OR ARRESTED YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO KNOW WHY AND TO SPEAK WITH AN ATTORNEY EVEN IF YOU CAN'T AFFORD TO PAY.

5 YOU CAN ONLY BE STRIP SEARCHED BY OFFICERS OF THE SAME SEX.

6. YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO KNOW AN OFFICERS NAME AND BADGE NUMBER.

7. YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REPORT A POLICE OFFICER WHO ABUSES YOU, SWEARS AT YOU, OR VIOLATES ANY OF YOUR RIGHTS.

These are your rights, Get familiar with them even the ones I did not list and always record or video any incident or interaction because it may save a life.

My prayers are with these people who have passed and the others that have gone unnoticed. You are not forgotten.

Submitted by Shay.

Comfort not poison

By Richard P. Holm MD

Should a physician ever assist a dying person with suicide?

About twenty years ago my Father was dying of metastatic colon cancer spread to bone. Dad was one of those unusual cases in which meds were simply inadequate for his unrelenting pain. Either he was totally unconscious, or awake and very uncomfortable. There seemed no helpful in-between, and too often pain meds brought wild and scary dreams, caused him to be combative, and frightened him and all involved.

My Mom had called me one evening and warned that Dad was talking about driving into a bridge abutment. She handed him the phone and I pleaded with him not to do such a thing. “I will talk with your doctor and find a better pain reliever,” I promised. “How can I get relief, and how will this end?” he asked. I explained in cases like his, people often develop pneumonia, and since he directed us not to use antibiotics, this might bring it to a close pretty quickly.

Indeed, in less than two days he developed pneumonia, and his need for pain medicines dropped away, due to natural pain relief mechanisms that kick in when lungs start to fail. In two more days he escaped his cancer dying from pneumonia. The death certificate called it death by natural causes, but I suspect he voluntarily stopped coughing after our talk that night, which allowed for the blessing of a rapid case of pneumonia.

There are those who request that physicians should by law be allowed to prescribe death-inducing poisons for patients who are similarly suffering. These people could then fill the prescription, take the poison on their own time, and thereby choose to die on their own terms instead of having to wait for pneumonia.

Ripple Effect –

Backyard ponds are for the birds

Not to be underestimated or taken lightly but backyard ponds really are for the birds and butterflies, frogs, fish and you and your family. Backyard ponds are also very beneficial to the environment in many ways at your home, in the city or on your farm.

An article on textra-fish.com talks about the 5 environmental benefits of a pond: 1. Water Conservation - Ponds offer a self-sustaining cycle of hydration that keeps plants alive without having to water them.

2. Less mowing, fewer pollutants - Less mowing means less use of gas and reduced carbon monoxide emissions

3. Fewer pesticides and fertilizers - Pesticides and fertilizers for the lawn can be harmful, creating runoff that ends up in our water supply.

4. Supports local wildlife - Adding a pond or water garden to your yard not only adds beauty to your yard, but it also supports the indigenous wildlife in your neighborhood. Ponds attract and create a haven for beautiful fish, dragonflies, frogs and birds, adding to wildlife propagation.

5. Creates environmental awareness

Not to mention ponds can serve as clean drinking water and quality forage required to produce healthy livestock. For some farmers, ponds serve as reservoirs for animal drinking water. For example, a dairy cow or horse each need approximately 15 gallons of water per day; sheep need 2 gallons; hogs need 4. Ponds can be replenished easily by rain.

Backyard Conservation Magazine offers some simple tips on how you can install a pond in your yard or on your farm:

1. Consider placing your pond to blend into its natural surrounding avoiding trees as this will cut down maintenance on your pond significantly. Aquatic plants grow better in full sun. Plan to landscape around your pond to add wildlife habitat to your water feature.

2. Add a pond liner. Pond liners keep the water from seeping into the soil.

3. Once you install the pond consider a mix of emergent, submergent, and floating species. Emergent plants, those that have their roots in the water but their shoots above water, can be added to the margins of pools. These include cattails, arrowhead, and water lilies. Submergent species, or those that remain under water such as elodea, are often used as oxygenators. These are plants that remove carbon dioxide from the water and add oxygen. These plants are essential in most ponds to keep the water clear. Plants should cover 50 to 70 percent of the water surface. Native plants usually do not need fertilizer.

4. Consider stocking your backyard pond with native fish. They are fun to watch and help keep the pond free of unwanted insects. Most small ponds will warm up quickly in the summer, so make sure you stock with fish that can tolerate elevated temperatures. You'll also need scavengers, such as aquatic snails and tadpoles, to help control algae. If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of backyard ponds and how to incorporate this environmentally friendly landscaping feature, please visit the following websites for more information. Your local nursery, landscaper, or other supplier can also give you more information on the step-by-step process of building a pond.

http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/az/home/?cid=nrcs143_023574

http://www.tetra-fish.com/

http://www.hobbyfarms.com/

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Youth, school activities highlights –

Education watch on the Lake Traverse Reservation

A Universal approach to School Readiness

By Sonia Magat, D.O., Ph.D.

As the school year in the United States begins in late August or early September, parents wonder whether their children are ready to start school.

School readiness implies the preparation of children for Kindergarten and beyond to enter an environment focused primarily on education.

There are 3 components to school readiness (Pia Rebello Britto, UNICEF, 2012):

1.  Children's readiness for school- requires that children have the basic minimum skills in cognitive, social, emotional and motor development as well as the basic behaviors to follow directions and work well with their peers.

2.  School's readiness for children- includes aspects of school's environment which are supposed to be child-centered in teaching and learning, responsive child-teacher relationship, healthy, hygienic, safe, protective and inclusive (respecting individual differences and not discriminatory).

3.  Families' readiness for school- Supportive parenting and stimulating home environment. Parents' education goals for their children, their beliefs and attitudes are important factors for children's success in school.

Research has shown that poverty affects child development early in life and when the condition persists, these children may be years behind their peers who grew up in economically advantaged environments. However, in the U.S., children whose parents are responsive to their children's needs develop better cognitive skills, larger vocabularies and more enthusiasm for learning. The studies also stated that greater father involvement is important in language skills development as well as emotional competence.

The recent global concept of school readiness added this requirement- "moral development, national pride and appreciation of diversity".

Early intervention as in preschool programs prepare children for Kindergarten. Studies have shown that children coming from preschool learning environment do better in school, less likely to repeat grades or drop out of school. However, some preschool programs are better than others. Parents should check out the preschools available in their areas.

Parents should not compare one child's abilities and achievements with those of another child or sibling. It is general knowledge that children develop at different rates. Those entering school this year will generally have varying language abilities, personal or cultural exposures. They probably will not all need the same level of preparation for early reading, math and social skills.

Why is school readiness important? The UNICEF 2012 Study has reported that school readiness is a necessary factor for children's development and learning, their school completion in primary grades to high school and their success in adulthood. Investments in school readiness has been linked with less waste of resources in the primary school setting. School readiness predicts later school achievement and learning leading to higher education with greater earning capacities and thus, contributing to the country's economic growth.

With more knowledge about school readiness and its importance in children's future learning development, parents will be encouraged to help prepare their children for school.

Websites have lots of resources for parents in helping promote their children's cognitive and social skills development before they enter school. Check the following websites:

*National Association for the Education of Young Children- www.naeyc.org.

*School readiness sites: www.nasponline.org., www.unicef.org., www.kidsource.com.

*Document on School Readiness by Pia Rebello Britto, Ph.D. at www.unicef.org.

This is one of a series of articles written for the Early Childhood Intervention Program. Your questions and comments are welcome.

Robertson turns to statistics to implement changes

After experiencing frustration in school systems, Joseph Robertson set out to do something to fix it. Armed with a background in mathematics and education, Robertson looked for a way to use his knowledge to do more with the data-driven instructional strategies present in education.

Robertson, who is a highly qualified mathematics teacher and has been a mentor and tutor in Tribal schools and community colleges, turned to South Dakota State University to make a difference.

"I thought I'd make a higher impact by getting an advanced degree. I happened to see that SDSU and its statistics program would be a good fit for me to pursue my master's degree," said Robertson, who earned a master's in statistics degree in 2014 from South Dakota State, is currently pursuing a doctorate in computational science and statistics.

"I'd say my mom (Ann) put it best," he continued about why he is pursuing a doctorate. "She said if I thought I was disappointed with my undergraduate degree and what I perceived I could do with that, then I was going to run into the same problem if I didn't pursue my doctorate."

As an enrolled member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate on the Lake Traverse Reservation, Robertson admits he could be seen as a role model for students pursuing bachelor's and advanced degrees in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics-particularly Native Americans.

"I used to worry about that role but since I've been involved in undertaking different leadership activities and volunteering efforts to serve my community for well over a decade, it's gotten easier and easier for me to fill that role," Robertson said. "My education comes first but to be able to work with the AISES (American Indian Science and Engineering Society) student group at the American Indian Education and Cultural Center, that's really a natural fit.

"I never really thought I'd be in that role," he continued. "It's one of those things ... that is never predictable but where you definitely seize opportunities when someone advocates on your behalf. Throughout my educational career, there have been many people who have helped me continue my studies or told me to never give up or encouraged me to go a little farther. I hope to see myself continuing to fill that role for younger students."

With the support of Kurt Cogswell, the Department of Mathematics and Statistics head, Robertson is working with the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate to analyze tribal census data and is working to create a framework for integrating that data into its geographic information systems.

"Joseph's program of using data science to advance self-determination among regional Native American tribes has expanded our department's ability to address both commitments in important ways," Cogswell said. "After he obtains his Ph.D., it is my hope that the department can continue to work with him and support his efforts to use data science to empower Native American tribes in this region and beyond."

Robertson hopes his work will begin to create a better system of long-term comprehensive planning for tribes as they begin to utilize more data. This will include creating maps that can visually explain various types of data including, for example, income, education, and transportation that has been previously underreported within the reservation's boundaries.

But that's not all Robertson has on his schedule.

"I'm also working on establishing an analytics company to help tribal entities with these types of data solutions," he said. "I want to show them how to collect, store, and integrate these systems. I am excited to help show people the amazing stories data can tell us from the right point of view.

"Dr. Cogswell and I share this vision that data cannot only be profitable but also used for social justice issues."

ESDS FACE annual fall registration carnival

The FACE program at Enemy Swim Day School will hold its annual Fall Registration Carnival this Thursday, August 6, from 4-6 p.m. Weather permitting the event will be held outside the school otherwise inside.

There will be a supper starting at 4:00 p.m. Kids can play games and work off some energy on the inflatables. Both center and home based staff will be there to answer questions and help with registration.

Get your children started on the road to learning by registering for FACE preschool and early childhood learning opportunities.

The Adult Learning Center teacher will also be there to visit with people about GED opportunities.

10 ways to become financially independent

By Nathaniel Sillin

After the 2008 economic crisis, many people assumed they would never be able to reach true financial independence – the ability to live comfortably off one's savings and investments with no debt whatsoever.

However, individuals willing to use their time horizon to plan and adjust their spending, savings and investment behaviors might just find financial independence is possible. Here are 10 ideas to get started.

1. Visualize first, then plan. Start by considering what your vision of financial independence actually looks like – and then get a reality check. Qualified financial experts can examine your current financial circumstances, listen to what financial independence means to you and help you craft a plan. The path to financial independence may be considerably different at age 20 than it is at age 50; the more time you have to save and invest generally produces a better outcome. But at any age, start with a realistic picture of your options.

2. Budget. Budgeting (http://www.practicalmoneyskills.com/budgeting/) – the process of tracking income, subtracting expenses and deciding how to divert the difference to your goals each month – is the essential first task of personal finance. If you haven't learned to budget, you need to do so.

3. Spend less than you earn. It might be obvious, but it's one of the most difficult financial behaviors to execute. Adhering to a lower standard of living and expenses will help you put more money into savings and investments sooner.

4. Build smarter safety nets. Emergency funds and insurance are rarely discussed in combination. The traditional definition of an emergency fund is a separate account for cash that can be used instead of credit to repair a broken appliance or other expense that may run a few hundred dollars. However, many people keep insurance deductibles high to keep premiums low. Would you have enough cash on hand to cover an insurance deductible if you had a sudden claim? If not, build your deductible amounts into your emergency fund.

5. Eliminate debt. Though consumer debt levels have generally fallen since the 2008 financial crisis, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York reported in February that home, student loan, auto and credit card debt began creeping up again in 2014. Getting rid of revolving, non-housing debt (http://www.practicalmoneyskills.com/costofcredit) is one of the most effective ways to free up money for savings and investment.

6. Consider your career. Financial independence doesn't require you to quit a career you love, but you really can't get to financial independence without steady income to fuel savings and investments that will build over time. Speak with qualified advisors about your income, benefits and retirement picture first, and see if you might be able to expand your sources of work-related income, such as consulting part time. Also keep in mind that over the age of 50, the Internal Revenue Service allows you to make catch-up contributions (http://www.irs.gov/Retirement-Plans/Plan-Participant,-Employee/Retirement-Topics-IRA-Contribution-Limits) to both 401(k) and IRA accounts.

7. Downsize. You'll generally reach wealth financial goals faster if you can cut your overall living expenses. For some, that means selling your home and moving to a smaller one or to an area with lower living costs and taxes. You can also sell or donate property you don't need and use those proceeds to extinguish debt or add to savings or investments.

8. Invest frugally. Become a student (http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/publications/undrstndgrtrmnt.html) of investment fees and commissions because they can cut significantly into your principal. Make a full evaluation of fees you are paying on every investment account you have and if you're working with a licensed professional who sells you financial products, know what fees they're charging for their investment and advisory services.

9. Buy assets that generate income. Stocks, real estate, collectibles or cash investments all have up and down markets. But do your homework and focus on investments bought at attractive prices that are likely to appreciate over time. Also, don't forget to study the tax ramifications of any investment transaction you make.

10. Always know where you are financially. Financial planning isn't about making one set of financial decisions and assuming you're set. Lives and situations change and your financial planning must be flexible enough to withstand both positive and negative changes without derailing your hopes for financial independence. If your forte is not investment, financial planning or tax matters, by all means bring in qualified experts to help. But financially independent people generally have their money issues at their fingertips not only for their own use, but for estate purposes as well.

Bottom line: Financial independence involves diligence and a bit of sacrifice, but even the smallest moves can yield big outcomes.

*****

Nathaniel Sillin directs Visa's financial education programs. To follow Practical Money Skills on Twitter: www.twitter.com/PracticalMoney.

Garden Corner

Submitted by Eric Hanssen

Browns Valley, Minnesota 56219

Is it okay to use fresh wood and bark mulch in the landscape? This is a common question from the areas of the state that was recently hit hard by the April ice storm. The storm left thousands of broken and fallen trees in its wake and this debris is being rapidly turned into chips. Homeowners are wondering if these chips can be used for landscaping this spring and summer or if they must be composted first. The two most commonly mentioned concerns with using fresh wood chips in the landscape are will the chips transmit diseases to the trees and shrubs that the mulch is used around and will the chips rob nitrogen from the soils and cause the plant leaves to turn yellow? There is very little fear of transmitting a pathogen to a tree via the mulch, even if the mulch is fresh. Most disease organisms do not survive for very long in mulch. The only possible concern is transmission of pine wilt if fresh pine chips containing the nematodes are placed around another pine that has wound near the base. Another often cited concern is transmission of verticillium wilt or Dutch elm disease but this is highly unlikely. The other frequent concern is that fresh chips will result in a loss of soil nitrogen and yellowing of plant foliage due to the loss of this element. Nitrogen is generally the element most lacking in the urban landscape and is usually the only one that needs to be added on a regular basis (our soils contain adequate amounts of phosphorous and potassium for woody plants). It is true that incorporating fresh wood chips into the soil will reduce available nitrogen as the soil microbes that break down the wood utilize soil nitrogen, however if the wood chips are placed on the soil, not in the soil, this is not a major concern. The only soil layer that may show reduced nitrogen is the upper couple of inches and this will not result in enough nitrogen reduction to affect woody trees and shrubs. Also most of the chips being produced from the ice-damaged trees are very coarse, large dimension, so do not break down very quickly and there is even less of a problem with a nitrogen deficiency. The loss of nitrogen can be a problem, however, for vegetables and annuals so do not use fresh wood chips, particularly sawdust size chips, in the home vegetable garden or as mulch around annuals. The fresh chips can be placed around established trees and shrubs to a depth of 3 or 4 inches and leave a 6 to 12 inch space around the base of the plant mulch-free.

This article comes from Professor John Ball, SDSU Forestry Specialist in his Pest Update publication available online at

http://sdda.sd.gov/legacydocs/Forestry/educational-information/PDF/pest-alert-2013-may-15.pdf.

Legals

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Owner: Sisseton Wahpeton College

Address: 12572 BIA Rd 700, Agency Village, SD 57262

Separate sealed BIDS for the construction of (briefly describe nature, scope, and major elements of the work). A one-story, wood-framed, residence hall containing 5 units which includes 17 bedrooms and a multiple purpose room. will be received by Lauren LeBeau at the office of President's Office until 1:30 PM, (Standard Time - Daylight Savings Time) August 19th 2015, and then at said office publicly opened and read aloud.

The CONTRACT DOCUMENTS may be examined at the following locations: Sisseton Wahpeton College, 12572 BIA Rd 700, Agency Village, SD Aberdeen Builders Exchange, Aberdeen, SD Fargo-Moorhead Builders Exchange, Fargo, ND TERO Office, Administration Building Quadrant "B", Agency Village, SD Copies of the CONTRACT DOCUMENTS may be obtained at the office of CO OP Architecture            located at 205 6th Avenue, Suite 301, Aberdeen, SD 57401 upon payment of $75 for each set. (1-15-79) SPECIAL PN.

Any BIDDER, upon returning the CONTRACT DOCUMENTS promptly and in good condition, will be refunded the payment, and any non-bidder upon so returning the CONTRACT DOCUMENTS will be refunded $ 75.

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SISSETON-WAHPETON OYATE

IN TRIBAL COURT

LAKE TRAVERSE RESERVATION

STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA

CASE: D-15-544-364

IN THE MATTER OF THE CHANGE OF NAME OF:

SADIE GRACE LUFKINS, A Minor,

And concerning:

MYRRIAH GRAY EAGLE, Petitioner

Vs.

TYSON LUFKINS, Respondent

ORDER AND NOTICE OF

HEARING

     NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Petitioner's request for a change of name from SADIE GRACE LUFKINS to SADIE ANN GRACE GRAY-EAGLE shall be heard before the Honorable B.J. JONES, Chief Judge of Tribal Court, in the Courtroom of the Sisseton Wahpeton Tribal Court at Agency Village, South Dakota at _2:30 P.M. on the 24th day of AUGUST, 2015.

Dated this 29th day of July, 2015.

     BY ORDER OF THE COURT:

/s/ B.J. Jones, CHIEF JUDGE

ATTEST: E. Pfeiffer, CLERK OF COURTS

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SISSETON-WAHPETON OYATE

IN TRIBAL COURT

LAKE TRAVERSE RESERVATION

STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA

CASE NO. CS: 08-031

SWOCSE/ TANF/Janel Many Lightnings, PLAINTIFF

VS.

EDGAR RENVILLE, DEFENDANT

ORDER OF PUBLICATION &

NOTICE OF HEARING

It is hereby Ordered that Notice by Publication is hereby provided for a Motion to Show Cause for Failure to Pay Child Support and Notice of Hearing is hereby provided that a hearing will be held at the Tribal Admin Building in Tribal Court, Agency Village, South Dakota, on the 26th day of August, 2015 at the hour of 9:00 o'clock A.M. or as soon thereafter as possible.

You are required to be at the hearing. If you fail to appear a Warrant will be issued and Bond set at the amount of the arrears. Upon request, the OCSE Clerk will provide you with a copy of the Motion describing the matter.

Dated this 22nd day of July, 2015

BY THE ORDER OF THE COURT:

/S/ Michael T. Swallow, Presiding Judge

ATTEST: Melinda Heminger, SWOCSE Clerk of Court

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SISSETON-WAHPETON OYATE

IN TRIBAL COURT

LAKE TRAVERSE RESERVATION

STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA

CASE NO. CS: 14-128

SWOCSE/SD/Emily Renville, PLAINTIFF

VS.

EDGAR RENVILLE, DEFENDANT

ORDER OF PUBLICATION &

NOTICE OF HEARING

It is hereby Ordered that Notice by Publication is hereby provided for a Motion to Show Cause for Failure to Pay Child Support and Notice of Hearing is hereby provided that a hearing will be held at the Tribal Admin Building in Tribal Court, Agency Village, South Dakota, on the 26th day of August, 2015 at the hour of 9:00 o'clock A.M. or as soon thereafter as possible.

You are required to be at the hearing. If you fail to appear a Warrant will be issued and Bond set at the amount of the arrears. Upon request, the OCSE Clerk will provide you with a copy of the Motion describing the matter.

Dated this 22nd day of July, 2015

BY THE ORDER OF THE COURT:

/S/ Michael T. Swallow, Presiding Judge

ATTEST: Melinda Heminger, SWOCSE Clerk of Court

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SISSETON-WAHPETON OYATE

IN TRIBAL COURT

LAKE TRAVERSE RESERVATION

STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA

CASE NO. CS: 00-130

SWOCSE/ SD/Joyce White, PLAINTIFF

VS.

EDGAR RENVILLE, DEFENDANT

ORDER OF PUBLICATION &

NOTICE OF HEARING

It is hereby Ordered that Notice by Publication is hereby provided for a Motion to Show Cause for Failure to Pay Child Support and Notice of Hearing is hereby provided that a hearing will be held at the Tribal Admin Building in Tribal Court, Agency Village, South Dakota, on the 26th day of august, 2015 at the hour of 9:00 o'clock A.M. or as soon thereafter as possible.

You are required to be at the hearing. If you fail to appear a Warrant will be issued and Bond set at the amount of the arrears. Upon request, the OCSE Clerk will provide you with a copy of the Motion describing the matter.

Dated this 22nd day of July, 2015

BY THE ORDER OF THE COURT:

/S/ Michael T. Swallow, Presiding Judge

ATTEST: Melinda Heminger, SWOCSE Clerk of Court

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SISSETON-WAHPETON OYATE

IN TRIBAL COURT

LAKE TRAVERSE RESERVATION

STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA

CASE NO. CS: 12-073

SWOCSE/ Alexis Wilson, PLAINTIFF

VS.

EDGAR RENVILLE, DEFENDANT

ORDER OF PUBLICATION &

NOTICE OF HEARING

It is hereby Ordered that Notice by Publication is hereby provided for a Motion to Show Cause for Failure to Pay Child Support and Notice of Hearing is hereby provided that a hearing will be held at the Tribal Admin Building in Tribal Court, Agency Village, South Dakota, on the 26th day of August, 2015 at the hour of 9:00 o'clock A.M. or as soon thereafter as possible.

You are required to be at the hearing. If you fail to appear a Warrant will be issued and Bond set at the amount of the arrears. Upon request, the OCSE Clerk will provide you with a copy of the Motion describing the matter.

Dated this 22nd day of July, 2015

BY THE ORDER OF THE COURT:

/S/ Michael T. Swallow, Presiding Judge

ATTEST: Melinda Heminger, SWOCSE Clerk of Court

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SISSETON-WAHPETON OYATE

IN TRIBAL COURT

LAKE TRAVERSE RESERVATION

STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA

CASE NO. CS: 15-092

SWOCSE/SD/Tessa Campbell, PLAINTIFF

VS.

ELSIE CAMPBELL, DEFENDANT

ORDER OF PUBLICATION &

NOTICE OF HEARING

It is hereby Ordered that Notice by Publication is hereby provided for a Complaint to Establish Child Support and Notice of Hearing is hereby provided that a hearing will held at the Tribal Admin Building in Tribal Court, Agency Village, South Dakota, on the 28th day of August, 2015 at the hour of 9:00 o'clock A.M. or as soon thereafter as possible.

You are required to be at the hearing. Upon request, the OCSE Clerk will provide you with a copy of the Complaint describing the matter.

Dated this 24th day of July, 2015

BY THE ORDER OF THE COURT:

/S/ Michael T. Swallow, Presiding Judge

ATTEST: Melinda Heminger, SWOCSE Clerk of Court

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SISSETON-WAHPETON OYATE

IN TRIBAL COURT

LAKE TRAVERSE RESERVATION

STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA

CASE NO. CS: 15-100

SWOCSE/SD/Caroline Bird, PLAINTIFF

VS.

ROBERT ENOCH, DEFENDANT

ORDER OF PUBLICATION &

NOTICE OF HEARING

It is hereby Ordered that Notice by Publication is hereby provided for a Complaint to Establish Child Support and Notice of Hearing is hereby provided that a hearing will held at the Tribal Admin Building in Tribal Court, Agency Village, South Dakota, on the 28th day of August, 2015 at the hour of 9:00 o'clock A.M. or as soon thereafter as possible.

You are required to be at the hearing. Upon request, the OCSE Clerk will provide you with a copy of the Complaint describing the matter.

Dated this 24th day of July, 2015

BY THE ORDER OF THE COURT:

/S/ Michael T. Swallow, Presiding Judge

ATTEST: Melinda Heminger, SWOCSE Clerk of Court

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SISSETON-WAHPETON OYATE

IN TRIBAL COURT

LAKE TRAVERSE RESERVATION

STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA

CASE NO. CS: 15-098

SWOCSE/SD/Caroline Bird, PLAINTIFF

VS.

RAINELLE BROWN, DEFENDANT

ORDER OF PUBLICATION &

NOTICE OF HEARING

It is hereby Ordered that Notice by Publication is hereby provided for a Complaint to Establish Child Support and Notice of Hearing is hereby provided that a hearing will held at the Tribal Admin Building in Tribal Court, Agency Village, South Dakota, on the 28th day of August, 2015 at the hour of 9:00 o'clock A.M. or as soon thereafter as possible.

You are required to be at the hearing. Upon request, the OCSE Clerk will provide you with a copy of the Complaint describing the matter.

Dated this 24th day of July, 2015

BY THE ORDER OF THE COURT:

/S/ Michael T. Swallow, Presiding Judge

ATTEST: Melinda Heminger, SWOCSE Clerk of Court

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SISSETON-WAHPETON OYATE

IN TRIBAL COURT

LAKE TRAVERSE RESERVATION

STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA

CASE NO. CS: 13-162

SWOCSE/SD/Ashley Kelly, PLAINTIFF

VS.

CHRISTIAN ROBERTSON, DEFENDANT

ORDER OF PUBLICATION &

NOTICE OF HEARING

It is hereby Ordered that Notice by Publication is hereby provided for a Complaint to Establish Paternity and Child Support and Notice of Hearing is hereby provided that a hearing will held at the Tribal Admin Building in Tribal Court, Agency Village, South Dakota, on the 28th day of August, 2015 at the hour of 9:00 o'clock A.M. or as soon thereafter as possible.

You are required to be at the hearing. Upon request, the OCSE Clerk will provide you with a copy of the Complaint describing the matter.

Dated this 24th day of July, 2015

BY THE ORDER OF THE COURT:

/S/ Michael T. Swallow, Presiding Judge

ATTEST: Melinda Heminger, SWOCSE Clerk of Court

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SISSETON-WAHPETON OYATE

IN TRIBAL COURT

LAKE TRAVERSE RESERVATION

STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA

CASE NO. CS: 08-066

SWOCSE/ Monica Anderson, PLAINTIFF

VS.

MATTHEW GILL, DEFENDANT

ORDER OF PUBLICATION &

NOTICE OF HEARING

It is hereby Ordered that Notice by Publication is hereby provided for a Motion to Show Cause for Failure to Pay Child Support and Notice of Hearing is hereby provided that a hearing will held at the Tribal Admin Building in Tribal Court, Agency Village, South Dakota, on the 28th day of august, 2015 at the hour of 9:00 o'clock A.M. or as soon thereafter as possible.

You are required to be at the hearing. If you fail to appear a Warrant will be issued and Bond set at the amount of the arrears. Upon request, the OCSE Clerk will provide you with a copy of the Motion describing the matter.

Dated this 24th day of July, 2015

BY THE ORDER OF THE COURT:

/S/ Michael T. Swallow, Presiding Judge

ATTEST: Melinda Heminger, SWOCSE Clerk of Court

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SISSETON-WAHPETON OYATE

IN TRIBAL COURT

LAKE TRAVERSE RESERVATION

STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA

CASE NO. CS: 08-294

SWOCSE/ Doris Bursheim, PLAINTIFF

VS.

JAMES BUCKLIN, DEFENDANT

ORDER OF PUBLICATION &

NOTICE OF HEARING

It is hereby Ordered that Notice by Publication is hereby provided for a Motion to Show Cause for Failure to Pay Child Support and Notice of Hearing is hereby provided that a hearing will held at the Tribal Admin Building in Tribal Court, Agency Village, South Dakota, on the 28th day of august, 2015 at the hour of 9:00 o'clock A.M. or as soon thereafter as possible.

You are required to be at the hearing. If you fail to appear a Warrant will be issued and Bond set at the amount of the arrears. Upon request, the OCSE Clerk will provide you with a copy of the Motion describing the matter.

Dated this 24th day of July, 2015

BY THE ORDER OF THE COURT:

/S/ Michael T. Swallow, Presiding Judge

ATTEST: Melinda Heminger, SWOCSE Clerk of Court

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SISSETON-WAHPETON OYATE

IN TRIBAL COURT

LAKE TRAVERSE RESERVATION

STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA

CASE NO. CS: 08-289

SWOCSE/ Marlys Danley, PLAINTIFF

VS.

JOSH RENCOUNTRE, DEFENDANT

ORDER OF PUBLICATION &

NOTICE OF HEARING

It is hereby Ordered that Notice by Publication is hereby provided for a Motion to Show Cause for Failure to Pay Child Support and Notice of Hearing is hereby provided that a hearing will held at the Tribal Admin Building in Tribal Court, Agency Village, South Dakota, on the 28th day of august, 2015 at the hour of 9:00 o'clock A.M. or as soon thereafter as possible.

You are required to be at the hearing. If you fail to appear a Warrant will be issued and Bond set at the amount of the arrears. Upon request, the OCSE Clerk will provide you with a copy of the Motion describing the matter.

Dated this 24th day of July, 2015

BY THE ORDER OF THE COURT:

/S/ Michael T. Swallow, Presiding Judge

ATTEST: Melinda Heminger, SWOCSE Clerk of Court

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Trading Post ads

Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate

Job Openings

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

Criminal Investigator, Law Enforcement

CAA 103 Coordinator, Office of Environmental Protection

Teacher, Early Head Start

Administrative Assistant, Gaming Commission

Field Agent (female), Gaming Commission

Cook, Head Start

Generalist, CHR

Cultural Resource Protection Ranger, Tribal Historic Preservation Office

TCNS Compliance Reviewer, Tribal Historic Preservation Office

Closing Date: August 14th 2015 @ 04:30 PM

All interested applicants may obtain application and job description information at the Human Resource Department, of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate or contact Arnold Williams at (605) 698-8238 or Denise Hill at (605) 698-8362. (Tribal preference will apply)

 

Sisseton-Wahpeton

Housing Authority

Job Title: Maintenance Inspector

Reports to: Executive Director/Assistant Director

Responsibilities: The Maintenance Inspector is responsible for inspection of all SWHA houses, offices and infrastructure of the SWHA, consistent with applicable SWHA policies, NAHASDA Regulations, Federal requirements, and Tribal ordinances.

Supervisory Relationships: This position is under the direct supervision of the Executive Director/Assistant Director. The incumbent shall receive written directive by the Executive Director for any related supervisory responsibilities.

Standards of Performance: The individual displays a positive attitude and maintains a cooperative working relationship with others including subordinates, immediate supervisor, managers, other employees, and the Executive Director/Assistant Director. The individual performs all duties and responsibilities in a timely and efficient manner according to established schedules, procedures, and polices. The individual demonstrates good judgment and suitably reports problems to the immediate supervisor.

Duties:

 *Examines and inspects plans and specifications of low-income units for proper installation and use of materials and compliance with housing codes and standards.  *Inspects the structural parts such as foundation, floors, ceilings, roofs, plaster and masonry of low-income units and associated structures by visual observation, measurement, and testing.  *Inspects heating, ventilation, and refrigeration installations, parts, and equipment of buildings and associated structures.  *Conduct Annual inspections on all Low-Rent and Mutual Help Dwelling units in compliance with regulations. Insure that all units are inspected each year.  *Answers questions from tenants/homebuyers using phone or in-person to provide information regarding building inspection.  *Writes summaries of low-income conditions, action taken, and other pertinent information for Executive Director.  *Testing equipment used in low-income units inspections.  *Reviews proposed housing plans and layouts of low-income and commercial, to insure compliance with local, state, and tribal codes and standards, installation, and use of materials.  *Performs other duties as assigned.

Physical Demands and Work Requirements: The employee must be computer literate. Normal physical activity can be strenuous and may involve prolonged standing, walking, reaching, bending, climbing, crouching, stooping, and lying prone. The employee must use arm strength to manipulate hand tools such as saws, sanders and jointers. The employee must occasionally push, pull, and/or lift objects up to and over 50 pounds. The employee works indoors and outdoors and is exposed to weather extremes. The employee may occasionally be subject to electrical shock hazards, dangerous heights, dangerous chemicals, and skin irritants (e.g., cleaning solutions, solvents, insecticides). The employee may be required to use goggles, gloves, safety boots, and other safety equipment. Knowledge and Abilities:

 *Knowledge of SWHA Policies and Procedures.

 *Knowledge of local, state, and national codes and ordinances.

 *Knowledge of inspection methods and techniques used in housing inspection.

 *Knowledge of safety precautions associated with housing inspections.

 *Knowledge of testing equipment used in housing inspections.

 *Knowledge of basic construction management techniques in areas such as claims, claims scheduling, estimating, and negotiating.

 *Ability to understand and execute complex written and oral instructions.

 *Ability to exercise tact, diplomacy, and confidentiality in contacts with other employees and outside agencies.

 *Ability to read and interpret low-rent plans and specifications.

 *Ability to use computers such as word, excel and internet.

 *Ability to work with Amerind Risks Insurance Company with Insurance claims.

 *Ability to enforce housing code regulations.

 

Tiospa Zina Tribal School

Employment Opportunities

2015-2016 School Year Vacancies:

Substitutes needed for custodial, kitchen, teaching, and transportation - starting at $10/hr, varies per position Qualifications: GED/High School Diploma (please contact the HR office for more information) Applications are accepted on an on-going basis

Vacancy: Bus Monitor ($13/hr) (Vacant Routes: Sisseton, Lake Traverse, Veblen, Dakota Magic/Rosholt, Enemy Swim/Waubay) Qualifications: High School Diploma/GED+; currently has/willing to obtain CPR and First Aid certification Opening Date: November 21, 2014 Closing Date: Open until filled

Vacancy: Dakota Studies Teacher Qualifications: Current South Dakota Certification meeting the Highly Qualified status for Dakota Studies Instructor Opening Date: March 12, 2015 Closing Date: Open until filled

Vacancy: High School English Teacher (Sign-on Bonus) Qualifications: Current South Dakota Certification meeting the Highly Qualified status for a High School English Teacher Opening Date: April 30, 2015 Closing Date: Open until filled

Vacancy: High School Science Teacher (Sign-on Bonus) Qualifications: Current South Dakota Certification meeting the Highly Qualified status for a High School Science Teacher Opening Date: April 30, 2015 Closing Date: Open until filled

Vacancy: Special Education Teacher (Primary and Secondary) (Sign-on Bonus) Qualifications: Current South Dakota Certification meeting the Highly Qualified status for a Special Education Teacher Preferred, will consider applicants with current South Dakota Certification meeting the Highly Qualified status per Secondary or Primary Education levels. Opening Date: April 30, 2015 Closing Date: Open until filled

Vacancy: Elementary Teacher (Sign-on Bonus) Qualifications: Current South Dakota Certification meeting the Highly Qualified status for an Elementary Teacher Opening Date: May 22, 2015 Closing Date: Open until filled

Vacancy: Alternative Learning Center Teacher Qualifications: Current South Dakota Certification meeting the Highly Qualified status to teach 9-12 grades Opening Date: May 22, 2015 Closing Date: Open until filled

Vacancy: Middle School Student Services Coordinator Qualifications: GED/High School Diploma and 1 year directly related experience. Opening Date: June 12, 2015. Closing Date: June 26, 2015

Vacancy: Cook Qualifications: GED/High School Diploma and willing to obtain certification in state Child and Adult Nutrition Services. Opening Date: June 12, 2015. Closing Date: June 26, 2015

Vacancy: Special Education Paraprofessional Qualifications: GED/High School Diploma and 461+ score on the Paraprofessional Praxis or 48+ college credits, and 1 year experience working one-on-one with student with significant behavioral needs. Opening Date: June 17, 2015. Closing Date: July 1, 2015

Vacancy: Gymnasium Custodian Qualifications: GED/High School Diploma and 1 year experience Opening Date: June 24, 2015 Closing Date: Open until filled

2015-2016 Coaching Vacancies:

For List of Coaching Positions Below: Proof of all SDHSAA coaching requirements at the time application is submitted. Requirements are to complete the following courses through the National Federation of High School Sports (NFHS): Fundamentals of Coaching, and First Aid and Safety for Coaches. Must also submit a letter of intent that answers the questions found on form Athletics Coaching Questionnaire.

OPENING DATE: April 17, 2015 CLOSING DATE: Open until filled

Head Volleyball Coach

Head Golf Coach

Head Track Coach Assistant

Girls Basketball Coach

Junior High Volleyball Coach (*certifications not necessary for Junior High Volleyball Coach)

Junior High Track Coach

Assistant Track Coach

Assistant Wrestling Coach

2015-2016 Extra-Curricular Assignment Vacancies:

For List of Extra-Curricular Assignments Below: Applicants are required to have a GED/High School Diploma, be able to fundraise if applicable, identify and recruit students if applicable, meet on a regular basis if applicable, and perform the duties per assignment description (contact Human Resources for description information).

OPENING DATE: May 1, 2015 CLOSING DATE: Open until filled

AISES Advisor

Destination Imagination Advisor

Junior Class Advisor (2)

Middle School Student Council Advisor

Military Club Advisor

Horse Club Advisor

School Improvement Plan Facilitator - School communications working group facilitator

Senior Class Advisor (3)

Technology Mentor (K-2, 3-5, and High School)

If interested please submit an application and Advisor Questionnaire to the Human Resources Department at Tiospa Zina Tribal School. Opening Date: September 11, 2014 Closing Date: Open until filledIf you would like to apply to be a part of the TZ tiwahe you may pick up an application from the TZTS HR office located at #2 Tiospa Zina Dr. Agency Village, SD 57262. Applications may also be printed off the HR web page by downloading from links under employment forms to the left. Completed applications may be sent to PO Box 719, Agency Village, SD 57262. Faxed to: 605-698-7686. For further information call 605-698-3953 ext. 208. Indian Preference employer. At will employer. All applicants are subject to a Background Check and Pre-Employment Drug Test, pursuant to SWSB policy.

 

Enemy Swim Day School

After School Group Leaders

Excellent part-time opportunity! Do you enjoy working with children? We are looking for team players to join our afterschool program as a part-time Group Leader for the 2015-2016 school year. Spend time supervising K-8 grade students during after school hours in a fun and energetic environment, while promoting the importance of the arts, physical fitness, and academic achievement. Schedule: August 2015-May 2016. Monday-Thursday 12:30-5:30 pm and occasional scheduled evenings. Hourly wage. Indian preference will apply. For more information contact Rebecca Dargatz at 947-4605. Applications available on-line at www.esds.us or at the school.

 

Enemy Swim Day School

Facilities Assistant II

The Enemy Swim Day School has an immediate opening in the facilities department. The position requires a general knowledge of cleaning and maintaining classrooms and school grounds and physically able to perform the duties as required. This is a school year position, from 3pm to 11pm, Monday through Friday. The position includes health/vision insurance and retirement. Please visit www.esds.us for an application and job description. Call (605) 947-4605 or (888) 825-7738 and ask for Ed to inquire about the position. Applications are available at the school. Indian preference policies will be followed. Position is open until filled.

 

Dakota Sioux Casino

Job Openings

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

Director of Security: FUNCTION: Manages all security operations. Coordinates and Develops security policy and procedures. Reports to General Manager. POSITION REQUIREMENTS: High school diploma or G.E.D. equivalent. Minimum of five years experience in Law Enforcement. Supervisory experience. Must not have a felony on their record. Effective communication skills. Ability to handle diverse situations and/or people. Physically fit and able to lift 40+ lbs. Must complete all security certifications within a year of hire in accordance with the gaming commissions rules and regulations. Must obtain a Key Gaming License. Indian Preference will apply.

This position will close on August 13th 2015 at 4pm.

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 Sioux Casino & Hotel

Job Openings

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

HOTEL: FRONT DESK CLERK (1 FULL- TIME) GENERAL FUNCTION: Staffs the Front Desk to attend to the needs of the guests throughout their stay. REQUIREMENTS: High School Diploma or GED. Three to six months related experience and/or training, or equivalent combination of education and experience. Good people skills, both in person and on the telephone. Must meet the requirement of a non-gaming license upon hire.

This position will close on August 5th, 2015 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 Sioux Casino & Hotel

Job Openings

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

FOOD SERVICE: DISHWASHER (2 FULL-TIME) ROTATING SHIFTS GENERAL FUNCTION: To collect, clean and wash dishes. Clean pots and pans. Assist wait staff if table need bussing in a friendly, helpful and courteous manner. REQUIREMENTS: Must be licensable by DNGE Non-Gaming. Operate and clean kitchen equipment, dishwasher, meat slicer and mixer. Stooping, bending standing for long periods of time, or lifting up to 50 lbs. Must abide by Food Service expectations per facility. Required to rotate shifts, work holidays and weekends are mandatory.

This position will close on August 5th at 4pm.

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 Sioux Casino & Hotel

Job Openings

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

FOOD SERVICE: BUFFET WAIT STAFF (2 FULL-TIME) ROTATING SHIFTS GENERAL FUNCTION: To greet customers immediately, provide excellent customer service, and to make sure the customer has a wonderful dining experience. REQUIREMENTS: High School Diploma or GED required. Customer Service experience. Operate cash register, wait tables and counting money. Must be licensable by DNGE Non-Gaming. Stooping, bending, standing for long periods of time, or lifting up to 50lbs. Required to rotate shifts, work holidays and weekends.

This position will close on August 5th, 2015 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 Sioux Casino & Hotel

Job Openings

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

HOTEL: HOUSEKEEPERS (2 Full-Time) GENERAL FUNCTION: Cleans rooms, halls, restrooms, elevators and stairways according to standards. REQUIREMENTS: 1-3 months related experience. Able to occasionally lift(s) or move(s) up to 25 lbs. Must also meet the Non-Gaming License requirements.

Closing Date: August 5th 2015, at 4:00 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

Facilities/Maintenance Department: Porter (3) full-time; rotating shifts, day, swing, graveyard, weekends & holidays. Good customer service skills; ability to operate necessary equipment and the physical ability to lift heavy objects up to 20 lbs or more. Have physical mobility through out facility & surrounding grounds; dependable & available to work all shifts. Must be at least 18 years old.

Restaurant Department: Dishwasher (1) full-time, rotating shifts, day, swing, includes weekends & holidays. Experience in Food Service, food handling safety, and sanitation. Mobility throughout the facility. Able to lift 20-50 lbs. occasionally. Good health, able to stand and walk for long periods of time. Frequent bending, stooping and twisting. Appropriate dress code. Ability to obtain a "Food Handlers" certification. Must be at least 18 years old.

Bingo Department: Rover/Drop Team Member (3) 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. 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. Previous experience working with money preferred.

Opening date: Thursday, July 30, 2015

Closing date: Wednesday, August 5, 2015 @ 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.