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Vol. 49 Issue No. 17

Anpetu Iyamni, Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Inside this Edition –

Council suspends Tribal Vice-Chairman Floyd Kirk Jr.

Fair called for Tribal sub-contractors interested in the senior complex project

Keepseagle settlement funds include Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate

Earth Day 2018 observance Monday, April 23rd; See highlights next week

Senator Rounds' aides to be at Dakota Crossing Tuesday

Ladies: Please take the self-defense survey in this Sota

Reminder: Deadline to submit copy for consideration in the Sota is Friday noon

Tribal Council suspends Vice-Chairman Floyd Kirk Jr.

Tribal Council came out of a closed-door executive session last Monday afternoon, April 16, and moved to suspend Tribal Vice-Chairman Floyd Kirk Jr., with pay, pending an investigation into alleged violations and removal hearing.

The Vice-Chairman has five business days to respond to the charges, which gives him until this Monday, April 23, to provide answers.

The Vice-Chairman's politically appointed employees are also suspended, but the office has remained open with Thomas "Sonny" LaBlanc, a Tribal employee, continuing in his role as Office Manager.

Watch for further information as it becomes available for publication.

Keepseagle settlement includes Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate

Agency Village, SD – Tribal Planning – April 20, 2018 – A $760 million Settlement with the United States Department of Agriculture ("USDA") has been reached in the Keepseagle v. Vilsack class action lawsuit. The lawsuit claimed the USDA discriminated against Native Americans by denying them equal access to credit in the USDA Farm Loan Program.

The lawsuit claims that the USDA denied thousands of Native American farmers and ranchers the same opportunities to get farm loans or loan servicing that were given to white farmers and ranchers. Plaintiffs also claim that the USDA did not do outreach to Native American farmers and ranchers or provide them with the technical assistance they needed to prepare applications for loans and loan servicing.

In 2016 the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate submitted a grant to Native American Agriculture Fast Tract Fund (NAAFTF) and on Wednesday April 18, 2018, the Tribe's Planning Department received notification that the Tribe was included in the final historic settlement award in the amount of $627,785.00. The Planning Department will work directly with Charlene Miller of the SWO Natural Resource Department for project implementation when funding is disbursed to the Tribe.

The Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Tribal Chairman David Flute is happy to make the announcement of this grant award for the Tribe since Indian country as a whole will be seeing a major boost as other tribes, non-profits and educational institutions are also due to share in the $38 million from the leftover portion of the final settlement dollars.

And another $265 million will be invested in a trust fund, whose proceeds will be used to address the needs of Indian farmers and ranchers, and those who want to join the industry. The money is to be distributed over a 20-year period by a board of experts.

The Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate was one of 36 out of the 50 full applications that were included in the settlement funding.

Sisseton-Wahpeton riders travel to Ft. Laramie Treaty gathering

The Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Tribe is being represented at the Fort Laramie Treaty gathering this week in Wyoming. SWST riders gathered a week ago, April 16th, at Pipestone, Minnesota, to begin their ride to connect with riders from sister tribes. All are coming together at Fort Laramie, Wyoming in observance of the sesquicentennial of the Fort Laramie Treaty. (See last week's column by Chairman Flute, updating the Oyate.)

"I am humbled and honored to help our Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota riders, from the Lake Traverse Reservation. In honor of our I'Santi ancestors that signed the 1868 Fort Laramie Treaty and in commemoration of this sesquicentennial year, we ride for all of our O'ceti Shakowin. My Koda, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Tribal Chairman Harold Fraizer, asked if we would come from the east. I said 'Hau, toksta wahi'kte!' We didn't need to sign an agreement, or sign a piece of paper. Ehanna, when our sister tribes asked us to do something we committed ourselves by an old Indian style handshake and that action was the bond that meant more to us than words on paper. I'm humbled, honored and proud of the young men that stepped up from our reservation and committed to make the journey, on horseback, to Fort Robinson, Nebraska, where we will meet with Koda Harold and his riders, and riders from across the once known 'Dakota Territory.' From there, the descendants of the original O'ceti Sakowin, will ride as one nation, THE GREAT SIOUX NATION, to the historic Fort Laramie Treaty site and honor and remember those leaders and signatories of the 1868 Fort Laramie Treaty. Aho!" – SWST Chairman Dave Flute.

Arrowhead Builders holding "fair" for SWO sub-contractors

Tribal elderly complex construction project

The general contractor selected to build the Tribe's new elderly center adjacent to Dakota Crossing and Woodrow W. Keeble Memorial Health Clinic, is looking for SWO sub-contractors.

Arrowhead Builders is advertising a fair for all interested sub-contractors this Wednesday, April 25, at the SWST administration building, in the rotunda.

Hours are from 10:00 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Who is invited:

*Native-owned sub-contractors.

*Come and discuss the upcoming schedule.

*Review construction documents.

*Discuss onboarding process.

*Please bring resumes, industry specific.

*Tribal and Native preference.

*Lunch will be provided.

(Also see the advertisement elsewhere in the Sota.)

About Arrowhead

Arrowhead Builders is a General Contractor and Construction Management firm with offices in Tulsa, Oklahoma and Phoenix, Arizona.

The company has worked for over 26 years with tribes across the country – building in the gaming, hospitality, healthcare, education, office, cultural, site infrastructure and market sectors.

Senator Rounds staff to visit Sisseton

Washington, DC – Staff from the office of U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) will visit Sisseton this Tuesday, April 24, 2018, to assist residents with any issues they may have dealing with federal agencies.

The Senator's aides will be at Dakota Crossing Grocery Store, on Highway 10, from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

Questions or concerns regarding this visit can be directed to Senator Rounds' Sioux Falls office at (605) 336-0486, or by visiting

Native Arts and Cultures Foundation 2018 mentor artist fellows

Sisseton-Wahpeton's Bryan Akipa among the fellows

Vancouver, WA – April 17, 2018 – The national not-for-profit Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) has awarded eight accomplished artists representing six states as the 2018 NACF Mentor Artist Fellows in Contemporary Visual Arts and Traditional Arts. This fellowship recognizes established American Indian and Alaska Native artists of ten years or more who wish to mentor an American Indian or Alaska Native emerging artist apprentice for one year, strengthening the artistic skill and evolution of creativity among Native artists.

The Mentor Artist Fellowship is a regional award of $30,000 available to Native artists residing in and an enrolled member of a tribe located in the Pacific Northwest, Southwest, and Upper Midwest regions of the United States.

Following regional open calls, over one hundred Native artists applied for the 2018 Mentor Artist Fellowship award, with the finalists selected by national peer review panelists who specialize in Native Contemporary and/or Native Traditional Arts. Each Mentor Artist Fellow selects their own emerging Native artist to work with for one year. Apprentices must also be a resident of and enrolled in a tribe within one of the three regions.

In addition to the monetary award, the NACF supports program participants in developing their lesson plans and mentorship goals; each mentor and apprentice will attend a two-day training and program kick-off organized by the NACF in Minneapolis, Minnesota in May 2018. Fellowships culminate in a joint mentor/apprentice art project to demonstrate the power of mentoring to promote Native arts and cultural revitalization and perpetuation.

"As we near the end of the first year of the Mentor Artist Fellowship, we are seeing tremendous success—from in-depth intergenerational cultural knowledge exchange shared between each mentor and apprentice pair to community engagement of their joint art projects," says Francene Blythe, Diné/Sisseton-Wahpeton/Eastern Band Cherokee and NACF's Director of Programs. "This year's group of new Mentor Artist Fellows will, with no doubt, be as impactful in their mentoring and accomplishments working with their apprentices."

The 2018 Mentor Artist Fellowship award recipients reside in Alaska, Minnesota, New Mexico, Oregon, South Dakota, and Washington, and are as follows:

In the Contemporary Visual Arts:

Jason Garcia, Santa Clara Pueblo Tewa, printmaking, New Mexico

Kathleen Carlo Kendall, Koywkon Athabascan, carving, Alaska

Will Wilson, citizen of the Navajo Nation, photography, New Mexico

In the Traditional Arts:

Aurolyn Renee Stwyer, Celilo-Warm Springs/Wasco, beadwork, Oregon

Bryan Akipa, Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Tribe, flute carving, South Dakota

Lily Hope, Tlingit, weaving, Alaska

Lisa Telford, Haida, weaving, Washington

Patrick William Kruse, Red Cliff Band of Superior Chippewa Indians, descendent of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, birch bark basket making, Minnesota

The NACF Mentor Artist Fellowship is supported by individual donors and regional funders committed to continuing and flourishing Native arts and cultures. NACF is grateful to Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies; and to the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation for supporting an Oregon Mentor Artist Fellow.


The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation's mission is to promote the revitalization, appreciation and perpetuation of American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian arts and cultures through grant making, convening and advocacy. To date, NACF has supported a total of 295 awards for Native artists, organizations, and advocacy efforts in 32 states and the District of Columbia. To learn more about the Mentor Artist Fellows and NACF's work—nurturing the passion and power of creative expression, visit:

Out with the old, in with the new

By Sen. John Thune

Argus Leader – April 17, 2018 – Up until 2018, the only good news about Tax Day was the fact that we had 365 days until the next one. This year is a little different, though. There's plenty to celebrate, not the least of which is that 2018 is the last time you and your family will need to file your federal taxes under the old, burdensome system. It's out with the old, and in with the new. And not a moment too soon.

When Republicans decided to tackle tax reform, we knew it wouldn't be an easy road. At the time, the entrenched D.C. bureaucracy and many of my colleagues in Congress seemed content with the status quo. They seemed to believe – and it's likely many of them still believe – that they know how to spend taxpayers' hard-earned money better than taxpayers do. I disagreed then, and I disagree now, too.

Our goals for tax reform were simple. First, we wanted to put more money back in the pockets of hardworking Americans. It's their money in the first place, after all. Second, we wanted to reform the tax code in a way that created the right kind of environment so businesses could create better-paying jobs and the economy could reach its potential and grow at a faster rate.

Less than four months after this landmark legislation became law, the American people are already seeing the benefits. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act cut individual tax rates across the board, and this relief started showing up in Americans' paychecks in February, thanks to new employer withholding tables and the IRS' withholding calculator. According to the Treasury Department, 90 percent of Americans are seeing bigger paychecks in 2018 because of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

Since the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act reduced the highest-in-the-industrialized-world tax rate on larger businesses that operate in the United States, many of these companies have started passing their savings onto employees and customers. In the few months since the new law took effect, more than 500 American companies, including Great Western Bancorp and Aaladin Industries, Inc., right here in South Dakota, have reinvested in their employees by offering pay raises, bonuses, or benefit increases. Numerous energy companies around the country, like Black Hills Energy here in South Dakota, are slashing utility rates for their customers, which means smaller bills and more money in the family budget.

If you file your own taxes, you're likely familiar with the standard deduction. It's a set amount of money that you're automatically allowed to deduct from your taxable income each year. It reduces your tax liability and allows you to keep more of your hard-earned money.

Most tax filers already take the standard deduction, but this will be the final year they take it at its current level. That's because the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act nearly doubled it, which means you'll be able to keep a lot more of your money when you file your taxes next year. The higher standard deduction also means more taxpayers are likely to claim it instead of itemizing, which will substantially reduce the complexity of filing taxes for millions of Americans.

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act did more than significantly expand the standard deduction. It doubled the child tax credit, too. It also increased the child tax credit's refundability and phaseout limits, which not only means that more American families will be able to claim the credit, but, again, that there will be more money in the family budget, too.

In the four months since tax reform became a reality, the economy has added more than 600,000 jobs, and the unemployment rate currently sits at a 17-year low. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office says tax reform will create more than 1 million jobs, and the increase in economic activity "generates more demand for labor and consequently higher wages." This is all good news for South Dakota taxpayers, and all signs point to more good news to come.

Tax reform: Making taxes less taxing

By Rep. Kristi Noem

April 13, 2018

When you sent in your 2017 taxes, you filed your last return under the old tax code. Because of the historic tax cuts I helped negotiate with President Trump, next year's bill will be significantly lower for many. In fact, the average South Dakota family of four is projected to save more than $2,400.

For me, the bottom line has always been that you work hard for your money and the federal government ought to respect that. It's because of this foundational principle that I pushed, as one of only five House Republicans on the final negotiating team, for lower tax rates and to double the standard deduction. It's also why I fought beside Ivanka Trump to double the Child Tax Credit and maintain the Child Care Credit. We also eliminated the marriage penalty and won key provisions for farmers, ranchers, and South Dakota job creators.

But until a person punches in the numbers, it can be difficult to conceptualize what these changes really mean. Rather than waiting for Tax Day 2019, I wanted to share a few examples of what you can expect. Let's look at Jim and Kelsie. Both are teachers making $45,600 each, which is about average in South Dakota. The couple has two children. Under previous law, the family would owe $6,288. Because their tax rate fell, their standard deduction was doubled, and their Child Tax Credit went from $1,000 per child to $2,000 per child, Jim and Kelsie will now owe $3,683 – a $2,605 savings!

Let's look at another example. Liz has been working in marketing for seven years. She makes around $54,000 and doesn't have any children. Because of the historic tax cuts, Liz will get to keep an extra $100 a month from her paycheck, helping her save for a much-needed new car.

For many, the benefit on their tax returns is only part of it. Millions across the country have received bonuses, pay raises, or better benefits. Many companies – including major employers like Walmart – have increased their minimum wages. We're seeing new companies pop up, energy costs are going down, and people are feeling more confident about the direction our country is headed in.

At the end of the day, around 90 percent of Americans will see an increase in their take-home pay because of the tax cuts. It was the honor of a lifetime to work with President Trump to negotiate this deal and help deliver on his agenda to make taxes just a little less taxing on South Dakota families.

Another view of the GOP tax bill –

Tax Day truth: Trump Tax is not helping workers

Democratic National Committee – April 17, 2018 – Today's Tax Day and if you're feeling frustrated by Trump and Republicans' approach to taxes, you're not alone. Trump and Republicans promised their signature tax bill would be for the middle class, that it would create jobs, spur investment and wage growth, and that it would pay for itself. Those were all lies.

The truth is that the Trump tax was written by Republicans for their donors and gives massive windfalls to Wall Street, big corporations, and the wealthiest Americans - more than 80% of its benefits by 2027 will go to the top 1%! The worst part? It all comes at the expense of American workers. In fact:

· Corporations used their massive windfalls to benefit their wealthy shareholders - not their workers - and in record numbers.

· Corporations only gave their workers one-time bonuses, not the wage increase they promised.

· Some corporations that announced one-time bonuses have even simultaneously laid off their workers.

Meanwhile, Republicans are giving regular Americans the equivalent of a pat on the head - look no further than Paul Ryan's celebration of a tax cut for teachers of a whopping $1.50.

Americans see through Republicans' tax lies and Democrats will continue to fight for tax fairness and to create greater economic opportunities for all Americans, not just those at the top.

Tax Day Truth #1: The winners of the Trump tax - by far - are wealthy corporations and the top 1%.

Republicans promised a middle-class tax bill, but in reality the Trump tax gives benefits to the top one percent, big corporations, and Wall Street at the expense of working families.

· The Trump tax gives more than 80 percent of the benefits to the top one percent by the end of the decade.

· The Trump tax gives the richest one percent of Americans an average tax break of about $33,000 this year, while lower-income Americans an average tax break of just $40 – that's more than 800 times more.

· The Trump tax would raise taxes on individuals by a cumulative $83 billion in 2027, and would raise taxes on average for everyone earning under $75,000 by 2027.

· Last year, Wall Street bonuses totaled nearly $32 billion, the highest level since 2006, and Republicans passed the Trump tax which gave hundreds of billions more to Wall Street.

Tax Day Truth #2: The Trump tax is not helping workers:

Despite Republican claims, corporations are using their massive tax windfalls to benefit their wealthy shareholders, not their workers.

· Corporations have already announced more than $218 billion in planned buybacks, and are estimated to authorize at least $800 billion in buybacks this year, a 51 percent increase from 2017.

· Republicans have touted one-time bonuses – not the longer-term wage increases they promised – that amount to less than three percent of what corporate shareholders are reaping.

· Companies that Trump and Republicans touted for giving one-time bonuses to employees have been simultaneously laying off their workers.

· Despite Republican promises, the Trump tax has done little to spur investment or wage growth, and most corporations say they have no plans to pass benefits on to their workers.

· The Trump tax actually promotes outsourcing and in many cases incentivizes corporations to lay off workers.

Tax Day Truth #3: Americans see through Republicans' tax lies:

Americans see through Republicans' lies and know that the Trump tax is not benefiting them.

· More than half of Americans say they see no change in their paychecks as a result of the Trump tax.

· More Americans say the Trump tax will hurt their family's finances than say it help them.

· Nearly 60 percent of Americans say the Trump tax will mostly help the rich.

· A majority of Americans continue to oppose the Trump tax.

Tax Day Truth #4: Republicans' failed leadership:

Republicans have consistently shown their inability to responsibly govern, as they refuse to put American workers and middle-class families first.

· Republicans said the Trump tax would pay for itself, but the CBO says it will add $1.8 trillion to the deficit over the next decade.

· In total, because of Republicans' failed leadership, the budget deficit will top $1 trillion in 2020 and the national debt would soar to more than $33 trillion in 2028.

· After they sent the deficit skyrocketing to pass tax cuts for the rich and big corporations, Republicans are targeting the social safety net, schools, infrastructure, and other programs, which will hurt many Americans across the country.

Tax Day Truth #5: Trump has still not released his tax returns

Trump and his family stand to gain a lot from the Trump tax, but we can't know exactly how much because Trump refuses to release his tax returns.

· The Trump tax delivered an unprecedented "financial windfall" to the president and his family and could save him tens of millions of dollars.

· Trump stands to "benefit handsomely" from the Trump tax cutting the top rate from 39.6 percent to 37 percent.

· Trump and his family gain big from millions more dollars in exemptions from the estate tax.

· Trump's business "wins, big league" from a 20 percent tax deduction on pass-through business income and a loophole that allows real estate investors to take advantage of the deduction.

Bill to expand AMBER alerts in Indian country signed into law

Washington, DC – April 16, 2018 – U.S. Senators Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and John McCain (R-AZ) announced that their bipartisan bill to expand AMBER Alerts in Indian Country has been signed into law.

"This bipartisan success will fix a weak link in our ability to find and protect children who have been abducted or run away from Indian Country, and I'm thrilled the president has now signed our bipartisan bill into law," Heitkamp said. "Senator McCain shares my passion for protecting children and improving law enforcement in Indian Country, and our bill will give law enforcement more tools to solve and prevent crimes and keep children safe. We must continue the fight to make every community strong and safe, which is why I also introduced Savanna's Act to build on this progress and combat the epidemic of murdered and missing Native women and girls."

"I am gratified the President has signed into law our bipartisan Ashlynne Mike AMBER Alert in Indian Country Act," said Senator McCain. "This legislation addresses serious gaps in current law that have prevented tribes from quickly issuing AMBER Alerts and helping children like Ashlynne escape tragedy. We must ensure tribes have the resources they need to improve public safety, and this bill will expand and expedite child abduction alerts so we can help victims and save lives."

Heitkamp and McCain introduced the Ashlynne Mike AMBER Alert in Indian Country Act to expand the child abduction warnings in Indian Country. Such alerts are critical for law enforcement efforts to quickly disseminate information to the public about abducted children to generate leads as quickly as possible, but currently such alerts are not available in many parts of Indian Country – or are limited to tribal lands. By making tribes eligible for AMBER Alert system resources, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and government officials will better be able to coordinate to find and rescue missing or abducted children, particularly if they have been taken off of their reservation.

The bill is named for Ashlynne Mike, an 11-year old Navajo girl who was abducted and murdered in 2016. In that high profile case, authorities did not issue an AMBER Alert for Ashlynne until the day after family members reported her abduction. Tragically, thousands of other kids like Ashlynne living on Native American reservations have fallen victim to abduction. According to the FBI, more than 8,000 children are listed as missing in Indian Country today.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) currently operates a pilot program that offers AMBER Alert training services to Native American tribes, but the Ashlynne Mike AMBER Alert in Indian Country Act makes that initiative permanent and enhances DOJ oversight of how the grants are used. The legislation also reauthorizes the DOJ grant program that assists state and local governments in developing and implementing AMBER Alert communication plans. These communication plans are used by law enforcement agencies to expedite child abduction alerts to the public. The bill also requires the DOJ to perform a needs assessment of AMBER Alert capabilities on Indian reservations.


Heitkamp has long been working to build a more robust response to addressing crime and human trafficking in Indian Country and of Native Americans. Last October, she introduced Savanna's Act to make sure North Dakota's tribes have the information and resources they need to protect women and girls from violence, abduction, and human trafficking. The U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs held a hearing on the legislation, and it has attracted strong bipartisan support. Companion legislation was also introduced in the House of Representatives by U.S. Representatives Norma Torres (D-CA) and Tom Cole (R-OK).

In September 2013, Heitkamp led an initial hearing to sound the alarm on the prevalence of human trafficking, especially in Indian Country. Since then, Heitkamp has pushed for legislative action to fight human trafficking, playing a key role in introducing and passing bipartisan legislation on the issue in 2015 in the U.S. Senate, and continuing to introduce more bills on the issue to provide resources for health care providers to stop human trafficking and protect runaway and homeless youth from trafficking.

In September last year, Heitkamp and a group of nine bipartisan senators called for federal agencies and organizations to provide specific training to federal government employees in Indian Country to spot, stop, and respond to human trafficking and domestic violence in the communities they serve. Click here to read the letter.

Building on her work to protect every Native child and community from criminals seeking anonymity on their lands, Heitkamp brought then-Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James B. Comey to Fort Berthold in 2016 to continue to press him on the urgent need for a permanent federal law enforcement presence and an improved federal response on the ground in Indian Country, as she had been doing for years.

As North Dakota's former Attorney General, Heitkamp has worked to raise awareness about the need for a permanent federal law enforcement presence across Indian Country. Since joining the U.S. Senate, she has continued to call for a permanent FBI office in western North Dakota and Indian Country. There is now an FBI office in Williston and she continues to press for an office on tribal lands.

The first bill Heitkamp co-sponsored was the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which she played a major role in pushing through Congress in 2013. Heitkamp worked to include a key provision in VAWA to address the continuing crisis of violence against women in tribal communities. The provision strengthens the existing programs and provides tribal governments the force they need to prosecute non-Indian perpetrators who commit these crimes on tribal land.

Heitkamp has launched a social media campaign using #NotInvisible to raise awareness about the crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women and bring it out of the shadows. Click here for video of Heitkamp discussing the initiative. Heitkamp has also featured the stories of missing and murdered women on her Facebook page to raise awareness about the crisis. Click here to read their stories.

Through her Strong & Safe Communities Initiative, which Heitkamp launched in September 2014, Heitkamp has worked to address the emerging challenges in North Dakota as a result of the state's population boom, including crime, exploitation, and trafficking issues in Indian Country.

Judge rejects tribes request to increase involvement in Dakota Access review

Bismarck, ND – Pipeline & Gas Journal (AP) – April 18, 2018 –  A judge has rejected the request by two American Indian tribes to be more involved in a court-ordered environmental review of the Dakota Access oil pipeline.

U.S. District Judge James Boasberg last June ordered the Army Corps of Engineers to further review the pipeline's impact on tribal interests, though he allowed oil to begin flowing.

In December, he ordered Texas-based developer Energy Transfer Partners to produce an oil spill response plan for Lake Oahe, the Missouri River reservoir in the Dakotas from which the Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux draw water. Boasberg also ordered a review by an independent engineering company on whether the pipeline complies with federal regulations.

The two tribes have said they were being left out of the process and they asked Boasberg to order that they be given more involvement. Corps and company attorneys accused the tribes of being difficult to work with.

Boasberg wrote in an order dated Monday that "the parties engage in a lengthy dispute over who is refusing to talk to whom."

"The court does not believe that further inserting itself into the minutiae of this disagreement is either permissible or wise," he wrote.

Boasberg also noted that ETP submitted the spill response plan and the independent review on April 2, making any request for additional tribal involvement in that work moot. The Standing Rock tribe has started raising money for its own spill response program.

As for the Corps' additional review of the pipeline's impact on tribal interests, Boasberg said the tribes can continue to press their argument that the study is flawed when that work is completed and presented to him.

The Corps had anticipated an April 2 completion date, but that has been delayed by what the agency maintains is difficulties obtaining needed information from the tribes.

Standing Rock attorney Jan Hasselman in a statement to The Associated Press said the Corps "is missing the opportunity to engage with the Standing Rock tribe meaningfully on its legitimate concerns about the safety of this pipeline, and continuing to accept without question Energy Transfer's shoddy technical work."

The Standing Rock and Cheyenne River tribes are leading the four-tribe lawsuit against the $3.8 billion pipeline that is moving oil from North Dakota through South Dakota and Iowa to a shipping point in Illinois. They fear environmental and cultural harm. ETP says the pipeline is safe.

Agropur plans wastewater pipeline to dump 2 million gallons a day into Big Sioux

By Cory Allen Heidelberger

Dakota Free Press – April 12, 2018 – South Dakota's next big pipeline won't carry oil; it'll carry wastewater from Agropur's Lake Norden cheese plant to the Big Sioux River.

According to documents on file with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Agropur's big plant expansion will nearly triple its cheese production capacity, increasing the amount of milk processed each day from 3.3 million pounds to 9.3 million pounds. That nearly tripled production will produce up to two million gallons of wastewater per day, requiring at least 60 million gallons of storage capacity in its treatment lagoons. Even with an expansion planned for completion this fall, Agropur's on-site treatment facility can't hold that much water. Agropur thus plans to switch from storing the water in lagoons to dumping its wastewater in the Big Sioux River, fourteen miles to the east.

Doing so will require revoking Agropur's existing surface water discharge permit, #SD0025411, which actually allows no discharge, and replacing it with a new permit (see draft here). According to the DENR statement of basis, the draft limits for ammonia-nitrogen, alkalinity, and total dissolved solids "will allow degradation to the current water quality in the Big Sioux River; however, the draft limits will still be protective of the water quality standards."

According to an article in the latest Hamlin County Republican (print only), Agropur Midwest VP Tim Czmowski told the Hamlin County Commission at its April 4 meeting that Agropur's wastewater will improve water quality in the Big Sioux. That is possible; Agropur's pipeline could dilute some of the cowpoop and E. coli running into the river.

Whatever the quality of the water, Agropur's wastewater pipeline will increase the quantity of water in the Big Sioux. Agropur will dump another 3.09 cubic feet of water per second, 2.0 million gallons per day. That's a drop in the bucket compared to the 103 cubic feet per second/66.6 million gallons per year that Agropur reports (Attachment 3) as the annual natural flow rate in the Big Sioux at the discharge site near Estelline. Downstream in Brookings County, the river's long-term mean flow this wet spring day is 994 cubic feet per second, or 642 million gallons per day. Down at Sioux City, the Big Sioux today is delivering 2,360 cubic feet of water per second to the Missouri, or 1.5 billion gallons per day.

Agropur asked Hamlin County for permission to discharge the water, as well as to bore under county roads, put air relief valves in the right of way, and, if easements don't all come through, to install pipeline in a half-mile of right-of-way. The Hamlin County Commission, of course, said okey-dokey, although HCR reports that the commissioners would much prefer that Agropur work with the landowner to obtain that half-mile easement outside the right-of-way.

HCR says Agropur has secured 32 easements and may beed eight more to green-light the project. The sixteen-inch pipe will be laid six feet underground in most places. Agropur wanted to run the pipeline across Stone Bridge on Highway 28, between Lake Poinsett and Dry Lake, but, according to HRC, "the timeline wasn't going to work for construction." Thus, Agropur will spend over a million dollars more to bore two thirds of a mile and lay its pipe thirty feet below the bed of Dry Lake. That extra depth is necessary to keep the pipe from floating up in the sandy soil.

G. Mark Mickelson's right-hand man Ty Eschenbaum was at the Hamlin County Commission meeting last week to make sure commissioners voted properly. Mickelson's CAFO consulting firm works for Agropur in securing easements, and I hear that includes the easements for the pipeline. Agropur says (Attachment 3) its Lake Norden plant expansion will require a 28% increase in South Dakota's 90,000-head dairy herds. That's over 25,000 cows, maybe three more big CAFOs for Mickelson and company to consult for and make money on.

DENR is taking public comment on Agropur's proposed surface water discharge permit through May 11.

(Editor's note: This giant, foreign-owned dairy CAFO may be downstream from the Lake Traverse Reservation, but its ill-conceived expansion offers more evidence of the government-corporate conspiracy working against the best interests of citizens and the environment.)

Indigenous and Environmental groups hold US Bank accountable for climate chaos, human rights violations

Activists, concerned citizens, from across the country rally during U.S. Bank's annual shareholder meeting

Albuquerque, NM – April 17, 2018 – U.S. Bank is financing oil and gas expansion throughout the United States. Since announcing that it would stop financing pipeline construction last year, U.S. Bank has raised more than $2 billion for pipeline companies including Energy Transfer Partners, Enbridge, Phillips 66, Marathon, and many more.

In the New Mexico region, US Bank financed Enterprise Products Partners, the company behind the Mid America Pipeline, which connects industrial fracking in the Greater Chaco Canyon region, a sacred place for Pueblo and Diné Peoples of the Southwest, to the oil fields in the Permian Basin.

In response, local and national Indigenous and environmental justice groups held a rally at the U.S. Bank Annual Shareholders Meeting in Albuquerque, NM. The demands of the activists, Indigenous leaders, and environmental groups included ending all financing activities of fossil fuel projects that destroy land, water, and the climate, and implementation of policies that recognize and honor Indigenous and Human rights.

The rally began with local Pueblo and Dine representatives giving prayer and recognizing the Tiwa land and that the rally took place on. After the opening ceremony, speakers from Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, Louisiana, West Texas, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and other communities that are inundated by pipelines, fracking, and pollution spoke about the impacts their communities are witnessing. While the rally was carried on outside the meeting, delegates of the StopETP coalition attended the shareholders meeting to participate and voice their concerns and demands.

The following are statements from the participants and organizers of the rally:

"The siloing and funding of the corporate operations to give the appearance of not having dirty hands in the extraction oil and gas business does not release US Bank from the moral and ethical responsibilities of having harmed marginalized communities. This is especially true in the Greater Chaco region of northwestern part of New Mexico. The environment of clean air, access to safe, drinking water has greater eternal value than the immediate corporate profits and of having increasing share benefits. US Bank must reshape their portfolio to fund transition and sustainability projects," said Daniel Tso, Dine (Navajo) .

"New Mexico, with the four corners region, has been coined as the gem of the Southwest; we are a place rich in energy and minerals. We know this, as our ancestors restig place is the land around us, and now that energy has been commodified for capital gain. We demand that shareholders of US Bank and also the State of New Mexico, engage in meaningful tribal consultation and consent from the indigenous communities who are directly impacted by fracking and other extractive activities; and that we make the just transition from oil." said Julia Bernal, Co-Director with the Pueblo Action Alliance.

"We will hold US Bank accountable to its customers and stockholders for the promises and public statements they have made about ethical corporate behavior. US Bank can not finance the pipeline and fracking industries that have such an enormous impact on climate change and pretend to be ethical or moral," said Jim Mackenzie, Co-Coordinator with 350 New Mexico, the local chapter of

"The shareholders meeting taking place today is symbolic of the relationship between New Mexico and oil and gas extraction. It's important to hold these financial institutions, oil and gas operators, and the government accountable for their role in creating climate chaos, polluting our air and water, and threatening our public health and safety," said Miya King-Flaherty, Our Wild New Mexico Organizer with the Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierra Club.

"US Bank's investment portfolio is filthy with exploitative oil and gas corporations like Energy Transfer Partners, Enterprise Products Partners, and Occidental. Fracking poisons the air and water. Pipelines leak and rupture. Profits don't heal the sick or bring back our dead. US Bank wash your hands of these ruthless corporations, and choose investments that promote healthy, sustainable communities," said Lori Glover with the Big Bend Defense Coalition.

"If US Bank cared about our children's future, they would remove themselves completely from their investment in the fossil fuel industry. Human rights include clean water, clean air, sovereignty, and independence from corporate abuse. US Bank should be educating, training, and building awareness for themselves and others to invest in renewable energy. Placing residents and schools within incineration zones is not ethical," said Matthew Borke, with Michigan Residents Against ET Rover Gas Pipeline.

"Through funding Energy Transfer Partners, thus the Dakota Access Pipeline, US Bank has supported the destruction of sacred Native American archaeological sites, the abuse of imminent domain, and the destruction of farmlands and crops. They have put already-polluted waterways and land at even more risk, they are complicit in the arrest of over 400 innocent protesters trying to defend Iowa from what should be considered an illegal operation, and ultimately they are driving the destruction of our climate and communities by financing the extraction of fossil fuels and financing man-camps which increase violence, rape, and murder, particularly in indigenous communities," said Christine Nobiss, Director of the Land and Body Sovereignty Project with Seeding Sovereignty and Decolonizer with Indigenous Iowa.

"US Bank has failed to uphold its commitments to protect indigenous sovereignty, human rights, and the global climate. Words don't protect communities, actions do; US Bank needs to stop cozying up to bad actors like ETP, put its money where its mouth is, and stop funding oil and gas pipeline companies," said Ethan Buckner, Energy Campaigner with Earthworks.

"US Bank's continued financing of oil and gas pipelines, despite its commitment to the contrary, raises questions about its trustworthiness. We're standing arm-in-arm with those in the path of these misguided projects, and demanding answers from US Bank executives. A national movement is rising up to demand US Bank stop financing companies like Energy Transfer Partners, and we won't stop until they live up to their own commitments," said Brant Olson, U.S. Program Director with Oil Change International.

"America's dependence on fossil fuels must come to an end. Fracking and fracking infrastructure has already caused irreparable damage to aquifers in many parts of the country and caused serious public health impacts. We must work for an immediate and just transition to renewables," said Eleanor Bravo, National Pipeline Campaign Manager with Food & Water Watch.

"ETP's Rover Pipeline has been a disaster from day one in Ohio, threatening our homes and drinking water with dozens of confirmed spills over the course of construction. ETP's track record makes it clear that they can't be trusted to operate in our communities, and US Bank cannot claim to be environmentally or socially responsible until they stop funding these dangerous pipeline projects," said Cheryl Johncox, Organizing Representative with the Sierra Club.

"US Bank shareholders should know that by investing in sloppy companies like Energy Transfer Partners, they are directly supporting violence against our communities. Bayou Bridge Pipeline is set to pass through 700 of our waterways – including our precious Atchafalaya Basin, the largest natural swamp in North America. The construction of this pipeline is a doubling down toward the end of wild-caught Cajun craw-fishing. It is heralding the potential for the continued poisoning of our drinking water. It is defecating on the rights of landowners and cancer alley's freed-slave-founded communities alike. They should know that, so that is not what I am coming here to say. I am coming to tell these shareholders that simply they are now holding onto a sinking ship. Wherever these nasty projects create danger and destruction to our lands and waters, that's where the protectors will be. We will choke these snakes to a slow, painful, death, and that is all you will be left with – the rotting corpse of archaic projects. This is your chance, your opportunity, to turn toward progress and the future we all deserve," said Cherri Foytlin, Indigenous Women's Council for L'eau Est La Vie Resistance Camp.

"If US Bank thought they would find a friendly audience in New Mexico, they are sorely mistaken. Too many New Mexicans already live with the daily and deadly impacts of fossil fuels and have already seen too many pipeline explosions, leaks, and negative health impacts. Now, along with national allies, we are standing up to industry cronyism and reasserting our demand to justly transition beyond fossil fuels," said Rebecca Sobel, Senior Climate and Energy Campaigner for WildEarth Guardians.

"ETP has one of the worst spill records of any pipeline company in the United States. A hard hitting new report released today by Waterkeeper Alliance and Greenpeace USA provides details of their spills and violations from existing facilities and pipelines under construction in multiple states. US Bank needs to stop financing a company who is a serial water polluter with an egregious history of harming communities and waterways," said Donna Lisenby, Clean and Safe Energy Campaign Manager with Waterkeeper Alliance.

"The actions organized by pipeline fighters at the US Bank shareholders meeting in Albuquerque this week and at the Wells Fargo shareholders meeting in Des Moines next week make it clear that we quit in this fight until we have justice," said Ed Fallon, Director with Bold Iowa.

South Dakota limits voters' ability to put issues on ballot

By Dana Ferguson

Sioux Falls, SD – Argus Leader – April 16, 2018 – The 2016 election was the tipping point.

South Dakota voters passed a sweeping campaign finance and ethics law, and legislators quickly struck it down.

They have been chipping away at voters' ability to bring issues to the ballot ever since.

A year after Initiated Measure 22's demise, the Legislature passed a dozen bills tightening the reins on the initiative and referendum process.

Some changes are small, like requiring a uniform font size for ballot measure petitions. But all told, the onslaught of bills puts South Dakota in a league of its own in terms of restricting direct democracy.

"South Dakota was a standout," said Wendy Underhill, an expert in initiative and referendum processes at the National Conference of State Legislatures. "There's been more action in South Dakota than in other states."

Now, direct democracy advocates are scrambling to undo the laws that do the most damage before they're left fighting under the new constraints imposed on the process.

Discussions over restrictions to initiative and referendum have cropped up from the time South Dakota became the first in the nation to implement the process in 1889.

But they came to a head again after voters approved IM 22.

"(Voters) were hoodwinked by scam artists who grossly misrepresented these proposed measures," Gov. Dennis Daugaard said of the law during his budget address in December of 2016.

He pointed to a provision of the law that would've established a voucher system for funding political campaigns and said South Dakotans would prefer to spend their taxpayer dollars to boost to K-12 education, health care and state employees.

From there, the Legislature made quick work of striking IM 22 in 2017. All the while opponents crowded the galleries at the Statehouse and held demonstrations, including one that involved a plane towing a banner of opposition around the Capitol building.

Lawmakers tried to go one step further, mulling an out-of-state funding ban for ballot measure campaigns. But they couldn't move forward with the lingering political pressure from voters still sore over the ethics law repeal.

So they put off the conversations about reform and scheduled a summer study on the initiative and referendum process.

A panel of lawmakers, campaign leaders, constitutional officers and political science experts met last summer and mulled over changes to the process.

And in the end, they came out with a handful of proposals ranging from requiring a uniform petition and font size to increasing the threshold of support needed to alter the state's Constitution on the ballot.

"There was really a genuine effort to bring bills that were ideas we could all agree upon," said Sen. Jim Bolin, R-Canton, who was a member of the task force. "And we saw that many of those (bills) without the support of the task force were dropped."

For the most part, the task force's bills found bipartisan support in the Statehouse.

But then other lawmakers began filing bills that the task force hadn't OK'd.

The proposals filed outside the task force ranged from asking voters to opt out of their ability to bring constitutional amendments to the ballot, to requiring petition signatures from a broader geographic area, to asking those who circulate petitions to submit affidavits listing information about their background.

The changes were crucial in blocking foreign influence on South Dakota laws, supporters said.

"The goal is if we're going to ask people to be residents to circulate, we need to make sure (to) enforce that," House Speaker Mark Mickelson, R-Sioux Falls, said. "We've seen many occasions where out-of-state groups, many times liberal groups, use that process to promote ideas that don't fit our culture."

Mickelson circulated two ballot measures in 2017 and said he frequently witnessed non-residents circulating petitions, which violates state law. He said he wouldn't have had a problem operating under the new requirements with his teams of dozens of volunteers.

Daugaard agreed that the new requirements wouldn't be significant for those aiming to bring policy questions to the ballot.

"If you're organized enough to recruit 70 people, you should be organized enough to aggregate five or six items of information on each of them," Daugaard told reporters last month. "I don't see that as very burdensome."

But opponents said the measures would block grassroots groups from bringing initiatives to the ballot.

Direct democracy advocates and those who've led ballot measure campaigns in the past said the Legislature's "scattershot" approach would raise the bar for those aiming to bring questions to the ballot in the future.

And while lawmakers passed the bills with a hope of blocking out foreign influence, circulators said they anticipated it would hurt grassroots groups most.

"It's not that there's any one bill this year that's a disaster that will absolutely kill initiatives and referendums," Cory Heidelberger, a Democratic state Senate candidate and former circulator said. "It's that there are so many of them that continue to complicate the process and that crowd grassroots organizers out."

Former state Rep. Steve Hickey, who helped direct an effort to cap interest rates on payday lenders in South Dakota in 2016, said he was frustrated to see the Republican supermajority in the Statehouse aim to make it harder for South Dakotans to bring policy questions to the ballot.

"All the hurdles they sought this year don't make it harder for the out-of-staters who have gobs of money to pay for signatures in far larger states than ours," the Sioux Falls Republican said. "It only makes it harder on South Dakota citizens."

Joe Kirby, who led an unsuccessful campaign to bring a proposal implementing non-partisan primary elections to the November ballot, said it would "pretty much eliminate the volunteer petition drive."

Compared to other states, South Dakota took a unique approach to addressing perceived problems with the initiative and referendum process, national experts said.

While 13 states considered more than 45 bills aimed at the initiative and referendum process in the last year, South Dakota seemed to lead the charge, said Kellie Dupree. Dupree is the director of partnerships and training at the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center, a Washington, D.C.-based group that supports progressive ballot initiatives.

"While South Dakota is ground zero for what we're seeing in these attacks, it's part of a coordinated attack," Dupree said, pointing to calls from a Republican group of secretaries of state to defeat liberal ballot initiatives.

And the set of smaller changes also come with less voter outrage, he said.

Heidelberger and Sioux Falls City Councilor Theresa Stehly said they'd consider a broader initiative in 2020 that would aim to gut the state's laws dealing with initiative and referendum restrictions.

But bringing that proposal would require them to test the constraints of the new laws.

"This is how the elephant eats us, one bite at a time," Heidelberger said. "They don't just kill initiative and referendum because we won't stand for it, but they do a little thing here, a little thing there, knowing that it's really hard for the people to do a referendum drive on 12 different bills."

For now, opponents of South Dakota's new laws say they're not sure what they'll do.

They've mulled referring a couple of the laws back to the voters or challenging them in court. But those options come with hefty price tags. And it takes time to get the petitions needed to bring the laws to the ballot.

"It's hard to keep up with a scattershot assault," Heidelberger said. "It's a lot easier when it's a big missile like the repeal of IM 22 last year."

Preventing a privacy nightmare for Facebook users

By Sen. John Thune

Mark Zuckerberg is nearly as much of a household name as the platform he created itself. Facebook, which was developed by Zuckerberg in his college dorm room, has revolutionized how people connect with one another. Each month, it's used by more than 2 billion people from all corners of the world – 1.4 billion people use it every single day. That's more than four times the population of the United States and 1500 times the population of South Dakota.

People have the ability to share a wide variety of content on Facebook. Nearly half of American adults say they receive at least some of their news on the platform, among other content like photos, updates about family and friends, articles, and opinions. In fact, it's possible that you found this very column through a Facebook post in your newsfeed. If you're viewing this online, there's likely a button nearby that would allow you to quickly share it with your Facebook community. That's how engrained the platform has become in so many Americans' daily lives.

As many of these users have come to find out, though, social media platforms, including Facebook, are not immune to online vulnerabilities. And if you take the possibility of a hack, data breach, or simply a breach of trust and expand it over a multi-billion-person community, there's a strong potential for adverse effects, no matter how powerful a communication tool it is.

One recent incident involving Facebook and data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica led to a historic hearing on Capitol Hill, which I was fortunate enough to lead. The Senate Commerce Committee, which I chair, has jurisdiction over federal consumer protection efforts, among many other issues. We teamed up with the Senate Judiciary Committee to host a joint hearing that featured nearly half of the U.S. Senate and examined a significant breach of trust between Facebook and its users, one that led to the information of 87 million users being obtained by Cambridge Analytica.

While Mr. Zuckerberg provided answers to several of my questions, there's a lot more Congress needs to know, not just about this incident, but also how consumers are being protected across the internet ecosystem. We need to know that when Americans sign up for Facebook, other social media platforms, or use online tools, it's easy for them to understand exactly how the information they put online will be used and shared. We also need to know exactly how Facebook and others plan to take more responsibility for what happens on their platforms. And we need to ensure that political speech is strongly protected, whether it's left, right, or center.

As I told Mr. Zuckerberg at the hearing, in many ways, his story and the company he created represents the American Dream. Many people, young and old, are inspired by what he's accomplished. But at the same time, it's up to him to ensure that dream doesn't become a privacy nightmare for the millions of Americans who use Facebook. If he fails to do so, new laws may be necessary to secure Americans' privacy. The world is watching, and Congress is, too.

USDA seeks applications for tech grants to expand access to health care and education in rural areas

Huron, SD – April 16, 2018 – Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett today announced that USDA is accepting applications for grants to use broadband e-Connectivity to improve access to health care and educational services in rural communities.

"Under Secretary Perdue's leadership, USDA is tackling e-Connectivity as a foundational issue for rural communities because it affects everything from business opportunities to adequate health care access," Hazlett said. "These grants are one of many tools USDA provides to help ensure that people who live and work in rural areas can use broadband to gain access to essential services and economic opportunities."

USDA is awarding grants ranging from $50,000 to $500,000 under the Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) program. Grants can finance projects such as those to provide job training, academic instruction or access to specialized medical care.

Proposals for projects whose primary purpose is to provide opioid prevention, treatment and recovery will receive 10 priority points when applications are scored. USDA is approaching the opioid misuse crisis with a dedicated urgency because it impacts the quality of life, economic opportunity and rural prosperity.

USDA also will provide priority points for grants that offer access to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) courses.

Grants are available to most state and local governmental entities, federally recognized tribes, nonprofit groups, for-profit businesses or a consortia of these.

The application deadline is June 4, 2018. Applications can be submitted via paper or electronically. For details on how to apply, see page 14245 of the April 3 Federal Register.

In South Dakota, Horizon Health Care used a $238,303 DLT grant in 2015 to develop a video-based mental health network for the central and southwest regions of the state. The video network was launched last year. It covers more than one-third of the state.

In April 2017, President Donald J. Trump established the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity to identify legislative, regulatory and policy changes that could promote agriculture and prosperity in rural communities. In January 2018, Secretary Perdue presented the Task Force's findings to President Trump. These findings included 31 recommendations to align the federal government with state, local and tribal governments to take advantage of opportunities that exist in rural America.

To view the report in its entirety, please view the Report to the President of the United States from the Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity (PDF, 5.4 MB). In addition, to view the categories of the recommendations, please view the Rural Prosperity infographic (PDF, 190 KB).

USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community services such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit

Editorials –

Sota guest editorial –

SD ranks 7th in US for fatal DUIs

South Dakota ranks 7th in the country for Fatal DUIs - state residents run a significantly higher risk of being involved in a fatal accident involving a drunk driver than residents of any other state, according to a newly released study from consumer research group Value Penguin.

Here's what data revealed:

40% of all traffic fatalities in South Dakota involved alcohol-impaired drivers: And 62% of all DUI fatalities involved drivers whose blood alcohol level was near twice the legal limit. The data also revealed that 31.8% of all DUI fatalities were under 21 years old.

DUI Fatalities are indicative of a wider problem: A recent CDC study found that excessive alcohol consumption costs the state of South Dakota about $598 million per year. The costs were from a drop in workplace productivity, a rise in health care expenses, increased law enforcement expenses and repairs for motor vehicles involved in alcohol-related crashes.

There is one alcohol-related traffic fatality every 50 minutes in the US: About 12 in 100,000 people died in a motor vehicle traffic accident last year, and 28% of those fatalities involved at least one driver under the influence.

A DUI brings painful Financial & Legal consequences: A DUI can lead to thousands of dollars in fines, a 190% jump in your auto insurance premiums, a suspended license and even jail time.

For more detail, see the report online at:

Brief editorial comments from the editor's desk –

On and Off the Lake Traverse Reservation

It is very disappointing to learn of the suspension of Vice-Chairman Floyd Kirk Jr.

We've enjoyed a good working relationship with the Vice-Chairman, as the Sota is one of the programs that fall under that Executive office. And we haven't been privy to any wrongdoing.

The Vice-Chairman has until this Monday, April 25, to respond to charges.

Please read our news article about the suspension. We will provide information as it is released.


Chairman Dave Flute reports having had a good government-to-government meeting last week with Governor Daugaard and his staff.

The Chairman said, on social media, that the Governor is open to re-negotiating with the Tribe on a new gaming compact, recognizing use of Tribal hunting and fishing licenses on lakes surrounded by Tribal land.

He also reports the Governor is open to a joint law enforcement meeting to discuss jurisdictional boundaries.

Chairman Flute encourages Tribal members to attend this public meeting, that hopefully can "answer all the jurisdictional issues and quash the rumors of jurisdictional infringements."

Tentatively, the meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 15, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at the Sisseton Wahpeton College omniciye tipi.

Watch for late word from the Chairman's office to confirm the date.


Please read Alana Little Bird's open letter concerning what happened on the Sisseton school bus while her children were returning home Monday afternoon, April 16.

While the school administration may not have considered the incident as an "accident," the SD Highway Patrol has been asked to investigate.

We do not know what happened, but we hear, through Alana, what her children describe. And they describe a bus ride where speed and swaying on the roadway made them nervous, and then a trip onto the shoulder, and bumps – some tossing them and other students against the windows – caused, yes, indeed, an "accident."


Sisseton Wahpeton College has announced its 36th annual graduation will be held on Saturday, May 12.

Please mark the date on your calendars and come and show support for the graduates!


Ladies, please consider taking a self-defense training survey.

The SWO Behavioral Health program is conducting the survey to determine if there is enough interest to provide self-defense training for our Oyate women.

The survey is in this week's Sota.


Please see this week's update – #59 – on the Dakota Magic Casino renovation.

The countdown now stands at 36 weeks until completion.

Check out this space provided by the Sota for the construction project update each week (or as they are provided).


Elder's Meditation:

"You must be prepared and know the reason why you dance."

–Thomas Yellowtail, CROW

Inside every human being is a need to dance. We dance to music. Have you even wondered why people are moved when they hear an Indian Drum? The drum is the heartbeat of the Mother Earth. Every Indian dance is for a purpose and a reason. Every Song is for a reason. The beat of the drum makes our bodies, minds, and spirits join together in harmony. It allows us to connect to Mother Earth and to each other. The dance aligns our minds to think spiritual thoughts. Dancing to the drum is healthy.


Words to consider (or, perhaps not!):

You couldn't even prove the White House staff sane beyond a reasonable doubt.  Ed Meese (1931 - ), on the Hinckley verdict

I do not have a psychiatrist and I do not want one, for the simple reason that if he listened to me long enough, he might become disturbed. - James Thurber (1894 - 1961), "Carpe Noctem, If You Can", in "Credos and Curios" (1962)

Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example. - Mark Twain (1835 - 1910), Pudd'nhead Wilson (1894)

Doing nothing is very hard to do ... you never know when you're finished. - Leslie Nielsen (1926 - )

Psychiatry enables us to correct our faults by confessing our parents' shortcomings. - Laurence J. Peter (1919 - 1988)

Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names. - John F. Kennedy (1917 - 1963)

A perpetual holiday is a good working definition of hell. - George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950), Parents and Children (1914) "Children's Happiness"

I'm living so far beyond my income that we may almost be said to be living apart. - e e cummings (1894 - 1962)

Nobody knows the age of the human race, but everybody agrees that it is old enough to know better. – Anonymous

Patience has its limits. Take it too far, and it's cowardice. - George Jackson (1941 - 1971)


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Obituaries –

Services for Winter Sky Barker

Winter Sky Barker "Ka bde za Ho" (Clear Voice) was born on February 11th, 2015 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota to Korey D. Finley. He Journeyed to the Spirit World on April 10th, 2018 in Breckenridge, Minnesota.

As small as Winter was, he had a smile that could light up the biggest of rooms!

He loved playing and being with his brothers.

He loved Spiderman. He had his very own Spiderman doll that he took with him everywhere and slept with.

Winter was a cuddler and loved giving kisses.

Survived by his mother: Korey D. Finley; step-father: Brendon Barker; siblings: Keidan Begaye, Magazu Begaye, Madrid Begaye, Zavery Finley, Athan Begaye, Jayce Barker, Jonathan Barker, Angel Rockbridge, Kimaya Begaye and Rhiewon Begaye; grandparents and a host of other relatives and friends.

All-night wakes were held on Thursday and Friday, April 19-20, at the SWO community center, Agency Village, SD.

Funeral service for Winter Barker was held on Saturday afternoon , April 21st, at the community center, with Jr. Heminger, Pastor Milton Owen and Reverend Enright Big Horn officiating.

Special music by Billy Kohl.

Interment followed at the Ascension Presbyterian Cemetery, Big Coulee, South Dakota.

Honorary Casketbearers: Angel Rockbridge, Keidan Begaye, Magazu Begaye, Kimaya Begaye, Madrid Begaye, Zavery Finley, Rhiewon Begaye, Athan Begaye, Jayce Barker, Jonathan Barker, Jasiahus (Finley)Redday, Brandon(Finley) Redday and Daeson Leo Merrit "Best Friend"

Casketbearers: Avery Finley, Harley Finley, Justin Brant, and Tyson Brant

Serving the family was the Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted, Minnesota.

Online condolences can be directed to

Services held for John Feather

John "Bunker" Feather Jr., 84, Korean War Veteran of the 187th Regimental Combat Team/Airborne, passed away early Friday, April 13, 2018.

Funeral service was held on Monday afternoon, April 16, 2018 at the SWO community center, Agency Village, SD, with Jr. Heminger officiating.

Pianist was Billy Kohl.

Pallbearers were Jr. Feather, Lorean Lowe, Clifton Feather Jr., Brian Bartunek, Kelley Feather, Deleno Renville, Clayton Ellingson Sr., John Feather III, Tanner Bartunek, Sombuntane Nom and Julius Feather.

Honorary Pallbearers were all of John's friends and veterans.

Wake services were held on Saturday and Sunday at the community center.

Interment was in the new Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Veterans Cemetery, Sisseton, SD with military rites by the United Veterans.

The Cahill Funeral Chapel was in charge of funeral arrangements.

In Memory of John Bernard Feather Jr. "Bunker"

John Bernard Feather Jr. was born July 2nd, 1933 in Marty, SD.

He was known by his friends and relatives as Bunker.

He grew up in the Wagner area where he attended school and worked various jobs as a young man.

At the age of 18, John enlisted in the United States Army. He was a paratrooper in the 187th Airborne Division, during the Korean War. John was proud to have served our country for 3 years during that time.

After being honorably discharged, he went on to have eleven children total in his lifetime: John Feather Jr., Crystal Feather, Judy Johnson, Nancy Johnson, Darla Feather, Faralyn Feather Sr., Questa Feather, Garfield Feather, Terri Feather, Kelley Feather, and Camille Feather.

John married Joan LaBelle in 1990. They raised their two children in Aberdeen, SD. They moved to the Sisseton area in the mid nineties.

He continued to work and stayed active in veteran affairs. He enjoyed standing Honor Guard and raising the flags along with the other veterans.

He liked to travel and would visit his loved ones as much as he possible could.

John was proud of his sobriety. He was a motivational speaker and sponsor for Alcoholics Anonymous.

John enjoyed many things throughout his life. He liked to joke and tease a lot, but always brought a smile to your face. He always had good advice for anybody in any situation. Of all the things he enjoyed doing – he enjoyed spending time with his wife Joan Feather.

John is survived by his wife, Joan Feather of Peever, SD; children John Feather Jr. of Duluth, MN, Crystal Feather of Wagner, SD, Judy Johnson, Nancy Johnson, Darla Feather of Minneapolis, MN, Questa Feather of Minneapolis, MN, Garfield Feather of Minneapolis, MN, Terri Feather of Minneapolis, MN, Kelley Feather of Watertown, SD and Camille Feather of Peever, SD; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

John was preceded in death by his parents, John Feather Sr. and Edith (Thorton) Feather and son Faralyon Feather Sr.

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

Vincent Robert Max Jr. services held

Vincent Robert Max Jr. "Hanpa Pena Hoksina", age 55, of Sisseton, SD journeyed to the Spirit World on April 14, 2018.

He was born on February 16, 1963 in Sisseton, SD the son of Vincent Max Sr. and Virginia (Johnson) Max.

Vincent met the love of his life, Denise Robinson, in 1984.

Victoria Lynn was born 10-10-1985; Robert John was born 8-20-1986; and Nicolette Mae was born 6-23-1995.

He went to SWCC for carpentry, worked for SWCC for 7 years.

He worked at Dakota Magic in security, maintenance and surveillance.

He worked at Woodland Cabinetry for 6 months and then returned to Dakota Magic in the slot department and worked in surveillance until March 13th of this year.

He liked to cruise and listen to oldies.

He liked to play the slots.

He liked to play moccasin.

He liked to watch Sanford & Son. His favorite movie was "The Warriors."

He smoked Marlboro Lights and drank Diet Coke.

He liked to play horseshoes, volleyball, and beanbags and enjoyed cookouts.

He liked to go thrifting.

He was a big Patriots fan and was a Husker fan.

He was a humble and humorous person who walked as a real Dakota man.

He is survived by his long-time companion Denise Robinson; children Victoria Lynn, Robert John Everette and Nicolette Max; his mother Virginia Max; brothers Jeffrey Max Sr. and Travis Max Sr.; sister Denise Max (Felix Jr.) Renville, Arlys Max; aunts Rose Max and Joanne Renville; many nieces, nephews and grandchildren; other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by his father Vincent Max Sr. and a sister Collette Max.

Traditional service was held at noon on Saturday, April 21, 2018, at the SWC omniciye tipi. Laverne Black Thunder and Robert Gill were the spiritual leaders.

Interment is at Felix and Denise Renville residence, Max / Renville Family Cemetery, Agency Village, SD.

An all-night wake service was held Thursday at Vincent's residence in Crawfordsville, and a second all-night wake service was held at the SWC auditorium.

Casket bearers were Felix Renville III, Josh Max, Jerrad Max, T.J. Max, Joe Max, Jeff Max Jr., Cullen Max, Jace Max, Inyan Ha Max, Mato Mallory, Kent Mallory and Jamison Robinson.

Honorary casket bearers aere all Moccasin Players, past and present, Dakota Magic Casino co-workers, and William Ryan and Blair Ryan.

Chilson Funeral home served the family. On-line condolences can be made to

Memorial service held for Lloyd Peniska

Memorial service for Lloyd Reese "Louie" Peniska, 53, of Wilmot, SD was held last Friday morning, April 20, 2018 at Wilmot Lutheran Church, Wilmot, SD with Rev. Sheila Pohl officiating.

Organist was Janice Vreim.

Urn bearers were Rick Huff and Donald Huff.

Honorary Urn Bearers were all of Lloyd's grandchildren, family, friends and co-workers.

Inurnment is in the Wilmot Cemetery, Wilmot, SD.

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


Lloyd Reese Peniska was born on September 3, 1964 in Sisseton, SD to Jess and Ione (Redwing) Peniska. He was named after Lloyd & Clarice Fredrickson where it was rumored that he was born at the gas pumps at Lloyd's Store in Big Coulee.

Lloyd grew up in Wilmot, SD and graduated from Wilmot High School in 1982.

In 1991 he married Laurie Herold at Milbank, SD. They resided in Wilmot and raised their family.

Lloyd worked various jobs in the area including JZ's honey company, local painting crews, and for the past ten years he worked at Woodland Cabinetry.

Lloyd enjoyed doing a little hunting and fishing, but his real passion was football, esp. watching the Minnesota Vikings. He never missed a chance to cheer them on. He followed every sporting event from high school, college and professional teams.

He enjoyed softball and spending time with grandchildren, family and friends.

Lloyd liked helping out his friends and family however he could.

After his mother passed away he took over the responsibility of caring for his cousin Larry until his death in 2015.

Lloyd also had a love for animals esp. his dog Squeek who was always at his side.

Lloyd passed away on April 16, 2018 at Avera McKennon Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD at the age of 53.

Lloyd is survived by his wife, Laurie of Wilmot; three children Justin, Kaitlyn (Matthew) Fliehs, and Jayson all of Wilmot, SD; three grandchildren, Brytan Andrew, Bennit Reese and Brady William; three brothers, Gerald Lake of Fargo, ND, Donald Lake of Denver, CO and Tim (Kathy) Lake of Watertown, SD, Father-in-law, Bill Herold of Waubay, several nieces and nephews.

Lloyd was preceded in death, by his parents, five brothers, Richard Lake, Harold Lake, Ronald Lake, Melvin Lake and Earl Peniska; one sister, Audrey Peniska and his cousin Larry Raymond.

Services for Alan Shepherd

Alan Joseph Shepherd "Wihmunke Hoksina" (Rainbow Boy), age 54, of Sisseton, South Dakota has gone home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at the Coteau des Prairies Hospital in Sisseton, South Dakota.

He was born on September 10, 1963 in Sisseton, South Dakota the son of Roger White Bear and Della Shepherd.

Alan got his GED from The Sisseton High School and later attended school in Denver, Colorado, United Tribes for carpentry and Sisseton- Wahpeton College for masonry.

He enjoyed fishing, spearing, taking walks and visiting family and friends. Alan was fond of going to Pow Wows, singing, playing moccasin, playing bingo and loving the outdoors!

He also enjoyed visiting his nieces, nephews and grandchildren!

He loved watching his favorite team the Dallas Cowboys and taking scenic rides with his Kodas.

Survived by his son: Rain Shepherd; mother: Della Shepherd Bernard; brothers and sisters: Harold Bernard, Delmer Bernard, Debra Bernard, Darwin Bernard and Doreen Bernard; nieces, nephews and grandchildren; special friend: Autumn White and her daughter Summer White; many other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by his father Roger White Bear, adopted father Delano "Eddie" Bernard, a brother Edwayne Bernard, half brother James Bernard and by paternal grandmother Alice White Bear.

Funeral services for Alan Shepherd were held Saturday afternoon, April 21st, 2018 at the Old Agency District Center, Agency Village, SD.

Officiating were Pastor Phil Lawrence, Pastor Jerome Renville, Pastor Milton Owen "Nippy", Pastor Jim Bird and Gerald Heminger Jr.-C.L.P.

Special Music by Edward Rousseau Sr. and Pastor Phil Lawrence.

All-night wakes were held Thursday and Friday at the Old Agency District Center.

Honorary Casket Bearers were his dialysis nurses, and all SWO singers and moccasin players.

Special Mentioned: Marsha LaFontaine, Mike LaFontaine, Kevin LaFontaine, Cliffford "Coke" LaFontaine, Dennis Jackson Jackie Bird, Todd Marks, Fort Peck Singers, Glenn German Sr., Dean Abraham Jr., Harry Renville, Lynelle Haug.

Casket Bearers were Abrey Flute, Lance Haug, Dion Bernard, Edward Rousseau Sr., Vine Marks Jr. "Hokie," Kenny Kirk, Lyndon Haug, Zerrick Locke, Noah Bernard, and Dave Flute.

Interment followed at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church Cemetery.

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted, Minnesota served the family. Online condolences may be made to

Notice of editorial policy

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Documents detail abuse in Breckenridge child's death

Breckenridge, MN (Valley News Live) – April 19, 2018 – Criminal charges have been filed against the father of a 3-year-old Breckenridge, Minn. boy who died last Tuesday of homicidal violence.

Thirty-five year old Tracy Norman Brant was charged with one count of felony murder, three counts of third degree assault, and two counts of malicious punishment.

Court documents detail evidence that three-year-old Winter Sky Barker suffered abuse on more than one occasion—and ruling the death a homicide.

The medical examiner found evidence of abuse—including injuries to the head, face, abdomen, extremities and back, as well as previously fractured ribs.

The cause of death was determined to be due to blunt force trauma to the stomach.

Below are some details from the court report:

Police first responded to a report of a child not breathing just after 10 a.m. on April 10. Breckenridge police chief Kris Karlgaard first observed first observed Winter's father, Tracy Brant performing chest compressions on Winter. Winter was not breathing and had no pulse. Chief Karlgaard began CPR and then another officer and ambulance crew arrived. They were unable to resuscitate Winter and he was pronounced dead at 10:40 a.m.

Brant's partner, Ramona Shortman, is not Winter's biological mother, however the couple have three children together—all younger than Winter.

Shortman lives with Brant at the Park Manor, and while medics were attempting to revive Winter, she uttered, "I know [the victim] is covered in bruises and has bumps on his head, but he was fine yesterday."

Brant, Shortman, the couple's three children and Winter had just moved to Park Manor this past February.

On the afternoon of April 9, Winter vomited once and then again while being washed off. He slept on the living room loveseat that night—it was covered with trash bags to protect the furniture in case Winter vomited again.

Shortman was at an appointment the next morning when Brant called her, saying, "I think Winter's dead."

Brant told Chief Karlgaard that he did not object to an autopsy, and he wanted to know what happened to Winter.

Examination revealed linear bruises consistent with bring struck with a wire-like object. The caretakers told authorities that Winter would often fight with his 28-month-old brother using plastic hangers. But the medical examiner said the injuries were not consistent with that, nor was a 28-month-old capable of causing those injuries. Further, neither medical personnel nor officers observed similar marks on the 28-month-old.

The medical examiner concluded the death was a homicide, from blunt force trauma to the stomach. She also found contusions of the head, face, abdomen, extremities and back, and healing rib fractures approximately six to eight weeks old.

Some of the injuries indicate the abuser used two arms to grab the child; Shortman only has one arm.

Trauma found to the head is consistent with a violent fall.

In an interview with police, Shortman said Winter had fallen to the floor head first a week before his death. She iced the injury and gave Winter pain relief medication.

When asked if Brant ever hit Shortman, Shortman admitted he had, and pointed to her mouth, saying he had caused scarring. As a result of that incident, Brant was ordered to take domestic abuse classes, but Shortman didn't know whether he followed through.

Winter's biological mother, Korey Finley, also said Brant had struck her in the mouth on one occasion, causing her bridgework to break. On another occasion, Brant choked her. Finley said she was scared of how Brant would treat her children, and said he wanted to be strict with Winter. Sometimes he would make Winter stand upright for hours at a time, and "smacked" the back of his legs if he slouched.

Both Brant and Shortman acknowledge that Brant was responsible for discipline at home. They said he'd spank the children or make them stand in the corner. At one point in his interview, Brant admitted that he "should have taken [the victim] to the hospital."

Shortman disclosed to authorities how she turned her life around after being charged with aggravated assault twice when she was 18 years old. Regarding Winter's abuse, she said she felt Brant did not "do this."

Prior to the current charges, Brant was already incarcerated in the Wilkin County Jail, on an outstanding unrelated warrant from Traverse County.

Brant and Shortman said they were the sole caretakers for Winter—Finley, the biological mother, previously had custody of Winter, but she was arrested in December 2017 on drug charges and incarcerated in the Roberts County Jail in Sisseton, S.D. The couple said they knew no one in the building who could temporarily watch their children, and had no family or friends in town.

One neighbor told authorities the family was very loud. She frequently heard noises that sounded like something dropped on the floor or thrown. No voices were heard coming from the apartment.

Park Manor's apartment manager, Pamela Hovde, noted that she never observed the couple with more than three children, and was surprised to learn Winter had been living there. Only Shortman and the three joint children were listed as tenants. Hovde said she recalled a single noise complaint coming from their apartment since they moved in.

A local pharmacy worker told police, on the day Winter became sick right before his death, Shortman came to fill a prescription and seemed "high."

Open letter to the Oyate

Submitted by Alana Little Bird

April 16, 2018

 The worst thought and feeling, to come home to my children saying their bus went into a ditch and wrecked. I couldn't even believe this could happen, but the more my children talked to me, the more frightening this incident became to me.

Angel went on to tell her side of the story:

She said, Mom we got into a wreck tonight on the bus, and the bus driver was driving kind of fast – I thought anyway. And the bus driver was trying to make a tum over this hill and when he was turning it felt like the bus was going to tip. Then he kept going faster and the bus almost tipped again. The bus driver was moving his arms to the left and to the right, it seemed he was trying to get control of the bus. Then we hit a few bumps and I flew up and came back down and missed the seat. The bus was going down a hill and it went kind of sideways. The bus was tipping again, and this tree saved us from not tipping over and we stopped. The bus driver was trying to get us out, but two windows popped out and glass was broke. One of the windows hit a girl in the head. Another girl said she felt the glass hit her face. There were tree branches in the bus and then a Tiospa Zina bus stopped and they brought us home. Mom, this was scary. I never been in an accident like this before.

My son Jeremiah went to say he was behind the bus driver and he was sleeping. He said "I was sleeping but what woke me up was we were bouncing and I went up and hit my head on the window, that metal part. And then saw we were going down a hill fast and hit this tree and glass and windows were breaking. I was pretty scared. It felt like we were going to tip over but this tree stopped us.

This incident happened between about 4 and 5 p.m.

I was not told until about 7 p.m. – from my children.

No officials were notified, no law enforcement.

The Superintendent was notified, but was only told the bus had gone in to a ditch.

What's wrong?

*Failure to report the accident.

*Failure to notify parents (injuries did occur).

*Failure to get proper care (medically checked) while children were on the bus.

*Failure to get the bus driver properly investigated in a timely matter – PBT or UA'd not until April 18, 2018.

Following up, I took these pictures, showing the driver was driving on the wrong side of the road, he was speeding, and he lost control.

 (See accompanying photos.)

Open letter to the Oyate

Proposing Stand Strong Society

Submitted by Barbara Kirk

Dear Tribal Members:

I am writing to propose an idea to you all for a community effort to create opportunity and change behavior for our youth. The target age 14-24 years old. This age is crucial to our youths social skills while they are developing into responsible adults.

This proposal is for a grassroots effort to save our youth. There is something more than chasing an illusion of feeling good threw drugs and alcohol.

The community has to come together and be heard. We need to take risks and see there is more than the casino employment.

Our tribal leaders today are in the paternal mode. This is a great part of our historical trauma. Telling us what we need and investing big money into their own ideas. Then telling us what we need to do after the fact to make it work.

Our history is still repeating itself over and over again. Not by the Great White Father today but buy our own elected leaders.

I say this has got to STOP.

We are too smart of a people, too resilient and are natural born warriors to allow ourselves to be led by such deception and corruption of leaders.

This proposal is workable. We as grassroots people know there is a better way to walk in this world without the false unnatural high.

Please consider this realistic, workable plan. This is an overview. The details will be put into play ONLY when we come together as a community to accomplish these tasks for our next generation.

Feel free to text me at 605.467.3076 for further discussion.

Time and Place for A COMMUNITY MEETING is our next step.

This is not reinventing the wheel at all. Utilizing our resources to the fullest extent to ensure our survival as a people.

Stand Strong Society For-Profit Organization, founder Barbara Jean Kirk, AAS,BSW, MAE.


*Not trying to reinvent the wheel

* Utilize the resources available to the people; which is People, Land, and Lakes.

*Important to maintain our culture

*Create opportunity for a target age of 14-24 years of age

* Opportunity to develop our land while displaying our culture.

*The target age is a transition age into society.


*Develop a Board of Directors.

*Get Business license.

*Retain a lawyer.

*Apply for Tribal Business loan.

*Logo and business cards.

*5 Board members.

In-kind for Start Up:

*Research and Statistics.

*Business plan.

*Tribal People involved will become shareholders.

*Tribal Input very important.

*A political support for development and opportunity creation is important.


Old Agency Dam-theme park development.

Secluded sites for cultural experience in a village setting dating back to establishment of rez.

Pontoons-party experience.

Horseback trails.

Planting natural fruit to the area, replenishing what has been lost.

Dancing troupes.

Buffalo feeds.

Human Resources.

Target age group 14-24 transitioning into adulthood age.

Learning skills injected into this population for good orderly direction.

Making a wage while investing there time and learning a skill.

Politic this for reservation wide approval and investment.


When people invest in ownership; they tend to work harder toward accomplishment and success

A variety of skills are needed.

Alternative to looking for a high in order to forget the pain of today and yesterday.

Social skills and healthy living skills will be learned.

Pride and accomplishment will be instilled when the success is observed.

Tribes of the Sioux San authorize GPTCHB to assume management of Rapid City IHS hospital

Rapid City, SD – April 19, 2018 – In a move described as "a historic, self-governance effort at a magnitude never before initiated in the Great Plains", the Oglala Sioux Tribe, the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and the Rosebud Sioux Tribe announced that they have authorized the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen's' Health Board (GPTCHB) to assume the management of the Sioux San Hospital. The three tribes each passed separate resolutions to allow the GPTCHB to negotiate for the operation of Rapid City Service Unit, including construction PSFAs for a new facility under the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act.

This action follows a decision made by the Indian Health Service (IHS) to temporarily close of the Sioux San Hospital Emergency Department and to begin focusing its services on outpatient and urgent care in September 2016. In July of 2017, IHS gave notice to Congress that it intends to permanently close the inpatient and emergency departments of the Sioux San Hospital, a change the Tribes have vehemently objected. The Tribal resolutions formalize the Unified Health Board as the advisory board to which tribes will appoint members to guide the GPTCHB regarding the planning for the Rapid City Service Unit and any new facility construction to replace the hospital. The Tribes declaratively stated that they are choosing to exercise their rights for the Tribal assumption of the IHS PSFAs, citing a desire to assure continuity of care as well as confidence in GPTCHB's proven experience and expertise in program administration. Other Tribes across the nation have taken similar action since ISDEAA Title V statute was passed in 2000, repeatedly demonstrating that doing so increases transparency and accountability to the Tribes served.

The resolutions come after months of discussion and much inter-Tribal deliberation about how to solve the crisis-level issues which have plagued the federal health programs directly administered by the IHS. Chronic underfunding and inability to adequately staff facilities had severely affected the quality of care for Tribal members throughout the Great Plains Area. Tribes are confident that significant improvements will result under a self-managed system. The next steps will be for the GPTCHB to provide notice to the IHS requesting Pre-award and Start-up funding for the planning and implementation of this historical transition from federal to the Tribal management of the Service Unit.

Founded in 1986, Great Plains Tribal Chairmen's Health Board serves as an advocate and liaison to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) entities, including the Indian Health Service, and state and local partners on behalf of its 17 member tribes and one Indian Service Area in the Great Plains states of South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa. In addition, GPTCHB works with tribal communities through its multifaceted research, preventive, outreach, academic, recovery support, technical assistance and epidemiologic programs to improve the health status of and eradicate health disparities among the region's 170,000 tribal members.

Bill to urgently address Opioid Epidemic

Provisions to address childhood trauma

Washington, DC – April 18, 2018 – U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp announced that the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018, a comprehensive, bipartisan bill introduced in the Senate to improve the ability of agencies to address the crisis, includes her provisions to address the ripple effects of the crisis on children, families, and communities.

The legislation includes provisions from Heitkamp's Trauma-Informed Care for Children and Families Act to combat drug abuse and support trauma and mental health programs for children impacted by the opioid epidemic, as well as improvements to the Opioid State Targeted Response (STR) grant program that she fought for and proposed in legislation she introduced earlier this year to increase flexibility, enable tribes to apply directly for grants, and create a tribal set-aside.

Heitkamp worked with U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA), the Chairman and Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, to get her provisions into the bill, which was the result of seven bipartisan hearings over several months, and feedback from the public.

"The opioid crisis is a public health emergency, and we must treat it like one. We need a robust strategy with resources behind it, which is what this bipartisan legislation aims to do," Heitkamp said. "Children are too often the unspoken victims of the opioid epidemic, which is why I fought to include provisions that tackle the severe consequences the trauma of an addicted parent or family member can have on a child years down the road. And I fought to include more funding for our tribal communities to combat addiction, because no community has been left untouched by this crisis. Almost everyone in North Dakota personally knows someone who has been affected by addiction in some way – which is why I've been working for years to combat this crisis by bringing former White House Drug Czars to our state, holding meetings across North Dakota on the issue, and introducing multiple bills on it. We can't just talk about solutions – we must make sure we're dedicating the resources necessary to get ahead of the problem once and for all."

Heitkamp has long worked to combat the opioid crisis, and has been a leader in drawing attention and proposing solutions to childhood trauma and its lifelong impacts. She has hosted seven listening sessions across North Dakota with community leaders, treatment experts, law enforcement officers, and families who have been impacted by abuse. Traumatic experiences include neglect, witnessing crime, parental conflict, mental illness, and substance abuse, and traumatic experiences can lead to severe health and behavioral complications that can impact children throughout their lives. Young people who experience four or more traumatic events are three-times more at risk of heart disease or lung cancer, while those who experience six or more traumatic events are 30-times more likely to attempt suicide.

The provisions from Heitkamp's Trauma-Informed Care for Children and Families Act she fought to include in the Opioid Crisis Response Act would combat the crisis by:

· Establishing an Interagency Task Force to identify best practices: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Justice, and relevant tribal agency professionals would work to identify a set of best practices that improve capacity and coordination for the identification, referral, and support of children and families that have experienced or at risk of experiencing trauma.

· Understanding the prevalence of trauma: Data collection and reporting by states would be expanded to include Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in behavioral health surveys.

· Increasing funding for the National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative. Funding will provide technical assistance, direct services to communities, and will support evaluations and dissemination of best practices in trauma-informed care for children and families.

· Mental health in schools integration demonstration. Grants would link educational agencies with mental health systems to increase student access to evidence-based trauma support services to help prevent and mitigate trauma that children and youth experience.

· Addressing workforce shortages. Health professionals in the National Health Service Corps would be able to provide behavioral and mental health services in schools or other community-based settings. Additionally, trauma-informed training would be included as part of graduate education and training programs.

Heitkamp has worked extensively to tackle the opioid addiction and abuse crisis in North Dakota. Since fighting North Dakota's methamphetamine crisis as the state's attorney general in the 1990s, Heitkamp has been working to stem the tide of addiction, abuse, and illegal drug trafficking in the state's rural communities. On the federal level, Heitkamp has been working to address this issue by:

· Helping pass legislation to combat opioid abuse, and helping introduce a bill to provide more federal resources to address the epidemic. Heitkamp has repeatedly advocated for more federal resources to address opioid addiction and recovery. She has been fighting for community-based prevention and treatment resources to combat opioid abuse, helping pass the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) in March 2016 which uses existing funds to expand tools for first responders, law enforcement, and educators. She also helped introduce the LifeBOAT Act to fill in some of the holes by making sure the federal government is funding efforts to combat the opioid epidemic. CARA also included bipartisan legislation, which Heitkamp helped introduce, to combat drug trafficking by prosecuting foreign drug traffickers – whose products have often ended up in North Dakota – who attempt to hide behind loopholes in the country's drug crime laws.

· Holding listening sessions to identify strategies to battle the opioid crisis at the community level. Starting in May 2016, Heitkamp has now hosted seven listening sessions across North Dakota with community leaders, treatment experts, law enforcement officers, and families who have been impacted by abuse. Those meetings have taken place in Bismarck, Grand Forks, Fargo, Jamestown, Minot, Dickinson, and Hazen to discuss the federal support these communities need to recover from and prevent opioid addiction. Heitkamp also joined Fargo's City Commission for a meeting on a strategic response to the growing opioid addiction and abuse in the community.

· Convening statewide leaders to comprehensively battle drug crime and abuse. In 2015, Heitkamp hosted a Strong & Safe Communities Summit with 150 statewide leaders where they discussed ways to combat growing instances of drug crime, particularly in western North Dakota. Heitkamp launched her Strong & Safe Communities Initiative in 2014 to address challenges facing North Dakota, including drug crime increases, to make sure North Dakota communities are strong and families are safe in their homes.

· Fighting opioid abuse in Indian Country. Heitkamp recently urged Senate leaders to prioritize robust, direct funding to tribal communities to address the ongoing opioid epidemic in Native American communities, and also spoke at a U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs oversight hearing on combating the opioid addiction epidemic in Indian Country.

Mending a Broken Heart

By Richard P. Holm, MD

Mrs. H. was in her mid 80s when her husband died. I admired how she had provided loving care for him "in sickness and in health" right up to the end. Despite his expected and comfortable demise, his death broke her heart. It was like the painting of Mother Mary with a stabbed and bleeding heart. Mrs. H. began having trouble breathing, swollen legs, and profound weakness. I suspected what was wrong and ordered an echocardiogram.

Science proves the heart is a powerful pump, but history portrays it as the seat of emotion. As a pump, one heart moves about 2,000 gallons of blood each day, totaling about 3 super tankers worth in a lifetime---through 60,000 miles of veins, arteries, and capillaries. The largest artery is the size of a garden hose while the smallest capillary is the size of a human hair split ten times.

As a seat of emotion, the heart was described by Aristotle 2500 years ago as, "the center for intelligence, motion, and sensation; while the brain, liver, and lungs are there to cool down the heart." Seven-hundred years later the Roman physician Galen wrote: "The heart is the organ related to the soul." Eight-hundred years after that, Persian physician Avicenna wrote: "The heart is the root of nutrition, apprehension, breath, and the source of intelligence for all other organs." Others in medieval Europe claimed the heart "gives rise to anger, passion, fear, sadness, or joy."

We still romanticize that the heart has something to do with emotions. This is patterned in hearts by lovers during Valentine's Day; by H. Jackson Brown Jr. when he said, "sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye"; by Princess Diana when she said, "only do what your heart tells you"; or by right-wing political pundits who critically term empathetic left-wingers as "bleeding heart liberals". However, the emotional connection to the heart became more than romance and metaphor when Japanese physicians described Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy or "Broken Heart Syndrome", in 1990. This life-threatening heart weakness can occur in one experiencing severe loss such as the death of spouse or even their own devastating experience of a critical illness.

Mrs. H's heart echo proved the diagnosis of Broken Heart Syndrome, and she was treated and relieved by diuretics. However, the ultimate cure came as she mended her own broken heart with new friends, positive thoughts, and some time to allow cleansing grief flow over and past her.


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

Youth, school activities highlights –

Education watch on the Lake Traverse Reservation

ESDS students of the month recognized for March 2018

Toka Nuwan Wayawapi honors one student from each grade for each full month that school is in session.

The Students of the Month are chosen because they demonstrate the four school wide expectations consistently or have shown great progress toward them. The school wide expectations are:

Awanicihdka: Be Safe

Waokihi: Be Responsible

Waunsida: Be Caring

Woohoda: Be Respectful

Home room teachers choose the Students of the Month in collaboration with the paras and other teachers who serve a particular candidate.

Students of the Month are honored during opening ceremony on the first Monday following each full month of school.

Students of the Month receive a jacket embroidered with their name and the month.

The March 2018 Students of the Month are: Kindergarten - Ayden Eagle, 1st Grade - Jr. Blackthunder, 2nd Grade - JoJo Redday, 3rd Grade - JJ Oreskovich, 4th Grade - Savannah Janise, 5th Grade - Isabelle Herrick, 6th Grade - Leticia DeLoera, 7th Grade - Korrina Fayant, and 8th Grade - Jade White.

2018 4-H Archery participants, state qualifiers

The Roberts County 4-H Archery program continues to be a popular program among youth ages 8-18. Over 50 participants enrolled in the 4-H archery project area at the end of January. The following 4-H members came to the 4-H building in Sisseton during their time slot on Monday and Tuesday evenings: Violet Barse, Quentin Braun, Jaxtin Currence, Brodie Deutsch, Reed Gray, Nevaeh Hamling, Avery Hannasch, Bryson Hanson, KaiNaysa Hull, Jordan Iverson, Marino Lazaro, Elianna Madil, Cody Nelson, Mason Piotter, Kellen Rempp, Ashley Schmidt, Kaden Schram, Zachary Smith, Katie Spatz, Isabelle Spencer, Taylor Veflin, Keya Wolcott, Kayana Wright, Christopher Barse, Samuel Bird, Cierra Fonder, Mason Gray, Hannah Hannasch, Andra Hanson, Colter Hanson, Gage Hanson, Hunter Hanson, Brooklyn Hoss, Jayvyn Hull, Nevaeh Hull, Boe Iverson, Lauren Kriz, Emmalee Nielsen, Catina Renville, Rachel Richards, Michael Schmidt, Ethan Schmidt, Isabelle Schmidt, Nate Tasa, Tayon Wanna, Anthony Wolcott, Jaxen Dockter, Bryson Allen, Tessa Dykstra, Wyatt Gruby, Zoey Gruby, Jaylona Hull, Jaslyn Peterson, Maddie Pistorius, Brock Syverson, Wyatt Syverson.

The 4-H State Shoot in Fort Pierre will be held on April 27-29. This is one of the largest youth shooting events in the nation. There are seven divisions in 4-H archery which youth can choose from: compound without sights, compound with sights, compound with sights & release, recurve without sights, recurve with sights, open compound, and recurve open. Roberts County 4-H members who have qualified to participate this year at the state event are: Ethan Skarnagel, Brock Syverson, Jaslyn Peterson, Wyatt Syverson, Mason Gray, Catina Renville, Bryson Hanson, Jaxen Dockter, Hunter Hanson, Rachel Richards, Emmalee Nielsen, Tayon Wanna, Isabelle Skarnagel, Andra Hanson, Kellen Rempp, Kaden Schram, Katie Spatz, Reed Gray, Zachary Smith, and Cody Nelson.

RC Technologies scholarships

The scholarships offered by RC Technologies are two $500.00 scholarships individually awarded to two students whose families are current patrons of RC Technologies.

Qualification Criteria

The applicant must be immediate family of a current cooperative patron of RC Technologies as of January 1, 2018 and has at least two months of RC Technologies service: Internet, Digital TV and/or Phone.

• Applicant's family must be a current patron of RC Technologies.

• The applicant, who is now eligible to apply for the scholarships, is high school senior graduating in 2018 must reside with a current patron.

• Applicant must be accepted as a full time student to a college, university or technical school for the upcoming academic semester.

• Applicant must submit a completed Scholarship Application postmarked by Saturday, May 5, 2018.

Applicants can either pick up applications at the RC Technologies at the New Effington office, 205 Main Street or go online to RC's website: on the Scholarship Opportunities billboard.

Completed applications with all required documents must be postmarked by Saturday, May 5, 2018 and submitted to:

RC Technologies

c/o Scholarship Committee

205 Main St. / PO Box 197

New Effington, South Dakota 57255







CASE: D-18-450-221



KASON DECOTEAU,   Minor,             

And concerning:                                  

AMBER DUMARCE, Petitioner,                     


TERRENCE T. ST. JOHN, Respondent.                      



NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Petitioner's request for a change of name from KASON XAVIER-LAWRENCE to KASON XAVIER ST. JOHN shall be heard before the Honorable Michael Swallow, Judge of Tribal Court, in the Courtroom of the Sisseton Wahpeton Tribal Court at Agency Village, South Dakota at 11:00 A.M. on the 24th day of MAY, 2018.

Dated this 19th day of April, 2018.


/s/ B.J. Jones, CHIEF JUDGE









CASE: D-18-438-209



LATAYA JALEIGH HILL, Minor,                   

And concerning:                                  

JAMI E DONNELL, Petitioner,                      


SYLVESTER HILL, Respondent.                    



NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Petitioner's request for a change of name from LATAYA JALEIGH HILL to LATAYA JALEIGH DONNELL shall be heard before the Honorable Michael Swallow, Judge of Tribal Court, in the Courtroom of the Sisseton Wahpeton Tribal Court at Agency Village, South Dakota at 10:30 A.M. on the 24th day of MAY, 2018.

Dated this 19th day of April, 2018


/s/ B.J. Jones, CHIEF JUDGE









CASE: D-18-438-209



PENELOPE ROSE DAY-BEDEAU, Minor,                 

And concerning:                                  




NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Petitioner's request for a change of name from PENELOPE ROSE DAY-BEDUEAU to PENELOPE ROSE WILLIAMS shall be heard before the Honorable Michael Swallow, Judge of Tribal Court, in the Courtroom of the Sisseton Wahpeton Tribal Court at Agency Village, South Dakota at 10:00 A.M. on the 24th day of MAY, 2018.

Dated this 19th day of April, 2018


/s/ B.J. Jones, CHIEF JUDGE






The Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate of the Lake Traverse Reservation is now accepting competitive sealed bids on one (1) individual home site.

All bids must be addressed to: Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate, Attention Tribal Realty Department, P.O. Box 509, Agency Village, SD 57262.

Your bid shall be plainly marked on the outside of the envelope as follows: "BID ON LAND FOR SALE BY THE SISSETON-WAHPETON OYATE."

The tract of land offered for sale is legally described as: SE¼ NE¼ , in Section 18 T.125N. R.52W., Dry wood Lake Township Roberts County Containing 2.5 acres.

The Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate reserves the right to reject any and all bids. The Sisseton-Wahpeton also reserves the right to allow a Tribal Member to match the high bid.

The bid period will be for thirty (30) calendar days beginning on April 16, 2018 to May 16, 2018, until 4:30 p.m. Bid opening will be made by the governing authority of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate on or after May 16, 2018.



Request for Bids

Requesting sealed bids for:

SWO Waterline and Watering Facility

100' Well

Pumping Plant with pressure tank

Trench and install 5,065 l.f. PVC SDR 26 1 ½" pipe and appurtenances

2 - 13' outside diameter rubber tire tanks with insulated covers

8" gravel Base for tanks 12 CY

Stop in the Procurement Office for specifications:

All bids MUST have the following attached:

SWO Business License

TERO Certification

General Liability/Workman's Comp Insurance

Certificate of Bonding and/or Performance Bond equal to 100% of the Contract amount will be required and must be provided if awarded contract.

SWO Natural Resources Department proposes to let a contract to the lowest responsible bidder, upon sealed proposals, for the furnishing of all labor, material, equipment and any appurtenances necessary for constructing a Stock Water Pipeline and Watering Facilities.

Please submit sealed bids to:

SWO Procurement Office

Attn: Fran Tease

By 10:00 am on Friday April 30, 2018

All interested parties acknowledge that any Agreement executed and performed within the Tribe's exclusive jurisdiction is subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Tribal Court of Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate of the Lake Traverse Reservation. All interested parties acknowledge that they must comply with the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Ordinances: TERO Chapter 59 Requirements, Wage Rates & Compliance Plan; Business License Ordinance Chapter 53 and Tax Ordinance Chapter 67; and Chapter 75 Sex Offender Registration.


Trading Post ads

Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate

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

Water Quality Technician/Environmental Specialist, Office of Environmental Protection

Administrative Assistant (seasonal), Higher Education Department (Must have minimum of 24 college credits and a continuing college student)

Closing Date: April 27th, 2018 @ 04:30PM

Behavioral Health Office Supervisor, Behavioral Health Department

Patrol Officer (Female Preference will apply), Law Enforcement

School Resource Officer, Law Enforcement

Closing Date: May 4th, 2018 @ 04:30PM

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


Tiospa Zina Tribal School

High School Positions:

Position: CTE Business Education Teacher

Qualifications: Current Teaching Certification in any state meeting the requirements for the position in which applying

Opening Date: January 30, 2018

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Position: Special Education Teacher

Qualifications: Current Teaching Certification in any state meeting the requirements for the position in which applying

Opening Date: November 2, 2017

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Position: Science Teacher

Qualifications: Current Teaching Certification in any state meeting the requirements for the position in which applying

Opening Date: February 7, 2018

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Middle School Positions

Position: Math Teacher

Qualifications: Current Teaching Certification in any state meeting the requirements for the position in which applying

Opening Date: April 13, 2018

Closing Date: April 30, 2018

Position: Science Teacher

Qualifications: Current Teaching Certification in any state meeting the requirements for the position in which applying

Opening Date: April 13, 2018

Closing Date: April 30, 2018

Position: English Language Arts Teacher

Qualifications: Current Teaching Certification in any state meeting the requirements for the position in which applying

Opening Date: April 13, 2018

Closing Date: April 30, 2018

Position: CTE FACS Teacher

Qualifications: Current Teaching Certification in any state meeting the requirements for the position in which applying

Opening Date: April 20, 2018

Closing Date: May 4, 2018

Elementary Positions

Position: Elementary Teacher

Qualifications: Current Teaching Certification in any state meeting requierments for the position in which applying

Opening Date: March 15, 2018

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

2018-2019 Coaching/Extra Curricular Positions:

Qualifications: See job descriptions in links below or contact Human Resources

Opening Date: April 13, 2018

Closing Date: April 30, 2018

Athletic Vacancies:

5/6 Boys Basketball Coach

5/6 Girls Basketball Coach

7/8 Boys Basketball Coach

7/8 Girls Basketball Coach

Jr. High Football Coach

7/8 Volleyball Coach

Assistant Varsity Boys Basketball

Assistant Varsity Girls Basketball

Assistant Track Coach

Assistant Varsity Football

Assistant Varsity Football

Assistant Volleyball Coach

Assistant Wrestling Coach

Fall Cheerleading Adviser

Head Cross Country Coach

Head Golf Coach

Head Track Coach

Head Varsity Boys Basketball

Head Varsity Girls Basketball

Head Varsity Football Coach

Head Volleyball Coach

Head Wrestling Coach

Winter Cheerleading Adviser

Extra-Curricular Activity Adviser Vacancies:

Horse Club Adviser

8th Grade Class Adviser

8th Grade Class Adviser

Speech Adviser

Activities Director

Close-Up Foundation Adviser

Dakota Club Adviser (F)

Dakota Club Adviser (M)

Debate/Individual Events Adviser

Destination Imagination Adviser

Drama/One Act Play Adviser

Drum Adviser

High School Student Council Adviser

Junior Class Adviser

Junior Class Adviser

Oral Interpretation Adviser

Middle School Student Council Adviser

National Honors Society Adviser

Senior Class Adviser

Senior Class Adviser

Senior Class Adviser

Tiospaye SIP

Tiospaye SIP

Tiospaye SIP

Web Master

Weight Room Monitor

Application Materials: All applicants are required to complete both the Application and *Background check forms. Tiospa Zina is an Indian Preference employer.

*All applicants and employees are subject to both 25 U.S.C. 3207: The Indian Child Protection and Family Violence Prevention Act.




The Enemy Swim Day School has an opening for an Early Childhood Co-Teacher for the 2018-2019 School Year. Qualifications: A.A degree or completed 48 semester hours (Early Childhood preferred). For more information about the position call (605) 947-4605 or (888) 825-7738 and ask for Mrs. Dolney. This position is open until filled. Indian preference applies. Send application, resume, 3 letters of recommendation, to: Enemy Swim Day School, 13525 446th Avenue, Waubay, SD 57273.



Dakota Magic Casino

Job Openings

C-Store Department:

Supervisor (Full-Time) Swing

Count Department:

Team Member (5 Full-Time) 3:00 am to finish

Foods Department:

Cook III (2 Full-Time) Swing

Hotel Department:

Room/Laundry Attendant (3 Full-Time) 8:00am to finish

Smoke/Gift shop Department:

Supervisor (Full-Time) Swing

Support Services Department:

Engineer (Full-Time) Rotating

Table Games Department:

Dealer (3 Full-Time or Part-Time) as needed

No experience required, will train

Closing Date: April 27, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.

Starting Wage: D.O.E.

High School Diploma or GED required for most positions

Two identifications documents required upon hire

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


Dakota Magic Casino

Job Openings

The Administration Department Is Now Accepting Applications For

Position: Associate Manager (Full-Time)

Job Description: Manage casino operations on an assigned shift. Be responsible for all departments, personnel and policies and procedures on assigned shift. In addition, handle customer relations, complimentary and any other management decision necessary for immediate resolution within scope of their authority.

Closing Date: May 2, 2018. Starting Wage: D. O. E.

Required: High School Diploma/GED. Extensive knowledge of all areas of gaming. Supervisory and managerial experience. Minimum 5 years in Native American gaming.

If interested please submit application to Human Resources Department, 16849 102nd Street SE, Hankinson ND 58041.

For complete Job Description contact James Neconish @ 701-634-3000 ext. 2582. Indian Preference will apply / EEO. (Please Provide Tribal Enrollment)


Dakota Magic Casino

Job Openings

The Security Department Is Now Accepting Applications For

Position: Manager (1 Full—Time)

Job Description: Responsible for hiring, training, evaluating, scheduling, disciplining, and terminating all security employees. Maintain and safeguards all company property an assets. Establishes a budget for the Security department. Monitors and has unlimited access to table drop boxes, slot drop boxes, cage, pit, podium, stored table boxes, card and dice room. Exhibits a courteous manner when dealing with fellow employees and customers.

Closing Date: May 2, 2018 @4:00 p.m. Starting Wage: D. O. E.

Required: Thorough knowledge of Casino Security. Minimum of 5 years supervisory experience in law enforcement or gaming security operations. Knowledge ofBSA/AML Regulations.

If interested please submit application to Human Resources Department, 16849 102nd Street SE, Hankinson ND 58041.

For complete Job Description contact James Neconish @ 701-634-3000 ext. 2582. Indian Preference will apply / EEO. (Please Provide Tribal Enrollment)


Dakota Connection Casino

Job Openings

Department: Restaurant:

Qualifications: Must have a high school diploma/GED, a graduate of Culinary Arts School is preferred. At least 5 years previous supervisory experience, 5 years cooking experience and 3 years food supervisory experience is required. Applicants should have excellent leadership, organizational and motivational skills, communications skills (oral and written),      customer service skills, and comprehensive knowledge of food products and cost of sales, conflict resolution skills, computer program skills, the ability to work closely with other departments and the ability to work flexible hours. Must have a telephone within 30 days of hire and must be able to obtain a Non-Gaming License upon hire.

Opening Date: Thursday, April 12, 2018.

Closing Date: Wednesday, May 2, 2018 @ 4:00 p.m.

All positions will be exposed to noise & tobacco smoke

Indian preference will apply/EEO Employer.

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


Dakota Connection Casino

Job Openings

Bingo Department:

Rover/Drop Team Member (3) part-time, will be required to work any shift assigned during Bingo hours, weekends & holidays, and drop days. Will also be trained in all positions in the bingo department; such as floor clerk, cashier, pack maker, paymaster and caller. Will be responsible for collecting slot drop and bill validators drop, counts, and verifies all boxes. Transports bill validators to the vault. Prepares appropriate paperwork and makes necessary computer entries. Previous experience working with money preferred. Must be 21 years old, must have a High school Diploma or GED. Must be able to obtain a Key Gaming License.

Restaurant Department:

Wait staff (2) full-time & (1) part-time, rotating shifts, day, and swing, includes weekends & holidays. Customer service skills, prior experience with waiting on tables and working with a cash register is preferred. Must be able to multi-task. Appropriate dress code. Have the physical ability to stand for prolonged periods of time. Must have a High school diploma or GED & be at least 18 years old.

Opening date: Thursday, April 19, 2018

Closing date: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 4:00 p.m.

All positions will be exposed to noise & tobacco smoke

Indian preference will apply/EEO Employer.

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



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