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Volume 46 Issue No. 21

Anpetu Iyamni, May 27, 2015

Inside this Edition –

UVA, Kit Fox honor guards hold Memorial Day ceremonies across Lake Traverse Reservation

Make No Bones About It: Invitation to 20th annual World Peace and Prayer Day

Mni Wiconi public meeting for all this Wednesday, May 27

Smudge the Rez – June 5th

Acting US Attorney Sieler’s visit to Tribal headquarters was announced

Aliive Roberts Co. youth invited to Tribal Nation White House Youth Council

Deadline for receipt of copy is Friday noon

Mni Wiconi meeting called for Wednesday

By CD Floro

Sota Editor


Hau Mitakuypai! Mni Wiconi!

This is the heading for our invitation to a “Meeting for All” this Wednesday, May 27th, at TiWakan Tio Tipi – headquarters of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Tribe at Agency Village, SD. The meeting will take place at 1:00 p.m., following Tribal Council session which will end at noon.

Yes. Water is sacred.

It is also fast replacing oil as a target for corporate greed.

It has been said that future wars will be fought not over oil but over water rights.

In a real way, the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate are already engaged in that war. And because this effort is not only for Tribal members but for everyone – people of other Tribal nations, and the many, many non-Indians who live on these lands. This call is going out to everyone interested in protecting the water and land resources.

There has been some continuity between Tribal administrations involving this war to protect and defend the first water usage rights of the Oyate. Under the Shepherd administration, an application was made with the BIA for $250,000 to help identify sources of pollution and monitor groundwater sites on the Lake Traverse Reservation. That application came out of water rights studies contracted by the administration of former Chairman Michael Selvage.

Also, Tribal Council during Roberts Shepherd’s term in office approved a request by the EPA and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to cooperate in a 2015 cleanup of the Upper Minnesota Watershed. Headwaters are here on the Reservation.

SWO Tribal Chairman Bruce Renville and other current Council members have indicated commitment to engaging in this war to protect water rights. That support came in a meeting held in Council chambers May 6th. Addressing Council were Dallas Goldtooth, Julian Boucher, Paula Horne, and Chief Arvol Looking Horse.

The Chairman and Councilman Dave Flute have attended several meetings of a volunteer group called “Mni Wiconi” over the past several months. They understand the issues, as does Councilman Jerry Eastman. Jerry has worked for Tribal OEP and serves today as its liaison.

Those issues will be put on the floor for discussion. Along with facts about water quality, with warnings about high levels of E.coli in samples taken only a number of feet away from Tribal housing where children live and play each day.

Our Mni Wiconi group is a cross section of Oyate – from elders with experience and vision to youth passionate about rebuilding traditional culture – young people who want a vision they can be part of making happen for themselves and for their families and communities.

Besides our own meetings some of us sat with the OEP Board.

OEP Director DeVon Bursheim and her staff are cooperating to help with monitoring.

New 106 Water Technicians have been hired and given training. They are on the ground now testing for pollution, which we have already found in samples collected and tested by our group.

OEP is the point of the spear the Tribe will carry into the battles of this war.

The Tribe also needs legal assistance, from an office or attorney with roots in tribal law and in water rights. This is one of the topics for discussion Wednesday.

We cannot separate Mni Wiconi and her protection from other concerns on our Reservation.

This war is not solely about water rights and protection from pollution.

It involves all we have gathered in our grassroots solutions meetings to discuss – from the epidemic of meth to domestic violence, crime, and “restorative justice.”

These are all matters discussed when US Attorney Brendan Johnson visited one of our first meetings in Council chambers last year.

All are related.

So this meeting is not only about water.

Perhaps we should be calling this gathering the first “grassroots solutions” meeting of 2015.

There will be an open microphone on Wednesday, and especially the youth volunteers are invited to speak.

Watch for news of a Mni Wiconi presentation to be part of the next SWO General Council, scheduled for Thursday and Friday, June 25-26.

(Editor’s note: See also the article on Montana Senator Jon Tester on tribal water compacts.)

Tester: Water compacts are vital for tribes, neighboring communities

US Senate – May 21, 2015 – In a Senate hearing, Senator Jon Tester pushed to get three Montana tribal water compacts ratified and funded.

During a Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing, Vice-Chairman Tester highlighted how vital these water compacts are for the health, safety, and the economy of tribal and non-tribal communities. Tester discussed his bill, the Authorized Rural Water Projects Completion Act, that invests $35 million annually for 20 years to help pay for projects associated with tribal water compacts.

“Water rights are vital to tribal and non-tribal communities,” Tester said after the hearing. “Investing in rural water systems provides clean and reliable water to homes, schools, farms, and businesses, both on and off tribal lands. My bill ensures we pay for the construction of these projects that benefit families in Indian Country.”

The Blackfeet, Fort Belknap, and Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes water compacts have passed the Montana Legislature with bipartisan support and have been signed into state law by the governor, but still need action from Congress or Interior Department to become ratified.

Tester’s bill will not add to the federal debt and uses the Reclamation Fund to pay for the construction and upgrades of these water projects.

Tribal water compacts are put together over decades of negotiations between tribes, private landowners, and the State of Montana.

Senator Steve Daines is a cosponsor of the Authorized Rural Waters Projects Completion Act.

(Editor’s note: The SWO are paying attention to the extreme pressures placed upon water for which they have first usage rights. Please come to Wednesday’s Mni Wiconi meeting if you can.)

SWO meets with SD US Attorney’s office, Senatorial aides to discuss funding for justice center

By Maya Kwon

SWO Legal Department

Agency Village, SD – May 18, 2015 – On Thursday, May 14, 2015, the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Tribal Council met with various state and federal officials to discuss funding for a proposed Tribal Justice Center.

Guests in attendance included: Randolph Sieler, Acting United States Attorney for South Dakota; Troy Morley, United States Attorney’s Office Tribal Liaison; Mario Redlegs, BIA Officer; Jeannie Hovland, Aide to Senator Thune; and Beth Hollatz, Aide to Representative Noem.

Council and their guests were given a tour of the current Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Tribal detention and law enforcement center by Captain Gary Gaikowski.

After the tour a brief lunch was held followed by a question answer session to discuss potential funding for a Tribal Justice Center through the United States Department of Justice.

While a Tribal Justice Center has been on the table for many years, the current federal budget does not have funding allocated for such projects. The new federal budget may be moving in the direction to make funding available.

This meeting between the tribal, state, and federal officials demonstrated active communication and a continued government-to-government relationship. It is important to keep the dialogue open between the tribe and federal departments and these meetings encourage stronger relationships across the governments.

Good look into activities of Aliive Roberts County –

Ending the Truancy to Prison Pipeline for Native Youth

By Christina Rose

Indian Country Today - May 21, 2015 - Incarcerated youth on the Lake Traverse Reservation in South Dakota, too often find themselves back in the juvenile detention system only weeks after they return home. But a new Young Ambassadors Program gives them an opportunity to break that cycle and become leaders in their community.

“The majority of our incarcerated Native youth start out with truancy problems. They get the books thrown at them, and their life after that is pretty much done,” said Dustina Gill, Sisseton-Wahpeton, project manager at ALIIVE, a state accredited prevention program in Roberts County, South Dakota.

Gill recently returned from the White House where she met with then Senior Policy Advisor for Native American Affairs Jodi Gillette, of the Standing Rock Reservation, and several youth advocates. There she presented her thoughts on youth suicide, alcoholism and incarceration.

When youth are released from mental health or juvenile justice programs, they come to ALIIVE for support. Gill’s program seeks to expand services to offer mental health support to the recently released youth and their families.

Jaron, a 17-year-old high school student, said he continually struggles with addiction and appreciates the environment he finds at ALIIVE.

“The kids are great,” Jaron said that when he was sent away, he had the chance to work on his addictions, but when he returned, “we come back to the same environment.”

Without proper counseling, families don’t have the tools to support their children’s return, to help them find new friends and make new habits. “I think every parent has expressed that frustration,” Gill said, adding that many of the youth quickly fall back into old patterns and end up back in the system.

“Mental health goes hand-in-hand with juvenile reform,” she said.

Gill’s plan to break the cycle is based on a proven method of honing leadership skills. Throughout 2006 and 2007, she participated in Americans for Indian Opportunity founded by LaDonna Harris, Comanche, and other Native American activists in 1970. Every two years, a fellowship is offered to 17 adults in their 20s and 30s, who are invited to participate in leadership training based on traditional indigenous philosophies.

In AIO’s Young Ambassadors Program, leaders focus on community need. “How does your community need your personal medicine? How does your personal strength benefit your community?” asked Laura Harris, Comanche, executive director of AIO.

Harris was one of Gill’s advisors in AIO. She said Gill is adapting the Young Ambassadors Program for the Sisseton-Wahpeton youth at ALIIVE. “Dustina is sharing some of our values and principals... and is adapting it to the needs of their community to make it culturally appropriate for their tribe. Our program is for young adults, aged 20 to 30, Dustina’s is for teens,” Harris said.

Recently released youth are usually ignored by such leadership programs. “They may have a background of truancy, treatment, or they might be on probation. They don’t meet the criteria,” Gill said.

“This is a brand new concept, and it will be offered as an alternative to juvenile detention through the court services and probation. We will be taking youth from 13 to18, and they have to apply. We want to be sure they want to do this,” Gill said.

Gill is operating the Young Ambassadors Program through ALIIVE as a nonprofit organization rather than through IHS or the tribe, because Indian Health Service doesn’t receive enough money to run well-staffed counseling programs in her area she said, and the other tribal health programs are already “fighting for the same federal dollar.”

Gill found through her own family experience how difficult it is to get an appointment with an IHS mental health professional. Frustrated with the system, Gill asked, “What do you say to a kid who is suicidal? Come back in eight weeks? There is an immediate need and we want to do it ourselves. We have the capacity, the space; we have everything we need to operate our own mental health center. We want to do it in a way where both the kids and parents come in.”

Until she finds funding, Gill is holding after-school and evening activities to encourage bonding between families and “creating happy memories,” she said. She is paying for snacks and incidentals from her own pocket. Counselors are volunteering their time until the program can offer individual counseling.

Group counseling is already available, but for some, individual counseling is critical. Gill asked, “How many teenagers are going to sit in front of a new friend and say, ‘You know, I felt suicidal today,’ or ‘I wanted to cry.’ They are not going to be open like that. When one falls, it creates a domino effect.”

When Gill was young she “was lucky enough to have a supportive grandma and family, and I was always selected for leadership programs.” She remembers those left behind, who weren’t chosen “because they didn’t have the money to clean their clothes. There were the kids who got left out” and “the kids who went down the wrong path… All they needed was that little bit of support, that nudge, for somebody to say, ‘Hey I believe in you.’ That makes a world of difference. But I don’t think there’s enough people that do that, or enough time, or even enough resources,” Gill said.

Gill worked for her tribe for eight years, and was active in promoting the passage of the Violence Against Women Act and has also worked with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People. When Harris first met Gill in 2006, she remembers a young woman who had rarely left her reservation.

“Dustina didn’t want to get on a plane to come to the first meeting. This year she was willing to jump into a little tiny plane to go out to the Amazon jungle. Now she is taking a risk with her Young Ambassadors Program. We encourage her—give her moral support and technical assistance. She really is the poster girl for the Ambassadors Program.”

To contact Dustina Gill and the Young Ambassador program, email


Last week three Aliive Roberts County youth were invited to attend the historic White House Tribal Youth Gathering in Washington, DC on July 9, 2015 co-sponsored by UNITY, the Department of Justice’s Today’s Native Leaders program, and the Department of Health and Human Services.

These youth accepted the Gen-I Challenge and organized a positive event in their community. These youth are part of the Youth Council and oversee a youth operated business in Sisseton, SD.

Check out the video at

In order to get these three youth and a chaperone to Washington, DC they are asking for community support. Any little bit helps! Help us get these local youth leaders to DC for this once in a lifetime opportunity!

Check out Aliive RC on Facebook to learn how you can contribute!

DOJ proposes legislation to improve voting access for American Indians, Alaskan Natives

Washington, DC – May 21, 2015 – Today the Department of Justice proposed legislation that would require states or localities whose territory includes part or all of an Indian reservation, an Alaska Native village, or other tribal lands to locate at least one polling place in a venue selected by the tribal government.

“The Department of Justice is deeply committed to ensuring that every eligible individual is able to exercise his or her fundamental right to vote,” said Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch. “That’s why, today, I am calling on Congress to help remove the significant and unnecessary barriers that for too long have confronted American Indians and Alaska Natives attempting to cast their ballots. The legislation we recommend today will make this nation stronger by extending meaningful voting opportunities to native populations, by encouraging full participation in our democratic institutions, and by bringing us closer to our most cherished ideals.”

“As citizens of a nation founded upon the principles of liberty and equality, Native Americans have faced unacceptable barriers to participating in the franchise, a situation aggravated by a history of discrimination, poverty and — significantly — great distances from polling places,” said Acting Associate Attorney General Stuart Delery. “In spite of many reforms made possible by the Voting Rights Act and other measures, voting rates among Native Americans remain disproportionately low. The legislation proposed today would address this unacceptable gap and we look forward to working with Congress to see it enacted.”

American Indians and Alaska Natives have faced significant obstacles that have prevented them from enjoying equal access to polling places and equal opportunities to cast a ballot. In addition to suffering from a long history of discrimination, the distance many American Indian and Alaska Native citizens must travel to reach a polling place presents a substantial and ongoing barrier to full voter participation. Following formal consultations with Indian tribes, the Department of Justice believes that there is a pressing need for federal legislation to ensure equal access to voting by Native American voters.

Today, the Department of Justice sent a letter to Congress with a legislative proposal, which would ensure that American Indian and Alaska Natives have access to at least one polling place in their communities to cast their ballots and require a number of additional obligations to ensure parity with other polling places.

This legislative proposal, a stand-alone bill, would:

Enable Native Americans to vote on or near tribal lands, by requiring any state or local election administrator whose territory includes part or all of an Indian reservation, an Alaska Native village, or other tribal lands to locate at least one polling place in a venue selected, and made available for the purpose of conducting elections, by the tribal government.

Require states to make voting machines, ballots, and other voting materials and equipment available at these tribally located polling places to the same extent that they are available at other polling places in the state.

Require states to provide compensation and other benefits to election officials and poll workers at these polling places to the same extent as at other polling places in the state.

Require states to use the same voting procedures at these polling places as at other polling places in the state — potentially including election-day voting, early voting, the hours during which polling places are open, the operation of voting mechanisms or systems, and same-day registration.

Allow states to meet their obligations by either creating new polling places or relocating existing ones.

Allow tribes with larger populations or land bases to request more than one polling place.

Make the states’ obligations contingent on the tribe filing a timely request and certifying that it has arranged for access to, and appropriate staffing for, the polling facility.

Require the tribe to ensure that the staffers for the polling place are properly trained.

Require the tribe to ensure that the polling place will be open and accessible to all eligible citizens who reside in the precinct, regardless of whether they are Indians or non-Indians.

The Department of Justice is committed to ensuring equal access to voting for Native American voters. This proposal would address serious voting obstacles faced by citizens who are members of Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages; provide equal access to polling places for all eligible citizens, including members of tribes and villages; reinforce our nation’s commitment to the fundamental right to vote; and strengthen the government-to-government relationship between the United States and tribal nations.

In 1975, recognizing the barriers to full participation that Native Americans continued to confront, Congress expressly included American Indians and Alaska Natives as protected groups under the special provisions of the Voting Rights Act. Sections 4 and 5 of the Voting Rights Act prohibited many jurisdictions with large American Indian or Alaska Native populations from changing their voting laws until they could prove that the change would not create new barriers to effective participation. A number of jurisdictions with large Native American populations that have limited English proficiency — in six states, including Alaska — are also covered by Section 203 of the Voting Rights Act, which requires bilingual election materials and assistance.

Despite these reforms, participation rates among American Indians and Alaska Natives continue to lag behind turnout rates among non-Native voters. For example, in Alaska, turnout among Alaska Natives often falls 15 to 20 or more percentage points below the non-Native turnout rate. The causes of these disparities are complex, but the reality is that political participation by Native Americans consistently trails that of non-Natives and unequal access to polling places is a significant contributing factor.

Review the legislation at

Obama moves Tribes from “Discretionary” to “Mandatory Non-Discretionary” for IHS contract support

By Levi Rickert

(Editor’s note: This is a “big deal” for tribes, including the SWO. Readers will recall the numerous complaints raised and shared on our pages about how claim denials have hurt their credit ratings … denials they don’t believe have been warranted.)

Native News Online – Washington, DC – February 2, 2015 - Today, President Obama took a historic step in recognizing and reaffirming true government-to-government relations and in honoring the trust responsibility to American Indian tribes pursuant to treaties and the U.S. Constitution.

President Obama took action no previous United States president has done by promoting to move a portion of federal funding for American Indian tribes from “discretionary” to “mandatory non-discretionary.” This means that the devastating impacts of sequestration in recent years will no longer affect Contract Support Cost (CSC) which is a fee of sorts on top of federal funding for the administration of Indian Health Service and Bureau of Indian Affairs funding.

In 2014, Aaron Payment, chairperson of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, successfully negotiated a settlement of past CSC claims for the Sault Tribe and recovered $1.3 million. Stabilizing this funding will better ensure continuity of essential programs and services.

On the national scale, the President’s proposal for Indian Health Services alone would make CSC funding reoccurring and mandatory in the amount of $800 million in the first year, $900 million in year two and $1 billion annually in year three! This move would also make CSC “X-Year” funded meaning it is not subject to recessionary efforts if not all of the amount is used in a single fiscal cycle.

This recommendation comes as the IHS CSC Workgroup wraps up its yearlong charge – serving in an advisory capacity to the Interim IHS Director, including workgroup member Chairperson Aaron Payment who is quoted as saying, “we worked for just over a year to work through all of the technical aspects of this complex issue and to develop a spreadsheet CSC calculator to demonstrate the predictability of the model, show accountability, and build confidence in the use of federal funds.” Payment reflected, “I am humbled to have played a role in facilitating effective communications between tribal representatives and our federal partners. It was an historical feat for which our ancestors would be proud.”

The work left to do is to urge Congress to uphold their Constitutional and trust responsibility in honoring the treaties by permanently enacting this legislation to make CSC funds mandatory. Chairperson Payment has pledged to use his role as a CSC Workgroup Member and as Vice President of the Mid West Alliance of Sovereign Tribes and the National Congress of American Indians (Midwest Region) to get this final task over the finish line.

VA Town Hall in Sioux Falls

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Dakotas Regional Office and Sioux Falls Health Care System are hosting a town hall for Veterans, family members, Veterans Service Organization representatives, and the public to provide feedback and recommendations about VA operations and VA programs.

When: June 18, 2015, 5:00 p.m.

Where: Sioux Falls VA Health Care System, 4th floor auditorium, 2501 W. 22nd Street, Sioux Falls, SD.

For VA leadership to hear your feedback, thoughts, and concerns, to answer questions about VA benefit and VA health care, and to share information. New for this town hall, is a benefits clinic from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. During this benefits clinic, VA representatives will be available to receive your claims for compensation benefits. VA will have secure electronic access to your benefit records and can answer your questions about your compensation claim. In addition, VA Business Office staff will also be present to answer questions about VA eligibility, non-VA Care, and the Veterans’ Choice Act.

The meeting is open to the public and the media.

Gala honors Founders, Jim Belushi stresses importance of Education

Denver, Colo. – May 15, 2015 – The American Indian College Fund (the College Fund) celebrated its 25th Gala in Chicago, Illinois at the historic Drake Hotel. Two hundred attendees gathered to honor two of its founders at the event to benefit its mission to provide Native Americans with access to higher education.

The honorees included:

Dr. Gerald Gipp - An enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe (Hunkpapa Lakota), Gipp devoted his career to American Indian education. He first served as a teacher, athletic coach, and school administrator in K-12 school systems in North Dakota, Montana, and South Dakota. He went on to work in higher education at Pennsylvania State University and Haskell Junior College, where he served as President where he created the Haskell Foundation and helped the tribal college get recognition from the American Indian Higher Education Consortium. He continued his career in the policy realm as Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Indian Education (OIE) in the Department of Education under the Carter administration; Branch Chief for Research and Evaluation for the Office of Indian Education Programs at the Bureau of Indian Affairs; Director for West Division for Program Operations for the Administration for Native Americans with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS); Executive Director of the Intra-Departmental Council for Native American Affairs (IDCNAA) within HHS; and the National Science Foundation. Gipp was the Executive Director of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium from 2001-2008 and interim Executive Director of the National Indian Education Association on two occasions.

Jim Shanley - As one of the first members of the Fort Peck Tribe in Montana to earn a college degree, Jim Shanley helped blaze a trail at a time when little support existed for Indian college students. After serving a year in the military in Vietnam, he returned to school to complete his undergraduate degree. He continued to eventually earn his Doctorate in Education Administration from the University of North Dakota. Interspersed throughout his pursuit of education, Jim tirelessly championed the work of the tribal colleges and is one of the founders of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC). Several years after he earned his doctorate, he returned home to Poplar, Montana to lead Fort Peck Community College (FPCC), where he remained for the next 28 years. When he began his tenure, the tribal college consisted of one building, three degree programs, and 65 students. It was not yet accredited, nor was it even a candidate for accreditation. Funding was tight, and few community members understood the value of a college education. Today, the college has an average enrollment of 430 students, a growing campus, and offers a wide array of two-year programs.

In addition to honoring the College Fund's founders, attendees enjoyed a silent auction featuring original and unique Native American art work and jewelry. The evening's program was emceed by NBC5 television reporter LeeAnn Trotter and featured an appearance by student ambassador Miranda Perez (Menominee), who is attending the College of Menominee Nation in Wisconsin and plans to become a medical doctor.

Jim Belushi & The Sacred Hearts provided headline entertainment, and as part of the program, the College Fund held a live auction for the opportunity to perform "Soul Man" with the band. Mr. Belushi spoke with the College Fund about his own support of higher education and the role it had in his life. He said, "Education is everything. Everything. As an actor I was exposed to great teachers and professionals who guided me not only as an artist but also as a young man. They were beautiful people, they were mentors. They separated me from whom I thought I was to whom I could be." Mr. Belushi, whose ancestors in Albania lived as peasants, said, "A college education was the most important thing I have done for my life and career. It put me in a competitive realm in America, and today college is even more important. The playing field is so competitive."

Mr. Belushi added, "My advice to economically disadvantaged young people is there are opportunities right in front of you. It doesn't cost anything to get experience. There are many programs out there including this very organization, the American Indian College Fund, to get you in the door, but you have to open the door. It can't be done for you, you have to find the opportunities, you have to want it… Just get in the door to college and you may find someone or they may find you, but that magic can't happen if you don't take the risk. Just do it."

Sponsors for the College Fund's 25th Anniversary and this event include the Toyota Motor Sales; USA, Inc.; Comcast NBCUNIVERSAL; Wieden+Kennedy; Ford Foundation; San Manuel Band of Mission Indians; The Walt Disney Company; AT&T; The Walton Family Foundation.

About the American Indian College Fund

The American Indian College Fund (the College Fund) is the nation's largest private provider of scholarships for American Indian students. Founded in 1989, the College Fund has been "Educating the Mind and Spirit" of Native people for 25 years and provides an average of 6,000 scholarships annually. The College Fund also supports the nation's 34 accredited tribal colleges and universities located on or near Indian reservations. The College Fund consistently receives top ratings from independent charity evaluators. For more information, please visit

Coming together to fight Trafficking

By Rep. Kristi Noem

May 22, 2015

In February 2013, South Dakota law enforcement placed undercover ads on the webpage targeting folks in the Watertown area. They weren’t pretending to sell illegal drugs; they were pretending to sell people – young girls to be specific. Over the course of two days, more than 100 individuals responded to the ad – many of whom were hoping to buy these young women for sex. Similar operations were conducted in Rapid City and during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and all had similar results.

Many times, when folks think of sex trafficking, they picture scenes from urban areas or in foreign countries. But the reality is it’s happening here. Young girls – often being recruited between 12 and 14 years old – are bought and sold for sex in small towns and larger communities. They’re being forced to have sex upwards of 50 times per day, according to the Polaris Project – a leader in the movement to end trafficking. And their pimps are working to get them hooked on drugs and alcohol, only deepening the young woman’s dependence on the trafficker.

In some cases, trafficking victims are brought through South Dakota from bigger cities and sent to North Dakota’s oil fields. In other cases, they’re being recruited at local schools, online, or in Indian Country to be sold at large events, like the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. In many – if not most – cases, they are being recruited in South Dakota and sold in South Dakota. It has to stop.

For the last few years, I’ve been working with shelters and advocates in South Dakota who have helped victims escape and survivors heal. With their experiences and needs in mind, I was able to draft legislation – while also helping move forward additional bills others had written – that aim to better combat this criminal industry. On May 19, we earned a significant victory. The broadly bipartisan Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, S.178, passed the U.S. House of Representatives, meaning the bill is now headed straight to the President’s desk.

I was privileged to have language I wrote included in this larger package. My portion of the legislation accomplishes three things. First, it improves some existing federal grants to ensure they support shelters wanting to provide a place for trafficking survivors. Today, there are just 200 beds available in the country for underage victims, so this is an important expansion. My language also launches a review that will look into federal and state trafficking prevention activities to help identify and develop the best prevention practices. Finally, it requires an inventory of existing federal anti-trafficking efforts to ensure that the money we’re spending is working for victims.

In addition to the portion that I wrote, S.178 aims to stop websites, like, that are known to facilitate the buying and selling of our children for sex. It establishes grant programs to help teach medical professionals how to identify victims of trafficking, as they are often one of the first lines of defense when it comes to identifying a trafficking victim. And it helps improve law enforcement task forces to combat this terrible crime. All in all, it amounts to one of the largest anti-trafficking packages passed in nearly a decade.

There is still more to do. Building awareness remains a huge challenge, but it’s a challenge each of you can help us overcome. I encourage you to learn more about the red flags so you can identify them if someone you know is at risk. The Polaris Project website, found at, is one resource.

Thank you to everyone who has engaged in ending trafficking in South Dakota. The work you do to eliminate its presence in our community and heal survivors is admirable and vital.

Bipartisan Bill to help identify, protect Human Trafficking victims

Would strengthen, expand pilot training program for health care providers; already working in New Town, Williston ND

Washington, DC – May 21, 2015 – U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) today introduced bipartisan legislation to give health care providers – including doctors, nurses, and social workers – training to help identify and protect victims of human trafficking.

Heitkamp and Collins are working to give health providers across the country needed training on how to recognize, report, and potentially intervene when they see patients who are possible human trafficking victims. Recent studies suggest that nearly one-third of women trafficked in America saw a health care professional while they were still captive to these crimes. The Senators’ bill would expand on an existing pilot program to help provide training to a specific group of workers who are more likely to come across potential victims of human trafficking and help make sure the victims get the support they need. Across the country, approximately 400,000 domestic minors are involved in human trafficking – 80 percent of these victims are female.

Heitkamp and Collins’ Stop, Observe, Ask and Respond (SOAR) to Health and Wellness Act strengthens and expands an existing U.S. Health and Human Services pilot program that since September 2014 has trained health care providers to help identify and protect victims of human trafficking at six sites in five states across the country – including in New Town and Williston in North Dakota where nearly 60 health professionals have been trained. The bill will build off the pilot program to give more health care and related professionals across the country get the training by developing a national program for quality training; making sure these training efforts are adaptable, effective, and responsive to the needs of victims; and tracking these efforts nationally – so the programs can continue to develop and improve to best serve more victims and survivors of human trafficking.

“Human trafficking is modern day slavery plain and simple, and is one of the most horrific and widespread crimes in our nation. Health providers are often some of the only people victims may see while they are in captivity, but too often nurses and doctors aren’t sure how to identify or help victims. But we can change that,” said Heitkamp. “Our bipartisan bill would build on a pilot program that has been implemented in Williston and New Town, and expand and strengthen it on a national level so more health providers can get needed training to better identify victims and connect them with resources. Over the past year and a half, I have brought Homeland Security officials to North Dakota to train law enforcement, community leaders, and women leaders about human trafficking – and through this program, we can make sure our health providers on the front lines are also trained. Senator Collins and I are working to make sure this type of training isn’t just limited to a few towns – but is readily and widely available to all health care and related providers as part of our national effort to combat the proliferation of human trafficking so we can permanently eradicate these crimes.”

“No state in America is immune from the evils of sex trafficking. Human traffickers prey upon the most vulnerable, often homeless or runaway children. Identification is the first, and frequently missed, step in helping victims and stopping these atrocities,” said Senator Collins. “This bipartisan legislation would bolster the current success of the U.S. Health and Human Services pilot program by expanding it and greatly increasing the number of our healthcare providers who will have the training to shine a light on some of the darkest stories imaginable and protect victims of these heinous crimes.”

“Domestic violence, human trafficking and sexual abuse are significant problems in our country and especially our state. We are seeing increasing numbers of these issues in places we call home. I was able to attend the recent training hosted by Mercy Medical Center in Williston through HHS. The goal was to help bring awareness to the nature of the issue, as well as to the fact that it exists in our region, and train us on how work with potential victims. Programs like this are essential for us to fight back against the fallout of these crimes,” said Heidi Grondahl, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner at the Mercy Women’s Health Clinic who received the pilot program training in Williston. “Sen. Heitkamp’s bill will help expand on the training I received so more health providers across North Dakota and the U.S. get similar resources to better support victims. We need to protect our men, women and children from all of these issues, and can no longer afford to say it doesn’t happen in our backyard. Without this type of program, awareness will be hard to spread to the many individuals who can benefit from increased knowledge of the signs and symptoms of abuse. By becoming more proactive instead of reactive, we will be more equipped to help those in need.”

"Protecting our tribal community on MHA Nation through the proper health care is our mission at Elbowoods Memorial Health Center,” said Kathy Eagle, CEO of Elbowoods Memorial Health Center, the site of the pilot program training in New Town. “And making sure our medical staff is prepared to provide the right care for individuals who have been victimized by human trafficking is no small task – and requires a full understanding of how to identify possible victims, and knowing how to connect them with the best possible services and resources. In September, almost 30 of our health professionals were trained to do just that – making our staff stronger and better prepared to face new challenges in our community. We support Senator Heitkamp’s effort to enhance and broaden this training across our nation, so that together, health facilities can be as responsive as possible to victims of these vicious crimes.”

“Ensuring health care professionals are adequately trained to identify and support victims of human trafficking is critical to stopping this abuse,” said Keeli Sorenson, Director of Government Affairs and Public Policy at Polaris. “The bill sponsored by Senators Heitkamp and Collins will extend the important work of the HHS's program to ensure that nurses, doctors, and others get comprehensive training to help those most in need.”

Heitkamp and Collins’ SOAR Act would work to prepare medical professionals to identify, properly treat, and aid victims of human trafficking by:

· Engaging Health Care Professionals to Provide Responsive Care: The bill would help guide health care professionals to identify human trafficking victims, empower and refer victims and survivors by helping them communicate with law enforcement or access social and victims’ services, and provide care that is sensitive to the age, gender, or culture of the victim, as well as to circumstance and potential trauma they may have experienced.

· Bringing All Sides Together: The bill would collectively engage victims, survivors, advocates as well as federal, state, local or tribal partners by making sure all sides are communicating effectively on collective and flexible training that accommodates the needs of specific communities.

· Developing a National Strategy: The bill would work to provide a nationwide protocol for health care training to make sure that medical professionals have the opportunity to access the technical assistance and education they need to prepare for and respond to instances of human trafficking.

· Tracking the Progress: The bill would implement required reporting and data on the facilities and providers using the training to combat human trafficking.

Heitkamp and Collins have both long worked to combat human trafficking. Just last month, Heitkamp and Collins helped pass the Justice for Victims of Human Trafficking Act – bipartisan, compromise legislation that provides greater assistance to victims of human trafficking, increased resources to law enforcement and victims services organizations, and secures greater punishments for perpetrators of these horrific crimes.

Background: Heitkamp has been leading the charge to combat and raise awareness about human trafficking in North Dakota and across the nation:

· Early Attention to Human Trafficking in the Senate: In September 2013, Heitkamp led a Senate hearing on efforts underway at the federal, state, and local levels to combat human trafficking, with a particular focus on Indian Country. Before this hearing, there had been little discussion on tackling human trafficking.

· Advocating for Protections for Young People at Risk: Long a vocal proponent of the Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking and Prevention Act – which would help protect some of the most susceptible targets of human traffickers – Heitkamp helped introduce an amendment to add the measure to the Justice for Victims of Human Trafficking Act which passed in the Senate last month – unfortunately, the amendment only gained 56 of the 60 votes needed to be adopted and was not included. Heitkamp spoke on the Senate floor last week to encourage other Senators to support this amendment. She will continue to advocate for the Senate to pass this bill.

· National and International Efforts to Combat Human Trafficking: Last spring, Heitkamp visited Mexico with Cindy McCain – a global leader in combating human trafficking – and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), where they met with local officials and advocates to learn about the actions Mexico is taking to stop human trafficking and what help they could provide as the U.S. looks to develop an institutional resistance to trafficking. Following the trip to Mexico, McCain invited Heitkamp and Klobuchar to participate in the McCain Institute’s annual Sedona Forum in Arizona last year, which brings together world leaders to talk about global issues, to discuss human trafficking, and examine ways to combat the problem.

· Addressing Human Trafficking As a Community Issue in North Dakota: Last fall, Heitkamp launched her Strong & Safe Communities Initiative to address emerging challenges throughout North Dakota in the wake of the state’s energy boom, including human and sex trafficking. Specifically, Heitkamp is leading the Strong & Safe Communities Task Force, which is comprised of experts, advocates, and officials throughout the state. This group will provide recommendations on the best ways to address these safety issues over the next five years so that Heitkamp can work toward policies that keep our communities strong and families safe in their homes.

Legislation to increase EPA Transparency

Washington, DC – May 20, 2015 – U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) today introduced the Real EPA Impact Reviews (REPAIR) Act, which would help facilitate a more transparent EPA regulatory impact analyses (RIA) process by requiring the EPA to include a scenario in each of its RIAs that does not contain additional proposed regulations.

“This is about transparency and accountability,” said Thune. “It’s important for Congress and the American people to have a full understanding of the impact proposed regulations may have. While including proposed regulations can be important for forecasting the future regulatory landscape, isolating a proposal’s impact without the influence of other proposed regulations will provide a clearer analysis of the proposal’s immediate impact.”

The REPAIR Act was inspired by the EPA’s draft RIA for lowering the National Ambient Air Quality Standard ground-level ozone, which was released on November 25, 2014. The RIA assumed that that numerous other regulations would be fully implemented, despite the possibility that these regulations may have been subject to delay, modification, or dismissal prior to finalization. The RIA also included in its baseline that the existing ozone standard would be fully implemented, despite the fact that 227 countries had yet to meet the existing standard. Such inclusions likely caused the RIA to significantly underestimate the true cost of a lower ozone standard.

Sens. Thune and Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) sent a letter in February to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy calling on the agency to explain why the RIA to lower ground-level ozone standards doesn’t align with a similar EPA proposal from 2011. Thune and Inhofe’s letter requested the EPA provide analysis that didn’t include co-benefits of reducing other emissions or include in its calculations any other proposed regulation.

In March, Thune reintroduced the bipartisan Clean Air, Strong Economies (CASE) Act (S. 751) with Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), which would stem the economic harm from a lower ground-level ozone standard by requiring the EPA to focus on the worst areas for air quality before lowering the standard across the country. This bill has 24 cosponsors.

(Editor’s note: We agree with our Senator John Thune on the need for transparency of the EPA; however, we do not support his continuing call for relaxing standards to benefit energy corporations and ignoring environmental degradation.)

Deadline to comment on Harney Peak name change

Rapid City Journal – The South Dakota Board on Geographic Names is requesting public comment on its preliminary recommendation to rename Harney Peak.

The proposed new name is "Hinhan Kaga (Making of Owls)," which the board believes to be the traditional Lakota name and English translation for the 7,242-foot summit, South Dakota's tallest.

The deadline to submit comments is June 20. Written comments and contact information may be submitted by mail to the board, in care of the Department of Tribal Relations, at 302 E. Dakota, Pierre, S.D., 57501; or by email to

The board will meet at 1:30 p.m. CDT June 29 at the Becker-Hansen Building in Pierre to take final action on the recommendation. The recommendation will then go to the U.S. Board on Geographic Names for its consideration.

Editorials –

Sota editorial –

“Make No Bones About It”

Invitation to 20th annual World Peace and Prayer Day

Mitakuye Oyasin (all my relations),

On this June 21st, 2015 we as the Spiritual People, from the guidance of Great Spirit, will light our sacred fire of 20 years.

My heart is heavy as I share my feelings with each and every one of you; it feels as though humanity has gone too far. It was shown in a dream long ago, that we would come to a time in this global community, we would have to unite at our Sacred Sites once again to bring back healing. Many Nations would stand shoulder to shoulder in the Sacred Hoop. The future of our children's health and wellbeing is dependent on our efforts. They need every person's prayer from the Global Community.

We are sincerely asking prayers for the People that are spiritually disconnected who are making decisions that only last in their life time of survival for profit off Mother Earth. Mother Earth is the source of life not a resource. Many Sacred Sites have been abused and controlled by People who do not know Spirit.

In our prophecies when earth and climate change begins to disrupt the natural cycle of survival and life, the animals would warn with their sacred color white. This will be a sign of what is called the Crossroads; either be faced with chaos, disasters and witness tears from our relatives eyes or we can unite spiritually in this Global Community - All Nations, All Faiths, One Prayer.

We must regain the respect and honor back for the Sacred Sites and Sacred Places of worship. Long ago, wars left these places and people of prayer alone, today they are being destroyed. I know that many People feel the same as I do.

This has been a long journey of many tests and hardship at times. If it were not for the People that believed in spirit of the white animals we would have never come this far. We ran and rode horseback carrying that sacred message for the health and well-being of Mother Earth and all her creation. We did our best. I would like to acknowledge all those who heard the call and sponsored the event of June 21st to grow on their continent and honor their local Sacred Site.

This year many will travel again to their sacred places. In Ashland, Oregon, we will honor my Hunka (adopted) Father Dave Chief for instructing RED (Red Earth Descendants) to pray since 1996 at their Sacred Site. I ask the Global community to pray with us, whether it is a church, temple, synagogue, mosque or where ever the spirit may guide to pray with us on this day.

In a sacred hoop of life where there is no ending and beginning, Onipiktec'a (that we shall live).

-- Chief Arvol Looking Horse

19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe Bundle


Brief editorial comments from the editor’s desk –

On and Off the Lake Traverse Reservation

Pidamiya Akicita!

Our thanks to the SWO United Veterans Association honor guard for taking time this Monday, the federal Memorial Day holiday, to honor our fallen veterans across the Lake Traverse Reservation.

And the Kit Fox Society, thank you for the honoring scheduled to be held on the traditional Memorial Day, May 30th (Saturday).

We must never forget those who have sacrificed, as well as those who continue to sacrifice, in our military services.

This is also a time many of us clean and place flowers in places where we remember those of our families who have gone before us.

Perhaps it is a good time to honor their memory by rededicating our lives to changing the wheels of the social order that perpetuates oppression and destruction of lives and the earth for sort-term gains of wealth and power. Too often it is greed for power and control of resources that sends our military to war.


Please read our call to the Mni Wiconi meeting for all this Wednesday.

Share the call, and come if you are able.

The Water, the Land must be preserved for future generations or they will continue to be poisoned by selfish misuse.


We stand corrected.

The May 14th meeting of Acting US Attorney Randolph Seil, BIA Officer Mario Redlegs and aides to Senator Thune and Representative Kristi Noem with Tribal officials was planned in advance.

We only wish that we’d been given a heads-up.

The topics are of major importance to all the Oyate. And we surely would have followed up on the last time the US Attorney visited our grassroots solutions meeting. That was former US Attorney Brendan Johnson.

Johnson told us he would be working on funding for the justice center, with the Congressional delegates. He also said he would return and work cooperatively with us on our epidemic of drug dealing and addiction.

We are upset that this visit was not announced to the Sota.

Anyone who has followed our focus on “restorative justice” will understand why.

Hopefully, this behind-the-scenes meeting will help bring about construction of the much-needed facility.

We remember walking through this same old law enforcement building with Senator Daschle in the mid-90s. Its inadequacy was obvious certainly to him, and he supported a cooperative multi-jurisdictional center.

Unfortunately, that fell through when Roberts County would not negotiate in good faith with former Chairman Andy Grey.

So today we have the Roberts County Jail … and we have … well we have the old jail.

Thank you to Maya Kwon for her report on the meeting.


It’s more than a little exciting to have one of our own youth groups featured nationally for making positive changes in the lives of our Oyate.

Please read the article on Aliive Roberts County and what Dustina Gill and Sara McGregor-Okroi and their volunteers helpers have been doing for our youth.

Also, if you are able, please donate to the fundraising to send three of our Oyate youth to the White House Tribal Nations Youth Conference in July.

Help support all of our youth groups!


We have had Sota Reporter/Photographers DaVonna Keeble and John Heminger on assignment covering graduation ceremonies.

Watch for pictures and news in the next issue.

And congratulations to all the graduates – from pre-school through college!

May the strength of your ancestors, family and community, sustain you as you continue to grow and get into career paths that not only provide for your passion and needs but enhances your community.


We are still working to bring to light cases of racism in the local community.

Watch for reports as we sift through information we’ve been given.

There is one report of discrimination in the workplace against an employee.

Another alleges discrimination in providing social services.


Elder's Meditation:

"To me, if you're Indian, you're Indian. You don't have to put on your buckskin, beads, and feathers, and stuff like that." -- Cecilia Mitchell, MOHAWK

The most important thing that determines who we are is on our insides, not our outsides. If we are Indian inside, that's all that matters. Being Indian means to think right, to be spiritual, and to pray. Feathers and beads don't make us Indian. Being Indian means to have a good heart and a good mind. Great Spirit, today, let me think Indian


Words to consider (or, perhaps not!):

Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, every day, something no one else is thinking. Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do. It is bad for the mind to be always part of unanimity. Christopher Morley (1890 - 1957)

Let us make a special effort to stop communicating with each other, so we can have some conversation. Judith Martin, (Miss Manners)

None but a coward dares to boast that he has never known fear. Ferdinand Foch (1851 - 1929)

Sanity is a madness put to good use. George Santayana (1863 - 1952)

There is always a well-known solution to every human problem--neat, plausible, and wrong. H. L. Mencken (1880 - 1956), Prejudices: Second Series, 1920

At least two-thirds of our miseries spring from human stupidity, human malice and those great motivators and justifiers of malice and stupidity: idealism, dogmatism and proselytizing zeal on behalf of religious or political ideas. Aldous Huxley (1894 - 1963)


The Sota is always looking for news of the Oyate.

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

For submission deadlines and other information, see below:

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Obituaries –

June Janelle Robertson-Crawford-Bracey-Azure

Our kind and loving mother began her journey with the Creator on May 14, 2015.

June Janelle Azure was born June 5, 1937, to Lester and Edith (Robertson) Crawford at Sisseton, South Dakota. She was a member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate, Buffalo Lake District.

As the second child of eight children, her earliest years were spent growing up in the log house and family farm at Buffalo Lake. Fishing and swimming were a couple of her favorite things as a child.

Her mother passed away in late winter of 1951. Her dad couldn't deal with the pain and he left the family a few months later.

Extended family took the children in and mom was raised by the people she respected most throughout her life, her aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. Frances Crawford.

As a little girl, she attended Buffalo Lake country school, Wahpeton Indian School, and graduated from Flandreau Indian Boarding School. June received a scholarship to study Home Economics at Dickinson State College. She completed her education at UCLA, where she learned the skills of what would be her life long career, dental assisting.

She lived in many places, including, Los Angeles; Bay Town, Texas; Brigham City, Utah; Fort Belknap, St. Ignatius, and Arlee, MT. She was extremely proud of her 40+ year career, most of that with Indian Health Service.

In retirement, in Arlee, her time was spent gardening, patching clothes for her grandchildren, hanging with her sewing club buddies and Senior Center friends. She loved you all very much. In addition to gardening, sewing and crafting, she loved a scenic drive in the car. Family gatherings with food were very important and she would be the first to start menu planning.

She had a great sense of humor and LOVED TO LAUGH.

She is survived by sisters, Rose Marie (Robin) McGuire, Lillian (Spencer) Wanna; her brother Lester (Louise) Crawford; children, Scott (Judy), Lester (Ted), Janelle (Peter), Dee (Lee); grandchildren, Shane Shyane, Destany, Brittany, Dakota, Raymond, Beedo, Troy, Cora, Monte and great-grandchildren Cellestia and Chaske' and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded by her parents Edith Robertson Crawford and Lester Percy Crawford; aunt Marie Crawford and uncle Francis Crawford; brothers, Earl, Donald and Gary and sister Cora Mae; and husbands Brownie Bracey and Monte Azure.

Mom will always be remembered as a sweet, kind and generous woman. We love you. Rest in peace, Junebug.

Arrangements were under the loving care of Foster Funeral Home in St. Ignatius,

A wake began Sunday May 17 at 7 pm. Funeral services were Monday morning May 18. Burial took place at Pleasant View Cemetery in St. Ignatius.

A lovely luncheon was served after. All services were held at the Longhouse in St. Ignatius, MT.

Services held for Gary Small, Sr.

Gary Small, Sr., age 59, of Watertown, SD, passed away Sunday, May 17, 2015, at his residence.

Memorial services were held Thursday morning, May 21, 2015 at Wight, Comes & Sogn Funeral Chapel in Watertown with Reverend Lamar Whittemore officiating, and special music by the Amos’s.

Honorary Urn bearers were Travis Rudebusch, Albert Neuman, Dillon Henry, Darius Small, Austin “Bucket” Neuman, Tyler Neuman, Butch Karnof, Scott Julius, Trey Henry and Michael Donner.

Gary was born August 28, 1955 at Poplar, Montana, to Sylvester J. and Gladys C. (Ortley) Small. He was raised in Montana and Sisseton, South Dakota.

He married Lana Rae Donner on July 6, 1974.

Gary worked in the construction business in Sisseton and Watertown.

Gary had a big heart and was always willing to help out anyone in need.

He loved spending time down home in Big Coulee with his family; but his passion was spending time with his grandchildren.

Gary also enjoyed softball, basketball, playing pool, darts, volleyball, collecting coins, going to pow wows and listening to pow wow music and the “oldies.”

Gary is survived by his wife, Lana of Watertown, SD; his children, Gary (Laura) Small of Sioux Falls, SD, Tracy Small (Albert Neuman) of Chester, SD, Kristina Small (Dillon Henry) Watertown, SD and Dawn Redday Schnackenberg (fiancé, Shawn Ohlsen) of Castlewood, SD; eleven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and seven brothers and sisters.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Sylvester and Gladys; his in-laws, August & Dorothy Donner; six brothers and sisters; and his grandson, Michael Wayne Schnackenberg.

Arrangements by Wight, Comes & Sogn Funeral Chapel in

Services for Grace Aadland

Grace Aadland, 87, of Sisseton, SD passed away on May 22, 2015 at Sanford Hospital in Fargo, ND.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at the Family Life Assembly of God church in Sisseton.

There will be visitation on Tuesday from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m., with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service at the Cahill Funeral Chapel.

Notice of editorial policy

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

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

Carole Adams recognized for 30 years service

By Yvonne Wynde, Director

Early Childhood Intervention Program

Carole Adams, In-Take Specialist for the Early Childhood Intervention Program, has worked for the Sisseton-Wahpeton programs for 30 years.

Carole received this award last week for her years of service.

Congratulations, Carole!

Open letter to the Oyate

Dear Oyate:

The actions of the three sore losers (Robin Q., Francis C., Jerome R.) to obstruct Crystal Owen from being declared the lawful winner of Tribal Secretary in the November 2014 election are prime examples of why the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate (SWO) Constitution and By-Laws need to be amended so that those elected to office are seated the day following the election. Otherwise lame-duck office holders and other members of Tribal Clowncil (TC) are allowed time to satisfy their personal agendas and to turn a blind eye other important issues like "the warming house" fiasco with Marc Beaudreau - Heipa Clowncil Rep. He sold dilapidated property at an inflated price ($30,000.00) to the SWO under the scam of helping the homeless. Here's a timeline of what occurred (with documentation provided to the Sota):

10-08-14: Marc B. Proposal to Tribal Clowncil (TC) on sale. Concerns that should have been addressed: (1) Marc B's proposal consisted of a survey of average home prices in Sisseton - his proposal was not a home but a business. He could have proposed a joint business venture and invested his property to have skin in the game, but greed seems to be his motive; (2) TC ignores its fiduciary responsibility (trust obligations) to SWO membership: with no appraisal, no Reservation Planning Committee (RPC) involvement or approval, no research of property tax, insurance cost, etc., no established policy and procedure followed;

10-08-14: Tribal Clowncil (TC) Motion No. 58 from 10-08-14 to purchase Marc Beaudreau property for $30,000.00. Concerns that should have been addressed: (1) TC chose to ignore the obvious conflict of interest in which Marc B benefits by using his position on TC to circumvent the authorized policies to sell his personal dilapidated property; (2) Again! TC ignores its fiduciary responsibility (trust obligations) to SWO membership; (3) In its motion to purchase this property; TC becomes cohorts with this fraudulent sale;

10-30-14: Check 200302 for $30,000.00 from Land Acquistion Account ("Acquisition" misspelled on check);

11-18-14: Conditional Use/Variance Application (Permit No. 2014-4S) filed by Robin Q with Owner listed as SWO - Robert Shepard. Proposal for Conditional Use Permit is "Use apartment building as homeless/warming shelter". Signature of Owner is "SWO/Robert Shepard & Marc Beaudreau". Date of Hearing set for 12-18-14. Concerns that should have been addressed: (1) Again! TC ignores its fiduciary responsibility (trust obligations) to SWO membership; (2) TC completely disregards best business practices established by using RPC. What crystal ball did TC gaze into that showed them that by simply purchasing property Marc B's proposal would - poof - magically occur? (3) Signatures could be construed as a partnership with SWO/Robert Shepard and private citizen Marc Beaudreau. Otherwise no legal title is ascribed to Marc Beaudreau's signature. The slash mark indicates Robert Shepard is signing on behalf of SWO, but what TC Motion authorizes Marc Beaudreau to sign on behalf of SWO.

12-10-14: Quit Claim Deed; Concerns that should have been addressed: (1) Again! TC ignores its fiduciary responsibility (trust obligations) to SWO membership. (2) TC completely disregards best business practices established by using RPC. The Quit Claim Deed process allows the seller (Marc Beaudreau) to avoid responsibilities to encumbrances The Quit Claim Deed process does NOT allow the property to be placed into trust status.

12-18-14: Hearing; held by Sisseton City Council at 7:15 pm according to minutes kept, a number of valid issues were brought up and listed as follows, "loitering on property, use of alcohol and drugs in and outside of property, general safety of individuals staying at facility as well as public, use of facility by sex offenders, liability insurance, lack of 24 hour staffing, whether it will be a warming shelter open in winter months only or year round facility, unknown living conditions of home, general presentation of facility to community, failure to communicate with law enforcement on house rules, plans to enforce house rules and consequences for breaking house rules, failure to provide plan for facility." These same concerns should have been addressed by TC in keeping their fiduciary responsibility to SWO, prior to passing a motion to purchase this rundown property. A feasibility study would have revealed these concerns. If Marc B. was actually concerned about the homeless and not his wallet, he would have addressed these concerns with his proposal or been prepared to deal with them.

First Letter from Scott Currence - CAA, Director of Equalization - Roberts County South Dakota: The letter states that the plan is to lower the assessed value of the property due to improvements by previous owner ceased and deterioration over past couple years. The current land value will remain $1,980.00, but the current value of the building $16,000.00 will be lowered considerably in the 2015 assessment. So, Marc B. makes $12,000.00 from being part of the ruling regime and bypassing policy and procedures and bypassing RPC. It is also alleged that the property had over a $1,100.00 unpaid utility bill when sold to the tribe.

More Recent Letter from Scott Currence - CAA, Director of Equalization - Roberts County South Dakota: The letter states that the current 2015 assessed value of the property will be $17,980.00 due to the property being sold in a private sale and not offered to the public market and the minor repairs made by the previous owner did not increase the value. Marc Beaudreau benefited by using his position on TC to circumvent the authorized policies in selling his personal dilapidated property. This covert deal by Tribal Clowncil is a prime example why their meetings need to be broadcasted to all SWO members over the radio station and not hidden from the public.

With diminishing respect for TC,

Francis M. Simon, SWO member.

Poems from the pen of Elden Hayes

Losing Mother Earth

I do not dance the traditional way

I am very proud of those who do,

culture needs to be passed on

those customs that belong to the Sioux.

We are the tenders of mother earth

we watch over the sacred land,

in a time of global warming

people have failed to understand.

Mother earth is slowly dying

and man once again is the culprit,

it feels like we ruin everything

from the rainforest to the pulpit.

We still belong to the sweat lodge

and we still use the vision quest,

mother earth sits on the jury

and the guilty ones should confess.

Stop the slaughter of the trees

let mother earth draw a deep breath,

there is a need to work together

and make green- house gas die its death.

Crowded cities keep getting bigger

animal habitat slips away,

humans are always the reason

I know that we will be made to pay.

Glaciers are starting to melt

soon we will lose the polar bear,

everything will become extinct

there will be no one left to care…..


Guarded Wall

Locked behind the guarded wall

inside of the self-made dungeon

created to keep erosion out

and keep the world from getting in


placing faith in the wrong solution

robbed all the trust that I have had,

I know that the world can be so cruel

but seldom has it seemed so bad


they say we walk in the end times

generations have said that before

they have sought a glory in dying

trying to see what's behind the door


in the mean time life moves on

new generations have not changed things,

the poor man has no excuses

he's just living life for what it brings


we've proven that we are survivors

even though there's  nothing to show

retreating behind a make believe wall

where pain is not allowed to go.


Poetry of Tyler Goodkill

Tread softly

Tread softly for they lay beneath our feet:

The dead and gone,

laid to rest in peace the old,

young, strong and weak,

good or bad - in memory we keep!

Their names, birth and death.

All etched in stone, wood or cement

in hallowed ground they rest,

wandering in the minds

of the lives they blessed!

Their laughs, cries and the memories

are what we have left.

"Until the day we meet again,"

At the crossroads they wait.

With an open hand,

for the "dead and gone,"

I pray you rest in peace!

Tread softly- for they lay beneath our feet!


Tyler M. Goodkill



Always and forever

til the dirt rots my bones

always and in-after

our love etched in stone

it's us against the world

til the dirt rots us both!


Tyler M. Coodkill


Permafrost thaw would have runaway effect on Carbon release

By Tim Radford

Climate News Network – May 15, 2015 – LONDON—An international team of scientists has settled one puzzle of the Arctic permafrost and confirmed one long-standing fear: the vast amounts of carbon now preserved in the frozen soils could one day all get back into the atmosphere.

Since the Arctic is the fastest-warming place on the planet, such a release of greenhouse gas could only accelerate global warming and precipitate catastrophic climate change.

That the circumpolar regions of the northern hemisphere hold vast amounts of deep-frozen carbon is not in question.

The latest estimate is 17 billion tonnes, which is twice the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and perhaps 10 times the quantity put into the atmosphere by burning fossil fuels since the start of the Industrial Revolution.

Hazard underlined

In recent weeks, researchers have already underlined the potential hazard. But the big question has been that if some of the trapped carbon must be escaping now, where is it going?

Researchers have checked the mouths of the Arctic rivers for the telltale evidence of ancient dissolved organic carbon—partly-rotted vegetable matter deep-frozen more than 20,000 years ago—and found surprisingly little.

Now Robert Spencer, an oceanographer at Florida State University, and colleagues from the US, UK, Russia, Switzerland and Germany report in Geophysical Research Letters that the answer lies in the soil—and in the headwater streams of the terrestrial Arctic regions.

Instead of flowing down towards the sea, the thawing peat and ancient leaf litter of the warming permafrost is being metabolised by microbes and released swiftly into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide.

“We found that decomposition converted 60% of the carbon in the thawed permafrost to carbon dioxide in two weeks”

The scientists conclude that the microbes, once they get a chance to work at all, act so fast that half of all the soil carbon they can get at is turned into carbon dioxide within a week. It gets into the atmosphere before it has much chance to flow downstream with the soil meltwater.

The researchers centered their study on Duvanny Yar in Siberia, where the Kolyma River sluices through a bank of permafrost to expose the frozen organic carbon.

They worked at 19 different sites—including places where the permafrost was more than 30 metres deep—and they found tributary streams made entirely of thawed permafrost.

Measurement of the carbon concentration confirmed that it was indeed ancient. The researchers analysed its form in the meltwater, then they bottled it with a selection of local microbes, and waited.

Used by microbes

“We found that decomposition converted 60% of the carbon in the thawed permafrost to carbon dioxide in two weeks,” says Aron Stubbins, assistant professor at the University of Georgia’s Skidaway Institute of Oceanography. “This shows that permafrost carbon is definitely in a form that can be used by the microbes.”

The finding raises a new—and not yet considered—aspect of the carbon cycle jigsaw puzzle, because what happens to atmospheric and soil carbon is a huge element in all climate simulations.

At he moment, permafrost carbon is not a big factor in projections by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Dr Spencer says: “When you have a huge frozen store of carbon and it’s thawing, we have some big questions. The primary question is, when it thaws, what happens to it?

“Our research shows that this ancient carbon is rapidly utilised by microbes and transferred to the atmosphere, leading to further warming in the region, and therefore more thawing. So we get into a runaway effect.”

SWO Blood Drive report

A total of 26 people volunteered to donate blood, and 18 were able to give during Oyate's May 5th blood drive. Four people gave blood on the automated 2RBC machine which collects two units of red blood cells during the donation, so a total of 22 products were collected. Every community and everyone within each community has a stake in an adequate blood supply. Blood will be available only because of blood drive sponsors, coordinators, and volunteer donors. There were eight people who donated for their first time!

Gypsy Wanna coordinated the drive. Katherine Wanna also assisted the day of the drive. Space to hold the drive was provided at the Oyate Tribal Building.

Donations will help meet the blood needs of many patients in 93 area hospitals served by United Blood Services. Blood is for sharing; you have truly given the "Gift of Life."

Statewide Survey Shows Need for Increased Access to Health Services

Submitted by Sara DeCoteau

SWO Health Coordinator

Pierre, SD – May 14, 2015 – Compared to national rates, South Dakota may have a higher prevalence of anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and alcohol misuse; people living in isolated and reservation communities face access issues for receiving primary care; and hospital utilization for mental health care is high. These are just a few of the findings from the recently completed “Focus on South Dakota: A Picture of Health” survey.

The “Focus on South Dakota: A Picture of Health” survey was conducted to gather high-quality, state-wide data to assess the use of and access to healthcare services, examine the prevalence of various mental and behavioral health conditions in the population, and identify key barriers to accessing care in South Dakota—especially in rural communities.

“We see this survey as an investment in the future health of South Dakotans,” said Walter Panzirer, trustee for The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust. “Everyone from government officials to healthcare providers needs data in order to understand and effectively address the health-related issues our state is facing. The Trust hopes these survey results ignite a spark for stakeholders from across the state to work together to improve access to care, mental health care delivery and substance abuse treatment.”

Prior to the completion of this survey, no accurate estimate or baseline existed that assessed all healthcare needs, including unmet behavioral and mental health needs, in rural areas. A baseline is needed to instigate communication and cooperation among stakeholders, prioritize projects, implement effective services and measure impact.

“As we researched healthcare in our state, we found astounding national statistics and data on urban populations, but no data that focused on rural populations or that looked at a combination of disease prevalence, access to care and barriers to care,” said Shelley Stingley, Rural Healthcare Program Director for the Helmsley Charitable Trust. “We saw a need for data and knew that it would be a good investment for the Trust to fund a study that would help stakeholders and decision makers throughout the state.”

The survey was funded by the Helmsley Charitable Trust’s Rural Healthcare Program through a two-year, $1.4 million grant to Oregon Health & Science University.

Youth, school activities highlights –

Education watch on the Lake Traverse Reservation

Statement by the President on the 50th anniversary of Head Start

Washington, DC – May 18, 2015 – For millions of families, Head Start has been a lifeline. And for millions of kids, it’s been the start of a better life. Over the past half century, 32 million children have benefited from its early learning and development programs. They’ve recited their numbers and ABCs, raced around playgrounds, and learned thousands of new words. On this 50th anniversary, our challenge is to make Head Start even stronger, and to help more children and family benefit from its good work. My Administration has increased access to Head Start programs, and we’ve launched a new partnership with child care centers to reach tens of thousands more infants and toddlers. Plus, a growing number of states and cities are taking steps to boost access to quality preschool. Now we need Congress to give Head Start the resources to reach more eligible kids. And we need leaders at every level – including in our states and communities – to support Head Start, because early childhood education is one of the smartest investments we can make to keep America strong and competitive in the 21st century.

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the success of Head Start over the past 50 years. Now, let’s make sure we keep serving families for the next 50 years – and beyond. Because here in America, every child – no matter what they look like, where they come from, or who they are – deserves to get a head start in life.

Barack Obama.

SWO Library to hold annual Summer Reading Program

This year's theme will be, "Every Hero Has A Story."

We begin registering children pre-school age through sixth grade level om Tuesday, May 26th from 8 AM-4:30 PM.

The program agenda of all events featured will be handed out at this time.

Participants reporting on the books they have been reading will begin Monday, June 1st From 8A M - 4:30 PM.

All pre-school age children up to the 3rd grade must have an adult with them to register.

We will have a SWC Library Store in which the children can spend their earned library dollars on the last day of the program on Friday, June 26, 2015.

We Purchase crafts, prizes, toys and snacks for each scheduled event day with the generous support of local SWO Business Owners, local donations from community members, SWO Districts, and various SWO Tribal Programs. The donations would be greatly appreciated and are a vital part of the SWC Library Summer Reading Program each year.

If you would like to be a sponsor and give a donation, please make checks payable to: SWC Library, P.O. Box 689, Agency Village, SD 57262.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact any SWC Library staff: Delight Robertson, SWC Librarian at 698-3966 Ext. 1320; Christine Hill, SWC Library; Hildreth Rodlund, SWC Librarian Assistant at 698-3966 Ext. 1322.

Highlights of Enemy Swim Day School FACE graduation

ESDS FACE graduation was on May 15. This year Mrs. Brenda and Ms. Nita Rae graduated 9 students. Danny and the boys provided and honor song for the graduation.

ESDS Summer Food Service Program

The Enemy Swim Day School announces the sponsorship of the Summer Food Service Program, Meals will be served to all children 2 yrs. (must be with adult) thru 18 yrs. of age and under at no charge.

Children do NOT have to be enrolled in the ESDS summer program or regular school year at ESDS in order to eat breakfast and lunch.

Feel free to come join us for meals only!

Site Name: Enemy Swim Day School

13525 446th Ave.

Waubay, SD 57273-5715

Dates of Operation: June 21, 2015 to June 25, 2015 and July 6, 2015 to July 16, 2015

Meal Service Times:

Breakfast: - 8:00 am to 8:30 am

Lunch - 11:45 am to 12:30 pm

Days Served: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against Its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identify, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an Individual's Income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complain Form, found online at or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the Information requested in the form, Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mall at U.S, Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at

For more information, please contact Barbara Dinky at (605) 947-4605 Ext, 3006 Visit our website at

Sisseton School Board elections

A candidate forum will be held Tuesday June 2 from 7:00-8:00 in the Sisseton High School Performing Arts Center.

The Sisseton Education association will be hosting the event. The community is invited to some listen to the candidates for school board answer questions concerning their position on topics hot to the district. The forum will be a mixture of preset questions and questions from the audience. Please attend and learn more about the candidates.

Election are June 16. Candidates are LeRoy Hellwig, Sean Lehrke, Sarah Lincoln, Billy Rice, Jake Schaunaman, and Dean Shultz.

Sisseton Middle School 3rd & 4th quarter awards

Middle School students were awarded for their hard work and success in the classroom and in spring athletics on Friday, May 15, 2015. Congratulations to all our Middle School students for your continued success!

8th Grade Outstanding Student/American Legion Award Runner-Up, Boy - Nate Nielsen Runner-Up, Girl - Madison Fisher Outstanding Boy - Richard Albright, Jr. Outstanding Girl - Courtney Heath

Student Council: Jalen Agnew, Ricky Albright, Corbin Cornelius, Courtney Heath, Kelsey Heath, Elise Heesch, Kellie Karst, Libby Medenwald, Alexis Metz, and Ty Peterson

Citizenship Award: 6th Grade: Kaycee Barse, Teagon Bellonger, Anthony Benda, Emma Dahl, Xavier Donnell, Tessa Dykstra, Douglas Ellingson, Ashton Flute, Guadalupe Fuentes, Ryan Gregg, Isaiah Harrison, Kelsey Heath, Kendrick Hofland, Kylie Karst, Andrew Kranhold, Anne Meland, Alexis Metz, Blake Nielsen, Madisyn Pistorius, Kierra Silk, Anthony Tchida, Maleena Stone, and Emma Rae Young

7th Grade: Daniel Albright, Danae Azure, Alex Beaudreau, Katelyn Beaudreau, Cameron Bochat, Shauna Breece, Tyler Ceroll, Corbin Cornelius, Jalina Erdrich, Jaylona Hull, Pete Jensen, Joshua Johnson, Kellie Karst, Alannah Lawrence, Matthew Moen, Parker Nieland, Savannah Sahnow, Wyatt Syverson and Martina Weyand

8th Grade: Ricky Albright, Austin Backman, Courtney Benda, Madison Fisher, Reece Hanson, Courtney Heath, Elise Heesch, Vincent Herberg, Noah Hill, Angela Howell, Levi Leiseth, Libby Medenwald, and Nate Nielsen

Perfect Attendance 3rd Quarter: Alexander Beaudreau, Alanna Brant, Shauna Breece, Elise Heesch, Vincent Herberg, Kellie Karst, Brandon Keller, Alannah Lawrence, Libby Medenwald, Matthew Moen, Adam Nelson, Taylor RedHorse, and Wyatt Syverson

Perfect Attendance 4th Quarter: Daniel Albright, Kaycee Barse, Alex Beaudreau, Alanna Brant, Shauna Breece, Jalina Erdrich, Isaiah Harrison, Elise Heesch, Vincent Herberg, Noah Hill, Kendrick Hofland, Kylie Karst, Brandon Keller, Libby Medenwald, Anne Meland, Matthew Moen, Taylor RedHorse, and Elisha Sanchez

Perfect Attendance Year- Alex Beaudreau, Shauna Breece, and Elise Heesch, Libby Medenwald Perfect Attendance 3 Years- Elise Heesch

A" Honor Roll 3rd Quarter: 6th Grade: Tessa Dykstra, Levi Greseth, Kelsey Heath, Andrew Kranhold, Anne Meland, Alexis Metz, Blake Nielsen, Madisyn Pistorius, Kierra Silk, and Anthony Tchida,

7th Grade: Daniel Albright, Ramsey Heinecke, Jalona Hull, Kellie Karst, and Alannah Lawrence

8th Grade: Richard Albright, Reese Hanson, Courtney Heath, Elise Heesch, and Vincent Herberg

A" Honor Roll 4th Quarter: 6th Grade: Kaycee Barse, Tessa Dykstra, Emma Ellis, Amelia Garman, Levi Greseth, Kelsey Heath, Andrew Kranhold, Anne Meland, Alexis Metz, Blake Nielsen, Madisyn Pistorius, Kierra Silk, and Anthony Tchida

7th Grade: Daniel Albright, Alex Beaudreau, Ayianna Chanku, Ramsey Heinecke, Jaylona Hull, Kellie Karst, Alannah Lawrence, Challenge Meng, Matthew Moen, and Ty Peterson

8th Grade: Jalen Agnew, Richard Albright, Courtney Benda, Reece Hanson, Elise Heesch, Vincent Herberg, and Nate Nielsen

ART: 6th Grade- Maddie Pistorius, 7th Grade- Martina Weyand, and 8th Grade- Jalen Agnew

BAND: 6th Grade-Teagan Bellonger, 7th Grade-Daniel Albright, Trevor Anderson, and Kaiya Cordell, 8th Grade- Ricky Albright

JAZZ BAND: Daniel Albright, Ricky Albright, Shauna Breece and Dahndre Jensen

STUDENTS LETTERING IN BAND: Ricky Albright, Madison Fisher, Abel Flute, and Brennan Robertson

HISTORY: 6th Grade- Kelsey Heath, 7th Grade- Daniel Albright, 8th Grade- Courtney Heath

LANGUAGE ARTS: DeGreef/Noehre: 6th Grade- Teagon Bellonger, 7th Grade- Daniel Albright, and 8th Grade- Ricky Albright Metz/Groos: 6th Grade- Emma Ellis, 7th Grade- Kellie Karst, and 8th Grade- Vincent Herberg

MATH: 6th Grade- Blake Neilsen 7th Grade- Alannah Lawrence, 8th Grade- Elise Heesch

SCIENCE: 6th Grade-Anne Meland, 7th Grade- Matthew Moen, 8th Grade- Reece Hanson


1st Place Jalen Agnew and Courtney Heath "GUM CHEWING"

2nd Place Vincent Herberg and Kacen Huber "MOLDY CHEESE"

3rd Place Brennan Robertson and Kayla Nelson "STAIN BE GONE"

4th Place Reece Hanson and Dane Christopherson "FIREWORK EXPERIMENT"

5th Place Rylee Rogalski and Libby Medenwald "FIZZ EXPLOSION"


1st Place Elise Heesch "GOT 'C' "

2nd Place Nate Nielson "GOLF BALL DISTANCE"

3rd Place Braimen Steen "FLAMING CANDLE"

4th Place Aiyana Englund "ONIONS WITH A SIDE OF CRIES"

5th Place - Austin Backman "ICE MELTING"

ORAL INTERP: 6th Grade: Kelsey Heath and Alexis Metz 7th Grade: Shauna Breece, Ramsey Heinecke, and Matthew Moen 8th Grade: Ricky Albright and Elise Heesch

BOYS BASKETBALL 7th Grade 8th Grade MVP: TY Peterson MVP: Reece Hanson Most Improved: Trevor Anderson Most Improved: Levi Leiseth REDMEN Pride: Corbin Cornelius REDMEN Pride: Kacen Huber

TRACK 7th Grade Girls 7th Grade Boys MVP: Serena Anderson

MVP: Trevor Anderson Most Improved: Lexus Redthunder

Most Improved: Ty St. John REDMEN Pride: Brendalyn Barse     

REDMEN Pride: Pete Jensen

8th Grade Girls 8th Grade Boys MVP: Libby Medenwald

MVP: Jhett Prins Most Improved: Jalen Agnew

Most Improved: Jaylyn Brant REDMEN Pride: Elise Heesch

REDMEN Pride: Dane Christopherson

WRESTLING MVP: Keenan Pikarski (Browns Valley) Most Improved: Vincent Herberg REDMEN Pride: Dane Christopherson

GIRLS GOLF 6th Grade 7th Grade MVP: Kelsey Heath

MVP: Kaitlyn Fisher Most Improved: Maleena Stone

8th Grade REDMEN Pride:          Kierra Silk

MVP: Courtney Heath

GYMNASTICS 6th Grade 7th Grade MVP: Emma Dahl

MVP: Jacinda Redday

Most Improved: Anne Meland

Most Improved: Shauna Breece

REDMEN Pride: Alexis Metz

REDMEN Pride: Serena Anderson

8th Grade MVP: Jalen Agnew

Most Improved: Courtney Heath

REDMEN Pride: Elise Heesch

PRESIDENTAL YOUTH FITNESS 6th Grade Bronze Star: Bryson Allen, Braylon Barse, Xaier Donnell, Douglas Ellingson, Emma Ellis, Ashton Flute, Amelia Garman, Isaiah Harrison, Kelsey Heath, Andrew Kranhold, Alexis Metz, Isabel Morales, Taymin Pacheco, Alayia Richotte, Ashlynn Strutz, Anthony Tchida, and Jesi Thin Elk

7th Grade Bronze Star: Brendalyn Barse, Kellie Karst, Daniel King, Dustin Neilan, Sebastian Seaboy, Marcel Wanna, and Taryn Yammerino

7th Grade Silver Star: Serena Anderson, Ayianna Chanku, Corbin Cornelius, Slayton Crandall, Ty Peterson, Jacinda Redday, Tate St. John, and Martina Weyand

8th Grade Bronze Star: Dane Christopherson and Jimmy Mote

8th Grade Silver Star: DiVante Greeley

8th Grade Gold Star: Nate Nielsen and Aja Redwing

Accelerated Reader 3rd Quarter

6th Grade: Anne Meland 105.9pts, Taylor Red Horse 94.3pts, and Tessa Dykstra 93.9pts.

7th Grade: Daniel Albright 203.8pts, Cameron Bochat 172.5pts, Matthew Moen 130.8pts.

8th Grade: Austin Backman 338.4pts, Elise Heesch 150.4pts, Braimen Steen 115.8pts.

Accelerated Reader 4th Quarter

6th Grade: Tessa Dykstra 95.6 pts, Anne Meland 73.6 pts, Taylor RedHorse 69.7 pts

7th Grade: Daniel Albright 254 pts, Cameron Bochat 205.4 pts, Kellie Karst 116.6 pts

8th Grade: Elise Heesch 106.4 pts, Brennan Robertson 99.4 pts, Diego Nelson 93.6 pts

 Kid Kare - Babysitting Clinic planned

Babysitting is not just a job - it is a responsibility. If someone you know is beginning to take on this responsibility to earn spending money this summer, Kid Kare is for them.

The SDSU Extension Office in Roberts County is coordinating Kid Kare, a babysitting clinic designed for youth ages 10 to 14. It will be held on Tuesday, June 9th at the Grace Lutheran Church in Sisseton. The workshop will begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude by 3:30 p.m. The workshop will include sessions on the responsibilities of child care, emergency preparedness, infant care, snacks, learning activities, behavior management and first aid/choking. The cost is $15, which includes snacks, lunch and program materials. The program material will be a good start to their Babysitting Kit.

The workshop is limited to 40 participants on a first come, first serve basis. The registration form and payment must be returned to the Roberts County Extension Office by May 29nd.

Some slots remain open.

For further information, contact Tracey Lehrke, 4-H Youth Program Advisor at the SDSU Extension- Roberts County Office at 698-7627 or email at

Heitkamp to Fort Berthold Community College Graduates: You Light the Path to ND’s Future

New Town, ND – May 15, 2015 – U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp today delivered the keynote address at the commencement of Fort Berthold Community College’s graduating class of 2015 on MHA Nation.

During her remarks, Heitkamp congratulated the class for overcoming outstanding obstacles to achieve academic success and encouraged the graduates to continue to thrive and grow, making North Dakota a better place both for Native young people and for future generations.

“All across North Dakota, I’ve seen the tremendous perseverance and the drive that comes from a deep inner light that shines in our Native young people – and that light is burning bright in each and every one of you today,” said Heitkamp. “Today, each of you can stand tall and proud knowing that your success and your ability to thrive strengthens the resolve of not just your graduating class – but Native children across this country who often grow up with the odds stacked against them. Today, you are not just an inspiration – you are a living, breathing proof of the cultural strength that overcome the adversity that far too many Native children face. As you step out into the world to walk the path to success, never forget that all of us are rooting for you. Now you have the power to change the course of generations and strengthen tribal nations and the state of North Dakota.”

Long an advocate for policies that improve the lives of Native children, Heitkamp introduced her bill to create a Commission on Native Children last Congress as her first bill as a U.S. Senator, where it quickly gained bipartisan momentum – first by unanimously passing the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, then being recommended for creation by Congress as part of the bill to keep the U.S. government running. This Congress, Heitkamp’s bill unanimously passed the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs just two weeks after its reintroduction – the final step before reaching the Senate floor. Shortly after, the Senate recommended funding for the Commission in its annual budget.

Heitkamp’s plan to create a Commission on Native Children would work to identify the complex challenges faced by Native children in North Dakota and across the United States by conducting an intensive study on issues – including high rates of poverty, staggering unemployment, child abuse, domestic violence, crime, substance abuse, and dire economic opportunities – and making recommendations on how to make sure Native children receive the protections, as well as economic and educational tools, they need to thrive and succeed.

Since her time as North Dakota’s Attorney General, Heitkamp has been committed to working with both sides of the aisle and with tribal nations to develop policies that advance Native American priorities, and will continue to work with tribes across the country to improve the lives of Native youth for generations to come.

2015 Bird Tour Registration Deadline May 30

Brookings, SD – The South Dakota Grassland Coalition is organizing the 2015 annual South Dakota Bird Tour; Birds. At Home on the Range, for June 5 and 6, 2015.

"Birds are indicators of rangeland health, and as is the tradition, the Bird Tour will be conducted on a working ranch where participants can experience the interaction of bird conservation, wildlife, and livestock," said Pete Bauman, SDSU Extension Range Field Specialist.

This year's tour is located near Marvin and will be hosted by Abbey Grasslands owner/operator Tracy Rosenberg.

Participants will not only have the opportunity to visit this working ranch on the grounds of the historic Blue Cloud Abbey, they will also have the unique opportunity to lodge at the Abbey of the Hills and hear Rosenberg's unique story of transition from an Iowa crop farm to a South Dakota grass-based cattle operation.

This family friendly event will include birding, presentations, social, meals and hands-on fun including bird banding, creak ecology, and kid's activities.

Registration Deadline is May 30, 2015.

The cost to attend Birds. At Home on the Range is $20 per person. Students are free and meals are included. Make checks payable to the South Dakota Grassland Coalition For planning purposes, registration form and fee must be received by May 30, 2015.

Lodging is on your own. Accommodations include: Abbey of the Hills, 605-398-9200,; or Milbank Super 8 605-432-9288. Mention "Bird Tour" for a special rate. Visit for more lodging options. Additional family recreation available including: swimming, adult/parental supervision required; fishing, catch and release only. Bring your own equipment. Inquire at registration.

Direction: From Marvin, travel southeast of town on Hwy 6 approximately 1 mile. Enter Abbey grounds at main sign.

For more information, contact Judge Jessop, Coordinator at or 605-280-0127; or Pete Bauman SDSU Extension Range Field Specialist, or 605-886-0465.

Strategy reinforces need to protect ND Honey Bees, Pollinators

Washington, DC – May 20, 2015 – U.S. Senator Heitkamp today released the following statement about the White House’s announcement on its new strategy to protect and promote the health and viability of honey bees and pollinators in North Dakota and across the nation.

Heitkamp has long been fighting to protect the health of pollinators like honey bees, which contribute to North Dakota’s status as the top honey-producing state in the nation – producing more than 33 million pounds of honey in 2013. Also that year, Heitkamp authored and fought for the amendment that passed in the 2014 Farm Bill that directs programs like the USDA’s Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) to support the habitats of honey bees and other managed pollinators.

“In North Dakota, we understand the importance of honey bees – for both producing honey and for pollinating the specialty crops across our state which helps keep our farms running and enables our crops to feed families around the country. But our bees are in trouble – with managed bees collapsing by the millions in the past few decades,” said Heitkamp. “To help reverse these trends, I fought for an amendment to protect our honey bees that passed in the 2014 Farm Bill, and it’s good news the Administration is reinforcing the need to support the health of our pollinators. The nation is counting on North Dakota – the number one commercial pollinator state in the country – to grow their crops, our food, and this nation’s way of life. Together, we can fight keep our crops, our pollinators, and our economy healthy for years to come.”

According to the White House, “Honey bee pollination alone adds more than $15 billion in to agricultural crops each year in the United States,” including more than 130 fruits and vegetable crops. As the nation’s top commercial pollinator state, the U.S. has a vested interest in the health of North Dakota’s honey bees – which in recent decades have experienced an significant decline – with managed bee colonies falling from six million in 1947 to just 2.5 million today nationwide.

Since Heitkamp authored the amendment to encourage the protection of pollinator habitats in the 2014 Farm Bill, which passed in June 2013, Heitkamp has been working to help farmers address the health of honey bees through USDA CRP funding she helped secure.

Two Oglala Lakota are honored at White House – Champions of Change!

On Tuesday, May 19th, the White House honored twelve former foster youth as “Champions of Change” who are making a difference in their communities.

In addition to honoring these young people for their courage, resilience, and contributions, the event also highlighted their commitment to furthering their education. The event showcased the stories and work of these inspirational leaders as a part of National Foster Care Month. The program featured remarks by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Deputy Assistant to the President for Urban Affairs, Justice and Opportunity Roy L. Austin Jr.

The Champions of Change program was created as an opportunity for the White House to feature individuals doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities. To learn more about the White House Champions of Change program, visit

Two of these outstanding Champions of Change are Oglala Lakota, read more about their story!

Daryle Conquering Bear Crow

Daryle Conquering Bear Crow (Oglala Lakota), is the Healthy Living Program Assistant at the Denver Indian Family Resource Center and is in his senior year of college, on his way to receiving his Bachelors in Human Development and Sports. A proud member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, he speaks nationwide about native youth who experience the child welfare system and advocates for the enforcement of the Indian Child Welfare Act. Conquering Bear Crow has served on advisory boards for the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, the National Resource Center for Tribes, and Casey Family Programs. He collaborates and has interned with the National Indian Child Welfare Association and currently sits on the North American Council on Adoptable Children board of directors. Daryle Conquering Bear Crow is a senior at Oregon State University.

Eriq Swiftwater

Eriq Swiftwater is 19 years old and a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. As a freshman in college, Swiftwater studies Business Education and plays on his university’s football team. A graduate of Oelrichs High School in Oelrichs, South Dakota, he served as class president, set records in football, basketball, and track, and graduated as class salutatorian, receiving three academic scholarships, and one athletic scholarship to play football Black Hills State University. At the age of twelve, Swiftwater and his five siblings were placed in foster care, and separated into two different homes. He is currently involved with the South Dakota Gear Up program as Youth Guest Speaker, sharing his story and mentoring students in high schools across the reservation. Eriq Swiftwater is a freshman at Black Hills State University.

The Champions of Change program was created as an opportunity for the White House to feature individuals doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities. The event will be live streamed on the White House website. To watch this event live, visit on May 19th at 9:00AM ET. To learn more about the White House Champions of Change program, visit Follow the conversation at #WHChamps.

SDSU Extension offers online and hands-on Food Preservation courses

Brookings, SD – SDSU Extension recently modified its Food Preservation Mentor Program. What was a day-long course now includes online self-study courses and a half-day of hands-on canning with SDSU Extension staff.

Hands-on canning sessions will be hosted statewide beginning June 2, 2015.

"Today, everyone is so busy. This training fits better into our participants' lives," explained Lavonne Meyer, SDSU Extension Food Safety Field Specialist.

She explains that the online course modules, which include short videos and factsheets, are concise and designed for participants to fit into their schedule however works best for them. The hands-on canning sessions allow participants the opportunity to ask SDSU Extension staff questions in a comfortable environment while gaining the confidence through accomplishment.

Meyer will host the five Food Preservation hands-on canning sessions with Joan Hegerfeld-Baker, SDSU Extension Food Safety Specialist and SDSU Assistant Professor.

Before its online launch, Hegerfeld-Baker asked a class of college students to test the online portion of the program. Only one student had prior experience canning. "We wanted to make sure that the online portion of the program would not overwhelm first-time canners," Hegerfeld-Baker said. "The students' said the factsheets and videos worked together well and did not take long to complete."

She added that participants can choose either or both of the programs: online modules or attend a hands-on session. They complement one another very well. However, if they want to receive certification as a Food Preservation Mentor, participants must complete both portions of the program.

Hands-on Canning Sessions Begin June 2 The hands-on portion of the course includes training in the following: Canning an acidified or acid food in a boiling water bath canner;

Canning a low-acid vegetable in a pressure canner; and

Canning jelly or jam in a boiling water bath canner. Before attending the hands-on portion of the course, participants are encouraged to complete the online self-study modules however anyone interested in canning is invited to attend, even if they have not completed the online modules. Participants must be 16 or older to attend.


Redfield: June 2, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (CDT) at the Redfield High School (502 E. 2nd St.);

Watertown: June 3, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (CDT) at the Codington County Extension Office (1910 W. Kemp Ave.)

Sioux Falls: June 11, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (CDT) at the SDSU Extension Regional Center (2001 East 8th Street)

Chamberlain: June 16, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. (CDT) at St. Joseph's Indian School (1301 N. Main Street)

Rapid City: June 18, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. (MT) Pennington County Extension - Walter Taylor Building (601 E. Centre)

Registration: Registration for the hands-on portion of this program is $35. To register, visit or contact Lavonne Meyer at 605-782-3290 or

Online Modules

There is no cost to access the online modules. Simply go to the iGrow website ( and click on Healthy Families - Food Safety. There you will find the "Home Food Preservation Self-Study Course." Register to access the course and begin learning the basics of home canning along with access to many tested recipes. Complete the whole course or pick and choose the learning activities you are most interested in.

Home Food Processor Track

Module 1: General Canning Principles which includes information on the following: Using Heat Process; pH of foods; Boiling Water Bath and Pressure Canning; and Adjusting for Altitude.

Module 2: Canning Equipment which includes information on the following: Types of Canners; Jars, Lids, and Utensils; Using a Boiling Water Bath Canner; and Using a Pressure Canner.

Module 3: Acid Foods which includes information on the following: Fruits; Pie Filling; Fruit Syrups; and Jams and Jellies.

Module 4: Acidified Foods which includes information on the following: Acidifying Low-Acid Foods; Tomatoes and Tomato Products; Fermentation; and Pickling.

Module 5: Low Acid Foods which includes information on the following: Vegetables; Meats; and Soups, Stews, and Legumes.

Module 6: Freezing Foods which includes information on the following: Fruits; Vegetables and Meats.

Complete the modules that are of interest to you. If all modules are completed along with an evaluation, a certificate of completion is presented to you.

South Dakota Home Food Processing Mentor Track

In addition to the Home Food Processor Track modules listed above, Module 7: Becoming a Food Preservation Mentor; must be completed if you are interested in becoming a mentor. Home Food Preservation Mentors are individuals who are willing to reach out to individuals in their community who want to know more about safe home food preservation practices.

Completing these courses is not a commitment to be a recognized mentor; however completing the hands-on training is a requirement to become a mentor.

This program is supported in part by the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (# 12-25-B-1487) through the South Dakota Department of Agriculture. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the USDA.

To learn more, contact Lavonne Meyer at 605-782-3290 or or Joan Hegerfeld-Baker at 605-688-6233 or

Garden Corner

Submitted by Eric Hanssen

Browns Valley, Minnesota 56219

What will happen to freeze-damaged leaves? Many trees in the South Dakota have already leafed out so this recent exposure to sub-freezing temperature may result in wilted foliage or foliage that turns brown or black along the margins. Affected trees may begin dropping their freeze-damaged leaves within the next week or two. The trees that are just leafing out, the hackberries and honeylocusts, will be most affected as the newly expanding foliage is the most sensitive to freezing temperatures. Trees that leafed out earlier, the crabapple, lindens and silver maples, may often suffer a few browning leaves as their older foliage is more tolerant of cold. The trees that will be least impacted by the cold will be those that have not yet leafed out. Bur oak is a native tree to the South Dakota and is also one of the last trees to leaf out. Bur oaks in high elevation locations are still in the bud stage and these trees will escape injury from this recent cold snap. Fortunately, if a tree drops its leaves following this freezing weather, it may soon sprout new leaves from adventitious buds. These “reserve” buds are produced by trees for just this purpose, a weather event, such as extreme cold or wind, which results in the loss of the new foliage. The new leaves should be coming out during May. If the tree has not re-leafed by the beginning of June, it was probably too weak to recover and probably will not survive. In the meantime there is little a tree owner can do to help the defoliated tree. Watering if conditions turn dry is probably the best treatment but do not overwater as saturated soils will reduce root growth. Fertilizing will not help and may even be detrimental for the recovery of these leafless trees. The best course of action is to wait it out and let freeze-damaged trees recover (or not) on their own. Winter-kill on shrubs There are lots of deciduous shrubs that are leafing out only on scattered branches or just near the base of the plant. This is a combination of the winter cold, the dry fall and winter and the lack of snow cover. We usually get enough snow to cover and insulate these shrubs from the cold and if the plants do not go into winter drought-stressed then the cold is not a problem. However this past winter we has drought-stressed plants that were not fully acclimated to the cold and no snow to protect them so bud and shoot damage is occurring on spireas and other small shrubs. The roots were not damaged so if the shrubs are pruned back to about 2 to 3 inches tall, new shoots should arise and grow this spring and by summer the plants will have recovered. Information in this article comes from professor John Ball, SDSU Forestry Specialist in his Pest Update publication available online at






CASE: D-15-436-281



And concerning:



NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Petitioner's request for a change of name from SAMUEL HIGHWOLF MAHPIYASNA to SAMUEL SHEPHERD WILLIAMS shall be heard before the Honorable B.J. JONES, Chief Judge of Tribal Court, in the Courtroom of the Sisseton Wahpeton Tribal Court at Agency Village, South Dakota at _1:30 P.M. on the 17th day of JUNE, 2015.

Dated this 18th day of May, 2015.


/s/ B.J. Jones, CHIEF JUDGE




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Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate

Job Openings

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

Administrative Assistant, Public Defenders Office

Health Assistant, Head Start

Receptionist, Head Start

Closing Date: June 05th, 2015 @ 04:30 PM

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


Sisseton Wahpeton College

CFO Position

The Sisseton Wahpeton College Board of Trustees is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Candidates must possess a master's degree in accounting with a minimum of 5 years' experience in accounting. Three years' experience in a supervisory role in a college business office is also required. Indian preference will apply. Open until filled. Visit our website: for a complete job description and details for applying, or contact the HR office at (605)698-3966, ext. 1118.



Tiospa Zina Tribal School

Employment Opportunities

2015-2016 School Year Vacancies:

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

Vacancy: Bus Monitor ($13/hr) Qualifications: High School Diploma/GED+; currently has/willing to obtain CPR and First Aid certification Opening Date: November 21, 2014 Closing Date: Open until filled

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

Vacancy: Elementary Art Teacher (Sign-on Bonus) Qualifications: Current South Dakota Certification meeting the Highly Qualified status for an Elementary Art Teacher Opening Date: March 13, 2015 Closing Date: Open until filled

Vacancy: Kitchen Supervisor Qualifications: GED/High School Diploma and Certified in the South Dakota Child and Adult Nutirition Services - Managers Trainings I and II, State Nutrition Program Tracks I, II, III, and IV, and State School Food Service Certificate - Track 3 Class Certificate in Quantity Food Production (CANS) and 1 year directly related experience Opening Date: April 21, 2015 Closing Date: Open until filled

Vacancy: Gymnasium Custodian Qualifications: GED/High School Diploma, experience in building maintenance, and 1 year directly related experience Opening Date: April 21, 2015 Closing Date: Open until filled

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

Vacancy: High School Social Studies Teacher Qualifications: Current South Dakota Certification meeting the Highly Qualified status for a High School Social Studies Teacher Opening Date: April 30, 2015 Closing Date: Open until filled

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

Vacancy: Special Education Teacher (Secondary and Primary) Qualifications: Current South Dakota Certification meeting the Highly Qualified status for a Special Education Teacher Opening Date: April 30, 2015 Closing Date: Open until filled

Vacancy: Middle School Math Teacher Qualifications: Current South Dakota Certification meeting the Highly Qualified status for a Middle School Math Teacher. Opening Date: May 19, 2015 Closing Date: June 5, 2015. Vacancy: Custodian Qualifications: GED/High School Diploma; one year directly related experience

Opening Date: May 19, 2015. Closing Date: June 5, 2015

Vacancy: School Counselor (Secondary) Qualifications: Current South Dakota Certification meeting the Highly Qualified status for a School Service Specialist School Counselor. Opening Date: May 22, 2015. Closing Date: June 5, 2015

Vacancy: Elementary Teacher Qualifications: Current South Dakota Certification meeting the Highly Qualified status for an Elementary Teacher. Opening Date: May 22, 2015. Closing Date: June 5, 2015

Vacancy: Alternative Learning Center Teacher Qualifications: Current South Dakota Certification meeting the Highly Qualified status to teach 9-12 grades. Opening Date: May 22, 2015. Closing Date: June 5, 2015

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


Enemy Swim Day School

Job Openings

BUS DRIVER Enemy Swim Day School has an opening for a bus driver for the 2015-2016 school year. This is a 6 hour per day position. Applicant must have a valid CDL driver’s license with passenger endorsement. ESDS will assist driver in obtaining a CDL if needed. Health and vision insurance is included as well as retirement benefits and paid leave. Wage is dependent upon experience. If interested please pick up an application from the business office or visit our website: Call (605) 947-4605 or (888) 825-7738 and ask for Ed Johnson for details. Indian preference policies apply. Open until filled.

FACE PARENT EDUCATOR Enemy Swim Day School has an opening for a FACE Parent Educator for the 2015-2016 school year. Parent Educator for FACE Home-Based conducts personal visits with families of prenatal to 5-year old children on a weekly or bi-weekly basis to provide research-based information on how children grow and develop and how parents can foster learning and nurture development. Hours are 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, with some evening hours for scheduled events. Please visit our web site at for a detailed position description and application. This position includes benefits. Indian Preference policies apply. If interested please call (605) 947-4605 or (888) 825-7738 for more information, ask for Virginia. Open until filled.



Dakota Connection Casino

Job Openings

Store C-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.

Surveillance Department: Agent (1) part-time; rotating shifts; day, swing, graveyard, weekends, holidays, and the ability to work flexible hours. Must have excellent written & verbal communication skills, motivational & mechanical skills. Knowledgeable of Tribal, State, and Federal gaming regulations. Knowledgeable in the operation of Microsoft Word. Must be at least 21 years old, must have a High School Diploma or GED. Must be able to obtain a Key Gaming License. 1 year previous experience preferred.

Opening date:  Thursday, May 21, 2015

Closing date:    Wednesday, May 27, 2015 @ 4:00 p.m.

All positions will be exposed to noise & tobacco smoke

Indian preference will apply/EEO Employer.

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