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Vol. 48 Issue No. 25

Anpetu Iyamni, Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Inside this Edition –

Calling the Oyate to General Council this Thursday and Friday, June 22-23, 2017; See agenda in this Sota

Honoring, dedication of dance arena, ballfield next Tuesday, June 27, pow wow grounds

CRST donates water protectors painting to SWST

World Peace & Prayer Day Wednesday, June 21st

Summer of thrills 2017 underway at Dakota Connection Casino; part two, Enduro races return

Photo update of Dakota Crossing grocery store construction

Update: Dakota Magic Casino renovation underway

Making Summer 2017 count for the children

#NoDAPL: Federal court finds Army Corp. failed in environmental assessment, permitting

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

Calling Oyate to General Council this Thursday and Friday, June 22-23

The first General Council of 2017 is scheduled this Thursday and Friday, June 22 and 23, at the Tribal administration building, Agency Village, SD.

Main purpose of the first General Council is to share with members the financial condition of their Tribe and its for-profit enterprises. Generally, the December General Council is set aside for program reports.

Here is the agenda for the two days of meetings.

SWST General Council Meeting

Thursday June 22, 2017

9:00     Flag Song, Dakota Nation

9:05     Posting of Colors, United Veterans Association

9:15     Roll Call, Recording Secretary

9:20     Opening Prayer

9:25     Opening Remarks by Dave Flute, Tribal Chairman

9:35     Vice-Chairman Report by Floyd Kirk Jr.; Greg Benidt, CFO; Lexi Fancher, Budget Office

10:00   Open Microphone/Drawings

10:30   SWO Business Council, Josh Flute

10:40   Dakota Crossing Grocery Store Report, Josh Flute

10:50   Fuel Inc., Josh Flute

11:05   Dakota Western/SWO Plastics, Robert Huff, General Manager

11:25   Dakota Nation Community Development, Danny White, Manager

11:45   Open Microphone/Drawings

12:00   Lunch provided by Dakota Magic Convention Center & Dakota Connection Casino

            Dakota Jeopardy Game Challenge during the Lunch hour provided by the Dakotah Language Institute

1:00     General Council Open Discussion

2:50     Drawings

3:00     Retreat of Colors

SWST General Council Meeting

Friday June 23, 2017

9:00     Flag Song, Wahpekute

9:05     Posting of Colors, United Veterans Association

9:15     Roll Call, Recording Secretary

9:20     Opening Prayer

9:25     Opening Remarks by Dave Flute, Tribal Chairman

9:35     Russell Hawkins, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Sisseton Agency

10:00   Open Microphone/Drawings

10:30   Dakota Nation Gaming Enterprise Report, Michael Schrader, Acting CEO, Weston Quinn, CFO

11:00   Open Microphone

11:15   Dakota Magic Casino Report, Michael Schrader, General Manager

11:30   Open Microphone

11:45   Dakota Sioux Casino Report, Garret Renville, Acting General Manager

12:00   Open Microphone

12:15   Lunch provided by Dakota Sioux Casino & Dakota Connection Casino

            Dakota Jeopardy Game Challenge during the Lunch hour provided by the Dakota Language Institute

1:00     Dakota Connection Casino Report, Rhonda Sederberg, Acting General Manager

1:15     Open Microphone

1:30     General Council Open Discussion

2:50     Drawings

3:00     Retreat of Colors

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe donates painting to SWST

The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe held a Wopila Wacipi last weekend at Fort Pierre, SD, to honor the water protectors.

In announcing the honoring, Chairman Harold Frazier put out a request for donations, and the Sisseton-Wahpeton Tribal Council agreed to provide support.

Chairman Dave Flute had Verlyn Beaudreau hand-deliver the check on behalf of the SWST last Wednesday, to make sure it arrived in time to help with the weekend honoring.

Verlyn presented the check to Chairman Frazier and CRST Treasurer Bonita Clark.

In appreciation for the gift, Chairman Frazier presented a painting by Canadian artist Daniel Martin to the SWST.

The painting depicts a rendering of the water protectors' camp into the body of a buffalo.

The painting now resides in Tribal Council Chambers and will likely be displayed there permanently.

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

Phone 605-698-3388

*30TH June 2017 - FRIDAY: Two (2) more Fridays and we want you! Please see the notice of the fly-over in this week's Sota! We are so honored to have not only the Apache Combat helicopter but also 2 F-16's Fighter jets doing a fly-over. The Apache will actually land and we get to check it out; on board will be two Generals and the SDDVA Larry Zimmerman along with Steve Emery, Department of Tribal Relations. We are asking that ALL VETERANS come out and attend, not just Tribal but ALL, NO MATTER WHAT COLOR. IF YOU'RE A VETERAN this is your invite, we would be honored to show these Generals what Northeastern South Dakota has for Veterans - and how proud we are on the EAST side of the River! We sent special invites to the surrounding counties as well as to all LOCAL Veteran Groups. This is the first time the Apache is coming up to Northeastern SD, so let's show them how many Veterans we have that stand strong and proud! Also, we will have the MCV (Mobile Vet Center) on site for the afternoon; any benefit questions please come and ask. Also, if you've never enrolled in the VA now you will have the opportunity. Call me if you have questions - 268-0502.

*4th of July Memorial Flags: If you want your flags flown during the 4th the group in charge this year is American Legion Post #314, please contact Delano Renville at 268-0354 or show up at the Pow Wow grounds and he will be posted inside the fence on the West side of the Arena. You cannot miss him, he will have a sign where you register your loved ones' flags! They take very good care of them all weekend and have a very good system in place.

*Veterans Cemetery: Work In progress! Drive by take a look. It's not open for business as of yet but we are getting closer! Thanks to Bud White who has been watering and keeping the grass wet! Coincidently, he is the only employee who has been on this job from start to finish June 2016 to the present. Bud, we really appreciate all of your hard work; I know you have a lot of heart for veterans in your family and it shows by your commitment it seeing the project through.

*Driver/Assistant: Gabe Fisher, Driver/Asst. will be on deployment for 2 more weeks in Fort Bliss, Texas. He's doing great - and we will be happy to have him back! Gabe will be back on the 30th in time for our 3rd Annual Bataan Memorial March.

*VETERANS: PLEASE CALL OUR OFFICE IF YOU NEED ASSITANCE; WE ARE HERE TO SERVE! We are asking that you get your appointment slips turned in as soon as you get your slip - do not wait the day before or 2 days before. We have other avenues that we can utilize and if we have at least 4-5 days in advance that will give us plenty of time. Thank you.

*WOMEN VETERANS CALL CENTER: 1-855-VA-WOMEN. Crisis Help Line: 1-800-273-8255, available 24/7, and tell them you are a veteran. All calls are confidential.

Woodrow W. Keeble Memorial American Legion Post 314 - Delano Renville, Commander Cell # 268-0354; Vietnam Veterans Kit Fox Society - Doc Wanna, Commander Phone # 698-3299; Desert Era Veterans - Justin Chanku, 268-0977 Commander Cell# 467-9714; for GAS ASSISTANCE Geri Opsal 698-3388.

Have a great and safe week.

Geri Opsal, TVSO.

Severe thunderstorms pass through Lake Traverse Reservation

By CD Floro

Sota Editor

The skies were alive with excitement last Tuesday, with strong thunderstorms, high winds, hail, and tornados cutting across South Dakota, into North Dakota, and on into Minnesota.

KXSW announcer Tom was on the air early in the morning alerting the Oyate of the watches and warnings. And back online in the evening, when severe thunderstorms hit.

The storm "event" began for Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Tribal employees when a warning went out on the PA system that morning.

It seems Waubay was hit pretty hard, again – lots of downed tree branches. What's up Waubay and Toka Nuwan, why do these storms seem attracted to you?

The National Weather Service reported: "A lot of damage throughout town (Waubay) including trees uprooted and on houses."

There were power outages.

The Tribe's Emergency Management department sent out a team to survey damage at Enemy Swim.

From the NWS report:

South of Rosholt two cabins were destroyed, one by wind and the other by a felled tree.

There was tree damage at New Effington from a brief tornado touchdown.

Wind speeds were measured as high as 100 mph in Brown County (90 mph recorded at New Effington in Roberts County).

There were numerous reports of tornados, although no reports of injuries.

A downed power line in Milbank caused an explosion and fire, but we don't have a report of anyone hurt.

The skies were much clearer Wednesday morning, and many of our Tribal elders headed to Dakota Magic Casino for elderly day.

Here are a pair of photos shared from Watertown by Alphalee Bissonette; they are representative of what people all across the Reservation, and region were seeing when the storm front rolled through their neighborhoods.

NWS summary of June 13th widespread severe storm

From the National Weather Service, Aberdeen:

On the afternoon of Tuesday, June13th, a warm and very humid airmass had set up across eastern South Dakota and western Minnesota in advance of a cold front. During the mid afternoon hours storms rapidly developed over central and eastern South Dakota, between Pierre and Aberdeen. These storms quickly strengthened and produced large hail, damaging winds, and eventually tornadoes across the region. The storms evolved into mainly a wind and tornado event around 7pm CDT. Widespread wind damage occurred across northeastern South Dakota and into west central MN as the storms formed a line and moved northeast. Storms quickly exited through Traverse and Big Stone Counties by 10 pm CDT. Several tornadoes were reported to have briefly touched down, causing EF-0 and EF-1 damage.

Making Summer 2017 count for the children

By CD Floro

Sota Editor

Exciting activities have already gotten underway, events designed to make the summer of 2017 dedicated to making lives of our community's youth better. What's happening is not coming from one source, only one of many resources available to our children on the Lake Traverse Reservation. No. This movement driving this summer's commitment to youth is being made possible because of collaboration among several programs. Some under the Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Tribe, and some non-Tribal community organizations – notably, Aliive Roberts County.

Aliive Roberts County, by the way, is holding its kick-off event for Project Stand Up this Tuesday, June 20th, at 5 p.m. in Teal's parking lot.

The community is invited to join in the fight against illegal drugs and drug crime, in this advocacy program.

Project Stand Up has been endorsed by the offices of Governor Daugaard and SD Attorney General.

State and local speakers have been invited to speak, including SWST Chairman Dave Flute.

There will be free brats.

Goal is to get as many people as possible to become involved. By doing so, you can be empowered to help drive out drug crime.

Come and find out how you can anonymously report drug crime. Pick up informational materials to share with others.

There are other programs, some within the Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Tribe.

The Tribal Youth program is probably the key player in the collaboration.

Drawing from the SWO Education Department, SWO Behavioral Health, Nis'to Incorporated, Dakotah Pride, the Tribal schools, Aliive Roberts County, and more, the Youth program is generating a great line-up of events.

Rolling Rez Art comes to the Lake Traverse Reservation

Rolling Rez Art came to Pickerel Lake last Friday, June 9th, to share with community youth. Here are photo highlights, provided by Dustina Gill.

Dustina also provides readers with the following information about Rolling Rez Art:

Rolling Rez Arts is a new concept to creating artistic spaces to the Lake Traverse Reservation.

Their first visit to SWO is a result of a partnership initiative of the SWO Youth Department and Nis'to Incorporated.

Rolling Rez Arts offers mobile classroom spaces for numerous types of art classes.

Their first visit to our reservation introduced hands-on training on mural painting for the youth.

They will return for an entire day of different art training at the upcoming Youth Wacipi in August, so keep an eye out for notices!

What it is!

Rolling Rez Arts is a new state-of-the-art mobile arts space, business training center, and mobile bank that made its first appearance on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in the fall of 2015.

It delivers art, business, retail and banking services that up until this point have been inaccessible to many of the artists and culture bearers who live and work on the Pine Ridge Reservation.

The arts space on wheels has been years in the making, and is the result of a group of people—from First Peoples Fund, Artspace, Lakota Funds, and Lakota Federal Credit Union staff to nonprofit partners to foundations supporters—coming together to infuse new energy into the creative economy.

The concept of Rolling Rez Arts came in response to a market study conducted by First Peoples Fund, Artspace, Colorado State University, Leveraging Investments in Creativity (LINC) and Northwest Area Foundation.

The study explored the challenges and successes experienced by Lakota artists on Pine Ridge. It found that more than half of Native households on Pine Ridge are engaged in home-based businesses, and 79 percent of those businesses are in the arts. It also found that 61 percent of emerging artists have incomes of less than $10,000, but through participation in workshops and trainings—like what will be offer through the mobile art unit—that number increases dramatically.

Who is Art Space?

A live/work project is a residential building in which each dwelling has extra space (100 to 150 square feet) that the artist can use as a studio. Live/work units by Artspace have consistent design elements, such as high ceilings, large windows, durable surfaces and wide doorways. These spaces are designed to accommodate and foster a variety of creative processes. Artspace live/work projects also include common spaces such as galleries, meeting rooms and green space that encourage tenant engagement, cooperation and community involvement.

Most Artspace live/work projects are mixed-use buildings with housing on the upper floors and non-residential space on the lower floors.

Parent Training

The SWO Education Department is sponsoring parent training this Thursday, June 22, and continuing Thursday, June 29. Hours are from 5-7 p.m., at the Dakotah Language Institute.

There will be instruction in these cultural crafts:

*Shirt making.

*T-dress making.

*Grass dance outfit making.

(Tiny tot and Junior sizes.)

Summer Bash re-scheduled

The SWO Early Childhood Intervention Program had planned to hold its annual Summer Bash last Saturday, but has re-scheduled to Friday, July 8.

There will be presentations by Dr. Michelle Greseth and Jace Pratt, educational booths, and many fun activities.

Included are train rides, horse rides, face painting, and fun run.

See the updated notice in this week's Sota.

Youth poetry workshop

Nis'to Incorporated sponsored a youth poetry event the weekend of June 10th.

There was space for 20 youth, ages 12-17, for an overnight retreat at Enemy Swim Lake.

Watch for news and features from this amazing community resource!

Susbeca LaCrosse

Local supporters of the "Creator's Game" called together SWST families to get youth out this year to compete in regional league play.

Here is what coach Jeremy Red Eagle had to say last week about how the Susbeca teams have been supported:

Just want to give a shout out to all the parents/families, coaches and players for an amazing season."

Our U12 played their toughest game Friday night and came up short but played like champions.

Our throw-together U14 team made everyone proud with their championship win, and Lightning Sticks Varsity with the championship. All of you make me proud.

And to my son Santee Hopkins Red Eagle to take on the responsibility of coaching, chaperoning kids and still helping take the championship and Joey Bird for stepping up for our youth, Wopida Tanka iciciyapi do.

And our relatives from Rapid, Rosebud, lake Andes, Lower Sioux, and the Twin Cities way to help reclaim our game.

I truly believe this game will bring healing to our communities.

And comments from Sierra Wolcott:

Susbeca (Dragonfly) lacrosse teams started last year with a U12 team in the Dakota premiere lacrosse league.

Jeremy Red Eagle, who believes traditional games can heal our communities, created the team with the hope of helping youth overcome traumas through learning about lacrosse, language, culture, sportsmanship, and respect. The team didn't win a game until their last game of the season, but they played hard and had a love for the game.

This year Jeremy expanded to a U14 team as well.

With the help of a few young men from other Tribes (Rosebud, Pine Ridge, and Morton), he was able to piece together a championship team.

U12 won several of their games this year as well.

The league is new and there have been many speed bumps in advocating for fair games, but it has been a learning experience, and we all benefit.

Susbeca will hopefully be playing in at least one other tournament this summer – Mankahto Powwow Lacrosse Tournament for sure.

The teams hope to fund raise enough to get t-shirts made soon so that they, their parents, and the community can show their Susbeca pride!

Apiya: Coming of age camp

Young men and women, ages 11-25, will spend each day from July 6-10 with elders at Sica Hollow, learning about the ways of the people and their future roles and responsibilities as men and women of the Dakota Oyate.

See more information in the notices in this week's Sota.

Tiospa Zina Tribal School and Enemy Swim Day School

Just because the school year has ended does not mean that the Tribal schools are not engaging students in learning opportunities!

Enemy Swim Day School has classroom (and outdoor) activities going on throughout the summer months.

Tiospa Zina Tribal School has had summer session early and will resume before the start of the 2018-19 academic year this fall. A special class for high school students is providing hands-on experience with videography – for television and film.

Watch for news and photos from these classes in your Sota.


As we piece together this article, we are mindful of the nagging sense we are forgetting other players in this movement.

For decades, we have heard the cry that "Not enough is being done for our youth!"

Well, guess what.

Whose responsibility is it to see that enough does get done for what is the greatest asset a community can have – its children, its future?

It is yours and mine, it is everyone's responsibility.

Today, we are glad that many are accepting that responsibility.

We are all stakeholders.

And, because programs cost money, thank you to all those who are putting financial support into the community's efforts.

World Peace & Prayer Day 2017

While World Peace & Prayer Day is being celebrated across the world, and Chief Arvol Looking Horse is leading prayers in Hawaii, our Oyate are holding an observance at SWO Memorial Park in Sisseton, SD.

Here is an invitation from Crystal Owen:

World Peace and Prayer Day 2017!

Han Mitakuyapi.

On Wednesday, June 21st, we will gather at 7:00 a.m. in the SWO Memorial Park to join in prayer with millions of others around the world who will be praying too.

We will be serving coffee and rolls afterwards.

If you are an early riser we invite you to stop in and join us.

Dakota Crossing grocery store: Construction progress in pictures

Here are photos as work progresses on the Tribe's new grocery store/c-store along Highway 10 on the east side of Sisseton. These continue the Sota series updating Tribal members on their new grocery store.

Plans had been that the store would open by the Fourth of July, however, watch for a "soft opening" later in July and a grand opening by Labor Day.

More concrete is being poured outside, and painting is being done inside.

See more pictures as the project nears completion.

Also, expect an update at this week's General Council.

(Editor's note: We also share an update on the Dakota Magic Casino expansion and renovation project from a week ago. The project is now 79 weeks to completion. See "Construction Currents.")

Dakota Sioux Casino entertains audience with "Faces of the King"

Dakota Sioux Casino brought a Las Vegas Elvis Presley impersonator to Watertown a week ago.

John Heminger attended and captured some of the "faces," which appear here in the Sota.

The act is one of a series of entertainment featured at the Tribe's Watertown casino to attract audiences seeking fun.

Dakota Connection Casino 2017 summer of thrills underway

Last week we featured highlights from Dakota Connection's "burnout" competition.

That event kicked off a summer of thrills planned for 2017.

In this edition, see highlights of this past weekend's Enduro racing – the first of several competitions spaced throughout the summer.

Next Enduro race is coming up on Saturday, July 15th.

Sisseton Police Dept. reminders

Sisseton Courier – The Sisseton Police Department would like to remind the community to take the extra time to secure your homes and property. We all tend to get complacent at times, and with that we may be victims of crimes. Criminals are looking for easy opportunities.

Here are some simple things you can do to help:

*Make sure your homes are locked when you are away, and even when you are home.

*Turn on your porch lights at night or install motion detectors.]

*Lock up valuables.

*Lock your vehicles and hide any valuables out of view.

*Be observant of your surroundings.

*If you see someone whom you think is acting suspiciously, call the police.

*If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Sisseton Police Department at 698-3932.

Notifying clients, public, of new work status, new office

Han mitakuyapi:

Cante Wasteye Waciyakapiye. Dakota Caze "Wowicada yuha Mani Win."

Hello my relatives:

I greet you with a good heart. My Dakota name is "Walks with trust, Faith woman."

I have not had a chance to inform you, that my position at "Dakotah Pride" as a "Youth Counselor" for the past 13 1/2 years is no longer funded through I.H.S. As of May 1, 2017, I have been working under the MSPI grants funding through Dakotah Pride as a Youth Counselor.

Right now we are doing program development and I am not working with any youth at this time for a couple of months. As of April 3, 2017, Ron Hill has been doing all the CD evaluations, assessments, consults, Level 11.1 Intensive Outpatient group, 1.0 Aftercare group, 11.1 Intensive & I.0 Individual sessions, interventions, prevention and family sessions that I used to do ... until we are able to move forward to continue to work with the youth.

I am still doing meetings and other things that I was doing before, just not working exactly with the youth at this time for couple of more months, until the MSPI program development is completed. All my contact information is basically still the same, except my phone number is different. The new phone number is 605-698-2110; there are no phone extensions at this time.

If you are not able to reach me by phone just please leave me a message or you may contact me through my email address

My office Is now located behind the VMYC – Veterans Memorial Youth Center – in the yellow metal building across the street from the SWO police station/old jail, also known as the old tax office. The entrance door is on the side of the building with a glass door with white trim.

Ron Hill's contact information is Ph# 605-698-3917, ext. 114.

Toks ta,

"Wowicada yuha Mani Win."

See Ya later!

Teresa K. White, LAC Youth Counselor.

Protecting Sacred Water Bundle: Educating about Fracking at Turtle Mountain Community College

To protect their water sources, the Turtle Mountain Chippewa banned oil fracking on their reservation, and the tribe's college played an instrumental role.

By Stacie Blue

May 10, 2017

"If we don't allow the oil companies to frack on the reservation, the companies will come and just sidedrill underneath the reservation!

Why shouldn't the tribe make money? That money could be used to help the people!" exclaimed a student at Turtle Mountain Community College (TMCC).

"Do you know how much water they use for fracking? They pull water from freshwater sources. From what I have read, it takes a minimum of 2 million gallons of water (2% being fracking chemicals) for each fracking well. Some of those chemicals are proven carcinogens," I responded, asking, "How long does it take for the water contaminated by fracking to be safe for human use? What about all the social issues brought in with the oil workers and man camps—drugs and human trafficking? Do you think our law enforcement can keep up with all that?"

This was one of the many conversations that I have had with students and community members since oil development took off in North Dakota. In TMCC's environmental science class, students discuss and learn about what is happening locally, within the state, nationally, and internationally. We start with where we live, and the students are required to have a discussion with an elder. The elders relate how the land has changed from the time before paved roads and plumbing to today's technological nation. Students share their notes from the elders and we learn of hopes for more family time, less drugs, more jobs, educational opportunities, and clean water.


Driving up to TMCC near the Canadian border, the landscape changes and spans across the horizon. Leaving the plains of North Dakota and entering the hills known as the Turtle Mountains, one becomes surrounded by a deciduous forest, spotted with deer stands, fishing holes, mosquito havens, and secret berry-picking spots. It is here that the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians (TMBCI) reservation is found. Made up of tribal citizens that identify as Ojibwe and/or Metis/Mitchif, all enjoy a good fiddle tune and become emotional when watching the honor guard, veterans, and elders enter the arena during the grand march of a powwow.

Our reservation is two townships, roughly 77,000 acres, which is not the original reservation size that was agreed upon in our treaty. Our ancestors negotiated for 32 townships, but the government used strong-arm tactics and our land-base was reduced to its present size. We were left with the land that was thought to be unfit for farming. The glacial design of the hills may not be fit for big agriculture, but it is ideal for a host of natural resources.

People live all through the hills because of the availability of water. Many tribal members have private wells, while the expansion of rural waterlines moving throughout the reservation provides water to others. The Little Shell Aquifer is the source of drinking water for the Belcourt community and surrounding areas. It is also a resource for area farmers and other Rolette County citizens. It is because of this aquifer that the tribe resolved to ban fracking on the TMBCI reservation.

Hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," is the process where oil and gas companies drill into the ground to extract oil and gas from the shale rock that lay thousands of feet under the ground. Once the formation is reached, water, sand, and an extensive list of human-made chemicals are injected into the well under high pressure. This process fractures the rock, forcing deposits of shale oil to the surface.

Located on the TMBCI reservation, TMCC has provided opportunities for all interested parties to learn about fracking and why the tribe banned it. Fracking has been a hotly debated topic within the TMCC community and has been researched and discussed by students, faculty, staff, and community members. While TMCC offers environmental programs, the college also offers an oil field operations program. Based on job market needs, TMCC has created opportunities for community members to be competitive and knowledgeable in oil field operations while still supporting a ban on fracking on TMBCI lands.

Fracking started in North Dakota in 2006, moving through the landscape of the Bakken Oil Field in western North Dakota. On April 11, 2008, oil recovery was estimated to be 3 to 4.3 billion barrels in western North Dakota and eastern Montana. The TMBCI watched as oil development increased on the Fort Berthold reservation. Community members watched and learned about the oil development on private, state, and federal lands throughout North Dakota, and wondered how soon oil development would be knocking at TMBCI's door.

"Don't let oil come through Belcourt. Don't let them travel Highway 5, because if there is a spill the company will only clean up the surface, the state will help with very little. Don't let oil come through Belcourt," asserted the late Dennis Bercier, a North Dakota state senator and TMCC's institutional developer.

Others in the community echoed Bercier's sentiments. In the fall of 2011, after learning about fracking, Dr. Carol Davis, tribal elder and former vice president of TMCC, made the decision to take a stand against fracking. In Ojibwe society, the women are responsible for caring for the water. With that teaching in mind, she brought together tribal members. Among them were women who led water ceremonies. Fracking was the topic of conversation and by the end of the first meeting, they all agreed that the Turtle Mountain reservation could not risk water contamination from this dangerous process. Weekly meetings continued, and the group grew to approximately 75 people who attended some or all meetings. They agreed to seek a tribal resolution banning fracking on any land that would threaten the watershed or water sources that charged the tribal aquifer and private wells used by tribal citizens. The tribal council was invited to a meeting.

After learning about fracking and the potential for harm to the environment, Chairman Merle St. Claire invited the group to present their findings to the full tribal council. Word spread, and everyone was invited to attend the tribal council meeting. The response was great. Tribal members who worked at the Sky Dancer Casino, tribal government employees and officials, elders, and many other individuals were in attendance. TMCC faculty brought students to support the fracking ban. On November 18, 2011, Chairman St. Claire and tribal council members listened as Debbie Gourneau, a spiritual teacher, opened the council session by reminding the group of the sacredness of all creation. She was followed by Carol Davis who said, "In our society, women care for the water; men care for the fire. There is a balance—too much fire, the water evaporates, too much water, the fire goes out. Women protect the water; it is our responsibility. But, we need the help of our men. We are here to ask you to ban fracking on tribal lands and in areas that affect our sources of water." Davis went on to note that tribal teachings tell of one day when the TMBCI may be the only people with water to drink.

After a presentation on the fracking process, the tribal chairman and council members agreed to invite the group to the next open public meeting to present a resolution to ban fracking. Shortly after the meeting ended, Davis and the group of women discovered that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) was advertising for bids to lease land for oil and gas exploration on Turtle Mountain tribal land. Hence, language was included in the resolution demanding that the BIA cancel the request for bids. The tribal council passed the resolution unanimously on November 22, 2011.

A few weeks later, the BIA announced that they cancelled the oil and gas bids on 43 parcels of land on the Turtle Mountain reservation to honor the tribal resolution against fracking. To date, the reservation is free from fracking.


Today, the group continues to educate. In 2011, Cedar Gillette created the Facebook page, "No Fracking Way Turtle Mountain Tribe," to get information out through social media. The site has 3,283 members and continues to provide up-to-date environmental information. "The purpose is to educate our tribal citizens and the public about what will happen to our water if fracking is allowed to be used on or near our reservation to access oil. Please join the effort to keep our Turtle Mountain water free from cancer causing chemicals," the page proclaims, providing information on tribal, state, national, and international environmental issues, citizen action, government policies and codes, and presentation topics and dates.

Davis and other members of the Tribal Water Commission have also continued to be a source of information for the community and tribal council. Recently, the Tribal Water Commission was invited to a meeting with the tribal council and investors proposing to lease mineral rights for fracking on tribal lands near Trenton, North Dakota. Dr. Davis spoke to the council and investors. "Our nibi (water) is held in common by all of the people. This is stated in the Tribal Water Act, passed in July of 2015," Davis said, reminding her audience that "the foundation of the Water Act was based on treaties, our inherent sovereignty, the right to clean water, and the Winter's Doctrine which gives the tribe sovereign authority over the Little Shell Aquifer even though most of it lies off the TMBCI reservation."

We all have a responsibility to protect the water. "Our women have carried the sacred water bundle for our tribe since we migrated from the east hundreds of years ago," Davis reminds us. "Our stories and our ceremonies continue to guide our people. While it seems to some that we are being foolish, to others we have purpose."

Excerpt from TMBCI Tribal Resolution to Ban Fracking, Resolution Number TMBC627-II-II

"WHEREAS, the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa is responsible for protecting Mother Earth from any pollutants that may cause harm to its citizens, land, water, and air; and

WHEREAS, the emerging oil industry is expanding throughout the state and will eventually include Rolette County which encompasses the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa reservation and its jurisdictions; and

WHEREAS, the oil industry is using a process called hydraulic fracturing (FRACKING) to extract oil that requires the use of hazardous chemicals that could contaminate water resources that is vital for the tribe's livelihood and sustainability; and

WHEREAS, the FRACKING process could endanger tribal water resources and the waters of the Shell Valley Aquifer which is the tribe's main resource for fresh water on the Turtle Mountain reservation; and

WHEREAS, it is critical that Turtle Mountain tribal citizens-at-large are educated on the consequence of oil exploration and any other development that can cause any environmental concerns now and in the future; now

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa prohibits in perpetuity any hydraulic fracturing (FRACKING) or any other process that is toxic on lands adjoining the Shell Valley Aquifer or its tributaries, or flowing water that has the potential to channel to the Shell Valley Aquifer and water resources, lakes, underground springs, and wetlands where tribal citizens reside on or near the Turtle Mountain reservation; and

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa supports the efforts of tribal citizens to promote a public service campaign to inform our tribal membership of any environmental concerns pertaining to oil development and other initiatives affecting Mother Earth; and

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa directs the Bureau of Indian Affairs to cancel their advertisement for the sale of oil and gas leases that was posted in the Turtle Mountain Times and other newspapers November 21, 2011, on allotted Indian lands in Rolette County, North Dakota, and ensure that all future bids include the tribal resolution informing the bidders that fracking is immediately banned in accordance with this resolution; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the tribe will work to develop similar laws and agreements with communities who are considering to utilize hydraulic fracturing (FRACKING) or any process that is or may be toxic on lands adjoining the Shell Valley Aquifer or its tributaries or flowing water that has the potential to channel to the Shell Valley Aquifer and water resources, lakes, underground springs, and wetlands where tribal citizens reside on or near the Turtle Mountain reservation."


Stacie Blue (Turtle Mountain Chippewa) teaches science at Turtle Mountain Community College.

Former tribal district treasurer sentenced in $377K embezzlement case

By Elisa Sand

June 13, 2017 – Watertown Public Opinion/Dakota Media Group – June 13, 2017 – A former treasurer for the Old Agency District was sentenced to 20 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $151,477 in restitution in an embezzlement case in which he and two others stole nearly $377,000.

Thomas Adams, who lives in Roberts County, was indicted in April 2016, along with two district board members. He was sentenced Monday in federal court. Adams was 45 at the time of the indictment. Leslie Barse Sr. was then 72, Barbara Kirk is 65. She and Barse will appear for change of plea hearings on July 5.

The Old Agency District is a political subdivision of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate. According to the indictment, the funds were stolen between January 2011 and March 2013. According to the pre-sentence investigation, Kirk is accused of stealing $78,000 and Barse is accused of stealing $147,312, Federal Judge Charles B. Kornmann said.

The defendants are accused of writing checks to Dakota Services and Investigations, a business owned and oper-ated by Adams. They are also accused of making cash withdrawals from the district account and issuing checks to themselves.

Adams pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit theft from an tribal organization. It has a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The pre-sentence investigation recommended a sentence ranging from 24 months to 30 months, Kornmann said.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Connie Larson said the $151,477 was taken during a year's time. Barse was on the executive board starting in 2009, Kirk beginning in October 2011 and Adams starting in March 2012, according to court documents. All were on the board through March 2013.

Funding for the Old Agency District is from the tribe and is used for monthly stipends for executive board members and for assistance programs.

Defense Attorney Randy Turner requested a lighter sentence involving a period of home detention for Adams.

"This is a single bad period in his life," Turner said.

From the moment Adams took office, unauthorized checks were being written and loans were issued without documentation.

"It quickly spirals out of control," Turner said.

He said Adams was unemployed prior to his election and had outstanding bills that were paid with some of the money. Additional funds, Turner said, were used to pay for upkeep on his truck and for living expenses.

Turner presented a $2,000 check in court from Adams, which will be put toward restitution, with the exception of $100, which will cover a special assessment. Adams apologized for his actions and said he was ashamed.

"I lost touch with God for a little bit when I got fired," he said. "I failed his test." Kornmann acknowledged that Adams is not a violent person, nor a danger to the community. But, the judge said, it's important to hand down consistent sentences with this type of "white-collar crime." He noted that each of the transactions was a crime.

Following his 20-month sentence, Adams will be on supervised release for three years. He is required to turn himself in to the U.S. Marshall service on July 18.

8-month-old baby killed in car crash

Charges pending against one driver involved

By Kelsie Passolt

KDLT – June 13, 2017 – Charges are pending against a 27-year-old woman after a baby girl dies in a two-car crash.

According to the South Dakota Highway Patrol, just before 4 p.m. Tuesday, a Pontiac Grand Am was eastbound on 122nd Street when the car did not yield at an uncontrolled intersection at 418th Avenue northwest of Langford.

The Grand Am collided with a Cadillac going north.

An eight-month-old girl riding in the backseat of the Grand Am died in the crash. The Grand Am's driver, a 27-year-old woman whose identity has not been released, was seriously injured and hospitalized. The front-seat passenger of the Grand Am, a 7-year-old boy, was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

It's still under investigation whether the three were wearing seat belts or properly restrained.

The highway patrol could not release details on the relationship between the woman and the two children, citing Marsy's Law. Charges are pending against her.

The driver of the Cadillac was wearing their seat belt and sustained minor injuries in the crash.

The highway patrol is investigating the wreck.

The SUV driver suffered minor injuries.

(Authorities have identified the 8-month-old girl who was killed as Mayah Grey Buffalo.)


Federal court finds Army Corp. failed in environmental assessment, permitting

Standing Rock Sioux claim 'Victory and Vindication' in court

A federal judge rules that the Dakota Access pipeline did not receive an adequate environmental vetting

By Robinson Meyer

The Atlantic – June 14, 2017 – A federal judge ruled in favor of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe on Wednesday, handing the tribe its first legal victory in its year-long battle against the Dakota Access pipeline.

James Boasberg, who sits on D.C. district court, said that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers failed to perform an adequate study of the pipeline's environmental consequences when it first approved its construction. In a 91-page decision, the judge cited the Corps' study of "the impacts of an oil spill on fishing rights, hunting rights, or environmental justice" as particularly deficient, and he ordered it to prepare a new report on its risks.

The court did not, however, order the pipeline to be shut off until a new environmental study is completed—a common remedy when a federal permit is found lacking. Instead, Boasberg asked attorneys to appear before him again and make a new set of arguments about whether the pipeline should operate.

The tribe faces a mixed result: The ruling may establish some important precedents, particularly around environmental justice and treaty rights. But there's no indication that the requirement to perform a new study will alter the outcome of the case—or even get the pipeline switched off in the interim.

"This is a a very significant victory and vindication of the tribe's opinion," said Jan Hasselman, the lead attorney for the case and an employee of Earthjustice, an environmental-advocacy group that represented the Standing Rock Sioux.

"The court slices things pretty thin, but there were three major areas that he found deficient, and they're not insignificant. They're central to the problems that we've been highlighting the whole time," Hasselman told me.

Energy Transfer Partners, which owns and operates the pipeline, did not respond to a request for comment before publication. A representative for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers could not be reached.

The Dakota Access pipeline runs 1,100 miles across much of the Great Plains, connecting the Bakken oil formation in North Dakota to a refinery and second pipeline in Illinois. Oil began flowing through the pipeline earlier this month.

The pipeline became a rallying point for both climate activists and indigenous civil-rights advocates last year, as thousands of people—many of them Native Americans—gathered on the Standing Rock reservation to protest and physically obstruct the pipeline's construction. By late October, Standing Rock had become the largest and most high-profile Native protest in the United States in four decades.

Boasberg's ruling centered on two ways that the Corps's environmental study was inadequate. First, he said, the Standing Rock Sioux are assured certain hunting and fishing rights in their most recent treaty with the U.S. government. Many of the tribe's members rely on fish or hunted game as a steady food source.

Before approving the pipeline, the Corps did not study whether an oil spill at the pipeline would kill most of the river's fish. It also did not report on whether the chemicals used to clean up a spill could poison local game, rendering them unfit for human consumption

"Even though a spill is not certain to occur at Lake Oahe, the Corps still had to consider the impacts of such an event on the environment," the judge said.

This emphasis on consideration points to the broader nature of the legal fight: This case is not about how the pipeline may harm Standing Rock, but whether the Corps adequately studied and reported on those harms before approving it in the first place. Most environmental-law cases in the United States are fought on this kind of procedural territory—it's a a product of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1970, which mandates the government study the environmental effects of any decision it makes but does not require it to make especially green decisions.

Boasberg's second complaint with the Corps was on similar methodological grounds. According to federal regulation, every major project constructed near a poor community, community of color, or Native American reservation must be studied on environmental-justice grounds. The Corps shrugged off many of these rules, arguing that no affected group lived within a half-mile of the pipeline route.

The Corps was technically correct. The Dakota Access pipeline runs 0.55 miles north of the Standing Rock Sioux reservation.

"Federal agencies are given a lot of leeway until they do something that just, on the face of it, seems ridiculous," says Sarah Krakoff, a law professor at the University of Colorado. "I think that that's what happened here."

Boasberg's decision, she said, had implications far beyond Standing Rock and this particular pipeline dispute.

"In the vernacular, it's a big deal," she told me. "It's an important step for a court to recognize that both environmental-justice claims and the failure to adequately analyze Indian treaty rights can be the basis for the reversal of an agency's environmental analysis."

With the project so far along, she said it was unclear if any procedural problem could convince Boasberg to temporarily shut down the project.

The tribe was not successful on every claim. The judge ruled that the Corps did not violate administrative law when it quickly approved the pipeline earlier this year. He has also previously ruled that the Dakota Access pipeline does not infringe on Standing Rock's cultural heritage, nor does it damage the religious practice of another group of Sioux, the Cheyenne River Tribe.

The complicated legal history of the Dakota Access pipeline has stemmed from one important conflict: The pipeline mostly runs across private land, allowing Energy Transfer Partners to quickly secure permission and construct most of it last year. But it also must cross the Missouri River, a federal waterway controlled by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Therefore the dispute at Standing Rock has played out over the last year as the vast majority of the pipeline stood completed and ready for operation. In late July 2016, the Corps first granted an easement allowing the pipeline's construction. But less than two months later, in early September, the Obama administration stepped in and asked Energy Transfer Partners to voluntarily stop work on the project. It also announced it was reviewing the Corps's easement.

President Barack Obama announced the result of this review in early December 2016, when the administration revoked the permit entirely. It also ordered Energy Transfer Partners and the U.S. Army Corps to study whether the pipeline could be re-routed.

Finally, almost two months later and on his fifth day in office, President Donald Trump reversed this order and granted approval for the pipeline.

The president celebrated the pipeline during a speech last week in Cincinnati. "The Dakota Access pipeline is now officially open for business—a $3.8-billion investment in American infrastructure that was stalled," he said. "Nobody thought any politician would have the guts to approve that final leg. And I just closed my eyes and said: Do it."

"It's up, it's running, it's beautiful, it's great. Everybody is happy, the sun is shining, the water's still clean. When I approved it, I thought I'd take a lot of heat. But I took none, actually none. But I take so much heat for nonsense that it probably overrode the other," Trump added.

Hasselman referenced the speech as he spoke to me Wednesday. "That's such a perfect metaphor for this whole process," he said. "The government closed its eyes to the impacts of this pipeline on the people of Standing Rock—and their history at the hands of the same government."

David Archambault III, the chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux, told me last week that while he is not ultimately optimistic about the legal battle, he feels duty-bound to pursue it.

"When we first entered into this, we understood the history, we knew the facts, we knew the laws," he said. "We still have to bring it all up. Because just because [the situation] is legally right, it's morally and ethically wrong. What happened at Standing Rock is a movement, and you don't see the benefits of a movement until way later."

IEN statement on federal ruling to revisit DAPL environmental analysis

Bemidji, MN – June 15, 2017 – The Indigenous Environmental Network made the following statement concerning the federal ruling to revisit DAPL's environmental analysis:

Today, Indigenous peoples and Water Protectors marked a crucial victory in the fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

A federal judge ruled that the Army Corps of Engineers failed to complete a proper environmental examination and that the permits issued for the Dakota Access Pipeline were issued in haste. The judge ordered the agency to reconsider parts of their final environmental analysis.

In response, members of the Indigenous Environmental Network released the following statements.

Joye Braun, Cheyenne River Lakota community organizer with the Indigenous Environmental Network, stated:

"We've been saying the Environmental Analysis was not in line with the law, and that based on treaty rights, this project should never have been built. We on the ground are excited to hear that this is moving forward. While we wish the flow of oil would be stopped until the hearings are completed, we trust that through prayer and continued vigilance we will stop the flow of oil and make Energy Transfer Partners and this administration keep fossil fuels in the ground."

Dallas Goldtooth, national Keep It In the Ground organizer, Indigenous Environmental Network, added:

"This is a huge victory for the tribal nations of the Oceti Sakowin, Water Protectors around the world and for the Indigenous leaders who led organizing efforts to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline.

We're ecstatic with the court's decision, and applaud the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and Cheyenne Sioux for continuing to hold the line and take the fight against the Trump administration and the Dakota Access Pipeline to the nation's courts. We hope this decision leads to the stoppage of oil flowing in the bakken crude oil pipeline as a permanent remedy to protecting the drinking water of the Cheyenne River and Standing Rock Sioux Nations.

Since the 1990s, our organization has been working to ensure the United States recognizes the need for environmental justice and for meaningful participation by Indigenous communities in permitting processes that will affect our sacred lands, inherent rights and access to clean water. We're seeing those efforts bear fruit, and now our movement has dealt a major blow to big oil.

Despite underhanded, brutal tactics by Energy Transfer Partners to suppress Indigenous peoples, our movement will not be stopped. We will continue to support any and all efforts to divest from fossil fuels and stop the Dakota Access Pipeline once and for all."


The Indigenous Environmental Network is an international environmental justice nonprofit that works with tribal grassroots organizations to build the capacity of Indigenous communities.

Complaints against Dakota Access to be investigated

By Nick Smith

Bismarck Tribune – May 31, 2017 – Dakota Access LLC officials will meet with state regulators this summer over two complaints lodged against the company for alleged violations of its permit during construction of its 1,172-mile pipeline.

The first complaint filed with the North Dakota Public Service Commission alleges that the company didn't file proper certification or get permission for rerouting of the Dakota Access Pipeline in October. The North Dakota Public Service Commission adopted an order Wednesday requiring the company to provide information on that action.

Commission members said last fall the company waited 10 days in October before notifying them of the unanticipated uncovering of cultural artifacts at a construction site. The reroute was in response to the discovery.

The other complaint stems from a third-party inspection conducted months ago in which it's alleged the company cleared trees and shrubs in violation of its permit at 83 locations along the North Dakota portion of the pipeline route. An investigation has been opened into this complaint, with a day-long hearing to be conducted.

Relating to the trees and shrubs being removed, the commission alleges the company violated its permit by removing a number of trees and shrubs outside of the 85-foot range allowed within its 150-foot right-of-way.

"This is one of the tools the commission has to get more information," Commissioner Julie Fedorchak said.

Both hearings will be held in the PSC's hearing room. A decision whether or not to fine the company will be announced at a later date. Fines are determined by the commission; they can be up to $10,000 per day for each violation, with a maximum fine of $200,000 overall per violation.

"I'm pretty eager to wrap this up," Fedorchak said.

A message left with a company spokesperson for comment on Wednesday's PSC actions wasn't immediately returned.

The $3.8 billion project is being brought into service, which will allow for up to 470,000 barrels per day of Bakken crude from North Dakota to Illinois.

The project drew national attention when tribal members and activists across the country converged for months at protest camps near the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's reservation boundary. The pipeline passes under the Missouri River near the tribal boundary in southern Morton County.

ND regulators revoke oilfield permit after illegal dumping

By Amy Dalrymple

Bismarck Tribune – June 6, 2017 – The North Dakota Industrial Commission revoked the permit this week from a McKenzie County oilfield facility caught illegally dumping waste, but questions remain about how and when the seven-month-old mess will be cleaned up.

A state inspector observed an employee of Apollo Resources intentionally pumping drilling mud and wastewater onto a rancher's pasture in October in McKenzie County, Industrial Commission records show.

Since that time, Apollo Resources has not done enough to clean up the brine contamination, said Department of Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms, who recommended the company's permit be revoked.

In addition, the company that operated an oilfield treating plant south of Alexander for the past three years has had a pattern of failing to comply with state regulations, Helms said.

"Basically, within less than a year of getting their permit, we started to have minor violations and those escalated to more and more major violations," he said.

Milt Madison, who owns the land adjacent to the treating plant, estimates about 10 to 20 acres of his pastureland were affected by the contamination.

"Every acre you have is significant as far as having enough grazing land for the livestock," Madison said.

Dan Wells, the state inspector who caught what the Industrial Commission describes as illegal dumping, estimated that cleanup should have taken about a week, according to an Industrial Commission order.

But because the brine contamination was not immediately cleaned up, it caused more problems this spring when snow began to melt, Madison said.

"If they would have done it last fall when it first occurred, a lot of this would have been avoided," he said. "Once spring thaw started, it just enlarged the area."

The contamination affected a drainage that runs into Charbonneau Creek, said Bill Suess, spill investigation program manager for the North Dakota Department of Health.

A spill report estimates the contamination from the October incident at 80 barrels, or 3,360 gallons, but Suess said it was difficult to get an accurate estimate of the volume.

The company has scraped the topsoil to address some of the major impacts, but the next step is to do an excavation and remove the contaminated soil, Suess said.

"We just hope that it gets cleaned up and the land is returned to its original state so wildlife and the livestock are all safe," Madison said.

Neighboring rancher Jared Hatter said the contamination affected a stock pond his cattle use. Two of his cows died recently, and he's having one tested to verify his suspicion that it's connected to the brine contamination.

Hatter said he's pleased the Industrial Commission took action, but he wishes the state would have applied more pressure on the company to clean up the mess sooner.

The Industrial Commission voted unanimously Monday to revoke the company's permit and ordered that the site be cleaned by Oct. 1. However, regulators had already ordered the facility to stop operating.

Helms said he thinks it's "questionable" that Apollo Resources, which doesn't have other assets in North Dakota, will have the resources to follow through with the cleanup.

The state could revoke the facility's $175,000 bond and confiscate equipment on site to pay for the cleanup, or access the state's abandoned well fund.

Apollo Resources said in a letter from attorney Lawrence Bender the company operated for nearly two years without a major incident and "stands ready to continue its efforts to clean up the site."

The employee responsible for the incident has since been fired, and Apollo Resources is pursuing a lawsuit against him.

Apollo Resources did not respond to a request for comment sent through Bender.

The health department issued a notice of violation to Apollo Resources in March. The agency also expects to issue a fine, Suess said.

The Industrial Commission also is working on a civil complaint and a fine, as well as the potential for criminal charges against the former employee, Helms said.

Former DAPL security employee speaks out, damning TigerSwan tactics

By C.S. Hagen

High Plains Reader – Cannon Ball, ND – June 8, 2017 – Speaking from a nondescript hotel room, a former DAPL security employee revealed secret agendas, illegal activities, and widespread drug use among private security employees hired by Energy Transfer Partners to protect the company's interests along to the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota.

Describing an agenda that included setting company vehicles on fire, stealing equipment, and intentionally riling up protesters, Kourtni Dockter, 22, of Bismarck, exposed that the security firms involved actively attempted to pin illegal activities on activists.

DKyle Thompson and Kourtni Dockter - Facebook pageockter contacted Michael Fasig, who worked Oceti Sakowin security during the controversy, and Aubree Peckham, both affiliated with ActivateNow, an independent news network, for the interview. Days before she spoke, she made an announcement.

"Free bird," she wrote on her Facebook page on June 5. "Prepare for a major info drop my fellow ex-DAPL workers… I'm about to expose everything that illegally happened during my job working security."

Appearing slightly nervous, Dockter first said that she was speaking of her own free will, and had not been coerced in any way. "I'm doing this because I want to expose the truth," she said.

Dockter is also the former girlfriend of Kyle Thompson, the Thompson-Gray LLC security employee who was disarmed by activists of a AR-15 on October 27, 2016 while reportedly driving his pickup truck at high speeds toward the Oceti Sakowin camps.

Starting early November 2016, Dockter said she worked with Leighton Security Services, and "never left his [Thompson] side after that." She would frequently meet at the Mandan Yard where the security firms, TigerSwan Inc., Leighton Security Services, LLC, established in 2011 in Honey Grove, Texas, and 10 Code Security, established in 2010 in Bismarck, frequently met with pipeline executives and law enforcement.

Leighton Security Services owner Kevin Mayberry, said he has never heard of Dockter, but that if she had worked for his company it would have been indirectly with PH Investigations.

"We subcontracted to them," Mayberry said. "I got some word about some lady who was saying something about TigerSwan, but we didn't have anything to do with anything like that what was going on. Our only part up there was watching welding equipment and working in the main yards."

"Our company was never mentioned in any type of scandalous way up there," Mayberry said. "We pretty much kept to the sidelines, and I wouldn't let my company get involved in the things that were going on up there."

When asked if he new about any illegal activity committed by pipeline security personnel, he said that he would need to talk to his company's legal counsel before divulging any more information. "I got my opinion, but it would all be speculation," Mayberry said. "My company, me, I would not let our guys get involved because I didn't think it was right."

No records were found for PH Investigations in North Dakota.

Dockter said illegal activity was encouraged by security companies, who used agents to infiltrate the camps, and commit crimes that were later pinned on activists.

"They [security companies] had incentives for people to hurt other people," Dockter said."They wanted the protesters to be riled up, they wanted their guns shown, they even sent in people from the other side that would have guns to make it seem that the protesters had guns and they could jump in and act on it."

TigerSwan at times authorized deadly force, and looked favorably at employees who incited violence that led to arrests, Dockter said.

"They did have deadly force authorized, but there were times like the incident with the horse when TigerSwan authorized deadly force and they're not even supposed to be doing that. They acted above the law."

She went on to describe a day when Thompson allegedly swerved into the opposite lane and into oncoming traffic intentionally sideswiping youth on horseback.

The live feed frequently suffered interruption, garbling some of Dockter's responses. "We've been DAPLed," was a response many watchers joked about, referring to the cyber warfare activists reported they had to deal with while at the camps outside of Standing Rock.

Thompson did not have a driver's license, or a security license, Dockter said. On the day he was arrested by the Bureau of Indian Affairs and turned over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, he was snorting methamphetamine on a hill overlooking the camps, she said.

"Once he was up for a week," Dockter said. He was very high and strung out. When he's high his voice changes. Kyle was trying to keep it all together, he was the only one who could do it, because he was high on meth. It's ridiculous that Kyle pulled a gun, but doesn't get in trouble. It's crazy some of the things he pulled he gets away with, but the protesters would get arrested, maced right on the spot."

Security employees were also overworked, and security firms frequently overcharged their employer, Energy Transfer Partners, Dockter said.

"We had these positions filled, inserted these fake names on timesheets… to turn in to DAPL," Dockter said. Out of 12 positions allocated for, only seven people worked security for Leighton Security Services, Dockter said.

Dockter painted a picture resembling a Wild West show, with security personnel's disregard for law and order, and a desire to become their employer's hero of the week.

"He said he ran into people, he ran into horses, he didn't care," Dockter said. "He wanted to. He liked it. He said 'We didn't know what they were capable of. We feared for our life.'"

After the Treaty Camp was cleared on October 27, TigerSwan mercenaries set fire to the five-ton trucks on the bridge, she said.

"TigerSwan sent people out at night to light equipment on fire," Dockter said. "John Porter was sent to set equipment on fire overnight. He did it solo, he had backup, had some drone coverage, but they set their own equipment on fire."

Private security personnel along pipeline route - online sourcesPorter was the chief security officer for Energy Transfer Partners, according to documents leaked to media outlet The Intercept. Porter's LinkedIn profile lists that he was the principal logistics advisor to the Afghan National Army and the Afghan Ministry of Defense from 2016, where he was responsible for advising, mentoring, and training for intelligence systems. Energy Transfer Partners is the parent company of Dakota Access LLC, who was responsible for construction of the 1,172-mile-long, $3.78 billion pipeline.

Thompson also allegedly stole a radio from an elder at the camps, Dockter said, and went inside the camps on multiple occasions. Security personnel used the radio to spy on camp organizer's radio frequencies.

On November 21, the night of the standoff on Backwater Bridge, where law enforcement used water cannons, concussion grenades, rubber bullets and other non-lethal means against hundreds of activists in sub-freezing temperatures, security personnel infiltrated the "other side" to provoke, she said.

"They were saying that protesters were throwing propane tanks," Dockter said. "What actually happened was that TigerSwan sent people to the other side to start it. That's why, they provoked it. Lots of money…

"That was definitely a provoked incident. Definitely."

She referred to the same night that Sophia Wilansky, from New York, nearly had her arm blown off by what activists say was a concussion grenade, and what law enforcement claim was a homemade Coleman propane tank bomb.

In an unrelated incident, Thompson, 30, was arrested April 18 for simple assault domestic violence, carrying a concealed weapon, and for possession of schedule I, II, and III drug paraphernalia, according to the Burleigh County arrest records. By the following afternoon, the domestic abuse charge was dropped, leaving two Class A misdemeanor charges: carrying a concealed firearm in his vehicle, and possessing drug paraphernalia, namely syringes and spoons, to consume methamphetamine, according to the Burleigh County Clerk of Court.

Dockter's interview comes partway through a series of stories first revealed by leaked documents given to The Intercept, describing the private security company, TigerSwan Inc., and its relationship to local law enforcement, Energy Transfer Partners, and government agencies.

TigerSwan Inc., with offices in Iraq, Afghanistan, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, India, Latin America, and headquartered in North Carolina, has won more than 13 contracts with the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security since 2014 worth more than $9 million, according to

The North Dakota Secretary of State holds one record for TigerSwan, LLC, established in Fargo on November 7, 2016, seven months after the controversy began. The company led a massive misinformation campaign to infiltrate local and national media calling activists "jihadists" with a religious agenda, and worked closely with law enforcement from five different states, using military-style counterterrorism measures against the movement opposed to the Dakota Access Pipeline.

"If you or someone got the protesters riled up and got them arrested, they looked at you way better for that," Dockter said. "There was definitely incentive for that. They wanted that to happen. They wanted the protesters provoked so they could act on that."

Ten Code Security and Leighton Security Services was contacted for comment, but did not reply or refused to comment. TigerSwan Inc. was also contacted for information, but did not comment. Additionally, at press time, it was unsure if Dockter will testify in any potential court proceedings.

Editorials –

Sota guest editorial –

History we don't teach: Mankato hangings an uneasy topic for MN schools

By Solvejg Wastvedt

(Editor's note: Here is one look into why the construction of a scaffold at the Walker Art Center raised such an outcry among those whose ancestors, family members and relatives, were hanged at Mankato. It also promotes sharing authentic history in schools.)

St. Paul, MN – MPR – June 9, 2017 – It's a troubling piece of Minnesota's past: Thirty-eight Dakota men hanged from a Mankato gallows in December 1862. Their deaths scarred generations of native people and cemented Minnesota as home to the largest mass execution in U.S. history.

Despite that infamy, if you're a Minnesotan in your 30s or older, it's likely you were never taught about the hangings — or the prairie war between the United States and the Dakota that led to them. Minnesota didn't require students to study that tragic chapter in the state's history.

That past, and how it's taught, surfaced again recently with installation of "Scaffold," a Walker Art Center sculpture built in the shape of a gallows with a reference to the Mankato hangings. It led to an outcry from Dakota community members. While "Scaffold" has been torn down, the controversy has called into question how much Minnesotans know about what happened at Mankato.

Historians say younger Minnesotans get more teaching on the topic than their parents or grandparents ever did, but that the executions, and the whole Dakota story, still don't receive the treatment in school they deserve.

"I think it's getting better than it used to be, but there's a long way to go," said Kate Beane, outreach and program manager for the Minnesota Historical Society.

Beane also teaches about Dakota culture and history at Minneapolis Community and Technical College. She said every year she asks her students if they know about the U.S.-Dakota War.

"Seven years ago when I started teaching that class maybe one or two hands would be raised. Now I'm seeing more hands being raised," Beane said.

Still, Beane said very few recall learning the content in school.

The war has been part of Minnesota's grade school social studies standards for more than a decade. After a 2011 revision, the content is now taught in sixth grade. The updated standards don't mention the hangings at Mankato specifically. They do say students must learn "reasons for the [war]; compare and contrast the perspectives of settlers and Dakota people before, during and after the war."

A widely used sixth grade social studies textbook published by the Minnesota Historical Society describes how U.S. Army officers "rushed through" trials of the Dakota men who "had no lawyers to present their case" and calls it "the largest mass execution in U.S. history, before or since."

But while it's made it into textbooks, responsibility for teaching everything in the standards rests with individual school districts.

State law requires inclusion of American Indian history and culture across subject areas. Beane and others said it's important to teach that broader context. The state Education Department said it isn't able to police how schools and districts teach the standards, although it does follow up with districts if there's a complaint.

There's no state social studies test, as there is for reading, math and science. And the U.S.-Dakota War itself isn't required in social studies outside of sixth grade.

That lack prompted Mankato West High School teacher Matt Moore to build his own lesson for his Advanced Placement U.S. History class.

"For a Mankato student, I don't think it's right for the last time for them to go in-depth and learn about the U.S.-Dakota war to occur in sixth grade. I just think that's kind of an injustice to the local history," Moore said.

Moore said his students come into the eleventh-grade class with a range of knowledge about the war and the hangings at Mankato. "Likely the same will result in my class," he admitted.

Still, Moore said students need to revisit a history that's too complex for sixth graders to grasp fully. It's also a traumatic history. "We have to make sure that in presenting this material to children that we remember that there can be Dakota children in that classroom. How do you teach this history in a way that helps protect their spirit as well?" Beane said.

Beane and others said it's a matter of how to teach it, not whether to present the story.

"We all learn how to teach what we're teaching ... We learn how to teach chemistry. We learn how to teach rocket science. We have to learn how to teach Minnesota Indian history," said Osseo Area school district secondary Indian education director Ramona Kitto Stately.

Stately said her great, great grandmother was one of a group of mostly women and children force-marched to a prison camp at Fort Snelling following the end of the U.S.-Dakota War.

"I have teachers who ask me, 'When is it appropriate to tell kids this story?'" she said. "My answer is always the same: 'When is it appropriate to lie to them?'"

Brief editorial comments from the editor's desk –

On and Off the Lake Traverse Reservation

Please note that the first General Council of 2017 is being held this Thursday and Friday, June 22 and 23. This is a week earlier than usual, necessary because of the Fourth of July Wacipi beginning the last Friday of the month.

We encourage everyone who can possible make it, to come to this first General Council of the year.

See the agenda in this edition of the Sota.


Please see the poster for this year's 150th annual Fourth of July Wacipi in this week's edition.

Plan to attend, and invite relatives and friends to come!


The long suffering movement that began with a handful of mni wiconi defenders at Standing Rock and grew into a worldwide cause, is showing it impact. Beyond the corporate-government hastily completed, poorly constructed pipeline that has begun operating.

The federal judiciary, already standing up to Trump's targeted immigration ban, is standing up for water, for the rights of the sovereign first nations' people here.

Please read what is happening in the court battles.

Keep in mind that yes, this is a victory, the war to win minds and hearts to what is best for the environment, and for all of us, continues.

It's a war that sometimes seems impossible to win, but it is not impossible. And the news we share this week proves that.


Please read the Tribal College Journal article on how Turtle Mountain Community College worked with the people and tribal government to help make the environment safe.

This could serve as a blueprint for other tribal communities, including our own, to resist corporations' industrial practices that harm the environment.


Please note updated contact, and work information, for Teresa White.

Her old office, well known especially to youth in crisis seeking help, has been converted into a bedroom in the elderly center at Rehab Village. Yet, people are still showing up there looking for her assistance.


We encourage all members to be actively involved in Tribal and District business.

If you are unable to come to Tribal headquarters to attend a Council meeting, these meetings are now being broadcast live over Tribal radio station KXSW-FM and live-streamed over the internet by announcer Tom Wilson.

Check out KXSW 89.9 FM, the station's Facebook page, and website


Elder's Meditation:

"For me, the essence of a medicine man's life is to be humble, to have great patience, to be close to the Earth, to live as simply as possible, and to never stop learning." –Archie Fir Lame Deer, LAKOTA

The Medicine people focus on their Being, not their doing. After all, we are human beings not human doings. The Medicine people are very patient and consciously trying to live a life of humility. Medicine people are servant leaders. Their main purpose is to serve the needs of others. By this service attitude, they become the leaders people listen to and the leaders the people want to follow. The Medicine people say everyone is their teacher. Maybe we should try to live this way ourselves; humble, patient, honoring the Earth and listening to our teachers.

Grandfather, today, let me know all people are my teachers and I am the student.


Words to consider (or, perhaps not!):

Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death. Harold Wilson (1916 - 1995)

An intelligence test sometimes shows a man how smart he would have been not to have taken it. Laurence J. Peter (1919 - 1988)

Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves. Carl Jung (1875 - 1961)

There are 350 varieties of shark, not counting loan and pool. L. M. Boyd

Drawing on my fine command of the English language, I said nothing. Robert Benchley (1889 - 1945)

Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less. Marie Curie (1867 - 1934)


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Obituaries –

Funeral services for Linda Heth, 68, of Wagner

Linda died Saturday, June 10, 2017 at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls. Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon, June 15th at the Greenwood Community Center in Greenwood.

Burial is in the Presbyterian Cemetery, rural Greenwood.

Wake services were held Tuesday at the community center.

So beautifully blessed on July 28, 1948, Linda May (Greeley) Heth was born to Lillian and Isaac Greeley. She rose with the sun in Fargo, ND.

She is the eldest of six siblings and was raised in Veblen, SD.

She attended high school in Flandreau, where she met her sweetheart, Basil Mark Heth, Jr.

On August 3, 1966, Basil and Linda exchanged vows and 11 children were born to their union.

Just to name a few places: she worked as a school cook for Flandreau and Marty Indian School, drove shuttle for the Fort Randall Casino and her favorite best was bieng a perfect mother and grandmother.

Linda lived in Flandreau, Marty, Sioux Falls and Greenwood, SD, where she proved was her comfort zone.

Her ambition of spoiling her grandbabies even more was her honor of motivation.

Linda May had a heart of gold! With a smile so adorable and a laugh that brightened everyday, her love was unconditional.

She was a very caring and strong woman who would turn a frown the other way around, despite who you were.

She was very unique, holding her own greatness.

During her free time she loved to sew, hand quilt star quilts, cook in the kitchen, which lead her to her famous caramel rolls, frybread and other recipes.

But most of all, she treasured her everlasting bond with her grandbabies and going for a "cruz" with her inseparable husband. She cherished and loved each moment with her husband until her last minute.

Linda battled with her health until her very last breath. Due to the complications within, she took a turn for the worse on June 10, 2017 at Sanford Hospital and rested up in Paradise.

She was preceded in death by her mother Lillian LaCroix/Greeley; father Isaac Greeley; brother Louis James Greeley; daughter Kimberly Esther Heth and son Mark Isaac Heth.

Linda is survived by her husband Basil Heth and children: Bryan (Lisa) Heth, Desmond (Dotsy) Heth of Wagner, Austin (Steph) Heth of Marty, Michael Heth, Adam (LaRon) Heth, Wade Heth (Rachel) all of Greenwood, Eric (Cely) Heth and Ashley Heth of St. Joe, MO, and Marla Heth of Sioux Falls; 29 grandbabies; 10 great grandbabies; siblings: Karen (Jacky) White, Bertha Greeley, Lauren (Allen) White, Beverly Greeley and Charlie Greeley, all of Sisseton.

Funeral service Monday for Stanley Barse

Stanley Gary Barse Sr. was born March 10, 1952 to Frank and Violet (Renville) Barse in Sisseton, South Dakota. Stan grew up in the Agency Village area and attended school at Sisseton Public School and Haskell Indian School. Stan entered service in the U.S. Army where he served and worked as a Property & Supply clerk for 2 years. Upon his honorable discharge from the U.S. Army he began working for Minnesota Rubber - Watertown, South Dakota and then the Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Tribe as Property & Supply Manager for 24 years where he retired from Tribal Service. During this time, he also worked as Security Officer for Dakota Sioux Casino. He then began full-time as Purchasing Department Manager for Dakota Sioux Casino for 12 years until 2017 where he received an award for 20 years of Casino Service.

Stan was united in marriage to Rose Heminger in 1986 and out of this union were 5 children: Tracy Heminger Sr., John Heminger, Lynette Spider, Stanley Barse Jr. and Jacob Barse Sr. In 2001, Stan was united in marriage to Sherry (Hollon) Barse and resided in Summit, South Dakota.

Stan loved sports growing up, from playing basketball, football and track in high school; as well as hunting, fishing, bowling, basketball and softball after high school. Stan played with many players over the years in many different sports and even took his love of softball into keeping scorebook and cheering on his sons and grandsons in softball. Stan loved to travel to sporting events, especially softball, as even during his last remaining days he was set on watching his boys and grandsons play softball in Aberdeen, South Dakota. Stan loved all his grandchildren and looked forward to watching them grow and play sports, and shall now watch over them always. Stan was very close with his many brothers and sisters, sharing with them and praying with and for them whenever he could and hoped to one day see each of them to have their own personal relationship with Jesus, just as he did.

Stan was involved in many areas of Tribal and District politics, serving on the Tiospa Zina Tribal School Board and most recently finished serving as a member of the Sisseton Wahpeton Housing Authority Housing Board.

The greatest love of Stan's life was living and sharing the Word of the Lord. Since his re-dedication and saving of his life for the Lord, Stan continued a strong prayerful and faithful life in serving the Lord. He dedicated many years of his life traveling to camp meetings all over the United States and into many areas in Canada, as well as serving during many local camp meetings in the 1980's and helping with the revival of the local Sisseton camp meeting held every year in June. Stan believed in reading daily and more importantly serving the Lord by sharing the Word and speaking to many friends, family and coworkers of his own testament and life of serving the Lord. Stan continued his walk with the Lord, even during his battles with health issues as he continued to still pray for others and the Reservation area from his hospital bed up until his death on June 14, 2017.

Funeral service is planned for this Monday, June 19, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. at the SWST community center, Agency Village, SD.

Wake services were held Saturday evening and all-night Sunday at the community center.

Burial will be at St. Mary's Episcopal Cemetery, Agency Village, SD.

Military rites will be provided by the Kit Fox Society.

Stan was preceded in death by his Maternal Grandparents, David and Grace Renville; Paternal Grandparents Arthur and Edna Barse; brothers Orville LaBatte, Ronald Barse, and Ernie Barse, Sr.; sisters Francis Barse, Jean Cleveland, Darlene Keoke and Doris Barse. He is survived by his wife Sherry Barse, children Tracy (Leslie) Heminger Sr., Terri Wilson, John Heminger, Lynette (David) Spider, Stanley (Jessica) Barse Jr., and Jacob Barse Sr.; Brothers: Les (Kathy) Barse, Sr., Randy (Karen) Barse, Frankie Barse, Russell Barse and David Barse; Sisters: Veronica Ojeda, Brenda Solberg, Peggy (Darrell) DeCoteau, Faith (Dennis) Erickson, Anita Barse and Donna Barse; 27 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

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Tekakwitha Orphanage history on display

Betty Anne Owen will have an exhibit on the history of the Tekakwitha Orphanage at St. Kateri Hall, downtown Sisseton, during the city's 125th anniversary this month.

Along with pictures there will be copies of Betty's books available.

Watch for more information to come in flyers before the celebration.

Discusses IHS Accountability Bill at Indian Affairs committee hearing

"Our tribes deserve better than the status quo and this hearing is an important first step in getting these reforms passed through Congress and to the president's desk for his signature."

Washington, DC – June 13, 2017 – U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) attended today's Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (SCIA) hearing to discuss his Restoring Accountability in the Indian Health Service Act of 2017 (S. 1250), legislation that would improve the quality and delivery of patient care throughout Indian Country. Thune joined Sens. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and John Hoeven (R-N.D.) in introducing S. 1250 on May 25, 2017.

Last year, Thune introduced similar legislation that was ultimately the subject of a June 2016 SCIA field hearing and listening session in Rapid City, South Dakota, that examined the quality of care delivered by the Indian Health Service (IHS).

Thune's opening statement:

"The Indian Health Service just continues to underperform, and the consequences continue to negatively impact the quality of care, with sometimes devastating consequences.

"So, what we see is taxpayer dollars get wasted, patients are put at risk.

"We have significant problems at the facilities in South Dakota, even after two IHS facilities had entered into Systems Improvement Agreements with CMS, they continue to find serious deficiencies at both facilities.

"These systemic problems are what prompted Sens. Barrasso, Hoeven, and I to introduce the Restoring Accountability in the IHS Act, which is one of the issues that we're here to discuss today.

"It's long past time to address the problems with IHS. They have been identified time and time and time again.

"This bill is aimed at giving the Indian Health Service and the tribes the tools they need to provide quality care for patients.

"Our tribes just deserve better than the status quo, and this hearing, I think, is an important first step in getting these reforms passed through Congress and hopefully to the president's desk for his signature."

Bill to help protect Missing & Abducted Children in Indian Country unanimously passes Senate committee

Bismarck, ND – June 13, 2017 – U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) today announced that her bipartisan bill to help boost protections for children in Indian Country unanimously passed the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs – the final step before reaching the Senate floor.

Heitkamp's bipartisan AMBER Alert in Indian Country Act, which she helped introduce with Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona, would expand child abduction – or AMBER Alert – warnings in Indian Country. Law enforcement depends on AMBER Alerts to quickly disseminate information to the public about abducted children to generate leads as quickly as possible and coordinate rapidly among law enforcement offices, but such alerts are non-existent in North Dakota's Indian Country, and are often limited to tribal lands across the nation. When Heitkamp spoke at a national child protection symposium in Bismarck earlier this month, she asked for a show of hands from tribal leaders on whether they have AMBER Alert systems on their lands – and not a single person raised their hand.

"There is not a single night that I rest easy knowing the threats too many children in Indian Country face," said Heitkamp. "When a child is abducted or goes missing, law enforcement relies on AMBER Alert systems to help bring them to safety. But earlier this month when I asked North Dakota's tribal leaders to raise their hands if such alerts existed on their reservations, not a single person raised their hand. That's telling. Across the nation, when such alerts do exist in Indian Country, they're often limited to tribal lands and don't reach the public and law enforcement beyond the reservation – a vulnerability criminals can too easily exploit. That's unacceptable – traffickers and abductors must know they cannot go off the grid in Indian Country. By passing my bipartisan bill, the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs sent a message that every Native child ought to be protected by the full force of our law enforcement – and today was the first step."

Building on her work to protect every Native child and community from criminals seeking anonymity on their lands, Heitkamp brought then-Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James B. Comey to Fort Berthold last spring to discuss the urgent need for a permanent federal law enforcement presence and an improved federal response on the ground in Indian Country, and is continuing to fight toward diverse solutions to combat human trafficking crimes, particularly on tribal lands.

Heitkamp is committed to addressing the comprehensive challenges Native young people face, including threats to their safety addressed at the symposium earlier this month. Last month, Heitkamp announced that her new Commission on Native Children – created by her bill that became law last October, the first piece of legislation she introduced as a U.S. senator – would be funded in the spending bill Congress passed. The Commission will tackle the chronic issues facing Native children – including poverty, substance abuse, and domestic violence – and offer real solutions to address them.

For months, Heitkamp has been pressing President Trump, members of his Administration's Cabinet, and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to quickly appoint members to the 11-member Commission comprised of individuals specializing in juvenile justice, social work, as well as mental and physical health. So far, Dr. Tami DeCoteau of Bismarck, Russ McDonald of Bismarck's United Tribes Technical College, Anita Fineday of the Casey Family Programs' Indian Child Welfare Program, as well as Carlyle Begay of Arizona and Melody Staebner of Fargo have been appointed to serve on the Commission.

As part of her efforts to protect Native young people as well as North Dakota's broader communities, Heitkamp has become a leader in the U.S. Senate in the fight against human trafficking. In September 2013, Heitkamp led an initial hearing to sound the alarm on the prevalence of human trafficking right in our own backyard, including in North Dakota. Since then, Heitkamp has been an integral player in the legislative charge for action to fight human trafficking, playing a key role in passing in the U.S. Senate's bipartisan legislation. Now law, the bill includes stricter punishments against traffickers who transport victims across state lines, and legal protections from her Safe Harbor bill to make sure victims are not treated as criminals. In addition to introducing bipartisan legislation to give health care providers – including doctors, nurses, and social workers – training to help identify and protect victims of human trafficking, Heitkamp is continuing to push the Senate protect runaway and homeless youth, some of the most susceptible targets of human traffickers, and successfully secured landmark anti-human trafficking protections for children in schools in the No Child Left Behind reform legislation.

Legislation to protect families challenged by Drug Abuse

Washington, DC – June 8, 2017 – Representative Kristi Noem today introduced the Supporting Families in Substance Abuse Treatment Act, which aims to strengthen a state or tribe's ability to keep families together through the parent's drug addiction treatment.

"The dramatic rise in drug trafficking, and the violent crimes that often accompany it, has alarmed many in our state – and for good reason," said Noem. "Programs that center around keeping families together have proven to be highly effective in supporting parent-child bonding and reducing substance abuse relapses. Unfortunately, barriers exist that make a family-focused approach difficult. If enacted, the Supporting Families in Substance Abuse Treatment Act would remove these roadblocks, better enabling states and tribes to seek family-centered solutions when appropriate."

Under the legislation, states and tribes would have the authority to grant federal foster care support payments to children while placed with a parent in a residential, family-based treatment facility.

Heitkamp statement on Republican Health Care

Youth, school activities highlights –

Education watch on the Lake Traverse Reservation

SWC hosts gardening class

The most recent Gardening class at Sisseton Wahpeton College was on May 25th, 2017.

Presenter was Kim James, who lives at Toronto, SD and is an avid gardener.

She is also a former professor at SDSU-Brookings.

"For full disclosure," she says, "I practice primarily organic practices, so while I will be happy to discuss safe chemical handling practices, I will likely not be promoting or recommending what I consider harmful pesticide/weed management products."

"Likewise," she adds, "I have not used many wild food plants, but I can certainly cover some home propagation techniques."

Watch for more classes at SWC, co-sponsored by the College Extension Program and SWO Natural Resources program.

Beating toughest odds, Pine Ridge grad accepted to 7 Ivy League colleges

Red Cloud Indian School – June 13, 2017 – On South Dakota's Pine Ridge Reservation, home to the Oglala Lakota people, many students only dream of going to college. More than 60 percent of children on the reservation live below the poverty line. Statewide, the high school graduation rate for Native American students is less than 50 percent. And life expectancy in Oglala Lakota County, where Pine Ridge Reservation sits, is the lowest in the United States.

But this year, one Lakota student at Red Cloud Indian School defied the negative statistics that continue to plague young people on Pine Ridge. Not only is nineteen-year-old Jacob Rosales going to college this fall, but he was accepted into seven of the nation's eight Ivy League universities.

"I first learned I was accepted at Yale in December and all I felt was pure happiness and excitement. And then I heard from Harvard, and I was just awestruck," said Jacob, who was also admitted to Cornell, Columbia, the University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth, and Brown. "I don't know exactly how I managed it—but I am truly thankful for where I am right now."

Jacob always knew he wanted to go to college—and his parents encouraged him to dream big. But his mother, who was born in Germany and met Jacob's father while working at Oglala Lakota College, also stressed that financial aid would be critical. When she learned how many Red Cloud students had succeeded in earning major college scholarships—like the Gates Millennium—she wanted Jacob to have that same chance. He enrolled at Red Cloud in ninth grade and started dreaming of a career in marine biology.

Jacob's journey through high school wasn't always easy. His family lives over an hour away from Red Cloud, making daily transportation to school all but impossible. Jacob's mom decided to rent a trailer along one of the school's bus routes so that he could get back and forth to campus. But it meant that he largely lived on his own—separated from his family during the school week and going home only on the weekends.

"I spent a lot of time alone at the trailer during sophomore and junior year. Being away from home has been the sacrifice I've had to make over the last four years," he said. "But being away from home for that long has made me more independent. I'm not nervous about the future...and I'm more confident in my ability to go to college. I've grown, and I can see that now."

That growth came through grasping every opportunity that came his way. Jacob did more than just pursue good grades. He was a leader on the track team and says that running helped him stay focused and grounded when school and life got challenging. He also became part of Red Cloud's Spiritual Leadership Team—a group of high school students selected to serve as mentors responsible for guiding their classmates through spiritual ceremonies, community service activities, and class retreats throughout the year.

And last summer, at the urging of one of his counselors at Red Cloud, he took part in a summer internship program at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) just outside Washington, DC. He helped to staff an NIH lab, working alongside some of the world's top scientists seeking breakthroughs in the fight against Parkinson's disease. Although Jacob was always interested in a career in science, the experience opened his eyes to the possibility of becoming a physician.

"At NIH, I was working with a lot of really important figures in the field—people who have done so much to improve our understanding of genetics. It was really inspiring and, suddenly, it really felt like home," said Jacob. "People on the reservation often get less care or are misdiagnosed. I want to become a general practitioner so that I can help make sure people here get the quality care they need."

This summer Jacob will return to NIH and serve as part of a clinical team to gain experience working directly with patients. And in the fall, he will begin his pre-medical studies at Yale University.

Jacob credits his close-knit community—including family members, teachers, counselors, and friends—with helping him get this far. But staying connected to Lakota culture and heritage, he says, has been a foundation of his identity. At Red Cloud, he was able to begin learning the Lakota language for the first time: his grandmother spoke it fluently, but she passed away before he could learn from her. And now, as he leaves the reservation for college, he has every intention of carrying his culture and language with him.

"I'm going to a place where very few people know what it means to be Oglala Lakota. So I hope to impact the Yale community by sharing my culture with others," he said. "Getting an education, keeping my culture alive, and continuing to learn and speak the Lakota language—that's all part of my plan."

Jacob also plans to live out the Lakota virtue of Wachántognaka, or living generously and with compassion. One of his college essays—which helped him earn admission to so many elite universities—focused on an experience he had picking up a hitchhiker and what it taught him about the power of kindness. He says he wants to "continuing practicing kindness when I get to college" and in the years to follow. And above all, he wants to come back and serve his people on Pine Ridge, where hope is so urgently needed.

"I always wanted to be someone who helped people—that was the theme of whatever career dream I've followed," he said. "In the future, I hope to come back and impact my community. I grew up here, and while I was fortunate that my life wasn't as difficult as many other people's lives, I've definitely had my fair share of hardships. I want to be able to show people that if I can make it, they can too."

Garden Corner

Submitted by Eric Hanssen

Browns Valley, Minnesota

We are seeing a lot of dieback and thin canopies in birches and maples across the state. Generally the decline is about the upper 1/3 of the canopy and upon closer examination you'll find that the buds are dead but the shoot is still green beneath. I am also seeing some of these tops now beginning to leaf out, about two weeks later than the rest of the canopy. This is most likely winter injury as birches and maples are prone to desiccation injury and the combination of a dry fall and warm winter set up the perfect storm for killing their buds. In most instances the shoot itself was not injured and new buds are now being set. Tent caterpillars are getting bigger! Tent caterpillars, eastern, forest and western, are common defoliators of mountain ash, cherry, crabapples and plums. The insects have reached a size where most forms of natural controls such as breaking open the nest to allow predators and parasites to enter, are no longer effective. Once the larvae become larger, more than 1-inch long, insecticides containing carbaryl, or malathion are the treatments of choice.

We should be shearing pines soon. Pines only set terminal buds, not along the new shoots as do spruce and fir, so the only time to shear them – removal of a portion of the current season's growth - is during the candle phase where the expanding new shoot is still tender. Removal of a portion of the shoot during this time period will still permit the new shoot to set buds. If the pine is sheared after the new growth has completed expansion and has hardened, no buds will be set and the shoot will die back after the older needles are shed, usually in a couple of years. Wait until the new needles along the candle are about ½ the size of the older needles and shear then. Now is also the time to prune out the water sprouts and suckers from your ornamental and fruit trees. Water sprouts are the fast growing, usually upright, shoots that crowd the interior of many crabapples and other fruit trees. The shoots do not "rob" food away from the tree but they do contribute to interior shading and reduced airflow, two factors that may increase disease problems with fruit and obviously the shoots detract from the appearance of the tree. Suckers are the upright shoots that form near the base of the tree. These originate below the graft so are from the rootstock rather than the cultivar. If allowed to grow they may crowd out the cultivar stem and the tree will have the characteristics of the rootstock – usually poor flowering and fruiting – rather than the desirable characteristics of the cultivar originally purchased. If you prune water sprouts and suckers during the dormant season they sprout back every quickly, pruning now retards their development.

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


Request for Bids

For Labor and Materials

The Long Hollow District will be accepting bids for the following:

Refurbish work and new installation on the interior of the building to include: sheetrock replacement, new installation of miscellaneous materials, new design and build of enclose for television, new installation of cupboards, etc. Long Hollow District is also requiring a walk-through of the site prior to submittal of RFB.

Scope of Work:

Provide a detailed bid including all permits, labor description and pertinent documents required to execute and finish described work. Finish all work identified in walk-through and discussed with owner and proposed in RFB. Hand over completed project to District before last payment for work completed is requested.

General specifications:

All responses to this Request for Bids (RFB) shall be turned into Long Hollow District: A. information to be provided for by Bidder: 1. Provide a responsible bid amount with your outline of Building Specifications addressing to the Scope of Work requirements. 2. Bidders are required to submit proof of liability insurance and workman's compensation insurance to cover the insured and worker employed. By the contractor for the project.

Indian preference: Any firm seeking Indian Preference must provide proof of Indian preference and can include their TERO certification with the bid. The Long Hollow District will consider Indian preference.


the contract will only be awarded to a contractor that has met all needs of the Long Hollow District. Long Hollow District reserves the right to award contract to the contractor who best meets the needs of the District with reasonable pricing included in bid.

Bids shall be received at the Long Hollow District Center, PO Box 555, Agency Village, SD 57262; phone 1-605-698-4005, fax 1-605-698-7779.

Deadline is Friday, July 7, 2017.

The Long Hollow District reserves the right to reject any bids.


Request for Bids

The Sisseton Wahpeton Housing Authority is seeking bids for the following:

Scope of Work

1.  This project is a labor only project; the SWHA is seeking contractors for the removal and replacement of nine (9) driveways located at the following units: Peever Flats Housing site 467,468,469,472,473,474,475. Crawfordsville 455 and Rehab Village 451.

2.  The Sisseton Wahpeton Housing Authority will furnish all materials for the project.

3.  The contractor will furnish all labor, tools, equipment and services for the removal and new installation of Driveways at the indicated sites.

4.  The bidder may pick up a bid package with bid form, site location and specifications for the concrete requirements.

The objective of this Request for Bids is to locate a source that will provide the best overall value to the Sisseton Wahpeton Housing Authority, with price being the most significant factor, other criteria will form the basis of the award decision.

Submission Guidelines and Requirements that apply to this Request for Bids (RFB).

1.  Sisseton Wahpeton Sioux Tribe (SWST) Business License (attach to bid).

2.  SWST Tribal Employment Rights Office Certification if applicable (attach to bid).

3.  Liability Insurance (attach to bid).

4.  Bidders shall be aware of the SWST Chapter 75, Sex Offender Code.

5.  Bidders must document at least two (2) similar projects as part of their response.

6.  The labor only bid price must be provided by the bidder that is not more than three pages. This bid price must indicate the overall fixed price for the project.

7.  A start date and completion date must be included.

8.  Proposals must be signed by a representative that is authorized to commit the bidder's organization.

9.  Proposals shall be valid for sixty (60) days.

10. All bids shall be submitted to the SWHA in a sealed envelope marked clearly on the outside "Bid for nine driveways replacement labor only installation" where it will be time recorded and secured no later than 12:00 pm, noon, July 07, 2017.

11. The bids shall be opened July 10, 2017 when they will opened read aloud and recorded.

Evaluation Factors

1.  Responsiveness to the requirements set forth in this RFB.

2.  Relevant past performance/experience with similar projects

3.  Experience of bidder and bidder's work force.

4.  Start date and completion date.

The Sisseton Wahpeton Housing Authority reserves the right to award to the bidder that provides the best value, and responsiveness to the owner's requirements, as determined by the SWHA in its absolute discretion.

JC Crawford, Executive Director.







CASE: D-17-371-215




And concerning:

Ariel MacConnell, Petitioner

Michael Wiggins, Respondent.

                        ORDER AND NOTICE OF HEARING

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Petitioner's request for a change of name from RACHEL LAURA ANN WIGGINS to RACHEL LAURA ANN MACCONNELL shall be heard before the Honorable B.J. Jones, Chief Judge of Tribal Court, in the Courtroom of the Sisseton Wahpeton Tribal Court at Agency Village, South Dakota at 1:30 P.M. on the 20th day of JULY, 2017.

Dated this 13th day of June, 2017.


/s/ B.J. Jones, CHIEF JUDGE









CASE NO.  CS: 17-064

SWOCSE/ Jared Oreskovich, PLAINTIFF





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 29th day of June, 2017 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 SWOCSE Clerk will provide you with a copy of the Complaint describing the matter.

Dated this 28th day of April, 2017



Michael T. Swallow, Presiding Judge

ATTEST: Melinda Carlson, SWOCSE Clerk of Court







CASE NO.  CS: 09-045






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 29th day of June, 2017 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 SWOCSE Clerk will provide you with a copy of the Motion describing the matter.

Dated this 28th day of April, 2017



Michael T. Swallow, Presiding Judge

ATTEST: Melinda Carlson, SWOCSE Clerk of Court







CASE NO.  CS: 10-010

SWOCSE/ Dimitria Rodlund, PLAINTIFF





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 29th day of June, 2017 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 SWOCSE Clerk will provide you with a copy of the Motion describing the matter.


Dated this 28th day of April, 2017



Michael T. Swallow, Presiding Judge

ATTEST: Melinda Carlson, SWOCSE Clerk of Court







CASE NO.  CS: 00-134

SWOCSE/ Pamela Renville, PLAINTIFF





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 29th day of June, 2017 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 SWOCSE Clerk will provide you with a copy of the Motion describing the matter.

Dated this 28th day of April, 2017



Michael T. Swallow, Presiding Judge

ATTEST: Melinda Carlson, SWOCSE Clerk of Court







CASE NO.  CS: 01-138






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 29th day of June, 2017 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 SWOCSE Clerk will provide you with a copy of the Motion describing the matter.

Dated this 28th day of April, 2017



Michael T. Swallow, Presiding Judge

ATTEST: Melinda Carlson, SWOCSE Clerk of Court







CASE NO.  CS: 17-056






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 29th day of June, 2017 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 SWOCSE Clerk will provide you with a copy of the Complaint describing the matter.

Dated this 28th day of April, 2017



Michael T. Swallow, Presiding Judge

ATTEST: Melinda Carlson, SWOCSE Clerk of Court


Trading Post ads

3-Family Rummage Sale

Saturday, June 24, 2017, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Lunch Sale 11:00 til 2:00, Peever Community Center (the little center). Indian Tacos $6.00. Women's clothes sizes 12 to 20, women's shoes size 7. Little girl clothes size 3 mos., 4/5T and shoes size 9-11. Teen girl clothes size. Misc. items - 2 car seats, jewelry, purses, etc.



Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate

Job Openings

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

Security Guard, Administration Building

Compliance/Investigator, Gaming Commission

Early Childhood Specialist, Education Department

Animal Control Officer (part-time), Law Enforcement

Closing Date: June 23rd, 2017 @ 04:30 PM

Mazaska Woha Project Coordinator, Planning

Mazaska Woha Project Assistant, Planning

Administrative Assistant, Planning

Child Care Specialist/Caseworker, ET Demo

Dispatcher, Law Enforcement

Closing Date: June 30th, 2017 @ 04:30 PM

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


Dakota Nation Gaming Enterprise

Position Opening

POSITION: General Manager

PROPERTY: Dakota Sioux Casino & Hotel, Watertown, SD

REPORTS TO: CEO, Dakota Nation Gaming Enterprise and the SWO Tribal Council

GENERAL FUNCTION: The General Manager will work with the Dakota Nation Gaming Enterprise CEO to assist, by managing DNGE gaming and business operation. To specifically provide overall planning and management of profit centers and various support functions. To maximize department productivity and meet the growth objectives of the company

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS: Bachelor's Degree in a related field. Extensive knowledge and experience within the Indian Gaming Industry. Highly skilled at analyzing and interpreting the financials and monitoring financial performance. Must have the ability and required to train and develop a tribal member successor. Must be licensable by the SWO Gaming Commission. Must obtain a PMO Gaming License. Indian Preference may apply.

Closing date: July 7th, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. (CST)

Send resume to:

Dakota Nation Gaming Enterprise

Heather Williams, Corporate Executive Assistant

16849 102nd Street SE

Hankinson, ND 58041

Or by Email:

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



Dakota Nation Gaming Enterprise

Position Opening

POSITION: General Manager

PROPERTY: Dakota Connection Bingo & Casino, Sisseton, SD

REPORTS TO: CEO, Dakota Nation Gaming Enterprise and the SWO Tribal Council

GENERAL FUNCTION: The General Manager will work with the Dakota Nation Gaming Enterprise CEO to assist, by managing DNGE gaming and business operation. To specifically provide overall planning and management of profit centers and various support functions. To maximize department productivity and meet the growth objectives of the company.

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS: High School Diploma/GED Required. 6 years of experience in a management position of a casino. Any combination of education or management experience equaling 6 years. Extensive knowledge and experience within the Indian Gaming Industry. Highly skilled at analyzing and interpreting the financials and monitoring financial performance. Must have the ability and required to train and develop a tribal member successor. Must be licensable by the SWO Gaming Commission. Must obtain a PMO Gaming License. Indian Preference may apply.

Closing date: July 7th, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. (CST)

Send resume to:

Dakota Nation Gaming Enterprise

Heather Williams, Corporate Executive Assistant

16849 102nd Street SE

Hankinson, ND 58041

Or by Email:

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



Tiospa Zina Tribal School

2017-2018 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: High School Science Teacher Qualifications: Current Teaching Certification in any state meeting the requirements for the position in which applying Opening Date: March 1, 2017 Closing Date: open until filled.

Vacancy: Career and Technical Education Teacher Qualifications: Current Teaching Certification in any state meeting the requirements for the position in which applying Opening Date: March 1, 2017 Closing Date: Open until filled.

Vacancy: Middle School Teacher Qualifications: Current Teaching Certification in any state meeting the requirements for the position in which applying Opening Date: May 1, 2017 Closing Date: Open until filled.

Vacancy: Art Teacher Qualifications: Current Teaching Certification in any state meeting the requirements for the position in which applying Opening Date: March 1, 2017 Closing Date: Open until filled,

Vacancy: Elementary Teacher Qualifications: Current Teaching Certification in any state meeting the requirements for the position in which applying Opening Date: March 1, 2017 Closing Date: Open until filled.

Vacancy: Custodian Qualifications: High School Diploma/GED and current South Dakota Driver's License Opening Date: April 4, 2017 Closing Date: Open until filled.

Vacancy: Bus Driver (2) (6 hrs per contract day) Qualifications: High School Diploma/GED and a current South Dakota Commercial Driver's License with both air brakes and passenger endorsements Opening Date: April 7, 2017 Closing Date: Open until filled.

Vacancy: Cook (6 hours/day) Qualifications: High School Diploma/GED and holds or is willing to obtain state certification in Child and Adult Nutrition Services Open Date: May 12, 2017 Closing Date: Open until filled.

Vacancy: Dishwasher Qualifications: High School Diploma/GED Opening Date: May 12, 2017 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 and background check form 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. 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 and United States Code Title 25 Chapter 34 - Indian Child Protection and Family Violence Prevention.


Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate of the Lake Traverse Reservation

Dakota Nation Gaming Enterprise

Position: CEO.

Occupation Summary: The direct primary responsibility of the Employee shall be the overall operation of the DNGE and shall include providing management oversight and directing the day-to-day business activities and the development and implementation of a long range business plan that includes a long range plan for strategic growth. Employee shall be subject to the supervision and direction of the Tribal Council.


o   BS/BA degree in business, management, marketing, accounting or related field of study. Experience:

o   A minimum of 10 years of management experience with at least 5 years performing at a senior level is required at a property generating over $50 million of gaming revenue.

o   Must be capable of developing and maintaining a comprehensive business and marketing plan.

o   Must demonstrate experience in finance, accounting, marketing, procurement, HR management, policy/procedure writing, and security/surveillance compliance.

o   Experience and knowledge in Class II and Class III gaming is preferred.

o   Experience and knowledge of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act and other regulatory authorities.

o   Experience with multiple-site management is preferred.

o   Must demonstrate knowledge, skills, and ability to analyze all financial statements.

Must be able to obtain a (PMO) License with the SWO Gaming Commission


Submit resume to: Heather Williams, E-mail:


Dakota Magic Casino

Job Openings

Cage Department:

Cashier (Full-Time) as needed Graveyard

Count Department:

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

Foods Department:

Bus Persons (Full-Time) as needed

Cashiers (Full-Time) as needed

Cook II (2 Full-Time) as needed

Cook III (3 Full-Time) as needed

Dishwashers (Full-Time) as needed

Wait Staffs (Full-Time) as needed

Hotel Department:

Room Attendant (Full-Time) 8:00 am to Finish

Supervisor (Full-Time) 7:00 am to finish

Housekeeping Department:

Porter (Full-Time) as needed

Security Department:

Officer (Full-Time) as needed

Table Games Department:

Dealer (2 Full-Time) Rotating

Closing Date: June 23, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.

High School Diploma or GED required for most positions.

Two identifications documents required upon hire.

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


Dakota Sioux Casino & Hotel

Job Openings

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

HUMAN RESOURCES: BENEFITS COORDINATOR (1 FULL- TIME). GENERAL FUNCTION: Under limited supervision, performs complex clerical duties implementing established procedures in the following areas: health insurance (including dental), retirement plan, workers compensation insurance, and any other benefits offered by Dakota Sioux Casino. REQUIREMENTS: High school graduate or G.E.D. equivalent. At least two years experience in benefits and/or related clerical and administrative duties. Working knowledge of company benefits, policies, and procedures. Reasonable tact, discretion, and self-expression in dealing with personnel inside and outside the company. Computer experiences (AS 400, Excel, and Kronos). Must obtain a           Non-Gaming License upon hire. Minimal bending, lifting and walking. Repetitious computer work.

This position will close on June 22, 2017 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.



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