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Sota Volume 45 Issue No. 4

Anpetu Iyamni, January 28, 2015

Inside this Edition –

Public Forum on contract health this Tuesday, Jan. 27, Council chambers

New access policy for Tribal administration building

Independent judge to hand down ruling in SWO Tribal Secretary general election

Series begins on 2014 Winter General Council program reports

Dakota Oyate Jeopardy Challenge in Huron Jan. 29th

Buffalo Lake District elders honored for achievements

SWC announces fall 2014 dean’s list

New Sota column open to young Oyate reporters

Deadline for receipt of copy is Friday noon

Part One –

2014 Winter General Council reports

By CD Floro

Sota Editor

This is the first in a series of articles summarizing program reports from the Winter General Council held December 18 and 19, 2014. This has become a tradition for your Sota. This year electronic files were unavailable due to difficulty in the transition from one administration to the next. But we have copies the bound books. Some of these are available; contact the office of SWO Tribal Chairman Bruce Renville if you’d like them.

First set of program reports will be those under the office of SWO Tribal Chairman Robert Shepherd.

Office of the Tribal Chairman

Hau mitakuyapi do.

This will be the fourth and final Winter General Council I will facilitate as your Tribal Chairman.

Each winter we come before the General Council of the Oyate to give reports of what services, goats and solutions our departments and programs have been working on accomplishing and improving for the betterment of the Oyate.

I would like to commend the departments, programs and all their employees for their hard work and dedication. The catalyst of achieving the goals we set out before us for central government and the oyate is teamwork and we are reaching those goals through the missions of the 10 tribal departments. Since the inception of the departmentalization, programs have been communicating on a regular basis to plan, implement and improve services to the Oyate. This organizational structure is being duplicated by other tribes because of its success.

Again, Pidamiyado for all your hard work!

The Office of the Tribal Chairman is located in Suite 329B, west quadrant C of the administrative building.

The Office of the Tribal Chairman consists of Chairman Robert Shepherd, Executive Assistant Maya Peters-Kwon; Dustina Gill. The Executive Committee is located in the Chairman's Suite.

SWO Tribal Administration Building Department

It is the mission of the Sisseton Oyate Tribal Administration Building Manager to provide a safe, clean, secure, positive environment for all employees and especially SWO tribal members who are coming to this building for services that are offered to them by their tribe and tribal leadership.

In August of 2013 the new SWO Tribal Administration building was completed and tribal programs took up residence in the new headquarters. The facility is located on 20 acres of tribally owned land at Agency Village, SD. The area until recent times served as the football field for Tiospa Zina Tribal School, until the new school and athletic fields were built, west of the new Tribal Administration building. The Tribal Council designated this property for this facility.

The one story structure contains 106,000 gross square feet of space, and consolidates under one roof 28 public service Tribal departments, programs, and agencies, as well as additional space for the Tribal Court, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and Office of Special Trustee (OST). Over 300 Tribal governmental and federal employees are located in this facility on a daily basis, and their offices meet building structure and federal-Tribal office space requirements, especially with regard to the heating, cooling, and ventilation codes for federal and governmental offices. The entire facility utilizes geothermal heating, cooling, and ventilation technology in accordance with building code requirements.

Staff: Nikki Crawford, Security; Terri McKay, Quad C Receptionist; David Barse, Custodian; Justin Gill, Custodian, Adrian Greybuffalo, Security; Darin Gill, Security; Jesse Thompson, Custodian; Jenny Gill, Quad C Receptionist; James Cloud, Custodian; Donovan White, Building Manager; Robyn LaCroix, Custodian.

Annual report prepared by Donovan White.

Program Summary: To maintain and manage the upkeep of the tribes’ new tribal administration headquarters. Ensuring the building is safe, clean and employees and guests are kept safe at all times.

Goals and objectives:

The goals of the Administrations building are to: build a garage/storage areas to safely house all tribally owned vehicles/property. Build more office space in some of our area that can support the expansion.

Researching clifferent costs for a garage, storage and office space.

Unresolved Problems and Needs:

We have a few landscaping issues and grass that has not seeded or grown yet. The general contractor has assured us that the grass will be growing per the contract before they leave the projects. I continue to work on updating our building safety protocols. regarding tornado, fire, bomb threats, active shooter or intruders. We did have some successful fire drills, and tornado drills. We will be planning for safety meeting and planning more drills.


I recommend to the public to come to our new building more often and let us show you around, and help you get to your area of appointments etc. This building is very big and beautiful but also can be very intimidating when you try to find your way around by yourself. There are security officers at the main entrance whose main job is to help show the public where all the different programs are located. We are still looking to fill/budget for more receptionists throughout the building, we did hire two full time receptionist to start filling the void in some of our reception areas. We would like to staff 2 receptionists in every quadrant that will also assist you in locating all the different programs you are coming here to see. If you have any questions or complaints or recommendation that wilt assist me in making your visit here more friendly and comfortable you can call me at 698-3911 ext 8383. If I =m not in my office, leave me a message and I will call you back. PIDAMIYA

Training Activities and Benefits of Training:

The program managers are working with myself to get all employees certified in CPR and first aid who are required to have use certifications. This training will also get us certified to use our 2 new heart defibrillators we have on the premises for medical emergencies

Dakota Language:

Woeconayaka nitawab he tekeked Dakotah Iapi he nunpta idukcanpi ka take kanunpi he? Please list your Dakota Language- Action Plans for your program:

I have requested from my staff to complete a list of our most commonly used phrases, words and sentences that we use to communicate with over our radios. I expect that we will be fully engaged and using our Dakota language in 6 months regularly, when we communicate over our hand held radios. This will then empower us to start speaking Dakota more frequently when we are speaking face to face as employees and with the public.

SWO Tribal Law Enforcement


The mission of them Sisseton-Wahpeton Law Enforcement is to provide safety and leadership to the Tribal Members of the Lake Traverse Reservation, ensuring that all people feel safe and secure in their homes and communities. This mission is founded on trust, integrity and the pursuit of excellence. We resolve to attract and retain employees dedicated to providing quality, cost effective service. The Sisseton-Wahpeton Law Enforcement continues to strive for a reputation of excellence. We maintain the highest standards of professional ethics and personal integrity, while respecting and upholding the traditions and customs of the Oyate of the Lake Traverse Reservation, manage law enforcement resources - including people, equipment, and technology, Our communication is direct, open, and respectful. We value our unity and our difference, recognizing that there is strength in both.

Our staff consists of Gary Gaikowski-Capt. Of Police, Clifford LaFontaine. Lt. of Police, William Owen-Cpl. Of Police, Mark Shindelbower-Cpl. Of Police, Patrolman-James Robertson, Isaiah Soldier, Brett Price, Ross Torgerson, Woodrow Hawkins, Cody DuMarce, Justin Padilla, and Daniel Figueroa, Brooke Owen-Administrative Assistant, Dispatchers-LoweIl Bigelow, Jodell Clark, Kristen Backtrum, Dillon Adams, Caleb Johnson, Detention Officers John Ross, Keith DeCoteau, Alex LaFromboise, Dwane DuBois.

SWO Legal Department

The Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Legal Department ("Legal Department") is dedicated to providing quality legal services for central government with integrity, professionalism, ethical responsibility and respect for the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate of the Lake. Traverse Reservation, a sovereign and federally recognized treaty tribe ("Tribe"). Our advocacy is predicated on the notion that what we do in the present is to preserve and enhance for the next several generations> Our service is accomplished through an understanding of the legal aspects of the Tribe and its unique government-to-government relationship, to other sovereigns, as well as serving in our capacity with respect and understanding of the history and culture of the Tribe for which we represent.

The Tribe has hired attorneys throughout the years. In the early 2000s the Legal Department moved from the Sisseton Wahpeton College to the Tribal Offices. Since that time the Legal Department has become an established tribal program protecting the Tribe's central government interests and its entities.

 (Editor’s note: To be continued.)

New policy in effect to allow easier access to Tribal offices

Submitted by Donovan White

SWO Administration Building Manager

The new Tribal Administration has adopted a new locked/unlocked door policy, effective January 12th, 2015.

All interior hallway doors, reception areas and most of the program doors have been unlocked for the public, so you have easy access to most of the programs.

Some programs will continue to keep their suite/program doors locked for confidentiality/safety reason. (These include Child Support, Child Protection, Finance, etc.)

The north main entrance/exit has also been designated as a public entrance and these doors have been unlocked. This will help with the congestion of unavailable parking space in the east lot. The north lot has a much bigger parking lot to accommodate all the guest coming to the tribal administration building for services.

Independent judge to rule on Tribal Secretary election

By Sierra Wolcott

Assistant Sota Editor

An independent judge – Lenor Scheffluer, Associate Judge II – was called into SWO Tribal Court last Thursday morning, January 22nd, for a hearing regarding the election for Tribal Secretary.

The hearing was conducted to discuss whether "Reservation Election Board (REB) made a clear error of law" on disqualifying Crystal Owen from the Tribal Secretary election, which she won in the November general election.

Crystal Owen's lawyer presented 5 points to the court.

They were:

-Violation of 03-05-03 by having a hearing after the deadline.

-Violation of 03-05-06 by allowing a challenge after the deadline of the 2nd Friday in July.

-Violation of 03-05-07 requiring REB to provide candidates with notice of a debt.

-That Owen was not afforded due process.

-Violation of the law by finding a debt.

The lawyers were not allowed to present new evidence but were to discuss the law as it pertains to this election.

Judge Scheffler has one week to weigh the evidence and make a ruling.

Please look in next week's Sota for the result of this hearing.

Buffalo Lake District honors elders

Buffalo Lake District has honored two of their most distinguished elders for the year 2014. The honorees selected were Lorraine M. Rosseau and Geno Demarrias.

Lorraine's lifelong achievements and dedication to her district are remarkable. Her latest accomplishment was her being selected as nominee for the prestigious "Spirit of Dakota" award in September, 2014. Lorraine continues to work for the District.

Geno's achievements also well noted. He lived in Chicago from 1961-2000, working for 34 years at Cummins-Allison.

He returned to Sisseton in 2004 and has worked mainly behind the scenes as a Volunteer for the Elderly Affairs program and as a strong advocate for the Tribes Elderly abuse team.

His dedication and input for District affairs are remarkable.

Both honorees were awarded a monetary gift for their special services to the Tribe and most of all the Buffalo Lake District.

Redwind to offer Native American business incubator workshop

Agency Village, SD - RedWind is thrilled to hold its next workshop, hosted by the Economic Division of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate. This small business incubator development workshop will be provided at the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Tribal Administration Building, Room Quad A, 108B Agency Village, South Dakota on Thursday, February 12th, 9:00am4:00pm and Friday, February 13th, 9:00am-12:00pm.

All Native leaders, administrators and staff are invited to attend and strongly encouraged to register for this FREE two-day course for small business incubator development. The training workshop will benefit anyone who operates or is considering operating a business incubator.

This incubator workshop, one of (4) RedWind will hold this year, provides tribal leaders, economic development and small business development staff comprehensive information about starting up or running a small business incubator. Topics covered are: defining the incubator's role in the community, how to structure an incubator, developing incubator capabilities that may include the facility, resources, methods and tools, and how to integrate the incubator program into the fabric of the community and its broader economic tribal development goals.

RedWind will present this training in partnership with the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Economic Development Division.

The event is free to attend and open to the public. All class materials and refreshments will be provided to participants at no cost.

Harold (Sonny) Hill, the Sisseton Whapeton Oyate's Economic Development Director stated, "Our goal is to provide technical assistance and training for the development of small businesses within our tribal communities. We are pleased to offer this free small business incubator training and hope that you will join us. Business development is one of the key elements in growing and sustaining our Native economies."

* To register, please use the following link:, or contact Harold (Sonny) Hill: 605-698-4972, Ext. 8213; or Linda Turnbull Lewis: 918-458-9322;

If you would like more information about the trainings go to

Native American Business Incubator Workshops are provided to Native communities across the country through support from the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Native American Affairs (ONAA). The mission of the SBA is to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business by providing financial, contractual and business development assistance and advocating on their behalf within the government. More information about the SBA ONAA can be found at

ONAA contracted with RedWind to provide the subject workshops through contract number: SBAHQ-14-F0102. RedWind is a Native operated technical assistance firm that helps transform and build strong tribal nations, enterprises and organizations. RedWind provides the experience and practical tools to help organizations meet the challenges facing tribal communities today. For more information about RedWind, please visit

New column open to young Oyate writers

The Sota is planning to introduce a new column suggested by Assistant Editor Sierra Wolcott.

It will feature young Oyate writers. Each week we will select an article written by any of our Oyate aged 13 or under (8th grade or lower).

We are looking for news articles on any of these topics:

·    Current events (local, state, country, or world)

·    Interview with a role model (elder, politician, teacher, older student that you look up to, etc)

·    Issues that affect us (environmental, health, etc)

·    "What I want to do to help my people"

·    Or editorials or opinion pieces

The only other guideline is that you write the piece on your own. Please submit articles by Thursday at noon of each week so that we have time to review. If your article is chosen to be printed in the sota you will receive a Wal-Mart gift card and a "Young Reporter" certificate.

Watch for more information, but articles can be submitted to the Sota, P.O. Box 5, Wilmot, SD 57279 or by email to the editor at

NCAI President calls on federal gov’t to improve Tribal economies, invest in education, support innovation

Tribal leader offers plan to achieve greater “trust” between tribal nations and the federal government

Washington, DC – January 22, 2015 – In an address to members of Congress, senior Administration officials, and leaders of tribal nations, the President of the National Congress of American Indians called on Congress and the Obama Administration to follow through on a policy action plan to improve economic opportunity, education, and innovation in Indian Country.

During the annual State of Indian Nations address, NCAI President Brian Cladoosby, chairman of the Swinomish Nation, also called for the federal government to modernize trust relations with tribal governments and remove barriers to economic growth. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), chair of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs delivered the Congressional response.

“Indian Country is leading. Indian Country is innovating. Indian Country is growing. And the state of Indian nations grows stronger by the day,” said Cladoosby in the opening moments of the speech. Cladoosby is President of NCAI the oldest, largest, and most representative American Indian and Alaska Native organization in the country.

“Today, I bring a simple message from the tribes of the 21st Century: We must tear down barriers to growth, simplify regulations that are limiting opportunities, and acknowledge that tribes have the capability as governments to oversee our own affairs,” continued Cladoosby during the address delivered to a studio audience at the Newseum in Washington, DC. “Congress and the Administration need to find ways to help bring federal agencies out of the 19th Century and into the 21st Century. We need them to be partners for growth and not barriers to growth. “

Remarking on the historic visit by President Obama to the Standing Rock Sioux Nation last year, President Cladoosby extended a personal invitation to Speaker Boehner, Leader Pelosi, Majority Leader McConnell, and Minority Leader Reid – as well as every Member of Congress to visit Indian Country in 2015.

During the major policy address NCAI and Cladoosby outlined a clear plan and top-level priorities for Congress and the Administration that could attract bipartisan support:


· The organization released a 130 page report The FY 2016 Indian Country Budget Request; Promoting Self-Determination, Modernizing the Trust Relationship, outlining a plan for funding the federal government’s trust responsibility through the budget process.


· NCAI called on congress to advance tribal tax reform to enable tribes to raise tax revenue free from overlapping state taxation, and to create incentives for business and jobs.


· NCAI proposed the federal government accelerate work to partner with the private sector to expand broadband connectivity in Indian Country and ensure a comprehensive study of the digital divide facing tribal nations.


· NCAI proposed extending access to capital by recognizing the equal status of tribal governments to access tax exempt bonds and ensuring tribal inclusion in the New Markets Tax Credit Program.


· NCAI urged Congress to pass Indian energy legislation like that proposed by Chairman Barrasso that would provide tribes with greater control and flexibility to develop their traditional and renewable energy resources.


· NCAI called on Congress and the Administration to ensure that tribal nations have a seat at the policymaking table by consulting with tribes on all policy issues such as the Keystone Pipeline, renewable energy, health care, and education.


· NCAI called on Congress to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act this year with tribal provisions to encourage tribal-state partnerships, strengthen local control of education, and begin to help every school deliver a high-quality education.

· NCAI proposed that Congress should enact legislation that supports Native language programs so education for our children is rooted in our history and culture.


· NCAI called on financial sponsors of the Washington DC football team to join “fair-minded Americans” by standing with NCAI, tribes, Native organizations, civil rights organizations, religious leaders, and others to change the mascot of the Washington DC football team;

· NCAI applauded the President’s proposal to make the first two years of tribal and community college free. NCAI promised to work with Congress & Administration to make this investment in assuring K-through-14 education in America.

Millions of dollars for Lower Brule tribe vanished

Argus Leader - January 12, 2015 - Millions of taxpayer dollars that were meant to provide essential services to members of the Lower Brule Sioux Reservation have vanished, leading to questions about where the money went, according to a report released today.

Between 2007 and 2013, an estimated $25 million that was intended for essential services, economic development and the alleviation of poverty was unaccounted. Millions of dollars meant for specific programs were instead diverted to the tribe's general fund and spent on "unexplained expenditures." At the same time, the education quality in the tribe's schools collapsed.

Taxpayers, meanwhile, are on the hook for an additional $22.5 million in the form of a loan guarantee that the Bureau of Indian Affairs extended to a tribal company. Money from the loan guarantee, which was sold to an insurance company, was used for a tribal-owned Wall Street brokerage firm that went bankrupt amid mismanagement and fraud, according to the report.

The report, issued by Human Rights Watch, an international organization that investigates abuse, follows a two-year investigation by the group that included interviews with dozens of tribal members, the review of federal audits and other federal, state and tribal documents. The report blames longtime Lower Brule Chairman Michael Jandreau and his political allies for diverting money and withholding basic government documents from the public to hide their activities.

Arvind Ganesan, the director of business and human rights for Human Rights Watch and the report's author, called the situation at Lower Brule a "tragic example" of what happens when governments operate without transparency.

"For tribal governments, it's an example of why it's critically important that they have transparency and oversight," Ganesan said.

The report's release coincides with a power struggle between Jandreau, who has been tribal chairman 36 years, and reformers. Three reformers were elected to the six-member council in September, but Jandreau and the old council members have asked the tribal court to remove the new members.

Kevin Wright, one of the new council members elected in September, said the Human Rights Watch report raises serious questions about the tribe's longtime leadership.

"It just reinforces why we need to get rid of the old council," Wright said. "Mismanagement of funds – federal tax dollars – is a serious accusation."

Jandreau did not return messages left on his cell phone and at home last week. Tara Adamski, a lawyer in Pierre who represents the tribal government as its general counsel, declined to comment.

"In speaking to my client, I'm not authorized to have any comment," Adamski said.

In an interview last month with the Argus Leader on an unrelated issue, Jandreau downplayed tribal corruption in general. He criticized the way in which the federal government gives money to tribes because of onerous restrictions on how the money can be used. He also said that the tribe is audited each year.

But those audits, which were part of the Human Rights Watch investigation, raised serious questions about tribal finances during the last several years. In 2008, for example, an audit found that the tribe improperly diverted $780,000 in federal money. It's unclear what happened to the money, which was meant to pay for drinking water on the reservation.

The investigation by Human Rights Watch into the tribe's finances has also spurred a criminal investigation by the Interior Department's Office of Inspector General, according to documents released in the report. The BIA, which is part of the Interior Department, did not respond to requests for comment.

The BIA played a central role in the tribe's decision to purchase a New York-based brokerage firm, Westrock Advisors. The $22.5 million loan guarantee from the BIA was itself odd, Ganesan said, because it came from a program that typically only offers guarantees of $500,000.

At the time of purchase, Westrock was indebted, under investigation by regulators and had been fined and sanctioned for violating industry rules at least a dozen times. Despite this, the tribe formed shell companies to buy the brokerage firm in 2009. The tribe sold the BIA loan guarantee to the Great American Insurance Group, an Ohio-based subsidiary of the American Financial Group, for $20 million.

The tribe used more than $12 million of the loan guarantee to pay off preferred shareholders of Westrock, which included members of the tribal council who were also board members of Westrock. There is evidence that tribal council members improperly benefited from the sale of the loan guarantee. Millions of dollars from the sale disappeared, and Westrock declared bankruptcy on Sept. 6, 2012, three years after the tribe bought it.

A spokeswoman for American Financial Group said there is an "outstanding issue" with the loan guarantee, which has not been honored by the BIA.

Copies of the Human Rights Watch report began circulating on Lower Brule last week. Wright called the atmosphere at Lower Brule "tense," and he warned that there could be backlash against Jandreau and current and former council members who are the chairman's allies.

Gayle Ziegler, a former chief justice on the tribe and a member of the tribe council from 2008-2010, said she and others were kept in the dark about the Westrock deal.

"They made a couple trips to New York – the other council members – and I never knew anything about it," she said.

Ziegler, who had reviewed the report, said it was a damning indictment of Jandreau and his allies, and she predicted that criminal charges would follow.

"There's a lot of money missing," she said.

ESEA Reauthorization and Native students: Strengthening sovereignty to support local success

Washington, DC – January 22, 2015 – Following yesterday’s Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Hearing on “Fixing No Child Left Behind (NCLB): Testing and Accountability,” National Indian Education Association (NIEA) President Melvin Monette issued the following statement explaining the need for an Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reauthorization that upholds the trust responsibility of the United States and fairly provides Native students education services based on principles of accountability, equity, and excellence. President Monette stated:

The ESEA is in pressing need of updating and we commend the Senate HELP Committee under the leadership of Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) for moving forward the reauthorization through recently introduced draft language. However, the current iteration illustrates a need for improvement, so we request that the federal government honor its’ trust responsibility to tribes and Native education by fairly providing comprehensive educational opportunities to Native students within any ESEA reauthorization.

During the State of the Union Address, President Obama rightfully celebrated the nation’s all-time high graduation rates among high school students. Unfortunately, the stressed graduation rates and academic successes are often not representative of many Native communities. NCLB has done little to address the longstanding challenges affecting Native students. Over the past decade, Native students continue to trail their peers in reading and mathematics (grades four and eight). Nationwide, our students face some of the lowest high school graduation rates with even fewer students graduating from college. Native education is in a state of emergency and tribes have long awaited the opportunity to partner with Congress to take bold action that will significantly improve the education systems serving Native communities.

Tribes and Native communities have an enormous stake in their children’s education. While the ESEA reauthorization must provide effective accountability and protect the civil rights of all Americans, the ESEA reauthorization must also be a commitment to the sovereignty of this country’s First Americans. As such, the ESEA draft should be revised to support tribal nations as they develop their ability to deliver education services as well as coordinate with local and state educational agencies. Only by including the following priorities will an ESEA reauthorization ensure effective and efficient use of funds and delivery of resources to Native communities as well as increase Native student achievement.

NIEA calls on the Senate to include the following priorities:

Strengthen Native Participation in Education: Tribes should have the authority to build their capacity to administer education title programs. Native leaders understand their children best and can better address their students’ unique cultural and academic needs.

Encourage Tribal/State Partnerships: While the federal government has a trust responsibility to work with tribes, tribal concerns are often excluded at the state and local level. The ESEA reauthorization should require local and state educational agencies to closely work and meaningfully consult with tribes when developing applications and plans for ESEA title programs.

Preserve and Revitalize Native Languages: The continued existence of Native languages is crucial to protecting and strengthening Native culture and tribal communities as well as increasing the academic achievement of Native students. Any ESEA reauthorization should provide resources for eligible schools to participate in a program to develop and maintain Native language immersion education models.

Increase Access to Native Student Records: Native students often transfer between federal, state, and tribal school districts, which creates information gaps as systems are not required to track and coordinate student data. The ESEA reauthorization should provide the ability for schools and state and local educational agencies to share Native student data with their local tribes. Providing such information will create longitudinal student statistics that will help schools and Native partners alleviate issues that decrease Native student achievement.

NIEA, tribes, and national and local partners look forward to working with members of Congress to strengthen this initial draft proposal. It is critical the ESEA reauthorization serves Native students and their peers by not only ensuring equity and accountability, but also including tribes within their local education systems. This great country cannot afford to ignore the needs of its most vulnerable students. By reinforcing America’s trust responsibility and strengthening tribal sovereignty throughout the ESEA, Congress will begin to reverse the negative impacts affecting Native communities and ensure local cooperation fosters efficiency and academic excellence for all students.

Human Trafficking provisions pass House panel

Washington, DC – January 20, 2015 – Rep. Kristi Noem’s Human Trafficking Prevention, Intervention, and Recovery Act was passed today by the House Judiciary Committee. The legislation is expected to be considered by the full House as early as next week.

“We have to do everything we can to protect young people from this unconscionable industry. And when prevention efforts fail, we have a responsibility to intervene and help survivors recover,” said Congresswoman Noem. “The provisions that advanced today would give caregivers, state law enforcement officers, and others more tools to end trafficking in our communities. My hope is that we’d also be able to open the door for local shelters to receive the support they need to house survivors, because recovering victims must have a safe place to go.”

The bipartisan Human Trafficking Prevention, Intervention, and Recovery Act (H.R.350) would launch a review to look into federal and state trafficking prevention activities. This will help us identify best practices to stop human trafficking. It also requires an inventory of existing federal anti-trafficking efforts to make sure all federal agencies and programs work together and that federal resources are being targeted where needed. Finally, the legislation improves existing Department of Justice grants, ensuring that the grants also support shelters for survivors.

“Every day, here in the United States, thousands of victims are shuttled from place to place for the purpose of becoming sex slaves in a black market that feeds on the misery of others. We cannot allow this to continue,” said Rep. Bob Goodlatte, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. “In order to effectively attack this problem, it is first necessary to fully understand it. This legislation requires the Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking, in consultation with nongovernmental organizations, to identify best practices and any possible gaps that might exist in research and data. The bill also directs the Government Accountability Office to report to Congress on the effectiveness of the various federal grants aimed at stopping this crime. Finally, H.R. 350 helps to provide young victims of sex trafficking a safe and secure path forward by ensuring that existing federal grants can be used for housing services. I encourage my colleagues to support this legislation.”

This legislation was first introduced by Rep. Noem in the 113th Congress to help give shelters, law enforcement officers, and caregivers more resources to address the human trafficking crisis. While the legislation passed the House late last year, the Senate failed to consider the legislation. Rep. Noem reintroduced the legislation at the beginning of this Congress with California Democrat Rep. Doris Matsui.

Re-Introduce Bill to improve lives of Native American children

Washington, DC – January 22, 2015 – U.S. Senators Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), today re-introduced their comprehensive plan to find solutions to the complex challenges facing Native American children throughout Indian Country.

Heitkamp and Murkowski’s bipartisan legislation would create a national Commission on Native Children to conduct an intensive study into issues facing Native children – such as high rates of poverty, staggering unemployment, child abuse, domestic violence, crime, substance abuse, and few economic opportunities – and make recommendations on how to make sure Native children are better taken care of and given the opportunities to thrive. The legislation – Heitkamp’s first bill as a U.S. Senator – quickly gained support from members of Congress on both sides of the aisle last year, unanimously passing the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. The creation of the Commission was also recently recommended as part of the bill to fund the U.S. government. This year, the bill already has 20 cosponsors.

Heitkamp also launched a new video reinforcing the importance of the bill to helping Native children. The video includes tribal leaders and experts from North Dakota, former North Dakota Senator and Committee on Indian Affairs Chairman Byron Dorgan, and Heitkamp who reinforce the impact this bill would have on improving the lives of Native kids and the need to pass it. Click here to view the video.

Heitkamp and Murkowski both serve on the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.

“For far too long the potential, the creativity, and the talent of our Native children has been drowned out by the cyclical nature of extreme poverty, substance and domestic abuse, and a lack of economic and educational opportunities – but they are still striving to persevere,” said Heitkamp. “It’s on us to change the trajectory. Since serving as North Dakota’s Attorney General, I’ve been pushing for policies offering our Native kids that chance. That’s why I introduced this legislation as my first bill in the U.S. Senate – because we must show our Native kids that they are not alone. Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski shares this commitment which is why we are re-introducing this bipartisan bill right away in the new Congress. We came so close last year, and this year, we need to bring it across the finish line. Native kids and their families are counting on us.”

“Our First People carry a proud tradition and lifestyle that is being eroded by a culture of despair fed by poverty, crime, unemployment, substance abuse, and tragic household violence. They deserve better and part of our government’s trust responsibility for our future generations is to empower them to change this,” said Murkowski. “This commission would take a comprehensive look at all the factors and triggers in play – whether from the vantage point of justice, education or healthcare – and make informed policy suggestions to turn this cycle around.”

The Alyce Spotted Bear and Walter Soboleff Commission on Native Children, named for the former Chairwoman of Mandan, Hidatsa & Arikara Nation in North Dakota, and Alaska Native Elder and statesman, respectively, has gained widespread praise by a cross-section of tribal leaders and organizations from North Dakota, Alaska, and around the country. It has been lauded by former Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Byron Dorgan, the National Congress of American Indians, and the National Indian Education Association, among others. See below for a list of quotations from supporters of the bill.


Conditions for young people in Indian Country are tragic. For example:

· More than one in three American Indian and Alaska Native children live in poverty;

· Suicide rates for Native children ages 15-24 years old are 2.5 times the national average and is the second-leading cause of death in that age group;

· While the overall rate of child mortality in the U.S. has decreased since 2000, the rate for Native children has increased 15 percent;

· At 67 percent, American Indian and Alaska Native students had the lowest four year high school graduation rate of any racial or ethnic group in the 2011-2012 school year; and

· 60 percent of American Indian schools do not have adequate high-speed Internet or digital technology to meet the requirements of college and career ready standards.

Tribal governments face numerous obstacles in responding to the needs of Native children. Existing program rules and the volume of resources required to access grant opportunities stymie efforts of tribes to tackle these issues. At the same time, federal agencies lack clear guidance about the direction that should be taken to best address the needs of Native children to fulfill our trust responsibility to tribal nations.

To help reverse these impacts, the Commission on Native Children would conduct a comprehensive study on the programs, grants, and supports available for Native children, both at government agencies and on the ground in Native communities, with the goal of developing a sustainable system that delivers wrap-around services to Native children. Then, the 11-member Commission would issue a report to address a series of challenges currently facing Native children. A Native Children Subcommittee would also provide advice to the Commission. The Commission’s report would address how to achieve:

· Better Use of Existing Resources – The Commission will identify ways to streamline current federal, state, and local programs to be more effective and give tribes greater flexibility to devise programs for their communities in the spirit of self-determination and allow government agencies to redirect resources to the areas of most need.

· Increased Coordination – The Commission will seek to improve coordination of existing programs benefitting Native children. The federal government houses programs across numerous different agencies, yet these programs too often do not work together.

· Measurable Outcomes – The Commission will recommend measures to determine the wellbeing of Native children, and use these measurements to propose short-term, mid-term, and long-term national policy goals.

· Stronger Data – The Commission will seek to develop better data collection methods. Too often Native children are left out of the conversation because existing data collection, reporting, and analysis practices exclude them.

· Stronger Private Sector Partnerships – The Commission will seek to identify obstacles to public-private partnerships in Native communities.

· Implementation of Best Practices – The Commission will identify and highlight successful models that can be adopted in Native communities.

Funding to help ND seniors, families & tribes heat their homes

Bismarck, ND – January 21, 2015 – U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp today announced more than $2.2 million in federal assistance to help low-income North Dakota families, seniors, and Native American tribes heat their homes this winter season.

Specifically, North Dakota families and seniors living in low-income households will receive more than $1.7 million in federal assistance to help offset heat and energy costs during the state’s coldest months. Additionally, more than $540,000 in federal funds is available for North Dakota’s Native American tribes. This federal support follows more than $23 million that North Dakota’s low income families, seniors and Native American tribes received from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) at Heitkamp’s request in October, for a total of more than $25.4 million for 2015.

“We live in a state where frigid temperatures aren’t just a possibility – they’re a guarantee. Too often seniors, low-income families, and tribes have to make the choice between necessities like heat for their homes and getting medication for their kids or putting food on the table. Today’s funds will help prevent many families from having to make that choice,” said Heitkamp. “In these winter months, North Dakotans show our true stripes by coming together wherever we can – we pitch in at our local schools and community centers, help neighbors shovel snow, and plow our streets – and we’re counting on our federal partners to do their part to help struggling families, seniors, and tribes stay safe.”

The funding is made available through the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Eligible families outside Indian reservations must apply directly to the State of North Dakota to receive LIHEAP funding. For eligible families living on Indian reservations, their tribes need to directly apply to the State of North Dakota to receive LIHEAP funding, which is then distributed to those on the reservation who qualify.

North Dakotans can learn more about home heating assistance eligibility and apply for assistance by clicking here. To ask questions or to receive help filling out an application, individuals not living on Indian reservations can contact their local County Social Service Office. Individuals living on Indian reservations can contact their local tribal offices.

LIHEAP is a block grant program under which the federal government gives annual grants to states, territories, and Indian tribal organizations to operate home energy assistance programs for needy households. The program receives funding from two sources: contingency funds and regular funds. Contingency funds are allocated to states at the discretion of the President and the Secretary of Health and Human Services. These funds may be released at any point in the fiscal year to provide additional home energy assistance. Regular funds are allocated in the annual appropriations bill.

Efforts to fight back against big money in elections

Washington, DC – January 21, 2015 – On the fifth anniversary of the historic Citizens United v. FEC decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp today helped re-introduce legislation that would bring needed transparency to campaigns and help root out dark money in politics.

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, spending by outside groups reached more than $560 million, with at least $219 million of that coming from dark money. In 2010, the Supreme Court ruled in Citizens United v. FEC that corporations deserve the same free speech protections as individual Americans. Heitkamp, a vocal proponent of campaign finance reform and transparency since her days as North Dakota’s Attorney General in the 1990s, is continuing her efforts to put the power of elections back in the hands of the American people.

“For decades, I’ve seen how secret money has dangerously corroded our nation’s political campaign system and enabled the richest few to have undue influence, while the voices of everyday folks are consistently drowned out. We can’t let this be the norm and since my time as North Dakota Attorney General, I’ve been fighting back,” said Heitkamp. “Through strong proposals, we have opportunities to take a stand and say ‘no more’ to big money in campaigns. These measures would be an important first step toward restoring some common sense, transparency, and sanity to the system and I will keep pushing to make sure all Americans have their voices heard.”

Heitkamp cosponsored the DISCLOSE Act, requiring any covered organization that spends $10,000 or more during an election cycle to file a report with the FEC within 24 hours, detailing the amount and nature of each expenditure over $1,000 and the names of all of its donors who gave $10,000 or more. She also cosponsored the bill in the previous Congress.

Additionally, Heitkamp cosponsored a bill to require Senate campaigns to file Federal Election Commission (FEC) reports electronically, disclosing campaign information in a more timely manner and saving taxpayer money by eliminating processes involved with paper reports.

After recent Supreme Court decisions, like Citizens United v. FEC, have allowed more dark money to enter the country’s campaign finance system, Heitkamp has once again pushed for a constitutional amendment that would enable Congress and state governments to put in place reasonable campaign spending limits to combat the influence of money in campaigns.

Fire-training classes offered through eastern South Dakota

The 2015 CRP and grassland prescribed fire planning courses will be offered in February. Courses are slated to be held in the following locations:

Mitchell – Feb. 10th. Mitchel Technical Institute, TRC 511, Nordby Trades Center (same building as the SDSU Regional Extension Center located on the south side of I-90, exit 332 across from the sale barn).

Redfield – Feb 11th. Historic Train Depot, 715 3rd St. W. (near junction of Hwy 212 and 281).

Milbank – Feb 12th. Milbank Visitor Center Community Room, 1001 E. 4th Ave. (north side of Hwy 12).

Classes at all locations will run from 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM with registration beginning at 8:30 AM.

FREE: No RSVP required. 1 hour lunch break (participants are on their own for lunch).

The training focuses on instructing both landowners and NRCS staff on the methods of planning for and conducting prescribed fires on CRP and grasslands in general. Topics include firebreak development, grassland ecology, fire planning, resources and tools, weather, safety, and communications. Participants should come with maps of their areas prepared to receive input on their individual fire projects if they wish.

SD Legislative updates

Week 2 Legislative Report from Sen. Jason Frerichs

Agriculture is the by far the number one economic engine in our State and evidence of that has shown in years past with $30-40 million annually in machinery sales taxes paid to the state general fund. Many of us recognize those numbers may drop due to the crop price decline and narrow margins on farm operations. Even with the volatility in commodity prices we are fortunate to have a solid ethanol industry along with a vibrant cattle producing outlook on our independent farms and ranches. Another cause for celebration as a state is the fact that both South Dakota State University and Lake Area Tech boast the highest number of students enrolled in agriculture among all of their majors on campus. This is exciting to know that young people see the value in gaining experience in higher education to ultimately be successful in agriculture and biological sciences when they enter the workforce.

Our education committee hosted the leaders of the State's technical institutes and Board of Regents to give updates on their respective higher education opportunities. The technical institutes informed us that when we compare South Dakota to the surrounding six states that we rank last in the amount of state and local aid at just 21% the cost of tuition. With the lack of adequate state support to fund the technical institutes, they have to shift that burden to the student's tuition bill each year. This story is very real at the Board of Regents Universities as well where they have a goal of shared 50/50 state and student tuition. Right now the state support is at 42% of the cost of attending college at a state university for our resident students.

Our agriculture land taxation oversight taskforce looked closely at the issue of the increased burden being placed on the property taxpayer when funding local school districts. One area of focus is on the capital outlay fund which is used by school districts to perform building projects and purchase technology and hardware items. Over the years flexibility has been given to allow a transfer to the general fund from capital outlay to cover energy and insurance costs. I have opposed this transfer because it weakens the integrity of the reason for those dedicated property taxes collected. The reason this transfer was given legislative support is due to the extreme 10% cuts in state partnership for education funding. Capital outlay is one tool for school districts to fund building projects along with bonding. It's refreshing to hear that the Governor's office agrees with me that we are on the verge of a possible revolt among the property taxpayers due to the increased burden shifted away from the State. Stay tuned for updates on possible limits to the growth of capital outlay with possible legislation.

In the taxation committee the Department of Revenue shared with us information dealing with business, property, and special taxes. Video lottery and gaming along with vehicle licensing and registration are located in the Department of Revenue. I had the chance to ask for the status on transferring titles among vehicle sales. They told us that they have experienced a significant increase in the amount of title transfers and they are trying to reduce the wait time. Dealers who are often changing the owners of vehicle titles are given preference. We looked over the property tax valuations and currently agriculture land is at 41.5%, owner-occupied/residential - 35%, commercial - 21.65% and utilities at 1.82%. Just for reference, back in 2008 agriculture property was at 34% of the total and owner-occupied was at 39%. Agriculture land has appreciated in value under this productivity model which is used instead of a market approach to set the property values for taxation.

I continue to work with interested parties and individuals to gain consensus on Senate Bill 2 which would create natural resource river basin councils to manage water based on watershed instead of county ordinances. I hear widespread support for the concept that we should manage water based on where it flows. The reason we are even having this discussion is because the Legislature back in 2012 recognized the problem of thousands of acres of farmland that are submerged under water and the need to manage surface water. Thus our interim watershed taskforce was created. I am working on amending the introduced version of the bill to exclude class one municipalities because they already file a water management plan. Please keep in touch on the issues that matter to you. I welcome your input and you can reach me at 949-2204 or

Week 2 Report from Pierre from Rep. Dennis Feickert, District 1

The second week of the 90th Legislative Session of the South Dakota Legislature has quickly come to a close. As I explained in my first column, I serve voters in District 1 which includes parts of northern Brown County, Marshall, Roberts, and Day County. This is my fourth term in the House of Representatives. Eight days of the 39 day Session are over. Next week is already the deadline for submitting bill drafts. Time moves quickly here with so much to do.

I serve on the House Agriculture and House Transportation committees. This week we heard from the Secretary of Agriculture, Lucas Lentsch and the Interim Secretary of Games, Fish and Parks, Doug Hofer. They gave their annual updates. We were told that there is a very high possibility that the Ag Committee may have a tour in the northeast part of SD this summer. I am looking forward to the opportunity to educate members on the committee about our area.

There are some discussions going on about the Drainage Bill that came out of the summer study on drainage. Some concern was expressed about the creation of new taxing authority to fund nine new Boards for nine different drainage districts. My main concern about this proposal is the removal of any authority the county commissioners would have over drainage issues that might come up on a very short notice. I will be watching this bill very carefully.

There is talk about proposed legislation which would place a limit on Capital Outlay for schools to 3% or the CPI. I also have a bill that would repeal the limit on counties and townships. I am also prime sponsor on a TIF bill (Tax Increment Financing) that would require county commissioners to approve or allow municipalities to use the county or township share of the property taxes generated on new values in a newly created TIF district.

In this column, I also want to focus on the Minimum Wage issue and attempts by some Republican legislators to change the law this Session. When South Dakota voters raised the Minimum Wage last November, we joined 29 states and DC in securing a minimum wage above the federal minimum. There were four states (Alaska, Arkansas, Nebraska, and SD) that used ballot measures and voted for the increase last fall. There were actually 11 different state legislatures who enacted increases during their 2014 Sessions. Estimates done by the Budget Policy Institute suggested that 62,000 South Dakotans will see a wage benefit from the increase. 78% of those who benefit are over 20 years old. 55% are women. 55% of SD voters approved the Minimum Wage increase last November. It passed by an even larger margin in the counties I represent. Voters in Brown County passed it by over 56%. It also passed in Day, Marshall, and Roberts counties. Even though it just became law on Jan. 1, 2015, we have already seen attempts by certain legislators to bypass the will of the people. It should also be acknowledged that while the SD Democratic Party worked hard to get this issue on the ballot, it would never have passed without support from Republican and Independent voters. We strongly suggest to our Republican colleagues that they resist efforts to change the minimum wage and listen to the voters on this issue. The people have spoken. Now it's up to the legislator to listen! Thank you so much for the opportunity to serve you, the residents of District 1. Please feel free to contact me at or call me at 605-216-3451 with any questions, concerns or comments. If you plan to travel to Pierre during the legislative session, please let me know as I would be honored to meet with everyone from back home in District 1.

District 1 Representative Steve McCleerey

The second week is under way and what a huge learning curve as I try to sit in on as many other meetings as possible. I am so very impressed with the Education Department, Secretary Schopp and the educators who have testified in committee.

Congratulations are again forwarded to Lori Wagner from the Webster School District on the award she received in Pierre and the accomplishments she has made in her career. What an inspiring individual. I am so proud of her and other educators in my District for the job they do in educating our students. There will be much more to come on education as we get further in the Session.

Health and Human Services Committee is now dealing with bills on childhood immunizations and vaccinations. I have received some calls and emails on concerns of these bills; stay tuned, they will have amendments added to them. I have supported them on their first go around. On Wednesday, we heard about the Autism Study from Secretary Marcia Hultman of the Department of Labor and Regulation and Gloria Bladow Pierson with the Department of Health Services. Many of you from the Sisseton area will remember Gloria and Finn Pierson, who went to SHS in the early 70's and the Pierson family still residing in the area.

Transportation, bridges and roads will still be the "hot topic" I feel in this Session. We must provide funding somehow-but back to the county! I have yet traveled a state road that is impassable or lost a tire on!

Please leave me a message or text me,; 605.742.3112.

Thank you.

Representative Steve McCleerey

Editorials –

Brief editorial comments from the editor’s desk –

On and Off the Lake Traverse Reservation

Wondering, just wondering how often we pause to think about our incarcerated Oyate. How they are coming on the red road, cultural path, whatever from their ancestors and relatives today that helps them in their journeys.

Of course if it’s your own loved one, you will be more concerned and consider them often. But we need to keep all of our relatives and kodas in our thoughts and prayers.

Woke up this morning thinking about their lives behind the walls, about imprisonment and freedom.

How must they greet the morning, the routines of institutional living through the day, and times of introspection, and cultural ceremonies and prayers – alone and collectively.

Would that our akicita might send sunkan wakan riders into their dreams through the prison walls, and free them from whatever bondage helped put them there. Ride in and through their walls, those caged windows and cells, into and through their minds and hearts, and lift their spirits upward to the grandfathers.

In uniting for the battles we have, once again a federal government mostly steeped in the old ways of genocide and assimilation, against drug dealers and abusers who stalk our reservations to rape and plunder our most vulnerable, our akicita need the prayers and support of our brothers and sisters serving time in the prison systems of this country.

No. We must not forget our incarcerated brothers and sisters.

We all need one another!


Last week we ran an article about the questions concerning why the top vote-getter, Crystal Owen, was challenged in Tribal court and unable to take the seat as SWO Tribal Secretary.

We’ve been contacted by some of the plaintiffs who said their court case was a valid challenge because the debt was not paid by the due date for certification.

Last Thursday there was an independent court hearing to adjudicate the matter.

After hearing arguments, the judge is considering a ruling to determine whether or not it was proper for the Reservation Election Board to de-certify the candidate following the general election.

Watch for that decision online and in next week’s Sota.


The new Tribal administration, besides opening its Tribal Council meetings to the Oyate via KXSW-FM, has also established a new policy making access to the building and offices easier.

Please read more about the new access in the article on page one.

Information comes from Donovan White, Building Manager.


The Lake Traverse Animal Rezcue has scheduled the free spay and neuter clinics for 2015.

The location hasn’t been determined for sure, but here are the dates:

*May 11-13, 2015.

*September 14-16, 2015.


Our Assistant Editor Sierra is working on several features, so watch for them in coming issues:

*A profile of the new Healthy Start Program.

*Calendar of parent trainings/meetings (School Boards, etc.)

*A Parent Advisory Committee meeting on Monday, Jan. 26 at 5:00 p.m. in the Westside Library.

Sierra is also working on starting our young Oyate writers column.


Oh the hypocrisy of it all!

Do our legislators truly believe their rhetoric when their main purpose is contrary to both the basic needs of our Oyate but destructive of what remains of Ina Makoce?

Not only our Native relatives but all people; the only ones to get short-term gain by their so called unified energy strategy are a few greedy corporate speculators.

We have gone far beyond the first signals that our environment was being harmed by human action. According to some reports, we are already beyond the tipping point.

How long do we the people allow the destruction? How long do we allow those we have elected to office work against our needs and those of our planet?

How long?

And what of our children and grandchildren; will there be a seventh generation to follow, after we are gone?


We have a link to preview the Native filmmakers program at the annual Sundance Film Festival.

We’re looking ahead. Someday we are going to have some of our own Oyate there. Would bet on it!

Watch out for Mr. Alfred Seaboy for one.

What he’s already done is amazing.

Here is the link to click:


Our 147th annual SWO Wacipi photo gallery is online.

Check it out on our website:


Also online now is a photo gallery of John Heminger’s coverage of the anti-racist mascot rally in Minneapolis two weeks ago.

John’s pictures tell a great story of what happened, and how much our own Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate participated in this major event.

Please note that besides his Native crafts John has prints and cards available of his pictures.

Watch for more information about how to place an order in future issues of the Sota.


Brand new: Web photo gallery of our 2014 Wokiksuye Ride is now available on our website. This gallery features John’s photos.


Elder's Meditation:

"Our true enemies, as well as our true sources of strength, lie within." -- Willaru Huayta, QUECHUA NATION, PERU

A long time ago, the Creator put inside the human being the secrets to the laws of life. We usually know this is true even though we may not know what these laws are. If something goes wrong with our lives, we usually fix the blame on something outside of ourselves. We tend to give up accountability. One way or another we say, "It's not my fault." We need to realize that all permanent and lasting change starts on the inside and works its way out. If it's meant to be, it is up to me. Oh Great Spirit, let me realize fully that my problems are of my own making. Therefore, so are the solutions.


Words to consider (or, perhaps not!):

I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work. Thomas A. Edison (1847 - 1931), (attributed)

The best ideas come as jokes. Make your thinking as funny as possible. David M. Ogilvy

The secret of being a bore is to tell everything. Voltaire (1694 - 1778), Discours en vers sur l'homme, 1737

The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd; indeed in view of the silliness of the majority of mankind, a widespread belief is more likely to be foolish than sensible. Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970), Marriage and Morals (1929) ch. 5

Get the facts, or the facts will get you. And when you get them, get them right, or they will get you wrong. Dr. Thomas Fuller (1654 - 1734), Gnomologia, 1732

It's hard to take over the world when you sleep 20 hours a day. Darby Conley, Get Fuzzy, 06-07-04

The public will believe anything, so long as it is not founded on truth. Edith Sitwell (1887 - 1964)


Pidamiya to everyone who helps provide news and photos each week for our Sota readers! I’ve always appreciated the help, and especially now while I am dong rehab and have restricted mobility. It will be some time before I’m able to get out and about again.

We have a team helping with the news-gathering, and I am grateful for their help.

Sierra Wolcott is serving as Assistant Editor; DaVonna Keeble Reporter/Photographer; and John Heminger Reporter/Photographer.

Shay Dirtseller (formerly DuMarce) is continuing to provide the social column.

My daughter Christy is our office/distribution manager.

Contact information, printed below, remains the same.


The Sota is always looking for news of the Oyate.

If you have information and/or photos of newsworthy happenings in your family or community, please consider sharing with your Sota staff.

For submission deadlines and other information, see below:

Except for holidays copy to be considered for publication – news, advertising, editorial opinion letters, etc. – is to be submitted to: Sota, P.O. Box 5, Wilmot, SD 57279 by 10:00 a.m. on Thursday. FAX and e-mail submissions will be accepted until 12:00 noon on Friday (with the exception of letters to the editor/open letters to the Oyate, or “opinion” letters, which must be received by 10:00 a.m. Thursday).

If you are writing an opinion letter, please note that it must be signed and the author’s name will appear in print. Letters must not contain libel and must be brief, ideally 500 words or less. Letters may be edited for content. Omissions will be identified with periods . . . editor’s explanations will be provided in [brackets]. Readers who want access to unedited versions will need to contact the authors.

Earlier receipt of copy is always appreciated. So, if you are aware of a date or message that needs to be publicized or advertised, please let us know about it in advance of the weekly deadline.

The preferred way to submit typed articles and ads, art and photos, is by e-mail.

The editor can be reached at the following e-mail address:

For more information, leave a message on the Sota production office voicemail (605) 938-4452, or send a fax to the 24-hour dedicated line (605) 938-4676.

-- CDF

Obituaries –

Services held for Yvonne Wilson

Yvonne Lucille Wilson, age 69 of Keizer, Oregon, formerly of Granite Falls and Woodlake, Minnesota Journeyed to the Spirit World peacefully on Friday, January 16th, 2015. She was born on January 20, 1945 in St. Paul, Minnesota to Ernest Edward McCoy Sr. and Hannah Starlight.

Her childhood was spent in Granite Falls, Minnesota. And in, 1962 her and her sister Colleen ventured to California on the federal relocation program. Out there she married and had three children.

Through the years her life was spent in both California and Oregon; then in 1981 she moved South Dakota and met remarried to LeRoy Francis Wilson.

Together they moved to Oregon and she was employed for 22 year at Chemawa Indian School in Salem, Oregon. Yvonne retired in 2008 after the passing of her beloved husband LeRoy.

She enjoyed traveling, visiting family and playing bingo with her sisters.

Yvonne is survived by her children Benjamin Starlight of Texas, Sheila A. Branson of Kilmarnock, Virginia and Shaun L. Naranjo of Jefferson, Oregon, a grandson: Michael R. Branson. Two sisters: Esther McCoy of Keizer, Oregon, Wanda Lucas of Wilsonville, Oregon and many family members.

She is proceeded in death by her husband Francis L. Wilson, Ernest Edward McCoy Sr., Father, Hannah Starlight, Mother, Colleen Joyce McCoy, sister, Ernest Edward McCoy Jr., Brother, and Wakanda Onawa Gonsalves Great-niece.

Funeral services for Yvonne Wilson were held on Saturday morning, January 24, 2015 at The Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Community Center in Agency Village, SD.

An all-night wake was held on Friday.

Honorary Casket Bearer was Michael Branson.

Casket Bearers were: Dyami Gonsalves, Raymond Burley, Gerald Amos, Tom Wilson, Angelo Moreno, Jonathan Starlight, James Halbert and Ed Halbert.

Internment: Goodwill Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Agency Village, SD.

Notice of editorial policy

(Editor’s note: The following comes from the editor’s column and the Sota “deadlines and policies” statement published weekly in the Sota.)

Copy to be considered for publication – news, advertising, editorial opinion letters, etc. – are to be submitted to: Sota, P.O. Box 5, Wilmot, SD 57279 by 10:00 a.m. on Thursday. FAX and e-mail submissions will be accepted until 12:00 noon on Friday (with the exception of letters to the editor/Open letter to the Oyate, or “opinion” letters, which must be received no later than 10:00 a.m. Thursday).

If you are writing an opinion letter, please note that it must be signed and the author’s name will appear in print. Letters must not contain libel or offensive language and must be brief, 500 words or less. Letters may be edited for content. Omissions will be identified with periods . . . editor’s explanations will be provided in [brackets]. Readers who want access to unedited versions will need to contact the authors.

Open letter to the Oyate

In last week's Sota, there was an article regarding the court case of the SWO Tribal Secretary Position and the challenge on the qualification of one candidate who shouldn't have been qualified to run due to a debt owed to the SWHA in which she misled REB during the qualification/eligibility to run for office.

When you run for office, you sign a notarized statement which asks the simple question, "Do you owe debt?" If you don't owe anything, you check "No". If you are current on your bills, you make monthly payments; you don't owe "debt" because it isn't due again until the next month. But, if you are delinquent/or owe back rent, or any other bill that you are behind on, you owe debt and check "Yes", you then can explain your debt to the REB or if you believe you don't owe a debt that comes up, you can take it to court before elections and get a judgment against that specific debt stating you do not owe it.

It is up to the REB to determine whether or not you have a debt, if you lie and say you don't have a debt, the Reservation Election Board is not able to do their job in accordance with the election code to make the proper decision on a candidates qualification.

People were upset with REB for disqualifying the candidate, but they were never given the chance to see the debt owed until right before the General Election when it was brought to their attention.

The code also states that "Proof of satisfaction of the debt in full or a Tribal Court Order must be supplied in writing to the Reservation Election Board no later than the fourth Friday of June". There have been cases of people who owed as little as .07 cents that were in jeopardy of not being able to run because of that .07 debt, there are people who went out and got loans to pay off the debt they owed so that they could run for a position.

During the SWO election process, it is not housings place to say someone doesn't have debt, especially when they owe $2,888.59, (the amount in back rent the candidate owed before the Primary Election). In talking with a housing board member, they said at 3 months behind in rent, they do an eviction notice.

I have talked with three (3) people in one week who said they were given an eviction notice for owing amounts less than $600.00.

If that was just three (3) people in one week, I ask how many other members out there were evicted for owing less than $2,888.59. Were they given the chance to "work off" their debt using Housing equipment and doing something the housing workers are trained to do?

If that's the case, those members who were evicted for owing amounts up to $7,491.00, "(which is the amount owed by the candidate fighting the REB's decision to disqualify her for owing that debt and not disclosing it during her filing to run for office which they (REB) found out at the time of the General Election)", should each be allowed to go back and make arrangements to "work off" their debt and be able to move back into housing.

According to what was stated during court, a person can pretty much make arrangements and not even have to follow through on your agreement with working off what you owe and it will be fine. Her attorney argued that the I.H.S. houses were not owned by the Housing, they were in fact turned over to the SWHA in the previous administration's time. If these were not owned by the SWHA, why would the candidate make payments in back rent to the SWHA if it wasn't owed to them?

Throughout the court proceedings, it kept coming back to the simple fact that the candidate owed debt and lied on the form given to her and the SWHA Director lied on the form given to him, which in turn, messed up the election process. During an election the REB should be able to trust that the people and the Tribal entities are truthful when they fill out the forms given to them during an election year. If you can't handle your own personal finances, you certainly couldn't handle the amount of funding that run through the Tribe on yearly basis.

Our constitution states under Gross Neglect: Inability to handle private affairs as evidenced through garnishments proceedings or court actions or ordering payments of delinquent loans or debt. "Wouldn't you think if you owed anywhere from $2,888.00 to $7,491.00 in debt would constitute not being able to handle private affairs"?

In closing, I would like to ask this, if this candidate is allowed to run even after itt was proven that she lied and owed a debt which is against the Election Codes, what happens with all the candidates before this election that were disqualified due to debt? Will they be able to file some type of court action since they were not allowed to run for this reason? How about the ones who got loans to pay off their debt, will they be given some type of reimbursement since they wouldn't have had to pay off their debt to qualify?

Sincerely, Robin Quinn.

Open letter to the Oyate

On January 4th only being in my new home for less than 2 weeks the heat stopped working.

I called, Rick Oien, of Oien Electric for help. With concerted efforts of he and my sons, were unable to get the heat working. It was late in evening around 10 p.m.

The next morning early Rick and previous homeowner Dave Nistler came to work on the problem. They finally got it working properly.

I called my Tribal Councilman Mark Beaudreau, and Tony Barker to help me with portable heaters. The next day I was also blessed with two portable heaters in case anything like this should happen again.

My brother Maynard Beaudreau had also heard my plight and brought me over a space heater as well.

Now I am warm and comfortable thanks to everyone's help.

A special thanks to the men for coming through in my time of need, because I am an elder and I am blind.

Sincerely, Bertha (Bert) M. Willams.

Poem by Harry O

Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth, and the fife. No one comes to the father, except through me.

John 14-6

Red and yellow black and white we're all precious in his sight

In the beginning was the word but for us he became man,

Some just refuse to believe this yet blessed are you who can

He was sent to die for our sins in order to save us

In fact the word was god whom came to earth within Jesus.

Although he was fully god he became fully man too

He came and preached love then he gave his life for me and you

My little friends every chance you get please study the word

Then your ears will be opened to the good news that I've heard.

God has such great love for us but yet some do not see

He saw that I wanted to change then strengthened and changed me

If you love someone who's also trying to quit something too

Pray for them through Jesus' name one day god will answer you.

Little ones you may have been taught it's just the white man's way

But he suffered and died for all of us the scriptures say

Though there are mockers out there who've even laughed at me

My goal is to keep them from dying eternally.

But again some choose not to walk the narrow way

Walking one now that will lead to that second death some day

God is so patient though giving them a chance to return

They know not that earth and all will one day fervently burn.

But you need not be afraid of that day my little friends

Christ is corning back for us who believe before this world ends

When you know you've done something wrong take it to god in prayer

In doing so he'll forgive you and he'll always be there.

Those denying that they've sinned are walking a crooked path

Calling god a liar and are facing a day of wrath

Even though they've closed their ears to it god's word still is true

My little friends but you still believe in Jesus though, don't you.

Jesus offered his own life now we'll live eternally

For the third day he rose again and he still lives you see

Some still make flesh offerings thinking that's what they have to do

But we know that Jesus did that already for me and you

Some of you may be taught practices of yesterday

Strong delusion and lying wonders have caused some to stray

The natives of old knew not of Jesus Christ but we do

So keep believing in him then eternal life awaits you.

In that old addictive life 1 know I hurt many friends

Since Jesus has changed me I'm trying to make amends

My old friends I'm not perfect for I stumble now and then

But I won't give up for I'll get back up and try again

Dayton, Damon, Daniel, and LaTaya my tittle friends

Invite Jesus into your heart before this fallen world ends

I can't see you no more for my sight has slowly slipped away

But I will again, will I see you in heaven some day

 Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection and the life, he who believes in me though he may die he shall live. Jahn 11-25

For the lord himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with a voice of an arc angel and with a trumpet of god. And the dead in Christ will rise first then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the lord in the air. And thus we should always be with the lord. le Thes. 4. 13-18

I was last in utter darkness till you came and rescued me

I was bound by all my sin when your love came and set me free

Now my soul can sing a new song now my heart has found a home

Now your grace is always with me and I'll never be alone

Harry-0 January 2015

Racism in Winnipeg

Mayor Bowman:

I am sending this out to my email list, which is over 700 emails. Racism is a reality in Winnipeg. The death of Brian Sinclair who waited in the Winnipeg Health Science Center without being treated is racism. He died after waiting 34 hours from a simple infection that could have been treated easily if he had been looked after. He wasn't looked after, he died in the waiting room of a major hospital, no one lost their job.

Matthew Dumas was killed by Winnipeg police. Shot to death, he was a skinny little teenager. No policeman was charged, no one lost their job. Over one hundred murdered and missing women in Manitoba. While natives make up 15% of the population in Manitoba, 71% of the inmates in Manitoba are native.

As Grand Chief of the Southern Chiefs Organization, we deal with 33 First Nations that have anywhere from 60 to 95% unemployment. Yes racism does exist, but we look to you to work with us to create the answers that can be real solutions, not just band aids.

The Macleans article raises the issue of racism in Canada and highlights Winnipeg.

In the meantime, the Harper Government cuts funding to First Nations and First Nations organizations. It leaves you as mayor of Winnipeg the frontline of dealing with the anger and violence that is part of the reaction to an artificial poverty created by the Canadian Indian Act. We hope that this will spur some positive results, we can't simply ignore it.

SCO Grand Chief Terrance Nelson.

More Yellowstone Bison sent to slaughter

At least 300 of America's last Wild Buffalo killed through hunting and slaughter

Yellowstone National Park, Gardiner Basin, MT – January 23, 2015 – Since Wednesday an estimated 200 of America's last wild, migratory buffalo have been crammed into tribal stock trailers at Yellowstone National Park's Stephens Creek bison trap. The bison have been taken to tribal slaughter facilities by tribal entities affiliated with the controversial Interagency Bison Management Plan (IBMP). The two tribal affiliates shipping bison to slaughter for the second year in a row are the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and the federally chartered InterTribal Buffalo Council.

An estimated 250 wild bison have so far been captured inside Yellowstone's trap since last Thursday. Fifty-five buffalo remain inside the trap and will likely be sent to slaughter on Monday morning.

Buffalo Field Campaign and Friends of Animals Wildlife Law Program have filed an emergency rule making petition and lawsuit in an attempt to stop the slaughter.

"It is unthinkable and profoundly incongruent that Yellowstone National Park and Native Americans would participate in the brutal abuse and slaughter of the only wild population of buffalo remaining in this country," said Buffalo Field Campaign (BFC) spokeswoman Stephany Seay. "You think to yourself that this can't possibly be happening, but the shocking reality is that those who should be the fiercest champions and strongest allies for the buffalo are instead betraying them by taking the lead in the livestock industry's culture of death."

Additionally, more than 100 bison have been killed by Montana and tribal hunters along Yellowstone National Park's boundary, and that number is likely to increase significantly over the weekend.

On Tuesday at least five wild buffalo were transferred from Yellowstone's trap to a USDA Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service facility, where they will join other captive wild buffalo being used in a highly controversial birth control experiment with the chemical pesticide GonaCon.

The 250 capture number is an estimate based on counts taken at long distance by Buffalo Field Campaign. Only portions of the trap are visible from a great distance. Yellowstone initiates an extreme public access closure expanding seven miles around the Stephens Creek trap, making it nearly impossible for the public to observe government operations. Exact capture and slaughter numbers are unknown because, for the second year in a row, Yellowstone officials refuse to be open with the public about their bison operations, stating they will only give out reports every two weeks. Buffalo Field Campaign has requested media tours of the Stephens Creek trap numerous times but those requests have not been granted.

"I feel really disappointed with the Park Service because they are working for the wrong team and they are hiding from the public," said Maria Farinacci, volunteer with Buffalo Field Campaign. "Park Service agents work for the Park because they want to have a secure life, have a good job, probably to work with wildlife, but these individuals are making the wrong choice, doing this work for the interests of Montana's livestock industry, not for the Park or the public and certainly not for wild buffalo. The public has no voice when the Park Service does that."

Even a few miles away from the trap, Buffalo Field Campaign volunteers documenting Wednesday morning's operation were uniquely positioned to get some detailed footage and were successful in observing the buffalo as they were loaded onto stock trailers each morning, enabling us to get an very close count.

"Yellowstone can try to hide their shameful crimes, but we are on the ground in the field, always watching," said Seay. "Often this vigilance really pays off, as it did today, but that doesn't excuse Yellowstone's secrecy. Yellowstone owes it to the public they serve to fully disclose what they are doing in a timely manner and we will continue to press them to do so."

Yellowstone and other IBMP cohorts intend to kill at least 900 of Yellowstone's wild buffalo this year through hunting and slaughter. IBMP affiliates are no longer using the weak excuse of brucellosis to commit unjustifiable actions, but have now shifted their argument to "population control." They aim to reduce the most important bison population in the world to a mere 3,000 animals, due to the intolerance of Montana's livestock industry, intolerance that is codified in the statute: MCA 81-2-120, a law crafted by the livestock industry that needs to be repealed. The 3,000 population cap is an arbitrary number based on livestock industry politics, not on science or carrying capacity. Yellowstone's own bison carrying capacity study indicates that the Park alone can sustain upwards of 6,200 buffalo, while there are tens of millions of acres of public lands surrounding the Park.

"The tourists that flock to Yellowstone National Park in the summer would be horrified if they saw what was happening to the buffalo during the winter and spring," said Pat Richardson, a coordinator with Buffalo Field Campaign.

The Yellowstone buffalo are America’s last wild, migratory herds and the most important bison population that exists. They are the last to identify as a wildlife species and ecologically extinct throughout their native range. They’ve been added to the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List for being “threatened with near extinction,” and even Montana designates the species “in greatest conservation need” with conditions “making [bison] vulnerable to global extinction.”

A petition to list the Yellowstone bison under the Endangered Species Act was filed by Buffalo Field Campaign and Western Watersheds Project in November 2014.

"Yellowstone National Park has been entrusted by the American people as stewards of this country's last wild buffalo," said David Martin, coordinator with Buffalo Field Campaign. "Stewards are supposed to protect and defend, not abuse and slaughter, so we can no longer trust the Park Service to do the right thing."

West Yellowstone and Gardiner, Montana-based Buffalo Field Campaign is a non-profit public interest organization founded in 1997 to protect the natural habitat of wild migratory buffalo and native wildlife, stop the slaughter of America’s last wild buffalo and advocate for their lasting protection, and work with people of all nations to honor the sacredness of wild bison.

Native filmmakers featured at Sundance 2015

There are thirteen Native filmmakers will be participating in the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. The Festival started January 23rd and runs February 1st in Park City, Utah.

They Native filmmakers are:

Autumn Rose Billie (Taos Pueblo, Acoma Pueblo and Diné)

Peshawn Rae Bread (Comanche, Blackfeet and Kiowa)

Christopher Nataanii Cegielski (Diné)

David Flores (Yaqui)

Sydney Freeland (Diné)

Arlan George (Saginaw Chippewa)

Forrest Goodluck (Diné, Navajo, Hidatsa and Tshimshian)

Chris Kahunahana (Native Hawaiian)

Ciara Lacy (Native Hawaiian)

Jeffrey Palmer (Kiowa)

Blake Pickens (Chickasaw)

Carmen Tsabetsaye (Zia and Zuni Pueblos, NM)

Missy Whiteman (Arapaho/Kickapoo)

(Editor’s note: For a link to the Native American and Indigenous Program at the Festival, check out our website.)

Sisseton hosts Musicians from China

"Shanren," a popular folk-fusion band from China will be in Sisseton the first week in February as part of a multi-city Midwest performance tour through the Arts Midwest World Fest program. The public is invited to experience their joyful music in a free concert on Friday, February 6, at 7:00 p.m. at the Sisseton Performing Arts Center.

The name Shanren literally means "mountain men." Hailing from ethnic minority groups who live in the beautiful mountains of Yunnan and Guizhou provinces, the band presents the rich but largely unknown heritage of Southwestern China. Through original compositions and traditional songs, the four musicians fuse their indigenous music and traditional instruments with modern styles (including rap and reggae) from around the globe, creating a fresh sound in China's increasingly diverse music scene.

In addition to the main concert on Friday, ten shorter assemblies throughout the week introduce more than 2,500 area students and the general public to the music and culture of China. Visit for the complete schedule.

Of special interest to the public will be the opening assembly at the Sisseton Wahpeton College Auditorium at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, February 2. This mini-concert will provide an opportunity to meet the musicians and be introduced to their instruments as well as hear their music. Area musicians and the public are also encouraged to attend the informal "jam session" at 1:30 p.m. Monday, February 2, also at the Sisseton Wahpeton College Auditorium. Bring your instrument if you want to participate or simply stop by to enjoy the music.

Shanren will visit Tiospa Zina Tribal School on Tuesday, February 3. Parents are invited to join students at the following assemblies: 11:00 a.m. - Dakota Studies students cultural exchange in the front entrance; 1:30 p.m. - Middle and high school assembly along with Enemy Swim Day School in the school gym; 2:30 p.m. - Elementary assembly in the school gym.

"Shanren" is part of a series of international music groups coming to Sisseton from Brazil, Israel, Quebec, and China. The goal of the World Fest program is to connect mid-size and smaller communities to world cultures. Sisseton is one of only nine Midwestern cities to currently host World Fest and is the only partner community in South Dakota.

Local sponsors in Sisseton providing support to make the concert free to the public and provide hospitality to the musicians throughout the week include the Sisseton Arts Council, the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Tourism Office, the Sisseton Promotion Board, Sisseton Wahpeton College, Tiospa Zina Tribal School, the Sisseton School District, and Dakota Nation Gaming Enterprise.

A program of Arts Midwest, the 2013-2015 Arts Midwest World Fest cycle is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, 3M Foundation, and BNSF Railway. Additional support is provided by the Ministry of Culture of the People's Republic of China for Shanren, Délégation du Québec a Chicago for Le Vent du Nord, and the Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest for Baladino. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Arts Midwest is also generously supported by Illinois Arts Council Agency, Indiana Arts Commission, Iowa Arts Council, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, Minnesota State Arts Board, North Dakota Council on the Arts, Ohio Arts Council, South Dakota Arts Council, and Wisconsin Arts Board. For more information visit

Social “helper” column dedicated to young generation Oyate –


By Shay Dirtseller

This little article is dedicated to the LGBT community on their victory for same sex marriages in South Dakota.

I am so proud of the ones who went and protested down in Sioux Falls for this to pass. But I am even more ecstatic because a very good friend of mine fought hard for this equality, Vernon Redday. Though he is in a better place, I know he is looking down smiling, laughing and crying with joy because he and numerous others have made history. This is a tremendous achievement so I had to share this with everyone.

So congratulations to the LGBT community in the 605 on this accomplishment and let’s not forget all the couples who will be able to tie the knot in the near future! I am truly happy for all of you.


With the coming of the New Year brings about a feeling of new hope... for better times, better choices and leaving the troubles of last year behind. Lessons have been learned, mistakes have been made but after all that is what life is about... Changes and lessons learned so don't fret...

And though we all go through many changes in our lives the most important thing to do is to never stop moving forward and progressing. Everyone needs to remember to strive for a better you and a better tomorrow as you go forth into the new year. Also, this may be the time to let go of the negative things and people that pollute your life and hold you back. Make resolutions and goals for this year that can be met and then slowly push towards achieving them. You will start to see that you can do anything you set your mind to if you make the little changes that need to be made.

All in all, this new year will be a great one if we as a community choose for it to be. Bringing about fresh starts for a lot of you so I hope you set those goals and fight towards achieving them, you can do it. Have a happier New Year 2015!

Respectfully, Shay.

Blessing and Curse of Alcohol

By Richard P. Holm MD

We need to be aware that alcohol can be a blessing and a curse.

Scientific studies have repeatedly shown that mild-to-moderate alcohol consumption (one to three drinks a day accounting for person size) brings a significant health benefit for most individuals, with reduced death rates from strokes and heart attacks, Alzheimer's disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, and even some cancers. Say it again: benefits.

Death rates graphed with alcohol consumption becomes like a J-shaped curve: somewhat higher death rate for abstainers, dropping 25 percent lower for moderate consumers. Here's the problem: then the death rate shoots up much higher for heavy drinkers because when drinking becomes heavy, it becomes very destructive.

The problem is also that the line between moderate and heavy drinking is a slippery slope. For some unknown reason, if there is any drinking for certain people, it turns into a binge.

A young woman was admitted with aspiration pneumonia resulting from inhaling her mouth contents during seizures and then an alcoholic coma while lying in a pool of vomit. I came into her room on the second hospital day of recovery and found her crying while she was brushing her long ignored teeth. I can't forget the malodorous brown scum as she brushed and wept.

A gentleman came into the hospital emergency room vomiting blood from bleeding esophageal varicose veins because he had alcohol induced liver cirrhosis, which dilated his upper venous system. We placed a special tube down his throat and expanded a balloon to put pressure on the veins, which stopped the bleeding. Drinking and then bleeding recurred again a month later, and that time he died.

The sad consequences of alcoholism affect almost everyone. About 17 million U.S. adults have alcohol use disorder, costing our country about $250 billion per year, causing close to 90,000 deaths a year, and accounting for the third leading preventable cause of death. It affects rich and poor alike, and when it catches hold, alcohol can devastate and destroy good people and, what's worse, all those nearby.

Alcohol can be a blessing when in moderation, way more protective than cholesterol-lowering drugs, for example. But it can also be a curse when in excess, more destructive than an unsuspected and ruthless poison. Be aware.

Go to for references.

Youth, school activities highlights –

Education watch on the Lake Traverse Reservation

Sisseton Wahpeton College announces Fall 2014 Dean’s List

The following students have been named to the Dean's list for academic excellence during the Fall 2014 semester at Sisseton Wahpeton College. To earn Dean's List distinction students must have completed a minimum of 12 credits and must have earned at least a 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Students with an asterisk received a perfect 4.0 grade point average. Sisseton Wahpeton College is very proud of these students and their accomplishments.

Lorraine Amos - Big Coulee  District

Damien Cadotte - Enemy Swim District

Aaron Erdrich - Enemy Swim District

Bryan Grimmer

Janessa Guy*

Danielle Kampeska - Old Agency District

Trisha LaFromboise - Long Hollow District

Brooke Powell*

Jeremy Red Eagle* - Enemy Swim District

Shoshana Saddler

Melanie Seaboy* -Veblen  -- District

Myrna Thompson* - Big Coulee District

Dezarae Williams - Lake Traverse District

Introducing: Special Education teacher at TZTS

Lisa Determan

I graduated from Watertown High School. I won’t tell you what year though!

Currently I live in Watertown. If the last name is recognized, yes, my parents and grandparents are from Sisseton (Determans and Trupes).

I have a Master’s Degree in Special Education, a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education, and professional endorsements in Blind/Visual Impairment and Braille.

Prior to coming to Tiospa Zina, I was an itinerant teacher of the visually impaired for South Valley Special Education in Hankinson, ND and a Middle/High School Special Education Teacher at both Hamlin and Henry.

I have two daughters, ages 18 and 21. Megan, the oldest, is a senior in college at Moorhead State University and living in Fargo. Allison, the youngest, is living in Lakewood, Washington and is attending community college until residency is established; she then plans to attend the University of Wasington-Tacoma.

My hobbies include fishing, four wheeling, and motorcycle riding – yes, I’m a tomboy since I great up with three older brothers.

I am excited to be Tiospa Zina and look forward to contributing to the future of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate.

Tiospa Zina Student Council community activities

Members of the Tiospa Zina Student Council visited with residents at the Tekakwitha Nursing Home, helped decorate for the Super Bowl and read stories to the children at Rainbow Daycare on Friday.

They also purchased items such as slippers, lotion, kleenex and toothpaste for the residents.

The students had a great time and were invited back to both centers.

Tiospa Zina 4-H activities

Submitted by Siyo Peters

This month our 4H activity consisted of exploring the senses of smell, see, touch, hear, and taste.

Students shared how their lives would be different without the senses of smell and taste.

We agreed that we would miss the smell of our food when it is being cooked, however we might eat healthier food because we wouldn't be able to taste sweets - one student said "I would try more foods!"

They also explored sight, as a team, by figuring out how to make a rope into a rectangle and then doing the same thing with their eyes shut - they did a good job too!

And microwave popcorn was perfect for sound and taste, as well as a much appreciated snack.

If your children are interested in joining in on the fun just have them ask their teacher or Siyo Peters for a registration form.

Pidamayaye parents/guardians for allowing your children to participate.


Head Start News

Week of 1/26/15

During January's Family Fun Night, families made snowflake, snow man, and penguin crafts. (See photos.)

Positive Solutions for Families Class: Facing the Challenge (Part I) - January 26th at 5-6 PM at Head Start in Agency Village. This session teaches attendees specific strategies that can be used to promote positive behavior and handle challenging behaviors. Open to the public. Contact Danielle if attending 698-3103, x. 20. Snacks and care packages provided. Child care provided upon request.

Parents of HS Graduates (Agency Village) - Please take our survey on which Kindergarten/s you would like your child to visit in the spring at

Student Graduation Planning Mtg. (Agency Village HS) - January 27th at 5 PM at Head Start. We will be discussing upcoming parent fundraisers.

1/2 Day Early HS Only - January 28th - students must be picked-up by noon on this day No School.

Early HS Only - January 29th for teacher training.

Scholarship opportunity

Leo A Daly Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Architecture/Engineering Scholarship:

"   Applicants must be provide Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Enrollment Verification

"   Must be Third or Fourth year undergraduate students with a declared major in Architecture or Engineering

"   Must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5

Deadline to apply is February 6, 2015

For more information and the application you may contact Janell Williams, SWO Higher Education Program at 605-742-0150 or via email

Workshops offered on Winter Count Pictographs and Ledger Art

United Tribes Technical College hosts a series of workshops beginning January 28 that focus on Native American Winter Count pictographs and ledger art.

The sessions run through March 25 and will be conducted by Dakota Goodhouse, UTTC Native American Studies instructor and Wallace “Butch” Thunder Hawk Jr., artist and UTTC Tribal Arts instructor.

The workshops are scheduled for 6-8 p.m. on selected Wednesdays in the UTTC Education Building room 111. See attached flyer for days & dates.

The campus community and general public are invited. There is no charge to attend and participate.

More Info Contact:

Dakota Goodhouse, 701-255-3285 x 1257,

Brian Palecek, 701-255-3285 x 1235,

Scholarship opportunity for Native students

The American Indian Education Foundation (AIEF) is now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 American Indian Education Foundation Scholarship. The scholarship is available to those students who are enrolled Tribal members or to those who are a descendent to a federally recognized American Indian tribe. The applicant must be enrolled as a fulltime student at an accredited 2 or 4 year college/university or technical/vocational school in order to apply for the scholarship.

It is the mission of The American Indian Education Foundation to support American Indian students in achieving their dreams through completion of post-secondary school. Through the scholarship program AIEF continues to encourage Native American students through a $2,000 award to those students who demonstrate the desire to seek continued success through higher education. You can find the scholarship application for undergraduate and graduate students at where you will find a direct link to the downloadable form fillable application as well as information for the scholarship.

The deadline to submit the application is April 4, 2015. Students are encouraged to get their application in by March 1st as they do receive an extra scholarship point and that one point could be the point they need to get the award!

For more information, or to apply, contact:

Onna LeBeau

American Indian Education Foundation

Collaboration and Training Coordinator

National Relief Charities

2401 Eglin Street

Rapid City, SD 57703

605.399.9905 x 418

Opportunity for Native artists –

2015 NACF Artist Fellowships

Vancouver, Wash. – American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian artists nationwide have until April 6 to apply for the 2015 Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) Artist Fellowship.

The coveted national award includes support ranging up to $20,000 per artist. Awards will be made in six artistic disciplines, including: performing arts, filmmaking, literature, music, traditional arts and visual arts. “To meet a broadening need in the arts community, this year we invite applications in the discipline of performing arts,” said NACF Program Officer Andre Bouchard (of Kootenai and Chippewa descent). “More Native artists than ever before are exploring performing arts through multi-disciplinary approaches. We are looking forward to seeing what Native performing artists have been up to around the country!”

DEADLINE: Monday, April 6, 5 p.m. P.S.T.

To apply, artists who are members of federally and state-recognized U.S. tribes, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian communities can review criteria and complete an application at before the April 6, 5 p.m. PST deadline.

The foundation will announce award recipients in August 2015. For questions and technical support, contact Program Officer Andre Bouchard at or (360) 314-2421.

One of the only opportunities in the U.S. of this magnitude dedicated to supporting Indigenous artists and culture makers, the foundation’s national fellowship has been awarded to 41 American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian artists so far. Artists who have received the award in the past are ineligible to apply for the 2015 NACF Artist Fellowship. Past fellows include visual artist Nora Naranjo Morse (Tewa), recording artist Keola Beamer (Native Hawaiian), choreographer Emily Johnson (Yup’ik), author David Treuer (Ojibwe), multidisciplinary artist Shan Goshorn (Eastern Band Cherokee) and film director Andrew Okpeaha MacLean (Iñupiaq).

Since it began operating in 2009, the nonprofit foundation has invested $5,113,574 in programs to support Native arts and cultures across the nation, including direct support for over 127 Native artists and organizations. To learn more about the foundation’s mission and past fellows awarded, visit

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Pros and Cons of Reverse Mortgages

By Jason Alderman

Over the last decade, reverse mortgages have been marketed as an easy way for seniors to cash in their home equity to pay for living expenses. However, many have learned that improper use of the product – such as pulling all their cash out at one time to pay bills – has led to significant financial problems later, including foreclosure.

In actuality, there are some cases where reverse mortgages can be helpful to borrowers. However, it is imperative to do extensive research on these products before you sign.

Reverse mortgages are special kinds of home loans that let borrowers convert some of their home equity into cash. They come in three varieties: single-purpose reverse mortgages, Home Equity Conversion Mortgages (HECMs) and proprietary reverse mortgages.

Who can apply? Homeowners can apply for a reverse mortgage if they are at least 62 years old, own their home outright or have a low mortgage balance that can be paid off with the proceeds of the reverse loan. Qualifying homeowners also must have no delinquent federal debt, the financial resources to pay for upkeep, taxes and insurance and live in the home during the life of the loan.

Consider the following pros and cons as a starting point for trying or bypassing this loan choice. Even though HECM loans require a discussion with a loan counselor, you should bring in your own financial, tax or estate advisor to help you decide whether you have a safe and appropriate use for this product.

Pros of reverse mortgages:

They're a source of cash. Borrowers can select that the amount of the loan be payable in a lump sum or regular payments. Proceeds are generally tax-free. Final tax treatment may rely on a variety of personal factors, so check with a tax professional. Generally, they don't impact Social Security or Medicare payments. Again, important to check personal circumstances. You won't owe more than the home is worth. Most reverse mortgages have a "nonrecourse" clause, which prevents you or your estate from owing more than the value of your home when the loan becomes due and the home is sold. Reverse mortgages may be a smarter borrowing option for some downsizing seniors. With proper advice, some borrowers use them to buy new homes. Cons of reverse mortgages:

You may outlive your equity. Reverse mortgages are viewed as a "last-resort" loan option and certainly not a singular solution to spending problems. You and your heirs won't get to keep your house unless you repay the loan. If your children hope to inherit your home outright, try to find some other funding solution (family loans, other conventional loan products) first. Fees can be more expensive than conventional loans. Reverse mortgage lenders typically charge an origination fee and higher closing costs than conventional loans. This adds up to several percentage points of your home's value. Many reverse mortgages are adjustable rate products. Adjustable rates affect the cost of the loan over time. If you have to move out for any reason, your loan becomes due. If you have to suddenly move into a nursing home or assisted-living facility, the loan becomes due after you've left your home for a continuous year. Bottom line: Reverse mortgages have become a popular, if controversial, loan option for senior homeowners. For some, they may be a good fit, but all applicants should get qualified financial advice before they apply.


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Resetting Your Life for Retirement

By Jason Alderman

The phrase "downsizing for retirement" is popular with Baby Boomers, the youngest of whom turned 50 last year.

It sparks a conversation about transition, which may include buying fewer new things, selling, gifting or donating possessions that are no longer needed and relocating to smaller quarters to create a more comfortable and affordable retirement.

If you've diligently saved and planned for retirement, most experts say you should do this "final approach" three to five years before your planned retirement date. If your retirement finances aren't as stable, it's smarter to start the transition as early as possible while time is on your side.

The Demand Institute, a nonprofit think tank founded by business research giants Nielsen and The Conference Board, reported last October ( that if the 2008 crash and its effect on employment, investments and housing prices had not happened, the typical Boomer household would have a net worth roughly 2.5 times what it is today.

This all the more reason for many Americans to review and possibly "reset" their retirement clocks. Here are some suggestions to help you figure out where you are on the pre-retirement spectrum and some changes you might consider:

Get a retirement checkup. Spend some time with a financial, tax and/or estate advisor to evaluate your current strategies and set – or reset – a reasonable retirement savings goal and date. Consult friends and family for reliable experts first and for other qualified professionals and check online with your state CPA society, the Association for Financial Counseling Planning and Education or the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards.

See if moving makes sense. Great retirement destinations offer more than great weather, inexpensive housing and an affordable tax environment. Consider whether you want to be near family, a thriving arts community or superior health facilities. Where do you start? You've probably seen popular lists of retirement communities in leading magazines, and they supply good food for thought. National agencies like the Council for Community and Economic Research ( produces an annual cost of living index for over 300 U.S. urban areas.

Get realistic property valuations. Even in a rising economy and recovering housing market, many homeowners need a reality check about real estate prices. The same likely goes for other valuables like antiques, jewelry and art. For real estate, get a broker valuation and do online backup checks with property transfer listings over the last year or two in your area. As for valuables, check appropriate markets (from professional dealers to eBay) to sell, gift or donate those items and get tax and/or estate advice before all transactions.

Clarify your tax picture. If you make a huge profit on your home, you may owe taxes on the sale. Current IRS rules allow most couples to exclude up to $500,000 in home sale gains from their taxable income and singles to exclude up to $250,000. Check with your tax advisor and consult IRS Publication 523 (,-Selling-Your-Home-1), "Selling Your Home." Also, keep local property taxes and city and state taxes in mind if you're considering an out-of-state move.

Decide what you plan to do post-retirement. Retirees may have at least 20 to 30 years of lifespan to fill post-retirement. If you're hoping to keep working, start a business or transition permanently into travel or leisure activities, these future goals have to align with your current retirement plan.


Bottom line: Everyone should set a "final approach" for retirement. That means reviewing your investments, lifestyle goals and the possibility of a post-retirement career so you can adjust your money behavior to match.


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Citizenship, Community Service scholarships available

Venture Communications Cooperative, a Highmore based telecommunications provider, announces the availability of 12--$500 Citizenship and Community Service Scholarships to High School Seniors.

The local telecommunications company will be awarding twelve scholarships throughout the telephone exchanges operated by Venture Communications. "We hope that the scholarships allow the student recipients to focus more on their studies and less on the economic burden of higher education", says Venture Communications General Manager Randy Houdek.

Judging of the applications will be based on local community involvement and citizenship with credit also being given for academics and leadership skills. Only students whose parents or guardians are telephone service customers of Venture Communications are eligible for the scholarship program. "It is the board of director's goal to offer a scholarship program that assists in providing students with the necessary funds to fulfill their education dreams", says Houdek.

Over the past 17 years Venture Communications has awarded nearly $100,000 in scholarships to youth throughout our service areas. The scholarship application deadline is March 9, 2015. Applications are available online at For more information contact the local high school counselor's office or Venture communications at 1-800-824-7282.

Foundation for Rural Service to award 30 Scholarships in 2015

The Foundation for Rural Services (FRS) will be awarding thirty scholarships in the year 2015, one in each National Telephone Cooperative Association region and one made available to NTCA's Associate membership. The remaining 19 awards will be distributed proportionate to the number of applications received from each NTCA region.

Venture Communications Cooperative, as your local telecommunications service provider, is pleased to participate in this scholarship program. Should a student from the Venture's service area be selected to receive one of the 30 national scholarships ($2000 each) Venture Communications will make a $500 matching contribution to the scholarship. Preference will be given to individuals expressing an interest to return to work in a rural area following graduation.

Students may also be eligible for four FRS Staurulakis Family scholarships valued at $5,000 each or two TMS Scholarships for $1,500 each. Students who are majoring in math, science, engineering, or medicine are given preference for the FRS Staurulakis Family Scholarships. Additional scholarships include the Everett Kneece Return to Rural America Scholarship, valued at $2,500 and the Colt Ford Scholarship awarding up to $15,000.

The Foundation for Rural Services (FRS), the philanthropic arm of the National Telephone Cooperative Association, was established in 1994 with its mission being to promote and enhance the quality of life in rural America - with education being one of its main focuses. The Foundation for Rural Service is a national non-profit organization that helps educate the public on the telecommunications industry.

Venture Communications is proud of this effort to promote higher education in rural America.

Scholarship applications may be obtained by visiting or by contacting your local high school counselor. Completed applications should be sent to Venture Communications, PO Box 157, Highmore, SD 57345, postmarked no later than February 16, 2015.

It's time for a review on buying Firewood

Brookings, SD – Cold winter weather is generating firewood sales.

"Many homeowners did not start the cold season with an adequate supply of wood and are now purchasing firewood from local dealers, newspaper ads and the internet," said John Ball, Professor & SDSU Extension Forestry Specialist.

Below Ball provides a few tips for homeowners buying large quantities of firewood for home heating this winter.

What are the best trees for firewood? According to Ball, tree species differ in wood heat value as well as the flame color, fragrance and sparks.

"Crabapple and apple have one of the prettiest flames and maple one of the smokiest, while cottonwood goes to ash fairly quickly. Pine and spruce produce a lot of sparks. Apple has a nice fragrance but other woods, such as catalpa and slippery elm, can even have an odor," he said.

The most important factor for many homeowners, Ball said, is not the color of the flame or fragrance, but the heat generated.

Below, Ball provides a graph which ranks firewood in million British Thermal Units (BTUs) per cord of seasoned wood. "It takes about 100 to 150 million BTU of energy to heat the average home," he said.

1 BTU stands for British thermal unit, the unit of energy required to increase the temperature of one pound of water from 60 to 61 degrees Fahrenheit. A gallon of propane is the equivalent of 100,000 BTU's so a cord of green ash has the heat equivalent of about 200 gallons of propane.

"As you can see from the list, oak firewood is going to generate almost twice the heat as basswood or cottonwood so you should expect to pay much more for oak," Ball said. "Sales of 'mixed hardwood' often contain mostly cottonwood with a little ash - it's mostly go'fer wood meaning you are always "going for" more as it burns quickly!"

Ball said cottonwoods are best for kindling as they burn readily but to keep the fire going oaks and honey locust are among the best.

How is firewood sold? Ball encourages homeowners to purchase firewood by the cord or as a fraction of a cord. A cord is a stack of split wood that is 4-feet-wide, 4-feet-high and 8-feet-long. "This is about 128 cubic feet and after removing the air spaces, about 70 to 80 cubic feet of solid wood. If you buy firewood by the cord you are purchasing a known quantity of wood. If you buy by the pick-up load or face cord, you are getting a range of possibilities and it will be difficult to make comparisons among sellers," Ball said.

Most pick-ups with a 6-foot bed hold a fourth or fifth of a cord, while an 8-foot bed may hold a third to nearly a half cord if stacked high enough. A face cord usually contains about one-fourth a cord but this can vary among sellers. Pick-up loads of wood are being advertised for around $100 while a cord may cost $300 or even more depending upon the species. "A pick-up load may sound like the better bargain since it is cheaper but remember you are getting about three to five times more wood in a cord," Ball said.

Are there any other factors to consider when purchasing firewood? There are two other considerations which Ball lists below.

First, it is important to buy seasoned firewood. This is wood that has been split, stored off the ground and protected from the elements for about six to nine months. After this time, it will have moisture content of less than 28 percent so it should burn long and hot rather than steam and smoke in the fireplace.

Second, buy firewood from local sources. The most likely potential source of emerald ash borer, an invasive insect already responsible for the loss of more than 50 million ash trees across the eastern half of the country, is from out-of-state firewood.

Ash firewood from Minnesota and Iowa, both states that have emerald ash borer populations, is being marketed to homeowners in South Dakota.

This wood can be a potential source of emerald ash borers. Purchasing firewood that has been harvested within the state is one of the best means of preventing the introduction of this insect to our state's community forests and windbreaks.

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Garden Corner

Submitted by Eric Hanssen

Browns Valley, Minnesota 56219

African violet

One of my favorite house plants that I enjoy. The blooms are just so pretty and with many different colors. Outstanding among small, flowering potted plants, African violets in a good location should flower without interruption for years. In addition to their free-blooming character, they are well adapted to home conditions, easy to propagate and available in a wide range of flower colors. Miniatures as well as more compact standard varieties are usable in limited space.

Care of the new plant:

· Maintain night temperatures between 65 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit; day temperatures 10 degrees warmer. Do not expose to temperatures below 60 or above 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

· Place in windows with bright light but no direct sunlight. Some midwinter sunlight is not harmful, but avoid it at other times of the year. If no suitable window space is available, plants grow well in fluorescent light. Place about 8 to 12 inches beneath cool white fluorescent tubes lit about 14 hours daily.

· Water frequently enough to keep soil moist, but allow slight drying between waterings. They are easily killed by excess soil moisture. Wick watering is adaptable.

· Humidity is important. In homes with low humidity, place on trays of gravel containing water. Home humidifiers can help.

Reblooming African violets:

African violets rebloom easily in the home. If located properly and watered regularly, little need be done besides occasional fertilization. Use either special African violet fertilizers or a houseplant fertilizer high in phosphorus. A very dilute fertilizer solution at each watering keeps growth constant and eliminates any chances of over fertilization.

Pale green leaf color may indicate too much sunlight or low fertility. Do not use water softened by a system using salt in the process. African violets seldom need pots larger than 4 inches in diameter. The danger of overwatering and development of root and crown rots increases if pots are too big.

Old plants sometimes develop long woody stems. The tips of these plants may be cut off and rooted to form new, more compact plants. However, plants developed from leaf cuttings are generally more vigorous and bloom more abundantly.

Information from MU guide Number G 6511 “Care of Flowering Potted Plants” Published by MU Extension, University of Missouri-Columbia. Web site




ACTION: Notice of decision to acquire land into trust pursuant to the requirements of the Indian Land Consolidation Act of 1983, as amended by the Act of November 7, 2000, also known as the American Indian Probate Reform Act (AIPRA), pursuant to the provisions of 25 USC § 2216(c).

SUMMARY: The Sisseton Agency Superintendent, Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior, on the below date, has made a final determination to acquire real property in trust for Donovan White, an enrolled member of the Si sseton-Wahpeton Oyate. The Superintendent shall acquire title in the name of the United States no sooner than 30 days after this notice is published.

The land, also referred to as the Makacega Allotment, is herein described as land situated in the Fifth Principal Meridian, County of Marshall, State of South Dakota, described as follows:

An undivided 2563/38304 surface interest in Allotment 91330: Lot 1 in Section 10, T. 125 N., R. 53 W., containing 37.80 acres, more or less,

An undivided 2563/38304 mineral interest in Allotment M91330: Lot 1 in Section 10, T. 125 N., R. 53 W., containing 37.80 acres, more or less.

An undivided 2563/76608 interest in Allotment 91330 -A: Lot 7 in Section 3, T. 125 N., R. 53 W,, containing 47.25 acres, more or less.

An undivided 2563/38304 interest in Allotment 91330 -B: Lot 9 and Lot 10 in Section 3, T. 125 N., R. 53 W., containing 60.30 acres, more or less.

The land, also referred to as the Martha Mniyata Allotment, is herein described as land situated in the Fifth Principal Meridian, County of Marshall, State of South Dakota, described as follows:

An undivided 2563/76608 interest in Allotment 345: Lot 3, Lot 4, Lot 5, and Lot 6 in Section 3; Lot 1 and Lot 8 in Section 4; all in T. 125 N., R. 53 W., containing 172,54 acres, more or less.

DATE: This determination was made on January 15, 2015.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Division of Real Estate Services, Sisseton Agency, Bureau of Indian Affairs, PO Box 688, Agency Village, 57262, telephone (605) 698-3001.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION; This notice is published to comply with the requirement found at 25 CFR § 151.12(b) that notice be given of the decision by the authorized representative of the Secretary of the Interior to acquire land in trust.

A copy of the determination is available from the office identified in the "FOR FURTHER INFORMATION" section of this notice. Any party who wishes to seek judicial review of this decision must first exhaust administrative remedies, This decision may be appealed within 30 days of the date of publication of this decision. If you elect to appeal this decision, you or your attorney must file a notice of appeal with the Superintendent, Sisseton Agency, PO Box 688, Agency Village, South Dakota 57262. The date of filing your notice of appeal is the date it is postmarked or the date it is personally delivered to this office,

 Your notice of appeal must include your name, address, and telephone number. It should clearly identify the decision being appealed. if possible, attach a copy of the decision. The notice and the envelope in which it is mailed should be clearly labeled "NOTICE OF APPEAL."

You may include a statement of reasons with your notice of appeal, explaining why you believe the decision being appealed is in error, If you do not include your statement of reasons with your notice of appeal, you must mail or deliver it to the Superintendent's office within 30 days after you file your notice of appeal. The statement of reasons and the envelope in which it is mailed should be clearly labeled "Statement of Reasons." It must be accompanied by or otherwise incorporate all supporting documents, You must send copies of your statement of reasons to all interested parties and the Regional Director.

Your notice of appeal must list the names and addresses of the interested parties known to you and certify that you have sent them copies of the notice. if you are not represented by an attorney, you may request assistance from the Sisseton Agency in the preparation of your appeal.

You must ALSO send copies of your notice of appeal to (1,) the Regional Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs, 115 4th Ave. S.E., Suite 400, Aberdeen, South Dakota 57401 and (2) all known interested parties.

If no appeal is timely filed, this decision will become final for the Department of the Interior at the expiration of the appeal period, No extension of time may be granted for filing notice of appeal.

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Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate

Job Openings

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

Realty Home Site Leasing Clerk, Realty

Closing Date: February 06th, 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)


CEO/Project Manager


Working with the Dakota Nation Development Corporation Board of Directors, will provide leadership and oversee tribal non-gaming for-profit business operations to insure production efficiency, quality, services, and cost effective management of resources.

Position Requirements:

Master's Degree in Business Administration or Project Management or Management related with 3 years of successful work experience as manager or a position of equal level of responsibility.

3 years direct work experience in project management/senior management capacity, including all aspects of process development and execution.

Demonstrated experience in personnel management and effective executive level leadership.

Technically competent with various software programs for presentation and analysis.

Knowledge of economic and accounting practice and financial reporting.

Knowledge of and experience with all aspects of 8(a) certification and contracting.

Please contact Dakota Nation Development Corporation for complete a Job Description. 1-605-698-3200 or


Sisseton Wahpeton College

Has the following vacancy:

Sponsored Programs Specialist. Full Time. BA in Accounting, Business Administration or other relevant field.

Closing date: 2/6/2014 at 4:30 PM.



Sisseton Wahpeton College

Position Openings

Student Accounts Receivable. Full Time Position. AA Degree in Accounting or Business Administration. 3 years Accounts Receivable Experience

Assistant Financial Aid Director. Full Time Position. AA Degree in Accounting or Business Administration. 1-3 years Financial Aid Experience.

Please visit our website for a complete job description and application at

Closing dates: 1/29/2015 at 4:30 PM.



Tiospa Zina Tribal School

Employment Opportunities

2014-2015 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: Art Teacher Qualifications: Current South Dakota Certification meeting the Highly Qualified status for a K-12 Art Teacher Opening Date: July 1, 2014 Closing Date: Open until filled

Vacancy: Reading Coach Qualifications: Current South Dakota Certification meeting the Highly Qualified status for a Reading Coach Opening Date: October 30, 2014 Closing Date: Open until filled

Vacancy: Bus Monitor 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: Dishwasher/Clerk Qualifications: High School Diploma/GED Opening Date: December 23, 2014 Closing Date: Open until filled

Vacancy: Special Education Paraprofessional (Middle School) Qualifications: High School Diploma/GED and a 461+ score on the Paraprofessional Praxis, or 48+ college credits; experience working with students with autism Opening Date: January 12, 2015 Closing Date: January 24, 2015

Vacancy: School Superintendent Qualifications: Current South Dakota Certification meeting the Highly Qualified Status for a School Superindendent; directly related experience working with Tribal Grant Schools preferred Opening Date: January 20, 2015 Closing Date: Open until filled

Vacancy: Student Services Coordinator (High School) Qualifications: High School Diploma/GED; 1 year directly related experience Opening Date: January 21, 2015 Closing Date: Open until filled

2014-2015 Extra Curricular Vacancies:

Vacancy: AISES Advisor (American Indian Science and Engineering Society) Qualifications: GED/High School Diploma. If interested please submit an application and Advisor Questionnaire to the Human Resources Department at Tiospa Zina Tribal School. Opening Date: April 11, 2014 Closing Date: Open until filled

Vacancy: Destination Imagination Advisor Qualifications: GED/High School Diploma. If interested please submit an application and Advisor Questionnaire to the Human Resources Department at Tiospa Zina Tribal School. Opening Date: April 11, 2014 Closing Date: Open until filled

Vacancy: Rodeo & Riding Club Advisor Qualifications: GED/High School Diploma. If interested please submit an application and Advisor Questionnaire to the Human Resources Department at Tiospa Zina Tribal School. Opening Date: May 8, 2014 Closing Date: Open until filled

Vacancy: Military Club Advisor Qualifications: GED/High School Diploma. 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 filled

If 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.


Dakota Connection Casino

Job Openings

C-Store Department: Clerk/Cashier (4) full-time, rotating shifts, day, swing, graveyard, includes weekends & holidays. Excellent customer service skills; math skills essential; ability to operate necessary equipment; physical ability to lift moderate amounts of weight; previous experience working with money preferred; strong organizational skills managing various functions; dependable & available to work any & all shifts. Must be at least 21 years old & have a High School diploma or GED.

Bingo Department: Rover (1) part-time will be required to work any shift assigned during Bingo hours, weekends & holidays. Will be responsible to know all positions in bingo; such as floor clerk, cashier, pack maker, paymaster and caller. Must be at least 21 years old, must have a High School Diploma or GED. Must be able to obtain a Gaming License.

Opening date: Thursday, January 15, 2015

Closing date: Wednesday, January 21, 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.