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Volume 50 Issue No. 50

Anpetu Iyamni, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019

Inside this Edition –

Winter 2019 General Council Thursday and Friday, Dec. 19-20; agenda in this week's Sota

Highlights from Tribal Council sessions

November Tribal Council proceedings

Veterans Christmas party held last week

Current SWO weather-related closing policy

Reminder: Deadline for receiving copy is Friday noon

Invitation to Dakota Prayer Ride & Water Walk

By Paula Horne and Lonna Hunter

In October 2019, Sacred Bundle Keepers from across the continent met at our sacred site in Pipestone – the blood of our people – with the sacred fire and prayers. There Chief Arvol Looking Horse called upon sacred bundle keepers to come together as one mind for the environment and for the end of violence against Native women and children.

The 2019 Dakota Prayer Ride & Water Walk invite you to walk in prayer as we remember the our Dakota women, children, and families who lost their lives in the Dakota Uprising Massacres of 1862, connected with the violence against Native women and children today with the unprecedented epidemic of violence against Native women with the Murdered and Missing Indian Women (MMIW), all connected to our sacred mother earth and female water energy. According to the 2016 National Crime Information Center report, there were 5,712 reports of missing American Indian and Alaska Native women and girls (MMIWG).

We will be traveling on trails and routes as we make our way to Mankato, to understand why we are following this route – the route that our Dakota women, children, elders traveled during the exile from the Dakota Uprising Massacres. We would like to retrace the route on foot to remember the many helpless women and children and our people that fled and the many who lost their lives along this route. "We feel the need to not allow them to die in vain." Paula Horne Mullen.

We are following a dream of one of our Dakota winyan who had a vision, we are carrying forth this vision of healing with a 20-foot Dakota woman and baby created by Dakota artist Graci Horne, with generous support from national Native organizations working to end violence against Native women.

We do this for healing and to honor all the lives who have been lost to violence in the past and present, and we invite you to participate in the Sunflower Healing Event, this event along with the route we will be traveling will be updated and posted at our website at www.dakotawalkandride.com

What: Dakota Prayer Walk and Ride: The Journey to Embrace All Lives Lost

When: Monday, December 9th, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. Welcoming Dinner

Tuesday, December 10th, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. Wocekia Kaga begin Walk and Ride

Thursday, December 12th, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. Honoring Emmett Eastman Birthday

Where: Welcoming Dinner: 6:00 p.m. Lake Traverse District Center 46840 118th St, Browns Valley, SD

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Dakota Prayer Walk and Ride 8:30 a.m. will begin at Tekakwitha Memorial Site 457th Ave, Sisseton, SD 57262

Honoring Emmett Eastman Birthday 6:00 p.m. Lake Traverse District Center, 46840 118th St. Browns Valley, SD 56219

How can you help? Donate a meal, warm clothing, or donation, please call 651-442 or email tatewakan@hotmail.com

SWO Tribal Secretary's written report –

Monthly report to Tribal Council and Tribal members for November 2019

Submitted by Myrna Thompson

SWO Tribal Secretary

Agency Village, SD – Dec. 3, 2019 – We served 2,140 elders for the month of November with food coupons; 855 on-reservation; 1,285 off- reservation. The number fluctuates due to deaths and those turning 55. The elderly cards for the month of December are on schedule and will be distributed on December 13th at the Ulysses K. Abraham Elderly Nutrition Center from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm; thereafter all on-reservation coupons can be picked up at the Tribal Secretary's Office (TSO) on regular business days. The off-reservation food coupons will be mailed.

Approximately 141 people, not including Program Managers and Tribal Council, visited the Tribal Secretary's Office for various reasons for the month of November. We logged in and responded to 184 phone calls. Three (3) complaints were received this month. There were ten (10) requests for assistance in November. Attended and participated in approximately 65 scheduled meetings with Tribal Executives, Roundtables with Tribal Council and various groups, Program Managers as scheduled, and, brief meetings with the general public, as necessary.

An event sponsored by the Casey Family Foundation; the Child Protection Program; and, the Tribal Secretary's Office was held as planned on November 15 at the Sisseton Wahpeton College Auditorium. The event was well attended with 114 registered attendees. The Trauma Informed Care (TIC) information presented by Darryl Tonemah, Ph.D, was well received and positive comments from those in attendance was encouraging. We are looking forward to hosting a larger event in the second quarter of 2020. We will keep you posted.

Attended and spoke at a Sisseton City Council meeting on November 19th from 5:00 to 8:30 pm, to advocate for the SWO's request for a Conditional Use Permit of the Joe Robbie Center to be used as a "warming house." After a lengthy discussion, the City Council granted the permit. Presently working on the Plan of Operation to present to City Council and to find people to staff it. We will need one man and woman to start with and hopefully find more staff/volunteers as time goes. The warming house will be open from November 1 to April 30th. There will be a review in February to see how it's working and if it's working.

On November 22nd, interviews were held for a new position, Department Director under the Tribal Management Grant. The Personnel Committee hired Ms. Leah Fyten. She will bring a huge amount of experience in the health administration arena.

In January 2020, the Director of the ACLU of North Dakota will attend our regular Tribal Council meeting to share his work regarding issues affecting Indigenous people. The DCA has requested that we create a civil rights office locally; this may be a good time to visit more on that. Our people are over-represented in the court systems and in the prison systems in South Dakota. We need to pay more attention to the incarceration of our juveniles and adults. Many are incarcerated for ingestion or drug charges; we need to advocate for rehabilitation rather than incarceration. The prison systems are at full capacity and beyond; including the women's prison, yet our local court system is determined to send our people to prison rather than offer deferred sentences and treatment, it seems. I believe our people are unfairly prosecuted in most cases due to the fact that they cannot afford a good attorney to represent them. Even our federal prisons are over-populated with people of color. The white collar crimes need to be prosecuted in our tribal court. (White collar crime refers to financially motivated, nonviolent crime committed by businesses and government professionals). Our tribe is a non-IRA tribe, a Treaty tribe, and we have a court system in place yet we continue to erode our own sovereign authorities to the state and federal court systems. The Guardian Project was created to protect federal dollars per misappropriation of federal contract and grant dollars, yet many of our people have gone to federal prison for tribal (gaming) dollars allegedly misspent. If you haven't read the report of 2006 from the Equal Justice Commission regarding the racism in South Dakota and the testimony taken from across the state, please look it up and read it. If you can't find it, contact me and I will get you a copy or email it to you. Racial profiling is alive and well in our area, it seems. We need to come together as community rather than have the separation that exists due to race; we're all part of the human race and that is what matters.

Highlights from Tribal Council sessions

By CD Floro

Sota Editor

Here are some highlights from regular sessions of SWO Tribal Council from the first week of December. For more information, or access to financial records, contact your District representative.

Tribal Council questions Tribal prosecutor credentials

While reviewing draft minutes from November, Council members questioned credentials of June Yankton, who has been hired as Tribal Prosecutor.

The Vice-Chairman and Lake Traverse District Councilman reported that they "found out the prosecuting attorney must be BAR certified (in South Dakota state court)."

Francis Crawford told Council that the prosecutor must be able to argue ICWA and VAWA cases in state court.

The Chairman asked if the position should be re-advertised.

Lorraine Rousseau was called into chambers and said that the prosecutor does not have to argue in state court, that "Only the Tribal defense attorney has to argue (in state court)."

After more discussion, the Chairman said, "If the judges don't need to be licensed (in state court) why would a prosecutor."

There was no call for a motion for re-advertising the position.

Advertising for detention center A&E bids

There was discussion about hiring an architectural and engineering firm for the detention center project. (See last week's Sota about the project moving forward with an additional grant for a new design.)

The BIA has recommended a firm with a "track record" of building detention facilities on reservations.

Council talked about past experience with other firms, and pros and cons of local versus out-of-area companies.

The Chairman pointed out the need to "follow federal guidelines" and put out a notice for bids.

"We will follow the process … maybe someone better will come along."

He also said that Tribal Council has the authority to not accept "the lowest bid" if it believes another bidder is better able to fulfill the contract.

Watch for a notice for bids to be advertised.

Work underway on Joe Robbie Center as "warming house"

In his report, Chairman White talked about the "hoops to jump through" for the Sisseton city council to approve the former DNI building (Joe Robbie Center) as a "warming house."

Cement work is being done, fencing going up, and lighting installed.

He reported that work is expected to be done by this week.

It will be "staffed," he said.

He said that the Tribe's 477/ET Demo program will be involved.

It is not for luxury, he said, "no queen beds … cots."

He said the warming house is "for survival," and he talked about the need to help "a lot of our people out there, addicts, alcoholics … but need to help turn their lives around … we will do what we can."

The warming house will be open from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 a.m.

To provide a safe place and a hot meal in the daytime hours, he said, there is the Drop In Center.

Donations for the Drop In Center can be taken at the Sisseton-Wahpeton Federal Credit Union at P.O. Box 627, Agency Village, SD 57262. There is also a new GoFundMe page with links shared on Facebook.

(Note: Please read Tribal Secretary Myrna Thompson's monthly report for more about the warming house project.)

Discussion of IHS complaints, motion to request CEO be terminated

There was a lengthy follow-up to last month's public forum which aired recent allegations against the administration of the Woodrow W. Keeble Memorial Health Care Center/IHS.

There was a crowd of elders in chambers in the morning, several repeating what they had brought up at the forum.

Long Hollow District Councilman Curtis Bissonette made a motion that the CEO Randy Jordan be terminated.

The motion stayed on the floor for most of the discussion.

Big Coulee District Councilwoman Lisa Jackson urged Council to follow a recommendation to bring in a third-party to review the allegations.

She wants to see a "foundation of facts (to) build our case."

There was also discussion on bidding out the dialysis unit and revisiting the "PL-638 contracting" or self-governance of all health services on the Lake Traverse Reservation.

(Note: The lengthy documentation and reports on numerous public forums held on self-governance are available on the Sota website.)

The Chairman said "We (the Tribe) have our i's dotted and t's crossed."

"IHS has to bring qualified people here."

"These guys are not taking care of our people."

The motion to request the CEO be terminated was passed on a split vote.

Lisa Jackson made a motion "for a third party review as recommended by a HHS specialist in 2015 … to review allegations (old and current ones)."

That motion also passed.

Chairman calls for REB to be dissolved

During his report Tuesday, Chairman White brought up a request to move for the Reservation Election Board to be dissolved, "effective immediately for exceeding its authority when it twice initiated litigation against the Tribe's attorney, Steven Sandven, for implementing a Tribal Council motion."

A second motion would have then called for Council to seek applicants for REB for the next election cycle.

The Chairman said that not only Sandven but current attorneys agree "this has to stop … we cannot have boards and committees acting above their authority."

Consensus agreed with the Tribal Secretary, however, that no action should be taken while the matter is in Tribal Court, and the issue was tabled.

SWHA ten-year plan

During the Vice-Chairman's report to Tribal Council, there was discussion about funding for Housing.

Tribal Council asked to see the ten-year plan for Sisseton-Wahpeton Housing Authority.

SWHA Director Eric Shepherd, who was present, said he would bring it to Wednesday morning's Council session.

The budget request was tabled until then, before getting Council's approval.

On the following day, Tribal Council decided not to approve Housing's annual budget until having reviewed its FY 2019 financial report and ten-year plan.

Council did, however, approve month-by-month payments at the requested level of funding.

Tribe to seek grant for transition housing

Tribal Council was informed of a substance abuse grant opportunity to provide transition housing.

SWO Behavioral Health Manager Dr. Gail Mason, and SWHA Director Eric Shepherd, presented the opportunity for "recovery housing."

"How can we help our people struggling with addiction?" asked Dr. Mason.

She added that "many are homeless."

"This grant can help us."

Tribal Council approved a resolution authorizing application for a SAMHSA FY 2020 grant "for the benefit of homeless individuals."

SWO Homebuyers program budget approved

After a lengthy discussion, Tribal Council approved policy changes and budget requests made by Terri Larsen, SWO Homebuyers Program Manager.

Chairman White had argued for Tribal Council oversight over final approval of who receives the ($10,000) down payment assistance.

"There should be more oversight," he said, "checks and balances."

The Tribal Secretary pointed out, "We hire someone to oversee this."

"I don't agree with coming before Council," she said, and Council agreed.

Tribal Council approved the revised SWO Homebuyers Program policy.

Motion made to suspend Lake Traverse District Councilman

Acting on behalf of his District's motion presented by DCA, Heipa District Councilman Winfield Rondell Jr. moved that Lake Traverse District Councilman Francis Crawford "be suspended pending a removal hearing … (for) ethics violations."

The motion failed to pass.

Contract revised for for-profits reorganization

A contract offered former SWO Tribal Attorney Steven Sandven to return to continue helping the Tribe restructure its for-profit businesses was revised.

Steven had been called back for two months, however, he said that is not long enough to complete a reorganization plan under Section 17 and asked that the contract be extended to six months.

After discussion, some heated, Council tied on a motion to approve the six month contract.

Weighted vote: 9 for – Cheryl Owen (3), Lisa Jackson (2), Winfield Rondell Jr. (3), Tribal Chairman (1); 8 opposed – Curtis Bissonette (2), Milton Owen (2), Francis Crawford (2), Tribal Vice-Chairman (1), Tribal Secretary (1).

Chairman White broke the tie, and the motion passed.

Council approves DCA request to increase stipends

Tribal Council approved a recommendation by DCA to restore the level of funding of stipends for the Tribe's boards and committees.

The levels had been cut in half due to the budget shortfall.

Vice-Chairman refutes report of continuing Dakota Crossing losses

During DCA's report to Council, Heipa District Vice-Chair Karen White asked if the Sota report of a roundtable discussion was true, that Dakota Crossing is losing "$100,000-plus a month."

(Reported in an article on a for-profit roundtable in the Nov. 20, 2019 edition.)

Vice-Chairman Eddie Johnson responded, saying that is not correct, that the grocery store is not losing that money or being supplemented by the Tribe for that amount.

Reports by Dakota Crossing General Manager Todd Riley support the Vice-Chairman, saying that the store's profitability is improving.

Neither have, however, provided Council with a detailed financial report for the store.

Realty tasked with compiling complains

During the monthly SWO Realty report, Tribal Council discussed the need to bid out all leases rather than negotiating on an individual basis.

There was also discussion about have the Tribe and/or its members utilize trust and heirship land instead of leasing it out for others to use for their profit. Hemp production is one of the uses.

Realty was also tasked with compiling complaints being made about how some non-Indian lease holders allegedly mistreat or discriminate against SWO members.

Written complaints may be submitted either to the Realty Department or to the Chairman's office.

Chairman White commented, "No more racist, prejudiced leasers of our Indian land will be allowed to bid, use, and misuse our land anymore."

"This behavior will not be tolerated by our SWO landowners and by our Tribal members and leadership."

From the desk of Geri Opsal, Tribal Veteran Service Officer

*VETERANS CHRISTMAS PARTY December 5, 2019: Thank you all for coming! Thank you to Dakota Crossing, Michael Gill and Stephanie Williams and staff, for the outstanding job cooking the delicious meal! You delivered enough for 150 people and that and every bit of the two large sheet cakes was eaten. So happy and to hear all the compliments! Thanks to Gabe, Angie, Danielle and Talia for all the work setting up and for every Veteran, Widow, Guest that attended. We were blessed to have all three Executives and Council in attendance; we had many compliments on the welcome greetings bestowed upon everyone there. Thank you to Chairman White and Vice Chairman Johnson for the welcome and also to Capt. Matt Cordell, US Army, who spoke of his journey since his graduation from the academy. He has deployed 4 times, has been in command of over 150+ soldiers in Afghanistan. He currently is at UMM where he leads the ROTC cadets and teaches. We also were proud to do an honoring for Willow Red Star Eastman, US Navy; she was gifted with a beautiful star quilt, and she has many accolades and currently is a Mustang Basketball player. We are so proud of her and only wish her the best. We also had a great meal prayer by Pastor Vern Donnell – always feel the heart of the prayers he shares. We must mention Rylie Huff, 13 year old 8th grader daughter of Jill and Mell Huff, USMC, and granddaughter of Mel Huff Sr., USAF and Duane Dolan, US Army – we were all spell bound by her Veteran Version of Halleluiah, she received a standing ovation! Lots of tears for the emotions felt and we know we not seen the last of her! Last but not least to the Honor guards for hosting the meal! We appreciate each and every one of you and are very thankful that you all came! Our oldest living Female Veteran Naomi Barker Parker, US Army, came and we are very honored she joined us! Next year we will have our 4th annual Veterans Meal in December again! Merry Christmas!

*Gabe: Best wishes on your recovery and prayers for your shoulder surgery on Monday - we will keep you in our prayers.

*GENERAL COUNCIL: We will have an outreach table set up during general council on December 19th, 2019 and December 20th, 2019 at the Tribal Headquarter Administration Building. We will have outreach pamphlets regarding Veteran Cemetery, Headstones and more! We are asking Veterans and Widows to stop by please, we are are here to ensure you receive every benefit available.

*VETERANS: Please make sure if you have a family member serving active duty or deployed you send me their name,. Contact info to: GeriO@SWO-NSN.gov chances are they are on the roster but we want to make sure. Also we have a update of info form if you'd like one email me at the same email address as above.

*ASVAB: For those students interested in entering the US Armed Forces, it's never too early to practice the ASVAB entrance exam, start now! There are many FREE tests you can practice with online, google ASVAB and the link will take you to the tests. Also consider applying for the Academy. There is Westpoint, Annapolis, Kingspoint (Merchant Marine) and Colorado Springs Academy.

*NADL APPLICATION POSTED ON THE SWO WEBSITE: Thanks to Dawn Drum for posting the NADL application to the VSO Website. Here is the link: www.swo-nsn.gov and go to Departments: Human Services and scroll down to Veterans Service Office, open up and in that body will be the NADL App 2019.

*David Hein, Team Lead of the NADL: will be in our office on Monday December 2, 2019 around 1PM. Please call us or come by the office if you would wish to speak with him.

NUMBERS TO REMEMBER:

CRISIS LINE: 1-800-273-8255 PRESS 1

GERI OPSAL, TVSO 605-268-0502

GABE FISCHER, TVSO ASST 605-410-1007

DOC WANNA: 605-237-2168 - KIT FOX COMMANDER

CLAYTON ELLINGSON:605-924-1266

AMERICAN LEGION POST 314 COMMANDER

JUSTIN CHANKU: 947-3441, DESERT ERA COMMANDER

Dakota Magic EMRs recognized for life-saving work

Hankinson, ND – Nov. 15, 2019 – The following is a statement from Dakota Magic Casino & Hotel Security Manager Jake Bellonger at a recognition event for the casino's Emergency Medical Responders:

We take this moment to recognize a group of people whose actions go unnoticed, but their actions do make an impact on the lives of those they are in contact with.

These people are the EMR's Emergency Medical Responder's, they are the ones who are called to assist with any medical emergency that occurs on Dakota Magic Casino property.

They have saved many lives, using their training and many times run into situations where there is nothing in a manual and these Officers use their best judgement and go above and beyond to save a life. At times putting their own health and safety at risk. The teamwork, of these Officers while in the process of saving a life is outstanding. They each know exactly what to do and how to best assist in each situation.

The emotional toil they carry with them is tremendous, but they refuse to EO (Early out), they continue on with their shift, taking counseling from their Peers, their Trainer, or the EAP Counselor.

This is the time to recognize them, to show our appreciation for their contributions to the well being of our customers and team members.

Thank you.

"Resiliency is our Legacy": Trauma Informed Solutions workshop

"Resiliency is our Legacy – Trauma Informed Solutions: Understanding the Impact of Historical Trauma" was the theme for a workshop held on Tuesday, November 26, at Dakota Connection, Sisseton, SD.

The event was a follow-up to an earlier workshop on how communities can cope with historical trauma, sponsored by the Sisseton-Wahpeton Housing Authority.

Presenter was Dr. Terri Bissonette, EdD., Gnoozhekaaning Anishinaabe.

For this event, Housing was joined by the SWO Tribal Education Department, Wiyukcan da Ecunpi, and the SWO Community Health Education Program as co-sponsors.

Here is a first-hand account written for the Sota by Alana Little Bird:

Beautiful opening with a blanket exercise, which was created in 1997 by KAIROS Canada.

The Kairos explores the major themes and findings of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (RCAP).

It is an ecological justice and human rights organization of ten Canadian churches and religious organizations that deliberates on issues of common concern and advocates for social change.

Its Indigenous rights work is based on four decades of solidarity and advocacy.

The blanket exercise came out of these long standing, collaborative initiatives and relationships between indigenous and non-indigenous people to raise awareness of the ongoing injustices and impacts of colonization.

Activities included simulation activity talks about the history of what happen to the Native American.

Grounding our self with stories, how the animals stole the fire.

This activity was to view our perspective and how each animal has an important task, and what lessons do they teach.

Interconnectedness activity, group development- forming, storming solutions.

What broke our world was discussion about the boarding school and the loss of land, what federal policies or historical events have had the biggest impact on SWO.

Legacy of Historical Trauma model of multigenerational trauma where is the violence happening in our community; bullying is a form of lateral Violence.

What keeps our world together: our identity walk, circle of culture- identifying community strengths and assets (organizations, programs, individuals, cultural practices and traditions.)

Final Commitment pledge, where the participants make an individual commitment to one action that will do to help community in healing.

From Rio Ramirez a young man of the Tohono O'odham Nation:

"Knowing this country's history is the first step we need to take in the long process of repairing our people and our land. Look at the problems our people have now with things like substance abuse, lack of identity, and diabetes. Look at the crisis the earth is in with climate change and pollution. Our history tells how this came about. Sometimes when people learn about the broken treaties. Relocation, and genocide, they feel guilty about what happen to Native Americans. Those feelings are okay as long as we move past them and try to help each other now as human beings. No one here today made these things happen. But we are the ones who are living now, and we need to understand that we are all in this together."

Closing prayer.

Proclaims Women's Vote Centennial Celebration Day

Dis. 1 rep, SWO member Tamara St. John named to Women's Vote Centennial Delegation

Pierre, SD – Dec. 4, 2019 – Governor Kristi Noem proclaimed today as "Women's Vote Centennial Celebration Day" in South Dakota. On December 4, 1919, South Dakota was one of the first states to ratify the Nineteenth Amendment, approving it during a special legislative session.

"One-hundred years ago today, democracy expanded, and South Dakota moved to give women the right to vote," said Noem. "These men and women were trailblazers, and I am proud of their courage to spark change for the greater good."

To help commemorate and coordinate the statewide celebration of the Nineteenth Amendment's 100-year anniversary, Noem has assembled the Women's Vote Centennial Delegation. The group has been tasked with providing educational materials about the suffrage movement and stimulating opportunities that explore the journey to women's right to vote.

"It's important for our young people to understand the path suffragists had to walk in order to secure this right for women in our country," Noem continued. "When we understand our history, we become more grateful for the rights we have and the liberties we enjoy."

Throughout 2020, the delegation – along with the South Dakota State Historical Society and the Historical Society Foundation – will initiate projects commemorating the centennial of women's suffrage.

Members of the delegation are:

Pat Miller, Pierre - Chair Tracy Saathoff, Sioux Falls - Co-Chair Julie Bartling, Gregory Sue Gates, Aberdeen Peggy Gibson, Huron José Marie Griffiths, Madison Katie Hunhoff, Yankton Susan Irons, Canton Mary Jean Jensen, Lemmon Kay Jorgensen, Spearfish Kitty Kinsman, Rapid City Elsie Meeks, Pine Ridge Kristina Schaefer, Sioux Falls Hon. Karen Schreier, Sioux Falls Rep. Tamara St. John, Sisseton Ann McKay Thompson, Rapid City Suzanne Veenis, Sioux Falls

Statement on House Passage of the TRACED Act

Washington, DC – Dec. 4, 2019 – U.S. Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet, and Ed Markey (D- Mass.), author of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, today released the following statements after the House of Representatives passed an amended version of their Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act (S. 151), legislation to combat the illegal robocall epidemic. Their bill, which will need to be reconsidered in the Senate, passed in May 2019 with near unanimous support.

"In today's political climate, it's hard to find an issue on which almost everyone can agree, but we found one with the TRACED Act," said Thune. "With House passage of our bipartisan, bicameral legislation to protect consumers from pesky and sometimes financially harmful robocalls, we are one step closer to getting this legislation to the president's desk. I'm hopeful and confident that we will be able to bring this legislation to the Senate floor in the very near future."

"I applaud House of Representatives passage of the TRACED Act, my legislation with Senator Thune that cracks down on the deluge of robocalls that drown our phones every day," said Markey. "There are no red robocalls or blue robocalls, only despised robocalls. I thank Senator Thune for his partnership on this important consumer protection bill. I expect quick passage of the legislation in the Senate so that Americans can finally get the relief they deserve from these harassing and fraudulent calls."

Last month, House and Senate negotiators, including Thune, Markey, and U.S. Reps. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-N.J.), Greg Walden (R-Ore.), Mike Doyle (D-Pa.), and Bob Latta (R-Ohio), announced an agreement on bipartisan, bicameral legislation to combat illegal robocalls.

SWO Tribe weather closing policy

Sisseton-Wahpeton Tribal members are asked to please contact Tribal Law Enforcement at 698-7661 in the event of an emergency, and to be as specific as possible concerning the nature of the problem.

Tribal officials ask that anyone away from home during a storm, if you find shelter, please notify Tribal Law Enforcement (605-698-7661) that you are safe. That could prevent rescue workers from endangering themselves out looking for you.

The public is asked to plan ahead when the forecast calls for a possible winter storm. This includes checking to make sure there is ample heating fuel, food, and drinking water. For those with serious medical conditions, be certain there is ample medication on hand.

In some cases, dialysis patients and others with acute health problems should contact Sisseton IHS about staying with family or friends close to the health care center. Telephone number is 698-7606.

Tribal office business hours on winter storm days

Closing of Tiospa Zina Tribal School and Sisseton Public Schools will be taken into consideration when making a final decision to close Tribal offices, but they are no longer the determining factor.

The decision to close Tribal offices due to weather will remain at the discretion of the Tribal Executives. In the event of a closing, the announcement will be made on Tribal radio station KXSW, and TV stations KELO and KSFY.

Above all, employees are asked to please use their best judgment when traveling in winter weather and avoid traveling during winter storms except in emergencies. (And then, please let others in your family, or friends, and Tribal Law Enforcement, know your plans.)

If possible, everyone is asked to please check on your elderly family members and friends during such times.

SWO Head Start closings policy

School will be closed when the temperature is -25 degrees or colder, with or without windchill.

Please check KELOland regularly or the KELOland closeline online.

You will only receive our emergency notifications if your phone number is up-to-date and working.

(Editor's note: This closing policy has been in effect since 2017-18.)

SD Gov. Kristi Noem announces her administration's 2020 budget

Pierre, SD – Dec. 3, 2019 – Governor Kristi Noem delivered the following Budget Address today at 1:00 p.m. CT.

Noem's Budget Address (as prepared for delivery):

Mr. President, Mr. Speaker, members of the legislature, and my fellow South Dakotans.

We meet today with an incredible year behind us and great potential before us. After the year that we have had to endure, from blizzards to flooding to tornadoes, South Dakota families once again showed the nation how strong we are and how resilient we can be. Our people are ready to tackle the future, and it is up to us to make sure that we are setting our state up for long-term, successful growth.

In our time together today, I will provide an overview of the state's economy, revenues, and expenses. But, perhaps most importantly, I will outline the conditions needed to enable our families, workers, and businesses to thrive for many years to come.

Like last year, what we are discussing today is only a high-level overview; it doesn't touch on everything I'm recommending. If you want to dive into all the details, please read through my budget book and the deck of appendix slides attached to this presentation on my website.

Now, last year, my husband and First Gentleman, Bryon, thought the Budget Address needed a little something extra. As you may recall, he promised everyone popcorn. Well, Bryon is a man of his word and there's popcorn on your desks.

When I travel across the state and around the country, people often remark on how strong South Dakota's financial position is compared to the rest of the nation. Like you all, I take pride in the fact that we structurally balance our budget and have a AAA credit rating, and I'm committed to maintaining it while ensuring future security and growth for the people of South Dakota.

As you probably already suspect, money is tight this year. But just as South Dakotans always do, we will find a way to be successful with the resources at our disposal. At my direction, state agencies have already tightened their belts. Throughout today's discussion, I will explain why I think we need to scale back certain areas of the budget in order to provide funding for areas that will make our state stronger.

I want to make one thing clear: the men and women who work for our state are incredible people. Each and every day, I am amazed at their efforts to make this state run as efficiently and as effectively as possible. In short, I want to commend our state employees for their commitment and dedication to the hardworking taxpayers of South Dakota.

One final note before I jump into the numbers: when I ran for Governor, I committed to make transparency a cornerstone of my administration. Last year, I unveiled a new website that made it easier to navigate state spending. But today, we are expanding on that initiative and opening up the state's budget even more. South Dakotans will be able to view my recommended budget, the budget the legislature adopts, as well as the actual spending of those dollars in an interactive, easy to use format. I encourage all of you – as well as every South Dakotan – to bookmark, OPEN.SD.GOV, and to visit the new open budget link. Building a strong foundation for future economic growth and opportunities for South Dakota families requires buy-in from the public, so I want everyone to keep an eye on our state's fiscal position.

Let's dive in.

In conjunction with outside economic experts, I look to the Council of Economic Advisors and BFM staff to inform the assumptions included in my budget proposal.

Historically low unemployment rates, rising wages, a strong housing market, and record-level consumer confidence demonstrate the strength of our economy.

Now, nationwide, the economy faces headwinds from slower growth in the rest of the world, uncertainty about the 2020 elections as well as current trade negotiations.

As of today, we expect continued positive economic development, but we must remain vigilant, especially given recent slow revenue growth.

Inflation is another important variable to keep an eye on, because it has a direct impact on the growth of our sales tax. Traditionally speaking, higher inflation creates stronger growth in sales tax revenue, but lower inflation, as we've seen over the past several years, leads to slower growth in sales tax. We expect that inflation will be in the 1.9-2.1 percent range over the next two years, which is lower than the previous two years.

Finally, as you know, agriculture is a major component of our state's economy. From the trade war to flooding, our farmers and ranchers have dealt with a lot this past year. We are already looking ahead to the spring, wondering what the weather has in store for us. The prospect of a trade deal getting done this year or early next year continues to change on a daily basis. With these factors in mind, we are assuming that the agriculture sector will stay pretty flat over the next year.

With that background on economic conditions, let's look at the full revenue picture, including the revisions for the current year, FY20, and estimates for FY21.

This chart shows the year-over-year increase in adopted revenues for the past five years. This averages to approximately $52.1 million in new, ongoing revenue per year that this legislature has adopted. Please keep that number in mind as we talk about my recommended revenue estimate.

Sales and Use Tax accounts for roughly 63 percent of our state's ongoing revenues. Understanding recent trends around this major revenue source is important to understanding our overall revenue picture.

In FY19, sales and use tax collections grew at 3.6 percent over 2018. This was 1.3 percent short of the revised estimate that was adopted last February. Now, to meet our adopted estimate in FY20, we would need to have growth of 4.9 percent over 2019 actuals. You can see that year to date, we are seeing growth of 4.1 percent.

In light of this, my recommendation is to revise our sales and use tax growth rate to 4.5 percent.

This slide shows the major categories of general fund revenues – you'll see a side by side comparison of what was adopted last year to what I'm recommending today. In total, you can see I recommend a downward adjustment of $5.9 million dollars.

As shown on that top line, by moderating growth expectations for the sales and use tax, it leads to a reduction in the estimate of $3.6 million dollars.

Following the chart down, the lottery has been revised by $1.4 million, this includes instant, online, and video lottery receipts to the general fund. Video lottery is currently running 4.7 percent higher than a year ago.

The contractor's excise tax has been revised down by $3.7 million. To date, we are 1.0 percent lower than the adopted estimate. We still anticipate healthy housing and construction activity, but just not at the level that was originally estimated.

The insurance company tax has been adjusted down by $1.7 million.

The remaining revisions get us to the total $5.9 million reduction.

Before we dive in to FY21 numbers, I want to talk about some federal tax legislation that impacts our budget.

Senator Thune introduced legislation in 2015 that eliminated a grandfather clause in federal law that allowed South Dakota to continue taxing internet access services. I cosponsored similar legislation in the House of Representatives. This legislation was signed into law in February of 2016 and starting next July 1, it will provide permanent tax relief to South Dakota families and businesses who currently pay the government for simply accessing the internet. This will lead to an estimated $30 million in tax relief for South Dakotans, with $20 million of that coming from state revenues and approximately $10 million from local governments.

This chart is just like the previous one, but it adds the recommended 2021 ongoing receipts.

Based on our modeling, we project an increase in Sales and Use Tax of $36.6 million. Remember, as we just discussed, of the $30 million in tax relief provided by the internet tax freedom forever act, $20 million is in state taxes for a net increase of $16.6 million.

Lottery is projected to grow by $3.6 million.

Contractor's Excise tax is estimated to remain strong next year growing by $4 million.

Insurance company tax is projected to grow by $4.6 million.

Tobacco taxes continue to decline as fewer people use the products, so the estimate is forecasted to decrease by $1.8 million.

In total, for FY21, I propose a revenue forecast of $1 billion, 723.4 million. This is $28.1 million higher than the revised FY20 forecast.

While we have $28.1 million in new ongoing revenue, there are a couple of factors that must be taken into consideration to understand what is actually available to fund new, ongoing expenditures.

Last year, the adopted budget left $500 thousand dollars on the bottom line.

As we discussed, the revisions in the current year are $5.9 million, which also must be accounted for in the next year.

Looking at the full picture, we are left with $22.7 million of total revenue available to fund new, ongoing expenditures.

Now, at the beginning of the revenue discussion, I showed a slide with the past five years of adopted ongoing revenue increases. This chart shows how our revised 2020 and 2021 estimates compare. The model calls for an additional $42.7 million in ongoing revenue this year, while slightly below recent trends, it could be considered a fairly average year for ongoing revenue increases.

When we account for the estimated $20 million dollars in tax relief that is being provided to South Dakotans, the picture changes quite significantly: great news for South Dakota families and also a lean budget year for the state.

Now that we have discussed the revenue picture, I want to talk about some of my budget proposals for the current year, FY20.

Here is our total, one-time revenue available. Revised FY20 ongoing revenue is down $5.9 million.

We have other, one-time funding available in the amount of $7.7 million. Most of this is attributable to refinancing gains from low interest rates.

South Dakota is very cautious about using reserves, and we should all be proud of that. When we talk about our reserve funds, we are talking about the combined balance of the budget reserve fund and the general revenue replacement fund. While maintaining 10 percent in reserve funds, we are able to spend $16.8 million in the current year for one-time investments.

In total, we have $18.6 million in one-time money available to spend.

It's important that we find ways to invest this money, so we can capture gains for South Dakota families for years to come.

One of my top priorities is keeping South Dakotans safe. One component of that is equipping our law enforcement and first responders with the tools they need to protect our communities. In 2003, we created the state radio system - forming a single, uniform communications system for first responders in every corner of this state. However, with the aging infrastructure and software, our current system needs an update.

I recommend we spend $5.1 million in one-time funds, which augments the $4.6 million you appropriated last year, thus fulfilling our commitment to local law enforcement and first responders to upgrade our statewide communication system. This will ensure a smooth transition to the new system so there are no gaps in protecting South Dakota families.

Additionally, by now you all know of my vision for high-speed internet in our state. We absolutely need faster, more reliable connections so everyone in our state can participate in the next generation of South Dakota's economy.

We've made improvements in this area, but there's still more work to be done.

In Mellette, for example, students without access to high-speed internet at their homes have their parents drive them to school late at night so they can use the school's internet to do their homework. Many nights, the school has a line of cars in front of it. Sadly, this isn't unique to Mellette - half of our counties have areas where one in four people have no high-speed internet access.

Last year's investment of $5 million leveraged more than $11.4 million in direct project costs to increase connectivity across the state. Eight projects were awarded funding to bring internet access to about 4,800 households and more than 100 businesses in underserved parts of South Dakota.

In addition to that, because the state had a broadband plan in place, applicants for the federal Reconnect dollars scored extra points. Those awards are just starting to come in, but we're being told those dollars should bring the investment in South Dakota up to nearly $25 million, possibly more.

But we must do more to bring our communities into the 21st century, so let's continue investing in this project with another $5 million this year.

We must also invest in our universities and its training programs for the next generation. Eleven of the University of South Dakota's fastest-growing majors are in the School of Health Sciences, representing a significant opportunity for future growth in our state. As we continue to see greater demand for this skillset, we must be prepared to train our workforce to meet it.

Therefore, I'm recommending $5 million dollars be dedicated to the construction of a new School of Health Sciences Building at USD.

I'm also recommending we dedicate $396 thousand for the Cyber Cync Incubator at Dakota State University. With the investment of $60 million to open the MadLabs facility this fall, a new era of research and development began. We can further enhance this by linking the MadLabs operation to this incubator to spur economic development – in turn, providing greater opportunities for South Dakota families and helping keep top talent in our state.

Let's turn to storm recovery.

Over the last year, South Dakota has been devastated by catastrophic weather events. But as we all know, South Dakotans are unique. Our people set an example of resolve and community that the rest of the nation could aspire to. In the words of Tuff Hedeman, my friend and a four-time world champion bull rider: we bear down, try hard, and never quit. Never.

For example, following the Sioux Falls tornadoes, one man spent his weekend driving around town responding to 211 requests and lending a hand wherever it was needed. He fixed flat tires on tractors being used for cleanup. He cleared loads of trees and debris. He even helped an older gentleman clean up in a couple hours what the man thought would take him a month.

This story is just one of many. It makes me so proud – it should make us all so proud – of our people and our state.

But there is still so much that needs to be fixed and rebuilt in our communities.

My budget includes a proposal to partner with local governments to provide not only disaster relief but also resources for mitigating future disasters.

Local governments have highlighted their cash flow concerns with high-dollar repairs. To answer this need, starting with the 2019 disasters, we will now offer loans to cities, counties, townships, and tribes from the Emergency and Disaster Fund. The state will continue to pay for 10% of the cost of the disasters but will now offer loans for the other 90%.

The National Institute of Building Sciences has found that mitigation funding can save $6 dollars in future disaster recovery costs for every $1 dollar spent on hazard mitigation. It is our belief that the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program and the Pre-Disaster Mitigation Program will help cover project costs to improve infrastructure resiliency, provide long-term solutions to repetitive loss situations, and help avoid reliance on federal dollars for future recovery.

Even though these programs have existed for years, they have not been used to their full advantage because of local funding concerns.

In addition to lowering the match requirement from 25% to 15%, the state will also provide loans from the Emergency and Disaster Fund for the local share of these mitigation programs.

We must rebuild damaged communities, build stronger communities for the future, and ensure long-term resilience so our families can thrive.

Obviously, I've only discussed a few of my one-time spending proposals. To the appropriators adding this up, it would appear that we have spent more money than what is available. However, my FY20 budget proposal also includes various increases and more than $17 million in reductions to various state agencies, which are laid out in detail in the budget book.

Now that we have discussed one-time expenses, let's turn to the proposed ongoing expenses for FY21.

As a reminder, this slide shows our ongoing revenue available. We are projecting $22.7 million will be available to fund new expenses.

First, let's look at the overview of ongoing expenses.

Due to the lack of revenue growth, I will not be able to recommend inflationary increases for education or Medicaid providers or for state employee salaries.

But my budget does include the following increases:

For education, I am including funding tied to increased K-12 student enrollments. I am also recommending additional funding for the special education allocation rebase.

My recommendation also includes increases in mandatory provider inflation for things like Medicare crossovers, prescription drugs, and federally qualified health centers. Additionally, I recommend funding for increases in Medicaid utilization and cost, as well as increases for home and community-based services for the developmentally disabled. Long-term care services continue to be a priority in this state. My budget includes a new funding mechanism for assisted living services. I am proposing rate tiers for these providers to offer a broader range of services.

For state employees, I am recommending that we maintain the current health insurance benefits and add enhancements to family leave.

In FY21, general education student counts are projected to increase by approximately 1 percent, and special education student counts are projected to increase by approximately 2 percent.

There are six disability categories funded in special education. The allocation amounts for each of the six categories have been recalculated based on statewide average expenditures for the previous three years and take effect in FY21. These allocation adjustments are projected to result in nearly $14 million in total funds going to school districts for special education.

We all know – many of us too well – how big a problem meth use is across our state. In South Dakota, twice as many 12 to 17-year-olds reported using meth in the last year as compared to the national average. Not only does it devastate our families, but it also costs the state millions of dollars every year.

Recently, I heard a story about a young woman – we'll call her Jenny – who became addicted to drugs in her early 20s. Her addiction spun out of control pretty quickly, and it wasn't long before she found herself in jail, homeless, and unemployed. People tried to help her, but she sunk deeper and deeper into addiction.??

Jenny found out she was pregnant when she was three months along. She tried to get clean, but relapsed hard shortly before the birth of her baby boy. She was high on drugs when she gave birth. Because of her addiction and the concerns for the baby, the courts gave Child Protection Services custody of her son when he was released from the hospital.??

Jenny was broken. The one thing in the world that was hers had been taken from her. And she hit rock bottom. But it was also her turning point.

Jenny started working with a Family Services Specialist from CPS and the foster family who was caring for her baby. She worked hard, knowing that it wasn't just about her anymore – her actions would determine whether she would ever be able to have her son returned to her. She went through drug court, found housing and a job, and steadily made her way toward recovery.

Jenny's son is three now and they live together. They have maintained a relationship with the foster family that cared for him – in many ways, they've become like extended family. She's been promoted in her job and has been clean now for almost three years.

When I heard this story, I was amazed at the redemption it portrays. And I want to hear stories like that over and over. But I also see that the road to recovery requires help. It takes people raising their hands to be foster parents – to be that middle-mom or middle-dad that these kids need. It takes social workers who commit to doing the journey together. It takes pastors and teachers and counselors and doctors. Judges, neighbors, police officers, and people who know just when to offer a word of encouragement.

The health and well-being of our kids is something each of us here today cares deeply about. We know that addiction to meth requires more intensive therapy than other addictions.

My budget contains ongoing funding to support additional intensive meth treatment. It's time this horrible drug is eradicated from our communities.

Building stronger, healthier, and safer communities begins with families.

About five years ago, Blake and Rachel Schmieg of Big Stone City were considering adoption. They had three boys biologically and had always wanted a girl. After months of thinking and praying, they decided to try foster parenting. One day, they got a call asking them to take in an 18-year-old girl named Sadie who needed a safe place to live until she finished high school. They said yes.

Sadie quickly became an important part of their life. Remembering back onto those first few weeks and months in their home, Sadie said that she felt like she was part of a family for the first time in her life. She remembers when the younger boys made Christmas ornaments for all their family members at school and made one for her. She remembers having a stocking at Christmas time. She remembers reading to the boys and feeling like she belonged.

As Sadie got closer and closer to finishing high school, they started having conversations about what was next and how everything would work once she went to college. Where would she go for Christmas break? Where would she leave the things that wouldn't fit in a dorm room?

Little did Sadie know that Blake and Rachel had been talking about the possibility of adoption. When they asked her if she wanted to become a permanent part of their family, Sadie started crying. She said it was the first time she had ever felt wanted.

Over the next few months, the family waded through legal tape and began the process of adoption, only to realize that the adult adoption law in South Dakota didn't fit their situation. They were told there was nothing they could do and that adoption was off the table.

As Blake said, "We hit wall after wall, but we knew this was something God had called us to do, so we looked for doors and windows."

Working with Representative Fred Deutsch, the family drafted a bill to change the law, gave testimony in front of a committee, and followed the bill through the legislative process. In March, they travelled to Pierre when I signed the bill into law. It was an incredible day.

On August 20, Sadie was legally adopted. They got the paperwork that told them what they'd known for a long time – Sadie was theirs and they were hers. Forever.

Blake and Rachel are here today. Would you stand? Thank you for all you are doing for the next generation. You're truly an inspiration to us all.

Some of you have heard me speak about how foster care and adoption have impacted my life. I grew up with a foster brother, and I've been blessed with several nieces and nephews who've brought sunshine and a new kind of love into our family. Adoption is beautiful. It's lifechanging.

Last year I spoke about the need for more foster families, and South Dakotans rose to the challenge. This year, my budget includes ongoing funding to meet the increased interest in individuals wanting to become licensed foster parents and approved adoptive parents. Every child deserves a family. Every child deserves a home.

Here is an overview of FY21 ongoing budget recommendations. We have broken this overview into major budget categories. As you can see, my ongoing recommendation includes almost $9 million in budget reductions across a number of agencies.

The total recommended general fund increase for FY21 is $22.7 million.

This chart shows a summary of the bottom lines for the current and upcoming fiscal years.

I began this address by noting how challenging 2019 was for our great state, but what's so exciting – the real bottom line – is that we have tremendous opportunity before us. We have some revenue challenges, yes, but I expect that will drive us to do better with the resources we have.

The growth of our current industries and the attraction of new ones will drive opportunity.

Expanding on some already successful initiatives will drive opportunity.

And laying the foundation to enhance our competitiveness with respect to other states will help ensure our top talent stays in South Dakota – creating more opportunity for years to come.

In his 34th and final address from the Oval Office, Ronald Reagan said the number one lesson he learned while President was that all great change in America begins at the dinner table.

The same is true today. Government programs don't drive change, it happens out there. Around the state. One conversation at a time. At dinner tables. In coffee shops. Leaning against a fencepost.

This budget sets us up for continued financial success, and I look forward to working with everyone in this chamber here today and everyone around our great state as we create and implement the policies that will grow our economy and strengthen our communities – all in service of the essential building block of our state: South Dakota's families.

Thank you.

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(Editor's note: The charts and slides referred to in the Governor's remarks are available on the state website. The following are excerpts from Governor Noem's public relations release concerning the 2020 budget.)

Governor Noem's Public Safety budget

Governor Noem is prioritizing the safety of families and communities by combating the meth epidemic and equipping law enforcement with modernized communication tools.

Combating the Meth Epidemic

Compared to the national average, twice as many children in South Dakota, ages 12 to 17, have reported meth use in the past year.

From 2014 to 2018, South Dakota has seen a 200 percent increase in people seeking treatment with a primary diagnosis of meth.

Addiction to meth requires more intensive therapy than many other addictions, which is why providing the necessary resources is crucial to combating the meth crisis in South Dakota.

Governor Noem is committing $3.7 million to support intensive meth treatment and enforcement.

With this funding, Governor Noem has made a commitment to ensure the criminal justice system has the necessary resources to enforce the law.

Equipping Law Enforcement with Modernized Communications Tools

In 2003, South Dakota created the state radio system that formed a single, uniform communications system for first responders across the state. The aging infrastructure and software need an update.

Governor Noem's budget dedicates $5.1 million to improve the statewide communication systems for local law enforcement and first responders across South Dakota.

This builds on the $4.6 million appropriated by Governor Noem and the legislature last year to fulfill the State's commitment to law enforcement and ensure a smooth transition to the new, modernized system.

Governor Noem's budget for families

Governor Noem is strengthening families by designating funds for foster parent training, supporting family reunification, and improving services for child maltreatment victims.

Supporting Foster Families

This year, Governor Noem has worked to highlight the need for more foster families, and South Dakotans have risen to the challenge.

Governor Noem's budget designates $129,420 in general funds for additional foster parent training.

These funds will be used to provide more resources that allow interested individuals to complete the required training classes and home studies.

Supporting Family Reunification

Nearly one in 10 South Dakota children have had a parent incarcerated at some point in their childhood.

Governor Noem's budget includes $118,366 to create a new position in state government that will help prepare female offenders to return to their families and communities after completing their sentence.

The position will utilize evidence-based case management proven to reduce the likelihood female offenders will recidivate.

Improving Services for Child Maltreatment Victims

The success of the next generation is stunted when children are raised in unsafe homes.

Governor Noem's budget allocates $100,964 for comprehensive child maltreatment victim services.

Through this allocation, the State will add a position dedicated to ensuring child safety, leading maltreatment investigations, and facilitating comprehensive services for child maltreatment victims across South Dakota.

Bill to eliminate government competition with private industry

"Fair competition will allow businesses to thrive and save taxpayers money."

Washington, DC – Dec. 5, 2019 – U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) today reintroduced legislation that would require federal agencies to rely on the private sector when providing goods and services that are readily available. Thune's legislation, the Freedom from Government Competition Act (S. 2990), would ensure private enterprises that provide services that are replicated by the federal government have the ability to compete for the opportunity to deliver those federally provided services.

Thune's legislation would make the federal government smaller and more efficient while providing the best value to the taxpayer. The bill has been likened to codifying a "Yellow Pages" test, meaning that if the federal government is doing something that can be found in the Yellow Pages, or now in a simple online search, the product or service should be subject to market competition.

"This bill is a commonsense approach in allowing small businesses to compete with the federal government if they can provide that same good or service," said Thune. "These businesses can oftentimes provide services in a cheaper, more efficient manner. Fair competition will allow businesses to thrive and save taxpayers money."

The Freedom from Government Competition Act does not mandate the privatization of any specific federal service and would protect those activities that are inherently governmental, such as certain national defense and homeland security functions, prosecutions, foreign policy, and activities to bind the United States to take or not to take some action by contract, policy, regulation, authorization, or order.

Rep. Greg Steube (R-Fla.) is the sponsor of the companion bill, which was introduced today in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Bill to give consumers more control over digital content

Washington, DC – Dec. 4, 2019 – U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) today participated in a Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation hearing titled, "Examining Legislative Proposals to Protect Consumer Data Privacy." The hearing examined multiple legislative proposals and how they intend to provide consumers with more security, transparency, choice, and control over personal information, both online and offline.

During the hearing, Thune discussed his Filter Bubble Transparency Act, bipartisan legislation that would increase internet platform transparency and provide consumers with greater control over digital content.

Thune's remarks below (as prepared for delivery):

"Thank you, Mr. Chairman, for holding today's hearing as members of this Committee continue to work on crafting a national consumer data privacy bill.

"It is my hope that we can ultimately work together on a bipartisan basis to produce legislation that puts consumers' interests first while still allowing the private sector to innovate and grow the economy.

"All of us understand—or at least should—that only a bipartisan proposal has a chance of clearing the Senate and becoming law.

"And, my view is that a bipartisan outcome must include strong consumer protections while also avoiding the regulatory patchwork that is beginning to emerge at the state level.

"I remain committed to working with the chairman and ranking member and our colleagues on both sides of the aisle to find a consensus solution.

"Since we started privacy discussions last Congress, I've said that consumers are entitled to clear and concise explanations of how the services they use are collecting and using their data.

"One specific area where I believe consumers deserve more transparency and control is with respect to how internet platforms use artificial intelligence and opaque algorithms to make inferences from the reams of data collected about all of us that too often results in users being caught in a so-called "filter bubble."

"The filter bubble is essentially the unique universe of information generated on an internet platform for each user. Many users are unaware of the filter bubble.

"That's why I've introduced the bipartisan Filter Bubble Transparency Act, which would give individuals a greater understanding of how internet platforms use algorithms to increase user engagement.

"It would also give consumers the option to engage with a platform without being manipulated by opaque algorithms powered by the user's own personal data.

"I'm proud to have Senators Blumenthal, Moran, Blackburn, and Warner as cosponsors of this bill.

"At the same time, whether it's algorithm transparency or privacy, I understand that bills touching on highly technical issues can have potentially unintended consequences, so I welcome constructive feedback on this bill and the committee's efforts more generally."

Myth vs. Fact

By Rep. Dusty Johnson

December 6, 2019

It started with email, now it's social media – it's easier than ever to spread false information. When I came to Washington there were a few things I'd heard through the rumor mill about Members of Congress. I want to clear up a few myths with facts.

MYTH: Members of Congress can retire and receive a salary or pension for life after serving just a single, two-year term.

FACT: Members of Congress are eligible to start earning a pension after five years, similar to federal employees. A three-term (6 years) Congressman would be eligible for a pension once they turn 62 years old. It would be around $17k – generous but not full pay.

MYTH: Members of Congress receive free health care.

FACT: Members of Congress and staffers who want employer coverage are required to pay a portion of the premium, similar to many private employers. I believe Congress should live under the laws it makes, so my staff and I buy our health insurance on the Obamacare exchange. There are several members who've chosen to pay for private health insurance or are on their spouse's plan. My family pays $9,673.56 a year for health insurance. Like most Americans, I expect it to go up next year.

MYTH: Members of Congress are exempt from Obamacare.

FACT: Members of Congress and their personal staffers were included in Obamacare when it passed in 2010. Section 1312 of the law requires members of Congress and staff to use an Obamacare plan if they choose employer sponsored health care.

MYTH: Members of Congress get free housing in Washington, D.C.

FACT: I give this one three Pinocchios. Members of Congress do not receive free housing or any housing reimbursement. I rent a bedroom from a nice couple who has lived in Washington for years.

MYTH: Members of Congress, their staff and their families do not have to pay back student loans.

FACT: There is no student loan benefit for Members of Congress or their family. There is a student loan repayment program for congressional staff members.

MYTH: Members of Congress do not pay into Social Security.

FACT: According to the Social Security Administration, All Members of Congress, the President and Vice President, Federal judges, and most political appointees, have to pay into the system just like everyone else. All Members have been paying into Social Security since January 1984.

MYTH: Members of Congress vote to increase their own pay all the time.

FACT: Congressional salaries have not increased (including cost of living adjustments) since 2009. The annual salary of a rank and file Member of Congress (like me) is $174,000. The last time Congress unilaterally changed its salary was in 1989, which included a cost of living adjustment.

USDA Safety Net Program enrollment opens for 2020

Agricultural producers now can enroll in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs - two U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) safety net programs - for the 2020 crop year. Meanwhile, producers who enrolled farms for the 2018 crop year have started receiving more than $1.5 billion for covered commodities for which payments were triggered under such programs.

ARC provides income support payments on historical base acres when actual crop revenue declines below a specified guaranteed level. PLC provides income support payments on historical base acres when the effective price for a covered commodity falls below its reference price. The 2018 Farm Bill reauthorized and updated both programs.

Signup for the 2020 crop year closes June 30, 2020, while signup for the 2019 crop year closes March 15, 2020. Producers who have not yet enrolled for 2019 can enroll for both 2019 and 2020 during the same visit to an FSA county office.

ARC and PLC have options for the farm operator who is actively farming the land as well as the owner of the land. Farm owners also have a one-time opportunity to update PLC payment yields beginning with crop year 2020. If the farm owner and producer visit the FSA county office together, FSA can also update yield information during that visit.

Covered commodities include barley, canola, large and small chickpeas, corn, crambe, flaxseed, grain sorghum, lentils, mustard seed, oats, peanuts, dry peas, rapeseed, long grain rice, medium and short grain rice, safflower seed, seed cotton, sesame, soybeans, sunflower seed and wheat.

Editorials –

Sota guest editorial –

Should service in Iraq and Afghanistan be a recognized health hazard for vets applying for benefits?

By: Patricia Kime

Military Times – Nov. 27, 2019 – Lawmakers introduced a bill Thursday that would recognize the health hazards posed by oil well fires, burn pits and other pollution sources in Afghanistan and much of the Middle East — an effort they say would help ill veterans who apply for VA benefits.

The "Veterans Burn Pit Exposure Recognition" bill, S. 2950, would declare that service members who deployed to the Middle East in the 1990-1991 Persian Gulf War and after, to Afghanistan and Djibouti following Sept. 11, 2001, and to Iraq beginning in 2003 were exposed to toxins.

The bill stops short of establishing service connection for specific diseases and does not guarantee disability benefits for ill veterans.

But it would require the Department of Veterans Affairs to concede that veterans were exposed to pollutants if they served in the named locations during the specified time frames, effectively eliminating a need for them to prove that they were in close proximity to a pollution source.

Sponsors Sens. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., say the legislation is needed because currently, VA requires veterans to show evidence of their exposure to support benefits claims and frequently rejects claims on the lack of evidence on exposure.

But since "the locations of burn pits … and possible health effects associated by their use, may never be completely known," the proposed legislation states it would eliminate the requirement that they prove proximity.

The burden of proof regarding known exposure currently faces Navy and Marine Corps Vietnam veterans who served on Navy ships and were recently granted presumptive status for exposure to Agent Orange.

These "blue water" veterans who have a disease linked to the use of defoliants during the war must prove the ships they served on sailed within 12 miles of the shore.

"West Virginians have seen first-hand how long it's taken for the Vietnam-era veterans who were exposed to toxic chemicals like Agent Orange to receive the care and benefits they deserve, and the toll it took on them and their families. I want to make sure that doesn't happen to this generation of veterans," Manchin said.

"The [bill] reaffirms our commitment to those in uniform and ensures we will not wait decades to tackle this issue head on," Sullivan said.

In February 1991, Iraqi troops set Kuwaiti oil wells on fire, producing clouds of smoke that turned the skies to twilight and blanketed U.S. troops with fine, oily dust that covered skin, clothing, belongings, weapons, work and living spaces.

In Afghanistan and Djibouti after Sept. 11, 2001, and Iraq beginning in 2003, the U.S. military used burn pits to dispose of the refuse generated by military operations, including food waste and household trash, but also plastics, batteries, computer parts, animal carcasses, hospital waste, furniture and more.

Troops reported that soot from the pits often coated work and housing areas with a fine green-black powder and many developed chronic coughs, sinusitus and other respiratory symptoms they referred to as the "Iraqi crud."

At their peak, more than 270 burn pits were in use in Afghanistan, Iraq and Djibouti. As of March, nine remained active, including seven in Syria, one in Afghanistan and one in Egypt.

Veterans, veterans service organizations and some physicians attribute rare cancers, some respiratory diseases and other health conditions seen in Gulf War and post 9/11 troops to exposure to these conditions.

In addition to conceding that certain hazardous duty stations pose a potential health hazard, the bill also acknowledges an information gap regarding the location, use and hazards posed by burn pits and encourages ongoing research by DoD and VA.

Veterans who would be covered under the bill include: those who served in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar and United Arab Emirates beginning on Aug. 2, 1990; those who served in Iraq from Aug. 23, 1990, to Feb. 28, 1991, and beginning on March 19, 2003; veterans of Afghanistan and Djibouti, beginning on Sept. 11, 2001; and any other locations set forth in the VA Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry or as deemed by the VA secretary.

The bill names fine particulate matter, 16 types of hydrocarbons, 15 volatile organic compounds and 17 dioxin compounds as known toxins.

Several veterans service organizations, including Disabled American Veterans and Paralyzed Veterans of America, pushed for the legislation.

"This bipartisan bill will help get rid of red tape and assist affected veterans seeking burn pit-related benefits," said Randy Reese, executive director of the Washington headquarters of Disabled American Veterans.

"For years, we've known of the adverse health effects caused by burn pits, and in that time we've seen too many seriously ill veterans struggle to get help from the VA because they lacked the documentation to prove what everyone already knows — that they were exposed to toxic chemicals released by burn pits while serving overseas."

Retired Navy Yeoman First Class Lauren Price, whose organization Veterans Warriors has supported legislation that would require VA to declare presumptive conditions related to Iraq and Afghanistan service, praised the bill as one that would significantly help veterans, and unlike the legislation the group has supported, may not encounter the same "pushback from budget conscious" lawmakers.

"It's truly a concession bill, saying 'We concede that there were nasty chemicals all over the place.' All you have to do is prove you were there and if you have a disease. It would mean the VA adjudicators simply couldn't reject your claim because you couldn't prove you live a football field away from a burn pit," said Price, an Iraq veteran. "It's a good bill."

Brief editorial comments from the editor's desk –

On and Off the Lake Traverse Reservation

The 2019 winter general council is scheduled for next Thursday and Friday, December 19-20.

Make plans, if possible, to attend.

Participation is needed to make your Tribal government work.

See the agenda on the back page of this week's Sota.

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Due to wake services for a member of our extended family and a medical emergency for another, we were unable to go through all the news copy that came in after our Friday noon deadline this past week.

We apologize but plan to include this information in next week's Sota.

As always, we appreciate efforts to submit copy early whenever possible.

Pidamiya.

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Note that this edition has the approved minutes from last month's Tribal Council meetings and an article highlighting much of what we found newsworthy in the first regular sessions for December.

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The 2019 38 plus 2 memorial ride, and WATER walk/ride, kick off this Tuesday, December 10th.

Watch for photo highlights in your Sota and on our website.

This December, we plan to feature video clips from the memorial ride.

Check out our website for more …

http://www.earthskyweb.com/sota.html

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Elder's meditation:

"We as men should not fear our mates; we should listen to their counsel."

–Oren R. Lyons, Spokesman, Traditional Circle of Elders

The Elders say the men should look at women in a sacred way. The men should never put women down or shame them in any way. When we have problems, we should seek their counsel. We should share with them openly. A woman has intuitive thought. She has access to another system of knowledge that few men develop. She can help us understand. We must treat her in a good way.

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Words to consider (or, perhaps not!):

There is nothing worse than aggressive stupidity. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)

One should always play fairly when one has the winning cards. - Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900)

When men are pure, laws are useless; when men are corrupt, laws are broken. - Benjamin Disraeli (1804 - 1881)

The only way to entertain some folks is to listen to them. - Kin Hubbard (1868 - 1930)

Men have become the tools of their tools. - Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

An undefined problem has an infinite number of solutions. - Robert A. Humphrey

Money can't buy friends, but it can get you a better class of enemy. - Spike Milligan

Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed. - Alexander Pope (1688 - 1744), Letter to Gay, October 6, 1727

Nobody believes the official spokesman ... but everybody trusts an unidentified source. - Ron Nesen

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The Sota is always looking for news of the Oyate.

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

For submission deadlines and other information, see below:

Except for holidays copy to be considered for publication – news, advertising, editorial opinion letters, etc. – is to be submitted to: Sota, P.O. Box 5, Wilmot, SD 57279 by 10:00 a.m. on Thursday. FAX and e-mail submissions will be accepted until 12:00 noon on Friday (with the exception of letters to the editor/open letters to the Oyate, or "opinion" letters, which must be received by 10:00 a.m. Thursday).

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Obituaries –

Services held for J. Kenneth Adams

Funeral Mass for J. Kenneth Adams, 91, of Sisseton, SD, was held Monday, November 4, 2019 at St. Kateri's Catholic Church, Sisseton, SD with Rev. Fr. Brian Simon Celebrant.

Wake service was held Sunday, November 3 and St. Kateri's Hall, Sisseton.

Pianist was Billy Kohl.

Pallbearers were Philip Barse, Jason LaFontaine Sr., Adam LaFontaine Sr., Bud White, Sterling Owen, Slade Owen, Dillon Adams, Juron Adams, Elliot Barse, and James Crawford IV.

Honorary pallbearers were Vincent Owen, Coke LaFontaine, Scott Jernigan, Fernado Zamaniego, Archie Boardman, Franklin Robertson, Russell Hawkins, Duane " Doc" Wanna, Gerald "Jerry" Flute, Tony Barker, Delano Renville, Joe Williams, Floyd DeCoteau, Fr. Jerry Ranek, Sisters Bernadine Gaikowski, Sister Rita, Jeremy Barse, Joseph Adams, Joey Adams, Eammon Barse, Thompson Family, BIA co-workers and employees, his friends, family and the Tekakwitha Living Center staff.

Interment is in the Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Veterans Cemetery, Sisseton, SD.

J. Kenneth passed surrounded by family on Thursday, October 31, 2019 at the Tekakwitha Living Center in Sisseton, SD.

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

Kenneth Adams was born February 14, 1928 in Rapid City, SD to Lazarus Adams and Frances DeMarrias.

He grew up in Marty and finished school at the Flandreau Indian School.

He joined the Air Force on June 5, 1946.

After being honorably discharged, he met and married his wife of 68 years, Carole Belle (Bursheim) Adams, on August 18, 1951 in Wheaton, MN.

He joined the Army Reserve and was on active duty from 1956-1959.

After his military service, he started working for the Bureau of Indian Affairs until his retirement in 1984.

In 1979, he started the Adams Family Farm and enjoyed raising animals, and spending time with his children, grandchildren and his great-grandchildren, whom he loved dearly.

J. Kenneth was hard working, a great husband, and father and was loved by many. He will be forever missed.

He is survived by wife, Carole and children Lesley (Coke) LaFontaine, Jennifer Adams, Kathryn Adams, Jay (Danielle) Adams, Thomas (Jackie) Adams and Amber (Dewayne) Boyd; Nita Kirk, Mona and Harvey Renville, and Phyliss and George Peters; siblings Sandra Owen, Russell Adams, Richard Adams, Clayton Adams, Patrick Adams and Delwin John Adams; 30 grandchildren, 43 great grandchildren and 10 great-great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lazarus and Frances; siblings, Lillian Douglas, Ernestine Adams, V. June Renville, Dale Adams, Elmer Adams, Frances Adams, Laverne Adams; daughter Jolene Barse; grandchildren, Aaron John Selvage and Faline Barse; great-grandchildren Bryce Cody MacConnell Jr. and Jessie Chanku Jr.

For Kenneth's obituary and on-line registry, please visit www.cahillfuneralchapel.com.

Services held for Chanon Walker

Funeral service for Chanon Lynn Walker, 52, of Minneapolis, MN was held on Wednesday morning, December 4, 2019, at the SWO community center, Agency Village, SD, with Mike LaFontaine, Lay Reader, and the St. Mary's Episcopal Lay Readers officiating.

An all-night wake service was held Tuesday.

Pallbearers were Todd Lund, Clifford Brown, Robert Grant Jr., Whalen Wabasha, Delvin Wabasha, and Darian Saul.

Honorary pallbearers were Joe Williams, John Saul, Nathaniel Mcauley, Mike Thomas, Adrian Lund, and Nikolas Saul.

Interment is in St. Mary's Episcopal Cemetery, Agency Village, SD. The Cahill Funeral Chapel of Sisseton, SD is in charge of arrangements.

Chanon Lynn Saul was born in Sioux City, Iowa to Janice Saul on August 16, 1967.

She gave her life to the Lord at an early age.

She was a homemaker and loved her family.

Chanon passed away suddenly at the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, MN, on Tuesday, November 26, 2019.

Chanon leaves to mourn, her soul mate, and husband Lorenzo Walker, their children, Courtney, Derek, Darian, and Destiny, step children, Latiea and Steve, Lorenzon, and Sugar Larita, twelve grandchildren, brothers, Leland, John, and Collin, sister, Joanie and Clifford, special aunties, Julie and Carmen, special cousin J.R., and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Chanon was preceded in death by her mother, grandma Lorraine, daughter Collette, a sister Michelle, a brother Byron, nephew Marcus, and aunt Sharon.

For Chanon's obituary and on-line registry, please visit www.cahillfuneralchapel.com

Notice of editorial policy

(Editor's note: The following comes from the editor's column and the Sota "deadlines and policies" statement published weekly in the Sota.)

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

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

Tribal Court staff recognize long-time co-worker

Tribal Court staff held a dinner for Karen Gangle, Tribal prosecutor for the past 32 years, last Wednesday, December 4th.

Former Chief Judge BJ Jones spoke over the phone, adding his thanks and recognition for her years of service.

Karen's last day will be this Wednesday, December 11.

Here are photos of the dinner, courtesy of Nettie Kirk.

Open letter to the Oyate

My name is Jeannie White.

I read the Sota every week.

And I read of all these places that help Native American women with domestic abuse issues and situations.

Well, I'm pretty sure they do help some women, but I had my mother call every single ad that prints in the paper but still I get no help.

Our own tribe won't help.

Even the ads from places elsewhere are another closed door in my face.

I'm a Native SWO woman that is seeking and asking for help, from some resources, or even from up above.

I've had an order for protection against my abuser but don't know what became of that.

After another run-in with my abuser, which sent me to the ER, I tried to get another one put on that person but was told I couldn't get one because I didn't have an address to serve him the order of protection papers.

So I've been sitting in jail for protecting myself.

I've asked the right people for help and look where it got me.

Is there anyone out there that can help me in my situation?

Notice

Anyone wishing to reply to Jeannie's letter is invited to do so in a follow-up open letter, that she (and others who may be in a similar situation) will read.

Open letter to the Oyate

"I've created a monster from heaven to hell, angel to demon."

I'm sitting here feeling alone, wishing I was home.

I've done things in my past that seem to forever last.

I constantly treated this special someone like trash.

It feels like I'm going to break, for I don't how much more I can emotionally take.

It was never my intention to hurt anybody when I was just trying to love everybody.

The devil got my soul now. He doesn't want to let go.

He keeps squeezing me so tight that times I just see the light.

I continue to fight with all my might but in the end it was never enough.

My drug use ruined my life.

All I want in live is happiness.

I know a lot of people are probably like "What's this Joey Adams trying to do or who is he trying to be?"

"He's never going to change."

"Joey will always be Joey."

I've heard that many times and will continue to hear it until the day I die.

But am I mad?

No.

People are entitled to their opinion just like I am to mine.

So feel free to say what you want about me.

I honestly don't care.

I've been through so much in my life, gossip does nothing to me.

I'm going to continue to write what I feel.

Why?

Because it's going to help other people, and helping you is helping me.

It's kind of like God's way of punishing me for being a dirtbag but in a good way.

So I will continue to try and help my oyate until I can't.

A very special person once told me, "Don't worry about trying to fix everything overnight. Take baby steps. It's about 'progress not perfection.'"

"Remember no one is perfect, so don't expect them to be."

I wish I could say I'd be meth free the rest of my life, but us addicts know our lives don't work that way.

We can go back to using just like that, but that's not what's important.

What matters is how we deal with it.

You can continue to use or you can get yourself back together.

Just because people fall off please don't give up on them.

"Help them. Support them. Love them."

Giving up on someone only makes things worse.

I know how it feels to have someone who loves you give up on you.

It's one of the most painful experiences I've ever felt.

My mother taught me to never ever give up on someone you love no matter what the situations may be.

What I've learned from my addiction is it became insanity.

I used meth daily and expected a different result.

But in reality I was getting the same result but much more pain and suffering.

My addiction got in the way of everything.

I let my ego get the best of me.

You once called me an egotistical foo, which I never understood why.

But now that I'm finally seeing the bad Joey I agree with you.

I always was that guy who wanted to have the most money, friends, attention, the most women/girlfriends, or wanted to be "That Guy."

So a little advice to ya'll.

Don't try to be someone you are really not, cause in the end it's not worth it.

"Just be yourself."

All my problems I'm having in my life are based on my actions.

Nobody is to blame but me.

And now I'm trying to heal myself my way.

All I ask for is your understanding and support.

I'm not saying you have to agree with me or like what I'm saying.

But just please respect it because I'm trying to change, and that's more than I ever wanted before.

Respect is earned, not given.

No matter what happens when I get out of prison all I can say is I tried and that's all someone can do.

I'm an addict once, an addict always an addict.

So a slip-up here and there, it's inevitable.

That's inevitable so don't give up hope on me because I will pick myself up and go on with life.

"Remember baby steps, progress not perfection."

"There is life after meth."

I'm just trying to start a new life and live it to the fullest.

Joey Adams #37934

SDSP 2019 Opeya Inajin

"MONEY SQUAD" Movement of Nastivez Encouraging You-TH.

Update on Jean Rounds

Rochester, MN – Dec. 5, 2019 – U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and his wife, Jean, today provided the following update on Jean's cancer treatment:

This week, Mike and Jean traveled to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., after Jean experienced pain in her right leg. Doctors found a hematoma at the site of her surgical incision. It was determined that this was causing pressure on her sciatic nerve. It was likely caused by blood thinners she was taking following November's successful surgery to remove the remaining portion of the tumor after the chemo treatments were complete. She underwent surgery on Wednesday to remove the hematoma and will remain at the hospital for the next several days.

"While this is an unexpected hurdle, we are grateful that there are no concerns about the cancer at this time," said Mike and Jean. "We continue to be lifted by the thoughts and prayers of so many and thank those who have supported us throughout this process. Keep the prayers coming!"

Following six successful rounds of chemo, Jean underwent surgery last month to remove the remaining portion of her tumor. She will undergo radiation treatment in the coming months as she finishes her anticipated course of treatment.

Cesdi Happens. Get Yours Tested. (For colorectal cancer)

By Gypsy Wanna

SWO Wellness Coordinator

Colorectal cancer, like all cancers is a serious issue.

Since it is cancer of the colon, it can be difficult to talk about and there aren't always symptoms. After all, to get screened involves testing cesdi (poop) or going through other uncomfortable procedures.

We promote the iFOB test which is a take home test where a person collects a very small sample of their cesdi and it is tested for blood that can't be seen.

Screening is generally recommended for people aged 50-75.

However, people with a family history of colon cancer or other issues should speak with their medical provider on when to begin screening or which type of screening is right for them.

To learn more about how to prevent colon cancer stop at the booth at the WWKMHC on Thursday, December 12, 2019 between the hours of 10:00 am-2:00 pm.

We want people to live a longer, healthier and happier life; please get screened.

For more information about eligibility for a gas card you may contact the Community Health Education Program at 605-742-3651 or PHN at 605-698-7606.

TRICARE expands care with policy changes

TRICARE military insurance expands coverage

December 5, 2019

TRICARE recently expanded coverage for beneficiaries who meet certain criteria. Coverage now includes: concurrent pediatric hospice and curative care, portable continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine, and platelet rich plasma injections.

"TRICARE is always working to improve the benefit," said Elan Green, chief of the Medical Benefits and Reimbursement Section for the TRICARE Health Plan at the Defense Health Agency. "We want to advance health care for our beneficiaries, and we hope these changes improve treatment options for you and your family."

Concurrent Pediatric Hospice and Curative Care

Hospice patients under 21 years old may now be eligible for curative care for the same illness. The patient must have a diagnosis of a terminal illness with a life expectancy of six months or less.

The curative concurrent care must be medically necessary. To be medically necessary means it is appropriate, reasonable, and adequate for your condition. for the terminal illness for which the child is receiving hospice services

Treatment covered by TRICARE: TRICARE covers curative care provided by health care professionals, as well as institutional providers. A shared care plan must be created to ensure a smooth partnership between hospice and other doctors. Your provider must refer you to hospice care. Also, the concurrent care must be pre-authorized.

Once the patient turns 21 years old, he or she is no longer eligible for concurrent care.

Portable CPAP Machine

Active duty service members who travel at least three days per month or deploy may qualify for a portable CPAP machine. You must have a referral from your provider to get a portable CPAP machine.

That referral must include that you:

Have a diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea.

Travel on official business at least three days per month, or have orders to deploy.

Aren't retiring or separating from the military within the year.

The device must also be able to work as a humidifier and use batteries.

If you have a standard CPAP machine, you can get a portable machine as long as you qualify with the terms above. However, TRICARE won't cover a standard CPAP machine if you already used your coverage for a portable one.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections

TRICARE may cover PRP injections if you're diagnosed with:

Mild to moderate chronic osteoarthritis of the knee.

Lateral epicondylitis, also known as "tennis elbow."

Under the provisional coverage program, PRP injections are approved for up to a five-year period. This period is Oct. 1, 2019 to Sept. 30, 2024. You must meet certain criteria for coverage.

"If these policy updates apply to you or your family member, we hope that you will take steps to learn more and take advantage of your health benefits," said Green.

There are many changes to the TRICARE program every year. To stay current on updates to the TRICARE benefit, sign up for email updates. You can also visit Covered Services to see what's covered. If you have questions about your coverage, you can call your regional contractor.

Prairie Doc® Perspectives –

How to Live 40 Percent Longer

By Richard P. Holm, MD

 

"Doc, I've started on this new diet and I wonder what you think," said my patient. Then I hear about the patient's latest weight loss plan. There are so many plans out there...the Noom® plan, the Shark Tank diet, the keto diet, the Mediterranean diet, the paleo diet, the sugar-free diet, the low-carbohydrate diet, the one day a week fast. Some diets increase the intake of water, of fiber, of antioxidants and the list goes on. Many of these new plans are variations of a low-carb plan, which I like. I also have found that a weekly fast seems to work for some people.

About 20 years ago, two huge studies compared the low-carbohydrate diet with the low-fat diet. Both studies showed the same thing. People liked the low-carb diet better and with it, they lost more weight easily and initially. After one year, however, most people from both groups regained the weight they had lost. Similar studies through many years showed the same thing, no plan seems to keep the weight off long term. The two questions commonly left unanswered are, is it good to eat less, even without weight loss; and how important is exercise in all this?

The most powerful studies have shown that when people eat 40 percent less than what they would eat if they had no limit, they live about 40 percent longer. It is the calorie count that matters, not weight loss. Add to this the multiple scientific studies that show if an overweight person is fit and in good condition then their risks of death are no greater than for a thin person who is in good condition.

When people ask me, I recommend starting with three to seven days of calorie counting and exercise measurement before any changes are made. The calorie goal depends on one's height and age, but an average sized middle-aged woman or man needs fewer than 1800-2000 calories per day for maintenance and at least one mile of walking per day. By the way, I think a balanced diet with plenty of vegetables and fewer carbohydrates makes the transition easier to tolerate and is especially good if one is diabetic or pre-diabetic. The most important point remains…fewer calories.

Bottom line: Setting a goal to "lose weight" puts you at risk for disappointment. For heavy and thin people alike, your best chance for success is to be mindful of your calorie intake and exercise regularly. Then, love yourself as you are.

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Richard P. Holm, MD is founder of The Prairie Doc® and author of "Life's Final Season, A Guide for Aging and Dying with Grace" available on Amazon. For free and easy access to the entire Prairie Doc® library, visit www.prairiedoc.org and follow Prairie Doc® on Facebook featuring On Call with the Prairie Doc® a medical Q&A show streaming on Facebook and broadcast on SDPB most Thursdays at 7 p.m. central.

Youth, school activities highlights –

Education watch on the Lake Traverse Reservation

Tiospa Zina Middle School Tiwahe news

SWO artist Inkpa Mani was a guest for TZTS Middle School art class.

He was able to share some of his personal work with students and teach the basics beginning of ledger.

Wopida tanka Inkpa Mani for sharing your time and Dakota knowledge with us!

ESDS Dakotah Culture team holds two-day celebration

By Mark Mindt

Prinicpal

Our Dakotah Culture Team had been planning this 2-day event to showcase our students' appreciation for their culture and dedication to learning new ways to grow together.

The Dakotah Cultural Team consists of our Dakotah Language Teachers as well as our Classroom Teachers and Paras and Administration. They include Ric Bertsch, Jessica Tiger, Travis Herrick, Nita Rae Jones, Jordee Appenay, Colleen His Many Lightnings, Demi DuMarce,and Mark Mindt.

What made this event so powerful was the manner in which our teachers and students mentored one another.

During the activities of Dakotah Stories, Tipi Set Up (indoor/outdoor), Gathering Firewood, Making Wasna, and Building Buffalo Boxes, our students worked together in their Peer Mentoring Groups.

Our Kindergarten/5th Grade, our 1st/6th Grade, the 2nd/7th Grade, with the 3rd/8th grade and the FACE/4th grade students shared their time, patience, and positivity with one another.

Our guests to the program were Jeremy Red Eagle and Joe Williams.

Our school community enjoyed learning how to set up tipis, gain historical knowledge, and explore our traditional teachings through these two gentlemen and the richness of being Dakotah to our children.

Their presence made the event truly noteworthy with their attention to detail while respecting the energies which accompany our young learners.

The week culminated with a Round Dance Celebration on Wednesday followed by a Traditional Meal.

We look forward coordinating another future event and welcome more of our community members with a knowledge of Dakotah Culture.

See accompanying photo highlights.

Entrepreneur program empowers Native women to forge

By Kalle Benallie

Phoenix, AZ – Cronkite News – Dec. 5, 2019 – Diplomas in hand, 16 Navajo women became the latest graduating class of Project DreamCatcher, a free business training program that aims to create economic opportunities for female Native entrepreneurs.

The program is the result of a partnership between the Freeport-McMoRan Foundation and the Thunderbird School of Global Management, which is part of Arizona State University.

Debra Yazzie learned about Project DreamCatcher in September, when two project alumna discussed it during a Navajo chapter meeting in Shiprock, New Mexico. Out of 30 women who attended that meeting, Yazzie said, she was the only one who filled out an application.

Yazzie added she always has been entrepreneurial, working on the side as a DJ for events and as a driver for the ride share company Lyft, but she wanted more. She knew she needed additional business skills to follow her financial dreams.

She signed on the dotted line.

"It was really insightful, invaluable information over the course of a week," Yazzie said of Project DreamCatcher. "Being able to break it all down in steps and being able to know where would you even incorporate."

Kellie Kreiser, founding executive director of Thunderbird for Good, said the program offers classes in learning how to give elevator pitches, financing and accounting, business plans, leadership and more. It also focuses on inviting Native American business owners and Native American women entrepreneurs as guest speakers to provide important information and resources for the women.

"You have to look through the lens of culture for any of these projects," Kreiser said.To help create business opportunities for those in emerging markets, Thunderbird created its Thunderbird for Good division in 2004. First with Project DreamBuilder, which helped women living in Afghanistan, Haiti, Peru and Pakistan. Project DreamCatcher was established in 2015, specifically targeting Native American women from the Hualapai, Tohono O'odham, San Carlos Apache, White Mountain Apache and Navajo tribes.

Peter Denetclaw, Manager of Environmental Programs and Navajo Relations at Freeport-McMoRan, said this class was created as a way for Freeport-McMoRan to give back to the Navajo community. The company acquired another mining company, Phelps Dodge, in 2007. In doing so, it absorbed the liability Phelps Dodge incurred after it mined uranium on Navajo land. Phelps Dodge was found to be responsible for exposing Navajo mine workers and their families to radiation.

"Freeport now is responsible for the cleanup of those uranium mines on Navajo land, even though Freeport never did uranium mining," Denetclaw said.

From 1944 to 1986, many Navajo people were exposed to radiation in water sources and houses located near the mines. Some of the potential health effects of radiation exposure include lung cancer, bone cancer and impaired kidney function.

In 2017, Freeport-McMoRan agreed to a settlement with the U.S. government and the Navajo Nation for their two subsidiaries, Cyprus Amax and Western Nuclear, to clean up 94 abandoned uranium mines on the reservation, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Their work with Thunderbird for Good is one way to target specific areas on the Navajo Nation that experienced uranium contamination. One of them includes Shiprock, N.M., the site of the chapter meeting Debra Yazzie attended.

"Mainly, where the clean-up work is happening, word and presentations were given at those chapters to let them know about the program and the eligibility," Denetclaw said.

The week long program was conducted last month at Thunderbird's downtown Phoenix campus. At the graduation ceremony, U.S. Rep. Greg Stanton, D-Phoenix, spoke with some of the graduates, admiring their drive and praising their dedication.

"Having met these talented entrepreneurs for just a little while before the ceremony," he said, "I am struck by the caliber of the graduates ingenuity, authenticity."

But the process wasn't easy for many of the women. Some traveled from outside Phoenix, and Arizona, to participate.

Kreiser said Thunderbird for Good provides all the women with hotel rooms and food expenses. For many, it's a rare opportunity to hone in on their professional goals.

"You get to focus on your business for that full week, you don't have to worry about, 'I'm going to the class during the day and got to go home and make sure dinner's on the table,'" she said.

Yazzie said the program has also created a kinship, as participants supported each other through the process. Some of the women left their families for the first time to attend. Realizing that some are related through the Navajo clan system, a classification of the mothers, fathers, maternal grandfathers and paternal grandfathers origins, has helped ease the process.

"We were like sisters, bonding in that fashion," she said, adding that their close relationships may result in future collaborations.

In October, Yazzie became an Airbnb host in Shiprock, using a trailer she previously had rented out. She quickly noticed the possibilities of hosting on the vast Navajo Nation Reservation.

"Right away," she said, "we started getting requests from travelers in Shiprock that were coming through late and didn't want to travel to Farmington, Cortez or Gallup."

The rooms have no TV or internet access. Instead, guests find books about the Navajo Code Talkers, rez ball, trading posts and more.

"I know that a lot of people that do want to come and visit us, they want to experience the cultural side," Yazzie said.

Yazzie has a five year plan to look into short-term leasing portable pods on the reservation, an idea, she said, that would never have been feasible before Project DreamCatcher.

But there are still several challenges ahead. Yazzie added it can take a considerable amount of time for the Navajo Nation to approve a new business. The application costs just $10, but it can take anywhere from six months to a year to be approved.

"They're still in the age of shuffling papers, and I got on Airbnb and opened up the site within an hour," Yazzie said. "You can't do that with the Navajo Nation."

Because of the slow process, Yazzie said some Navajo women entrepreneurs have looked outside the reservation to start their businesses. Thinking outside the box is one of the things Yazzie said they learned through the program.

That, and a healthy dose of courage to keep moving forward.

"I think there are some people that are going to take off and probably be the first millionaires going through this program, I can feel it," said Yazzie, beaming.

Legals

Request for Bids

Snow Removal for Dakota Crossing property winter 2019-2020: The following minimum specifications must be followed in regards to snow removal on Dakota Crossing Property:

A. Requires that contractors self-perform the work. No subcontractors will be allowed.

C. All snow greater of three (3) inches will be removed at least one (1) hour before 7am each day.

D. Salting of sidewalks and parking lots is part of the contract.

E. Snow removal service shall include all parking lots, entrances, and sidewalks.

F. Pedestal signs that are moved as a result of snow removal must be put back in the appropriate location at the completion of each snow removal.

G. The General Manager will make final decisions when questions arise as to whether plowing is necessary.

H. Contractors will agree to replace and or repair anything damaged as a result of snow removal. This includes but is not limited to turf, shrubbery, trees, benches, fences, curbs, etc. All repairs must meet the approval of the General Manager and shall be completed by no later than April 15 of each season.

I. Unsatisfactory service, as determined by the General Manager, shall result in immediate termination of the contracted service.

J. If bidder requires a minimum guaranteed number of "pushes"/hours, this number needs to be indicated in the bid along with cost per push/hour for this amount and cost per push for any times over the minimum amount.

K. Attached forms must be filled out completely. Snow Removal Bid Form can be picked up at Dakota Crossing customer service. Attachments can be used if needed. -REQUIRED

L. Bids must be firm and guaranteed for the 2019 through 2020 winter season.

M. Tribal regulation or laws are to be followed by snow removal workers while working on Dakota Crossing properties.

N. Contractor must provide a copy of SWO business license and own insurance company insurance.

O. INVOICE AND PAYMENT: Contractor will invoice Dakota Crossing weekly in equally divided amounts of the total contract amount for the winter snow removal season. Payment will be made within thirty (30) working days of the receipt of the invoice.

A $1,000.00 retainer will be held by Dakota Crossing from the final contracted invoice until all needed repairs to store property, if any is needed, has been completed to the satisfaction of the General Manager. All sealed bids due by 8:00 a.m. on Monday, December 16 2016 to Dakota Crossing Customer Service Any question please email Christylee Locke at dndc.christylee@gmail.com or call 605-698-2510.

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

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Request for Bids

Requesting sealed proposals for:

The Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Wiyukcan ka Ecunpi Project, under the Tribal Education Department, is seeking an individual to perform work as a Youth Mentor. This work will start December 16th, 2019.

The Wiyukcan ka Ecunpi Project is looking for individuals to provide guidance and mentoring sessions to various age groups of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Youth for at least 3 to 5 hours per week. The Individual will also be responsible for providing monthly reports, and a final report that entails a detailed overview of the Mentor's performed duties to the Wiyukcan ka Ecunpi Project's Administration Specialist and to the Tribal Education Director. The preferred contract length is 9 months, but is negotiable based upon applicant's work plan.

All sealed bids must include and be submitted by December 10th, 2019:

Proposal Guidelines:

1. Resume of academic and/or professional credentials, experience, and expertise.

2. Statement of Intent.

3. Two signed references that highlight the applicant's ability to perform the scope of work.

4. Work plan to perform the scope of work delineating deliverables, timelines, costs, roles and functions of how the mentor will spend their required 3-5 hours per week in contact with the youth.

5. Itemized budget needed to perform the scope of work, including all fees and reimbursable expenses (such as supplies, travel, and overhead. Must be approved by Tribal Education Director).

6. Monthly payment schedule that is based on completion of deliverables delineated in the work plan.

Required Documentation:

1. Able to pass background checks, if proposal is chosen.

2. Abide by the laws, policies and courts of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate of the Lake Traverse Reservation shall govern proposal, contracts and work.

3. Copy of SWO Business License, if proposal is approved.

4. Completed W-9 Form and other IRS documentation if proposal is chosen.

5. Documentation for Indian Preference, if applicable.

To review the entire list of required documentation and what else must be submitted with the proposal please contact Lennie Bernard-Peters SWO Procurement Officer - her information is provided below.

Contact the Procurement Office for specifications: lenniebp@swo-nsn.gov

Please submit sealed proposals to:

SWO Procurement Office

Attn: Lennie Bernard-Peters

PO Box 509

Agency Village, SD 57262

By 4:00 pm on Tuesday, December 10th, 2019

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

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SISSETON-WAHPETON OYATE

IN TRIBAL COURT

LAKE TRAVERSE RESERVATION

STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA

CASE: D-20-128-784

IN THE MATTER OF THE CHANGE OF NAME OF:

SHALAINE SELVAGE, Minor,

And concerning:

DORA ARTEAGA, Petitioner/Mother.

ORDER AND NOTICE OF

HEARING

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Petitioner's request for a change of name from SHALAINE PARIS MARIE SELVAGE to SHALAINE PARIS MARIE BROWN shall be heard before the Honorable Gina Ruggierie, Judge of Tribal Court, in the Courtroom of the Sisseton Wahpeton Tribal Court at Agency Village, South Dakota at 11:30 A.M. on the 23rd day of December, 2019.

Dated this 2nd day of December, 2019.

BY ORDER OF THE COURT:

/s/ Gina Ruggierie, CHIEF JUDGE

ATTEST:

Eileen Pfeiffer, CLERK OF COURTS

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SISSETON-WAHPETON OYATE

IN TRIBAL COURT

LAKE TRAVERSE RESERVATION

STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA

CASE: D-19-784-491

IN THE MATTER OF THE CHANGE

OF NAME OF:

Tyler Lerenz Owen, Minor,

And concerning:

Vera Heminger, Petitioner/Mother.

ORDER AND NOTICE OF

HEARING

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Petitioner's request for a change of name from TYLER LERENZ OWEN to TYLER LERENZ HEMINGER shall be heard before the Honorable Gina Ruggieri, Judge of Tribal Court, in the Courtroom of the Sisseton Wahpeton Tribal Court at Agency Village, South Dakota at 2:00 P.M. on the 8TH day of January, 2020.

Dated this 3rd day of December, 2019.

BY ORDER OF THE COURT:

/s/ Gina Ruggieri, CHIEF JUDGE

ATTEST:

Eileen Pfeiffer, CLERK OF COURTS

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SISSETON-WAHPETON OYATE

IN TRIBAL COURT

LAKE TRAVERSE RESERVATION

STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA

CASE: D-19-785-492

IN THE MATTER OF THE CHANGE

OF NAME OF:

Jacob Matthias Owen, Minor,

And concerning:

Vera Heminger, Petitioner/Mother.

ORDER AND NOTICE OF

HEARING

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Petitioner's request for a change of name from JACOB MATTHIAS OWEN to JACOB MATTHIAS HEMINGER shall be heard before the Honorable Gina Ruggieri, Judge of Tribal Court, in the Courtroom of the Sisseton Wahpeton Tribal Court at Agency Village, South Dakota at 2:00 P.M. on the 8TH day of January, 2020.

Dated this 3rd day of December, 2019.

BY ORDER OF THE COURT:

/s/ Gina Ruggieri, CHIEF JUDGE

ATTEST:

Eileen Pfeiffer, CLERK OF COURTS

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November 2019 Tribal Council proceedings

REGULAR TRIBAL COUNCIL MEETING

Tuesday, November 5, 2019, 9:00 AM

TiWakan Tio Tipi Council Chambers

 

TRIBAL COUNCIL MEMBERS PRESENT:

BIG COULEE:                      Lisa Jackson

BUFFALO LAKE:                 Louis Johnson

ENEMY SWIM:                     Cheryl Owen

HEIPA/VEBLEN:                  Winfield Rondell Jr.

LAKE TRAVERSE:               Francis Crawford (9:14)

LONG HOLLOW:                 Curtis Bissonette

OLD AGENCY:                     Milton Owen (9:18)

 

TRIBAL EXECUTIVES PRESENT: Tribal Chairman Donovan White, Tribal Vice-Chairman Edmund Johnson Jr., and Tribal Secretary Myrna Thompson

 

CALL TO ORDER: Tribal Chairman Donovan White called the meeting to order at 9:12 AM with three (3) Executives and five (5) Council members from seven (7) Districts answering Roll Call. Opening Prayer for the Old Agency District said by Tribal Vice-Chairman Edmund Johnson Jr.

 

MOTION NO. 1: made by Lisa Jackson, second by Cheryl Owen, question by Louis Johnson, to approve the Regular Tribal Council Meeting Minutes of Thursday October 3, 2019.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 1: 11 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Lisa Jackson (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 4 Abstained: Curtis Bissonette (2); Francis Crawford (2). 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 2: made by Francis Crawford, second by Louis Johnson, question by Curtis Bissonette, to approve the Regular Tribal Council Meeting Minutes of Friday, October 4, 2019.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 2: 15 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 3: made by Winfield Rondell Jr., second by Lisa Jackson, question by Cheryl Owen, to have the Tribe's grant writing consultant, Santicola & Company, write a grant funding request to the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community for funding to build a long term treatment center.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 3: 14 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 1 Abstained: Tribal Vice-Chairman (1). 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

Note: Old Agency Tribal Council Member Milton Owen now present at meeting.

 

MOTION NO. 4: made by Francis Crawford, second by Curtis Bissonette, question by Lisa Jackson, to request letters of support from the South Dakota and North Dakota Governors, Senators, and Congresspersons, to secure $300,000 in federal funding for the site preparation work for the SWO Community Justice Center, along with the additional $4 million for the high security detention space in the Community Justice Center.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 4: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 5: made by Francis Crawford, second by Curtis Bissonette, question by Winfield Rondell Jr., to approve the Special Tribal Council Meeting Minutes of Thursday, October 10, 2019.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 5: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 6: made by Francis Crawford, second by Louis Johnson, question by Curtis Bissonette, to approve the Special Tribal Council Meeting Minutes of Wednesday, October 16, 2019.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 6: 15 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 2 Abstained: Lisa Jackson (2). 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 7: made by Francis Crawford, second by Cheryl Owen, question by Curtis Bissonette, to approve the Regular Tribal Council Meeting Minutes of Wednesday, October 30, 2019.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 7: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 8: made by Francis Crawford, second by Louis Johnson, question by Lisa Jackson, to approve Executive Resolution No. 19-07-A, "Extension for P.L. 93-638 Law Enforcement Contract for FY2019".

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 8: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

                Executive Resolution No. 19-07-A

 

MOTION NO. 9: made by Francis Crawford, second by Curtis Bissonette, question by Louis Johnson, to approve the Tribal Chairman report, as presented by Tribal Chairman Donovan White.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 9: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 10: made by Myrna Thompson, second by Lisa Jackson, question by Edmund Johnson Jr., to approve the following budgets for FY 2020: THPO Monitor Income; THPO NPS - Federal Award; THPO TCNS Income; Victim Assistance - Violence Against Woman Grant; Victim Assistance - Victim Assistance Grant; TED Research Income; TED Research - Increasing Great Plains Data Project; TED Yukini Project - Increasing Language Project; OEP - HUD Healthy Homes Grant; EMS - Homeland Security Sub Award; LES - Cops Grant; MSPI - Behavioral Health Grant; Tribal Roads Income; ET DEMO - Mazaska Woha Grant; ET DEMO; DOT - Safety Plan Update; DOT - TTP Maintenance Project; DOT - Barker Hill Phase II; DOT - Owen's Bridge Replacement; DOT- Enemy Swim Pathway Project; DOT - Barker Hill Phase II DNH 1 Project; DOT - LRTP Update Project; DOT - Grant Applications; DOT - Big Coulee Road Project; DOT - Road Safety Improvement Project; DOT - Gravel Crushing Income; and DOT - Construction Income; and to approve the Buffalo Farm - ITBC Grant for FY2019, as presented by Budget Supervisor Lexie Fancher.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 10: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 11: made by Curtis Bissonette, second by Francis Crawford, question by Lisa Jackson, to approve the Tribal Vice-Chairman report, as presented by Tribal Vice-Chairman Edmund Johnson Jr.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 11: 16 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 1 Abstained: Tribal Vice-Chairman (1). 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 12: made by Lisa Jackson, second by Francis Crawford, question by Cheryl Owen, to approve the Property & Supply Income budget modification for FY 2020, as presented by Tribal Vice-Chairman Edmund Johnson Jr.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 12: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 13: made by Lisa Jackson, second by Cheryl Owen, question by Francis Crawford, to authorize the Tribal Vice-Chairman to pay the invoices from Verizon Wireless, in the amount of $22,780.58, and AT&T, in the amount of $5,198.71, with the General Fund budget as the funding source, as presented by Tribal Vice-Chairman Edmund Johnson Jr.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 13: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 14: made by Lisa Jackson, second by Francis Crawford, question by Winfield Rondell Jr., to ban sale of products containing Kratom, including VivaZen and Kryptic Kratom from all Tribal entities located within the Lake Traverse Reservation, as represented by Community Health Education Manager Audrey German.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 14: 14 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Tribal Secretary (1). 2 Opposed: Curtis Bissonette (2). 1 Abstained: Tribal Vice-Chairman (1). 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 15: made by Myrna Thompson, second by Cheryl Owen, question by Curtis Bissonette, to approve the Consulting Contract with Generation Red Road, to conduct various trainings for the Dakota Pride Treatment Center, in the amount of $12,000.00, with the Dakota Pride Treatment Center budgets as the funding source, as presented by Director Richard Bird.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 15: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 16: made by Francis Crawford, second by Curtis Bissonette, question by Cheryl Owen, to approve the Consulting Contract with Marlin Farley, to conduct various training for the Dakota Pride Treatment Center, in the amount of $9,540.00, with the Dakota Pride Treatment Center budgets as the funding source, and to authorize Tribal Chairman Donovan White to execute the contract, as presented by Director Richard Bird.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 16: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 17: made by Francis Crawford, second by Cheryl Owen, question by Milton Owen, to approve the Consulting Contract with Marlin Farley, to conduct various training for the Dakota Pride Treatment Center, in the amount of $9,540.00, with the Dakota Pride Treatment Center budgets as the funding source, and to authorize Tribal Chairman Donovan White to execute the contract, as presented by Director Richard Bird.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 17: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 18: made by Winfield Rondell Jr., second by Francis Crawford, question by Cheryl Owen, to approve the resolution, "Support the Earth Lodge Building Efforts of Makoce Ikikcupi and Agree that these Cultural Dwellings should be Exempt from Minnesota Building Codes".

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 18: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

                Resolution No. SWO-19-105

 

MOTION NO. 19: made by Cheryl Owen, second by Winfield Rondell Jr., question by Curtis Bissonette, to approve the Tribal Secretary report, as presented by Tribal Secretary Myrna Thompson.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 19: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 20: made by Francis Crawford, second by Lisa Jackson, question by Cheryl Owen, to authorize SW Law Enforcement to utilize Vohne Liche Kennels Inc., for narcotics canine training and accessories, in the amount of $14,457.00, with the Law Enforcement budgets as the funding source, as presented by Captain of Police Gary Gaikowski.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 20: 15 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 2 Abstained: Curtis Bissonette (2). 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 21: made by Francis Crawford, second by Lisa Jackson, question by Cheryl Owen, to authorize the payment to Motorola Solutions for the annual maintenance of the Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system, in the amount of $17,249.00, with the Law Enforcement budgets as the funding source, as presented by Captain of Police Gary Gailkowski.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 21: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 22: made by Francis Crawford, second by Curtis Bissonette, question by Milton Owen, to approve the SWO Law Enforcement report, as presented by Captain of Police Gary Gaikowski.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 22: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 23: made by Lisa Jackson, second by Cheryl Owen, question by Winfield Rondell Jr., to authorize the Fish & Wildlife Office to purchase a self-propelled plot combine, from Prairie Agricultural Research Inc., in the amount of $6,000.00, with the Fish & Wildlife budgets as the funding source, as presented by Manager Charlene Miller.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 23: 13 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 4 Absent From Vote: Francis Crawford (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 24: made by Lisa Jackson, second by Cheryl Owen, question by Milton Owen, to authorize the Fish & Wildlife Office to purchase a 2019 John Deere Farm King/Buhler RSB9 Mower, from RDO Equipment Co., in the amount of $5,450.00, with the Fish & Wildlife budgets as the funding source, as presented by Manager Charlene Miller.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 24: 13 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 4 Absent From Vote: Francis Crawford (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 25: made by Cheryl Owen, second by Lisa Jackson, question by Winfield Rondell Jr., to authorize the Fish & Wildlife Office to purchase a Can-Am 6x6 ATV, from Evolution Powersports, in the amount of $18,400.00, with the Fish & Wildlife budgets as the funding source, as presented by Manager Charlene Miller.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 25: 13 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); 0 Opposed. 1 Abstained: Tribal Secretary (1). 3 Absent From Vote: Francis Crawford (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1). 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 26: made by Lisa Jackson, second by Winfield Rondell Jr., question by Cheryl Owen, to authorize the Fish & Wildlife Office to purchase a High Tunnel, from FarmTek, in the amount of $7,739.60, with the Fish & Wildlife budgets as the funding source, as presented by Manager Charlene Miller.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 26: 14 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 3 Absent From Vote: Francis Crawford (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1). 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 27: made by Milton Owen, second by Cheryl Owen, question by Curtis Bissonette, to authorize the Fish & Wildlife Office to purchase a Fish Transport Tank, from Aquaneering Inc, in the amount of $9,200.00, with the Fish & Wildlife budgets as the funding source, as presented by Manager Charlene Miller.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 27: 14 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 3 Absent From Vote: Francis Crawford (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1). 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 28: made by Curtis Bissonette, second by Lisa Jackson, question by Cheryl Owen, to approve the resolution, "Support for Dedicated Federal Funding to Recover Wildlife", as presented by Fish & Wildlife Manager Charlene Miller.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 28: 15 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 2 Absent From Vote: Francis Crawford (1). 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

                Resolution No. SWO-19-106

 

MOTION NO. 29: made by Curtis Bissonette, second by Winfield Rondell Jr., question by Cheryl Owen, to approve the Fish & Wildlife Office report, as presented by Manager Charlene Miller.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 29: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 30: made by Lisa Jackson, second by Milton Owen, question by Cheryl Owen, to approve the Employment Training Services report, as presented by Manager Elias Mendoza.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 30: 15 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 2 Abstained: Francis Crawford (2). 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 31: made by Lisa Jackson, second by Edmund Johnson Jr., question by Cheryl Owen, to approve the revisions to Chapter XI, B. Drugs and Controlled Substances, (pertaining to prescription medications) of the SWO Personnel Policies, as presented by Human Resources Director DeVon Bursheim.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 31: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 32: made by Lisa Jackson, second by Cheryl Owen, question by Francis Crawford, to go into Executive Session as requested by the District Chairman's Association, at 2:44pm.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 32: 16 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 1 Absent From Vote: Tribal Secretary (1). 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 33: made by Francis Crawford, second by Lisa Jackson, question by Cheryl Owen, to come out of Executive Session, at 4:35pm.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 33: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 34: made by Edmund Johnson Jr., to accept the District Chairman's Association charges as written against Tribal Chairman Donovan White, and to suspend the Tribal Chairman pending a removal hearing, as presented by the District Chairman's Association.

                MOTION DIED. Lack of Second.

 

MOTION NO. 35: made by Winfield Rondell Jr., second by Lisa Jackson, question by Cheryl Owen, to acknowledge the receipt of the Heipa District Minutes for the meeting held October 20, 2019.

Heipa District Minutes for meeting held October 10, 2019:

1.             There be a district resolution done for judicial member, Gypsy Wanna, since she was already elected for that position.

2.             Our Fish & Wildlife rep bring records on our buffalo for the past 5 years.

3.             Tribal Chairman take a $15,000 cut, Tribal Vice-Chairman and Tribal Secretary take a $10,000 cut, and Tribal Council take $5,000 cut.

4.             Absolve Winfield Rondell lll, Heipa Representative to the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate, from the first charge of guilt in his removal hearing October 16, 2019.

5.             The SWO Tribal Council pays the attorney fees for Heipa Councilman, Winfield Rondell III, for SWO Tribal Council allegations on October 16, 2019.

6.             The SWO Tribal Council pays the remainder of Grady Renville's land sale immediately.

7.             The SWO districts who voted for the removal of Heipa Councilman pay the remainder due to Grady Renville from his land sale from their next month's district distributions.

8.             The districts distribution, excluding Heipa district, reimburse the SWO tribe for the remainder of Mr. Renville's land sale until the case is satisfactory settled by the Office of Hearing and Appeals. This payment to begin November 2019 district distribution.

9.             Accept the revision of Chapter 11; to limit the 6% tax to energy drinks.

10.          Keep the lake shore tax at $10 per linear foot.

11.          Authorize the district executives to forward the information of Steve Sandven's finding of past executives to the guardian project.

12.          Bob Starr, TERO Compliance Officer, start going to job sites and making sure our job sites are safe.

13.          The tribe pay Conrad Jasper Dumarce his workman's compensation until it gets cleared up.

14.          Approve Youth-to-Adult Membership: Nevaeh St.John, Antonia Fuentes, and Diana Brown.

15.          Approve Adult Membership: Elizabeth Shortridge, Colleen Gauster, Akicita Duta Cooper, Ta Oyate Duta Cooper, and Andrea Eastman.

 

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 35: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 36: made by Cheryl Owen, second by Winfield Rondell Jr., question by Curtis Bissonette, to acknowledge the receipt of the Enemy Swim District Minutes for the meeting held October 24, 2019.

Enemy Swim District Minutes for meeting held October 24, 2019:

1.             Address IHS concerns in lineal descendants.

2.             Accept resignation of Skyman Redday from police commission.

3.             Have Tiospa Zina start an alternative learning center.

4.             Have DCA do the resolution needed to seat the ESD representative, Dallas Owen, in accordance to Chapter 21.

5.             Approve New Membership: Jade Carder, Jaylene Strutz, and Louicia Valtierra.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 36: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 37: made by Curtis Bissonette, second by Winfield Rondell Jr., question by Cheryl Owen, to acknowledge the receipt of the Long Hollow District Minutes for the meeting held October 19, 2019.

Long Hollow District Minutes for meeting held October 19, 2019:

1.             Bring contracts back to the district.

2.             Have SWO tribe pay for Councilperson Winfield Rondell Jr. attorney fees or any accrued expenses by the lawyer due to the fact that tribe was at fault and negligent in getting any or all facts to the unremoved Winfield Rondell Jr.

3.             Our Judicial committee remove herself from the court proceeding.

4.             Use the old district site for economic development.

5.             Reaffirm Stephanie Wallace-Lufkins to Judicial committee.

6.             Approve Youth Membership: Lilly Feather, Dorothy Feather, Amalia Torres, Brooklyn Torres, Michael Torres, Shakira Yazzie, Kristin Yazzie, Kierra Clifford.

7.             Approve Youth-to-Adult membership: Alicia Renville, Damita Nino, Larissa Waln.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 37: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 38: made by Lisa Jackson, second by Cheryl Owen, question by Winfield Rondell Jr., to acknowledge the receipt of the Big Coulee District Minutes for the meeting held October 24, 2019.

Big Coulee District Minutes for meeting held October 24, 2019:

1.             Karen Gangle be removed immediately, the SWO Judicial Committee look into the judge and the SWO Police Commission look into the tribal police.

2.             Approve Adult Membership: Darien Hill, Jelaina Labatte, Madison Mincey, Dustin Neilan, Jason Simon, and J'Ronn Simon.

3.             Approve Youth Membership: Ariah Poor Bear.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 38: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 39: made by Francis Crawford, second by Lisa Jackson, question by Cheryl Owen, to acknowledge the receipt of the Lake Traverse District Minutes for the meeting held October 24, 2019.

Lake Traverse District Minutes for meeting held October 24, 2019:

1.             Approve New Membership: Donna Kipp, Maricella Sierras, and Dana Shepherd.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 39: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 40: made by Louis Johnson, second by Lisa Jackson, question by Cheryl Owen, to acknowledge the receipt of the Buffalo Lake District Minutes for the meeting held October 22, 2019.

Buffalo Lake District Minutes for meeting held October 22, 2019:

1.             Put back in place the amount the boards, committee, trustee and or commission payment of $150 for the 1st regular monthly meeting and the $75 for a second or a special meeting.

2.             Include the SWO Tribal Council motion #54 of 10/10/19 for school clothes for 2020 and 2021 ESDS Face Program.

3.             Request from the SWO reimbursement of funds spent for Head Start school clothes for 2018.

4.             Approve Adult Membership: Cante Red Wing.

5.             Approve Youth Membership: Michaela Red Wing

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 40: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 41: made by Francis Crawford, second by Cheryl Owen, question by Edmund Johnson Jr., to approve the District Chairman's Association (DCA) report, as presented by DCA Members; Dicky Johnson, Jesse Larson, Jessie Chanku, Brenda Bellonger, Delbert Hopkins Jr., Lynn Halbert, Darwin James, and Jacky White.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 41: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 42: made by Winfield Rondell Jr., second by Cheryl Owen, question by Curtis Bissonette, to approve the Uniform Alcoholic Beverage License Application renewal for Dakota Crossing Grocery Store, with the authorization for the Tribal Vice-Chairman to execute the necessary documents, and to authorize the Dakota Crossing to pay the $500 fee for the license, as presented by Tribal Vice-Chairman Edmund Johnson Jr. WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 42: 15 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 2 Abstained: Lisa Jackson (2). 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 43: made by Francis Crawford, second by Lisa Jackson, to adjourn.               MEETING ADJOURNED 5:15PM.   

Respectfully Submitted, Lindsey Abraham, Recording Secretary Asst.

 

REGULAR TRIBAL COUNCIL MEETING

Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 9:00 AM

TiWakan Tio Tipi Council Chambers

 

TRIBAL COUNCIL MEMBERS PRESENT:

BIG COULEE:                      Lisa Jackson

BUFFALO LAKE:                 Louis Johnson

ENEMY SWIM:                     Cheryl Owen

HEIPA/VEBLEN:                  Winfield Rondell Jr.

LAKE TRAVERSE:               Francis Crawford

LONG HOLLOW:                 Curtis Bissonette

OLD AGENCY:                     Milton Owen

 

TRIBAL EXECUTIVES PRESENT: Tribal Chairman Donovan White (9:18), Tribal Vice-Chairman Edmund Johnson Jr., and Tribal Secretary Myrna Thompson

 

CALL TO ORDER: Tribal Vice-Chairman Edmund Johnson Jr. called the meeting to order at 9:16 AM with two (2) Executives and seven (7) Council members from seven (7) Districts answering Roll Call. Opening Prayer for the Old Agency District said by Old Agency Tribal Council Member Milton Owen.

 

MOTION NO. 44: made by Lisa Jackson, second by Cheryl Owen, question by Myrna Thompson, in resolution form, to donate twenty-five (25) head of buffalo to the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, in appreciation of the assistance and support they have shown to the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate throughout the past, as recommended by Tribal Chairman Donovan White.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 44: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

                Resolution No. SWO-19-107

 

MOTION NO. 45: made by Louis Johnson, second by Francis Crawford, question by Cheryl Owen, to approve the 2019 Buffalo Surplus Plan, as recommended by the Fish & Wildlife Board, and as presented by Realty Manager Jerry Eastman.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 45: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 46: made by Francis Crawford, second by Louis Johnson, question by Cheryl Owen, to approve the Home Site Master Leases for the Sisseton-Wahpeton Housing Authority, for the Barker Hill and Sisseton Housing sites, as recommended by the Reservation Planning Commission, and as presented by Realty Manager Jerry Eastman.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 46: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 47: made by Winfield Rondell Jr., second by Lisa Jackson, question by Francis Crawford, to approve the 1.93-acre Home Site Lease for Rose Heminger, as recommended by the Reservation Planning Commission, and as presented by Realty Director Jerry Eastman.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 47: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 48: made by Lisa Jackson, second by Cheryl Owen, question by Winfield Rondell Jr., to authorize the purchase of the tracts of land offered for sale by: Diana Dutchover - 0.21 acres, in the amount of $463.40; Brian Dutchover - 0.21 acres, in the amount of $463.40; Cynthia Galindo - 0.21 acres, in the amount of $463.40; Ronald Dutchover - 0.21 acres, in the amount of $463.40; Richard Dutchover - 1.35 acres, in the amount of $3,784.40; Kevin LaFontaine - 2.86 acres, in the amount of $11,452.15; Delilah Paul - 4.71 acres, in the amount of $16,089.49; Judy Westbrook - 8.62 acres, in the amount of $22,652.54; and Dean Abraham - 29.41 acres, in the amount of $75,704.17, with the Cobell Lease Account as the funding source, as recommended by the Reservation Planning Commission, and as presented by Realty Manager Jerry Eastman.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 48: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 49: made by Winfield Rondell Jr., second by Lisa Jackson, question by Cheryl Owen, to advertise for sale through sealed bids, the 17.16 acres of land located on Pickerel Lake, legally described as: Parcel B of Section 15, T.124N, R.53W, Kosciusko Township, Day County, SD, as recommended by the Reservation Planning Commission, and as presented by Realty Manager Jerry Eastman.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 49: 12 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Tribal Secretary (1). 5 Opposed: Curtis Bissonette (2); Francis Crawford (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1). 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 50: made by Milton Owen, second by Cheryl Owen, question by Curtis Bissonette, to approve the Realty Office report, as presented by Manager Jerry Eastman.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 50: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 51: made by Lisa Jackson, second by Myrna Thompson, question by Cheryl Owen, in resolution form, to engage the Minnesota Housing Partnership in the Native Community Development Institute 18-month long grant program, as presented by Planning Director Michael Roberts.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 51: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

                Resolution No. SWO-19-108

 

MOTION NO. 52: made by Lisa Jackson, second by Winfield Rondell Jr., question by Milton Owen, to approve a Consultant Agreement with Greenburg Traurig, to assist with final edits to the SWO Hemp Plan/Code, in the not-to-exceed amount of $4,000.00, with the Section 7 budget as the funding source, and to authorize Tribal Chairman Donovan White to execute the Agreement, pending legal review, and to transition the plan/code to Brodeen & Paulson at the end of this Agreement, as presented by Planning Director Michael Roberts.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 52: 16 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Secretary (1). 1 Opposed: Tribal Vice-Chairman (1). 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 53: made by Winfield Rondell Jr., second by Lisa Jackson, question by Milton Owen, to approve the Planning Department report, as presented by Director Michael Roberts.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 53: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 54: made by Francis Crawford, second by Lisa Jackson, question by Curtis Bissonette, to approve the Tax Office report, as presented by Director Brenda Bellonger, Esq.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 54: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 55: made by Myrna Thompson, second by Lisa Jackson, question by Cheryl Owen, to go into Executive Session, at 11:01am.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 55: 15 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 2 Abstained: Curtis Bissonette (2). 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 56: made by Francis Crawford, second by Curtis Bissonette, question by Winfield Rondell Jr., to come out of Executive Session, at 12:05pm.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 56: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 57: made by Winfield Rondell Jr., second by Lisa Jackson, question by Cheryl Owen, to hire an attorney to represent the Judicial Committee in their lawsuit against the Tribal Vice-Chairman, as requested by Judicial Committee Members Shannon White and Rhonda Kampeska.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 57: 9 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Lisa Jackson (2); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Tribal Secretary (1). 8 Opposed: Milton Owen (2); Francis Crawford (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Louis Johnson (1); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1). 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 58: made by Curtis Bissonette, second by Winfield Rondell Jr., question by Cheryl Owen, to authorize the reimbursement to Tiospa Zina Tribal School, for Language Intervention Materials, in the amount of $13,212.60, with the Wiyukcan ka Ecunpi grant as the funding source, as presented by Education Director Dr. Sherry Johnson.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 58: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 59: made by Lisa Jackson, second by Cheryl Owen, question by Edmund Johnson Jr., to authorize the Education Office to apply for an Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) for construction of a new facility for the Enemy Swim Head Start Program, and to have Santicola & Company assist Dr. Sherry Johnson with the grant application, as presented by Education Director Dr. Sherry Johnson.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 59: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 60: made by Myrna Thompson, second by Francis Crawford, question by Milton Owen, to amend the SWO Administrative Flow Chart to place the Wiyukcan ka Ecunpi Program under the supervision of the Tribal Secretary, as presented by Education Director Dr. Sherry Johnson.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 60: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

Note:      Old Agency Tribal Council Member Milton Owen excused from meeting.

 

MOTION NO. 61: made by Curtis Bissonette, second by Cheryl Owen, question by Francis Crawford, to authorize the Education Office to apply for a Generous Indigenous Response Fund grant, for Native Youth philanthropy, as presented by Education Director Dr. Sherry Johnson.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 61: 15 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 62: made by Myrna Thompson, second by Francis Crawford, question by Curtis Bissonette, to have Education Director Dr. Sherry Johnson draft a resolution for the Tiospa Zina Tribal School's appeal to the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE), pertaining to the previous school year's required educational hours, and for Tribal Council to take measures to address the ethics part of the situation.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 62: 13 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 2 Opposed: Lisa Jackson (2). 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 63: made by Myrna Thompson, second by Lisa Jackson, question by Cheryl Owen, to go into Executive Session, at 12:52pm.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 63: 15 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 64: made by Francis Crawford, second by Curtis Bissonette, question by Edmund Johnson Jr., to come out of Executive Session, at 1:56pm.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 64: 15 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 65: made by Francis Crawford, second by Winfield Rondell Jr., question by Lisa Jackson, to approve the October 2019 CACFP Food report for Head Start & Early Head Start, as presented by Director Lynn Halbert.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 65: 15 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 66: made by Francis Crawford, second by Lisa Jackson, question by Cheryl Owen, to approve the October 2019 Attendance Report for Head Start and Early Head Start, as presented by Director Lynn Halbert.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 66: 15 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 67: made by Francis Crawford, second by Curtis Bissonette, question by Lisa Jackson, to approve the Head Start & Early Head Start report, as presented by Director Lynn Halbert.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 67: 15 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 68: made by Lisa Jackson, second by Cheryl Owen, question by Curtis Bissonette, in resolution form, to enroll into the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate the seven (7) applicants as listed in Exhibit A, as presented by Recording Secretary Verlyn Beaudreau.

                Brown, Eston Ernest           DuMarce, Deanicia Germaine

                Fryer, Hadley Royal             German, Cantewastewin

                Hopkins, Hazelee Faye-Rose            Rondell, Mila Robin-Rose

                Schulz, Caleb Dean

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 68: 15 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

                Resolution No. SWO-19-109

 

MOTION NO. 69: made by Lisa Jackson, second by Curtis Bissonette, question by Cheryl Owen, in resolution form, to enroll into the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate the eight (8) applicants as listed in Exhibit B, as presented by Recording Secretary Verlyn Beaudreau.

                Barse, Zuriyah Grace          Crawford, Jaxon Lyman

                Jensen, Kingsley Madeline Delena Provencial, Xavius Eugene

                Shepherd, Irie Taylen          Sherod, Dennis Lee III

                Traversie, Jerilyn Frances Wise-Renville, Athena Maylynn

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 69: 15 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

                Resolution No. SWO-19-110

 

MOTION NO. 70: made by Curtis Bissonette, second by Cheryl Owen, question by Lisa Jackson, in resolution form, to enroll into the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate the nine (9) applicants as listed in Exhibit C, as presented by Recording Secretary Verlyn Beaudreau.

                Adams, Johnni Lee              Cook, Greyson Jace

                Coolidge, Winyan'yatapi Coral Dawn               DuMarce, Maya Rae

                Fallis, Kalilah Rae                Feather, Dorothy Gail

                Mata, Noah Hihanni            Quinn, Zoe Aiayana

                Renville, Reed Justin

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 70: 15 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

                Resolution No. SWO-19-111

 

MOTION NO. 71: made by Francis Crawford, second by Cheryl Owen, question by Curtis Bissonette, to approve the Enrollment Office report, as presented by Recording Secretary Verlyn Beaudreau.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 71: 15 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 72: made by Francis Crawford, second by Louis Johnson, question by Lisa Jackson, to approve the CHE - Evidence Based Interventions Community Grant budget; CHE- Colorectal Cancer Screening Initiative budget; and OEP - Clean Air budget, as presented by Tribal Vice-Chairman Edmund Johnson Jr.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 72: 15 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 73: made by Lisa Jackson, second by Winfield Rondell Jr., question by Cheryl Owen, to authorize a Contract for Legal Services with Steven Sandven to finish the Section 17 Corporation code/documents, and to authorize Tribal Chairman Donovan White to execute the Contract, pending legal review, as presented by Tribal Chairman Donovan White.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 73: 9 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Lisa Jackson (2). 6 Opposed: Francis Crawford (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 74: made by Curtis Bissonette, second by Francis Crawford, question by Lisa Jackson, to authorize the payment of legal fees incurred by Heipa Tribal Council Member Winfield Rondell Jr. for his removal hearing, in the amount of $3,000.00.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 74: 12 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Francis Crawford (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 3 Abstained: Winfield Rondell Jr. (3). 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 75: made by Curtis Bissonette, to allow the Long Hollow District to receive their meal for free at their upcoming District Day, scheduled for December 2, 2019, at Dakota Magic Casino.

                MOTION DIED. Lack of Second.

MOTION NO. 76: made by Francis Crawford, second by Curtis Bissonette, to adjourn.

                MEETING ADJOURNED 2:16PM.   

Respectfully Submitted, Verlyn Beaudreau, Recording Secretary

 

SPECIAL TRIBAL COUNCIL MEETING

Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 10:38 AM

TiWakan Tio Tipi Council Chambers

 

TRIBAL COUNCIL MEMBERS PRESENT:

BIG COULEE:                      Lisa Jackson

BUFFALO LAKE:                 Louis Johnson

ENEMY SWIM:                     Cheryl Owen

HEIPA/VEBLEN:                  Winfield Rondell Jr.

LAKE TRAVERSE:               Francis Crawford (10:49)

LONG HOLLOW:                 Curtis Bissonette (10:40)

OLD AGENCY:                     Milton Owen (10:40)

 

TRIBAL EXECUTIVES PRESENT: Tribal Chairman Donovan White, Tribal Vice-Chairman Edmund Johnson Jr., and Tribal Secretary Myrna Thompson

 

CALL TO ORDER: Tribal Chairman Donovan White called the meeting to order at 10:38 AM with three (3) Executives and four (4) Council members from seven (7) Districts answering Roll Call. Opening Prayer for the Old Agency District said by Old Agency Tribal Council Member Milton Owen.

 

MOTION NO. 77: made by Myrna Thompson, second by Winfield Rondell Jr., question by Cheryl Owen, to select June Yankton as the Prosecutor for the SWO Tribal Court, with a start date of December 2, 2019.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 77: 12 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Tribal Secretary (1). 5 Opposed: Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1). 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 78: made by Lisa Jackson, second by Cheryl Owen, question by Francis Crawford, to select Steven Drewes as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Dakota Nation Gaming Enterprise (DNGE), pending his obtaining a Primary Management Official (PMO) Gaming License, and to authorize Tribal Chairman Donovan White to execute the Employment Agreement, pending legal review.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 78: 16 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Secretary (1). 1 Opposed: Tribal Vice-Chairman (1). 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 79: made by Francis Crawford, second by Lisa Jackson, question by Milton Owen, to have the incoming DNGE CEO review the Career Path Training Program and provided revisions to Tribal Council within one (1) year, so that Tribal Member Trainees may be selected and properly trained before the General Managers contracts expire.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 79: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 80: made by Francis Crawford, second by Cheryl Owen, question by Lisa Jackson, to select Robert Mudd as the General Manager for Dakota Sioux Casino & Hotel, pending his obtaining a Primary Management Official (PMO) Gaming License, and to authorize Tribal Chairman Donovan White to execute the Employment Agreement, pending legal review.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 80: 16 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Secretary (1). 1 Opposed: Tribal Vice-Chairman (1). 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 81: made by Lisa Jackson, second by Francis Crawford, question by Cheryl Owen, to select Michael Starr as the General Manager for Dakota Magic Casino & Resort, pending his obtaining a Primary Management Official (PMO) Gaming License, and to authorize Tribal Chairman Donovan White to execute the Employment Agreement, pending legal review.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 81: 16 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Secretary (1). 1 Opposed: Tribal Vice-Chairman (1). 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 82: made by Milton Owen, second by Lisa Jackson, question by Francis Crawford, to approve the resolution, "Designation of BIA Highway Route 7 as the Louis E. Williams Memorial Highway", as presented by Tribal Chairman Donovan White.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 82: 14 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 3 Opposed: Winfield Rondell Jr. (3). 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

                Resolution No. SWO-19-112

 

MOTION NO. 83: made by Lisa Jackson, second by Winfield Rondell Jr., question by Cheryl Owen, to modify the FY 2020 Budget Matrix, to put travel funds back in the individual Tribal Program/Department budgets, at one-half of the travel funding levels of FY 2019.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 83: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 84: made by Cheryl Owen, second by Lisa Jackson, question by Francis Crawford, to allocate an additional $20,000.00 to the Admin Building Café budget for FY 2020, for operating costs and bills, with the Reserve account as the funding source, as presented by Tribal Vice-Chairman Edmund Johnson Jr.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 84: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 85: made by Curtis Bissonette, second by Francis Crawford, to adjourn.

                MEETING ADJOURNED 1:01PM.   

Respectfully Submitted, Verlyn Beaudreau, Recording Secretary

 

REGULAR TRIBAL COUNCIL MEETING

Tuesday, November 26, 2019, 9:00 AM

TiWakan Tio Tipi Council Chambers

 

TRIBAL COUNCIL MEMBERS PRESENT:

BIG COULEE:                      Lisa Jackson (9:23)

BUFFALO LAKE:                 Louis Johnson

ENEMY SWIM:                     Cheryl Owen

HEIPA/VEBLEN:                  Winfield Rondell Jr.

LAKE TRAVERSE:               Francis Crawford (10:20)

LONG HOLLOW:                 Curtis Bissonette

OLD AGENCY:                     Milton Owen

 

TRIBAL EXECUTIVES PRESENT: Tribal Chairman Donovan White, Tribal Vice-Chairman Edmund Johnson Jr., and Tribal Secretary Myrna Thompson

 

CALL TO ORDER: Tribal Chairman Donovan White called the meeting to order at 9:15 AM with three (3) Executives and five (5) Council members from seven (7) Districts answering Roll Call. Opening Prayer for the Old Agency District said by Old Agency Tribal Council Member Milton Owen.

 

MOTION NO. 86: made by Curtis Bissonette, second by Winfield Rondell Jr., question by Milton Owen, to authorize the Community Health Education (CHE) Program to purchase one-hundred fifty (150) $32.00 gas cards, plus the $1.00/card cost, from Dakota Connection Casino, in the total amount of $4,950.00, to utilize for the Cesdi Happens - Colorectal Cancer Screening Initiative, with the GPTCHB grant as the funding source, as presented by CHE Manager Audrey German.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 86: 13 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Milton Owen (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 87: made by Winfield Rondell Jr., second by Milton Owen, question by Cheryl Owen, to authorize the Community Health Education (CHE) Program to purchase two-hundred fifty (250) $33.00 gas cards, plus the $1.00/card cost, from Dakota Connection Casino, in the total amount of $8,500.00, to utilize for the Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Initiative, with the GPTCHB grant as the funding source, as presented by CHE Manager Audrey German.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 87: 13 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Milton Owen (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

Note:      Big Coulee Tribal Council Member Lisa Jackson now present at meeting.

 

MOTION NO. 88: made by Winfield Rondell Jr., second by Curtis Bissonette, question by Milton Owen, to approve the Evaluation Services Agreement with Brazelton Touchpoints Center, to provide evaluation services for the LAUNCH Project, with the SAMHSA ILAUNCH grant as the funding source, and to authorize Tribal Chairman Donovan White to execute the Agreement, pending legal review, as presented by LAUNCH Director April Eastman.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 88: 15 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 89: made by Curtis Bissonette, second by Lisa Jackson, question by Milton Owen, to approve the Dakota Western Corporation report, as presented by General Manager Robert Huff.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 89: 15 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 90: made by Milton Owen, second by Lisa Jackson, question by Winfield Rondell Jr., to approve the SWO Fuel, Inc. & Agency C-Store report, as presented by General Manager James Bird.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 90: 13 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 2 Absent From Vote: Curtis Bissonette (2). 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 91: made by Cheryl Owen, second by Lisa Jackson, question by Myrna Thompson, to approve the I-29 Motel report, as presented by Manager Nicole Dumarce.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 91: 15 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

Note:      Lake Traverse Tribal Council Member Francis Crawford now present at meeting.

 

MOTION NO. 92: made by Francis Crawford, second by Lisa Jackson, question by Cheryl Owen, to add General Manager Todd O'Riley to the Dakota Crossing Grocery Store bank signature cards, and grant Todd full access to all Dakota Crossing accounts.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 92: 16 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 1 Absent From Vote: Tribal Secretary (1). 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 93: made by Francis Crawford, second by Milton Owen, question by Cheryl Owen, to approve the Dakota Crossing Grocery Store report, as presented by General Manager Todd O'Riley.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 93: 15 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 2 Abstained: Curtis Bissonette (2). 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 94: made by Winfield Rondell Jr., second by Lisa Jackson, question by Cheryl Owen, to authorize the Head Start to purchase a vision screener and a hearing screener, from Midwest Medical Services, Inc., in the amount of $12,498.00, with the Head Start budgets as the funding source, as presented by Director Lynn Halbert.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 94: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 95: made by Francis Crawford, second by Winfield Rondell Jr., question by Lisa Jackson, to approve the letter of support for the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) to defend and uphold the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) at the upcoming January hearing in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, as presented by Tribal Secretary Myrna Thompson.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 95: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 96: made by Francis Crawford, second by Curtis Bissonette, question by Edmund Johnson Jr., to transfer $250,000.00 to the SW Federal Credit Union, to be placed in a Certificate of Deposit (CD) that has the best available interest rate, with the Justice Center Set-Aside as the funding source.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 96: 11 For: Milton Owen (2); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1). 2 Opposed: Lisa Jackson (2). 4 Abstained: Cheryl Owen (3); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 97: made by Lisa Jackson, second by Winfield Rondell Jr., question by Cheryl Owen, to authorize Dakota Nation Gaming Enterprise to purchase four (4) vehicles, with a not-to-exceed amount of $35,000.00 per vehicle, as presented by DNGE CFO Weston Quinn.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 97: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 98: made by Francis Crawford, second by Curtis Bissonette, question by Lisa Jackson, to authorize Dakota Nation Gaming Enterprise to purchase slot machines: Dakota Magic - 11 Aristocrat slot machines, $204,550.00; Dakota Sioux - 10 Aristocrat slot machines, $206,017.50; and Dakota Connection - 10 Konami slot machines, $180,260.60, as presented by DNGE CFO Weston Quinn.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 98: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 99: made by Myrna Thompson, second by Lisa Jackson, question by Cheryl Owen, to authorize Dakota Connection Casino to purchase and replace five (5) spill buckets and accessories for the fuel storage tanks, from Westmor Industries, in the amount of $27,580.00, as presented by DNGE CFO Weston Quinn.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 99: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 100: made by Lisa Jackson, second by Curtis Bissonette, question by Cheryl Owen, to go into Executive Session, at 11:48am.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 100: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 101: made by Francis Crawford, second by Curtis Bissonette, question by Cheryl Owen, to come out of Executive Session, at 11:56am.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 101: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 102: made by Lisa Jackson, second by Francis Crawford, question by Cheryl Owen, to approve the Consent-to-Conflict between Dakota Nation Gaming Enterprise and the SWO Gaming Commission, for the purpose of receiving joint legal services from the Tribe's attorney pertaining to surveillance coverage requests, subpoenas, and related issues that are brought to the Dakota Nation Gaming Enterprise and the SWO Gaming Commission, and to authorize Legal Counsel Greg Paulson to assist the Dakota Nation Gaming Enterprise and the SWO Gaming Commission with these matters.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 102: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 103: made by Francis Crawford, second by Lisa Jackson, question by Curtis Bissonette, to approve the Dakota Connection Casino & Bingo report, as presented by Interim General Manager Chris Seaboy.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 103: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 104: made by Lisa Jackson, second by Francis Crawford, question by Curtis Bissonette, to approve the Dakota Magic Casino & Resort report, as presented by Interim General Manager Wanda Varns.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 104: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 105: made by Francis Crawford, second by Cheryl Owen, question by Lisa Jackson, to approve the Dakota Sioux Casino & Hotel report, as presented by Interim General Manager Dean Price.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 105: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 106: made by Francis Crawford, second by Lisa Jackson, question by Curtis Bissonette, to approve the Dakota Nation Gaming Enterprise report, as presented by CFO Weston Quinn.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 106: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 107: made by Lisa Jackson, second by Cheryl Owen, question by Winfield Rondell Jr., to transfer the concession stand located near the racetrack at Dakota Connection Casino, to the THPO/Tourism Office, for future development of a Tourist/Information Center.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 107: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 108: made by Francis Crawford, second by Curtis Bissonette, question by Winfield Rondell Jr., to designate the Tribal Vice-Chairman as the point-of-contact for the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Tribal Court contract, for the court budget formulations, as presented by Tribal Vice-Chairman Edmund Johnson Jr.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 108: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 109: made by Lisa Jackson, second by Francis Crawford, question by Cheryl Owen, to authorize the Tribal Vice-Chairman to pay the invoice from Hillyard, for cleaning supplies, in the amount of $5,573.24, with the Property & Supply budget as the funding source, as presented by Tribal Vice-Chairman Edmund Johnson Jr.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 109: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 110: made by Francis Crawford, second by Lisa Jackson, question by Milton Owen, to authorize Property and Supply Office to purchase a lift/stacker from Uline, in the amount of $9,925.52, with the Property & Supply budget as the funding source, as presented by Tribal Vice-Chairman Edmund Johnson Jr.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 110: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 111: made by Francis Crawford, second by Curtis Bissonette, question by Lisa Jackson, to transfer $28,000.00 from the Earned Interest account to the Deduction account, for the Employee Christmas Party, as presented by Tribal Vice-Chairman Edmund Johnson Jr.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 111: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

                MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 112: made by Curtis Bissonette, second by Francis Crawford, to adjourn.

                MEETING ADJOURNED 1:02PM.   

Respectfully Submitted, Lindsey Abraham, Recording Secretary Asst.

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Looking for 40 x 100 ft. building (or 2 buildings that combine to make size) for cold storage until May 1, 2020. Must be located within 10 miles of Sisseton. Contact Breon at 605-412-1257 for more info.

 

Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate

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

Dispatcher, Law Enforcement

Closing Date: December 13th, 2019 @04:30 PM

Curriculum Specialist, Education Department

TVR Outreach Specialist, Education Department

TVR Director, Education Department

Special Needs/Mental Health Manager, Head Start

Resident Assistant (2 Part-Time), Wacinyan Tipi

Closing Date: December 20th, 2019 @04:30 PM

YCW Behavioral Health Specialist, LAUNCH

Program Manager, Dakotah Language Institute

Bus Monitor-Teacher Aide, Head Start

Teacher (2 positions), Head Start

Teacher Aide, Head Start

Bus Driver/Custodian, Head Start

Teacher, Early Head Start

Browns Valley After-School Van Driver, JOM

Classroom Aide/After School Tutor, Part Time, JOM

Parole Agent, Department of Parole

In-House Attorney, Tribal Executive Committee

Sexual Assault Advocate, Behavioral Health

Positions Open Until Filled

Application can be emailed to ArnoldW@SWO-NSN.GOV or DeniseH@SWO-NSN.GOV. Contact can also be at Arnold Williams 698-8238 or Denise Hill 698-8251 with questions.

(Tribal preference will apply).

 

TIOSPA ZINA TRIBAL SCHOOL

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Tiospa Zina Tribal School is advertising for the positions of an Elementary Special Education Para and a MS/HS Special Education Para.

For complete job description contact Tiospa Zina Tribal School Human Resources Director Jennifer Williams, 605-698-3953 ext. 208.

Application Materials can be found at the TZTS Documents link: All applicants are required to complete both the Application and *Background check forms.

Tiospa Zina is an Indian Preference employer.

*All applicants and employees are subject to both 25 U.S.C. 3207: The Indian Child Protection and Family Violence Prevention Act and the 42 U.S.C. 13041: Crime Control Act.

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Dakota Magic Casino

Job Openings

Cage Department:

Supervisor (Full-Time) where needed

 Hotel Department:

Front Desk Clerk (2 Full-Time) Rotating

Support Services Department:

Laborer (2 Full-Time) where needed

Table Games Department

Dealer (2 Full-Time) No experience required Will Train

Pit Boss (Full-Time) Rotating

Uniforms Department:

Attendant (Full-Time) where needed

Closing Date: December 13, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.

Starting Wage: D.O.E.

High School Diploma or GED required for most positions.

Two identifications documents required upon hire.

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

 

Dakota Magic Casino

Job Openings

Human Resources Department:

Clerk (Full-Time) Day

Closing Date: December 13, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.

Starting Wage: D.O.E.

High School Diploma or GED required for most positions.

Two identifications documents required upon hire.

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

 

Dakota Sioux Casino & Hotel

Job Openings

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

ADMINISTRATION:

COMPLIANCE-SAFETY OFFICER (1 Full-Time)

GENERAL FUNCTION: Monitor casino activities, observes customers, employees, transactions and reporting requirements to ensure compliance with Federal, State and Tribal gaming laws and regulations. Reports deficiencies or violations and conducts follow-up to ensure implementation of appropriate corrective action. This position requires the understanding of internal control policy and procedures. When required will investigate any and all issues that arise.

Safety Officer shall be responsible to inspect property to ensure safety compliance with Tribal, State and Federal regulations. Implements employee safety and risk management programs.

REQUIREMENTS: AA degree in Criminal Justice is preferred and/or 3-5 years of security with investigation experience or equivalent. Communication and motivational skills - both verbal and written. Excellent people skills. Excellent computer skill. Excellent math skills. On the job training is ongoing. Knowledge and experience in conducting investigations and documents of such. Experience or training in Security, Law Enforcement, loss prevention and/or other related field. Must obtain Key-Gaming License upon hire.

This position will close on December 19, 2019 at 4pm.

Indian Preference will apply / EEO.

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

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

 

Dakota Sioux Casino & Hotel

Job Openings

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

HOTEL:

HOTEL MANAGER

STARTING WAGE D.O.E. plus excellent benefits package!

FUNCTION: We are looking for an experienced Hotel Manager to oversee the daily operations of our hotel as well as provide strategic direction. You will plan and supervise the activities of an extensive and diverse workforce to ensure the smooth and profitable running of the business. Serves as department head and advisor to the General Manager in all matters relating to the administration and operation of the Hotel.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

*Degree in hotel management or equivalent experience in hotel management.

*Minimum of 7 years' experience in hotel management.

*Supervisory experience.

*Effective communication skills.

*Working knowledge of MS Office.

*Demonstrable aptitude in decision-making and problem-solving.

*Understanding of all hotel management best practices and relevant laws and guidelines.

*Non-Gaming License upon hire.

This position will close December 13, 2019.

Indian Preference will apply / EEO.

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

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

 

Dakota Connection Casino

Job Openings

Facilities/Maintenance Department:

Porter (1) full-time, rotating shifts, day, swing, graveyard, includes weekends & holidays. Good customer service skills; ability to operate necessary equipment and the physical ability to lift heavy objects up to 50 lbs. or more. Have physical mobility throughout facility & surrounding grounds; dependable & available to work all shifts. Must be at least 18 years old.

Sales & Marketing Department:

Reel Deal Club Attendant (1) full-time, day, swing, includes weekends & holidays. Previous experience is preferred. Must have good customer service skills, will answer all incoming phone calls direct them to the appropriate personnel, and enroll new customers into the reel deal club. Must be at least 21 years old, High School Diploma or GED, and must be able to obtain a Key Gaming License.

Opening date: Thursday, December 05, 2019

Closing date: Wednesday, December 11, 2019 @ 4:00 p.m.

All positions will be exposed to noise & tobacco smoke.

Indian preference will apply/EEO Employer.

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

 

Dakota Connection Casino

Job Openings

Position: Cage Manager

Qualifications: Directs and supervises the overall operations of the casino cage area. Oversees hiring, scheduling, and evaluating of cage personnel. Must be knowledgeable in all Tribal, State and Federal gaming regulations to ensure they are followed.

Education: Must have a high school diploma or GED, at least 3-years previous supervisory, management and/or gaming experience. A minimum of 3-years cage experience and previous bookkeeping experience. Must be able to obtain a Key Gaming License.

Opening Date: Thursday, December 05, 2019

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

All positions will be exposed to noise & tobacco smoke.

Indian preference will apply/EEO Employer.

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

 

Dakota Connection Casino

Job Openings

Restaurant:

Hostess/Cashier (1) full-time, 11 am - 7pm, rotating shifts, day, swing, and includes weekends & holidays. Good customer service skills, prior experience with waiting on tables and handling money, and working with a cash register is preferred. Must be able to multi-task. Appropriate dress code. Have physical ability to stand for prolonged periods of time, and physical ability to clean and lift moderate amounts of weight. Must have a High School Diploma or GED and must be at least 18 years old.

Shift Supervisor (1) full-time, rotating shifts, includes weekends & holiday. Will assist the restaurant manager in the operations and administration of the department. Excellent communication skills - both written and verbal. Excellent people skills. Specific training in food products, preparation and cost. Supervisory experience 1 year, previous cooking experience 1 year, food supervisory experience 1 year, and ServSafe certificate is preferred. Excellent supervisory skills: must show leadership, organizational and motivational skills. Knowledge of and ability to use the necessary equipment. Ability to work independently. Must have physical ability to lift up to 50 lbs. Appropriate dress code. Must be at least 18 years old. High School Diploma or GED required.

Opening date: Friday, December 06, 2019

Closing date: Friday, December 13, 2019 @ 4:00 p.m.

All positions will be exposed to noise & tobacco smoke.

Indian preference will apply/EEO Employer.

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

 

 
 

 

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