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Sota Volume 45 Issue No. 50

Anpetu Iyamni, December 17, 2014

Update--

The next Sota will be a combined Christmas-New Year’s issue and it will be printed on December 29 and distributed on December 30th. Please come to the Sota website for news updates. There will also be updates on Facebook.

In the next addition we will be featuring news and photos of the 2014 Winter General Council held Thursday and Friday December 18 and 19.

We will feature the remaining days of the Wokiksuye ride for the Dakota 38. This will include photos and news reports from Mankato, Minnesota on December 26.

        We will publish any available updates in the ongoing investigation of the November 22 tragic shooting deaths in Sisseton. We will provide more information to families and friends about coping with loss.

        Your editor is having surgery to replace an artificial knee and will be unable to move around. But there are several very competent Oyate who are doing an amazing job in helping with gathering news and photographs of what’s happening on our Reservation and in Indian country.

 

Inside this Edition –

SWO Winter 2014 General Council this Thursday and Friday, Dec. 18-19

Riders honor lost Oyate youth last week in Sisseton; Join 2014 Wokiksuye Ride for the Dakota 38 plus 2

From Crystal Owen: Tribal Council, REB overturn Tribal Secretary election results

Zani Unpi: How to talk to your Children about Grief and Loss

Blood Drive at Tribal headquarters Tuesday, December 23rd

Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association calls on Senate to reject measure to allow desecration of Apache sacred sites

Dustina Gill and son Chauncy take part in nationwide “I Can’t Breathe” protest

Grow SD Dakota Dream Savings Fund

Minneapolis anti-racist mascot rally photo gallery is online; view John Heminger’s pictures of the event

Deadline for receipt of copy is Friday noon

Wokiksuye Ride underway; Unity Riders begin journey with prayers at scene of tragedy in Sisseton

The Dakota 38 plus 2 memorial ride formally began at Ft. Thompson last Tuesday, December 9th. But riders, along with many in cars and on foot, offered traditional prayers for the victims whose lives ended in the tragic shooting the early morning hours of November 22nd in Sisseton. They gathered at the home of survivor Karissa DogEagle, who is still recovering from wounds. Chief Arvol Looking Horse and Jim Miller were present for the ceremony.

Riders honored victims Vernon Renville Jr., Angela Adams and Candace LaBelle. Their ride also paid respect to the gunman, Colter Arbach, whose violence cannot be condoned or explained.

After leaving Sisseton, the riders came to Agency Village and were given lunch at the Sisseton Wahpeton College omniciye tipi.

Healing on the Lake Traverse Reservation

By Sierra Wolcott

For the Sota

Sisseton, SD – Tuesday, December 9, 2014 – Yesterday morning affected families, community members, and Dakota 38 Riders gathered at the home in Sisseton, SD where the tragic shooting occurred on November 22, 2014. They gathered to pray and to begin the healing process for the families affected and the community as a whole. A spirit horse, led by Chief Arvol Looking Horse, and 15 other riders trekked from the house in Sisseton 7 miles south to Agency Village and the Sisseton Wahpeton College auditorium. The riders were followed by a precession of over 50 vehicles through town, down Highway 10, and down BIA 700 to Agency Village, in 10 degree wind chill.

The spirit horse will join the riders on the Dakota 38 ride that starts December 10 in Lower Brule, SD. It will remain unsaddled for the entire ride to Mankato, MN. This is one example of how this community has been flooded with offers to help in the healing process. These offers have come as counseling, prayers, and also monetary donations. A fund has been set up to help the families affected by the tragedy. To donate go to www.gofundme.com and search "Sisseton," and click on "Hope Fund." There are 11 children, and one injured survivor of the incident that are in need of financial support at this time.

The Community is still waiting for the investigation into the shooting to be complete. Until that time, the community is continuing to try to make sense of this senseless tragedy. All the well wishes and prayers are very much appreciated in this difficult time.

Karissa DogEagle, continues to recover in the hospital.

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Here are scenes of the ceremony on Monday by John Heminger and Sierra. Also, we are including photos of the first leg of the ride from Lower Brule by DaVonna BearHill-Keeble, also pictures by Volney Fasthorse.

Here is something from the notebook of our reporter/photographer Davonna Bearhill-Keeble she wrote down last Thursday, December 11th:

“Today went by surprisingly fast, everyone was in good spirits, perfect weather. I didn't ride today mostly sat in the truck and took pictures which was fine with me, it was nice watching the riders, wondering what they were thinking about, saying prayers for them as they rode. It's an awesome feeling to see so many people from home riding, inspiring to know how compassionate we are even though times have been tough back home we still make that time to honor our ancestors and make those prayers.”

Watch for more photos from the ride to Mankato, which will conclude on December 26th to commemorate the hanging of the Dakota warriors.

SWO Winter 2014 General Council

The second General Council of 2014 will be held this Thursday and Friday, December 18-19, 2014. While the first General Council – held in June – covered the Tribe’s financial reports, this second General Council provides an opportunity for reports of Tribal programs. See the agenda here.

Great Plains Chairmen call for US Senate to kill land swap bill; Legislation would allow mining on sacred Apache sites

SWO Tribal Chairman Shepherd appeals to legislators

The Great Plains Tribal Chairman's Association is calling on the Senate to kill a controversial land swap that paves the way for a huge copper mine on sacred Apache sites in Arizona.

Section 3002 of the National Defense Authorization Act authorizes the federal government to transfer 2,400 acres in the Tonto National Forest to Resolution Copper. The firm -- which is controlled by two multi-billion dollar foreign corporations -- plans to use the land for a mine that will affect sacred food, medicinal and ceremonial sites.

"Section 3003 would transfer a place of worship held sacred by Arizona tribes to a foreign-owned mining company for a copper mine that will forever destroy the tribes’ religious practices," Robert Shepherd, the vice chair of the GPTCA, said in a letter to key members of the Senate.

"The proposal will irrevocably harm the region’s water supply and quality."

The 1,648-page defense package has been controversial since its release and passage in the House last week.

It's expected to clear the Senate this week as the 113th Congress comes to a close.

The Obama administration, through Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, has criticized the inclusion of the Resolution Copper deal in the bill. But President Barack Obama -- who was introduced at the White House Tribal Nations Conference last week by Terry Rambler, the chairman of the San Carlos Apache Tribe and an outspoken opponent of the mine -- has not said he will veto it.

(Editor’s note: How far do we go for “compromise?” Read below what the SD and ND delegation has to say about the NDAA bill.)

Delegation advances provision to streamline Impact Aid in NDAA

Washington, DC – December 12, 2014 – U.S. Senators John Thune (R-South Dakota) and Tim Johnson (D- South Dakota) and Representative Kristi Noem (R-South Dakota) today announced that the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 includes a provision to extend the simplified payment calculation process for federally impacted schools for three years, resulting in timelier payments to school districts.

“School districts need certainty from the federal government about what to budget for annual Impact Aid revenues,” said Thune. “Due to complicated payment formulas, Impact Aid districts in South Dakota have suffered from persistently late distribution of these funds, placing an unfair burden on school districts to cover the shortfall. I am pleased that Congress acted to extend the simplified payment calculation formulas to accelerate Impact Aid payments and hope the next Congress will act on my legislation to reauthorize the entire Impact Aid program and make these changes permanent.”

"This legislation will improve funding certainty for schools across South Dakota,” said Johnson. “The provisions we pushed for will reduce administrative burdens and expedite payments to school districts that have a federal presence in their district. This was the product of extensive bipartisan collaboration and will greatly benefit school districts in our states.”

“Our children deserve a quality education, but delayed payments from the federal government have put undue burdens on South Dakota’s Impact Aid schools in the past,” said Noem. “Our schools that have federal lands in their district deserve more certainty when it comes to the money they’re due from the federal government. I was pleased to have this provision included in the initial House-passed version of the bill as well as the final legislation so we can get this funding into our school systems more quickly.”

Impact Aid school districts receive compensation from the federal government for local taxes lost due to federal land within their school districts, such as military bases, Indian reservations, or federal grasslands. In recent years, districts have experienced a delay in receiving timely payments, which puts additional financial burdens on already cash-strapped school districts.

In 2012, the delegation worked together to enact a provision in the FY 2013 NDAA to end the highly subjective “highest and best” formula. The “highest and best” formula attempted to determine the “real value” of federal property, which created a highly inefficient payment formula that was subject to local interpretation by assessors on the value of taxable property adjacent to eligible federal property. The provision included in the FY 2015 NDAA extends the use of the simpler formula that removes the subjectivity from the process. It also prevents the U.S. Department of Education from having to conduct regular, lengthy, resource-intensive audits of a school district’s Impact Aid application. Historically, these audits have resulted in delayed payments to every eligible district.

In June of 2013, Thune introduced the Local Taxpayer Relief Act (S. 1108) in the Senate along with Senators Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Tim Johnson to make these changes permanent. Representative Noem introduced and passed companion legislation in the House of Representatives.

Statement on Senate passage of NDAA

Washington, DC – December 12, 2014 – U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp, co-founder of the bipartisan Senate Defense Communities Caucus, today released the following statement after the Senate passed the bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act, which authorizes funding levels and policy for the nation’s defense efforts:

“One of my most important jobs in the Senate is to make sure our servicemembers and their families get the support they deserve, and that our military has the resources it needs to defend our country. All of us – Republicans and Democrats – should be able to agree on that, and today we showed we can work together to pass bipartisan legislation,” said Heitkamp. “But, we can’t continue to work from deadline to deadline and wait until the last minute to get things done. That’s no way for Congress to govern, especially when it involves our troops and veterans. This bill, however, will play an important role in supporting North Dakota’s military interests and communities, particularly through public-private partnerships and the critical national security missions and readiness efforts at both Minot and Grand Forks Air Force Bases. It’s past time for Congress to do its job in a timely manner and provide the certainty and stability our servicemembers need to keep America safe, and I’ll keep pushing to make sure it happens in the future.”

Specifically, the National Defense Authorization Act includes several provisions that will impact North Dakota:

· Promotes private-public partnerships with military bases. The bill makes it easier for military bases to enter into agreements with local governments, fostering the development of public-private partnerships. North Dakota recently saw the value of such an agreement, as Northrop Grumman formally signed a Letter of Intent to become a tenant at the Grand Sky business and technology park, helping to advance the Enhanced Use Lease project and agreement between Grand Forks Air Force Base, Grand Forks County, and Northrop Grumman.

· Helps prevent sexual assault in the military and provide support to servicemembers. The bill will provide more support for servicemembers, their families, and civilian Department of Defense employees’ quality of life through more resources, policies, and benefits. Part of this effort is made through provisions to improve prevention and response to cases of sexual assault in the military, an issue on which Heitkamp has been vocal since last fall. New provisions provide additional rights to victims and survivors, hold commanding officers more accountable, and help create a safer environment for survivors to come forward.

· Supports the improvement of North Dakota National Guard facilities. The bill provides authorization to construct a new North Dakota National Guard vehicle maintenance shop and a new vehicle storage facility in Valley City. The current facility is outdated, does not comply with various codes and standards, and no longer meets the needs of the Guard. The new facilities will help the Guard better meet maintenance repair requirements for its combat and tactical vehicles.

· Speeds up oil and gas permitting on public lands. The legislation includes Heitkamp’s bill to reauthorize and make permanent the federal program tasked with expeditiously reviewing oil and gas permits on public lands, including those in North Dakota. Her bill, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Permit Processing Improvement Act, permanently extends the program that enables BLM to deal with a backlog of permit applications, which can last up to nine months in North Dakota for drilling permits for federal lands. It also helps expand services at existing federal permit offices, relocate or open new offices in areas with significant energy development and growth, and provide funding to hire new personnel.

The bipartisan bill, which passed the Senate by a vote of 89-11 and passed the U.S. House of Representatives last week, now heads to the President’s desk for his signature.

"From the desk of Geri Opsal, Tribal Veteran Service Officer"

GeriO@SWO-NSN.gov

Phone 605-698-3388

Job Search Assistance coming to Sisseton this Wednesday

Today's thought for the day: "Don't let one cloud obliterate the whole sky." -- Unknown

*Greetings: The Krista Lynn Koob Memorial Hunt and Fundraiser event will be held on Dec. 20-21, 2014, Sioux Falls. They are looking for 500 veterans to go on the two-day pheasant hunt. You will meet around 7:00 am at the Sioux Falls arena and go to various fields within a 30 mile proximity of Sioux Falls. On Dec. 20 after the hunt is over, there will be a public event at the arena that will combine live music, boxing match, auctions and meal. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Make-A-Wish and Wounded Warrior Project. For more information please contact Matt Koob at 605-496-3944.

*The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation will host Job Search Assistance Programs (JSAP). JSAP is a workshop for people recovering from job loss or enhancing their job search skills. Trained instructors speak on modern-day techniques used to successfully find employment. Topics covered are: resume and cover letter writing, interviewing etiquette, networking effectively, using social media and much more. JSAP will be offered at the following location: Wednesday, Dec. 17, 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. CST, Sisseton - at 205 E. Oak St. For more information, call 605-698-3964 or visit www.sdjobs.org.

*9 Tribal Veterans Service Officers met in Pierre, SD this week along with Larry Zimmerman, SSDVA and his new appointee Secretary Steve Emery SD Dept of Tribal Relations. Mr. Emery is a US Army Special Forces Veteran, member of Crow Creek Tribe and Crow Creeks ex-judge. He took over JR LaPlantes position for NA Veteran Affairs. We also had people from the Governor's office in attendance as well as other interested party's. One of our topics was the creation of a memorial in SD at the Capital that would honor Code Talkers that served in the Armed Forces. A group of 6 was selected to be on this committee and I was nominated so I will keep you updated on further developments of this great undertaking of our tribes. As you know the code talkers were Lakota and Dakota so we will ensure we are all represented on the creation of this statue. This will be great for our Veterans to have the opportunity to visit when visiting the Capital. Mike Mueller, DOA office representing the American Legion was advocating for American Legion Posts to be started on other reservations. Our American Legion Post #314 was mentioned as an outstanding Post that is active in the schools and doing what the American Legion represents. We discussed PTSD, suicide prevention; the MOU VA/IHS was discussed as well as other issues that are being faced at this time.

*Veterans Choice Card Update: VA implemented the second phase of the Veterans Choice Card Program and began mailing Veterans Choice Cards on Nov. 17 to Veterans who are currently waiting more than 30-days from their preferred date or the date that is medically determined by their provider for an appointment at a VA. The Choice Program is a new, temporary benefit that allows some Veterans to receive health care in their communities rather than waiting for a VA appointment or traveling to a VA facility. The first round of cards and a letter explaining the program were issued on November 5 to Veterans eligible based on their place of residence. Now, the second round of cards is being sent to Veterans waiting more than 30 days from their preferred date to be seen or considered medically necessary by their providers. For more information about the Choice Program, call 1-866-606-8198 or visit http://www/va/gov/choiceact/

*American Legion Post #314- Delano Renville, Commander Cell:# 268-0354 / Vietnam Veterans Kit Fox Society - Dayton Seaboy, Commander Phone:# 698-3901 ask for Doc / Desert Era Veterans - Danielle DeCoteau, Commander Cell#: 268-1765. For GAS ASSISTANCE: Geri Opsal 698-3388.

Have a good week.

Geri Opsal, Tribal VSO.

We must look for the opportunity in every difficulty instead of being paralyzed at the thought of the difficulty in every opportunity." -Walter E. Cole, Korean War Veteran.

Fundraiser to aid relatives, families impacted by Typhoon in Philippines

Submitted by Deb Halbert

Last Saturday our island back in the Philippines where we are from was struck by Typhoon Hagupit locally know in the Philippines as Typhoon Ruby.

Initial landfall hit the town of Dolores Eastern Samar where the eye of the storm radius was 30 miles. Oras, Eastern Samar is 7 miles away from Dolores and San Policarpo is 11 miles away from Dolores (both towns we have plenty of relatives residing). So basically both these towns were affected drastically leaving a lot of people homeless.

My cousins and I are having a fund raiser selling Frozen Dinner Plates to help out our family members affected by Typhoon Hagupit/Ruby.

Here is the sign-up sheet we are using to collect the number of plates ordered, along with some photos of the typhoon devastation in Eastern Samar.

Please notify Deb via text at (605)-237-3124 or email larryndeb@prtel.com with your information (name and telephone, where to deliver). Delivery date will be 12/29 It is $5.00/plate frozen ready to warm up in the microwave for 2-3 minutes.

Tribal leaders attend 2014 REDW Finance and Leadership Conference

Phoenix, Ariz. – December 1, 2014 – Nearly 100 Tribal Council Members, Tribal Finance and HR Leaders, Compliance and Investment Officers, Tribal Attorneys, and other tribal professionals in tribal leadership roles across the Southwest and U.S. attended the 2014Tribal Finance and Leadership Conference at the Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, a tribal property owned by the Gila River Gaming Enterprises, Inc. on November 5 and 6 in Chandler, Arizona near the Phoenix metro area.

The conference was coordinated and hosted by REDWLLC, one of the largest and most respected certified public accounting and business consulting firms in the Southwest serving tribes and tribal enterprises.

Conference Topics included:

Successfully Developing Leadership & Talent in a Fast-Changing World

Latest Developments in Governmental Accounting

Are You Ready for the Supercircular?

Contract Support Costs: Claims Update & Looking Ahead

Today's Top Two Tribal Tax Issues

Affordable Care Act: Update and Next Steps

Tribal Case Study: Re-Organizing Tribal Government

Washington/Federal Budget Update

Give Your Retirement Plan an Annual Checkup

Occupational Fraud: Types, Costs, Red Flags & Prevention

“This annual conference is the showcase event for tribal leaders that work in finance,” said Chris Tyhurst, Principal and National Tribal Practice Leader of REDW, and Chair of the conference. “Representatives from 38 Tribal entities across 12 states attended the conference to learn from one another and to hear from seven high-level guest speakers and from 15 REDW seasoned professionals.”

Tyhurst added, “We’ve held the conference for six consecutive years and consistently receive excellent reviews, which is largely the reason we are so committed to hosting the event. Tribal members greatly value the uniqueness of this conference as as demonstrated by the following thank you note we received from an attendee: ‘This was the first REDW conference I ever attended. Very impressed with the topics presented and overall conference organization. This will definitely become an annual event for me and my team. Well done!’”

“With overwhelmingly positive feedback from tribal financial leader like this, we’ve seen the conference grow regularly with attendees extending beyond our existing client base and area already planning for next year’s conference,” Tyhurst concluded.

About REDWLLC:

Founded in 1953, REDW is one of the top five largest and most respected certified public accounting and business consulting firms in the southwestern United States, and the fourth fastest-growing firm nationally during 2013, according to Accounting Today. With headquarters in Albuquerque, NM and an office in Phoenix, AZ, REDW has more than 180 employees. Together the offices serve the tax, audit, accounting, business consulting and financial needs of a wide range of clients, including tribes and tribal enterprises, privately held businesses, local and state government agencies, healthcare facilities and financial institutions, nonprofit organizations, and individuals both regionally and nationally. REDW is an independent member of the BDO Alliance USA. Follow us on LinkedIn. https://www.linkedin.com/company/redw

For additional information, visit redw.com.

Pilot Data Portal to add transparency for Energy Royalty Revenue

Washington, DC – December 11, 2014 – The U.S. Department of the Interior today launched a new data portal that raises the bar on transparency of natural resource revenue by offering the public a one-stop shop to access revenues paid for developing energy and mineral resources on public lands and waters at the company and commodity level for the first time.

The interactive pilot data portal is part of the U.S. implementation of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (USEITI) – a global, voluntary partnership to strengthen the accountability of natural resource revenue reporting and build public trust for the governance of these vital activities. In March 2014, the United States was the first G7 country to achieve Candidate Country status and become an EITI implementing country.

“This interactive data portal offers a wealth of information to the public in a comprehensive and accessible fashion and is another step in our efforts to reform and modernize royalty revenue management by the Department,” said Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell. “This new tool provides clarity and transparency on the revenues generated by energy development on public lands and waters – a significant source of financial support for local communities, states, tribes and the nation – and the Department’s implementation of USEITI upholds President Obama’s commitment to the principles of open government.”

The pilot data portal went live today during a meeting of the USEITI Multi-Stakeholder Group, a body comprised of representatives from government, industry and civil society that oversees the design and implementation of USEITI efforts. The pilot data portal was developed jointly by Interior and the General Services Administration 18F program. When fully developed, the data portal will include information on more than 550 companies that meet the minimum payment threshold determined by the USEITI Multi-Stakeholder Group, which is currently set at $100,000 per year. The data portal can be accessed at: http://useiti.doi.gov/

Information currently available on the pilot data portal was provided by the Interior’s Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR), which collects and disburses revenues from energy production on Federal onshore and offshore lands, and on American Indian lands. ONRR makes disbursements on a monthly basis to appropriate federal, state and American Indian accounts from the royalties, rents and bonuses it collects from energy and mineral companies. Royalty revenue is often reported by the fiscal year, but the new interactive data portal will include revenue data based on a calendar year, which will help provide consistency with international and industry reporting.

As the work on USEITI progresses in the coming years, the pilot data portal will be expanded and enhanced to provide even greater levels of data and information from other Department bureaus and offices involved in energy production on Federal lands.

In September 2010, President Obama challenged the members of the United Nations General Assembly to make all governments more open. Spearheaded by the United States and Brazil, groups of governments and civil society organizations around the world formed the Open Government Partnership. In September 2011, President Obama announced the U.S. commitment to domestic implementation of EITI, a key element of the U.S. Open Government Partnership commitments, and soon after appointed the Secretary of the Interior to lead U.S. implementation.

Across the globe, 48 countries are now working actively to implement this initiative and improve the governance of their oil, gas and mining resources.

Under EITI, participating governments work hand-in-hand with company and civil society representatives to produce reports that help citizens understand how the government manages its extractive sectors. The reports include parallel public disclosures by both the government and industry of the payments that companies make to the government for oil, gas and mining resource development. An Independent Administrator will reconcile the two data sets to produce annual reports beginning in December 2015.

Special Trustee for American Indians seeks Advisory Board nominees

Total of nine Board members needed; Submission deadline is Dec. 29th

Washington, DC - The Special Trustee for American Indians is requesting candidate nominations for individuals to serve on the Special Trustee Advisory Board. The board's purpose, as defined in the 1994 American Indian Trust Fund Management Reform Act ("Reform Act"), is to provide advice to the Special Trustee on all matters associated with the trust responsibilities overseen by the office.

"This board is an opportunity for OST to receive meaningful advice and prudent perspectives on trust management reforms at the Department of the Interior," said Special Trustee, Vincent G. Logan. "The Reform Act directed the Special Trustee to appoint leaders from academia and finance so that OST can maintain a beneficiary focus and deliver well-informed trust management services to individual Indian and tribal beneficiaries."

The board is not subject to the Federal Advisory Committee Act and members will serve two-year terms without compensation. The board, as required by the Reform Act, is composed of:

(1) five members representing trust fund account holders, including both tribal and Individual Indian Money accounts;

(2) two members with practical experience in trust fund and financial management;

(3) one member with practical experience in fiduciary investment management; and,

(4) one member from academia with knowledge of general management of large organizations.

Nominations should include a résumé or other documents demonstrating qualifications for at least one of the board member categories listed above. Self-nominations will receive equal consideration.

Nominations must be submitted by December 29, 2014, to: Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians, Attn Lee Frazier, Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street, NW, Mailstop 3256, Washington, DC 20240.

Additional details about the request for nominations can be found in the Federal Registry notice located at: https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2014/11/28/2014-28139/request-for-nominations-to-serve-on-the-special-trustee-advisory-board

GROW SD Statewide Dakota Dream Savings Fund

With new federal funding from Assets for Independence, South Dakota's Dakota Dream Savings Fund, a matched savings program is revived across the state. Administered by GROW South Dakota, in partnership with Interlakes Community Action Partnership, Rural Office of Community Services, and Western South Dakota Community Action Partnership, the statewide Dakota Dream Savings Fund matches individual savings to create an opportunity for low- to moderate-income individuals to build wealth through home ownership.

Assets for Independence, a division of the U.S. Administration for Children and Families, awarded federal funds to South Dakota's statewide program in the amount of $66,189. These federal funds will be matched by the South Dakota Housing Opportunity Fund. "Each participant has the opportunity to receive a $3:$1 match of their savings. The Housing Opportunity Fund will match the savings with $2 and $1 will be matched from Assets for Independence," said Maureen Nelson, South Dakota's Statewide Program Coordinator. "The South Dakota Housing Opportunity Fund's non-federal matching funds were crucial in leveraging the federal funds for our state."

Ultimately, the Dakota Dream Savings Fund enables participants to acquire their first home after saving for an extended period of time and receiving financial education and homebuyer counseling. Participants are required to save for at least six months, although most save money over the course of a few years. At the end of the program, every dollar deposited into the savings account by the participant is matched by a combination of federal and nonfederal funds at a rate of 3:1. Dakota Dream Savings Fund participants are able to save up to $2,000 for a match of $6,000. This means if the maximum amount is saved, the participant has $8,000 to use toward the down payment of their first home.

"The Dakota Dream Savings Fund program has notable successes since its inception in 2008," said Marcia Erickson, GROW South Dakota CEO. "We are confident this new federal funding matched by the South Dakota Housing Opportunity Fund will allow many hard working South Dakotans an opportunity to create lasting assets through homeownership."

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For more information about GROW South Dakota's housing and business development programs and services, please visit our website at www.growsd.org or call (605) 698-7654. GROW SOUTH DAKOTA is an Equal Opportunity Lender, Provider, and Employer.

Editorials –

Sota editorial –

I’ve lost my horse

Where is my horse

I've lost the way

cry out but lost

sense of direction

to the grandfathers

spirits of children are broken

streets run rivers of red

blood from brothers

and sisters and

my voice disconnects

from my heart

no longer can I sing

unkanna plays the drum

I no longer understand

akicita were my ancestors

my face lays upon the ground

in shame and despair

until ... silence

silence

in the stillness of nothing

nothing at all

these eyes open

the horse comes riding to me

colors fill the sky

showing sacred directions

ears open to ancestor songs

voice comes back and

I am beside the drum

oyate hear me hear me

I am with you

this is wakan wicasta

my heart has opened again

for you mitakuyapi

hau

-- CDF

Brief editorial comments from the editor’s desk –

On and Off the Lake Traverse Reservation

We encourage support for our Unity Riders and all who will be riding or supporting the Wokiksuye Ride for the Dakota Warriors 38 plus two.

Riders began last Tuesday at Lower Brule.

We will provide updates throughout the ride which will conclude in Mankato on December 26th.

Pidamiya to our photographers and reporters who are providing updates along the way. We are blessed having the support we have from such very talented young Oyate.

Fortunately, weather has been mild – not like some of the cold and blizzard conditions in past years.

We heard of some early morning ice and fog making the going treacherous but so far these conditions have not lasted long.

Hopefully the snow predicted early this week will be moderate.

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We have received no official word from Tribal Council, REB or Tribal Court concerning status of Crystal Owen’s position as Tribal Secretary-Elect.

We have, however, heard much gayapi.

Crystal has provided a statement concerning her situation.

So far, no notice from REB concerning another election.

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We find it so very predictable the rhetoric coming from our Republican and Right-wing Democrat delegates in Congress these days.

Blame Obama for threatening to veto “bipartisan” legislation that promotes industry above the health of the people and our land, water and air.

Blame Obama for not bowing down to the will of the right-wing will of Congress. A will determined by whom?

By the people who elected them to office?

Or by the wealthy corporate interests who filled their pockets?

Well, this is America, and we are a people of freedom living in a land of democracy, where everyone’s voice is heard. Isn’t it?

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The Christmas season is already upon us, but we still will invite Oyate to submit letters to Santa.

Any received by our press deadline this Friday the 19th will be published the week of Christmas.

It’s always fun to read letters from the young ones any time of year and not only when asking for presents!

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Our 147th annual SWO Wacipi photo gallery is online.

Check it out on our website:

http://www.earthskyweb.com/news.htm

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

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

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

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

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Elder's Meditation:

"In order for our children to survive in the world, they need a firm understanding and belief in the basic principles of sharing freedom and respect of individuality." -- Haida Gwaii, Traditional Circle of Elders

There is a saying: Tell me, I'll forget; Show me, I'll remember; Engage me; I'll understand. The adults need to determine what the younger generation is learning. The principle of sharing keeps the youth from being greedy and selfish. The principle of freedom teaches the youth about choices, decisions and consequences. The principle of respect keeps us from playing God and becoming a controller of all things. We need to learn these lessons so we may demonstrate them for our children. Great Teacher, help me to understand Your principles.

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Words to consider (or, perhaps not!):

Never go out to meet trouble. If you will just sit still, nine cases out of ten someone will intercept it before it reaches you. Calvin Coolidge (1872 - 1933)

That is the greatest fallacy, the wisdom of old men. They do not grow wise. They grow careful. Ernest Hemingway (1899 - 1961), A Farewell to Arms, 1929

There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion. Sir Francis Bacon (1561 - 1626), "Of Beauty"

The time to relax is when you don't have time for it. Sydney J. Harris

Try as hard as we may for perfection, the net result of our labors is an amazing variety of imperfectness. We are surprised at our own versatility in being able to fail in so many different ways. Samuel McChord Crothers

America believes in education: the average professor earns more money in a year than a professional athlete earns in a whole week. Evan Esar (1899 - 1995)

It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit. Harry S Truman (1884 - 1972)

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Statement on overturning Tribal Secretary election results

By Crystal Owen

SWO Tribal Secretary-Elect

Han Mitakuyapi:

I am fighting a battle right now against my opponents in the SWO Tribal Election. There are many rumors that have been started against me and so I wanted to take this time to update you on what I know. I believe that I followed all of the guidelines, I was certified as a candidate and I won. My opponent Francis Crawford he congratulated and even shook my hand the night of the General Election. The Tribal Council all voted to accept the results of the election and I did not hear one of them oppose the motion. A week later I am accused of owing SWO Housing a debt. SWO Housing Director and two housing employees testified at my hearing that they did not consider it a debt and therefore my form was signed. I hired a lawyer and we went to the Hearing held by Judge B.J. Jones. and his decision was to send it back to the Reservation Election Board for another hearing. My lawyer and I attended the hearing and from all of the testimony we heard in that hearing we both felt confident that the decision would rule in my favor but at the end of the week they ruled in favor of my opponents. I believe tribal politics got in the way of the REB's decision in the end. The REB is composed of tribal employees who are related and who are employees and friends of my opponents who are bringing these accusations against me. I don't believe I had a chance from the beginning.

There are still rumors going around and so I would ask that if you hear anything or if you want to clarify anything please contact me and I would be happy to visit with you. This whole situation has discouraged me but I believe I will keep my head up and continue to move forward. I want to thank all of my supporters, those who voted for me, those who shook my hand in good faith, who gave me positive words of encouragement. I also want to thank my mother Lillian, my kids, my brothers and sisters for standing behind me. I know this has been difficult on all of us. This entire situation is unbelievable.

Wopida Tanka!

I have included a statement from my lawyer;

"My client is extremely disappointed by the unprecedented decision of the Tribal Court to remand this case back to the REB for a hearing on allegations of a debt raised by the losing candidates after my client won the general election. Such a challenge, after the general election, is not authorized under tribal law. My client is also disappointed with today's unprecedented decision from the REB finding her unqualified to run for office after my client won the election. Again, such a decision, made after the general election was over, is not authorized under tribal law. The will of the voters has been usurped by the losing candidates who are playing politics. The challenge to my client's election victory was nothing more than sour grapes by the losing candidates. It is very discouraging that the Tribal Court and the REB allowed these challenges to proceed after the general election was over despite there being no provisions under tribal law authorizing such proceedings. In doing so, my client's due process rights have been trampled on. The decision by the Tribal Court and the REB is not just a loss for my client, but is also a loss for the voters and the entire tribal election process. The decision by the Tribal Court and the REB, despite no authorization under tribal law for the same, has deprived my client of due process and has usurped the will of the voters. My client is exploring her right to appeal."

Brandon M. Taliaferro, Esq. TALIAFERRO LAW FIRM, P.C., P.O. BOX 287, Aberdeen, SD 57402-0287.

Authors research new book on Sioux World War I Veterans from South Dakota

By Avis Little Eagle

For Teton Times

McLaughlin – Authors Michael and Ann Knudson, who published the book "Warriors In Khaki - Native American Doughboys from North Dakota," are now researching a book on Native American World War I Veterans from South Dakota.

They are reaching out to families of all the Sioux Tribes in South Dakota who may have a WWI serviceman in their family. They are looking for any photos of servicemen in uniform or in their everyday lives. Anything that shows what they looked like, at any age, would be worth having. They are also looking for any documents, letters, and family stories they can find, including what the servicemen did with their lives after the war and where they are buried.

The couple will get copies or take a picture of the photos so families do not have to let the photos leave their possession.

The authors can be reached via e-mail at mikeannknudson@msn.com or their mailing address is 22 Garden Drive, Bismarck, N.D.5850-5355. Anyone on Standing Rock who is interested in setting up a time to meet with the Knudson's can also contact Standing Rock Councilwoman Avis Little Eagle, and she will assist the family members in setting up a meeting or scanning photos, etc.

Their new project will be a very valuable reference book as they will be compiling the data from State historical archives, and National archives located in Kansas and DC. Their book will detail service awards, battle accomplishments and service affiliation of the South Dakota Native Ameriicans of the Standing Rock, Cheyenne River, Lower Brule, Sisseton, Crow Creek, Flandreau Santee Sioux and Oglala and Rosebud Sioux Tribes who served in World War I. This information is not readily available in any existing work. Mike Knuduson has been interested in history and genealogy since high school. He served in the Peace Corps in Morrocco and went back to college where he received his master's degree and had a career with the Soil Conservation Service in North Dakota. He retired in 2011 and now has more time for research on family and military history, especially the World War I era. His wife Ann, served 28 years in the North Dakota National Guard and retired in 2012.

Mike is from Wisconsin and Ann is from upstate New York. They met in college in Syracuse, NY. They have lived in North Dakota since 1977, in Wahpeton, Lisbon and Bismarck and reared two children.

Oneidas swear in new administration

Press-Gazette Media - August 15, 2014 - The Oneida Tribe of Indians on Thursday hosted an inauguration to seat its newly elected administration.

The event, at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center 2040 Airport Drive, installed new tribal chairwoman Tina Danforth, vice chairwoman Melinda Danforth, secretary Lisa Summers, treasurer Trish King as well as council members Brandon Stevens, Tehassi Hill, Jennifer Webster, Fawn Billie and Ben Vieau. The newly elected administration will hold office through 2017.

Thursday evening's event included a performance from the Oneida Smoke Dancers.

The Oneida Tribe of Indians has about 16,500 members, according to information provided to the Wisconsin State Tribal Relations Initiative. The Oneida Reservation covers land in Brown and Outagamie counties and the tribe is among the largest employers in both counties.

Oneida Secretary Lisa Summers is the daughter of Clayton Simon and Henrietta Cornelius. The Simon family is very proud of Lisa's accomplishments and of her sister Amelia Oudenhoven Cooper.

SWO participate in nationwide “I Can’t Breathe” Protest

Dustina Gill and son Chauncy take part in “Week of Change” protest against police violence in Sioux Falls last Saturday, December 13th.

On the way down to Sioux Falls Dustina sent this message to friends:

“How do we make a better future for our children? We get involved. The reality of today is every parent of color fears is that our children may find themselves in an unjust situation bc of color and many do. Especially in SD. Today's protest is to bring attention to these facts and to change it. ‘Any unjust law is no law at all.’”

Saturday was culmination of what organizers called a "Week of Outrage," with large demonstrations in major cities.

"Our message is very simple," wrote Carl Dix, founder of the Stop Mass Incarceration Network, one of the main organizers of the protests.

"Since the 'normal routine' of America has always included murder of black and Latino people by law enforcement, this week, that 'normal routine must be disrupted.'"

A similar protest will be held this coming weekend in Rapid City.

Thune pays tribute to Tim Johnson on Senate Floor

Washington, DC – December 11, 2014 – U.S. Senator John Thune (R-South Dakota) took to the Senate floor today paying tribute to retiring Senator Tim Johnson (D-South Dakota). Below is a transcript of his remarks on the Senate floor.

“Mr. President, I rise today to bid farewell to my colleague and friend, Senator Tim Johnson.

“Tim has deep roots in South Dakota and in the towns of Canton and Vermillion in particular.

“He has served our state for more than 35 years, first in the state legislature, and then, after winning a highly competitive primary against two well-known Democrat opponents, in the halls of Congress.

“In 1996, after a decade in the U.S. House of Representatives, Tim won the first of his three terms in the U.S. Senate. I am well acquainted with his second election because I came out on the short end of that stick.

“But I’ve had the privilege of serving with him in the South Dakota delegation for over 16 years, and today I want to pay tribute to his many years of public service and all he has done for our home state.

“I’d also like to take a moment to thank his staff for their dedicated work.

“They have worked closely with my staff for many years, and I’m grateful for their efforts.

“Mr. President, like many South Dakotans, I will always remember Tim as a fighter.

“South Dakotans are tough, rugged folks, and Tim has exemplified that spirit every day in the U.S. Senate.

“A big part of his legacy as a public servant will be his tenacity, his work ethic, and his unwavering focus on the policies that he believed to be in the best interest of South Dakota.

“Tim and I haven’t seen eye-to-eye on every issue, but we’ve always been able to come together and work for South Dakotans in times of crisis.

“From drought relief, to flood and tornado responses, to protecting the Black Hills from wildfires, Senator Johnson and I have always been able to quickly respond to the needs of our state, regardless of party differences or past disagreements.

“Mr. President, when you represent a state like South Dakota, what some people call a “flyover” state – a state some of our colleagues here in the Senate occasionally mix up with North Dakota – there are days when it can seem like the concerns of rural Americans aren’t given fair consideration, that the needs of rural America are not being heard by the administration or the more densely populated coastal states.

“I have had the great pleasure of working with Tim to bring a voice to the concerns of rural America and those of us who hail from the middle of the country.

“To highlight just one of the many examples I could bring up, since his first term in Congress Tim has fought for water infrastructure to deliver clean drinking water to families in South Dakota and throughout the Great Plains.

“Water is a vital resource in the rural expanses of South Dakota, and Tim’s efforts have helped meet this basic need in underserved Indian reservations, small towns, and rural areas across the state.

“These investments will pay dividends well beyond his tenure in the Senate.

“Throughout Tim’s long career in public service, from his beginnings in the South Dakota Legislature to his ascension to the chairmanship of the Senate Banking Committee, he has had a hand in numerous efforts that will help South Dakotans and Americans alike for generations to come.

“And I know I speak for all South Dakotans when I say thank you for your dedication and service to our great state.

“Tim, it’s been an honor to serve with you here in the Senate.

“Thank you for your example, your efforts on behalf of our beloved South Dakota, and most of all, for your friendship.

“On behalf of my wife Kimberly and myself, I wish you, Barbara, and your family the very best as you begin a new chapter.”

A Look Back

By Rep. Kristi Noem

December 12, 2014

I almost can’t believe how fast 2014 has gone. My son Booker is about three inches taller while his Christmas list is about half as long (although somehow twice as expensive!) As we look to wrap up the year, I wanted to share with you some of the successes I’ve had in Congress during the last twelve months.

The year kicked off with passage of the long-awaited Farm Bill. I was honored to serve as the first House Member at the Farm Bill negotiating table in nearly two decades and even more thrilled to get so many provisions in place for South Dakota producers and consumers. Among other items, we got a strong crop insurance program, revived the livestock indemnity program, and built support for pine beetle mitigation efforts.

A few months later, the House passed a provision I wrote that would allocate a total of $31 million to a rural water project fund that the Lewis & Clark Regional Water System is eligible to draw from. Our communities have put in more than their share of the funding for Lewis and Clark, but the federal government has not kept their end of the deal. This provision moves us in the right direction and I was glad to see it included in the final funding bill.

In July, the Black Hills Cemetery Act, a bill I wrote after many conversations with West River communities, was signed into law. To reduce liabilities for taxpayers and honor those who have been caring for these nine historic Black Hills cemeteries for generations, this legislation returns the cemeteries’ ownership to the generous communities who maintain them.

Later that month, the U.S. House of Representatives passed another piece of legislation I wrote. This one addressed human trafficking and would have opened an existing Department of Justice grant program to shelters that are looking to house survivors of human trafficking. With only around 200 beds available to underage human trafficking survivors nationwide, it was a need I spoke with many South Dakota groups about. I was disappointed the Senate did not take up the bill, but I’ll continue the fight in the years to come.

In August, I was proud to welcome the Chairman of the House Veterans Affairs (VA) Committee to Hot Springs to hold a congressional hearing. I’ve visited the VA hospital in Hot Springs many times and have always been impressed by their commitment to our veterans, but the impassioned showing at that congressional hearing blew me away. It earned them the support of the House VA Committee, which is critical. Through an end-of-the-year funding agreement, we were able to restrict any FY2015 funds from being used to move forward on closing the facility.

Earlier this month, the House passed the ABLE Act, which would allow those with disabilities or their families to open tax-free savings accounts – similar to the 529 investment plans many people use to save for their kids’ college. The funds in these tax-free accounts could be used for medical expenses, housing, transportation, and higher-education. As a co-sponsor of this bill, I always knew how important it was to extend this benefit to families, but it really hit me when I received a Facebook message from a father in southeastern South Dakota just hours before the vote. He wrote that the bill would help his family “save for a brighter tomorrow for our son.” The impact of this bill is real and will open new doors for many families like this.

On these issues and many others, I relied on your voice and am so grateful for those who have called, written, or emailed me with their thoughts. I also believe it is my responsibility to keep you informed on what I’m doing, as I am ultimately accountable to you. As a result, my office has made more than 150,000 phone calls to South Dakotans this year and written 104,000 letters and emails.

Perhaps our most important accomplishments, however, are found in the hundreds of South Dakotans we’ve helped receive veterans benefits, navigate Social Security, adopt a child, or guide through countless other federal bureaucratic processes. It’s truly been an honor to serve you this year and I am looking forward to tackling new challenges in the year to come.

Social “helper” column dedicated to young generation Oyate –

Wawokiyape

By Sherielle “Shay” DuMarce

This week I want to talk about something that has affected us all at one point in time or another. That is the pain of untimely deaths we experience living on the reservation.

This year and years past, there have been so many deaths on our reservation and only a few of them can be contributed to natural causes. That is a very sad and horrible fact to have to hear but it needs to be said. This past year I have lost family and a few friends to car accidents, violence stemming from alcohol/drug use, and suicide. My heart aches to think about the deaths of so many young people...deaths that could have been prevented if there was NO drinking, driving or altercations.

There are so many programs in the Sisseton that try to educate people on the dangers of each thing I have mentioned but is our jobs as a community to open our ears and pay attention! We need to educated and CARE what our kids or the young adults that live in the home are doing or where they are going, who they are going with, and when they will be home....

Honestly, I don’t know how we can fix this but what I do know is that I am tired of losing people to deaths that could have been prevented if the circumstances were different. I believe that these car accidents are preventable if the person/persons you’re going out with or who are hosting the party takes precautions for their guests like taking keys, having one sober person calling or setting up rides for others...something. The only one that probably couldn't have been change are the suicides/murders (YES. I am calling them murders). Well, I think maybe if someone had intervened and broke up the altercations then those people would still be with us today. They died and for what? Over a guy/girl? Because so and so said something on Facebook? What was the reason behind so much hate and anger that someone had to die because of it?

Needless to say this violence around the rez needs to stop and it starts with the community coming together and saying they are sick of it and had enough!! Has anyone noticed that for every church in Sisseton there is a bar? What would this town be like if it was a dry county? Does law enforcement need to step it up a notch and do more patrolling or check points? All of these are questions you need to ask/consider because this is such a small town. It shouldn’t be losing that many residents each year at such a rapid rate. With that being said, I hope God is watching over this place and change comes soon because this is too much for one town. God bless and keep all of you!

Shay.

Donate Blood - Score tickets to the Super Bowl

United Blood Services is excited to offer the ultimate prize package to one lucky winner: 2 tickets to the Super Bowl, airfare voucher, and accommodations. Donors will be automatically entered to win between November 10, 2014-January 10, 2015.

"We are excited to offer this giveaway particularly at this time of year when donations can decrease but the need never goes away," said Jennifer Bredahl, Regional Donor Recruitment Director, United Blood Services. "We encourage new and existing donors to participate in this fun promotion to ultimately help area patients who need blood prior to and through the holiday season."

Starting November 10, 2014 through January 10, 2015, each Monday a finalist is being drawn from the week prior. The weekly finalists will be notified individually and announced on the United Blood Services - Dakotas Facebook page. The nine weekly finalists will be put into a final drawing which will occur January 12, 2015. Across the region, over 500 blood products are needed each day to serve patients in 93 hospitals. Donors are encouraged to donate blood and ensure the shelves are stocked leading up to and through the holiday season.

The next opportunity to donate blood in this area will be Tuesday, December 23rd from 9:15 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the SWO Tribal building. To make an appointment please call Gypsy Wanna at 605-742-3809 or go to www.UnitedBloodServices.org/.

To save time, donors can now fill out their Health History Questionnaire online at www.UnitedBloodServices.org the day of their donation. To donate blood, volunteers must be at least 16 years old (16 year old donors need a minor donor permit which is available online) and be in good health. Must be 18 years or older to win prize package. Offer applies to United Blood Services blood centers and mobile blood drives of the Dakotas.

Medical ethics and the golden rule

By Richard P. Holm MD

I was offered the glorious opportunity to be one of the teachers at a medical ethics course a couple of years ago at South Dakota State University. And so the semester began, with 32 eager college students, eyes wide open (most of the time) and looking to learn. I discovered once again that it's the teacher who learns the most.

Reviewing the literature about the history of ethics for the class, I learned about three schools of thinking in Western philosophy. One draws on the ancient Greek teachings of Aristotle, believing that action should be driven by virtues, such as charity, honesty and justice. Most modern medical ethics are based on this school of thought.

A second school comes from 18th century German philosopher Immanuel Kant, believing that action should be driven by duty to respect other rational human beings. In contrast where consequence of action is less important, the third is the utilitarian principle believing that the result of action is most import, aiming at the greatest good for the greatest number. The end justifies the means.

Of course, many of us learned how to act in Sunday school; taught in our church, synagogue, temple, or mosque. It is fascinating to realize that almost every human religion has the common teaching of the Golden Rule: "Do unto others as you would have done to you," or as they say in the Far East, "Don't do to others what you wouldn't want done to you."

I heard an ethicist say that it all starts with realizing the sacred value of each individual, seeing everyone as a child of God, whether they be black/red/brown/yellow/white, old or young, female or male, smart or not-smart, mean or kind, the other guy or me.

One day in the clinic I walked into a patient's room and as I listened and examined, the patient's anger, frustration, and pain became obvious. I sensed someone in great need, yet I was quite helpless in giving what he wanted. Shortly I realized some of his anger was being directed my way. Still, I did my best to listen hard, provide the best plan of action, and, most important, to care.

In contrast the very next patient was very appreciative of what I had done for her and gave me a big hug as she was leaving. Valuing both of these individuals equally is the ethical goal and yet, I have to confess, sometimes very difficult.

It's great to talk about all those lofty ethical principles, but it is another to live them.

Funding for Health Centers, services, scientific research at UND

Washington, DC – December 9, 2014 – U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp today announced more than $400,000 in federal funding to award quality improvements and advancements at health care centers in Beulah, Northwood, Fargo and Turtle Lake and for scientific research at the University of North Dakota (UND).

“These funds for four health care centers are a testament to the hard work and dedication of the employees there – which I saw firsthand when I visited the facility in Beulah this year,” said Heitkamp. “Professionals at health centers across the state work hard to make sure the affordable health care they provide is top-notch and the methods they use are cutting-edge, and these funds will help them keep up their already great work,” said Heitkamp. “Additionally, solid research opportunities and the chance to learn from those who are leading the way in their field will help UND continue to do innovative research and open up more opportunities for students.”

These funds are distributed as follows:

· University of North Dakota - $294,313. These funds will be used to study the neurological impacts of the HIV virus.

· Coal Country Community Health Center in Beulah - $37,120. These funds were awarded to recognize the facility’s improvement in clinical quality measures between 2012 and 2013, and its rank in the top 30 percent of all health centers with the best overall clinical outcomes.

· Valley Community Health Centers in Northwood - $28,834. These funds were awarded to recognize the facility’s improvement in clinical quality measures between 2012 and 2013, and its rank in the top 30 percent of all health centers with the best overall clinical outcomes.

· University of North Dakota in Fargo - $24,026. These funds were awarded to recognize the use of Electronic Health Records to drive quality improvement for all health center patients and its improvement in clinical quality measures between 2012 and 2013.

· Northland Health Partners Community Health Center in Turtle Lake - $20,052. These funds were awarded to recognize the use of Electronic Health Records to drive quality improvement for all health center patients and its improvement in clinical quality measures between 2012 and 2013.

These funds are distributed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Contrasting an ER with a Medical Home

By Richard P. Holm MD

Just this month I had two strikingly different cases. Case one: Mr. A called to say he was losing ground with back pain, weight loss and bowel changes. I set up an appointment after some blood work in the outpatient clinic for that next day. Case two: Mr. B's daughter called to say he was developing confusion after a fall last week and today his speech was garbled. I advised Mr. B's daughter to get him immediately to the Emergency Room (ER) for testing.

In the U.S. there are two distinct places to obtain health care. The outpatient clinic is where your doctor, your PA or your nurse practitioner comes who knows you, your family and your lifetime story. Sometimes called the "patient-centered medical home," outpatient care provides for preventive care, continuity with long-term monitoring and minor-illness treatment. The most important goal and advantage for the medical home is over repeated visits, you and your provider establish and develop a trusting relationship.

In contrast, the ER is where people with major injuries and severe illnesses are provided care. It is the entrance place to go when you're sick enough that you might need to be hospitalized. It is expensive care partly because they usually don't know you, they anticipate the worst case, understandably they do a lot of testing, and finally, in the ER, they must be ready for any extreme and serious case 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Too often people with minor outpatient type problems go to the ER because they haven't established care in a clinic, haven't the patience to wait for the clinic to open or haven't realized how the ER can result in unnecessary expense. Minor problems are clearly best treated in the outpatient clinic. To say it again, the ER should be where you go when problems are urgent enough that you might need to go into the hospital.

Of course if you have a serious medical concern, without question go to the ER. But please realize the value of the relationship with a primary care provider found in the patient-centered medical home.

Mr. A's outpatient workup found metastatic prostate cancer, which was all diagnosed and treated successfully with outpatient care. Mr. B had a head CT scan in the ER showing a large blood clot requiring hospitalization and subsequent neurosurgery. He eventually regained consciousness and speech.

The outpatient medical home and the ER are two different places with very different purposes, and it's important to know the difference.

Ripple Effect –

Surviving Winter

The recent cold snap sent the temperature plunging and our lakes froze over pretty quickly. We humans retreated into the shelter of our heated homes and warm coats. The only animals you see outside now are warm-blooded animals such as rabbits, deer and squirrels. So what happens to the cold-blooded animals like aquatic insects, frogs and turtles when the lakes freeze?

First of all, remember that water is most dense at 39 degrees Fahrenheit. In the winter, lake water is insulated by the ice and remains about 39 degrees at the bottom of the lake. This temperature is still cold, but it stays relatively stable and is a much better habitat than the winter air.

In the winter, frogs and turtles enter a form of hibernation. They survive by slowing their metabolism to where their heart beats so slowly that you can barely detect it. Turtles spend the winter dug into the mud at the bottom of a pond or stream. But how do they breathe? Snapping turtles can take up some oxygen from the water across the skin lining the throat. Others, like painted turtles, have altered their metabolism to survive without oxygen. In cold water, painted turtles can stay submerged for as long as 3 months with zero blood oxygen.

Aquatic frogs don’t usually bury themselves in the mud like turtles do. They can’t get enough oxygen that way. Frogs spend a good portion of the winter just lying on top of the mud or only partially buried. They may even slowly swim around from time to time. They need to stay in high-oxygen areas so they can absorb oxygen into their bodies through their skin.

Aquatic insects spend the winter a bit different than frogs and turtles. Aquatic insects overwinter at the bottom of lakes and streams in egg or larvae form. You know how a butterfly starts out as a caterpillar and then forms a cocoon and emerges finally as a butterfly? Aquatic insects such as mayflies, dragonflies and midges do the same thing. You can think of their larvae form as equivalent to a butterfly’s caterpillar form. Aquatic insect larvae live at the bottom of lakes and streams and then emerge in the spring as flying insects.

When living at the bottom of a lake in the winter, the 39º water is pretty tolerable. Those insects that spend the winter as larvae and nymphs are called “freeze tolerant”. This is an amazing adaptation. Usually when body tissue freezes, the ice crystals puncture blood vessels and organs, and makes survival pretty difficult. Freeze tolerant insects use the sugar alcohol, glycerol, for antifreeze in their organs and blood vessels to prevent freezing, and then actually allow ice crystals to form outside their organs. In this way, they can survive short periods of freezing by not damaging their organs.

The content in this article was brought to you by RMB Environmental Laboratories, Inc. You can learn more by visiting their website at www.rmbel.info and following their blog.

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

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The RRBC is a grassroots organization that is chartered not-for-profit corporation under the provisions of Manitoba, North Dakota, Minnesota, and South Dakota law. Our offices in Fargo, ND and Winnipeg, MB can be reached at 701-356-3183 and 204-982-7250, or you can check out our website at http://redriverbasincommision.org

Health and Wellness –

Zani Unpi

How to talk to your Children about Grief and Loss

By Tiffaney A. Two Eagle RN/BSN

Public Health Nursing Department

Woodrow Wilson Keeble Memorial Health Care Center

1. Be honest with your children. Young children up to age 5 or 6 are literal and concrete thinkers. Explain the loss in basic terms. For example: An elderly grandparent dies due to illness. Tell them "the doctor could not fix grandpa's body so grandpa is gone now because his body stopped working and he cannot come back." Young children have a hard time learning the concept of death. They see important people in their lives right there or not there. However when the significant is not seen by the child for an extensive amount of time they will start to miss them and feel the loss. So don't be surprised when they ask where this person is more than once. During this time you may want explain your families spirituality or religious preference.

2. Explain death in simple terms. Ages 6 to 10, children realize the finality of death but they still will not understand that everything dies one day. During the age span children bring alive death in terms of ghosts or paranormal. They may also believe if they were better behaved or got better grades the person would come back.

3. Encourage your Teen to share their feelings of grief and loss. Teens start to explore the meaning of life and will take on feelings of guilt, anxiety, and sadness. For example: Explaining the loss of a teen schoolmate from a car accident. Talk to your teen about car safety, not riding with an impaired driver, not driving while texting.

Here are some Crisis Hotline Numbers that may be useful for our Community and Youth:

Disaster Distress Helpline 1-800-985-5990

Native Youth Crises Line 1-877-209-1266

Suicide Prevention Line 1-800-273-8255

Human Service Agency 1-800-444-3989

Resource: http://kidshealth.org/parent/emotions/feelings/death.html

Zani unpi!

Youth, school activities highlights –

Education watch on the Lake Traverse Reservation

LNI Feature: Gabe DesRosiers Jr. epitomizes student/athlete

By Rich Winter

ndnsports.com – Dec. 10, 2014 – When the Tiospa Zina Wambdi take to the court at the Lakota Nation Invitational next week chances are western South Dakota hoops fans are going to get their first look at senior guard Gabe DesRosiers Jr.

Take a good look, this one is something special.

The 5 ft. 10 inch senior guard will likely not be the top scorer for the Wambdi, but chances are he’ll find the right guy to get the ball to, and chances are he’ll be playing some hard-nose defense and handling the pressure that opposing teams try to throw at him.

Pressure, that shouldn’t be a problem for a young man that is a member of the National Honor Society and an Honors Student at TZ. And even if you don’t get a chance to see him, plenty of young people will as the anonymous person that sent me info on Gabe told me. “He’s a role model, on and off the court.”

Formerly from the Sisseton Public School District, Gabe started playing ball at Tiospa Zina in 2012 but was injured in a home game, broke his leg and missed the rest of his sophomore season. He came back last year and had a solid season for the Wambdi.

Eight seniors dot the roster for TZ, and the boys have some height this season.

Tiospa Zina opens play Wednesday at the Ice Arena in Rapid City vs. an always tough Pine Ridge squad. Should be a good one!

(Editor’s note: Readers should also note that Gabe Jr. is also a champion chicken dancer and sings with the award-winning Northern Winds Drum, with his father.)

Lakota Nation Invitational 2014

Schedule of Events

Wednesday December 17, 2014

*Girls BB in the Barnett Center, and Boys BB in the Ice Arena

*Techa Wacipi Okolakiciya Pow Wow - Rushmore Hall A & B 11:00 Am to 7:00 pm

*Art Show 9:00 am – 6:00 pm LaCroix A & C – Coordinator: Michael Poland

*Headquarters – Room 101 Theresa Voice – Coordinator

*9:00 am Rule Meeting and Registration 10:00 am Competition Starts Lakota Language Bowl, LaCroix Hall B – Coordinator: Peter Hill and Philomine Lakota.

*LNI Business Plan Competition 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Room 10, Coordinators: Doug Patton and Courtney Two Lance (Sponsored by the Oglala Sioux Tribe Credit and Finance Program)

Thursday – December 18, 2014

*Internet Café in the North Concourse – Gear Up Program

*Language Bowl Elementary Level Rushmore F

*All Girls and Boys Basketball Quarter Final Games are held in the Barnett Arena (Makosica Division)

*All Boys and Girls Consolation Games are held in the ice Arena (Paha Sapa Division) All Games start at 10:00 am

*9:00 – 6:00 pm Art Show – LacCoix A C – Coordinator: Michael Poland

*10:00 am LNI Board of Directors Meet and Greet – Club House

*10:00 – 5:00 pm Knowledge Bowl (Academics) – LaCroix Hall B

*10:00 am LNI Business Plan Competition starts – Room 102

*JR ROTC Practice 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Rushmore South

*1:00 pm – 4:00 pm JR. ROTC Regulation and Exhibition Competition – Rushmore Hall Coordinator: Major Iwan

*6:00 – 9:00 pm Bear Literacy Jamboree: Rushmore Arena North: All activities are free – Frosty the Snowman and Santa will be there

*Half Time Events

o 6:00 pm Bear Project – Civic Center

o 7:30 pm Bear Project – Civic Center

o 9:00 pm Coaches awards – Civic Center Arena: Dusty LeBeau, Laura Big Crow, Eldon Marshall, Rob Mendoza

Friday – December 19, 2013

*9:00 am Makosica Semi Final Games – Ice Arena/Barnett Ctr. Arena

*9:00 am Paha Sapa Semi Final Games – Ice Arena/Barnett Ctr Arena

*9:00 am, 10:30 am, 12:00 am, 1:30 pm and 3:00 pm

Five Semi Final Games will be played at the South Dakota School of Mines:*Internet Café – North Concourse – Gear Up Program

*9:00 – 6:00 pm Art Show – LaCroix AC– Coordinator: Michael Poland

*10:00 am Hand Game Tournament – Rushmore Hall C & D (9:00 am rules meeting) Coordinator Roger White Eyes

*9:00 – 3:00 pm Archery-Rushmore Hall North - Coordinator Mike One Star

*10:00 am Knowledge Bowl (Academics) LaCroix Hall B – Coordinator: Yamni Jack

*10:00 am LNI Business Plan Competition – Room 102

*2:00 pm Cheerleader Competition-Barnett Center

*Half Time Events

o 4:30 pm Public Service Awards

o 5:00 pm Veterans (Wounded Warriors) Honoring

o Wiping of the Tears for Ed Young Man Afraid of His Horse

o 6:00 pm Grand Entry – Basketball Players, Cheerleaders, Wrestlers, Officials, Winners of all the activities, and Lakota Ways’ Native American SANTA LALA (tossing candy!)

o 8:00 pm Awards: Lakota Language, Art Show, Hand Games

o 9:30 pm Awards: Knowledge Bowl, Academics, and LNI Business Plan Competition

Saturday – December 20, 2013

*8:00 am All Basketball Games Start – Civic Center, Ice Arena and St. Thomas More

*4 games will be played at St. Thomas More

*Internet Cafe- North Concourse – Gear Up Program

*6:00 am Wrestling Weigh in at Rushmore Hall A & B

*10:00 am Wrestling Starts – Rushmore Hall A & B

*Art Show – Rushmore North – The Art Show will close at 12:00 pm

*Half Time Events

o 5:00 pm Wrestling Championship – Civic Center

o The following awards will be given immediately after wrestling: Steve With Horne Award, Cheerleading Awards

*7:00 pm Girls Championship Game – Awards will be given for girls after the game

*8:30 pm Boys Basketball Awards, Paha Sapa Division

Tiospa Zina students perform “Random Acts of Kindness”

By Dr. Jennifer Heath

The TZ High School Student Council performed random acts of kindness on Thursday, December 11th.

Sculpting at Tiospa Zina

Submitted by Cheryl Schuh

Gifted & Talented Program

Darold Bailey, of Odessa, MN, worked with creative students in the gifted and talented program at Tiospa Zina the week of December 1st. Mr. Bailey has been commissioned by several cities, including Wilmot, Sioux Falls, and Chaska-- to do sculptures for their parks.

Students learned to add clay to an armature and mold the basic facial features in proper proportions. Each student then designed their own breastplates and painted their sculptures.

Here are photos of the sculpting project.

ESDS students doing community service

Submitted by Dawn Johnson

Community Education Coordinator

Here are photo highlights of Enemy Swim Day School 6-8th graders doing community service projects this holiday season.

We need your help - Investigating animal well-being in SD

Brookings, SD – What is the current level of care being offered to horses in South Dakota? What perceptions about animal well-being exist in South Dakota? What educational resources are you looking for to learn more about animal well-being and on-farm care? Are you curious to know the answers? So are we, said Heidi Carroll, SDSU Extension Livestock Stewardship Extension Associate.

Carroll is leading the SDSU Extension team of Dr. Rebecca Bott, Extension Equine Specialist, and Dr. Sara Tanner, SDSU Equine Instructor, which is conducting a survey to investigate these questions.

"The goal of the survey is to gain understanding about the current perceptions of animal well-being in South Dakota, with an emphasis on horses. As the study continues, additional information on other livestock species may be collected," Carroll said

Who should complete the survey? Anyone of any age who participates in horse events, owns or manages horses, works in the horse industry, or simply enjoys being a spectator of horse events. All responses will remain confidential.

How to complete the survey? The survey can be completed online at http://equinewell-beingsd.questionpro.com. Follow the directions and when all questions are complete, click submit. If you are uncomfortable completing the survey online, a paper version with return envelope can be mailed to you by simply contacting Heidi Carroll.

For more information: Please contact Carroll, SDSU Extension Livestock Stewardship Extension Associate, at 605-688-6623 or heidi.carroll@sdstate.edu.

Legals

SISSETON-WAHPETON OYATE

IN TRIBAL COURT

LAKE TRAVERSE RESERVATION

STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA

CASE NO. D-15-146-673

In the matter of Kayla Ventura-Martin, Plaintiff

vs.

Jose Ventura-Martin, Defendant

NOTICE OF HEARING

TO: JOSE VENTURA-MARTIN

Take notice that a hearing will be held at the above named Court, Agency Village, outside the city of Sisseton, County of Roberts, South Dakota on the 5th day of January, 2015 at the hour of 4:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter as possible.

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

Dated this 11th day of December, 2014.

BY ORDER OF THE COURT:

/s/ B.J. Jones, Tribal Court Judge

ATTEST: Eileen Pfeiffer, Clerk of Courts

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SISSETON-WAHPETON OYATE

IN TRIBAL COURT

LAKE TRAVERSE RESERVATION

STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA

CASE: D-14-094-671

IN THE MATTER OF THE CHANGE

OF NAME OF: PERRY PAUL, Petitioner                    

ORDER AND NOTICE OF HEARING

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Petitioner’s request for a change of name from PERRY TERRANCE PAUL to PERRY TERRANCE RED FOX shall be heard before the Honorable B.J. Jones, Judge of Tribal Court, in the Courtroom of the Sisseton Wahpeton Tribal Court at Agency Village, South Dakota at 2:30 P.M. on the 30th day of DECEMBER, 2014.

Dated this 2nd day of December, 2014.

BY ORDER OF THE COURT:

/s/ B.J. Jones, CHIEF JUDGE

ATTEST: E. Pfeiffer, CLERK OF COURTS

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SISSETON-WAHPETON OYATE

IN TRIBAL COURT

LAKE TRAVERSE RESERVATION

STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA

CASE NO. CS: 06-220

SWOCSE/Carrie Greeley, PLAINTIFF

VS.

REYNOLD DUMARCE, DEFENDANT

ORDER OF PUBLICATION &

NOTICE OF HEARING

It is hereby Ordered that Notice by Publication is hereby provided for a Motion to Show Cause for Failure to Pay Child Support and Notice of Hearing is hereby provided that a hearing will held at the Tribal Admin Building in Tribal Court, Agency Village, South Dakota, on the 17th day of December, 2014 at the hour of 9:00 o'clock A.M. or as soon thereafter as possible.

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

Dated this 19th day of November, 2014

BY THE ORDER OF THE COURT:

/S/

Michael T. Swallow, Presiding Judge

ATTEST: Melinda Heminger, SWOCSE Clerk of Court

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SISSETON-WAHPETON OYATE

IN TRIBAL COURT

LAKE TRAVERSE RESERVATION

STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA

CASE NO. CS: 02-233

SWOCSE/ Erin Campbell, PLAINTIFF

VS.

DEAN IYARPEYA, DEFENDANT

ORDER OF PUBLICATION &

NOTICE OF HEARING

It is hereby Ordered that Notice by Publication is hereby provided for a Motion to Show Cause for Failure to Pay Child Support and Notice of Hearing is hereby provided that a hearing will held at the Tribal Admin Building in Tribal Court, Agency Village, South Dakota, on the 17th day of December, 2014 at the hour of 9:00 o'clock A.M. or as soon thereafter as possible.

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

Dated this 19th day of November, 2014

BY THE ORDER OF THE COURT:

/S/

Michael T. Swallow, Presiding Judge

ATTEST: Melinda Heminger, SWOCSE Clerk of Court

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SISSETON-WAHPETON OYATE

IN TRIBAL COURT

LAKE TRAVERSE RESERVATION

STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA

CASE NO. CS: 13-180

SWOCSE/ TANF/Tessa Campbell, PLAINTIFF

VS.

DEAN IYARPEYA, DEFENDANT

ORDER OF PUBLICATION &

NOTICE OF HEARING

It is hereby Ordered that Notice by Publication is hereby provided for a Motion to Show Cause for Failure to Pay Child Support and Notice of Hearing is hereby provided that a hearing will held at the Tribal Admin Building in Tribal Court, Agency Village, South Dakota, on the 17th day of December, 2014 at the hour of 9:00 o'clock A.M. or as soon thereafter as possible.

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

Dated this 19th day of November, 2014

BY THE ORDER OF THE COURT:

/S/

Michael T. Swallow, Presiding Judge

ATTEST: Melinda Heminger, SWOCSE Clerk of Court

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SISSETON-WAHPETON OYATE

IN TRIBAL COURT

LAKE TRAVERSE RESERVATION

STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA

CASE NO. CS: 13-094

SWOCSE/ TANF/Susan Peters, PLAINTIFF

VS.

DEAN IYARPEYA, DEFENDANT

ORDER OF PUBLICATION &

NOTICE OF HEARING

It is hereby Ordered that Notice by Publication is hereby provided for a Complaint to Re-Establish Child Support and Notice of Hearing is hereby provided that a hearing will held at the Tribal Admin Building in Tribal Court, Agency Village, South Dakota, on the 17th day of December, 2014 at the hour of 9:00 o'clock A.M. or as soon thereafter as possible.

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

Dated this 19th day of November, 2014

BY THE ORDER OF THE COURT:

/S/

Michael T. Swallow, Presiding Judge

ATTEST: Melinda Heminger, SWOCSE Clerk of Court

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SISSETON-WAHPETON OYATE

IN TRIBAL COURT

LAKE TRAVERSE RESERVATION

STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA

CASE NO. I: 09-089

SWOCSE/ Anita Hart Wanna, PLAINTIFF

VS.

ERIC LABLANC, DEFENDANT

ORDER OF PUBLICATION &

NOTICE OF HEARING

It is hereby Ordered that Notice by Publication is hereby provided for a Complaint to Establish Child Support Arrears and Notice of Hearing is hereby provided that a hearing will held at the Tribal Admin Building in Tribal Court, Agency Village, South Dakota, on the 17th day of December, 2014 at the hour of 1:00 o'clock P.M. or as soon thereafter as possible.

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

Dated this 19th day of November, 2014

BY THE ORDER OF THE COURT:

/S/

Michael T. Swallow, Presiding Judge

ATTEST: Melinda Heminger, SWOCSE Clerk of Court

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SISSETON-WAHPETON OYATE

IN TRIBAL COURT

LAKE TRAVERSE RESERVATION

STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA

CASE NO. CS: 08-049

SWOCSE/ Ladean Hill, PLAINTIFF

VS.

ERIC LABLANC, DEFENDANT

ORDER OF PUBLICATION &

NOTICE OF HEARING

It is hereby Ordered that Notice by Publication is hereby provided for a Motion to Show Cause for Failure to Pay Child Support and Notice of Hearing is hereby provided that a hearing will held at the Tribal Admin Building in Tribal Court, Agency Village, South Dakota, on the 17th day of December, 2014 at the hour of 1:00 o'clock P.M. or as soon thereafter as possible.

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

Dated this 19th day of November, 2014

BY THE ORDER OF THE COURT:

/S/

Michael T. Swallow, Presiding Judge

ATTEST: Melinda Heminger, SWOCSE Clerk of Court

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SISSETON-WAHPETON OYATE

IN TRIBAL COURT

LAKE TRAVERSE RESERVATION

STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA

CASE NO. CS: 13-030

SWOCSE/ Sara Farmer, PLAINTIFF

VS.

ERIC LABLANC, DEFENDANT

ORDER OF PUBLICATION &

NOTICE OF HEARING

It is hereby Ordered that Notice by Publication is hereby provided for a Motion to Show Cause for Failure to Pay Child Support and Notice of Hearing is hereby provided that a hearing will held at the Tribal Admin Building in Tribal Court, Agency Village, South Dakota, on the 17th day of December, 2014 at the hour of 1:00 o'clock P.M. or as soon thereafter as possible.

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

Dated this 19th day of November, 2014

BY THE ORDER OF THE COURT:

/S/

Michael T. Swallow, Presiding Judge

ATTEST: Melinda Heminger, SWOCSE Clerk of Court

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SISSETON-WAHPETON OYATE

IN TRIBAL COURT

LAKE TRAVERSE RESERVATION

STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA

CASE NO. I: 15-007

SWOCSE/ SD, PLAINTIFF

VS.

MELISSA WHITE-KEEBLE, DEFENDANT

ORDER OF PUBLICATION &

NOTICE OF HEARING

It is hereby Ordered that Notice by Publication is hereby provided for a Complaint to Establish Child Support and Notice of Hearing is hereby provided that a hearing will held at the Tribal Admin Building in Tribal Court, Agency Village, South Dakota, on the 18th day of December, 2014 at the hour of 9:00 o'clock A.M. or as soon thereafter as possible.

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

Dated this 20th day of November, 2014

BY THE ORDER OF THE COURT:

/S/

Michael T. Swallow, Presiding Judge

ATTEST: Melinda Heminger, SWOCSE Clerk of Court

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SISSETON-WAHPETON OYATE

IN TRIBAL COURT

LAKE TRAVERSE RESERVATION

STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA

CASE NO. I: 09-090

SWOCSE, PLAINTIFF

VS.

MARY JENNESSE, DEFENDANT

ORDER OF PUBLICATION &

NOTICE OF HEARING

It is hereby Ordered that Notice by Publication is hereby provided for a Complaint to Establish Arrears and Notice of Hearing is hereby provided that a hearing will held at the Tribal Admin Building in Tribal Court, Agency Village, South Dakota, on the 18th day of December, 2014 at the hour of 9:00 o'clock A.M. or as soon thereafter as possible.

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

Dated this 20th day of November, 2014

BY THE ORDER OF THE COURT:

/S/

Michael T. Swallow, Presiding Judge

ATTEST: Melinda Heminger, SWOCSE Clerk of Court

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SISSETON-WAHPETON OYATE

IN TRIBAL COURT

LAKE TRAVERSE RESERVATION

STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA

CASE NO. I: 08-032

SWOCSE/ Jessica DuMarce, PLAINTIFF

VS.

IVAN GABE, DEFENDANT

ORDER OF PUBLICATION &

NOTICE OF HEARING

It is hereby Ordered that Notice by Publication is hereby provided for a Motion to Show Cause for Failure to Pay Child Support and Notice of Hearing is hereby provided that a hearing will held at the Tribal Admin Building in Tribal Court, Agency Village, South Dakota, on the 18th day of December, 2014 at the hour of 9:00 o'clock A.M. or as soon thereafter as possible.

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

Dated this 20th day of November, 2014

BY THE ORDER OF THE COURT:

/S/

Michael T. Swallow, Presiding Judge

ATTEST: Melinda Heminger, SWOCSE Clerk of Court

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SISSETON-WAHPETON OYATE

IN TRIBAL COURT

LAKE TRAVERSE RESERVATION

STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA

CASE NO. I: 13-171

SWOCSE/Julia Mandan, PLAINTIFF

VS.

BRYANT DECOTEAU, DEFENDANT

ORDER OF PUBLICATION &

NOTICE OF HEARING

It is hereby Ordered that Notice by Publication is hereby provided for a Motion to Modify and Notice of Hearing is hereby provided that a hearing will held at the Tribal Admin Building in Tribal Court, Agency Village, South Dakota, on the 18th day of December, 2014 at the hour of 9:00 o'clock A.M. or as soon thereafter as possible.

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

Dated this 20th day of November, 2014

BY THE ORDER OF THE COURT:

/S/

Michael T. Swallow, Presiding Judge

ATTEST: Melinda Heminger, SWOCSE Clerk of Court

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SISSETON-WAHPETON OYATE

IN TRIBAL COURT

LAKE TRAVERSE RESERVATION

STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA

CASE NO. I: 15-003

SWOCSE/ SD/Gwendolyn Clifford, PLAINTIFF

VS.

KEITH HAWK, DEFENDANT

ORDER OF PUBLICATION &

NOTICE OF HEARING

It is hereby Ordered that Notice by Publication is hereby provided for a Complaint to Establish Child Support Arrears and Notice of Hearing is hereby provided that a hearing will held at the Tribal Admin Building in Tribal Court, Agency Village, South Dakota, on the 18th day of December, 2014 at the hour of 1:00 o'clock P.M. or as soon thereafter as possible.

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

Dated this 20th day of November, 2014

BY THE ORDER OF THE COURT:

/S/

Michael T. Swallow, Presiding Judge

ATTEST: Melinda Heminger, SWOCSE Clerk of Court

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SISSETON-WAHPETON OYATE

IN TRIBAL COURT

LAKE TRAVERSE RESERVATION

STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA

CASE NO. CS: 15-012

SWOCSE/ Sheridan Bluedog, PLAINTIFF

VS.

LENA BLUEDOG, DEFENDANT

ORDER OF PUBLICATION &

NOTICE OF HEARING

It is hereby Ordered that Notice by Publication is hereby provided for a Complaint to Establish Child Support and Notice of Hearing is hereby provided that a hearing will held at the Tribal Admin Building in Tribal Court, Agency Village, South Dakota, on the 19th day of December, 2014 at the hour of 9:00 o'clock A.M. or as soon thereafter as possible.

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

Dated this 21st day of November, 2014

BY THE ORDER OF THE COURT:

/S/

Michael T. Swallow, Presiding Judge

ATTEST: Melinda Heminger, SWOCSE Clerk of Court

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SISSETON-WAHPETON OYATE

IN TRIBAL COURT

LAKE TRAVERSE RESERVATION

STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA

CASE NO. CS: 15-008

SWOCSE/ Josalena LaBelle, PLAINTIFF

VS.

ISIAH GRANT, DEFENDANT

ORDER OF PUBLICATION &

NOTICE OF HEARING

It is hereby Ordered that Notice by Publication is hereby provided for a Complaint to Establish Child Support and Notice of Hearing is hereby provided that a hearing will held at the Tribal Admin Building in Tribal Court, Agency Village, South Dakota, on the 19th day of December, 2014 at the hour of 9:00 o'clock A.M. or as soon thereafter as possible.

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

Dated this 21st day of November, 2014

BY THE ORDER OF THE COURT:

/S/

Michael T. Swallow, Presiding Judge

ATTEST: Melinda Heminger, SWOCSE Clerk of Court

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SISSETON-WAHPETON OYATE

IN TRIBAL COURT

LAKE TRAVERSE RESERVATION

STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA

CASE NO. CS: 15-016

SWOCSE/ Amber Frost, PLAINTIFF

VS.

WINSTON EASTMAN, DEFENDANT

ORDER OF PUBLICATION &

NOTICE OF HEARING

It is hereby Ordered that Notice by Publication is hereby provided for a Complaint to Establish Child Support and Notice of Hearing is hereby provided that a hearing will held at the Tribal Admin Building in Tribal Court, Agency Village, South Dakota, on the 19th day of December, 2014 at the hour of 9:00 o'clock A.M. or as soon thereafter as possible.

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

Dated this 21st day of November, 2014

BY THE ORDER OF THE COURT:

/S/

Michael T. Swallow, Presiding Judge

ATTEST: Melinda Heminger, SWOCSE Clerk of Court

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SISSETON-WAHPETON OYATE

IN TRIBAL COURT

LAKE TRAVERSE RESERVATION

STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA

CASE NO. CS: 11-026

SWOCSE/ Colleen Blackthunder, PLAINTIFF

VS.

BRENT BLACKTHUNDER, DEFENDANT

ORDER OF PUBLICATION &

NOTICE OF HEARING

It is hereby Ordered that Notice by Publication is hereby provided for a Motion to Modify Child Support and Notice of Hearing is hereby provided that a hearing will held at the Tribal Admin Building in Tribal Court, Agency Village, South Dakota, on the 19th day of December, 2014 at the hour of 9:00 o'clock A.M. or as soon thereafter as possible.

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

Dated this 21st day of November, 2014

BY THE ORDER OF THE COURT:

/S/

Michael T. Swallow, Presiding Judge

ATTEST: Melinda Heminger, SWOCSE Clerk of Court

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Trading Post ads

Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate

Job Openings

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

Research Specialist, Education Department

Youth Worker (part-time), Veterans Memorial Youth Center

Closing Date: December 19th, 2014 @ 04:30 PM

Assistant Cook, Tribal Elderly

Teacher, Early Head Start

Receptionist, Head Start

Special Needs/Mental Health Manager, Head Start

Building Inspector. GIS

GIS Analyst, GIS

Utilities GIS/CAD Technician, GIS

Closing Date: December 26th, 2014 @ 04:30 PM

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

 

Sisseton Wahpeton College

Job Vacancy

Human Resource Manager

Education/Experience: AA Degree in Business Administration/HR or relate field with two years’ experience in Human Resources. BA Degree in Human Resources. Combination of education and human resource experience will be considered. Closing date: 12/19/2014 at 8:00 AM. Indian Preference will apply

Please visit our website at www.swc.tc (Human Resources) for a complete job description.

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Tiospa Zina Tribal School

Employment Opportunities

2014-2015 School Year Vacancies:

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

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

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

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

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

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

2014-2015 Extra Curricular Vacancies:

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

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

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

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

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

 

Dakota Nation Gaming Enterprise

Job Openings

POSITION: General Manager

PROPERTY: Dakota Magic Casino, Hankinson, ND

REPORTS TO:  Chief Executive Officer, Dakota Nation Gaming Enterprise

GENERAL FUNCTION: The General Manager (GM) works with Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Dakota Nation Gaming Enterprise (DNGE) by profitably managing the daily gaming and business operation of the Dakota Magic Casino; more specifically, to provide overall planning and management of profit centers and various support functions, to maximize departmental productivity and meet the growth objectives of the DNGE.

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS: B.S./B.A. degree in a business related major and five (5) years of upper management casino experience in a casino with an annual gross income of $100M or more or an A.A degree with 10 years of casino experience. All applicants must have a minimum of ten (10) years experience in a management position in a class III gaming facility over the following departments: Slots, Table Games, Marketing, and Finance. Applicant must demonstrate the requisite experience, skills and abilities to perform the duties described herein, and that applicant is qualified in all respects to fulfill the obligations herein. Must be licensable by the SWO Gaming Commission.

Closing date: December 19th, 2014 4:00 p.m. (CST)

Send resume to: Dakota Nation Gaming Enterprise Heather Roberts, Corporate Executive Assistant, 16849 102nd Street SE, Hankinson, ND 58041 or by Email: heatherw@dakotamagic.com

Any questions contact Heather at 701-634-3000 ext. 2426.

 

Dakota Magic Casino

Job Openings

C-Store Department Clerk (3 Full-Time) 2 Swing, & Graveyard

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

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

Smoke/Gift Shop Department Clerk (Full-Time) Day

Closing Date: December 19, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.

Starting Wage: D.O.E.

High School Diploma or GED required for most positions

Two identifications documents required upon hire

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

 

Dakota Magic Casino

Job Description

Position: Corporate Marketing Officer (CMO)

Department: Corporate Marketing

Reports to: Chief Executive Officer

License: Primary Management Official (PMO)

Summary of Occupation: The direct primary responsibility of the Corporate Marketing Officer shall be the development and implementation of strategic marketing plans for Dakota Magic Casino, Dakota Sioux Casino and Dakota Connection Casino including advertising and promotions. The employee shall be responsible for implementing the effective centralized and consolidated marketing function of the three gaming operations into a single operating company, with costs allocated to the various gaming enterprises on a pro rata or other acceptable accounting basis. The DNGE CEO will supervise the employee. Qualifications: Must be licensable by the SWO Gaming Commission. Must have a college degree in marketing and/or a Business related major. Must have a minimum of 5 years of successful management in the Marketing field Indian Preference may apply Must display strong interpersonal and facilitator skills

Closing Date: December 19th, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. (CST)

Please submit applications/credentials to: Heather Roberts, Corporate Executive Assistant, 16849 102nd Street SE

Hankinson, ND 58041, Phone: 701-634-3000 ext. 2426; Fax 701-634-3086; E-Mail heatherw@dakotamagic.com (Subject line: CMO Applicant)

 

Dakota Sioux Casino & Hotel

Job Openings

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

SURVEILLANCE: SURVEILLANCE OBSERVER (1 Full- Time) ROTATING GENERAL FUNCTION: Responsible for monitoring table games, slot activity, casino cage transactions, hard and soft count procedures, as well as, all other non-gaming areas throughout the casino. REQUIREMENTS: High school diploma or G.E.D. equivalent. Ability to handle diverse situations and or people. Must work all shifts. (Day, Swing, Graveyard) Weekends and Holidays. Shifts will rotate every 3 months. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Able to sit for long periods of time in a cool environment. Must obtain a Key Gaming License upon hire.

This position will close on December 17, 2014 at 4 pm.

Indian Preference will apply/EEO.

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

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

 

Dakota Sioux Casino & Hotel

Job Openings

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

CAGE: MANAGER TRAINEE (FULL-TIME) GENERAL FUNCTION: Manage, plan and coordinate the activities and operations of the cage department. Administrator of all cage regulations, policies, procedures and related internal controls. REQUIREMENTS: Must have high school diploma or GED equivalent. Minimum A.A. degree in Accounting/Business. Bachelor's degree in Accounting/Business Administration preferred. Minimum of two years previous experience. Ability to stand for long periods of time. Must obtain Key Gaming License upon hire.

This position will close on December 19, 2014 at 4 pm.

Indian Preference will apply/EEO.

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

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

 

Dakota Sioux Casino & Hotel

Job Openings

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

FOOD SERVICE:

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

COOK II (2 FULL- TIME) GENERAL FUNCTION: The purpose for this position is to assist the Cook I, Cook III, and shift supervisor. Safely prepare quality food products for customers and employees. Maintain interpersonal communications to ensure the smooth operation of the property and promote the highest degree of customer satisfaction. REQUIREMENTS: High school diploma or G.E.D. equivalent. One year of institutional cooking. Able to stand for long periods of time. Will be stooping, bending, standing for long periods of time, or lifting up to 50 lbs. Must be able to work night shifts and weekends. Cooking and food handling experience is required. Must able to obtain a Non-Gaming License.

Positions will close on December 17, 2014 at 4 pm.

Indian Preference will apply/EEO.

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

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

 

Dakota Connection Casino

Job Openings

Security Department: Officer (2) full-time, rotating shifts, day, swing, graveyard, weekends & holidays. Mobility throughout the facility 45% percent of time; will be stooping, bending, walking for long periods of time, able to lift up to 40 pounds, computer skills required for report writing. Will be exposed to noise and tobacco smoke. Appropriate dress code. Must be at least 21 years old. Must have High School Diploma or G.E.D. Must be able to obtain a Key License. C-Store Department: Deli Attendant (1) full-time, rotating shifts, day, swing, graveyard, includes weekends & holidays. Ability to operate necessary equipment. Physical ability to stand for long hours, clean, lift heavy objects up to 30 lbs., and restock inventory; 6 mos. previous cooking experience preferred, 6 mos. working with the public. Knowledge of food preparation safety requirements. Must be dependable & available to work any & all shifts. Must be at least 18 years old & have a High School diploma or GED.

 

Clerk/Cashier (2) full-time, rotating shifts, day, swing, graveyard, includes weekends & holidays. Excellent customer service skills; math skills essential; ability to operate necessary equipment; physical ability to lift moderate amounts of weight; previous experience working with money preferred; strong organizational skills managing various functions; dependable & available to work any & all shifts. Must be at least 21 years old & have a High School diploma or GED.

Opening date: Thursday, December 11, 2014

Closing date: Wednesday, December 17, 2014 @ 4:00 p.m.

All positions will be exposed to noise & tobacco smoke

Indian preference will apply/EEO Employer.

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