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Volume 50 Issue No. 42

Anpetu Iyamni, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019

Inside this Edition –

See highlights of Native American Day cultural events in next week's Sota

This week's Sota printed, distributed Tuesday due to Native American Day holiday

Heipa District Councilman removal hearing re-scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 16

"Getting the job done – overcoming adversity": Billie Sutton speaks to Sisseton community

Report to Akicita by Tribal VSO Geri Opsal

SWO Veterans hold 6th Annual Kids Coat Drive

Next week: Sisseton IHS ribbon-cutting, open house of new 3D Mammography Clinic

Reminder: Deadline for receiving copy is Friday noon

SWO: A Tale of Two Oyates

A Tribe Where Some Prosper While Many Others Decline

By Tribal Chairman Donovan White

Last week, I spent several productive days in the Twin Cities, MN, meeting with banking giants and business development experts discussing ways to put our Oyate at a financial advantage in the Industrial Hemp Industry – locally and regionally. I learned that our small production schedule, when expanded, can be exponentially more lucrative, reaching national and international markets, if we can get our Tribal legal and financial affairs in order.

As SWO advances in taking advantage of new economic development opportunities and creating new revenue streams for our Tribe, such as Industrial Hemp Production, our challenge remains not external to our Tribe but internal to our governance and our way of life. Now more than ever, it is clear to me that SWO must get our house in order by ensuring 1) Tribal Council Leadership Stability and 2) Oyate Financial Stability. Fortunately, only you, the membership can ensure both of these realities for SWO.

Decades of economic imbalance and exploitation by a few have taken a toll on our Oyate by creating two distinct economic truths at SWO. I must be frank in stating that the road ahead is bright but challenging for us as we reconcile our Tribe's financial troubles with equitable economic prosperity for all. If we look closely at how financial imbalance and exploitation have taken shape at SWO we need look no further than the dire straits our most disenfranchised members currently find themselves in. Today, I write specifically about those suffering from drug addiction and those incarcerated in our state prisons.

On October 5th, I had the honor and privilege, as the only Tribal Chairman in 20 years to visit Oyate members at the South Dakota State Penitentiary and attend their pow-wow event which allows inmates to celebrate their Native culture and family. For me, as a father, it was a touching moment getting to see our incarcerated Oyate members experience generational connections between themselves and their children. The few uninterrupted hours of the pow-wow were full of precious moments. I got to listen and speak, across a room of Oyate members, who have made mistakes and are paying their debts to society, and to assure them of our Tribal government's responsibility to help them once they are out.

Our tribal governments are needed to help bring an end to Native incarceration recidivism. This means that we must bring to bear all of our SWO internal resources to ensure that we've provided the necessary Tribal and cultural systemic supports to keep them out of the prison system. We must have chemical treatment and aftercare opportunities readily available including halfway housing. Stable permanent housing and employment are key to helping our members stay focused and financially productive. We can and must do better by our Native incarcerated members once they are released, helping them integrate into society.

I urge you to continue getting involved in your Tribal government.

This week we have important government business involving what can be seen as unjustified moves by DCA to remove Tribal Council leader, J.R. Rondell. This removal, if successful, will create more SWO government instability and uncertainty for all of us Oyate members.

I invite you to attend Wednesday, October 16th and help put an end to frivolous politicking and help your government focus on what really matters which includes the financial well-being and long-term economic stability of our Oyate.

On Becoming a Political Target for Doing What is Right

By Lisa Jackson, Big Coulee Tribal Representative

Big Coulee District members, many of you are aware of a petition that has made its way through our District, calling for my removal as your Tribal Representative to Council. To this day, in the most unjust and unprofessional manner, I've not been presented with the charges or the petition itself. Fortunately, I've had a chance to speak to some of you personally and the feedback that I've received is invaluable.

Those District members that I've spoken with have either been outright lied to or have been bullied into signing the petition without fully understanding the facts. With the advent of our Special Meeting on October 17th, I'm here today, with good intentions, to bring clarity to this confusing situation using actualities not opinions. It only fair and just to you, the members of Big Coulee District who elected me into this position, to get answers directly from me.

Several months ago, with the passing of my dear uncle Alvah Quinn Sr., who many of you who knew and respected, I felt a calling to leadership. Being new to politics, following my uncle's ideals, I ran on doing what is right and best for my District which is an integral part of the Oyate.

For the last five months, since my formal appointment, this is a job that I've taken very seriously, respectfully and completed with much joy. It is not often that one can get compensated for doing a job that they love and I love serving my District and my Tribe.

So, many of you may ask, "Why are they targeting Lisa Jackson for political removal?" The answer is complicated but it fundamentally deals with one important reality that District members and all of Oyate should carefully listen to, cronyism. This reality is a bacterium that has infected our Tribal government and unless we work collectively to remove it, cronyism will destroy the fabric of our sovereignty and our Oyate way of life.

Those who seek to remove me do so not for legitimate reasons but to replace me with a friend or relative who favors their political and economic agenda – which is not in the best interest either of our District or the SWO.

Today, I urge Big Coulee members to listen to your conscience and attend our meeting this Thursday. Voice your concerns and challenge those who want to undo your will which was communicated and enacted by voting me into office.

If you favor fairness, open-mindedness and unbiasedness, I urge you to participate and make your voice count by being heard. Big Coulee District's future and that of the Oyate are in your hands.

We understand that bullying and dishonesty have been a way of conducting business in our District. This can and will change but only with your participation and your involvement in District affairs.

I am not alone in stating that there are no legitimate reasons for my removal. The truth is that I have been working ethically hard at representing your best interests which ensure a strong Oyate.

We know that with clear financial and legal assessments, we [each District] can soundly rely on a stable Oyate government to provide for us. We know that efforts to impede, via Tribal Council leader removal, including mine, are a design and product of corrupt individuals who wish to destabilize our government so that improper past and current financial and illegal activity remain unresolved.

Big Coulee members, I urge you to stand with me and say 'NO' to those who unilaterally wish to go against your wishes and I also thank you for your support.

First snow storm of the season strikes

The first winter storm hit the region last week, bringing rain, sleet, snow and high winds that shut down schools, businesses, Tribal offices last Friday and made travel extremely hazardous over the weekend.

The Tribal closure caused the Heipa District Councilman's removal hearing to be re-scheduled yet again, this time until Wednesday, October 16, at 10:00 a.m.

Woodrow W. Keeble nominated for ND Native American Hall of Fame

SWO Tribal Chairman Donovan White announced he has nominated the late Master Sgt. Woodrow W. Keeble, Medal of Honor recipient, to be considered for induction into the 2019 North Dakota Native American Hall of Fame.

The North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission is partnering the State Historical Society of North Dakota and the State Historical Society Foundation to establish the Native American Hall of Honor.

The Hall is a new annual program recognizing Native Americans who have gone above and beyond in representing their tribe and culture.

It is located in the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum in Bismarck.

The program recognizes traditional and contemporary achievements in four categories: Arts and Culture, Athletics, Leadership and Veterans. Nominations can be made of people who are living or in memoriam.

Up to two people per category will be considered for acceptance into the Hall each year.

Chairman White nominated Woodrow W. Keeble when he was in Bismarck last month at the Tribal Leaders Summit.

From the desk of Geri Opsal, Tribal Veteran Service Officer

*This week! FIRST VETERANS COFFEE /BREAKFAST GATHERING: Wednesday October 16, 2019 @ 9:00 - 10:30 AM at Dakota Crossing Restaurant. Gabe had this great idea to get together once a month for all veterans to come together to have coffee and just the comradery of other Veterans. if you would like to come but need a ride you can either call Gabe at 419-1007 or call the SWO transit. We hope to have a good showing and just let other veterans out there that we all care about each other.

*VETERANS DAY POW WOW 2019 DATES ARE Nov. 8-10, 2019. I will be handling the Princess Contest again and would like to reach out to those Veteran Judges that helped last year to again be part of this wonderful event. RFP for crown has been posted in the Sota this week. We are asking that any previous/past Veterans Princess please attend the crowning and dance in our winner of 2019-2020 Veterans Princess. The Pow Wow Committee is: Danielle DeCoteau - (605) 467-1206, Jessie Chanku - (605) 956-0197, Delano Renville - (605) 268-0354, Mike Greeley - (605) 924-1214, DeWayne Boyd - (605) 924-1231, Clayton Ellingson - (605) 924-1266 . The poster is out in this week Sota edition.

*CROWN BIDS: Please see the advertisement for bid request in the Sota paper this week. It's also on FB but we are seeking bids for the SWO princess 2019-2020! If you have any questions feel free to call me at 268-0502.

*Flu Shot Clinics for Veterans enrolled In VA health care:

- Fargo VAMC 10/3-9-16-24-29, 2019 9AM-2:30PM - third floor auditorium

- Fargo VAMC 10/15-22, 2019 4-6PM - first floor primary care.

*The Warrior Tradition will be aired on Veterans Day on PBS, see the link for the trailer at

Please feel free to check it out. Thank you.

*VETERANS: Please make sure if you have a family member serving active duty or deployed you send me their name,. Contact info to: 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. The higher the score the better you can get the MOS that you desire.

DATES TO REMEMBER: Veterans Christmas Party! December 5, 2019 11-1 PM at the Tribal Rotunda! Mark your calendars so that you come and enjoy this fun even of Veterans sharing company! If you have questions, feel free to call me at 268-0502.

*NADL APPLICATION POSTED ON THE SWO WEBSITE: Thanks to Dawn Drum for posting the NADL application to the VSO Website. Here is the link: 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.


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

GERI OPSAL, TVSO 605-268-0502






"Getting the job done, overcoming adversity" – Billie Sutton speaks to the Sisseton community

By Alana Little Bird and CD Floro

Our Oyate may know Billie Sutton through his political role as a Senator in the South Dakota Legislature and as the Democrat challenger who gave Kristi Noem a horse race finish in the most recent campaign for governor.

He came to the pow wow grounds last July 4th and spoke about what "we" united might do in the South Dakota executive branch.

Despite the loss at the polls, you don't see discouragement when you see Billie.

Not at all, instead you see something very strong and very determined.

Twelve years ago, on October 4th, 2007, the pro rodeo cowboy bronc rider from a ranch outside of Burke, SD, had his life utterly changed.

It was a split second when he was going to compete in the bronc ride in the Badlands Circuit rodeo finals at Minot, North Dakota rodeo, when it happened.

The horse reared up and Billie's back was broken.

The rider was instantly paralyzed, suffering two broken vertebrae and damage to the spine.

But now Billie talks about perseverance.

He talks about it like it's his passion.

And he explains its importance and how important it is that everyone sees people for their abilities and not for their disability.

This message is what's behind Sutton Leadership Institute, which Billie formed earlier this year.

He talked about the Institute's search for young leaders, individuals willing to work hard who are civic minded and want to serve others.

And "let's not assume someone can or cannot do things because they have disabilities," he said.

"Let's assume it makes them a better person."

Billie sees the project as challenging people to take on problems and find solutions.

While there is no age limit, the search is for people settled in their community, young professionals or middle-age, who are done with college, who want to make an impact on their community.

The Institute offers a one-year program, with funding from businesses, tribes, and donations.

Some of its goals are:

*Creating regional needs-based scholarships.

*Registering high school seniors to vote.

*Encouraging Native American youth to run for public office.

Right now, there are 13 members in the program, representing different ethnic backgrounds, with different perspectives on how to help their communities.

Billie offered these final words at the local NDEAM meeting:

"You never know what people are going through, so treat people with cognizance."

"Let's just be good people."

After speaking, awards were presented recognizing local programs and businesses for hiring people with disabilities, and a meal was served.

The NDEAM event was sponsored by the Board of Vocational Rehabilitation, Board of Services to the Blind & Visually Impaired, Statewide Independent Living Council, Sisseton School District, Grant County ARC, and Grant/Roberts Disability Support Services.


The non-partisan Billie Sutton Leadership Institute is dedicated to inspiring and preparing the next generation of leaders to build a stronger South Dakota and more vibrant communities and workplaces through service to others.

For more information, check out its website:

GPTCHB Awarded $4.7 million to combat health issues

Rapid City, SD – Oct. 10, 2019 – The Great Plains Tribal Chairmen' s Health Board's (GPTCHB) Good Health and Wellness Program has been awarded a Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country, Component 2 Cooperative Agreement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for 4.7 million over 5 years (2019-2024).

Established in 2014, GPTCHB's Great Plains Good Health and Wellness (GPGHW) program, has used evidence-informed, culturally rooted health promotion and disease prevention initiatives to help Great Plains area tribes combat high rates of obesity, commercial tobacco use, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. This new funding will allow GPGHW to continue to expand on these efforts.

"We are very thankful for this opportunity to continue to be a part of CDC's Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country Initiative and to build on the success of the Great Plains Good Health and Wellness program. Since 2014 our program has provided funding, training and technical assistance to Great Plains Area tribes/tribal partners to implement community-driven policy, system and environmental (PSE) change strategies within their communities. Our tribal partners have found great success in infusing their cultural values, norms to improve health across the region," said GPTGHW Director, Nichole Cottier.

The Great Plains Good Health and Wellness (GPGHW) program provides training, technical assistance and evaluation support to all Great Plains area tribes in the areas of physical activity, nutrition, breastfeeding, tobacco prevention, team-based care, and community-clinical linkages to support the prevention of heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. GPGHW also hosts a monthly Community Health Webinar Series and an annual Good Health and Community Wellness Symposium to help support and sustain the PSE and community-clinical linkage strategies being implemented in the Great Plains area.

Successful projects have included improved access to physical activity such as traditional games, the creation of a mobile health screening unit, the creation, and expansion of community gardens to include traditional foods, and the passing and enforcement of no-smoking policies, just to name a few. Several short films about the successes of this program are available on the GPTCHB's Facebook page.

The Great Plains Tribal Chairmen's Health Board is established to provide the tribal nations in the Great Plains region with a formal representative Board as a means of communicating and participating with the Great Plains Area Indian Health Service and other Health and Human Services entities and organizations on health matters.

Recognizing Native Americans' Day

By Governor Kristi Noem

October 11, 2019

Each October, we celebrate Native Americans' Day – an opportunity to honor South Dakota's nine Native American tribes, as well as their heritage, culture, and tradition.

This day is particularly meaningful for me. Ever since I began my career in public service, I've worked with tribal chairmen and presidents to create a stronger future for Native American communities. On a few occasions, tribes have presented me with a Star Quilt – a Native American symbol of honor and protection. This is an incredible encouragement, and it motivates me to continue tackling the challenges that confront tribal communities.

We all know that education equips kids with the tools they need for success. But what happens when that isn't available? Right now, the Oglala Lakota County School District serves 22 communities within 2,000 square miles but operates only from virtual locations.

This fall, I announced a partnership with the Oglala Lakota County school district to build the first physical, public high school on the Pine Ridge Reservation and the first Career and Technical Education (CTE) high school on a reservation in South Dakota. This will have a profound impact on the economic growth of Oglala Lakota County, bolstering the area's workforce and empowering students with real-life skills that will help them succeed long after graduation.

We're also confronting the safety challenges Native American women face. More than four in five Native American women experience sexual violence in their lifetimes and are murdered 10 times more often than the national average.

On July 1, a bill became law that will allow us to further raise awareness, collect data, and implement laws to protect indigenous women from trafficking and kidnapping. It paves avenues for us to partner with other states, tribal governments, and law enforcement agencies to bring these women home.

Additionally, I've worked extensively with tribal and community leaders to address our statewide meth epidemic. This spring, I held South Dakota's first State-Tribal Meth Summit that brought together state, federal, and tribal leaders to discuss meth prevention, enforcement, and treatment. At the conference, Chairman Boyd Gourneau of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe said that "meth is literally killing our people. It's important we talk about it, but it's more important that we do something about it."

And we're doing something about it.

A few weeks after the summit, I hosted 10 tribal leaders at the Governor's Residence to discuss the action steps we can take to combat meth on reservations. In the days since, one tribe has been awarded a federal grant for $100,000 per year for five years to assist with a component of their Child Protection Program. Two tribal K-9 units are registering to become state-certified – a benefit to both the tribe and state. My team will also be kicking off the most extensive meth awareness campaign South Dakota has ever seen in the coming weeks. We are committed to doing more to continue this open dialogue and keep our communities safe.

I'm proud of the rich tribal heritage that's woven into South Dakota, and I'm grateful that we set aside a day to recognize that legacy. Take some time this fall to learn more about our State's rich cultural history and tribal heritage. By learning more about each other and working together to address critical problems, we can truly embrace the meaning of the word Dakota – or ally.

Celebrating Native Americans' Day in South Dakota

By U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.)

Oct. 11, 2019

For 29 years, South Dakotans have celebrated Native Americans' Day instead of Columbus Day. The late Governor George Mickelson, along with the editor of the Native Sun News, Tim Giago, and tribal leaders, worked together to proclaim 1990 the Year of Reconciliation. The decision to change Columbus Day to Native Americans' Day was made during the Year of Reconciliation by the state legislature as a way to honor the deep history of the tribal people who have long called this land their home.

Throughout the Year of Reconciliation, and every year since, we have worked to preserve the culture and history of Native American people, acknowledge our challenges and work together on the issues we face. Native Americans make up around 10 percent of our state's population, and South Dakota is home to nine tribal reservations. It is important for all South Dakotans to understand the history and hardships that Native Americans have gone through so we can have a better understanding of one another. During my time working as governor, we wanted to honor the 20th anniversary of the Year of Reconciliation. 2010 was declared the "Year of Unity," in recognition of the need to continue building upon the legacy and work of those who came before us. It was also an opportunity for us to celebrate our diversity.

Throughout my time working as governor, and now as a senator, forging strong relationships with tribal leaders and members has been a priority. While tribal governments are sovereign, we often work together on different issues. For example, I introduced legislation in the Senate to require an assessment of the Indian Health Service's (IHS) management, healthcare delivery processes and finances so it can better serve its patients. Before I introduced that bill, I consulted with tribal leaders to make sure we're on the same page since the problems at the IHS are directly impacting tribal members.

This summer, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General released a report on the Indian Health Service's management of the closure and reopening of the Rosebud Hospital Emergency Department. The report reaffirmed the need for an assessment of the troubled agency. It showed that IHS hasn't made significant efforts to improve its facilities or the care it delivers to tribal members. It is unacceptable, and I'll continue fighting to clean up IHS.

I've also prioritized making improvements to tribal veterans' health care. Earlier this year, I joined Sen. John Thune to re-introduce a bill that would improve tribal veterans' access to health care. Our goal is to streamline care for eligible Native American veterans who receive care at both the IHS and the VA to make it simpler and more convenient for the veterans who have sacrificed so much for our country.

We've re-introduced the RESPECT Act this Congress, which would repeal outdated, offensive laws against Native Americans. Once again, we worked on this legislation in consultation with tribal leaders. It passed out of the Senate last Congress, but wasn't able to get out of the House. We are optimistic it will move forward this Congress, since it has strong bipartisan, bicameral support, including from Rep. Dusty Johnson who was one of the original sponsors.

This Native Americans' Day, I honor and celebrate all tribal members, whose culture and traditions are woven into the fabric of our society. I will continue working closely with tribal leaders to find solutions to the problems we face so we can leave behind a brighter future for the next generation.

StrongHearts awarded more than $2.7 million to expand domestic violence, sexual assault services

Today leadership from StrongHearts announced it has been awarded more than $2.7 million in federal grants to expand its culturally-based domestic violence and sexual assault services.

Oct. 19, 2019

The funds will be utilized to extend the helpline's operating hours to 24 hours a day, develop services to assist survivors of sexual violence, as well as implement digital chat services to even better serve those impacted by violence in Native communities across the United States. Launch dates for the digital chat service and 24-7 operating hours will be released at a later time.

Domestic violence and sexual assault are long-standing issues in Native communities. According to the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), for American Indians and Alaska Natives:

More than 56 percent had experienced sexual violence.

More than 55 percent had experienced intimate partner violence.

Of the estimated 1.5 million Native women who had experienced violence, 97 percent of the violence was committed by a non-Indian perpetrator (ex. individuals of other races).

Women from the StrongHearts Native Helpline are available for interviews to talk about:

the extent of domestic violence, dating violence and sexual violence across Indian Country, and

why 24-7 helpline operations, digital chat services, and sexual assault services are needed.

About the StrongHearts Native Helpline

Created by and for American Indians and Alaska Natives across the United States, the StrongHearts Native Helpline (1-844-7NATIVE), a project of the National Indigenous Women's Resource Center, the National Domestic Violence Hotline, and the Family Violence Prevention and Services Program, is a free, culturally-appropriate and confidential service dedicated to serving Native Americans affected by domestic violence and dating violence. By dialing 1-844-762-8483, anytime from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. CST, seven days a week, callers can connect for free, one-on-one, with knowledgeable StrongHearts advocates who can provide immediate, peer-to-peer support and referrals to resources to help callers find safety and healing. Learn more about the StrongHearts Native Helpline at

INCA to hold annual conference

Taos, New Mexico – The Indian Nations Conservation Alliance (INCA) will be hosting their annual National Tribal Conservation Districts Conference, November 5-7, 2019, at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa in Catoosa, Oklahoma.

This national three-day event will feature the following topics: a panel discussion on the memorandum of agreement signed between the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA); a presentation and breakout session on Industrial Hemp regulations and opportunities in Indian Country; the 2018 Farm Bill- Business and NRCS program availability in Indian Country; and, several breakout sessions covering topics from agroforestry, biocontrol success stories, climate change, irrigation and conservation, and technology in Indian County; training for Tribal Conservation Districts; and student recruitment to success stories told by established Tribal Conservation Districts. The conference will conclude with a tour hosted by the Oklahoma NRCS and the Cherokee Nation. A traditional Cherokee feast will be included.

INCA would like to thank the Natural Resource Conservation Service, Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service, and the Cherokee Nation for making this event possible.

"Conservation alliance and tribes working together are the key for enhancements and successes to natural resource stability in Indian Country," stated Delane Atcitty, INCA Executive Director.

Registration is $250. Scholarships are available by contacting Sadie Lister by email at or by calling (928) 637-5633.

For further information and a full agenda, log on to INCA's website at or by calling (575) 779-9331.

Combined law enforcement operation "Invictus Civitas" arrests 246 in Yakima

Spokane, WA – Oct. 10, 2019 –William D. Hyslop, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, announced that a 15-week-long joint federal, state, local and Tribal law enforcement initiative has resulted in 246 arrests of fugitives and violent offenders in Yakima County. Fifty-four percent of the arrests were gang-related. The arrests involved a variety of criminal charges, including homicide, assault, sexual assault, extortion, kidnapping, robbery, weapons offenses, burglary, failure to register as a sex offender and narcotics violations.

Operation "Invictus Civitas" (Undefeatable Community) has been a coordinated Project Safe Neighborhoods violence reduction initiative led by the U.S. Marshal Service and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Washington. Federal, state, local and Tribal law enforcement partners reduce violent crime within Yakima, Yakima County and the Yakama Reservation by identifying and arresting violent fugitives and criminal offenders, and by targeting violent gang activity. The operation collected and utilized intelligence information leading to the systematic removal of individuals charged with committing violent crimes.

Operation "Invictus Civitas" launched on June 3, 2019. As part of this coordinated and targeted initiative, the arrests included: nine for sexual offenses; 62 for assaults; 19 for robberies; 29 for weapons violations; five for homicides; one for kidnapping; one for arson; 15 for burglaries; 63 for narcotics violations; and 40 for other crimes.

In addition, Operation "Invictus Civitas" resulted in the seizure of 33 firearms, nearly 4.5 pounds of controlled substances, over $37,000 in U.S. currency, a ballistic vest, and 12 vehicles that were either stolen and recovered or seized as a result of criminal activity.

"The revitalized Project Safe Neighborhoods program is a major success," said Attorney General William P. Barr. "It packs a powerful punch by combining advanced data with local leadership, further reducing violence in communities across the country and improving overall public safety. U.S. Attorneys continue to focus their enforcement efforts against the most violent criminals and work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal police. The Justice Department's relationships across the board have never been stronger."

U.S. Attorney Hyslop said, "No violent crime is acceptable in the Eastern District of Washington. Operation 'Invictus Civitas' has been hugely successful. And it highlights the joint commitment, dedication, and partnership between our state, local, Tribal and federal partners in combatting violent crime and removing violent criminals and gang members from the community to face justice. I commend the outstanding work and tireless efforts of all our law enforcement partners. In addition, Maike & Associates provided tremendous data analysis and support as the Project Safe Neighborhoods research partner."

U.S. Marshal Craig Thayer, Eastern District of Washington, commented that, "The 246 violent offenders safely arrested during Operation 'Invictus Civitas' are testament to the dedication and professionalism of the participating law enforcement agencies. Our communities are safer because of this success. We recognize that there are still those who are committing illegal acts against the community, and we want them to know that we are committed to protecting the community from violent crime going forward."

Operation "Invictus Civitas" is a joint United States Marshal Service, Operation Triple Beam, Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) and Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force initiative geared toward reducing violent crime in the Yakima region. Project Safe Neighborhoods is a national initiative that brings together federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement officials, prosecutors, and community leaders to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in a community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. Yakima County, and specifically the City of Yakima, was selected as a PSN area of focus in 2018 due to its high rates of gang and gun-related violent crime. The U.S. Marshal Service designed Operation "Invictus Civitas" to initiate a community-based, comprehensive, multi-component strategy being implemented over a two-year period.

The Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force (PNVOTF) is a U.S. Marshal Service sponsored partnership composed of federal, state and local law enforcement officers from Washington, Oregon and Alaska. The primary mission of the PNVOTF is to locate, arrest, and return to the justice system the most violent, most egregious federal and state fugitives. Operation "Invictus Civitas" partners include the United States Marshal Service, United States Attorney's Office, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Drug Enforcement Administration, Yakima County Sheriff's Office, Washington State Department of Corrections, Yakima Police Department, Union Gap Police Department, Yakama Nation Department of Public Safety, Benton County Sheriff's Office, Kennewick Police Department, LEAD Task Force, Yakima County Prosecutors Office and Maike & Associates.

Minnesota Indian Affairs Council support for Prairie Island's effort to make Elk Run tribal land

Prairie Island, MN – Oct. 10, 2019 – Business Wire – The Minnesota Indian Affairs Council, which is comprised of representation from Minnesota's federally recognized tribal nations, passed a resolution of support for the Prairie Island Indian Community's effort to obtain federal legislation to settle the Tribe's claims against the federal government. The claims relate to the federal government's failure to protect the Tribe's current reservation and people from ongoing threats from nearby operation of a nuclear power plant where dangerous nuclear waste is stored and from persistent flooding from a federal dam project.

"The federal government put our people in this dangerous and untenable position; it is the federal government's responsibility to address the harm it has caused," said President Buck. "The Army Corps of Engineers flooded our lands when it built Lock and Dam No. 3 just down the river from our reservation; and then the federal government later licensed a nuclear power plant and nuclear waste storage site just 600 yards from our homes, government offices and tribal businesses. The federal government's actions have resulted in an unconscionable threat to our families and our very existence. Federal action to make this right is long overdue."

Rather than suing for a financial settlement, the Tribe is asking Congress for a land settlement. Specifically, the Tribe wants to be compensated by having land from historic territory near Rochester, Minnesota, known as Elk Run, added to its reservation in the same status as its current reservation to provide a safe alternative location for its members to live and work. One of the Tribe's former leaders, Chief Red Wing, encamped in the Elk Run area prior to European settlers moving West.

"Adding the Elk Run property to our reservation land base has deep meaning to our people," said President Buck. "Most importantly, it provides us with a safe alternative homeland, something that is crucial to righting the historical and current wrongs committed against Prairie Island."

MIAC's resolution supports the Tribe's request that Congress take action to compensate the Tribe by providing it with additional reservation land, with the same status as its current reservation, located at a safe distance from the nuclear and flooding threats. MIAC urged the members of the Minnesota Delegation to support these efforts as well. The resolution passed by a vote of 9-0, with Prairie Island abstaining. The Upper Sioux Community was the only Minnesota tribe not present.

In addition to receiving support from MIAC, Prairie Island has secured resolutions and letters of support from a number of local governments, government officials including the cities of Rochester, Pine Island, Oronoco; Goodue and Olmsted Counties; New Haven Township; State Representative Barb Haley; State Senators Dave Senjem and Michael Goggin; and, Xcel Energy.

About the Prairie Island Indian Community

The Prairie Island Indian Community, a federally recognized Indian Nation, is located in southeastern Minnesota along the banks of the Mississippi River, approximately 30 miles from the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Twin nuclear reactors and 44 large steel nuclear waste storage casks sit just 600 yards from Prairie Island tribal homes. A total of 98 casks could be stranded on Prairie Island indefinitely unless the federal government fulfills its commitment to create a permanent storage solution. The only evacuation route off the Prairie Island is frequently blocked by passing trains. The Tribe has been pushing for the removal of the nuclear waste since 1994 when Xcel Energy was first allowed to store the waste near its reservation. On the web:

Assistant Secretary Sweeney hosts Reclaiming Our Native Communities Roundtable in Rapid City, SD

Washington, DC – Oct. 9, 2019 – Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs Tara Katuk Sweeney today hosted the fourth in a series of Reclaiming Our Native Communities roundtables in Rapid City, S.D.

Purpose of the roundtables is to hear from tribal leaders, public safety and domestic violence prevention advocates, law enforcement, and health care providers on what the federal government in general and Indian Affairs, in particular, need to do to seriously address the issue of missing and murdered American Indian and Alaska Native women, children and men.

Indian Affairs is looking at approaches that seek the reduction of violent crime, tackling the opioid crisis, human trafficking, solving cold cases, and resolving jurisdictional issues across Indian Country.

"Our public safety problems are complex and vary by community, which is why this collaboration is critical to our ability to successfully aid tribes in reclaiming their communities from the scourge of violent crime and domestic violence that threaten Native people and families," Assistant Secretary Sweeney said.

"We need to continue to refine our strategies and maximize partnerships to deliver services with limited resources. That is why these roundtables are such valuable opportunities for us to hear directly from tribal leaders, and community professionals and advocates on these matters."

Joining the Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs in speaking to the attendees were Charles Addington, Deputy Bureau Director - Office of Justice Services, Bureau of Indian Affairs, in Washington, D.C., and Timothy LaPointe, Regional Director of the BIA Great Plains Regional Office in Aberdeen, S.D.

Other speakers include officials from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Department of Justice officials, the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen's Association, the North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission, the Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs, and the Great Plains Tribal Epidemiology Center.

The challenges that perpetuate the pattern of structural violence are a defining characteristic of life in many tribal communities, such as jurisdictional conflicts, a lack of emergency services, and limited law enforcement resources. The statistics are a stark reminder of the extent of the problem:

· Sixty-one percent of American Indian and Alaska Native women (or three out of five) have been assaulted in their lifetimes, 34 percent of Native women are raped in their lifetimes, and 39 percent are victims of domestic violence. (NCAI Policy Research Center)

· American Indians and Alaska Natives are two-and-a-half times as likely to experience violent crimes – and at least two times more likely to experience rape or sexual assault crimes – compared to all other races. (NCAI Policy Research Center)

· According to a 2010 Government Accountability Office study, United States Attorneys declined to prosecute nearly 52 percent of violent crimes that occur in Indian Country. They also declined to prosecute 67 percent of sexual abuse and related matters that occur in Indian Country. (Report: U.S. Department of Justice Declinations of Indian Country Criminal Matters)

· According to the U.S. Department of Justice's National Institute of Justice, nearly 83 percent of Native Americans have experienced some form of violence in their lifetime. That is nearly 3 million people who have experienced aggressive physical or sexual violence.

· Native American female victims are more likely to need services, but are less likely to have access to those services. More than one-third of Native women were unable to receive necessary services at all. (Report: U.S. Department of Justice Declinations of Indian Country Criminal Matters)

Since June of this year, Assistant Secretary Sweeney has been involved with three listening sessions within Indian Country, including Alaska. The first was hosted by the Gila River Indian Community in Sacaton, Ariz., where Trump Administration officials met face-to-face with tribal leaders from across the U.S. to discuss improving public safety in Indian Country and highlight Interior's commitment to that goal. That engagement, which was well-received, was followed by two more roundtables held in Bethel and Nome, Alaska, in August.

The Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs oversees the BIA, the oldest bureau in the Department of the Interior.

The BIA director is responsible for managing the bureau's day-to-day operations through four offices – Indian Services, Justice Services, Trust Services, and Field Operations. These offices directly administer and operate, or fund tribally operated, BIA infrastructure, economic development, law enforcement and justice, social services (including child welfare), tribal governance, and trust land and natural and energy resources management programs for 573 federally recognized American Indian and Alaska Native tribes through 12 regional offices and 81 agencies.

President Trump approves third SD disaster request

Pierre, SD – Oct. 8, 2019 – Governor Kristi Noem today announced that President Trump has approved the State's request for a third Presidential Disaster Declaration, covering the damage done by severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding that occurred June 30-July 21.

The declaration will allow federal money to be used to help local government entities recover from infrastructure damage in Butte, Gregory, Kingsbury, Lawrence, Meade, and Tripp counties, as well as the Cheyenne River and the Lower Brule Indian Reservations. A preliminary assessment of the damage was estimated to be $2.5 million.

"Many counties have been plagued by heavy rainfall and flooding time and time again this year," said Noem. "I appreciate that the President and FEMA continue to understand the impact these storms and heavy rains have had on South Dakota and are willing to help us recover."

In her request for a disaster declaration, Noem told the President that many areas had experienced record rainfall which resulted in flooding of roads and other infrastructure. Confirmed tornadoes and high winds caused property damage in other areas. She said two of the state's major industries, agricultural and tourism, have been impacted.

"As you can see, South Dakota has been battered by storm after storm that continue to further erode our valuable public infrastructure," wrote the Governor.

This is the third federal disaster declaration for South Dakota this year. South Dakota received a federal disaster declaration in June for severe winter storms and flooding that occurred March 13-April 26 and that affected 58 counties and three reservations. A second disaster declaration for the period of May 26-June 7 was approved in September for flooding and storms that occurred in 25 counties and two reservations.

FEMA officials are now in South Dakota working on the first two federal disaster declarations and will continue to work on the third. More details on the process for the third disaster declaration will be announced at a later date.

Need for part-time workers –

SWO Census 2020

Submitted by Crystal Owen

SWO Community Planner

The SWO is seeking members for a Complete Count Committee (CCC) to assist with the 2020 Census. This committee will assist will plan and implement locally-based outreach campaigns that raise awareness of the census and ultimately increase self-response and participation rates.

We need the help of community members, Tribal Program Managers, Tribal College Students, Tribal employees, members or board members of Tribal Housing, members of the community who are interested in helping to raise awareness about the census.

We need a representative from every district, we need input on how to insure that everyone is counted in the 20202 census because our count of tribal representation is important to funding allocations in the future but more important the count is to show the world that the Dakota's the tribal nations are growing, we are still here, no one can keep us down!

Please read the SWO Tribal Council Resolution on the 2020 Census Proclamation.

If you are interested in being involved in this very important work please plan to attend a meeting on October 16, 2019 at the SWO Administration Building from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. with census representative Dew Bad Warrior.

Please call Crystal Owen, SWO Community Planner 605-698-8214 for more information.

We count on you to be there!

Editorials –

Ask Annie advice column –

My Name is Heroin

Annie Lane column – October 5, 2019 – Taken from the advice column and shared at the request of SWO member Dennis Isaac Seely.

Dear Annie: I'm raising my two grandchildren, ages 6 and 5. My wife and I have court-ordered custody of them. Our daughter, their mother, is a heroin addict and, like most heroin addicts, seems completely helpless to the drug's powerful hold. I wrote the following poem that appeared in my home paper, The Bartlett Express, a few years ago. It was shared online thousands of times. It would mean a great deal to me if you were to print it. Maybe, just maybe, it will prevent a teenager from trying the deadly drug that first time. — Tennessee Papa

Hello, young person.

My name is Heroin.

It is so good to meet you for the first time. And I just know we are going to be the best of friends.

Go ahead: Try me. Don't pay any attention to what your parents and society have been telling you your whole life about me.

I promise you will LOVE me!

I will take you by the hand and take you to places of warmth and happiness and joy the likes of which you've never dreamed.

I guarantee you, we will become inseparable!

Because while I have you by the hand, I will also take you by the throat in a vice-like grip that will make it hard for you to breathe. Everything in your life that used to be so important will pale in comparison to the relationship you and I will have.

I will own you.

You will do whatever it takes to keep me around.

You will lose job after job. But I'm expensive, so you will steal from your friends and family. You will find creative ways to pay for me because what used to be enough of me will soon not be nearly enough.

Unless you're incredibly lucky, you'll spend time in jail because of me. But I'm worth it. I must be because you'll return to me at the first possible moment you're able.

Because now you're weak, and I'm incredibly strong.

Don't have kids because you'll ignore them. And neglect them. And eventually lose them.

Because I'm more important than even them.

Rehab? Forget about it.

Oh, you'll try. Several times. But only a precious few are able to cut ties with me permanently.

You'll discover that you hate me.

There's really only one way that I'll release my hold on you.

When years of addiction finally take their toll. When life with me is no longer worth living. When either disease or desperation reach that final inevitable conclusion.

When my grip finally chokes the very life out of you.

When your heart stops, I'll stop.

And then you'll be gone.

But I'll still be around. Looking. Always looking.

For that next victim.

Ah, there's one.

Hello, young person.

My name is Heroin.

Dear Tennessee Papa: I am happy to print your poem, though sorry that this message needs to be shared. For anyone struggling with addiction, call the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's 24/7 national helpline at 1-800-662-4357.

Brief editorial comments from the editor's desk –

On and Off the Lake Traverse Reservation

Please read the op-ed articles by Chairman White and Big Coulee District Councilwoman Lisa Jackson in this week's Sota.

Oyate, you need to know what is going on inside your Tribal government.


Staff at the Woodrow W. Keeble Memorial Health Care Center held a ribbon-cutting and open house last Tuesday to show off their new 3D mammography clinic.

SWO Tribal Secretary Myrna Thompson was present for the ribbon-cutting, and so was our Assistant Editor Shannon White.

Please watch next week for Shannon's article and photos of the welcome new addition to the services available at our local IHS unit.

Also, please note that this month, October, is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and our Community Health Educators have special events lined up throughout the month.

Please see a complete listing in this Sota.

To show support, men are invited to come and "Take a Walk in Her Shoes" Wednesday, October 30th, in the admin building rotunda.

Besides being fun it is an opportunity to support the women in our lives who battle with this form of cancer.


Billie Sutton was featured speaker for last week's community observance of National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

Alana Little Bird covered the event for readers, and we invite you to check out her report in this week's Sota.

Billie serves as a role model for all of us, regardless of our physical attributes.


Please read the information in this week's issue regarding the drug Kratom.

Here is what Audrey German, Director of the Community Health Education program, has to say about it: "We are seeing a lot of the product call Viva Zen that has kratom in it that is being sold in many of our city and tribal stores. And it's not cheap – 8.99 a bottle! It is being labeled as an herbal supplement and that is misleading. Kratom can be addicting."

So please become educated about its potential for misuse, and hopefully our Oyate make good choices.


Our Veterans Service Office is once again coordinating the annual kids coat drive.

Coats, mittens, gloves, caps, scarves, snow pants and snow boots are all welcome!

For information, please see the notice elsewhere in the Sota or contact Geri or Gabe.

This sixth annual community drive will run through November.


Please take time to read the open letter from "Sinjin" Sartwell in this issue, also see the sample of his artistic talent (pencil drawing).

While in solitary confinement, he has found a voice not only for himself but for others of our incarcerated oyate.


Elder's meditation:

"The greatest obstacle to the internal nature is the mind. If it relies on logic the domain of the inner nature is inaccessible. The simple fact is a man does not challenge the wisdom of the Holy Mystery."

–Turtleheart, TETON SIOUX

Why is it we need to analyze and understand everything? The Great Mystery has designed certain areas of creation to be a mystery because humans usually misuse it. We use the Great Mystery and see it unfold only under the direction of the Great Spirit. The Creator is in charge.


Len Wright – Oct. 11, 2019 – They asked a Shaman...


"What is poison?

- Anything beyond what we need is poison.

It can be power, laziness, food, ego, ambition, vanity, fear, anger, or whatever.


- What is fear?

Non acceptance of uncertainty. If we accept uncertainty, it becomes adventure.


What is envy?

- No acceptance of good in the other.

If we accept good, it becomes inspiration.


What is anger?

- No acceptance of what is beyond our control.

If we accept, it becomes tolerance.


What is hate?

- Non-acceptance of people as they are.

If we accept unconditionally, it becomes love.

— celebrating victory.


Words to consider (or, perhaps not!):

The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority. The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority. The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking. - A. A. Milne (1882 - 1956)

There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality. - Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)

The advantage of a bad memory is that one enjoys several times the same good things for the first time. - Friedrich Nietzsche (1844 - 1900)

A rumor without a leg to stand on will get around some other way. - John Tudor

A little learning is a dangerous thing but a lot of ignorance is just as bad. - Bob Edwards

Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there. - Will Rogers (1879 - 1935)


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

For submission deadlines and other information, see below:

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Obituaries –

Services held for Billy Left Hand

Mass of Christian Burial for William "Billy" Left Hand, 57, of Ft. Yates was held Wednesday morning, October 2, 2019 at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Kenel, ND.

Officiating was Fr. Jim Hoerter.

Casket bearers were Wesley White Eagle, Brad Laundreaux, Denver Baker, Delyle Left Hand, Robby Rough Surface, Horase Gibbs, Cody Fischer, Chet Fischer.

Interment was in the Left Hand Family Cemetery under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge.

William passed away Wednesday, September 25, 2019, at Sanford Medical Center in Bismarck.

Billy was born February 10, 1962 at Ft. Yates, ND.

He passed away on September 25, 2019 at Bismarck, ND.

He is survived by his children Shana, Kateri, Andrew, Shantelle, Billy, Shayla, all his grandchildren, Clayton, Faye, Carmen, Shannon, Delyle, Clayce Left Hand, brother, Mike Left Hand.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents Ambrose Left Hand, Harriet Rough Surface, parents Virginia Left Hand and Dicky Laplante, and children Billy Jean, Derrick, and Camila Left Hand.

Funeral services held for Kenneth Lawrence

Kenneth Melvin Lawrence, age 67 and a resident of Konawa, Oklahoma, passed away Friday, October 4, 2019 at his home.

Visitation was in the home, with a wake service Tuesday evening, October 8, at his home.

A graveside service was held Wednesday afternoon, October 9, 2019 under direction of Swearingen Funeral Home of Konawa, with Rev. Billie Coon officiating.

Burial followed at the Lawrence Country Estates.

Casket bearers were Waylon Cotanny, Brian Wheeler, Hank Harjo, Tristan Lawrence, Keanan Lawrence, and Malik Wanna-Lawrence.

Honorary bearers were Hunter Wheeler, Jerry Hayes, Lucian Wheeler, Grant Cotanny, and Sam Wheeler.

Kenneth was born July 31, 1952 in Sisseton, SD.

He married Bianca Jeanine Cotanny December 6, 1981 in Oklahoma City, and he worked as a painter for General Motors.

He enjoyed playing in his band, called "Country Thunder," and he enjoyed playing softball.

He is survived by parents, Mike and Sylvia Owens; two sons, William Lawrence and husband, Tony Jordan of Midwest City, Oklahoma, and Kenneth C. Lawrence of Konawa, Oklahoma; three daughters, Jessica Dillera of Calvin, Oklahoma, Kendrea Lawrence of Ada, Oklahoma, and Crystal Harjo and husband, Hank of Konawa; three brothers, Vernon White, Sammy Lawrence, and Gary Brown, all of Sisseton, South Dakota; four sisters, Linda Obago of Peever, South Dakota, Deborah Divine of Sisseton, South Dakota, Dina Owens and husband, Todd also of Sisseton, and June Richards and husband, James of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; eleven grandchildren, Tristan Lawrence, Keanan Lawrence, Denytra Lafontaine, Mysteri Dillera, Heavenly Dillera, Malik Wanna-Lawrence, Netanya Lawrence, Alyssa Givens, Tyler Deegan, Jordan Deegan, and Khoen McBeth; six great grandchildren, Korbin Gericho Lawrence, Kyler Gericho Lawrence, Hudson Allen Hanan, Kaden Lane Lawrence, Teagan Lee Lafontaine, and Lennyx Wilford Lafontaine; and numerous other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Bianca Lawrence; one son, Kenny Deegan, two sisters, Melodie Lawrence and Jackie Anderson; one brother, Dennis Deegan; and one great granddaughter, Emma Lawrence.

Fay BlueCloud Dano services

Funeral service for Fay BlueCloud Mahpiya To Dano, 77, of Fargo, ND formerly of Sisseton, SD, was held Thursday afternoon, October 10, 2019, at Ascension Presbyterian Church, Big Coulee, SD with Jr. Heminger CLP officiating and Mary Beth Kirk pianist.

Pallbearers were Reuben Dano, Fred Hernandez, John Redday, Micah Kohl, Avery Finley, Tanner Sager, and Jeremy RedEagle.

Honorary pallbearers were Darren Dennison, Avina Hayes, Nancy Ortiz, Billie, Hamdi, Alta Heminger, Susan Nichimoto, Suzy Sloan, Mauri, Autumn Sager, Patti Williams, and Josh Wayt.

Inurnment will be held at a later date.

An all-night wake service was held Wednesday at the SWO community center, Agency Village, SD.

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

Fay was born in 1942 in Big Coulee, South Dakota.

During her rich and varied life, she travelled far and wide, living for a time as far away as Alaska, and for many years in Northern California until her eventual return to the Midwest, where she went to her final rest, in peace, under the loving care of her family.

Throughout her life, in the many places she went and among the many people whose life she touched, she maintained an abiding reverence for the culture and language of her Dakota people.

She was a living source of these for her family and for those others who knew her best.

During her final year, she happily volunteered many hours of recorded interviews to academics working on language preservation.

Fay's life had many joys, much love and laughter.

She was grateful, as she testified in her daily prayer.

Although Fay endured many hardships along her way, she bore all of these with grace, through her faith in God, and her belief in salvation through Jesus Christ and the love of her devoted family.

Fay was always outspoken for how she felt and was unapologetic of her expression of it. She had the creative soul of an artist and a generous loving spirit, materially and spiritually.

Fay Bluecloud Dano died peacefully at home on October 4, 2019 in Fargo, North Dakota at the age of 77.

Fay is survived by her daughter, Cynthia "Nuna" Bell, her son, Darren Dennison, her daughter Tanya Hernandez, her son, Reuben Dano, her granchildren; Ina Marie Murphy, Thomas Jandoman, Melissa & Sarah Atchison , great grandchildren; Rhiannon & Isabella Atchison, Aiden Williams, Chase Eichelberger and Terrance Jandoman and sisters Avina Hayes and Nancy Ortiz and many loved nieces, nephews and grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Gabriel Dano and son, James Silverwolf Dennison.

For Fay's obituary and on-line registry, please visit

Services Monday for Janis LaBatte

Funeral service for Janis LaBatte, Anpa To Iciya Win, "Woman that paints the morning blue," 82, of Veblen, SD was scheduled Monday, October 14, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Kateri's Hall, Sisseton, SD with Fr. Conrad Ciesel, Deacon Bitsey Ciesel, and Pastor Vern Donnell officiating.

Pianist is Kaye Crawford, special music by Butch Felix, and the Drum Group is Arnold Williams.

Pallbearers are Jack Barse, Justin Barse, Austin Barse, Ryan Barse, Elden Wanna, Nick Wanna, Vernon Crawford, Jason LaBatte, Josh LaBatte, Melvin Robertson, Bobby Williams and Louis Williams.

Honorary Pallbearers are Bonnie Thompson, Wanda Thompson, Elaine Parsons, Betty Vrchota, Barbara King, Jackie Wanna, Judy Wolters, Linda Crawford, Darlene Wanna, Kayla White, and Mona Williams. Interment will be in the St. Luke's Cemetery, Veblen, SD.

Interment is in the St. Lukes Cemetery, Veblen, SD.

All-night wake services were held Saturday and Sunday at St. Kateri's Hall.

Janis passed away on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at Tekakwitha Living Center, Sisseton, SD.

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

Janis attended the Sisseton High School graduating in 1956. She worked many places thought out her life such as the Flandreau Indian School, Wahpeton Indian School, and the United States Postal Service in Bismarck, ND which is where she was employed when she retired. Janis then went back to work at the Circle of Nations and also was the District Coordinator for the Veblen District for 10 years.

Janis had a love for all children. She also enjoyed country music, casinos, bingo, singing with her brothers, Chinese food was her favorite, read, watch the World Series and the Super bowl. Her favorite TV show was the Golden Girls.

She loved her 2 dogs Ozie and Vixen.

Janis's house walls were covered with family pictures.

She will be missed by many.

Janis is survived by her son Josh LaBatte; grandson Jason LaBatte; granddaughters Danii Kruschel, Tashina Parisien, Althea Lachowitzer-LaBatte, and Tyann Goodteacher; Four great grandchildren; one sister Yvonne Williams and many nieces and nephews.

Janis is preceded in death by her parents; children David LaBatte, Darren LaBatte, Orville LaBatte Jr., and Cindy LaBatte; sisters Elissa Crawford, Ethelyn Perry, Jean Wanna and brothers Leroy Wanna, Leonard Wanna, Earl Wanna, David Wanna, Lester Wanna and Roger Wanna.

For Janis's obituary and on-line registry, please visit

Services Tuesday for Pearl Owen

Funeral service for Pearl Ineaz Owen, 98, of Peever, SD will be held on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the SWO community center, Agency Village, SD.

Wake service will be Monday at 7:00 p.m. at the community center.

Pearl passed away on Friday, October 11, 2019 at the Bethesda Home in Webster, SD.

Cahill Funeral Chapel, Sisseton, SD is serving the family.

Watch for a complete obituary in next week's Sota.

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.

Open letter to the Oyate

About the Wac'ang'a or Sweetgrass corporation:

Sweet Grass is a non-profit organization established in 1991 by a Sisseton-Wahpeton Tribal Member. The director was Julie Keeble Watts. The non-profit operates on state, federal and tribal funding.

Any non-profits books are to be opened upon request.

Information on Sweet Grass can be obtained for a fee online also. I am sure the funds will match the bookkeeping and yearly audits of this non-profit organization; if not, someone is in "heap big trouble" (Indian humor).

Someone had a vision years ago and was led to name the program after one of the four sacred plants. For sweet grass is also the braid of Mother Earth.

The braid (program) is to be kept in a good sacred manner.

The dwelling must be kept in a sacred way also to heal and protect the many women who are seeking shelter from abuse and trauma.

A sacred protective barrier – such as locked doors and security – is crucial to the success of the program.

The interior can be compared to the heart's four chambers, where life flows. Each room (heart's chamber) held in deep secrecy of sacredness as the female heals. When she heals the Creator blesses those who care for the injured female.

At times the sweet grass or hair of Mother Earth will become undone and when this happens the dwelling needs to be blessed. If the dwelling is left alone or neglected the sweet grass and sacred plants wither and die.

We must not let this happen.

To honor our sacred Dakota women, I share a prayer:

"Grandfather, Grandfather, help us to remember the four sacred Dakota women held responsible for the caring of the sacred braid of Mother Earth. Today we offer to you our Creator tobacco, sage, cedar and sweet grass to bless this program. To bless and send prayers to the four women who are in your midst our Creator. Julie Keeble Watts Creator who had a vision years ago. Marlys Blue Dog for the responsibility of being honest and walking in a sacred way. Mary High Eagle and Christine Fineday for being in a standfast manner next to Marlys. Grandfather, all four women are board members or part of the sacred braid of Mother Earth."

"Grandfather, watch over Ryllis Phillips, Keeper of the books."

"Grandfather, watch over Teresa White the caregiver of the dwelling, and the females who seek shelter there."

"Grandfather, hear our prayers and bring with our prayers back the wisdom to continue on the Red Road. We ask that through you alone Grandfather, that others will smell the spiritual burning tobacco, cedar and sage to assist the four females and those fleeing to the dwelling."

"Grandfather, Creator, hear the voices of the injured women in pain and nourish them with sacred food, water, clothing and shelter. The women finding safety at the braid of Mother Earth You alone, Creator said with prayer 'all things are possible.' Keep evil away from Wac'ang'a Inc."

"Today we start a new journey toward females supporting one another and men stepping up to assist."

(See accompanying drawings.)

Betty Anne Owen, Sioux Falls, SD.

Open letter to the Oyate

Recently Michael Price quit at IHS.

I was also informed that a few more of our permanent providers are leaving as well.

I am so angry and disappointed about this.

I'm not sure what will happen with my job or who will hate me after this but everyone needs to know what is happening and why our healthcare usually sucks. (Sorry for the informality).

You have to know there is serious BS going on when all of your providers leave within three months.

The providers we currently have actually care about us and take the time to review our health history and explain or educate us about our health.

They were all even willing to participate in health fairs and other educational events.

But you know what, they are leaving because of the way things operate and they have no support from the Administration at IHS!

Did you know that a pharmacist oversees the Behavioral Health Department and is the Acting Clinical Director? Somehow a pharmacist can decide what the best option is for mental health care and can override the decision your healthcare provider has made for your health.

Even some of the nurses can't handle permanent providers because the nurse no longer gets to make the decisions.

Pharmacists and nurses should be working with the providers and taking direction from them, not getting salty because they are losing their power and control.

So you see it isn't always IHS providers that are incompetent or bad, rather it is the people in power that refuse to address and fix the situation.

My experience has been that most controversial decisions at our service unit are because "Area Office" said so. However, that isn't true because not all other IHS service units do the same thing in regards to policies etc.

Instead of addressing the serious issues (such as a shortage of providers) attention is focused on petty things like getting written up because you got to your desk at 8:01 a.m.

Every year employee training includes training on the No Fear Act, safety in the workplace, ethics, following the chain of command, etc. Yet everyone is afraid to do or say anything because they don't want to lose their job.

You know who ultimately loses? The people.

Because of the power hungry and control freaks we will be back to having nothing but contract providers and never seeing a provider more than once.

That clinic is there for the people, for our healthcare not to feed someone's ego.

Gypsy Wanna.

Open letter to the Oyate

Sept. 27, 2019

Hi, my name is Sinjin, I am 31 years old and I am a SWO member.

I recently got into an argument with a judge and exchanged words with him, which got me ISO days locked down – solitary confinement.

I've accepted my punishment – however excessive it may seem – and I am going to use this time to dig deep intomy soul and figure some things out.

Since I've been in lockdown – Sept. 9 – I've started writing, and I like it.

What I wasn't quite able to express in my art I can in writing.

It's crazy.

It's an outlet.

A healthy and positive outlet.

I often feel me and my peers don't have a voice, almost like we're outcasts in our tribe because some of the mistakes we've made and the addictions we battle.

Without healthy outlets – art and writing – we tend to gravitate toward gang bangin' and drug life.

Self-destruction seems to be the only option left, or so it seems.

I am not perfect and I am not better than anyone else.

I am just someone with a voice.

A lot of my brothers and sisters feel like they don't have a voice, or that our voices don't matter.

People in power bicker about politics and money, while we're overdosing and slowly killing ourselves with these government regulated poisons.

We're screaming for help!

I don't think they hear us though.


I often hear people tell me that my artistic abilities are a wasted gift or a wasted talent.

I can't help but wonder, is it because the Creator gave them to me?

I don't believe the grand architect of everything in existence makes mistakes, or wastes time creating gifts or talents that have no purpose or are of no use.

I make art for people that appreciate and respect it.

I make art for the people I love and care about.

I make art to express the way I feel inside.

Sometimes angry, sometimes frustrated, sometimes hopeful, and sometimes defiant.

When I am not making art is when my morale is low, and despair is casting its shadow on my soul.

"Tsk, tsk, such a waste."

It may be so, but in my solitude and silence I find solace.

The shadow is receding, and in my mind and soul I search for answers.

I pray for strength and stamina to overcome my demons and maneuver through this maze, so that I can one day be of service to my people.

– Sinjin Sartwell

ISO, solitary confinement, lockdown – a legal opinion

(Editor's note: Going downstairs from the SD State Penitentiary kitchen and walking through the narrow winding tunnel to get to the Jameson gym to meet with our incarcerated brothers carries you past the solitary confinement cells. Imagine the dark, dank gloom of dungeons from the movies and know that it is real and it is brushing alongside you. Then imagine our brothers being "holed up" inside. This opinion is not the subject of Sinjin's open letter but meant to give readers a way to help understand ISO, solitary confinement, or lockdown.)

Stuck in the hole: Our attorneys fight against solitary confinement in prisons and jails

NDH Lawyer Blog on Civil and Human Rights – April 2. 2018 – The 'hole,' 'lockdown,' 'the pound,' 'the SHU,' 'admin seg,' 'ISO'–no matter the name, these words, in the prison context, represent modern-day torture. In prison, solitary confinement is one of the harshest punishments imposed on inmates.

Usually, those in solitary spend 23 hours per day alone in their cell.

Their opportunities for recreation are limited.

Visitation from family and friends is not usually allowed.

Many inmates in solitary confinement can't make phone calls and aren't allowed any reading materials.

Essentially, modern solitary confinement means being trapped inside your own head, with no way to pass the time.

For that reason, long periods spent in solitary confinement can cause mental health issues with long term effects.

Based on those effects, the international community frowns upon the United States' widespread use of solitary confinement as punishment in U.S. prisons.

In fact, the United Nations Committee Against Torture has condemned the United States' use of solitary confinement as a form of torture, and experts in the UN suggest that all countries should ban solitary confinement because the mental health effects are too severe to justify using isolation as a means of punishment.

"[T]he [UN] Committee [Against Torture] remains concerned about reports of extensive use of solitary confinement and other forms of isolation in US prisons, jails and other detention centres for purposes of punishment, discipline and protection, as well as for health-related reasons. It also notes the lack of relevant statistical information available. Furthermore, it is concerned about the use of solitary confinement for indefinite periods of time, and its use against juveniles and individuals with mental disabilities. The full isolation for 22-23 hours a day in super-maximum security prisons is unacceptable."

Research has shown that long periods of isolation can affect mental health.

A prominent expert in this area, Professor Stuart Grassain, explains that "incarceration in solitary caused either severe exacerbation or recurrence of preexisting illness, or the appearance of an acute mental illness in individuals who had previously been free of any such illness."

He continues, noting the long term effects of solitary confinement that last for years after the period of isolation; these symptoms can include "persistent symptoms of post-traumatic stress (such as flashbacks, chronic hypervigilance, and a pervasive sense of hopelessness), but also lasting personality changes—especially including a continuing pattern of intolerance of social interaction, leaving the individual socially impoverished and withdrawn, subtly angry and fearful when forced into social interaction."

Thus, periods in solitary confinement can create new symptoms of mental illnesses, even if the prisoner has never had any mental health issues.

If the prisoner has previously suffered from a mental illness, solitary confinement will only make that mental illness worse.

That is especially dangerous because prisoners are meant to rehabilitate, given the fact that most incarcerated human beings return to society once their sentence is finished.

If prison is creating new mental illnesses and making those that already exist worse, how are inmates supposed to – effectively – reintegrate into society?

The problem in our country is that, even though long stints in solitary can cause these types of mental health symptoms in prisoners with lasting effects, solitary confinement is not considered as cruel and unusual punishment – so it is not outright prohibited by the Eighth Amendment.

The Eighth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution prohibits excessive bail and fines and protects against the use of cruel and unusual punishments.

What "cruel and unusual punishment" actually means though can sometimes be vague.

Currently, solitary confinement is not explicitly considered "cruel and unusual."

The Supreme Court has held, however, that solitary confinement should only be reserved for the most heinous of crimes because it is a punishment marked with "disgrace."

Other courts have held that long periods of time in isolation can be cruel and unusual punishment, especially when the inmate is held there indefinitely, with no determined end date.

(Note: Cases cited.)

SWO Blood Drive brings in 17 volunteers

Sisseton, SD – Oct. 12, 2019 – Oyate hosted a blood drive with Vitalant, formerly United Blood Services, on October 4 at Tribal Headquarters which helped collect a total of 14 units of blood products for patients in need.

A total of 17 individuals volunteered to donate blood and 12 individuals were able to donate at the Vitalant blood drive on October 4. A total of three donors also came forward to donate Power Red Cells (2RBC) which collects two units of red blood cells while returning platelets, plasma and a saline solution back to the donor. There were five people who volunteered for the first time.

Vitalant expressed their gratitude to Gypsy Wanna, who coordinated the drive.

Vitalant strives to keep a 5-day supply of every blood type on the shelf at all times to be able to meet the needs of patients across the region. Donations from O-negative donors, the universal blood type, are especially important this time of year due to increased accidents and trauma cases.

Vitalant is the only blood provider to nearly 70 hospitals across the region. The blood supply is dependent on selfless donations from volunteer donors to ensure the lifesaving needs of the region are met.

About 30 percent of Vitalant's blood supply goes to cancer patients across the region and one in seven people entering the hospital will need blood. Those relying on blood in the region receive that lifesaving blood from Vitalant.

Donors can make a convenient appointment to give blood at or by calling 877-25-VITAL. With each donation, donors receive a free total cholesterol test and earn points in Vitalant's donor rewards program. The next blood drive at this location is planned to be held on January 30, 2020.

Blood donation takes about an hour from check-in to refreshments. Donors can save about 20 minutes by completing their Health History Questionnaire the day they donate on

Oglala Sioux ban e-cigarettes on Pine Ridge Reservation

Sioux Falls, SD – Panhandle Post – Oct. 1, 2019 – The Oglala Sioux Tribal Council has banned the sale, possession and use of e-cigarettes on the Pine Ridge Reservation amid a nationwide outbreak of vaping-related illnesses.

The tribal council approved the ban last week, the Sioux Falls Argus Leader reported Monday. The maximum penalty for violating the ordinance is a fine of $250 or 30 days in jail.

"The health of our people, including our youth, is of the utmost importance and our tribe has always strived to take a leading role in addressing the health issues of our people," the ordinance states.

There have been six confirmed cases of vaping-related illness in South Dakota, according to the South Dakota Department of Health, and over 800 across the country, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with 12 confirmed deaths in other states.

The CDC says most of the patients reported using products containing THC, the chemical that produces marijuana's high, or both THC-containing products and nicotine-containing products. Some patients reported using only nicotine-containing products. The CDC recommends refraining from using vaping products, particularly those containing THC, while the investigation is ongoing, and against buying these products off the street.

Tribal President Julian Bear Runner heralded the vaping ban as a "bold action" and used the occasion to call for further action to regulate all forms of tobacco and nicotine on the reservation.

"In the near future it would empower us to adopt additional legislation related to the cultivation and sale of all forms of tobacco and nicotine, as those industries have profited from our misery since we can remember," Bear Runner said in a statement. "It is to our benefit to authorize only tobacco the Oglala Sioux Tribe has sanctioned."

The Pine Ridge Reservation has a population of roughly 20,000 in southwestern South Dakota.

Prairie Doc® Perspectives –

Imaging with a little help from my friends

By Richard P. Holm, MD

The world of radiology began in 1895 when a European physicist Wilhelm Röntgen noticed fluorescence behind heavy cardboard when a cathode tube was activated nearby. Röntgen used his wife's hand to demonstrate for the first time how these unknown rays, or X-rays, could penetrate the soft tissue of a hand and illustrate the bones that lay within. Röntgen generously refused to patent his discovery which allowed the explosive growth and development of a new industry.

Unfortunately, the first researchers were unaware of the dangers of too much X-ray exposure and, during the early years, harm was done even causing death to some experimenters before safeguards were established. Over time, as technology advanced and more X-rays were being utilized in medicine, interpreting the images became a more difficult challenge and the field of radiology developed. Physicians trained in X-ray INTERPRETATION helped other physicians make better clinical decisions.

I was a first-year resident at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta in the fall of 1975 when the hospital purchased one of the earliest computerized tomography (CT) scanners. It was called an EMI scanner named after the British company, Electric and Music Industries, that took the financial risk for developing the technology. Years earlier, EMI had signed with the Beatles as their recording company. Having amassed a fortune from the exponential rise of Beatles popularity, EMI was able to fund the theoretical work of Godfrey Hounsfield. His invention took X-rays of the head from all directions while a computer compiled the results. "With a little help from his friends" at EMI, Hounsfield's brainchild happened.

I was rotating through neurology when the results of the EMI scans started making an impact. We were amazed how they showed tumors, blood clots and lesions inside the skull. We thought it was going to change everything, and indeed it did!

Jump to the present and see how INTERPRETIVE radiologists have expanded into INTERVENTION. Now, instead of simply identifying a tumor or abscess with ultrasound, X-ray, CT or MRI, radiologists, under the guidance of an imaging modality, can pass a needle into a deep tumor and take a biopsy, drain an abscess, open-up a blocked tube and much more. Procedures that, in the past, would have required open abdominal or chest surgery, now can be done with minimal trauma, with minimal pain and with quick recovery.

As a patient who has benefited under the expert image-guided hands of an INTERVENTIONAL radiologist, I too can sing loud and clear, "I get by with a lot of help from my friends."


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 and follow Prairie Doc® on Facebook featuring On Call with the Prairie Doc® a medical Q&A show streaming on Facebook and broadcast on SDPTV most Thursdays at 7 p.m. central.

Youth, school activities highlights –

Education watch on the Lake Traverse Reservation

Driver license exams at Sisseton

Driver license examinations are held in Sisseton at the City Hall, 406 2nd Ave.

Examiners are there from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each Wednesday of the month.


File application at least one hour in advance of scheduled closing hours if you wish to complete the exam on the same day.

Driver license applicants should bring one item to prove identity, date of birth and lawful status (such as certified birth certificate, etc.); one document to prove Social Security number; and two documents to prove residential address.

If your name is different from the name on your identity document, you need to bring additional proof of your legal name, such as a certified marriage certificate, certified adoption document, or court order authorizing a name change.

The examiners must be able to trace from your birth name to your current name.

No driving tests will be given from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

For more information, call 1-800-952-3696 or visit the website at


Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate

Early Head Start & Head Start

Request for Proposals

Purpose Statement

The Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Head Start Program is seeking a person or company to provide Early Childhood. This project will begin November 1, 2019 and will expire on July 17, 2020.

Potential applicants interested in performing the services described below should submit sealed proposals to the attention of "SWO Head Start Behavior Health", Lennie Peters, Procurement Office, Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate of the Lake Traverse Reservation, P.O. Box 509, Agency Village, South Dakota 57262. To be considered, the proposal must be received no later than October 21, 2019 at 4:00 pm.

The Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate of the Lake Traverse Reservation is a sovereign and federally recognized Indian Tribe. All proposals must include recognition that contractual agreements and work shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws and courts of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate. Irrespective of any language to the contrary in the RFP, subsequent agreements or elsewhere, no right to arbitration of any controversy or claim arising out of or related to the Agreement will be authorized.

A Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Business License must be obtained on notification of awarded proposal before execution of contract.

SCHOOL YEAR 2019-2020

FOR AND IN CONSIDERATION OF the duties performed.

Agrees to perform the services to Head Start and Early Head Start Programs of the Sisseton Wahpeton Head Start and Early Head Start Program. As specified in Scope of Services section of this Request for Proposal.


· Conduct professional development training on behavior health to Head Start staff.

· Provide onsite general classroom observations and consultations regarding the children's behaviors, adult/child interactions, classroom atmosphere, and care giver relationships. There are eight (8) Head Start classrooms and five (5) Early Head Start classrooms. A minimum of two observations will be done for each classroom per school year fall and spring.

· Provide written and verbal communication to the Disabilities Manager and Education Manager concerning these observations within 20 working days after their completion.

· If a change in the classroom needs to be made immediately then the Education Manager will be notified the day of the observation in person, by email, or by phone.

· Teach and model skills onsite to staff and parents as needed and authorized by the Director.

· Conduct observations of specific children referred by West Head Start, Enemy Swim Head Start or Early Head Start personnel with informed parental consent. These observations may be in classroom or on a home visit. Provide written and verbal communication of the results of the observations to the Disabilities Manager and Education Manager. The Disabilities Manager will convey the results to parents, Teachers, Teachers' Aides, Education Manager and other Specialists, as needed.

· Be available to Disabilities Manager, Education Manager, EHS/HS Director and Mentor/Coach Teacher to respond to classroom staff's concerns about enrolled children and families.

· Be available for additional professional development trainings of Head Start staff and parents on how to promote pro-social behaviors, foster relationships, and improve communication as needed and authorized by the Director.

· Participate in the Head Start Health Services Advisory Committee that meets monthly. The contract performance period is as follows:

Shall commence performance of the contract on November 1, 2019 and shall complete performance to the satisfaction of SWHS no later July 17, 2020.

Shall adhere to the dates and performance time lines specified in the Scope of Services.







CASE: D-19-946-656



MARC GORDON, Petitioner.


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Petitioner's request for a change of name from MARC ALEXANDER GORDON to MARC ALEXANDER TALL BEAR shall be heard before the Honorable BJ Jones, 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 28th day of OCTOBER, 2019.

Dated this 1st day of October, 2019.


/s/ Gina Ruggieri CHIEF JUDGE




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Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate

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

Tribal Education Grant Project Administrator Education Department Education Standards Writer, Education Department

Closing Date: October 25th, 2019 @04:30PM

Brownfields Coordinator, OEP

Cook, Head Start

Assistant, Tribal Chairman

Closing Date: October 18th, 2019 @04:30PM

Dakota Culture & Language Teacher, Head Start

Bus Monitor-Teacher Aide, Head Start

Special Needs - Mental Health Manager, Head Start

Teacher (2 positions), Head Start

Teacher Aide, Head Start

Bus Driver/Custodian, Head Start

Teacher, Early Head Start

Teacher Aide, Early Head Start

Browns Valley After School Van Driver, JOM

Classroom Aide/After School Tutor, Part Time JOM

Parole Agent, Department of Parole

Young Child Wellness Behavioral Specialist (half-time), LAUNCH

In-House Attorney, Tribal Executive Committee

Sexual Assault Advocate, Behavioral Health

Positions Open Until Filled

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


Dakota Crossing

Job Opening

C-Store Manager

Applications and resumes need to be turned in to Customer Service by Monday, Oct. 21, 2019.



Sisseton Wahpeton College


Digital Photography - Adjunct Instructor

Sisseton Wahpeton College has an opening for an Adjunct Instructor - Digital Photography. This position will assume responsibility for the delivery of quality education that will ensure that maximum learning can take place and help students learn subject matter and skills that contribute to their understanding of the specified subject. Requirements: Bachelor's degree, preferred. Previous teaching experience is preferred. Professional Photography experience is required. Visit our website for a complete job description and the application process. Contact HR at 605-698-3966, ext. 1118. Open until filled. (42-2tc)

Facilities Maintenance/ Custodian

Sisseton Wahpeton College has 2 part-time positions for a Custodian/Security in our Facilities Department. This position is responsible for providing janitorial duties; and assisting with campus security and safety. A High School Diploma or GED is required. A Certificate or AA degree in building maintenance is preferred. Visit our website for a complete job description and the application process. Contact HR at 605-698-3966, ext. 1118. Open Friday, October 18, 2019. (42-1tc)




High School Girls Basketball Coach

High School Track

Assistant Girls Basketball

Assistant Boys Basketball

Open until filled.

For any further questions please call Jennifer Williams, Human Resources Director

For complete job description contact Tiospa Zina Tribal School Human Resource Department

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



The Sisseton School District 54-2 has the following positions open: Title VI Home School Coordinator, Westside Para, Full-time Cook, and Substitutes.

If interested, please pick up and return the application at the business office. Position open until filled. It is the policy of the Sisseton Board of Education that no otherwise qualified person will be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any district program or activity on the basis of race, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, natural origin, or disability. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies: Superintendent of Schools, 516 8th Avenue West, Sisseton, SD 57262-1262, (605) 698-7613 Ext. 113 or 114.


Dakota Magic Casino

Job Openings

C-Store Department:

Clerk (2 Full-Time) where needed

Foods Department:

Cook II (3 Full-Time) Swing

Cook III (2 Full-Time) Swing

Wait Staff (2 Full-Time) Swing

Golf Course Department:

Bartender (Full-Time) where needed

Hotel Department:

Room/Laundry Attendant (2 Full-Time) 8:00 am to finish

Smoke/Gift shop Department:

Clerk (Full-Time) where needed

Surveillance Department:

Supervisor (Full-Time) Graveyard

Uniforms Department:

Attendant (Full-Time) where needed

Closing Date: October 18, 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):



GENERAL FUNCTION: Supervises and directs the overall functions of the Food Service Department on a specific shift, exhibits a friendly and courteous manner when dealing with customers and all food service personnel.

REQUIREMENTS: High School Diploma or GED is required. Minimum of (2) years Kitchen Management/Supervisory position. Effective communication skills. Must be computer literate with proficiency in Excel. General Experience with: Inventory Management. Will be exposed to noise and tobacco smoke. Will be stooping, bending, standing for long periods of time, or lifting up to 50 lbs. Ability to with stand temperatures (hot/cold) while working in the food service facility. Will be required to work overtime, rotate shifts, work holidays and weekends. Ability to handle diverse situations and/or people. Must obtain an Employee/ Non Gaming License upon hire.

This position will close on October 18, 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):



GENERAL FUNCTION: Perform a variety of guest services functions to customers, including Players Club.

REQUIREMENTS: High school diploma or G.E.D. equivalent. Must have computer experience. Excellent customer service skills. Working knowledge of casino operations, including floor layout. Must be able to sit, stand, and walk for extended periods of time. Must be able to work all shifts, including weekends. Minimal bending and lifting. Repetitious computer work. Must obtain Key Gaming License upon hire.

This position will close on October 17, 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):


*LINE COOK (2 Full-Time)

GENERAL FUNCTION: The purpose for this position is to assist the Cook I, Cook III, and shift supervisor. Safely prepare quality food products for customers and employees. Maintain positive communications to ensure the smooth operation of the department and promote the highest degree of customer satisfaction.

REQUIREMENTS: High school diploma or G.E.D. equivalent. One year of cooking experience in operating fryers, broilers, and grills. Must have the ability to stoop, bend, and stand for long periods of time and lift up to 35 lbs. Must be flexible, must work weekends and holidays. Must obtain Non-Gaming license upon hire.

These positions will be OPEN UNTIL FILLED.

Indian Preference will apply / EEO.

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

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



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