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Sota Volume 45 Issue No. 29

Anpetu Iyamni, July 23, 2014

Inside this Edition –

Highlights of 147th annual Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Wacipi: Part Two

Summaries of June General Council program reports continued: DNGE General Manager reports

SWO Tribe receives 3-year grant to help support Tribal Research Office

3rd annual Youth Wacipi Wednesday, July 23rd sponsored by SWO 7GOV youth leaders

SW Federal Credit Union annual meeting is August 14th

Deadline for receipt of copy for consideration is 12:00 noon Fridays

Sissetonwan Wahpetonwan Dakota Oyate!

147th annual wacipi held weekend of July 4th, Part Two

By CD Floro

Sota Editor

See photo highlights of the Wacipi taken by Stephanie Glaholm-Baxter in this week’s part two. We will be running information about winners as we receive reports from the Pow Wow Committee and families hosting specials.

Stephanie’s pictures include scenes of South Dakota Democrat Rick Weiland’s community feed. Weiland is running against Republican former Governor Mike Rounds for the U.S. Senate. Rick and Susan Wismer, Democrat campaigning against Dennis Daugaard for the Governor’s post, took part in grand entry Saturday evening with the Sisseton-Wahpeton Vietnam Veterans Kit Fox Society.

Part three will feature photographs coming from Bessie Genia and John Heminger.

Watch for a web photo gallery of all our pictures on the Sota website soon.

147th annual SWO Wacipi highlights –

Winners of SWO Fitness Center 15th Annual Run

Men's division 18-34 Time:

1st place - Jeff Noisy Hawk 21:41

2nd place - Cyrus Hawkins 21:57

3rd place - Cain Robertson 23:03

Women's division 18-34:

1st place - Brianna LaBelle 27:36

2nd place - Heather Flute 30:18

3rd place - Nicole Eastman 31:03

Men's division 35-54:

1st place - Danny White 22:16

2nd place - Frank Greene 24:13

3rd place - Jeremy Red Eagle 28:11

Women's division 35-54:

1st place - Stefanie Redearth 28:11

2nd place - Delores Gabbard 28:46

3rd place - Patricia Roth 31:07

Men's division 55+:

1st place - Mike Swallow 35:35

2nd place - Vern Donnell 38:01

3rd place - Richard Hill 40:13

Women's division 55+:

1st place - Audrey German 28:17

2nd place - Collette Weatherstone 35:52

3rd place - Gabrielle Tateyuskanskan 40:47

Provided by Danielle Grey, SWO Health & Fitness Center Adult Weight Management Project Coordinator, Lifestyle Coach/Fitness Specialist.

Part two –

June 2014 SWO General Council reports

Here is part two in our summaries of reports provided at the June 2014 General Council held June 26 and 27, 2014. For complete information, contact your Tribal Executives or Council representatives.

These are highlights of the annual reports given by Dakota Nation Gaming Enterprise officials and General Managers of the casinos.

General Council Report FY 2013

Dakota Nation Gaming Enterprise Staff:

Weston Quinn, CFO/Interim CEO

Cheryl Owen, DMC/General Manager

John Rondell, DSC/General Manager

LeRoy Quinn, DCC/General Manager

Anthony Bert Bertino, CMO/DNGE

Crystal PoorThunder, CMO Trainee/DNGE

Rhonda Sederberg, CMO Trainee/DNGE

Dr. Norman Johnson, EAP/DNGE

Heather Roberts, CEAA/DNGE

 To our shareholders:

For nearly three decades the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate and the State of South Dakota has not been able to reach an agreement on our Gaming Compact. The Gaming Compact only allowed for our South Dakota properties, Dakota Sioux Casino and Dakota Connection Casino to stay within 250 Class III slot machines.

Dakota Nation Gaming Enterprise's major revenue generator is the slot machines. With limited slot machines was limited revenue. Our properties worked diligently and creatively to market what we had available to produce what we could in revenue.

Finally, in 2013, Dakota Nation Gaming Enterprise (DNGE) and the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate reached an agreement with the State of South Dakota to amend the Gaming Compact. The amended South Dakota Gaming Compact allowed for our South Dakota properties to increase the number of slot machines to 850 over the course of ten years.

Although the amended Gaming Compact allowed us additional slot machines, it required DNGE to increase its existing Memorandum of Agreements (MOM with the counties of Codington and Roberts.

However, we are very pleased to report to the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate tribal members that in FY 2013, Dakota Sioux Casino and Dakota Connection Casino's growth in revenue has greatly increased. Later in my report you will see that the Net Income (bottom line) for 2013 is the largest that both our South Dakota properties have ever had. Currently they have a little over 520 slot machines.

Dakota Magic Casino operates under the North Dakota Gaming Compact. The North Dakota compact is very generous. Throughout the years, Dakota Magic Casino is slowly taking advantage of the unlimited slot machines allowed. Unfortunately, we are running out of space to add more slot machines on the floor.

In 2013, DNGE had requested Klas Robinson QED to do a case study on Dakota Magic Casino. Based on having 1250 slot machines, they estimated an additional $6.8 million per year in revenue.

The additional revenue is based on these assumptions:

*The addition of new slot machines will require new or retrofitted space

*The slot floor will be spacious, not cramped

*Any new floor space will be comparable or superior in quality to the existing floor and contiguous with the existing slot floor

Dakota Magic Casino is exploring the options of expanding the gaming floor. Lightowler Johnson Associates (UA) has been recently hired to assist with the designing of this new project. If everything goes as planned, Dakota Magic will start breaking ground at the end of 2015 and have the project done by 2017.

 Dakota Nation Gaming Enterprise is excited for all the upcoming changes. We couldn't make any of this possible without the support from the SWO Tribal Members and Tribal Council. In addition, our staff and management deserve recognition for all their hard work and dedication. Without excellent staff, none of this would be possible.

Respectfully submitted, Weston Quinn, Interim CEO.


To the Stakeholders of Dakota Nation Gaming Enterprises:

In 2013 we increased our marketing focus to include social media while further defining the [Dakota Nation Gaming Enterprise Brand. * We also further defined our strengths in promotions, giveaways and instituted a Corporate Coin and Bounce-Back programs to attract existing and new customers and to increase our casino patron's share of wallet. E

In 2013 we expanded our demographics and have reached further into the surrounding gaming environments. We originally defined the Dakota Nation Gaming Territory to encompass the area slightly north of Fargo / Moorhead, west to Jamestown and Aberdeen, south to Brookings and east to Morris, Alexandria and Fergus Falls. In 2014 we expanded into the Sioux Falls marketplace and we now are concentrating on developing the casino and entertainment customers in the entire Territory region. This expanded territory embraces 2 million people that are of legal gaming age and could frequent our varying casinos for their offerings and entertainment options.

In 2013 we developed an entrance into the Fargo/Moorhead and Watertown communities, through affiliations with (Red Hawks Baseball in Fargo and Casino Speedway in Watertown. In 2014 we have instituted the Your Hometown Casino program. This now encompasses:

Red Hawk Baseball, Fargo Force Hockey, Scheel Arena Concerts and Bluestem Concert Series in the Fargo / Moorhead region,

Casino Speedway, Bramble Park Zoo and Mellette House in Watertown,

And through our affiliation with J&L Harley-Davidson, Hot Harley Nights in Sioux Falls. The greater social citizen we are in these communities, the greater their residents will frequent our facilities.

For the Casino Entertainment in 2013 we have worked on doing a diverse variety of concerts between the properties including: Neil McCoy, Sawyer Brown, Rodney Carrington, Marty Stewart, The Dweebs, and Andy Gross. With the diversity in the entertainment we can expand our Customer base and build a larger Patronage loyalty.

Within 2014, we have grown into two leading entertainment properties for all ages to enjoy by partnering with business in our casinos market area. This gives us the great named acts for our customers and the possibility of new customers, by either getting to know us better or finding out who we are. By partnering with others we are still part of organization bringing outstanding entertainment to our customers and also be a part of the local area markets.

Casino gaming is a form of entertainment, our diversification in product targets the smoker, non-smoker, golfer, table game player, slot player, bingo player, poker player, foodie and concert goer. United, our three casinos offer an entertainment option that is unrivaled in this area. We will continue to offer new products that our guests require.

 Our Corporate Coin and Bounce Back Programs are delivering repeat casino patrons at a rate of 68% at Dakota Magic, 72% at Dakota Sioux and 83% at Dakota Connection. These coin programs have allowed for us to see who is playing, what machine they are playing, how long they are playing and how much money they are wagering.

The corporate coin program rewards the customers for their play which are based on annual total theoretical play and average daily theoretical play. This has resulted in:

Increased Trips

*Increased spend per visit

*Tracking of carded play

Benefits of the corporate coin reward programs provides free slot play based from the customers carded play, complimentary dining, hotel discounts, gas discounts, tickets for concerts or special events, participation in promotions and the opportunity to receive direct mail offers.

With increased notoriety of our facilities, we are reaching occupancy for certain times during our gaming calendar. As people frequent our facilities, especially during special events and weekends, we find our gaming floors and non-gaming entities (especially restaurants) in need of expansion. Therefore, the plannings of new facilities that you have heard previously are needed. Reaching occupancy and allowing for growth is a huge factor in the furthering of DNGE and the further prosperity of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate.

We have instituted an Email Program that is reaching out to a differing bases of our customers that are willing to receive electronic communications_ Utilizing this method will reduce our printing costs and at the same time allow for a great instantaneous connection to our customers.

We are now using a Texting Program to blast quick information to our customer bases, which advertise upcoming events and promotions. This venue is also perfect to reach out to customers for last minute occurrences like food or entertainment specials.

We no longer have static advertisements on our plasma screens throughout Dakota Magic and Dakota Sioux. We now utilize Digital Motion Media, which takes advertisements and adds motion like a normal commercial_ Our slot machines utilize video, so therefore extending our advertising to do the same was a natural progression_ We also include this feature on our website and our emails being sent to customers.

With the uses of email, texting and digital motion media, we are attempting to reach out to a younger customer base, to supplement the present customer bases for continued growth of all facilities.

We have assisted the Oyate Tourism Department Din increasing their reach to the surrounding areas, especially in Pierre, Sioux Falls, Fargo / Moorhead and Aberdeen. This was accomplished through direct interaction by Elias Mendoza utilizing trade shows, new guides, website, social media and outdoor advertising of the events and venues the community has to offer. In advertising the Oyate community offerings, we have increased the interest in our area and the usage of our facilities (especially Dakota Magic and Dakota Sioux). We are working with community leaders and venues in Fargo / Moorhead and Watertown, to display Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate art and Artifacts to further explain to the community who you are and the culture and lives that your ancestors and you live within. There is a great interest in what this Oyate offers, and hopefully this will be the beginnings of a museum project that will allow for many differing cultures to stop and visit and learn from the area and your people.

To start 2014, Dakota magic had six new commercials produced in December. The object behind these advertisements are to accentuate what amenities are available, and what you can do at the Magic. We utilized vignettes to tell a story of Magic Moments.

In February, we produced six new commercials at Dakota Sioux, which are more of an Instructional Video How Do You Dakota Sioux. LI These commercials accentuate the same as Magic, with amenities and what is available throughout the facility.

In January, we filmed at Dakota Connection, and along with the other two filming we produced a DNGE Commercial that is being aired presently.

The object of these commercials are light-hearted humor that illustrates every aspect of the facilities, while being memorable enough to stick in the customers mind and draw them to visit or come back again and again.

In closing, I wish to thank the many employees within the DNGE who have allowed for continued growth and profitability in 2013 into 2014, even during a winter that caused less of our customer bases to travel. We feel that our visibility will continue to grow with added marketing efforts in advertising and participation within the Dakota Nation Gaming Territory.

With Sincere Wishes for Future Success,

Anthony Bert Bertino, CMO Dakota Nation Gaming Enterprise.

Crystal Poor Thunder, CMO Trainee Dakota Nation Gaming Enterprise.

Rhonda Greybuffalo Sederberg, CMO Trainee Dakota Nation Gaming Enterprise.

Dakota Magic Casino & Convention Center

Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Tribal Members:

I have been the General Manager of Dakota Magic Casino & Resort for the past two years and three months. In this last year, we worked diligently on updating and revising Internal Controls and Standard Operating Procedures which establishes a secure and safe foundation.

This is my second term in serving the Oyate as DMC General Manager. As DMC General Manager, my main function was to generate revenue, in which I accomplished. I have had the top three net income years. I would like to thank all the Dakota Magic Casino employees and management team for the support and dedication to make this happen, as you need a good team to accomplish goals.

1 do have some concerns such as Risk Management and Asset Protection. The Adoption of Internal Controls and Standard Operating Procedures that needs to be approved by Tribal Council. This will ensure that our assets are safe guarded.

I would like to thank the past Tribal Council for the opportunity to serve as General Manager. It has been an honor to serve as Dakota Magic Casino & Resort General Manager.

Respectfully, Cheryl Owen, DMC General Manager.


Flower Beds & Grass Seeding

*Did not bid out the project of maintaining flower beds and grass seeding. We identified personnel from the Convention Center to assume these duties during their down time.

2. Outside Trash Bins & Grounds Keeping

*Did the fencing around the dumpsters to keep this area out of the view of public without DMC having to bring in a contractor to do the work.

*Maintenance personnel were assigned the task of cleaning up around the maintenance, wastewater, and golf course maintenance areas.

3. Entertainment

*Reintroduced entertainment at minimal cost.

*Reduced the number of complimentary tickets issued.

4. Staffing Levels

*Saved DNGE an approximate amount of $10,000 on consultant fees for the task of standardizing the National Indian Gaming Commission Minimum Internal Control Standards (MICS) for all three properties by utilizing our Compliance Office to establish a standard formal.

*A total of six Administrative Assistant positions were not filled once they became vacant. In place of these tasks we are utilizing PBX staff, GM and CEO Executive Assistants.

*Associate Manager position- A total of 2.5 (full & part time) positions was not filled after they became vacant Monday thru Friday, we are utilizing Gaming Management to fulfill the dayshift duties of this position. All management personnel are available during the work week to address the needs of their respective departments.

*Convention Center Manager position was not filled. The Marketing Manager has picked up the responsibilities of overseeing events. The supervisor position has assumed the administrative duties (i.e. hire, discipline, maintain staffing levels.).

*Housekeeping Manager Position was not filled. These duties were assigned to Convention Center Supervisor. Both housekeeping and event staff are in the process of being cross trained to cover where needed.

*Had all departments re-evaluate their staffing level needs to down size during the off season (winter months).

*100% Tribal Members in Management positions.

5. C-Store

*Merged with Cenex to reduce the cost of fuel and recoup rebate costs.

*Cenex repainted outside area replaced signs.

6. In-house Renovations

Delegated to Maintenance personnel the duties of:

*Replacing the flooring and painted the Convention Center meeting rooms;

*Replace the stage floor and had the drapes cleaned.

*Relocated and Renovated the Poker Room and Non-Smoking areas.

*Changed out old doors in the areas that needed replacement.

*Relocated and Renovated the Gift/Smoke Shop.

*Replaced the toilets where needed throughout the casino.


1.  Replaced 100 games that were old or underperforming. These machines can still be used on the gaming floor if needed

2.  Replacing chair bases as they come in The new chair bases now hold a lifetime warranty at no cost to DMC.


*Structural renovations to original 80 rooms.

*Room renovations of 80 rooms.


1.  Non-Smoking: To better serve our guest and meet their request for a non-smoking area, we introduced a non-smoking gaming area.

2.  New Restaurant: Due to the high volume and demand from our customers we reintroduced the restaurant with a new menu and renamed it the Double Down Grill.

3.  Convention Center to better assist our entertainers a paved driveway was added to the Convention Center Loadinc Zone.

4.  Exit 1 Lounge: Introduced Stainless steel to the bar area of our Exit 1 Lounge.

5.  Security Podium: Reintroduced the front entrance security podium.


I. Hired a Health & Safety Officer.

2. Health & Safety Officer was relocated to the gaming floor to better assist customer and centralize the work station.

3.  To improve air quality in the Convention Center 3 large ceiling fans were added.

4.  Training:

*Emergency Medical Responder: 2 training sessions were held which produced 15 Emergency Medical Responders within our Security Department. This is an ongoing process; our goal is to have 100% of Security personnel trained as Emergency Medical Responders.

*ServSafe: The Safety Officer also provided a session of ServeSafe training for employees working in various areas where food handling and preparation is part of daily operation.

*Fire Extinguisher Course: A training course for was conducted with Security personnel and Maintenance. This course covered the types of fires and the different types of fire extinguishers and the use of these extinguishers.


1.  Restructured- Major adjustments are in the areas of the compliance officer job duties. Two positions: First, will be responsible for establishing monitoring processes to ensure compliance with governing regulations as well as follow-up on Title 31 issues. Second will be responsible for non-gaming background investigations and audit departments for compliance with governing regulations. Both will investigate issues of non-compliance as assigned by the GM and/or CEO/CFO.

2.  Background Checks- Major accomplishments:

*Established a data-base to track all non-gaming background investigations for new-hire, re-hire, and termed employees (1,000 + employee records).

*AmericanChecked: Is a new vendor utilized for our background checks. We worked with the SWO Legal Department to ensure their Agreement meets all SWO requirements.

*Once the agreement was initiated and a tracking system was set up the Compliance Office was able to begin producing background reports. October, 2013 we completed 222 non-gaming background investigations for Fiscal Years 2011 thru 2013. From this date forward, DMC is conducting background checks on a routine basis.

 3. Audit Exceptions Reports (Risk Management)- Established simple data-base to monitor management response rates. A software system will give us the ability analyze the data and produce analytical reports that will better evaluate work performance and processes as it pertains to money handling practices.

4.  Incident Reporting (Risk Management)- We made an attempt to establish a tracking system to monitor incidents as they occur to identify reoccurring issues, and instances of suspicious or illegal activity. A simple data-base was initiated but found to be unsuccessful due to the volume and diverse information received on a daily basis. A software system will give us the ability to identify major or reoccurring issues, pinpoint areas where reoccurring activity is taking place which may be useful to local law enforcement as is it relates to illegal activity.

5.  New Adoption of internal Control Standards and Gaming Department SOPs

*Internal Control Standards: On 616/13 SWOGC requested all gaming department ICs and SOPs be submitted by 6/28/13. SWOGC extended the deadline to 9/20/13. 9/23/13 we submitted our gaming department IC's and SOP's. 2/24/14 SWOGC advised we had to include Class II language into ICs before they can be approved; we worked with Michelle Brown to get this accomplished. 3/13/14 is the scheduled date to present final submission to the GM, CEO/CFO, and SWOGC for approval.

*Standard Operating Procedures: In the process of entering the Class II language into the SOPs. Projected completion date to be no later than end of March, 2014.

6. Title 31- On 9/20/13 SWOGC Audited DMC Title 31 program. 4/29/13 SWOGC Letter to manager for response. 5/28/14 sent response to SWOGC on how we will come into compliance with the following standards:

*Written Action Plan: Establish procedures that address how the departments will communicate, maintain record, and coordinate between departments.

     Internal and/or external independent testing: Establish a system to ensure DMC is operating in compliance with Title 31.

*Training: Establish a training curriculum specific to job related duties within each department

*Assure day-to-day compliance: Establish monitoring systems to ensure day-to-day compliance with Title 31.

*Information Gathering: The Compliance Office shall establish and implement procedures to utilize all available information to determine instances of unusual or suspicious transactions. This includes using automated systems to aggregate and identify suspicious activity.

7. Investigations: 22 investigative reports completed since October, 2012 to current date. FINANCIALS

1. Subsidies

*250 Class ill Gaming Machines: We have fronted the cost of Five Million dollars toward the purchase of 150 new gaming machines for Dakota Sioux and 100 gaming machines for Dakota Connection with the agreement Dakota Magic is reimbursed the cost. Health Insurance: We have financially supported the Health Insurance of Dakota Sioux Casino employees.

2. Net Income Revenue

Within the past thirteen years (2001 thru 2013) of DMC history, I have been the General Manager to hold the top three years of the highest net revenue.


* Surveillance: Upgrade surveillance equipment to meet the growth of DMC.

*Standards and Expectations: Continue to empower management and supervisory personnel to bring back a level of work performance and standards.

* Re-evaluate the Temporary Hire status.

*Standard Operating Procedures: Complete the project of getting all non-gaming department SOPS completed.

*Introduce new promotions to our Table Games department

Establish a standard each department

*Training: Establish a training curriculum for management Require HR to work with management in establishing training curriculums for their respective departments. Implement a wage incentive based upon completion of meeting certain training requirements.

*General Assemblies: I would like to re-introduce the general assembly as a platform to keep management to line employees informed of upcoming and/or current events.

4 Working with CEO in the development of new wage matrix.

*Energy Efficient Lighting: The outside light fixtures are obsolete. Inside lighting needs to be upgraded. Goal is to replace and upgrade with energy efficient lighting.

*Help design and oversee DMC expansion.

In closing, none of these accomplishments would have been made possible without the continued support and dedication of our management team.

Finally, my greatest goal is to continue to be a part of Dakota Magic Casino as it grows and continues to be a successful contributor to our tribe and local communities.

Dakota Connection Casino

My name is LeRoy Quinn, Jr.; I have been the General Manager for Dakota Connection Casino since August 2013. I wish to take this opportunity to thank all the Tribal Members who are attending this General Council Meeting today. It is an honor to address this assembly.

Fiscal year 2013 has been a record breaking year for Dakota Connection Casino's revenue. With the new state compact we were able to purchase additional machines for the slot floor. We went from 50 class III machines to 151 class Ill machines in March 2013. With our additional revenue we have been able to pay-off our intercompany to Dakota Magic and also have paid back $ 320,000 toward the slot machine loan. It was a major increase and the income difference was very noticeable. Outstanding gas sales and other C-store transactions were also a reason Dakota Connection Casino did so well in revenue this year. Some other highlights for this year have been:

*Added three (3) new offices to our complex; marketing, compliance and restaurant.

*Created full-time compliance officer Position for our staff

*DCC received an Unqualified Opinion for FY 2013 audit from external auditors McGladery & Pullen, CPA, Duluth, MN.

*Remodeled main cage to comply with regulations

As the General Manager, I bring a style of management that inspires teamwork and communication within each Department. I believe in cross training to maximize the strengths of each individual team player to insure department efficiency and productivity. Biweekly staff meetings were initiated to enhance teamwork and communication skills. I practice "management by participation" and feel every employee has the ability to contribute to his/her department's success. We encourage every manager to attend job-related training once a year to learn new systems, techniques and enhance job skills.

The Dakota Connection Casino now employs consistently over 100 employees; which brings more benefits, more salaries and more situations to our HR Department. We have hired a new Bingo Manager and with that we are trying more programs, more bashes, and more rewards. Bingo is slowly dying off. We must find a better way to attract more and new Bingo Players. We are targeting the 18-35 age groups.

Currently we are researching the possibility of acquiring a new building to replace the current building which is becoming outdated and too small for our operation. We are hoping for a building twice the size of our current Casino will be approved by Council. The building will be north of our current Casino and be much more suitable to our growing needs.

In closing I would like to thank the staff of Dakota Connection Casino for the outstanding job performances they have accomplished during FY 13 and FY 14. Their hard work and dedication has benefitted the entire Dakota Nation Gaming Enterprise.

Sincerely, Elroy Quinn Jr., General Manager, Dakota Connection Casino.

Dakota Sioux Casino & Hotel

 Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Tribal Members,

I want to take this opportunity to thank the SWO membership for attending general council today and listening to my report on F.Y. 2013 & the first 8 months of F.Y. 2014.

*DSC&H received an Unqualified Opinion for F.Y. 2013 from external auditors McGladrey & Pullen, CPA. This is the highest opinion you can receive.

*DSC&H removed all 140 class 2 slot machines from Dec. 2012 through Feb. 2013 and installed 164 class 3 slot machines from Feb 2013 through June 2013. Since then we had added 10 WAP machines for a total of 374 class 3 slot machines on the gaming floor.

 *DSC&H has held 14 concerts over the past 20 months with 7 of them being sold out and the majority of the others near sell outs.

*Currently all 22 department and associate managers are tribal members. Overall 60% of the work force at DSC&H is tribal members.

There are two (2) major projects we hope to accomplish yet this year.

1). The first is constructing a new 14 pad RV Park. We are currently working with the SWO TERO Office and Aason Engineers of Watertown, SD on this project.

2). The second is installing 50 more class 3 slot machines later this year.

As you can see on the charts and graphs in the DNGE report the net income at DSC&H has increased substantially since the new gaming compact was approved and I believe it will continue to increase for years to come.

In closing I would like to thank the staff and management team at DSC&H for their hard work during F.Y. 2013 & F.Y. 2014.

Respectfully submitted, John Rondell, General Manager, Dakota Sioux Casino & Hotel.

SWO Tribe receives 3-year grant to help support Tribal Research Office

SWO Tribal Education Director Dr. Sherry Johnson has announced that the Tribe has been approved for a three year grant through the Collaborative Research Center for American Indian Health.

This is a project Dr. Johnson has been working hard to help make happen.

The CRCAIH was designed as a collaborative effort between numerous tribal, community, academic and health-care partners to create a platform to bring them all together in the development of cutting-edge trans-disciplinary research.

The grant will assist with a funding for a research specialist, computer and office supplies, travel and a database software tracking program.

“As the Education Department Director I am excited to have the help in developing our Tribal Research Office,” she said.

The position of Research Specialist is already being advertised.

The grant year will begin August 1st and SWO is going to be ready to go. It is anticipated that through this collaborative partnership that SWO will receive assistance to fully develop the Research Office.

Wac’ang’a boys-to-men educational program

By Julie Watts

Wac'ang'a Director

As you may know Wac'ang'a received funding in 2011 to educate boys and young men about violence that is committed against women and girls, and provide opportunities to learn positive, respectful attitudes and behavior by educating boys and young men about traditional values and men's roles.

Our goal with this funding is to recruit the boys and young men from each of the seven (7) districts.

With this two year project coming to an end I would like to update you on the progress we have made through the Engaging Boys to Men Program.

We have used monthly themes to develop monthly campaigns. Wac'ang'a continues with the talking circle for the boys ages 12 through 25.

We have touched on the effects of alcohol and drug abuse, the effects of domestic violence and we've had elder reflection and story-telling along with hands on activities.

Wac'ang'a has had a name giving ceremony for four of the young boys to men.

Our most recent activity has been creating billboards for the seven districts.

To highlight the billboard activity I have submitted pictures to show where the engaging boys to men are at with this project.

We will continue to encourage our boys and young men to get involved by giving them a voice and opportunity in making a difference in our community.

If you have a young man who you feel will benefit from this program, please give us a call at 698-3510 or bring your young man to our next group on Friday @ 1:00 p.m.

7GOV Summer 2014 update


The SWO Seventh Generation Oyate Voices (7GOV) youth council had the opportunity to attend the annual United National Indian Tribal Youth (UNITY) conference in Portland, OR this year.

The conference was held on June 27th-July 3rd.

At the conference, 7GOV had the chance to network and meet other native youth leaders from across the country as well as attend various workshops on how to enhance their performance within their youth council as well as working within the SWO tribal community.

Those in attendance at the UNITY conference are: Rachael German, Alex Crawford Greybull, LaShya PrettyBird, Brianna Greybull, Katlyn Canku, Sam Mahpiyasna, DaVonte Bunty Hislaw, Joey Bird, Aaron Erdrich, Camille Sine, and Kateri Bird.

7GOV would like to congratulate our Vice-President, Alex Crawford Greybull on joining UNITY's National Executive Committee as the Great Plains Regional Representative! Alex will be the voice for UNITY youth leaders in South Dakota, North Dakota, and Nebraska.


Another activity 7GOV has coordinated and implemented along with the help of the Veterans Memorial Youth Center staff is Teen Night Tuesdays where we are able to take youth ages 12-18 around the area for various activities. So far 7GOV have taken youth to Sica Hollow where they played games and had a barbecue and also to Roy Lake and had a canoe/kayaking experience.

7GOV plans to host Tuesday Teen Night every Tuesday.


An upcoming event is the 3rd Annual Youth Wacipi held at the Veterans Memorial Youth Center this Wednesday, July 23, 2014.


7GOV is a youth council made of up of drug and alcohol free youth leaders between the ages of 14-24 who desire to make a positive change in their community. If you know of anyone interested in joining 7GOV, please email for a referral form. Pidamaya!

GROW SD receives Rural Community Development Initiative Award

To provide Economic Opportunities in Rural Communities

USDA Rural Development has announced the selection of 48 community-based organizations in 26 states, the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico for Rural Community Development Initiative grants to promote economic growth through rural housing, community and business development.

"These grants will bring increased housing and economic opportunities to rural residents and communities by strengthening the capacity of regional organizations through training and technical assistance for three years," said Marcia Erickson, GROW South Dakota CEO. USDA makes these rural investments through the Rural Community Development Initiative Program (RCDI) and by partnering with Intermediaries like Northeast South Dakota Community Action Program and GROW South Dakota. The grants help community-based housing and economic development organizations, federally recognized Indian tribes and other groups to promote economic growth in low-income, rural communities. Recipients of this grant are required to provide matching funds, which increase the value of the grants.

In South Dakota two RCDI grants were awarded, as follows:

1.  The Northeast South Dakota Community Action Program will use a $152,492 grant to provide financial and technical assistance to three Recipients, namely, Town of Ipswich; Campbell County Economic Development; and Eureka Community Development Company. The funding provides new and expanded knowledge to them in the areas of housing and economic development activities.

2.  GROW South Dakota located in Sisseton, SD will receive a $152,492 grant to provide technical assistance to build the capacity of the statewide South Dakota Native Home Ownership Coalition with the purpose of expanding and promoting home ownership for tribal members in South Dakota.

GROW South Dakota and the Northeast South Dakota Community Action Program strive to reach rural communities to improve the quality of life through housing, community and economic development. Historically, these organizations have invested over $50 million in housing development and $54 million in economic development. For more information about GROW South Dakota's housing and business development programs and services please visit our website at or call 605-698-7654.


GROW SOUTH DAKOTA is an Equal Opportunity Lender, Provider, and Employer Complaints of discrimination should be sent to: USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Ave SW, Washington DC 20250-9410.

From DOI, Secretary Jewell –

Tribal Climate Resilience Program underway

Washington, DC – July 16, 2014 – As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan and continued commitment to support Native American leaders in building strong, resilient communities, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs Kevin Washburn today announced the Administration has dedicated nearly $10 million this year to help tribes prepare for climate change through adaptation and mitigation. The Tribal Climate Resilience Program, which will be announced today at the fourth and final meeting of the White House State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, is part of a new initiative to work toward addressing the impacts of climate change already affecting tribal communities.

“From the Everglades to the Great Lakes to Alaska and everywhere in between, climate change is a leading threat to natural and cultural resources across America, and tribal communities are often the hardest hit by severe weather events such as droughts, floods and wildfires,” said Secretary Jewell, chair of the White House Council on Native American Affairs. “Building on the President’s commitment to tribal leaders, the partnership announced today will help tribal nations prepare for and adapt to the impacts of climate change on their land and natural resources.”

“Impacts of climate change are increasingly evident for American Indian and Alaska Native communities and, in some cases, threaten the ability of tribal nations to carry on their cultural traditions and beliefs,” said Assistant Secretary Washburn. “We have heard directly from Tribes about climate change and how it dramatically affects their communities, many of which face extreme poverty as well as economic development and infrastructure challenges. These impacts test their ability to protect and preserve their land and water for future generations. We are committed to providing the means and measures to help tribes in their efforts to protect and mitigate the effects of climate change on their land and natural resources.”

The program will offer funding for tribes and tribal consortia and organizations to develop science-based information and tools to enable adaptive resource management, as well as the ability to plan for climate resilience. The program will offer nationwide climate adaptation planning sessions and provide funding for tribal engagement and outreach within regional and national climate communities.

Support will also be provided to empower and educate youth to become leaders in tribal climate change adaptation and planning, and enable them to participate in leadership and climate conferences, as well as independent research projects.

The program will provide direct support through climate adaptation grants that will be awarded in four categories: development and delivery of climate adaptation training; adaptation planning, vulnerability assessments and monitoring; capacity building through travel support for climate change training, technical sessions, and cooperative management forums; and travel support for participation in ocean and coastal planning.

To further the President’s commitment, as part of an Administration-wide Tribal Climate Resilience Initiative, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy will establish an interagency subgroup on climate change under the White House Council on Native American Affairs. The subgroup will work with tribes to collect and share data and information, including traditional ecological knowledge, about climate change effects that are relevant to American Indian Tribes and Alaska Natives. The subgroup will also identify opportunities for the federal government to improve collaboration and assist with climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts.

“Tribes are at the forefront of many climate issues, so we are excited to work in a more cross-cutting way to help address tribal climate needs,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “We’ve heard from tribal leaders loud and clear: when the federal family combines its efforts, we get better results - and nowhere are these results needed more than in the fight against climate change.”

The Interior Department will also establish a tribal climate liaison to coordinate with tribes across the federal government and help ensure tribal engagement in climate conversations at the federal level. In addition, five tribal Climate Extension Support Liaisons will be placed in the Department of the Interior’s Climate Science Centers, while building tribal capacity by contracting the positions to tribal organizations to ensure strong ties to tribal practitioners. These liaisons will work at the regional level with tribes to identify basic climate information and knowledge needs of tribes and work with other federal partners to address those needs. Tactics will include forming national tribal climate-focused practitioner working groups, supporting tribal workshops, and addressing regional training needs for specific impacts.

Remarks by President Obama

At Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Reslience Meeting

Washington, DC – July 16, 2014 – Remarks at the State Dining Room by the President:

THE PRESIDENT: Well, I want to thank everybody who has been participating in this very important task force. We’ve got governors, we’ve got mayors, local and tribal leaders. We’ve got Democrats and Republicans and independents from all the across the nation. And we are here because we know that climate change is an undeniable scientific fact.

And these leaders are here because states and communities that they represent are already dealing with the effects of climate change. They’re seeing rising sea levels, more powerful hurricanes, more intense heatwaves, severe droughts, and wildfires out west. So this is already happening, and these leaders understand that climate change is a threat to public safety, it’s a threat to public health and to something that we want to emphasize today -- the infrastructure upon which our economy depends. More severe storms and increased flooding threaten roads and bridges and businesses. Rising sea levels threaten coastal communities and ports.

So climate change poses a direct threat to the infrastructure of America that we need to stay competitive in this 21st-century economy. That means that we should see this as an opportunity to do what we should be doing anyway, and that’s modernizing our infrastructure, modernizing our roads, modernizing our bridges, power grids, our transit systems, and making sure that they’re more resilient. That’s going to be good for commerce and it’s obviously going to be good for communities.

As a result of this need, I’ve put forward a plan to build our transportation infrastructure and it’s a key part of our Climate Action Plan -- making sure that we’ve got a smarter, more resilient infrastructure that can withstand the effects of climate change.

And today I’m announcing a series of new steps. We’re going to do more, including new data and 3D maps to help state, local officials in communities understand which areas and which infrastructure are at risk as a consequence of climate change. We’re going to help communities improve their electric grids, build stronger seawalls and natural barriers, and protect their water supplies. We’re also going to invest in stronger and more resilient infrastructure.

Last month, I announced a new competitive fund -- $1 billion -- to help communities do this. Today we’re taking steps to make sure that this competition will work. We’re going to announce the specifics about who can compete, how we can learn from communities that are rebuilding stronger from disasters like Hurricane Sandy and flooding in Colorado. We want the best ideas to become models for the whole country. And the idea of this competition is not just the communities that win a grant are able to improve their infrastructure but what we’re also going to be doing is hopefully lifting everybody’s game and making sure that people in their planning are thinking about these issues as they move forward.

So the bottom line is investing in our infrastructure, protecting our communities, ensuring the health and safety of our citizens -- none of this should be a partisan issue. This is something that Democrats, Republicans, independents all care about and the leaders who are sitting around this table prove that today and prove it every day.

And I want you to know that you have a partner in me, you have a partner in this administration, and I’m confident that, working together, we can take some common-sense steps to make sure that America’s infrastructure is safer, stronger and more resilient for future generations. At the same time as we are also tackling the broader problem of climate change and trying to slow the impact of that not just here but around the world.

So I very much appreciate the wonderful participation. I know that some great ideas have already come out of this. And I’m looking forward to continuing to work with this group in the future. Thank you very much.

White House blog –

Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience

Posted by Raina Thiele and Susan Ruffo – July 16 2014, -- Today, at the fourth and final meeting of the White House State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, the Administration announced the new Tribal Climate Resilience Program to help tribes prepare for climate change. As part of this new initiative, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will dedicate $10 million in funding for tribes and tribal organizations to develop tools to enable adaptive resource management, as well as the ability to plan for climate resilience. The program will offer nationwide climate preparedness planning sessions and provide funding for tribal engagement and outreach within regional and national climate communities.

“Building on the President’s commitment to tribal leaders, the partnership announced today will help tribal nations prepare for and adapt to the impacts of climate change on their land and natural resources.” Said Secretary Jewell.

The Department of the Interior and Environmental Protection Agency will also partner to create a new subgroup on climate change under the White House Council on Native American Affairs, which will share data and information and coordinate Administration efforts to assist tribes in climate resilience and mitigation efforts.

“Tribes are at the forefront of many climate issues, so we are excited to work in a more cross-cutting way to help address tribal climate needs,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “We’ve heard from tribal leaders loud and clear: when the federal family combines its efforts, we get better results - and nowhere are these results needed more than in the fight against climate change.”

Task Force members Chairwoman Karen Diver of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and Mayor Reggie Joule of the Northwest Arctic Borough were tasked by the President with providing recommendations on climate preparedness and resilience specific to tribes. They led a national effort consisting of listening sessions, conference presentations, and agency webinars, to collect a multitude of tribal input on how to make tribal communities more prepared and resilient in the face of climate change. These recommendations will form the basis for their final recommendations to the Administration. We look forward to continuing our work with Indian Country on this important topic and thank Chairwoman Diver and Mayor Joule for their tireless efforts leading to today’s announcement of this crucial new program.


Raina Thiele is Associate Director in the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs.

Susan Ruffo is Associate Director for Climate Preparedness at the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

White House fact sheet –

Action to support State, Local, and Tribal leaders in preparing for impacts of Climate Change

President Obama is focused every day on building on the progress America’s economy is making by creating jobs and expanding opportunity for all hardworking Americans. As part of that effort, the President has put forward a comprehensive plan to invest in America’s infrastructure in order to create jobs, provide certainty to states and communities, support American businesses, and grow our economy. Investing in infrastructure has never been more important. In addition to the clear economic benefits of building a world-class infrastructure system, the third National Climate Assessment released earlier this year confirms that the impacts of climate change are already taking a toll on communities. To support communities in need of a more resilient infrastructure that can withstand impacts like more extreme weather and increased flooding, President Obama is responding to guidance from governors, mayors, county and tribal officials who are proven leaders in helping their communities prepare for climate impacts.

The President established the State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience last November to advise him on how the Federal government can best respond to the needs of communities nationwide already dealing with the impacts of climate change. The Task Force, made up of 26 officials from across the country, is holding its fourth and final meeting in Washington, D.C. today. They will provide their final recommendations to the President in the fall.

Today the President is announcing a series of actions to respond to the Task Force’s early feedback to help state, local, and tribal leaders prepare their communities for the impacts of climate change by developing more resilient infrastructure and rebuilding existing infrastructure stronger and smarter.

Providing Federal resources to support climate preparedness:

· National Disaster Resilience Competition. The nearly $1 billion National Disaster Resilience Competition, announced by the President on June 14, will make resources available to communities that have been struck by natural disasters in recent years. Building on the success of the Rebuild by Design competition after Hurricane Sandy, this competition will create replicable models of modern disaster recovery that apply science-based and forward-looking risk analysis to address recovery and resilience needs. The competition will also help communities create and implement disaster recovery plans that will make them better prepared for future extreme weather events and other shocks.

Today, new details for the competition are being announced by the President. The year-long competition will have two phases: (1) risk assessment and planning; and (2) design and implementation. Many communities will be eligible for funding and technical assistance during Phase 1 to develop innovative, data-driven, and community-led approaches to recovery that increase preparedness for future disasters. A subset of these communities will be invited to continue in Phase 2 to design solutions for recovery and future resilience. The best proposals will receive funds for implementation to demonstrate how communities across the country can build a more resilient future. More information is available at

· Helping tribes prepare for climate impacts. The Department of the Interior’s (DOI) Bureau of Indian Affairs today launched a new $10 million Federal-Tribal Climate Resilience Partnership and Technical Assistance Program that will help tribes prepare for climate change by developing and delivering adaptation training. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy will establish an interagency group to provide tribes with data and information, improve Federal collaboration, and assist with climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts.

· Investing in the nation's rural electric system. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced awards totaling $236.3 million in funding for eight states to support improved rural electric infrastructure. A modern, reliable electric system is critical to attract and retain residents and businesses in rural communities. Supporting rural electric utilities' deployment of smart grid technologies will increase efficiency and reliability and bring more jobs to rural America. President Obama and Agriculture Secretary Vilsack are committed to smarter use of Federal resources to foster sustainable economic prosperity, support the rural way of life, and ensure the Federal Government is a strong partner for businesses, entrepreneurs and working families in rural communities.

· Developing advanced mapping data and tools. The Department of the Interior’s U.S. Geological Survey and other Federal agencies today launched a $13.1 million 3-D Elevation Program partnership designed to bring Federal agencies, academia, corporate entities, states, tribes, and communities together to develop advanced 3-dimensional mapping data of the United States. These data and related tools will be used in the areas of flood risk management, water resource planning, mitigation of coastal erosion and storm surge impacts, and identification of landslide hazards as an essential component of supporting action on climate resilience. More information is available at

· Safeguarding access to quality drinking water amid drought. USDA continues to work with producers, communities, affected states and other agencies to help address the current West Coast drought. This week, the Department will announce additional funds to help rural communities struggling with drought. These funds will help rural communities that have experienced or are likely to experience a significant decline in the quantity or quality of drinking water due to severe drought and other emergencies.

Rebuilding stronger and safer after natural disasters:

· Establishing a Mitigation Integration Task Force. In order to help communities build back stronger and safer in the face of new risks, FEMA has established a Mitigation Integration Task Force to develop and implement a Mitigation Integration Pilot Program by the end of August. Working with State, tribal, local, and eligible private non-profit partners, FEMA will identify pilot projects in current and emerging disasters where there are specific opportunities to make investments that result in a more resilient outcome than using a single funding source and program. This pilot program will work to equip communities to meet their recovery objectives and ensure that all resources are brought to bear through FEMA’s Mitigation and Recovery programs to minimize the impact of future disasters. This is part of FEMA’s goal of breaking the cycle of disasters -- saving lives, protecting property, reducing losses, and allowing individuals and communities to recover more quickly after a disaster.

· Accounting for Climate Change in Hazard Mitigation Planning. To ensure that States are preparing for the impacts of climate change, FEMA will release new guidance for State Hazard Mitigation Plans that calls upon States to consider climate variability as part of their requirement to address the probability of future events in state planning efforts. Last issued in 2008, FEMA’s guidance for these plans helps States prepare in advance of a disaster to identify and drive actions for more resilient and sustainable recovery, such as elevating or relocating homes and businesses to reduce flood risks associated with sea-level rise and more intense storms or rebuilding to higher standards. More information is available at

Building more resilient communities:

· Committing to “Preparedness Pilots.” The Administration today announced the launch of two “Preparedness Pilots” in cooperation with the City of Houston and the State of Colorado, with NASA (Johnson Space Flight Center) and the Energy Department (National Renewable Energy Laboratory). The pilots will involve key Federal agencies in each community, including NASA, the Energy Department, the Department of Defense, the Department of the Interior, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Department of Agriculture. These pilots will bring together federal agencies and local communities to assess and plan for their region-specific vulnerabilities and interdependencies associated with the impacts of climate change. This effort will advance preparedness planning on the ground and help create models for other communities and agencies to follow.

· Making our coasts more resilient. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) today announced new program guidance under Section 309 of the Coastal Zone Management Act to ensure greater consideration of how climate change may exacerbate challenges in the management of coastal areas. Through this effort, $1.5 million of competitive funding will be available to help states and tribes make improvements to their coastal management programs. The guidance will help state and tribal coastal managers better prepare for the impacts of climate change and improve the safety of their communities. More information is available at

· Improving stormwater management. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today launched a Green Infrastructure Collaborative among government agencies, NGOs, and other private sector entities to advance green stormwater infrastructure. Green infrastructure, such as urban forests and rooftop gardens, can be used as an important tool for building resilience to climate change impacts such as increased precipitation and heat island effects. Federal agencies will provide funding assistance in at least 25 communities across the country for green infrastructure projects, technical assistance to create integrated green stormwater management and hazard mitigation plans, and recognition and awards programs for innovative green infrastructure projects. Agencies will also add guidance on green infrastructure to existing Department of Transportation (DOT) and Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) peer-to-peer exchange and training programs. The partnership will also provide a platform for conducting research on increasing affordability and effectiveness, sharing best practices, and developing actionable planning tools that decision-makers have been seeking.

· Assessing climate-related health hazards. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today released a new guide, “Assessing Health Vulnerability to Climate Change,” to help public health departments assess local vulnerabilities to health hazards associated with climate change. The assessments will help inform targeted public health actions to reduce the health impacts of climate change. More information is available at:

Apply to Be a Native Nation Rebuilder

Application deadline Thursday, August 28

The Native Nation Rebuilders Program brings together Native leaders so they may be instrumental in moving their nations, in cooperation with their elected leadership, toward realization of their tribes' unique goals.

"Going through the Rebuilders program did wonders for me. I had a totally different outlook on my tribe. It just opened my eyes to so many different things about what other tribes are doing and some of the successes that they're having. When you get out of your day-to-day work, and you go through these sessions with the Rebuilders program, it's reviving. It re-energizes you." -LeRoy Staples Fairbanks III, Tribal Councilman, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe

We seek candidates for a sixth cohort of Rebuilders who will help ensure that elected tribal leaders and the tribes they serve will have a cadre of skilled and courageous individuals dedicated to strengthening their nations.

The Native Nation Rebuilders Program brings together Native leaders so they may be instrumental in moving their nations, in cooperation with their elected leadership, toward realization of their tribes’ unique goals.

Each year, the Bush Foundation selects a cohort of 20-30 “Rebuilders” to participate in a two-year program. So far, the Bush Foundation has selected five cohorts of Rebuilders.

In the first year, the Foundation and its partner, the Native Nations Institute, provide access to ideas and information, expanded networks, leadership training and other resources for nation building. Rebuilders participate in five in-person sessions and complete assignments between these sessions.

In the second year, Rebuilders use these tools and skills to implement "action plans," in which they engage in practical nation-building projects within their communities.

The Foundation will cover the cost of instruction, materials and facilitation for Rebuilder events, the cost of transportation and meals to and from events, as well as meals and lodging while at events.


Applicants to the Native Nations Rebuilders Program:

Must be at least 25 years of age.

Must be an enrolled citizen of one of the 23 Native nations in the Bush Foundation region.

Must currently live in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota or one of the 23 Native nations.

Must be interested in learning about Native nation building.

Must be willing to travel to the five in-person sessions and complete assignments between these sessions.

You must fill out the application form and have two people submit reference forms on your behalf. Instructions for our online application system, as well as the reference form, can be found on the right. Your references should be non-relatives who are familiar with your values, character and goals.

Rebuilders chosen for Cohort 6 must commit to attending the following sessions:

Session 1: December 3-5, 2014 (Twin Cities, Minnesota)

Session 2: March 25-27, 2015 (Spearfish, South Dakota)

Session 3: June 10-11, 2015 (Location TBD)

Session 4: September 16-18, 2015 (Location TBD)

Session 5: December 2-4, 2015 (Twin Cities, Minnesota)

The Native Nations Team is available to answer your questions at or 651-379-2251.

DOI, Standing Rock sign agreement to reduce fractionation; Land Buy-Back program

Washington, DC – As part of President Obama’s continuing effort to help American Indian leaders build strong, resilient communities, Deputy Secretary of the Interior Mike Connor today announced the Department has signed a cooperative agreement with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of North and South Dakota to facilitate the purchase of individual interests in fractionated trust lands and consolidate ownership for the tribes with jurisdiction. In his historic visit to the Standing Rock reservation last month, President Obama underscored his commitment to help restore tribal homelands across Indian Country.

The Standing Rock reservation is the second most fractionated location in Indian Country, with nearly 230,000 purchasable fractional interests. Through the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations (Buy-Back Program), interested Indian landowners receive payments for voluntarily selling their land. Consolidated interests are immediately transferred to tribal governments and stay in trust for uses benefiting the tribes and their members. The cooperative agreement with the Standing Rock Tribe details what the tribal government will do to help implement the Buy-Back Program and provides resources to facilitate outreach and education, and solicit interest from owners.

“The fractionation of tribal lands has locked away resources and decision-making from tribal communities for many decades,” said Deputy Secretary Connor. “The Department remains committed to reaching as many interested landowners as possible, and our agreement with Standing Rock leaders will facilitate critical outreach on one of the most fractionated locations in Indian Country. This will ensure Indian landowners are aware of the Buy-Back Program, understand the opportunity to sell their fractional interests for the benefit of their tribal community, and have the assistance they need to make informed decisions and complete the process if they chose to sell. I look forward to our partnership and collective efforts.”

The Buy-Back Program is entering into cooperative agreements that are flexible and responsive to the specific needs and unique circumstances of each tribal government and location involved. The agreements showcase the active role that tribes can have, which is intended to improve the Buy-Back Program’s effectiveness and efficiency while minimizing administrative costs.

The Department recently announced 21 locations where land consolidation activities such as planning, outreach, mapping, mineral evaluations, appraisals or acquisitions are expected to take place through the end of 2015. These communities represent more than half of all the fractional interests and unique owners across Indian Country. To date, the Department has entered into cooperative agreements or other understandings with 12 of those locations.

“The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is pleased that a Cooperative Agreement with the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations has been approved and the Tribe will provide outreach services for the Land Buy-Back Program,” said Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II. “The Tribe has been providing land consolidation services to reduce fractionation for many years, either through exchange or purchase of fractionated interests; the Land Buy Back Program will help the Tribe with these efforts by providing the funding necessary to further complete the Tribes’ and Land Buy-Back Program’s objectives in reducing the fractionation of Indian lands. The acquisition of these fractionated interests will provide the Tribe with increased land base that may be utilized for purposes such as housing areas for Tribal members. The Tribe looks forward to working with the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations.”

Across Indian Country, more than 245,000 owners of 3 million fractionated interests, spanning about 150 Indian reservations, are eligible to participate in the Buy-Back Program. To date, the Buy-Back Program has made nearly 33,500 purchase offers to owners of fractionated interests, successfully concluded transactions worth more than $72 million and restored the equivalent of more than 203,000 acres of land to tribal ownership.

The Department’s outreach efforts have included several tribal members around the world. In fact, landowners on the most fractionated location – the Pine Ridge Reservation – reside in all 50 states as well as a handful of countries. Interior has spent much of this year working in partnership with the Oglala Sioux Tribe to communicate with landowners and has extended offers to more than 18,000 Pine Ridge landowners with purchasable interests representing 80 percent of the reservation’s landowners.

The Buy-Back Program was created to implement the land consolidation component of the Cobell Settlement, which provided $1.9 billion to consolidate fractional land interests across Indian Country. As part of the settlement, the Buy-Back Program continues to contribute to the Cobell Education Scholarship Fund, managed by the American Indian College Fund. Up to $60 million in contributions will be made to help open doors and create opportunities for current and future generations of Native college students. Contributions to the scholarship fund have so far exceeded $3 million.

Landowners with interests at Standing Rock can contact the Trust Beneficiary Call Center at (888) 678-6836 with questions or to register their information. Individuals can also visit their local Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians (OST) or Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) office, or find more information at: in order to make informed decisions about their land.

AmeriCorps increases presence in Tribal communities

CNCS announces record level of AmeriCorps members serving Native American communities

Washington, DC – July 16, 2014 – Building on its longstanding commitment to Native American communities, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) today announced $3 million in tribal AmeriCorps grants that will increase the number of AmeriCorps members serving tribal communities by 41 percent.

CNCS is awarding 17 grants to tribal organizations in 13 states to use national service as a solution to tackle pressing social and economic challenges. The grants will support 255 AmeriCorps members serving in tribal communities -- the largest number of grants and AmeriCorps members supported through tribal grants in the past decade. A complete list of awards can be found here.

The AmeriCorps investment is part of the Administration’s larger commitment to create lasting change in Indian Country by strengthening tribal communities through education and economic development.

AmeriCorps members will address a range of challenges, including tutoring and mentoring Native American youth, teaching nutrition and physical activity, preserving language and cultural heritage, protecting the environment, connecting veterans and their families to workforce resources, preparing for disasters, and tackling substance abuse issues.

In addition to the grant funding, CNCS is making available $1 million in Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards for AmeriCorps members funded by these grants. AmeriCorps members in these programs – most of who will come from Indian Country – will be eligible to earn the awards to pay for college or to repay student loans.

“Service has always been central to Native American culture, and we are proud to partner with tribal communities across the country to support their efforts to improve lives and expand economic opportunity,” said Corporation for National and Community Service CEO Wendy Spencer. “AmeriCorps members are an important resource for tribal communities. They make a positive and lasting difference in their communities and in their own lives, gaining skills and experience to jumpstart their careers. As we mark the 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps, we salute AmeriCorps members for their dedication, and thank our outstanding tribal partners who make their service possible.”

Tribal AmeriCorps members will engage in results-driven service to tackle a range of challenges, including:

In Arizona, the Gila River Indian Community will engage 15 AmeriCorps members to provide services to Native veterans and military families on the Gila River Reservation.

AmeriCorps members serving through a new program with the Round Valley Indian Tribes in California will restore lands, implement wildfire mitigation strategies, and lead an effort to remove and prevent illegal dumping of hazardous waste.

Through the Hoopa AmeriCorps program, 12 AmeriCorps members will help those who are elderly or have a disability continue to live independently on the Hoopa Indian Reservation in California.

The Hoopa Tribal Civilian Community Corps will enlist young people age 18-24 in short-term, high-impact service projects focused on disaster relief and conservation on the Hoopa Valley reservation and across the country.

The San-Diego based American Indian Recruitment Programs will engage AmeriCorps members in providing education and service learning activities to native youth of the Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel.

The Inter-Tribal Long Term Recovery Foundation will recruit, train, and support AmeriCorps members to provide disaster planning, response, and recovery services in Tribal lands in Southern California.

AmeriCorps members, serving with the San Pasqual Band of Diegueno Mission Indians in California, will provide tribal students in grades K-12 with educational support and mentoring services.

In Minnesota, AmeriCorps members will serve in preschools on the Red Lake Reservation to prepare children for Kindergarten and a successful academic career.

The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians will use AmeriCorps members, all aged 55 and over, to teach Choctaw cultural literacy activities to preschoolers and lead Choctaw language preservation activities in Tribal Early Childhood Education centers.

On the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota, Sitting Bull College-supported AmeriCorps members will provide GED tutoring and testing services to students.

AmeriCorps members serving the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska will support education at all stages of life, promoting early childhood literacy, providing GED tutoring, and leading parent education classes.

The Shiprock Chapter of the Navajo Nation will use AmeriCorps members to provide support workforce development and education outreach to the veterans and military family community. Additional AmeriCorps members will be responsible for conservation efforts.

Through an AmeriCorps Tribal Planning Grant, the Seneca Nation of Indians in New York will lay the groundwork for a disaster preparedness-focused AmeriCorps program.

To combat childhood obesity, AmeriCorps members will serve as healthy lifestyle coaches to at-risk youth, teaching nutrition and physical activity within the Osage Nation in Oklahoma.

In South Dakota, AmeriCorps members will help low-income adults on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation prepare for and obtain their GEDs.

On the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo reservation in Texas, AmeriCorps members will lead financial literacy and cultural language education efforts.

Working with the Lummi Nation National Resources Department, AmeriCorps members will protect and restore at-risk ecosystems across the Lummi Nation tribal lands in Washington.

Led by the Northwoods NiiJii Enterprise Community, AmeriCorps members will address substance abuse issues in the 11 federally recognized tribal nations of Wisconsin.

AmeriCorps engages more than 75,000 members in intensive service annually to serve through nonprofit, faith-based, and community groups at 25,000 locations across the country. This year marks the 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps. Since 1994, more than 830,000 Americans have provided more than 1 billion hours of service addressing critical challenges from poverty and hunger to disasters and the dropout crisis.


The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service and developing community solutions through its AmeriCorps, including VISTA and NCCC, Senior Corps, Social Innovation Fund, and other programs, and leads the President's national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit

From the White House blog –

AmeriCorps expands presence in Tribal communities

Posted by Jodi Gillette and Wendy Spencer – July 16, 2014 – During his June visit to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Nation in Cannonball, North Dakota, the President re-emphasized the Administration’s focus on strengthening Native American communities through education and economic development. Thus, as part of the Obama administration’s commitment to create lasting change in Indian Country, we are pleased to announce $3 million in AmeriCorps grants to support Native American communities.

These funds will bolster President Obama’s priorities for tribal communities and increase the number of AmeriCorps members serving these communities by 41 percent. AmeriCorps members serving in these programs – most of whom will be recruited from Indian Country – will be eligible to earn $1 million in education scholarships to help pay for college or repay their student loans -- putting them on track for greater economic opportunity in the future.

Through these 17 tribal grants – the highest number approved in the past decade – the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) will support more than 250 AmeriCorps members serving with tribal organizations in 13 states. AmeriCorps members will serve side-by-side with tribal elders and local leaders. They will work to tackle key issues facing Native American communities:

· In the Shiprock Chapter of the Navajo Nation, AmeriCorps members will provide workforce development services to veterans and their families while improving tribal lands and waterways.

· Choctaw Nation AmeriCorps members age 55 and older will mentor preschoolers and encourage daily use of the Tribe's native language, which is eroding with each passing generation.

· On the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in South Dakota, and the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska, AmeriCorps members help young adults complete their high school education by preparing them for GED testing.

· In the Osage Nation, AmeriCorps members will coach at-risk youth about nutrition and physical activity as a means to combat obesity and disease.

· Other AmeriCorps members will help tribal communities prepare for disasters, preserve the environment, or tackle the persistent issue of substance abuse.

This historic investment stands as a concrete example of the Administration’s dedication to strengthening Native American communities and to expanding AmeriCorps to create more opportunities for Americans to serve.


Jodi Gillette is the Senior Policy Advisor for Native American Affairs in the White House Domestic Policy Council.

Wendy Spencer is the CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Introduces Human Trafficking Prevention, Intervention, and Recovery Act

Washington, D.C. – July 17, 2014 – Rep. Kristi Noem today introduced the bipartisan Human Trafficking Prevention, Intervention, and Recovery Act (H.R.5135). The legislation works to better prevent and intervene when trafficking or attempted trafficking occurs while also opening up additional resources for survivors who are working to recover.

“My kids are my life and to think that thousands of teenagers just like them become victims of the trafficking industry every year is heartbreaking,” said Rep. Noem. “My hope is that this legislation will give caregivers, state law enforcement officers, and others more tools to prevent and intervene when necessary as well as offer survivors the resources they need to rise above the circumstances.”

Rep. Noem’s legislation, which has been co-sponsored by 29 Members of Congress thus far and endorsed by Shared Hope International, takes a three-pronged approach in combating human trafficking:

· Launches a review by the Interagency Task-Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking that will look into federal and state trafficking prevention activities. The review will be done in consultation with nongovernmental organizations and will work to identify and develop best practices to prevent trafficking.

· Requires an inventory of existing federal anti-trafficking efforts by the non-partisan Government Accountability Office to make sure all federal agencies and programs work together and that federal resources are being targeted where needed.

· Improves existing Department of Justice grants, allowing the grants to also support shelters for survivors. Currently, there are just 200 beds available in the United States for underage victims.

“The number one concern I’ve heard from anti-trafficking advocates in South Dakota is that there is a lack of shelters available to survivors,” said Rep. Noem. “We need to give kids a way out, but without a place to stay at night, it’s easier for these kids to turn back to their traffickers. My bill opens the door for local shelters to get the support they need to house survivors and get these young people started on their path to recovery.”

Rep. Noem has been a long-time leader on the issue of combatting trafficking in Congress. Noem currently serves on a congressional task force in charge of developing stronger legislative solutions and has been invited to participate in a congressional appropriations hearing on the issue. In May 2014, Rep. Noem helped lead the U.S. House of Representatives in passing a comprehensive package of bills that allocates more resources for survivors, offers more tools to go after traffickers and those that solicit the services of a trafficked individual, and puts policies in place that lawmakers hope will better prevent trafficking.

SWFCU annual meeting August 14th

The Sisseton-Wahpeton Federal Credit Union will hold its annual meeting on Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. in the SWO Tribal Elderly Center, Agency Village, SD.


*Financial report.

*Committee reports.

*Election of two (2) Board members.

*Other business.

*Door prize drawings.

Any member of the SWFCU, 21 years of age or older with knowledge about the Credit Union or willing to learn can run for a position by filing a notice at the Credit Union office by 4:00pm on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 and must be current on any obligations at the Credit Union.

To be eligible for the door prizes, you must be a member of the Credit Union by 4:30 p.m. on August 14, 2014 and current on any obligations to the Credit Union.

Ascension Church members

There will be special congregation meeting Sunday, July 27, 2014 after the regular morning worship services. Morning services start at 11:00 a.m.

The only item of business is the future of our church.

All church members are encouraged to attend.

Editorials –

Sota guest editorial –

Denying Child Refugees ignores shared history

By Justin Akers Chacon

(Published on Sunday, July 20, 2014 by The Progressive.)

We need to provide refuge for the children arriving from Central America.

Sending them back to the countries they are fleeing is contrary to the generous ethos of this country.

It also ignores the current and long-term causes of this migration, and the misbegotten U.S. policies that have helped fuel it.

In recent years, the drug war has flared out of control in Central America. While the majority of drug consumption occurs in the United States, the bulk of the violence takes place in Central America.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the homicide rate per 100,000 people in Mexico in 2012 was 21.5, while the rate in Guatemala was 39.9, in El Salvador 41.2, and in Honduras it was a whopping 90.4. (In the United States, it was 4.8.) There has also been a spike across the board in the number of children killed in this violence.

Since 2010, the Obama administration has funded the Central America Regional Security Initiative to arm allied Central American governments to suppress the drug trade.

To date, this initiative has provided nearly $1 billion in military equipment, training and support to fight the war, but has only increased internal violence without stopping drugs or the cartels. Homicide rates have increased nearly 100 percent since its implementation.

Cartels and criminal gangs have grown by recruiting or forcing displaced youth into their ranks. The fear of this conscription — along with the desire to reunite with family and to find work and security — explains the surge of youth fleeing to the United States in recent months.

But youth migration from this region is not new. Successive generations have come from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, where large populations have been displaced by conflicts and failed policies.

Migrants fled during the civil wars of the 1980s, which resulted from deep inequality and extreme poverty. Small oligarchies owned the land and kept national wealth within their families. These oligarchies were kept in power by the military, which the United States supported.

Under the guise of the Cold War, successive U.S. administrations provided more than $1 billion of aid to these repressive governments. The United Nations estimates that 75,000 people were killed in El Salvador and more than 200,000 in Guatemala, as the militaries conducted “dirty wars” against their own people.

Since the aftermath of the civil wars, the United States has imposed “free trade” policies on Central America. This has flooded these much smaller economies with U.S. imports, which have displaced farmers and workers, while enriching foreign corporations and local elites. With the implementation of the Central American and Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement in 2006, economic distress has accelerated.

As a result, hundreds of thousands of small farming families and urban poor have been pushed to migrate north to find work.

We can’t detach this history from the arrival of Central American refugees to the United States.

We shouldn’t send these children back to a violent fate. We should welcome them with open arms.


Justin Akers Chacon Justin Akers Chacon Justin Akers Chacon is a professor of U.S. history and Chicano studies in San Diego. He can be reached at

(Editor’s note: The murder rate in Honduras has special meaning to me, as my daughter spent 27 months working in an orphanage there – encouraging children and families to stay and help bring reform to their home villages and country. But sometimes the oppression and likelihood of being killed are so high that a risky journey to America is the only hope.)

Brief editorial comments from the editor’s desk –

On and Off the Lake Traverse Reservation

The second in a series of photo highlights from the 147th annual SWO July 4 Wacipi is in this edition of your Sota.

These pictures were taken by Stephanie Glaholm-Baxter, who returned to help out the Sota this summer.

Watch for photos from Bessie Genia and John Heminger in coming weeks.

Also, watch for reports of winners of specials from the Pow Wow Committee and families.

We will be building a 147th annual wacipi web photo gallery. Watch for it on our website.


Also included in this edition is a report on summaries of Tribal program reports included in the bound reports booklet distributed to Oyate who attended the June General Council.

This week we feature reports from DNGE and the casino general managers.

For complete information, contact your Tribal Council representative.


Tribal members running for Executive and Council positions have received their certification letters.

We expect to publish the names of those certified to run for office in next week’s Sota.

Best wishes to each and every one willing to stand up for a leadership position.


Thank you to Julie Watts for sharing information and photos of the Wac’ang’a work to prepare boys and young men to grow into adulthood with a healthy understanding of how girls and women should be treated with respect.

We’re glad to see this positive work continuing in our community.


Let us explain why readers haven’t heard any commentary from your editor about the Sisseton School Board for a few months.

That’s simply because there hasn’t been anything new to report concerning the impasse between Oyate parents/the Tribe and the Board.

The Board continues to refuse to honor the rule of law and cooperate in policy regarding use of Federal Impact Aid funds.

How can the Board justify its continued use of this money as its personal “slush fund?”

Well, because they are not going to comply even with the federal judge’s mandate to work cooperatively with the Tribe “until the lawsuit is settled.”

So at its meeting on June 20, the Board voted to transfer another $300,000 from Impact Aid to the General Fund.

Why? What for?

We guess … for whatever they want to use it for.


Please read our Legal notices section.

The Reservation Election Board has posted important information about the process for the primary and general elections.

You will also find information about how to make proposed amendment changes.

This week there is a link to election forms available online on the Tribe’s website:

Please note that for the first time, there will be automated balloting for the Tribe’s elections.

Watch for more information in coming weeks!



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Elder's Meditation:

"We were taught to believe that the Great Spirit sees and hears everything, and that He never forgets, that hereafter He will give every man a spirit-home according to his deserts: If he has been a good man, he will have a good home; if he has been a bad man, he will have a bad home." -- Chief Joseph, NEZ PERCE

I cannot hide my true spirit and intent from the Creator. He created a system of justice. This system of justice says we will get back whatever we plant. If we plant good then good returns - if we plant bad, then we will suffer the consequences. Whatever we think about another person, the same things are thought about us. Whatever we send out is sent back. Man cannot alter this system of justice. It doesn't matter what we say or do. What really matters is what we really, really did.

Oh Great Spirit, guide me today to do good, to have good thoughts. Let me remember the things I do are to honor Your way of life.


Words to consider (or, perhaps not!):

It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend. William Blake (1757 - 1827)

Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime. Teach a man to create an artificial shortage of fish and he will eat steak. Jay Leno (1950 - )

What can you say about a society that says that God is dead and Elvis is alive? Irv Kupcinet

There's no point in being grown up if you can't be childish sometimes. Doctor Who

The hardest thing to learn in life is which bridge to cross and which to burn. David Russell

Whatever you may be sure of, be sure of this, that you are dreadfully like other people. James Russell Lowell (1819 - 1891)

Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence. H. L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)


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Obituaries –

Notice of editorial policy

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Open letter to the Oyate

Guess what people? There’s a new game in town.

It’s called “Hide and Go Seek.”

I remember as a youngster it was really quite fun. In fact, we used to play the game at our old country school house. Of course, we had acres to hide in, many hills, neighbors’ farms, old abandoned buildings, etc. Yes, it was sure a lot of fun for us, but not for the teacher.

She finally outlawed the game, and we had to find a new game to play.

And you might know, the old game has resurfaced.

It is being played on a daily basis under the “big top.”

How this all came about, a friend of mine was in the middle of the rotunda, looking bewildered and a little disgusted.

He said, “Elwood, I’ve been trying to catch this one person to get some much-needed information.

“Wait,” he said, “there she goes” walking at a very fast pace, crossing the 50 yard line heading for quadrant “A.”

He pursued her into the reception area, only to find there was no one at the desk. He tried both doors and they were locked – for security reasons, I guess.

So he re-entered the main rotunda and said, “I guess I lost her somewhere in the inner circle.”

He kept an “eagle eye” on quadrant “A” but to no avail.

The next thing we knew, she re-appeared out of quadrant “B” and headed for home base.

By this time it was close to quitting time and he thought he had finally cornered her.

He left me then and re-entered quadrant “A.”

By this time, I could see there were two receptionists at their desk and they greeted my friend and told him that she had just left the building out the side door of the outer circle and would not be back til sometime next week.

Please stay tuned to the never-ending game of hide and go seek under the “big top.”

Sincerely, Elwood J. Greybuffalo Sr.

Art of Dale Aadland featured

Dale Aadland was born in Sisseton, South Dakota. As a young person he had an early affinity and tremendous facility for art. He attended summer art classes during his teenage years in Aberdeen, South Dakota, where he studied under Professor Lauver in the late 1970's.

During his early career Dale lived in Sisseton where he worked as a painter and was affiliated with some local Native American artists. Dale was encouraged by Harold Moore former curator of the Tekakwitha Fine Art Center to pursue an art degree at Minnesota State University Moorhead.

At the university Dale studied the old masters and contemporary artists. He took many foundation and advanced studio art courses. His attraction to Rembrandt and Caravaggio is evident in his work.

Dale received an opportunity grant in 1996 to travel and study Rembrandt's work. Dale says it was one of the high points in his life "When I was able to examine study and hold the Great Old Master's works."

Dale earned a five year BFA degree in Printmaking at MSUM. Professor Deborah Mae Broad was his professor and mentor, and because of her guidance Dale became an etcher. Currently his work is a reflection and expression of himself.

Dale is a two tour Iraq veteran, and his work exemplifies this unique combination of artist and soldier. His work is reminiscent of the World War I veteran artist Otto Dix. His intaglio etchings are in a number of college print collections, and he has sold work in the US and Europe.

Dale received a Master's Degree in Printmaking from the University of South Dakota. At USD he studied under Johntimothy Pizzuto, who helped Dale master the art of etching and achieve his goal of becoming a consummate master printmaker.

Dale's paintings have won the coveted Orville Stillwell award twice. Competition for the Stillwell award is extremely difficult and to win twice is rare and truly remarkable. Dale has won other juried competitions. His work has been on display regionally and he has participated in international showings.

Dale has taught college drawing and printmaking courses and he has served as a mentor for a number of professional and emerging artists.

Dale lives with his wife Rebecca on an acreage near Wilmot, SD. He loves to spend time with his grandkids and three basset hounds, Easy, Dot and Daisy.

(Editor’s note: His artwork is one facet of Dale’s life, but there is more. Among his other passions and pursuits is bringing to life Dakota culture and lifestyle. He is a maker of tipis and student/teacher of living on the land.)

Keith Lekness receives Governor's Certificate for Hospitality

For the second time in as many years, the Governor of the State of South Dakota awarded Keith Lekness, Interpreter at the Joseph N. Nicollet Tower and Interpretive Center, the Governor's Certificate for Hospitality. The award acknowledges people in South Dakota's visitor industry who provide outstanding service to visitors traveling in our state.

Lekness received congratulatory letters from Governor Dennis Daugaard , along with Jim Hagen, Secretary of the Department of Tourism, and Julie K. Ranum, President of the Governor's Tourism Advisory Board. The South Dakota Great Service award honors Keith Lekness for his outstanding performance in hospitality in customer service.

Governor Daugaard's letter reads in part, "South Dakota has a tradition of hospitality that comes naturally, and our visitors notice. Years ago, the Department of Tourism found a way to reward those individuals who are singled out by our visitors for going beyond what is expected…. I especially like the program because it recognizes people who take individual responsibility to care for those who are guests - even greeting visitors with a smile."

The South Dakota Great Service certificate is a symbol of the State of South Dakota's appreciation for providing our guests with outstanding hospitality.

Submitted by Elwood Greybuffalo Sr. –

“Our Time”

The “old Brooks building” played host to my business.

First of all, I must acknowledge the Catholic parish council, which played a very important role in development of the “Tekakwitha Enterprises, Inc.” with Father Baldus and Father Dummer.

Initally, the members were Darryl Rousseau, Saline Buckanaga, Beatrice Wanna, Sara Bird. The other workers were Lorraine Rousseau, Sharon Greybuffalo and later “Buddy” Bird.

The management of the Enterprise consisted of Gordy Bird and myself (as assistant manager).

Over the many years many of these mentioned tasted success:

JoAnne Bird, world famous artist.

Jackie Bird, singer, dancer and recording star.

Gordon, still an accomplished musician who now teaches music to his grandchildren.

There will be many re-writes on many of the others who have had their day in the “sun.”

The next article(s) will focus on economic development, the electronic factory, the “bag” factory and the paint corporation.

Stay tuned.

Reconstructing the Highway Trust Fund

By Rep. Kristi Noem

Our state has more than 80,000 miles of highways, roads, and streets. Maintaining them is an expensive and colossal project to undertake every year that requires funding from the federal, state, county, and city governments.

Much of the federal funding comes through the Highway Trust Fund, which is an account that was set up in the 1950s to support a number of the country’s transportation projects. Over the last decade, the Trust Fund has slowly run out of money and experts believe it could drop below a key threshold in August. The good news is that Congress and the White House are working together on a solution.

More specifically, the House passed legislation on July 15 to maintain the Trust Fund through May 2015. While the Senate hasn’t taken the bill up yet, the President has already said he supports the House proposal, meaning there’s a pretty good chance our bill - or something very close to it - will become law in the next few weeks and South Dakota road repairs can continue uninterrupted.

While this legislation solves the short-term problem, it still doesn’t make the Highway Trust Fund self-sustaining over the long-run.

It’s important to know that the Highway Trust Fund is currently funded through an 18.4 cent-per-gallon tax on gas and a 24.4 cent-per-gallon tax on diesel. Over the last few years, cars have become much more fuel efficient, people are buying smaller vehicles, and Americans have begun to drive less because of increased gas prices. This has decreased the number of gallons sold by about 4 percent since 2007. With a new mandate in place that requires 54.5 miles-per-gallon cars and light-duty trucks by 2025, demand will likely continue to fall.

As a result, the Highway Trust Fund has lost a portion of its revenue stream, forcing Congress to find different ways to fund hundreds of construction projects that support about 700,000 jobs.

For more than a half-century, the U.S. has believed we should prioritize infrastructure investments. After all, farmers and manufacturers use our transit system to bring products to market while workers, tourists, and families use it to get to work, the grocery store, or Mount Rushmore. I too would agree that making these projects a priority is important.

Band-Aid fixes aren’t the most effective or efficient way forward, but I supported the recent agreement because we need to start somewhere. We need to give states and the construction industry the certainty to know that if a contract is signed, payments will be made. And everyone else deserves to know that our bridges and roads will be safe.

If legislation is enacted that keeps the Highway Trust Fund viable through May, I believe Congress has a responsibility to use this time to confront the problem and find a way forward. For now, I’m confident South Dakota will finish this road-construction season strong before the snow flies a few months from now.

Social “helper” column dedicated to young generation Oyate –


By Sherielle “Shay” DuMarce

Dear Shay,

I am a single mother raising my child alone and pregnant with my second. I’m nauseous all the time and have tried many remedies but a friend of mine recently told me that a doctor told her to smoke marijuana to help with appetite.

Is this a real thing? I mean I personally wouldn't do it but I just can’t fathom the idea of being high/doing drugs while I’m pregnant. I guess I was raised with morals and taught that doing drugs is bad. But l guess my question would be, do these women honestly think this is a good thing to do?

Signed, Drug Free Mom.

Dear, Drug Free Mom,

Thank you for the question and yes I too have heard people make these claims but I also heard these people make the claim smoking marijuana while you’re pregnant makes their kids smart which is a False assumption.

In all honestly that whole "a doctor recommended it" scenario is bologna.

A real doctor would give you nausea medication! No doctor, who has a PhD in medicine, would recommend illegal drugs to his pregnant patients but that's just my opinion. Times are changing though with the legalization of medical marijuana but regardless I still wouldn't use it while pregnant for the sake of my child.

There are many wives tales that people think are good to use while pregnant, the one most common was drinking a glass of wine. Of course this was before they realized the effects on the fetus such as Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Mental/ learning disabilities. So see not all things people tell you to do are a good idea but in my opinion its, for lack of a better word, idiotic.

And I honestly do not believe that it’s a good thing but some women actually believe that marijuana makes their children smarter/calmer/whatever it may be but everyone has their own opinions and some may agree with it but I don't. This whole "trend" or whatever you want to call it is ridiculous. It’s basically like believing someone if they said, "smoke meth while you’re pregnant, it will help your child grow." Would people do it? Probably, because some people are just gullible and naïve.

In conclusion, no illegal drug is good during pregnancy and that goes for some prescription medications as well. Ask your Doctor first before trying any remedy and please, to all the pregnant mothers out there ...use your common sense! Do not listen to the ones who have no children, or who do but don't take care of any of them or are drug users themselves because chances are anything they say is not right. I apologize for being so blunt but on a topic like this I will not sugar coat it. Thank you and I hope this answered your question.

Respectfully Shay.

Local youth participate in Prevention Science Training

Thirteen youth and four adults of the communityu participated in a unique training opportunity on July 9th and 10th. The training was sponsored by Aliive-Roberts County. Both youth from the Aliive-Roberts County Youth Council and representatives from Waubay and Summit High Schools were in attendance. A special thank you to Jo Roberts and Robert Rencountre in assuring that youth from the Waubay and Summit area were able to attend this training!

Lead & Seed is a youth empowered, environmental approach to preventing and reducing alcohol, tobacco and drugs in a community. Lead & Seed is a reviewed drug prevention program included in the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices.

Phase I, LEAD, is the "Instructional Phase" when the two-day, 12-hour, training is delivered. The training affects individual change, in an effort to transform individual adolescent knowledge, attitude and skills. It is during this instruction that youth leaders (and the adults who support them) explore the specific causes and solutions for underage drinking, teen tobacco use or drugs in their community. The trained team selected strategies and activities that they believe will work where they live, work and play. Their selected activities are based on their Theory of Change applied to the demographics and factors of their specific area. Their selected activities will yield environmental outcomes and will make changes in local policy, practice and procedures. Phase II, SEED, occurs during the months following the training. This is the Community Action Phase. During that time period, the action plans and strategies developed during the Lead & Seed training are implemented. The program configuration of conducting the training first and then implementing the plans is effective because participants are provided with the tools they need to localize and take charge of their own efforts and outcomes. Phase II begins the process of "population-level" change. The adult role is to support and assist the youth leaders in attaining their goals. The Lead & Seed vision is a community whereby adults enforce anti-drug policies, procedures and laws, support drug-free choices for minors and empower youth with the leadership, efficacy, advocacy, empowerment and environmental skills that enable them to lead healthy, productive and drug-free lifestyles. The mission of Lead & Seed is to reduce and prevent underage alcohol consumption, teen tobacco use and drug use at the individual and population level by empowering youth and adults with the knowledge and strategies they need to build human, technical and financial capacities, build leadership skills, and use print, broadcast and electronic media effectively. It was this integration of the Lead and Seed mission and vision statements with Aliive-Roberts County's that made this training opportunity such a compelling opportunity for our youth.

Stay tuned for the implementation of local projects that were developed by the youth trained!

The Prairie Doc Perspective —

The Mystery of Parkinson's Disease

By Richard P. Holm M.D.

Parkinson's disease is one of those unfair illnesses. Actually a group of conditions affecting movement, Parkinson's disease results from different kinds of injuries to a specific part of the brain. Although many believe it takes a genetic tendency plus some environmental assault to cause it, still we don't know why some get Parkinson's and some don't.

To better understand this mystery, the following are examples of known and definable causes for the brain injury:

At the time of the 1918 influenza lung epidemic, there was a form of that same viral infection, which attacked the brain, resulting in what was commonly called "the sleeping sickness." Millions were affected and in some a Parkinson's-like movement disorder appeared years later. The book and movie entitled "Awakenings" by famous neurologist Oliver Sacks played by Robin Williams described this story.

Sometimes a Parkinson's-like condition follows severe or repeated physical trauma to the brain such as what happens in boxing. Mohamed Ali is one who struggles with the consequences of repeated brain injury manifesting in tremors, rigidity, the slowing down of spontaneous movement, and a loss of mental acuity also called dementia pugilistica.

The long-term side effect of certain toxins can result in a Parkinson's-like condition. Examples include manganese dust exposure, which can occur in mining or in the steel industry; carbon disulfide exposure, which can occur in the Rayon fabric industry; and carbon monoxide poisoning, which can result from burning anything in an enclosed space.

In the 1980s in California, a small group of heroin addicts took an illicit street drug contaminated with a chemical called MPTP, which resulted in a severe Parkinson's-like movement disorder. Scientists took this unfortunate discovery to simulate Parkinson's disease in lab animals, which has greatly increased the understanding of Parkinson's.

At this time however the cause for most cases of Parkinson's disease still remains a mystery. It is one of those unjust illnesses that can occur in any one of us and at any time for no reason that we can define.

Let us hope research moves forward to find ways to protect us.


Dr. Rick Holm wrote this Prairie Doc Perspective for "On Call®," a weekly program where medical professionals discuss health concerns for the general public. "On Call®" is produced by the Healing Words Foundation in association with the South Dakota State University Journalism Department. "On Call®" airs Thursdays on South Dakota Public Broadcasting-Television at 7 p.m. Central, 6 p.m. Mountain. Visit us at

Ripple Effect –

Flood Protection: It takes all three

We know it as fact. Floods are not an aberration in the Red River basin but a typical part of the basin’s normal weather fluctuations.

Finding solutions to flooding in this large basin of 25 million acres with its variety of land uses—agriculture, wetlands, forests and wildlife habitat, and urban settlements—is not easy. The situation is made even more complex by the basin’s multiple state and international jurisdictions.

In working through the complexities, it is helpful to look to guides that have whole basin perspective. The most recent of these, the 2011 study, Long Term Flood Solutions for the Red River Basin (LTFS), concludes that no single approach can adequately address flood damage in the basin. Rather, it takes cooperative planning and action around three “cornerstone” strategies: 1) maximizing nonstructural solutions, 2) providing local protection, and 3) retaining flood waters during peak flood flows.

Maximizing Nonstructural Solutions

This strategy recognizes the important role of channel banks, as well as the natural role of lands near streams and rivers of carrying excess waters during large flood events. The method would attempt to keep these areas free of uses and structures that damage channels or impede the work of transporting flood waters.

The basin’s exceptionally broad basin bottom and its history of settlements infringing into floodplain areas pose considerable challenge to the basin. Remediation, such as ‘buyouts,’ has been necessary. Today regulatory entities are taking closer looks at elevations of proposed developments to avoid repeating mistakes of the past.

Providing Local Projection

This strategy complements nonstructural measures by providing local protection to areas not feasible to relocate out of potential damage areas—from farmsteads to urban centers. Methods include ring dikes, levees and/or diversions of a type and size appropriate to potential damage in the protected area.

Local protection is not failsafe—levees in particular can fail or be overtopped. However, local protection can be put into place relatively quickly, offering timely protection for critical areas.

Retaining Flood Waters

The goal of retention is to develop sufficient detention capacity in the basin to reduce peak flow levels during floods. Achieving this capacity will take decades to achieve and is thus meant to supplement rather than replace the first two strategies.

Once achieved, modest but important positive impacts could be felt by many parts of the basin in both cities and agricultural areas. This strategy is being met with interest across the basin and has early support via the 2014 US farm bill.

Until the next Ripple Effect, The Red River Basin Commission (RRBC).


The RRBC is a grassroots organization that is chartered not-for-profit corporation under the provisions of Manitoba, North Dakota, Minnesota, and South Dakota law. Our offices in Fargo, ND and Winnipeg, MB can be reached at 218-291-0422 and 204-982-7254, or you can check out our website at

Youth, school activities highlights –

Education watch on the Lake Traverse Reservation

Final week of ESDS Summer Academic Program

By Rebecca Dargatz

School/Community Director

Enemy Swim Day School

This is the last week of Summer Academic Program here at Enemy Swim Day School.

It has been a wonderful summer with the students and we have made lots of memories. Kindergarten have prepared to start their first year here with Mrs. Ryan and Miss Brenda.

Students have explored many different styles of art with Anndell in the Art Room.

We have kept healthy with physical activities in the gym and on the playground with Dee, Jordee, and Lisa.

Shobi has kept the students reading throughout the summer with our Summer Reading Program in the library.

And we are always working on our academics to be the best we can be with Sam, Ms. Button, and Ms. Jorgenson!

We look forward to seeing all of our students in August when school starts on the 20th!

Toksta Ake!

Waubay School Changing, Not Closing

Like most school districts in South Dakota, the Waubay School District has been going through serious budget issues over the past few years. With the State wide budget cuts districts endured in 2010, Federal budget cuts to education along with declining enrollment in the district, Waubay School is dealing with major budget issues.

With an estimated $700,000 deficit in the General Fund Budget for the upcoming budget year and declining reserve funds, the Waubay Board of Education had to make some tough decisions this spring to ensure a balanced budget while still being able to provide a quality education to the students of the district. The Board proposed approximately $200,000 in cuts to the general fund and proposed a three year opt-out to the general fund for $300,000 per year. The main cuts in the general fund budget were eliminating the Ag program, the part-time art program, going to one district principal and reduction in the secretarial position.

After holding two public meetings to discuss the budget shortfall and options going forward, the Board voted for the three year opt-out and approved the cuts. Once there was no petition from the public to take the opt-out to a public vote, the opt-out became official and the cuts were made.

"Nobody on the Board, staff, students or community is happy about any of the cuts," said Dean Jones, Waubay Superintendent/Principal, "however when you are looking at the deficit we are facing some things had to go and elective programs unfortunately are the casualties."

Like all schools across the country, Waubay will be looking at offering more classes online, giving the students opportunities to take classes small schools are not able to offer on their own. "More and more, students are going to find themselves taking classes online in college or tech school," commented Jones. "Even when the students get into their jobs or careers, classes and trainings are becoming more prevalent online so for students to get a taste of online learning in high school is not necessarily a bad thing."

In the end, the Waubay school is going through some major changes in the way it does its business in educating the students of the district, however closing the school is NOT happening anytime soon.

Waubay Pre-K and Kindergarten Fall Registration

The Waubay School is taking registrations for students entering Kindergarten and Pre-K this fall. To be in Kindergarten, the student needs to be 5 years old by September 1st. Kindergarten runs all day-everyday. To be in Pre-K, the student needs to be 4 years old by September 1st. Pre-K runs 2 days a week, (Tuesday and Thursday) all day.

You may register your child Monday thru Thursday at the Business Office at the Waubay School during office hours 9:00am to 3:00 pm. Please bring a Copy of Birth Certificate and Copy of current Immunization Records. If you have any questions, please contact the Waubay School at 947-4529.

Any students grades K-12 new to the Waubay School can also register during the same time.

Divorcing? Protect Your Finances, Personal Data

By Jason Alderman

No doubt you've seen many warnings against sharing personal or financial information with strangers, but what about your spouse – or ex-spouse? A recent study by McAfee uncovered some unsettling results:

Although 96 percent of adults surveyed trust their significant other with passwords, intimate photos and other personal content, only 32 percent have asked their ex to delete the information when ending the relationship. One in five people said they're likely to log into their spouse's Facebook account at least once a month. Some 30 percent admitted they'd "cyber-stalked" their significant other's ex on social media. Given the high rate of divorce and how frequently marriages end acrimoniously, it's not a big leap to think that a scorned lover could severely damage your credit and reputation. If you're getting divorced, here are some important legal, financial and privacy considerations:

If you and your spouse are in complete agreement on how you wish to divide assets and settle debts, you may be able get by with a do-it-yourself divorce kit. It's still wise to have a divorce attorney review the forms to make sure you haven't overlooked anything.

If your separation is more complicated but relatively amicable, you may also want to try collaborative divorce, mediation or arbitration:

Collaborative divorce. Both parties retain a lawyer and the four of you hash out an agreement outside the courtroom. You each control the final agreement instead of having to abide by a judge's decision. Mediation. You each have lawyers but hire a third-party mediator to work through differences on critical issues. Mediators don't have the legal authority to impose final decisions. Arbitration. Like mediation, except that the arbiter hands down a binding agreement by which you each must abide. If you can't settle out of court, be prepared to possibly pay many thousands of dollars in attorney and court fees. Ask around for referrals to lawyers who specialize in divorce.

You may also want to consult a financial planning professional for advice on how to fairly divide property, calculate child support and ensure you're sufficiently insured, as well as explain Social Security and retirement plan implications.

To protect your credit status, close joint bank and credit card accounts and open new ones in your own name; otherwise, an economically struggling or vindictive ex-spouse could amass debt in your name and ruin your credit. If your ex retains the house or car, make sure your name is taken off the loan so you're not responsible if they flake on payments.

Be sure all closed accounts are paid off, even if you must transfer balances to your new account and pay them off yourself. That's because late or unmade payments by either party on a joint account – open or closed – will damage both of your credit scores.

Check your credit reports before, during and after the divorce to make sure you're aware of all outstanding debts and to ensure that all joint accounts were properly closed. The three major credit bureaus, Equifax, Experian and TransUnion, don't always list the same accounts, so to be safe, order credit reports from each.

Change all passwords, PINs, and other information your ex could use to access your electronic devices and financial, email and social media accounts. Also, don't email or post malicious or revealing information that could be damaging if presented in court.

Bottom line: Divorce can be a painful experience to live through. Don't make it worse by not protecting your own financial interests.


Jason Alderman directs Visa's financial education programs. To Follow Jason Alderman on Twitter:

Garden Corner

By Eric Hanssen

Browns Valley, Minnesota

Dutch elm disease is beginning to showing up across the state. The symptoms of Dutch elm disease (DED) are wilting and browning leaves, often throughout the canopy but sometimes restricted to the length of an individual branch or limb. They trees expressing symptoms now were probably infected last year or even several years ago, sometimes via root grafts with nearby DED-infested trees that were not promptly removed. These early expression of symptoms are not usually due to new infections carried in by beetles. The symptoms of new infections started by beetle-carried spores generally occurs in July and are often limited, at least initially to the leaves at the tips of branches turning yellow and wilting. Bark beetles and root grafts are the means by which the fungus spreads from host to host. The most effective community-wide effort is to quickly identify and remove DED-infested trees. The sooner infested trees are removed, the less likely the surrounding healthy elms will become infected. Individual, healthy trees can be protected from the disease by root-flare injections of either Arbortect or Alamo fungicides though these must be repeated every two to three years. The injections can be done by commercial tree companies.

Powdery mildew is appearing on lilacs in many areas of the state. This a very common disease of lilacs but powdery mildews can occur on many different plants including grapes, roses and Virginia-creeper. Powdery mildew appear as white to grayish spots or patches on the leaf that often contain small pin-size black dots. These symptoms usually occur on the upper leaf surface. They also are more common on plants that are crowded and shaded, locations that provide the high relative humidity need for the disease to develop. Since the disease occurs mostly on crowded plantings, the best solution is to selectively prune out plants to provide better air circulation and lower the humidity. There are also many fungicide labeled for control of this disease but these need to be applied every 10-days throughout the growing season or at least throughout the hot, humid summer weather.

The ash leaf curl aphid, also known as the woolly ash aphid is showing up across the state again as it does every summer at this time. The symptoms are curled leaves forming rosettes at the ends of ash shoots; particularly the rapid growing terminal shoots of young trees. If you unfolded the leaves you’ll find little “fuzz balls” that are aphids. You might also find lady beetle larvae that are feeding on the insects. Control is usually either letting it be – since any treatment will not uncurl the leaves and the lady beetles do a pretty good job of control – or acephate (Orthene Systemic Insect Control) since this is a foliage systemic treatment and will kill the aphids as they feed. Most other insecticides are contact poisons and will not reach the aphids living inside the curls. A soil drench systemic insecticide will not be absorbed fast enough to provide any control for the aphids this year but a spring application next year can prevent the problem from occurring next summer.

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



Request for Proposals

Tile Removal and Replacement with Carpet Tiles

General Information / Introduction:

Tiospa Zina is seeking proposals from qualified Contractors to replace existing floor tile in two elementary classrooms that are approximately 23' X 31' with professional quality 24" X 24" carpet squares. The Contractor will be responsible for safely removing old floor tile.

Scope of Work:

1. The removal and proper disposal of all existing floor tiles.

2. The proper preparation of all surfaces prior to the installation of the new carpet tiles. The cement surfaces may need to be sanded.

3. Closely examine all floor and wall surfaces for imperfections. Any that are in question or will affect the quality of the work must be brought to the School's attention.

4. Install approved carpet tile squares in the designated areas of the facilities. Approved carpet squares must be 100% nylon, yarn dyed, textured loop in a blue pattern. Also requesting one extra box of carpet squares for future replacement purposes.

5. Workmanship shall be of the highest quality.

6. All work including disposal, shall be performed in accordance with all applicable Tribal, state and federal (BIA facilities) regulations. In addition, all safety precautions noted on manufacturer's data sheets and labels shall be observed by the Contractor's employees and sub-contractors.

7. Contractor shall be responsible to provide storage for equipment and materials if needed.

8. Contractor shall be responsible for requesting prompt clarification when instructions are lacking or the procedure is not clearly understood.

Cleaning and Touch-up:

1. Trash or debris should be prevented from collecting or being spread across the job site during course of the work.

2. Remove all equipment, surplus materials, and debris from job site daily and at the completion of work.

3. Carefully remove any spattering, spots or blemishes on tiles or painted surfaces.


Work may be performed during normal business hours, after hours and weekends.


Contractor is responsible for any tile cracking, fading, and loss of adhesion for a period of one (1) year.

Project Schedule

RPF RELEASE July 15, 2014



Submit proposals to Dr. Nadine Eastman

Fax (605) 698-7686




Contract Services: Gym Floor Finish

Tiospa Zina Tribal School is requesting proposals for a contractor to prep and apply 3 coats of water base finish to the main gym floor. The job must be completed by August 8, 2014.

Bids will be accepted until 3:00 pm on July 23, 2014. Bids are to be delivered to:

Mike Carlson, Athletic Director Tiospa Zina Tribal School

PO Box 719

Agency Village, SD 57262

Or via Email to

Tiospa Zina Tribal School is seeking bid proposals from qualified contractors to prep and apply 3 coats of water base finish to the gym floor. The gym floor is approximately 8875 square feet. The contractor will be responsible for preparing the gym floor for application of the water base finish, and for applying 3 coats of water base finish to the gym floor. The contractor will be expected to perform the highest quality of work. The contractor will be responsible for any and all damages that occur as a result of incompetent or low quality workmanship. It will be the contractor's responsibility to request prompt clarification when instructions are lacking or not clearly understood. The contractor must possess a SWO business license. Any questions should be addressed to Mike Carlson, Athletic Director Tiospa Zina Tribal School 605-880-0488, or emailed to

Tiospa Zina Tribal School is an Indian Preference Employer and follows SWO TERO Ordinance.






CASE NO: H-14-549-345



NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Petitioner’s request for a change of name from Rebekah Anne Anderson to Rebekah Anne Cloud shall be heard before the Honorable B.J. Jones, Judge of Tribal Court, in the Courtr4oom of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Tribal Court at Agency Village, South Dakota at 10:30 a.m. on the 18th day of July 2014.

Dated this 30th day of June 2014.


B.J. Jones, Tribal Court Judge


Eileen Pfeiffer, Clerk of Courts






CASE NO: D-14-433-228








Take notice that a hearing will be held at the above named Court, Agency Village, outside the city of Sisseton,

County of Roberts, South Dakota, on the of 6th day of AUGUST 2014 at the hour of 3:00 P.M or as soon

thereafter as possible.

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

Petition describing the matter.

Dated this 7th day of July 2014.


/s/ BJ Jones     


ATTEST: Eileen Pfeiffer

Clerk of Courts







CASE: D-14-502-297




And concerning:



NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Petitioner's request for a change of name from OMARIYA IVORY RAIN DUMARCE to OMARIYA IVORY RAIN BERNARD shall be heard before the Honorable Lenor Scheffler, Associate Judge of Tribal Court, in  the Courtroom of the Sisseton Wahpeton Tribal Court at Agency Village, South Dakota at 11:00 A.M. on the 21st day of AUGUST, 2014.

Dated this 16th day of July, 2014.


/s/ B.J. Jones, CHIEF JUDGE









CASE: D-14-503-298





NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Petitioner's request for a change of name from CESELY NIKCOLE RENVILLE TO CESLY NICOLE DUMARCE shall be heard before the Honorable Lenor Scheffler, Associate Judge of Tribal Court, in  the Courtroom of the Sisseton Wahpeton Tribal Court at Agency Village, South Dakota at 11:30 A.M. on the 21st day of AUGUST, 2014.

Dated this 16th day of July, 2014.


/s/ B.J. Jones, CHIEF JUDGE




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Huge Garage Sale

Saturday, July 26th

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USD TRIO Vacancy

The University of South Dakota TRIO Educational Talent Search Program invites applications for a full-time Advisor. This position serves 7th-12th grade students in the Sisseton area. TRIO Educational Talent Search assists middle and high school participants with preparation for postsecondary education. Successful applicants will have a Bachelor’s degree in education, social services, counseling, or related field as well as experience teaching, tutoring, or advising. To view the full announcement or to apply, visit For assistance or accommodation, contact 605-677-5671. EEO/AA



Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate

Job Openings

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

Security Officer, Administration Building

Custodian, Administration Building

Teacher, Head Start

Teacher Aide (3 positions), Head Start

Closing Date: July 25, 2014 @ 04:30 PM

Research Specialists, Tribal Education Department

Van Driver/Janitor, Tribal Elderly

MSPI Prevention Specialist, Dakotah Pride

Teacher (6), Early Head Start

Disabilities & Special Needs Manager, Head Start

Closing Date: August 1, 2014 at 4:30 p.m.

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)


Tiospa Zina Tribal School

Employment Opportunities

2014-2015 School Year Vacancies:

Vacancy: Bus Monitor ($13.00/hr) Qualifications: High School Diploma or General Education Degree; willing to obtain CRP and First Aid Certification. Opening Date: December 23, 2013 Closing Date: Open until filled

Vacancy: Special Education Teacher (Elementary, Middle School, and High School) Sign-on Bonus Qualifications: Current South Dakota Certification meeting the Highly Qualified status for a Special Education Teacher Opening Date: March 7, 2014 Closing Date: Open until filled

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

Vacancy: Alternative Learning Center Teacher Qualifications: Current South Dakota Certification meeting the Highly Qualified status for a Secondary Teacher Opening Date: July 1, 2014 Closing Date: Open until filled

Vacancy: Kitchen Supervisor Qualifications: High School Diploma/GED, 1 year of successful supervisory experience, and willing to obtain State School Food Service Training and Certification.? Opening Date: May 16, 2014 Closing Date: Open until filled

Vacancy: School Counselor Qualifications: Current South Dakota Certification meeting the Highly Qualified status for a School Service Specialist School Counselor Opening Date: May 23, 2014 Closing Date: Open until filled

Vacancy: School Bus Driver Qualifications: High School Diploma/GED, Current South Dakota Certified School Bus Drivers License with both passengar and air brakes endorsements, and willing to complete annual school bus training. Opening Date: May 28, 2014 Closing Date: Open until filled

Vacancy: School Social Worker Qualifications: Current South Dakota Certification meeting the Highly Qualified status for a School Service Specialist School Social Worker Opening Date: May 28, 2014 Closing Date: Open until filled

Vacancy: Dishwasher/Clerk Qualifications: High School Diploma or GED Opening Date: May 30, 2014 Closing Date: Open until filled

2014-2015 Extra Curricular Vacancies: Vacancy: Technology Mentor (High School) Qualifications: GED/High School Diploma with knowledge and skills to assist staff with minor technology questions and needs as needed throughout the school day. If interested please submit an application and Adviser Questionnaire to the Human Resources Department at Tiospa Zina Tribal School. Opening Date: April 11, 2014 Closing Date: Open until filled

Vacancy: Head Cross Country Coach

Vacancy: Assistant Volleyball Coach

Vacancy: Assistant Girls Basketball Coach

Qualifications for Above Listed Coaching Assignments: GED/High School Diploma, and must meet 2014-2015 SDHSAA coaching requirements at the time that your applications is submitted. Those requirements are to complete the following courses through the National Federation of High School Sports (NFHS): Fundamentals of Coaching, First Aid and Safety for Coaches, and Concussion in Sports – What you need to know. If interested please submit an application and coaching applicant questionnaire to the Human Resources Department at Tiospa Zina Tribal School. Closing Date: Open until filled

Vacancy: 7th/8th Grade Girls Basketball Coach?

Vacancy: (2) 8th Grade Class Adviser

Vacancy: AISES Adviser (American Indian Science and Engineering Society)

Vacancy: Close-Up Foundation Adviser

Vacancy: Destination Imagination Adviser

Vacancy: (2) Junior Class Adviser

Vacancy: (3) Senior Class Adviser

Vacancy: Military Club Adviser

Vacancy: Middle School Student Council Adviser

Vacancy: Rodeo & Riding Club Adviser

Qualifications for the Above Listed Coaching/Adviser Assignments: GED/High School Diploma. If interested please submit an application and Adviser Questionnaire to the Human Resources Department at Tiospa Zina Tribal School. 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 Magic Casino

Job Openings

Smoke/Gift Shop Department: Clerk (4 Full-Time) Rotating

Support Services Department: Grounds Keepers (2 Full-Time) Seasonal (Golf)

Surveillance Department: Observer (Full-Time) Rotating

Foods Department Dishwasher (2 Full-Time) Day, Swing

Count Department Team Member (Full-Time) 3am to finish

Closing Date: July 25, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.

Starting Wage: D.O.E.

High School Diploma or GED required for most positions

Two identifications documents required upon hire

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


Dakota Magic Casino

Job Openings

Purchasing Department: Clerk I (Full-Time) Day shift Computer Skills, Knowledge in Microsoft Excel Must have excellent communication skills (oral & written) Strong interpersonal & persuasive skills Able to lift 50lbs multiple times Able to stand for extended periods of time Able to walk across the layout of the property multiple times daily.

Closing Date: July 25, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.

Starting Wage: D.O.E.

High School Diploma or GED required for most positions

Two identifications documents required upon hire

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


Dakota Magic Casino

Job Openings

Position: Manager (Full-Time)

Job Description: Manager supervises and directs the overall functions of the Foods department.

Closing Date: July 25, 2014 @4:00 p.m. Starting Wage: D. O. E. AA degree in Culinary Arts required. 3 years Manager experience required. 2 years experience in Food service or related field required. Knowledge of Gaming rules, operational procedures and customer development. Knowledge of business practices such as budgeting, expense control, staffing, and training.

Starting Wage: D.O.E.

High School Diploma or GED required for most positions

Two identifications documents required upon hire

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


Dakota Sioux Casino & Hotel

Job Openings

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

CAGE: MAIN BANK CASHIER (FULL-TIME) SWING/GRAVEYARD GENERAL FUNCTION: Responsible for the proper usage and accuracy of appropriate transactions, reporting forms and cage summary sheets, vault and main bank inventory sheets and reconciliation reports. REQUIREMENTS: High school diploma or GED equivalent. Cage Cashier experience preferred. Ability to stand for long periods of time. Able to lift 25 lb., several times throughout shift. Available to work all shifts (Day, Swing and Graveyard). Total accountability for imprest bank. Computer knowledge helpful. Must obtain a Key Gaming License upon hire.

SECURITY: SECURITY OFFICER (4 Full-Time) ROTATING GENERAL FUNCTION: The security officer protects company assets and provides a safe environment for customers and employees. Exhibit a friendly, helpful and courteous manner when dealing with the customers and employees. Maintains security activities and performs credit transactions adhering to company, Tribal, State and Federal guidelines. Work closely with Casino & Hotel Management. REQUIREMENTS: High School Diploma or GED equivalent. Must have basic computer skills. Ongoing training through Dakota Nation Gaming Enterprise and respective security department policy and procedures. Medical aid training in CPR and First Aid. Complete departmental training program including CPR, first aid, and TAM. Must complete a 90 day probation period. Must be licensable by SWO Gaming Commission. Must be able to work irregular hours. Must be dependable, punctual, some knowledge in handheld radios, and writing reports. Law Enforcement or Security background useful. Must not have a felony on your record. Must be physically fit and able to lift 40+ lbs. Must complete all security certifications within a year of hire in accordance with the Gaming Commissions rules and regulations.

This position will close on July 23, 2014 at 4 pm.

Indian Preference will apply/EEO.

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

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


Dakota Sioux Casino & Hotel

Job Openings

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


COOK II (3 FULL-TIME) GENERAL FUNCTION: The purpose for this position is to assist the Cook I, Cook III and shift supervisor. Safely prepare quality food products for customers and employees. Maintain interpersonal communications to ensure the smooth operation of the property and promote the highest degree of customer satisfaction. REQUIREMENTS: High school diploma or GED equivalent. One year of industrial cooking. Stooping, bending and standing for long periods of time, or lifting up to 50 lbs. Must be able to work night shifts and weekends. Cooking and food handling experience is required. Must obtain a Non-Gaming License upon hire.

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

 DELI COOK (1 FULL- TIME) GENERAL FUNCTION: To prepare individual meals using grill, fryers, and broilers according to customers request. REQUIREMENTS: High school diploma or GED equivalent. Must have one year cooking experience. Able to stand for long periods of time. Ability to lift at least 35 lbs. Must be able to work even shifts and weekend morning shifts. Cooking and food handling experience is required. Must obtain a Non-Gaming License upon hire.

These positions will close on July 23, 2014 at 4 pm.

Indian Preference will apply/EEO.

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

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


Dakota Sioux Casino & Hotel

Job Openings

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


FRONT DESK CLERK/NIGHT AUDITOR (1 FULL- TIME) GRAVEYARD GENERAL FUNCTION: Staffs the Front Desk to attend to the needs of the guests throughout their stay. REQUIREMENTS: High School Diploma or GED. Preferred hotel and or accounting experience or equivalent of three to six months related experience and/or training. Excellent interpersonal skills, both in person and on the telephone. Must meet the requirement of a non-gaming license upon hire.

PORTER: PORTER (4 FULL-TIME) GENERAL FUNCTION: Serves as janitorial/housekeeping staff for guests and casino operations. REQUIREMENTS: Physical mobility throughout the facility and surrounding grounds. Able to lift 40 to 50 lbs. Must obtain Non Gaming License upon hire.

These positions will close on July 24, 2014 at 4 pm.

Indian Preference will apply/EEO.

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

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


Dakota Sioux Casino & Hotel

Job Openings

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

SECURITY: SECURITY SERGEANT (1 Full-Time) ROTATING GENERAL FUNCTION: Supervises security personnel on shift. Safeguards company assets. Supervisor will assist Security Director in training officers. The security officer protects company assets and provides a safe environment for customers and employees. Exhibit a friendly, helpful and courteous manner when dealing with the customers and employees. Maintains security activities and performs credit transactions adhering to company, Tribal, State and Federal guidelines. Work closely with Casino & Hotel Management. REQUIREMENTS: Must have a high school diploma or G.E.D. equivalent. Must not have a felony on their record. Should have some type of law enforcement background. Supervisory experience is necessary, In-house security background will be considered. Must be physically fit and able to lift 40+ lbs. Capable of doing scheduling and administrative paperwork. Must obtain a Key Gaming License upon hire.

This position will close on July 30, 2014 at 4 pm.

Indian Preference will apply/EEO.

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

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


Dakota Connection Casino

Job Openings

Restaurant Department: Prep Cook/Cook (3) full-time, rotating shifts, day, and swing, includes weekends & holidays. Previous experience is preferred. Must be able to multi-task; have the ability to work under pressure; the ability to operate necessary equipment; knowledge of food preparation safety requirements; physical ability to clean, lift heavy object up to 20 lbs or more, and restock inventory. Have the physical ability to stand for prolonged periods of time. Must be at least 18 years old & must have a High School diploma or GED.

Opening date: Thursday, July 17, 2014

Closing date: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 @ 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.


Dakota Connection Casino

Job Openings

C-Store Department: Clerk/Cashier (2) 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.

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

Sales & Marketing Department: Reel Deal Club Attendant (1) full-time, day, swing, includes weekends & holidays. Previous experience is preferred. Must be at least 21 years old, High School Diploma or GED, and must be able to obtain a Key gaming license upon hire.

Opening date: Thursday, July 17, 2014

Closing date: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 @ 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.