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Volume 50 Issue No. 13

Anpetu Iyamni, Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Inside this Edition –

SWO declares state of emergency due to blizzard, power outages, flooding risk

Council suspends Chairwoman Robertson; Removal hearing Friday, March 29

Chairwoman, Tribal Secretary February 2019 reports; news from last week's Council meetings

Emergency aid needed for Santee, Pine Ridge reservations

Sandbag operation underway at SWHA garage at Sisseton; Flood risk levels high

Correcting a misunderstanding: There is no current Tribal justice center plan

ND lawmakers pass state-tribal tax package

Historical look at Sisseton-Wahpeton alcohol prevention/recovery resources

Reminder: Deadline for receiving copy is Friday noon

Council suspends Chairwoman Robertson; Removal hearing Friday, March 29

Last Tuesday morning, March 19th, following an executive session, Tribal Council passed resolution SWO-19-014 suspending Ella Robertson from the Tribal Chair position, with pay, until a removal hearing which will take place in Council chambers this Friday, March 29th.

Here are highlights:

*Tribal Council has been made aware of alleged misconduct of Tribal Chairwoman Robertson.

*Due to the nature of the alleged misconduct, Tribal Council has determined that suspension is warranted, pending a removal hearing, for Gross Neglect and Improper Conduct.

*It is the goal of the Tribal Council to ensure that Tribal Chairwoman Robertson's suspension is followed promptly by removal proceedings where she shall be afforded the full opportunity to defend herself against the charges of Gross Neglect and Improper Conduct.

*The Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Constitution and By-Laws grants the DCA and/or the Tribal Council the authority to determine improper conduct and the Tribal Council has determined the following charges support the alleged Gross Neglect and Improper Conduct of office:

1. Section 4(a)1. Gross incompetency: unable or unwilling to perform the duties of office.

The Council alleges gross neglect of duties by failing to follow the Accounting Policy when Chairwoman Robertson obtained an unbudgeted leave payout without authorization and therefore … in violation of Section 4(a)1, Gross incompetency: unable or unwilling to perform the duties of office; Code of Ethics of the SWO Revised Constitution and By-Laws.

2. Section 4(b)1. Converting tribal property or monies without authorization through omission or misrepresentation of facts.

The Council alleges Chairwoman Robertson by-passed the prescribed signature process and administered the leave payout without authorization and therefore she is in violation of Section 4(b)1, Converting tribal property or monies without authorization through omission or misrepresentation of facts; Code of Ethics of the SWO Revised Constitution and By-Laws.

3. Section 4(b)2. Misuse of office.

The Council alleges misuse of office when she obtained an unbudgeted leave payout after having been denied by the former Tribal Chairman and Tribal Council. Tribal Council alleges that she used her position as Tribal Chairwoman to obtain the leave payout and therefore … in violation of Section 4(b)2, Misuse of office; Code of Ethics of the SWO Revised Constitution and By-Laws.

4. Section 4(b)4. Malfeasance of Office.

Based on the above-described charges, the Council alleges that Tribal Chairwoman Robertson, in her official capacity, committed a wrongful act by initiating, processing, and receiving the 2017 leave payout. And further allege an act of self-interest by expediting the issuance of payment to herself and therefore … in violation of Section 4(b)4, Malfeasance of Office; Code of Ethics of the SWO Revised Constitution and By-Laws.

*Section 55-01-09 of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Tribal Code states: "A person so accused may be suspended from his/her position with or without pay until such time guilt or innocence has been established. If the allegations are not substantiated, the person/defendant should be restored to full duties and responsibilities."

*In addition to its express Constitutional duties and responsibilities, Chapter 55 clearly permits the Tribal Council to suspend members of the Tribal Council pending a final removal hearing.

*The Tribal Council acknowledges their constitution requirement to provide the Tribal Chairwoman with written statement of charges against her at least five (5) days prior to the hearing date of March 29, 2019, and that this resolution shall be served to the Tribal Chairwoman within the time required.

(RESOLVED) … Tribal Council determines the need to suspend, with pay, Tribal Chairwoman Robertson from her elected position until the outcome of the hearing; and nothing in this Resolution shall be construed to deny the Tribal Chairwoman access to all official Oyate records needed to defend herself against the charges; and nothing in this Resolution shall be construed to make any conclusions of fact or law, or otherwise prejudge, whether or not, Tribal Chairwoman Robertson's conduct constitutes improper conduct, malfeasance of office or violations of policy; that effective immediately Chairwoman Robertson is suspended, with pay, pending a Removal Hearing scheduled for March 29, 2019, at 10:00 a.m., in the Tribal Council chambers.

All voted in favor of the resolution, which was signed by Tribal Vice-Chairman Floyd Kirk Jr. and Tribal Secretary Myrna Thompson.

From the SWO Emergency Management Office –

SWO Declares state of emergency

Resolution seeks federal and state resources to help with impact of the emergency


Declare a State of Emergency on the Lake Traverse Reservation

Passed by Tribal Council Tuesday, March 19, 2019

WHEREAS, The Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate is organized under a Constitution and By-laws adopted by the members of the Tribe on August 1-2, 1966, and approved by the Commissioner of Indian Affairs on August 25, 1966, and last amended effective November 15, 2006; and

WHEREAS, The Constitution ARTICLE Ill, Section 1, states that, the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate shall be governed by a Council, and ARTICLE VII, Section 1, states that, the Council shall have the following powers: (a) to represent the Tribe in all negotiations with Federal, State and local governments; (b) to acquire, own, use, manage, lease and otherwise encumber and to dispose of Tribal property, both real and personal, wherever situated; (c) to engage in any business that will further the economic development of the Tribe and its Members, and to use Tribal funds or other resources for such purposes; (d) to make rules governing the relationship of the members of the Tribe, to Tribal property, and to one another as members of the Tribe; (e) to hire employees and agents, including legal counsel, directly or as independent contractors, and to compensate them for their services; (f) to deposit Tribal funds to the credit of the Tribe, without limitations of the amount in any account; (g) to take any action by ordinance, resolution, or otherwise which are reasonably necessary through committees, boards, agents or otherwise, to carry into effect the for-going purposes; (h) to promote public health, education, charity, and such other services as may contribute to the social advancement of the members of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate; (i) adopt resolutions regulating the procedures of the Tribal Council, its officials and committees in the conduct of Tribal Affairs; and

WHEREAS, beginning in December 2018, the Lake Traverse Reservation experienced a severe winter storm with heavy snow and blizzard conditions throughout northeastern South Dakota; and

WHEREAS, this severe winter weather has caused an emergency by producing hazardous travel conditions and impassable roads throughout the Lake Traverse Reservation; and

WHEREAS, the Sisseton-Wahpeton Tribal Roads Department is lacking in the equipment and resources to maintain safe roads caused by the severe winter storm snow falls and strong winds, often gusting up to 50 mph; and

WHEREAS, the snow fall and winds continue to cause large drifts preventing emergency and necessary medical treatment, for example - dialysis, to many members and elderly members; and

WHEREAS, these late winter storms give rise to above freezing temperatures causing the large accumulation of snow to melt at a rate causing dangerous flooding; and

WHEREAS, the weather conditions and flooding have caused a hazard, which threatens and presently endangers the health, safety, and resources of the residents of one or more Districts; and

WHEREAS, all locally available public and private resources available to mitigate and alleviate the affects of this disaster have been insufficient to meet the needs of the situation; and

WHEREAS, the Sisseton-Wahpeton Tribal Council finds that a State of Emergency exists due to the circumstances as described above, and under the authority of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Tribal Constitution, authorizes whatever measures necessary to respond appropriately to the emergency, and requests that all Tribal resources be mobilized in response to these hazardous weather events.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the Sisseton-Wahpeton Tribal Council will provide the necessary resources to assist the Tribal Roads Department in snow removal and maintaining safe roadways; and

FURTHER, BE IT RESOLVED, the Sisseton-Wahpeton Tribal Council will redirect resources and funding to the Tribal Roads Department; and

FURTHER, BE IT RESOLVED, the Sisseton-Wahpeton Tribal Council requests Federal and State resources to mitigate the impact of this Emergency; and

FINALLY, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Tribal Council of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate of the Lake Traverse Reservation hereby declares a State of Emergency to exist on the Lake Traverse Reservation for conditions resulting from these winter storms.

All voted in favor of the resolution, which was signed by Tribal Vice-Chairman Floyd Kirk Jr. and Tribal Secretary Myrna Thompson.

Sandbagging underway at SWHA garage in Sisseton

SWO Emergency Management, in cooperation with the Sisseton-Wahpeton Housing Authority, has set up sandbagging operations at the SWHA maintenance garage east of Sisseton.

Tribal personnel and volunteers, including Tiospa Zina Tribal School students, began filling bags Thursday afternoon.

The sandbagging will continue while needed.

Potential for flooding is high as this year's near-record snowfall melts.

Check out KXSW-FM and Facebook for updates.

To report flooding or other emergencies, call Tribal Law Enforcement at 605-698-7661 and/or Emergency Management Coordinator Jim Pearson at 605-742-0919.

MAST calls for help for Great Plains tribes impacted by severe winter storm

Pine Ridge Reservation – Native News Online – March 22, 2019 – On Thursday, the Midwest Alliance Sovereign Tribes (MAST) President Frank Cloutier issued a call for help for the Great Plains Tribes that have been severely impacted by a winter blizzard is calling for your help.

Below is the text of Cloutier's letter:

As you are all aware, many of Great Plains Tribal Region communities and tribal members are facing unthinkable hardships at this time due to the blizzard that swept across the Midwest last week.

Towns and communities across the plains, especially in areas located by water ways, have been hit hard with extreme flooding and snow accumulation.

These areas continue to deal with the aftermath of the storm, with the warm weather adding more water to the already flooded areas.

More than eight million people were under flood warnings Tuesday morning, the National Weather Service said, as the heartland deals with the aftermath of snow melt and a "bomb cyclone" that blasted the central Plains and Upper Midwest last week with heavy rain or snow.

Flood records have been shattered in 17 places across the state, the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency said.

Seventy-four cities, 65 counties and four tribal areas have issued emergency declarations in the state.

There are many native families displaced, without water and power and limited resources and huge infrastructure issues regarding bridges out and limited access.

Due to the much-needed assistance of our Great Plains Region relatives, we ask for your consideration regarding much needed and appreciated help to our brothers and sisters and are seeking monetary support from our MAST family to the Great Plains region.

Monetary donations can be sent be sent to the Great Plains Chairman's Association to be equally dispersed to tribes in need within the region.

Chairwoman, Tribal Secretary February reports; News from last week's Council meetings

Council approves Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Act/First Responder and Good Samaritan Immunity Code

Tribal Council went into regular session last Tuesday morning, March 19th, with an agenda that had been postponed twice due to winter storms.

Milton "Nippy" Owen, Old Agency District Councilman, gave the opening prayer.

First on the agenda was approval of the February draft minutes.

Chairwoman Ella Robertson gave her monthly report.

She talked about her US House testimony in Washington, DC with input into the next DOI budget, and updated Council on talks with Emergency Management.

She said, "Yesterday we met on flooding (with Emergency Coordinator Jim Pearson)."

Planning was ongoing, she reported, for setting up sandbag-filling operations in preparation for potential flooding.

There was discussion about wording for a declaration of a state of emergency.

Tribal Attorney Deb Flute was brought in and asked to add "flooding" to the language.

(Editor's note: See the declaration in its final form.)

There was a discussion of needs of members of the Santee Sioux sister tribe in Nebraska impacted by severe flooding.

These included "water and baby items."

A request was made to get into contact with Santee law enforcement and emergency management.

(Editor's note: See the Chairwoman's written report.)

After the Chairwoman's report, Council went into executive session.

When coming out of executive session, Council suspended the Chairwoman and Tribal Vice-Chairman Floyd Kirk Jr. began chairing.

Council reviewed and approved requests for budget modifications before Tribal Secretary Myrna Thompson gave her monthly report.

The Tribal Secretary said that despite the weather-related closings, of all programs under her office – with several new ones added – only one was missing from the reports.

She said that highlights of these monthly program reports would be reported in the Sota.

Myrna told Council about an upcoming conference call to HHS in Washington, DC. This will give the Tribe an opportunity to update funding sources on how its addiction/recovery programs are working.

She gave Council a heads-up that Lake Area Vo-Tech in Watertown is requesting support for an upcoming pow wow.

For $4,000, the Tribe would become a sponsor, with its logo featured in advertisements and exhibit space provided for the event.

(Editor's note: See the Tribal Secretary's written report.)

Martha Renville spoke to Council on behalf of the Tribal Elderly Advisory Board.

Martha called attention to elderly abuse – children, grandchildren demanding money from elderly Tribal members.

And she asked for changes made to Tribal code.

Audrey German, Manager of the Community Health Education program, reported on a Great Plains Tribal Chairmen's Health Board (GPTCHB) grant for $20,000.

The funding is for a Tribal women's health initiative and mini health fair.

(Editor's note: See notices and news elsewhere in this Sota about the initiative and April 17th fair.)

Health Coordinator Sara DeCoteau spoke next, asking that Council approve an MOU with the GPTCHB and a resolution adopting the recovery/Good Samaritan code (see highlights of the code elsewhere in this issue).

The MOU for a "health board consortium" would provide access to "(federal government) funding opportunities," she said.

It would also give the Tribe access to "(projects having) experience working with people who have addictions."

Council approved both requests.

There was discussion on the transfer of the old hospital site from IHS to the Tribe.

The property was transferred in fall 2018 under a quit claim deed, with the stipulation that the land be used by the Tribe within the scope of its IHS master contract.

The site is nearly "cleaned up," with the exception of two houses originally built as staff housing.

Vine Marks asked a question about the water system at the site.

There was discussion of the property being considered as the possible site for a new treatment facility.

It is an option being explored by the Tribal Secretary's office and Dakotah Pride Center.

Sara provided Council with a 50-year history of alcohol/recovery treatment provided on the Lake Traverse Reservation (which is being published elsewhere in this Sota).

The Judicial Committee was on the morning agenda.

Lorraine Rosseau introduced members to Council.

Following a noon break, Tribal Council heard from DeVon Bursheim, who gave the Human Resources report.

There was a very lengthy discussion about HR and the grievance process.

Lorraine Rousseau and others added to the discussion.

There was consensus that the process needs to be overhauled for the sake of "fairness."

Lorraine added "outside and objective" to whoever assumes responsibility for grievance hearing outcomes.

The District Chairmen's Association (DCA) was on the afternoon agenda.

After giving their reports, District executives engaged with Tribal Council in a long discussion about suspension of the Tribal Chairwoman

The Tribal Vice-Chairman said that Council did not want to prevent Ella Robertson from due process.

Tribal Attorney Deb Flute was called to Council chambers to give a legal opinion on what is public information and what is confidential.

Council decided to release the resolution passed that morning which suspended the Chairwoman, but no supporting evidence – which has been shared with the Chairwoman – would be released.

DCA members received copies of the resolution.

The Sota editor requested a copy and received it for publication in this, the next edition of the Sota.

Tribal Council resumed on Thursday morning, March 21, for a half-day session.

Curtis Bissonette, Long Hollow Councilman, offered the morning prayer.

Jerry Eastman, manager, gave the Realty report.

Heipa District Councilman Winfield Rondell JR requested that Realty come back with an expense and revenue report.

Harold "Sonny" Hill, EDA Planner, presented the Planning Department report.

Council approved an invoice for the University of Minnesota for contract work with the SWO on its industrial hemp project.

There was discussion on need for another grants writer in the Planning office.

Another topic was a contract with BastCore of Omaha, Nebraska, for planting industrial hemp in this year's growing season.

The grow site will be in North Dakota.

A big concern was a deadline looming on Friday, March 22nd, for a large transfer of funds from one account to another.

The discussion centered on how to "draw-down" funding for a Planning Department project.

Christine Fineday, Executive Administrative Assistance, answered questions.

While details were kept confidential, Council did move to make the payment with reimbursement coming from the draw-down account.

Vice-Chairman Kirk called it "our only option," and Lake Traverse District Councilman Francis Crawford moved to "go ahead and pay, with reimbursement from (draw-down)."

There was discussion of "Dakota Hemp" as a possible name for the Tribe's hemp products.

Discussion of hiring an additional grants writer resumed when LeeAnn TallBear, Planning Department Manager, came into Council chambers.

Heipa Councilman Winfield Rondell JR asked, "Didn't we approve another grants writer?"

LeeAnn responded, "Yes … but we never did get the money…."

"And we have less money now than we had last year," she said.

LeeAnn requested a budget modification for the hemp project, which would have five varieties….

"(We) would like to expand as soon as possible."

A motion was made and approved.

Council discussed the overall budget.

The Vice-Chairman said that "across the board cuts" are necessary.

He said that program managers have been asked to consider how much of the cuts they can take.

"We need to be fair in cuts," he said.

Charnelle Gill was next on the agenda, with the Early Childhood Intervention Program report.

Council approved a request for on-site training pending legal review.

Other monthly reports were given by the Education Office, Head Start, and Enrollment before the session adjourned at noon.

Next scheduled Tribal Council session is this Wednesday, March 28, for gaming and for-profit reports.

On Friday morning, Council meets for the Chairwoman's removal hearing.

Oyate are reminded that these meetings are open.

Tribal Chairwoman's March Council report

March 19, 2019

Submitted by Ella Robertson

Tribal Chairwoman

Request Approval for resolutions:

1. Approval for SWHA to apply for ICDBG Grant as requested by Eric Shepherd, Housing Director.

2. Approval of Disaster Declaration as requested by Jim Pearson, EMS Coordinator.

3. Approval of contract renewal for Mark Van Norman.

4. Approval of RFP for Debt Consolidation.

5. Approval of Great Plains Tribal Chairman's Association MOU.

Calendar of Events

February 16th - Treaty Day Round Dance.

February 22nd - Guest Speaker at Dakota Sioux Casino Awards Banquet.

February 27th - Tribal and State Relations Day, Pierre, SD.

February 28 & March 1st - Governance and Tribal Enterprise Workshop, SWO Admin.

Information - Administrative

There were a total of 5 (five) administrative snow days and 3 (three) 10 a.m. late starts and 3 (three) early dismissals.

There have been a total of 78 emergency requests for assistance through the General Welfare Fund for medical related emergencies, propane, electric or wood heating needs. There have been a total of 17 wake orders for funerals and 13 burial cost requests. These are the total requests that we have received since January 1, 2019.

Held individual meetings with tribal programs to gain an understanding of their program, staff, objectives, and develop Standard Operating Procedures. Programs were also required to provide our office with a SWOT Analysis of their program which will assist in future development of short and long term goals. Programs that receive "program support" from Gaming, Tax, TERO or Lease Income were directed to make appropriate cuts to their budget to alleviate our deficit and reliance on projected income which is not guaranteed. Did not schedule a program managers meeting for February as individual meetings were being held; next program managers meeting will be scheduled for March. Roundtables were held with DNGE, RPC/Hemp & Code, Legal, and Tax Office.

(The Chairwoman's report includes severance packages paid to the outgoing Council and Executives, which she wanted made public, but by direction of the SWO Legal Department that information is not being published.)

TERO Report

DelRay D. German, Director

 *Day Labor - Dakota Magic Casino 178 weeks. The total number of workers for DNGE construction has finished. The one temp hired individuals for phase III demolition/renovation currently on-going and four regular temp hires for grounds keeping for DMC. The temporary hires are down to four individuals total.

 *The South Dakota Native Homeownership Coalition has invited the SWO TERO to partner on their construction internship program for 2019.

 *SWHA upcoming construction projects for 2019. There are 20-30 single family homes to be financed by HUD 184 and First Tribal Lending for half contractor built and half prebuilt homes

 *Future IHS Projects 2018-2019.

 *Peever Flats Water System in the planning process. Bid Closed not Awarded.

 *Veblen Flats Waste Water System in the planning process.

 *Old Agency Water System in the planning process.

 *Individual tribal member homes along WEB system that need to be connected, in the planning process.

 *Red Iron water storage tank -Bids Closed not Awarded.

 *Phase II Sisseton tribal member sewer service line replacement - Funded working on design Bid Winter 2019 construction 2019.

*Tribal Projects.

*Elderly complex. On hold seeking financing and new plan development.

 *Barker Hill Water project - Awarded to J & J Earth Works, Phase 1 complete.

 *DNGE Projects.

 *Dakota Connection in planning and development.

 *Dakota Magic Casino Renovation and Expansion, Completed.

 *Sisseton Wahpeton College.

 - 32-unit dormitory project - Awarded to Firefly Builders. In Progress on schedule for March.

 - Temporary Student Housing. - Completed.

 *SD DOT, Watertown Area 2019:

- Roberts Co. I-29 Paving. Awarded to REEDE Const. Beginning 2019. PreCon meeting scheduled for 3/8 Training Opportunities - SDNHOC Internship Program & South Dakota DOT Heavy Construction Training

 - South Dakota Department of Transportation Heavy Construction Training. This is a one-day seminar introducing individuals to the employment opportunities and employers on the Heavy Construction industry. This seminar is being hosted by the Sisseton-Wahpeton TERO office on April 11, 2019 from 8:30 to 4:00 pm.

 *South Dakota Native Homeownership Coalition Construction Internship Program. At this time the Construction Internship Program will not be initiated here on the Lake Traverse Reservation for lack of funding participation.

Dept. of Transportation

Cliff Eberhardt, Director

Projects/Consultant Agreement.

Task Orders:

a. Task order #1911-00273-1 Safety Plan Update.

The SWO DOT Safety plan is required by the BIA DOT to be updated every 4 years. The SWO DOT had completed a grant proposal to the TTP safety funds grant NOFO for the updating process and were awarded the funding to move forward with the update. This update will be TTPSF grant funding.

b. Task order #1911-00272-1 Long Range transportation Plan Update.

The LRTP is a federally submitted 20 year plan required by the BIA DOT. This is a comprehensive plan and will bring all our transportation needs into perspective. Giving the Tribe and the SWO DOT a clear idea of all our transportation needs for the Lake Traverse Reservation. Federal TTP funded.

c. Task order #1911-00492-1 SWO Grant Applications.

- The SWO DOT is dedicated to being prepared for any grant opportunity that is made public. One of the project plans is a new SWO DOT facility. This is a fairly aggressive plan and being prepared for the each NOFO when it comes out will put the SWO ahead of the game. In looking forward there are engineering aspects such as land survey and basic building designs to have prepared. Also keeping the annual transit grants in our plans. This task order will give us the opportunity to work with our consultant to be better prepared.

Motion #1: To approve the task orders and supporting budgets.

SWO Parole Office/SORO

Joan White, Director

In February 2019, Parole Agent Hart assumed supervision of the SWO parole caseload. She will continue to be monitored and receive ongoing training until she becomes proficient in the supervision of parolees. Due to the weather, only one Wellness Team meeting was held. On February 13, 2019, the third interagency agreement with the state was signed by the Tribe and remains in effect until June 30, 2020.

There are currently 48 parolees on the SWO Parole Program. There are five (5) parolees that are listed as absconders and three (3) parolees listed as attempt to locate. There are four (4) parolees in custody; two (2) parolees on extended confinement. Thirty-four (34) parolees are in compliance.

SWO SORO currently has thirty-sex (37) registered Sex Offenders on the registry. Five (5) registered Sex Offenders were seen for mandatory visits. Three (3) investigations were completed for the month. Thirteen (13) compliance checks were conducted. Ninety (90) employment checks were completed for the month.

The director attended one webinar on February 13, 2019, "Women who Molest Children." On February 15, 2019, the Director attended budget training sponsored by the SWO budget office. On February 21, 2019, the SORO staff viewed a 17 minute video created and produced by the Watertown Initiative to Prevent Sex Trafficking regarding "Reach to End Sex Trafficking in Native American Communities." The video is a resource to support efforts to end sex trafficking in Native American communities.

The SWO SORO office is working on a billboard on Hwy 10 for Sexual Assault Awareness month in April 2019.

Lake Traverse Utility Commission

John Cloud, Director

LTUC continues to inspect community systems (water storages, booster & lift stations) through the closed working days,

which were caused from the heavy snow falls or the very cold days.

Repair water leaks and sewer lines that were froze up due to unoccupied units without heat or trailer homes not skirted up good or people forgetting to plug in their risers with heat tape. One needs new sewer system (there will be I.H.S. work order for spring installation)

Two I.H.S. work orders were partially done:

1. Morgan Redday Sr.- sewer service line added on.

2. Jesse Chanku - new home - installed water line and sewer service line, septic tank. Ground work will be competed in spring, ground frozen.

Did not get the monthly water billing out, due to the weather related closure of SWO. Will get billing done the month of February for 2 months. (January & February). Collected our monthly BacT samples from the communities.

Community Center

Prepared the community center for two funerals.

Clean up after to prepare for any other upcoming events.

Dakotah Language Institute

Tammy DeCoteau, Director

We lost another first language speaker this month. We now have 53 first language fluent speakers.

Curriculum. There has been no action by the Treasured Elders on the language arts section of the curriculum. The focus this month for the Treasured Elders has been on the database. Hutch continues working on the graphic design needs for the workbook which was brought in by Rebecca Theisen, as well as a storybook of an ehanna story told by Phyllis Roberts and, in addition, on flashcards which feature original art by Hutch. We are getting ready to ship samples to Shakopee, who funded Hutch's position for this year after I applied to them for funding.

Recording Elders. We continue to video and/or audio record elders. Some recordings are of one elder doing the talking and some are with two or more elders talking with each other. Our purpose for these recordings is simply to archive them for the future. We would like to work on these videos, by subtitling and documenting the content, but we do not have the staff which can do this.

Database. Work continues on our database, which is starting out as a spreadsheet while we decide which database software to use. This is probably at least one or two more years of work to finish. We received delivery of the recording station equipment which was purchased for us by Carleton College on February 12th. We are grateful to receive this equipment which is at no cost to us. The equipment includes a computer, with recording related software already installed; microphone with accessories; soundproofing barriers and a portable stand-alone recorder. We are planning on recording of some of the entries to the database when the college is on Spring break during the month of March.

Our plan is to record the entire database so that in the future our people will be able to hear the correct pronunciation of the words and phrases as they are said today, by our first language elders.

Language Classes. We have cancelled our language classes, both the intermediate on Wednesdays and the beginners on Fridays. I'm sure you have all heard that our teacher, Phyllis Roberts, had a stroke. Please continue to pray for her continued healing. We still need her.

Animation Project. The grant application to the Kellogg Foundation was sent out. We are still awaiting feedback.

Bible. Work continues on retyping the Bible so that it can be reprinted by us. The first book, Genesis, is completely typed and is undergoing proofreading. Our recording and documentation specialist, DeAnn Birdsbill, works on typing this between recordings and the post production of those recordings. She is currently working on the third book of the bible. Because we are typing this with Dakotah on one side, and English on the other so that it can be used not only for its spiritual use, but also as a language learning tool, this is very time consuming. The proofreading of this is another project which was being worked on by Phyllis. I am currently working on a grant application to the Council on Library and Information Services, for a grant program called Digitizing Hidden Collections. This grant application is to digitize this bible (which is what we DeAnn is doing) but to also make it available digitally and it will add another staff person to type. We plan to also print it, but it will have to come out in volumes. The entire Dakotah language Bible is 1695 pages (both Old and New Testaments) but because it is being typed in two languages on each page, it is currently 2.5 times that amount, so it will be at over a 4000 page publication. Genesis alone is 216 pages and it started when it was Dakotah only, as 80 pages. One advantage, which we anticipated has now has become a reality, is that things in the bible have been found which we didn't have in our database. For example, DeAnn recently found references to the names of some birds in the part about Noah's ark. The knowledge of the names of all of the birds is endangered on this reservation. Many of the elders that have went on their journey already, were the ones that knew the names of all of the birds. Already we lost the names of many of the common plants. We only have the names for most of the pejuhuta plants, but not the ones like, the little purple clover. No one remembers it. Specific birds and plants are not a common topic of everyday conversation, so this language. DeAnn's position was also partially funded by Shakopee.

Gift Shop. Our gift shop is open. We still have some people shopping, but it has slowed down after Christmas. Because our current staff go into the shop when customers come in, we have no staffing costs for the gift shop, so our expenses are very low. We did order a cash register system that will help us with our inventory tracking. Currently, we take a photograph of every single item, and by hand mark items that are sold. We want to be sure that our artists are paid for every item when it is sold. One of the side benefits of having this gift shop is that we have a lot of people now seeing our language materials. Although these were primarily developed for schools, many people buy them for their families and after the gift shop, those sales have increased substantially.

Printing and Publishing. As always, work continues in the printing and publishing areas of the operation. It takes one full time staff member and at least half of the time of another staff member to print all the orders.

Planned travel. Travel is planned to Spirit Lake to attend a working group meeting to plan a Dakotah language conference, to be hosted in a central location, HERE, on this reservation. The last meeting was cancelled due to weather, but another planning meeting has been scheduled for March 15th. A local trip to the former Blue Cloud Abbey is scheduled to help them plan a summer camp. This camp will focus on the Dakotah language hymns.

Tribal Realty

Jerry Eastman, Director

This past month Tribal Realty has been working on the following items within each of its internal departments, along with the Buffalo Program. Overall both programs continue to make strides and progress towards our goals to make both programs as successful as possible to benefit the members of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate. Besides the routine daily workload. We have been focusing on crop sharing leases and new housing development areas. A lot of Realty's and Buffalo Management functions are repetitive from week to week.

LAND ACQUISITIONS consist of land purchases, sales, exchanges, partitions, fee patents, and appraisal services. Below is an overview of the current status of finalized and pending acquisitions.

LAND ACQUISITIONS (Completed within the past 3 months)

 *SWO purchased 108 tracts of land from 17 land sale applicants totaling 342.74 acres.

 *21 full appraisals & 87 desk appraisals

 *2 land exchanges


 *25 Land Exchange applications

 *22 applications to Purchase from the SWO

 *151 Land Sale applications from SWO membership

 *126 Full Appraisals

 *1,617 Desk Appraisals

FEE TO TRUST deals with the process of transferring fee land into federal trust status. This sometimes becomes a complicated and technical process. Current status of pending trust cases.







Due to the US Government shut down, the Sisseton Agency BIA was closed and did not complete any Fee-to-Trust transactions for the month of January 2019.

AGRICULTURE LEASING deals with land leases, farmer issues, payments, contract disputes, bonding, negotiations, lease processing and bid sheets. These processes are followed according to CFR regulations. Agriculture leases once approved are for five (5) year terms, with option to negotiate every fourth year.

HOME SITE LEASING deals with the process of creating accessible adequate home sites. This is determined by location, soil testing, THPO and Natural Resources Clearances. Then presented to RPC and Tribal Council for final approval. The timeline to create a home site start to finish is contingent upon all the clearances, this can be a long lengthy process. Other areas worked on include file processing to be uploaded into the Realty Database System and Partitioning lands owned by majority by the tribe.

LEASE COMPLIANCE has been processing rental reviews for the current lease negotiations. This a difficult process used to determine the current recommended rental rate. Compliance continues to look into matters such as usable acreage, checking lease files for grazing plans and farm plans. Compliance is also looking into lands that will require surveys to resolve boundary disputes. Compliance has been a big assistance to leasing and home site clerks.

BUFFALO MANAGEMENT. The main goal of Buffalo Management is to maintain the herd in sufficient numbers to meet the present and future economic, recreational, cultural and aesthetic needs of Tribal members now and in the future. We are able to continue to provide cull animals for Inter-Tribal needs listed in the culling policy. We are able to provide processed meet at a reduced fee to our Tribal Members. We continue to provide processed USDA inspected meat to the Enemy Swim Day School as well as Dakota Crossing Grocery Store. Normally we work our buffalo herds every third week in November and provide our herd numbers and breakdown by age and sex. However, with our steel project unfinished and staff injuries, we will be working our herd next season as recommended by our veterinarian. One of the grants that was submitted to ITBC was SWO Food Sovereignty- Bison Marketing. The goal of SWO Food Sovereignty Bison Marketing is to generate an income stream for the tribe utilizing the Bison. SWO has become cognizant of Food Sovereignty and healthy foods and is taking steps to help promote these concepts. With several different managers in recent years with different visions of the bison herd, a concise business/marketing plan has not been completed. It is a goal of this management team to develop a long term plan of action for the Bison Marketing project. Some options being looked at pertaining to Bison are 1) production and marketing of low cholesterol healthy meat through our very own Tribal Grocery Store and Casino cafeterias to market the Grocery Store and Casinos as healthy destination dining and 2) Continuing with supplying our Tribal schools at a reduced price. We are maximizing production while at the same time maximizing protection of these resources. We hope to hear back soon if this grant was reviewed and or approved.

Fish & Wildlife/Natural Resources

Charlene Miller, Manager

Keepseagle - Farm Incubator Program.

Almost all activities accomplished were in regards to appropriately planning the Dakota Farm incubator project at the site formerly known as Hrncir Farm.

The boundaries for the 40 acres at the Dakota Farm were established and surveyed by Mike LaBatte. An adjustment to the boundary of original 40 acre tract brought more productive soil types in to the vegetable producing area.

The previous tenant on the Hrncir tract reported on the types of herbicides used on soybeans planted in 2018. Several herbicides were used for weed control and most checked out okay for any restrictions regarding the types of crops that can be planted following the soybeans. One herbicide that was used, however, called Sonic, has severe restrictions on the chemical label regarding the type of crops that can be planted after use. After consultation with several sources including SDSU crop science department, agronomy centers, and private herbicide research business, it is strongly recommended to follow the Sonic chemical label. All vegetable seeds, vegetable transplants, and woody fruit bearing shrub bare root stock were not recommended as they may succumb to chemical carryover. Sweet corn, popcorn, and colored corn may be planted as well as dry edible beans such as pintos. Alfalfa and some small grains are, by label, able to be planted. Many factors, including rainfall and soil types, determines the amount of chemical carryover that remains in the soil. A field bioassay or soil test to determine the amount of chemical carryover remaining in the soil may be a good thing to do on this site for a reference and to actually know what is there. The tenant also applied nitrogen and potassium as fertilizer in the fall of 2018.

With the idea of planting 7 acres in mind, some investigation was done regarding purchasing a 2 row, row crop planter capable of planting corn and dry edible beans in 30" rows with a tractor. These planters are capable of planting in tilled, prepared soil or can be equipped to plant in a no-till system. For 2019 planting consideration, a conventional planter would be fine but for future use, especially where soil health practices are adopted, a no till planter would be needed. The planter would have to be capable of planting through residues like cover crops or old crop residues. Locally, Kelsey Evans and his son from Hankinson, ND build these planters for a cost of around $1600 and is working on new one at this time. A 30" spacing row crop cultivator for weed control should also be a consideration for purchase at a price of $300 to $600. Save on time and labor controlling weeds.

If smaller plots are planted, a manually pushed wheeled planter can be a good alternative. These planters are versatile in that they can plant various sized vegetable seeds from carrots to pumpkins, vary the seeding depth as needed, and cover and pack down the seed. Wheeled manually pushed weed cultivators are also available. The cultivators also appear to versatile with different attachment for weeding and hilling a crop like corn or potatoes. Costs are approximately $400. For reference, see Hoss garden seeder and cultivators' website.

A John Deere 3038E Compact Utility Tractor/loader, tiller and rotary mower is scheduled to be delivered on May 15, 2019. Per Procurement Departments request for quotes process the awarded quote was with Kibble Equipment, Wheaton, MN.

Consulted with Kent Vlieger, soil health specialist, with NRCS in Huron, SD about high tunnels placement. A dense shelterbelt of trees exists on the east side of the Dakota Farm south of the grain bins. Initial idea is to place the high tunnel(s) in a north-south orientation on the south side of the trees. Suggested distance would be a setback from the trees equal to the height of the trees estimated 30-40 ft tall. This would hopefully avoid burying the high tunnel with snow, avoid tree root competition under the high tunnel, and protect the high tunnel from the prevailing northwest wind. Consideration of placing high tunnels in this location is water run off entering the site from a drainage ditch outlet to the south may cause water to flow north and cause some access problems if run off is high. A 30' by 72' high tunnel should fit the site but a longer tunnel might get wet.

A rollout meeting for the incubator farm is in planning with the intended date in mid-March in the rotunda of the Admin Building. Planned speakers would be Zach Ducheneaux of the Inter Tribal Ag Council, Chairwoman Ella Robertson, Jerry Eastman of Tribal Realty, and Tom Martin, consultant on the incubator farm grant.

Due to weather conditions, it was not possible to determine where the water source for the Dakota Farm would come from. A well exists by the building west of the driveway but the quality and quantity of the water is unknown and should be investigated and tested. One source, who lived in the Hrncir house, stated the water for the homestead came from an artesian well along the west section line road. Artesian water is typically not good for garden water because of salt content and consideration should be given to a water filtration system.

Agriculture Program

Continued with remaining rental review requests from BIA Realty.

Extension/Food Nutrition

Extension program has been combined with a food education program funded by USDA so that we can strengthen food sovereignty by enhancing local food system and improving access to local healthy foods. Garden applications are now available for members to apply for garden seeds, fruit shrubs, tillage and/or poultry chicks. A memorandum of understanding is being developed to provide presentations with various Tribal entities and Tribal schools on the benefits of having half your plate being fruits and vegetables as well as the importance of limiting sodium intake.

Fish & Wildlife Program

There was a depredation complaint being monitored in Marshall county. The SDGFP have set up panels to prevent the deer from accessing the livestock feed. The SDGFP are also providing hay for the deer. We plan to assist with the supplemental hay feeding for the deer provided we can secure a vendor for the purchase of the quality of hay needed. A plan is under development of where to place feeders for the pheasants and turkey that have been under observance with food access issues.

Deer herds are being observed for any unusual behaviors that can be an indicator of a disease. No positive cases have been confirmed to date.

Hunting and Fishing sales report.

Received a payment from BastCore for the hemp bales harvested during the Hemp Pilot project in North Dakota. Planning Department agreed to the proceeds be provided to the Fish & Wildlife Department for the costs incurred to the F&W Dept. during the project in 2018.

The two tractor operators have been busy with assisting the roads department with clearing member's driveways by means of two tractor driven snow blowers.

There was no activity within the fish hatchery the month of February. The Fish Hatchery recirculation system will begin to be installed the month of March. This system represents a new and unique way to farm fish. Instead of the traditional method of growing fish out doors in open ponds, this system rears fish at high densities in indoor tanks with a controlled environment. The contractor Eco Resource Solutions from Arvada Colorado provided the assessment in 2017 and a majority of the funding for the RAS was secured from a BIA Hatchery Rehab grant in 2018. We are anticipating the fish hatchery RAS to be completed by May 2019.


Michael LaBatte, GIS Manager

1. Online ESRI training attended by staff

 *ESRI ArcGIS Server training

 *Learned the site configuration and administration of data on server

 *GIS services applications, techniques to use to ensure best practices

2. Performed BAS (Census/GEO) Tribal Boundary and Annexation Survey

 *Reviewed Lake Traverse Reservation Boundary data for the US Census Bureau

 *Reviewed multiple Census maps given for review by the US Census Bureau

3. Hosted a meeting for creating a GIS priority layer to be used in snow removal routes and emergency

management maps

4. Created aerial maps for Emergency Management of each District Center

 *Created a latitude & longitude/coordinate for each District Center

5. GIS Priority Layer Data

 *Created a shapefile of tribal members with medical needs

 *Coordinated with Programs to gather information

 *Updated SWO GIS Residents layer with priority information

6. Updated the GIS website linking the Tribal Rural Residents with the Snow Removal Web App

7. Supplied the Vice-Chairman's office with original electrical plans for the Admin building (31 files) and HVAC plans in digital format.

8. Compiled and converted GIS tribal land layers into shapefiles for FEMA.

 *Tom Birney, National Hazards Program Spec.

9. Reviewed Fee to Trust Report, no GIS layers created at this time

10. Wrote and published a GIS news article on GeoPlatform technology and published snow removal routes in the Sota

 *The article focused on the implementation of GeoPlatform and Collector App into the GIS Program

11. Mapped 5 acres for Tribal Realty land exchange

 *Created land description for two 2.5 acre parcels

 *Created map showing land boundary

12. Attended 2020 US Census Tribal Participant Statistical Areas Program (PSAP) tribal training via webinar. This project is now in progress since we have received the material to begin work and training.

13. Technology demonstration and presentation for IHS.

 *At the request of IHS our office presented the technology that is used by SWO GIS: Trimble T10, MidStates/Frontier Precision VRS system, R10 Trimble Rover, Verizon MiFi, GeoPlatform, Collector App, ArcGIS 10.6, & Civil 3D 2019

 *The attendees of this meeting were: Jacob (Jake) Rahn - IHS Sioux City District GIS, Kary Gregoire - IHS Sioux City Surveyor, Dave Johnson - IHS Sioux City District Engineer, Len Wegener - IHS Sisseton Construction Control Inspector, Ross Hanson - IHS Sisseton Project Engineer

14. Mapped the Dakota Range III Wind Project

 *Converted pdf page with wind turbine locations from the report to an image file and georeferenced the image

 *Inserted the tribal trust land adjacent to the Wind Turbines and Project Area

 *Created a map combining tribal trust land and wind turbines for proposed area

15. Created 2 new 911 addresses for 2 SWHA homes at Long Hollow housing

16. Created a SWO GIS Map file on the Shared Drive

Gaming Commision

Shanda Bissonette, Director

24 licensing actions by the Gaming Commissioners for February 2019.

25 applications processed for the month of February.

 *License renewals were held at DSC on February 13, 2019.

 *Had to be rescheduled from initial date due to weather.

 *License renewals were held at DMC on February 14, 2019.

 *Had to be rescheduled from initial date due to closure.

 *Renae Martin, North Dakota Attorney General's office was here on February 27, 2019 for her monthly inspection.

 *Report not received yet.

 *19 Urinalysis tests were performed for other entities.

Upcoming Staff Activities:

 *License Renewals are scheduled for March 6, 2019 at DSC.

 *License Renewals are scheduled for March 7, 2019 at DMC.

 *NDAG monthly site visit hasn't been scheduled yet for March.

SWO Sexual Assault Services Program

Winona Parizo, Manager

Went before Tribal Council on Feb. 5th, 2019 to request permission to apply for a 3-year federal grant for $300,000 (no matching funds required). With the Council's approval it was submitted and we are waiting.

I was called into work by the FBI and Tribal police to meet and offer services 1 time. This resulted in escorting the victim/client to CDP.

I provided transportation to the Watertown Domestic Violence Shelter for a family of 3.

I had 2 Social Support group meetings with 6 clients in attendance.

I was on vacation for a week but was still able to communicate with my clients through phone calls and text messages.

SWO Homebuyers Program

Dustin Kirk/Terri Larsen

Accomplishments: The program has been able to provide 11 tribal members with down payment/closing cost assistance as of January 23, 2019. There are 13 incomplete applications that are pending.

Barriers/Problems/Issues: Credit issues continue to be a barrier for potential homebuyers in obtaining a mortgage loan to purchase a home and shortage of acceptable existing homes for sale.

Tribal Council had increased the down payment/closing cost assistance from $5,000 to $10,000 but did not increase our program funding.

Conferences/Meetings/Trainings: Personnel Policy Committee meeting.

Other: We are out of funds for the down payment/closing cost assistance line item for the remainder of this budget year.

Program Goals for March: We will continue to assist clients with referrals to USDA Rural Development for mortgage and/or rehab loans, the HUD 184 Mortgage Loan Program, and with referrals to other agencies for additional down payment assistance programs. We will also continue to assist potential homebuyers with the completion of their applications.

SWO Emergency Management

Jim Pearson, Manager

Continued to discuss training for Incident command ICS 100 and 200 for new and existing tribal council and online resources for council and staff. FEMA offers training resources or possible in house training could be provided as well.

Completed paperwork (intake app, district denial letter, fire department log, and enrollment documents) for tribal member who lost home to a fire. Notified Red Cross for assistance for Tribal member and family's immediate needs were addressed with funding from Red Cross. Gave file to Chief Gaikowski for approval and file was then forwarded to Angel DeCoteau for submission to workplace.

Met with RPC and discussed benefits of belonging to NFIP and needed resolutions and needed application. Will suggest to RPC to present to Council for needed action to participate or not to participate.

Alert Sense a mass notification system was tested and asked staff to sign up for alerts on their choice of how to receive notifications. Placed signup sheets and information in the Admin building to assist with sign up for Alert Sense. Reviewed the process in the event of a long term power outage.

Met with Chief of Police Gary Gaikowski on the 2018 Tribal Homeland Security Grant and possible uses for the grant funds. Meeting with core team to discuss priority list. Updated core team that SWOLE generator is now fixed and functioning again. Returned 60kw portable generator to LTUC.

Submitted the budget modification and justifications FEMA needs along with a cover letter to release the holds on the grant funds to Marcelino Galvan at Homeland Security. Continued working with OEP and GIS to have ready the EHP's for the possible generator and outdoor warning site at Enemy Swim/ESDS. Also included the outdoor warning system EHP at Enemy Swim.

Obtained clearance letters for elderly sites along with the old TZ school site. Also discussed with OEP personnel and Mike LaBatte at GIS locations and aerial photos for the elderly and old TZ site.

Asked GIS for overlay data for NFIP and asked Mike if he was available for next RPC meeting. Called FEMA Region VIII subject matter expert Matthew Buddie on NFIP to come to the next RPC meeting and present NFIP information. Also asked that his state counterpart Marc Macey attend if his schedule would allow. Will follow up with them on 3/3/19

Updated SWO LEOP with additional deficiencies for February. Noted slow response times from ambulance service and ambulance going to wrong address for heart attack patient. (RC dispatch confused Peever Flats and city of Peever. Continue to receive reports of cell phone calls dropped from the law enforcement building, LTUC and admin building. Out of range state digital system signal lost at Long Hollow housing and Veblen are housing and Heipa district center as well.

Law Enforcement generator repairs were completed and generator is fully operational. Noted that the SWOLE generator did test on Sunday 1/17/19 noted on generator checklist that fluid levels are normal.

Continued drafting the PDM plan and have asked for input and district meetings that I have attended. Continued gather data for the 2019 - 2013 Pre-disaster Mitigation Plan. Reporting to FEMA the progress report of the drafting of the PDM plan. Currently 20% complete and continue the process of updating with data from HAZUS, National Weather Service and local reports form WX Coder and the community collaborative rain hail and snow network. Quarterly report of progress will be due to Kevin Williams and the end of March.

Attended a two day threat Hazard Risk Identification Assessment class to assure continued compliance with Tribal Homeland Security Grant program and Pre Disaster Mitigation Plan as required by Homeland Security. Due to government shut down FEMA requested we send a request for an extension to complete THIRA. Request sent on letter head and FEMA approved the request. Made Chief of Police Gaikowski aware of quarter ending reports for THSGP and PDM reports the will need his signature.

The 2019 Homeland Security grant was applied for 4 additional mobile P 25 compliant radio's to enhance communications within Law Enforcement. Received notification that grant of accepted in good and decision on funding will be made by regional committee sometime in March. Made several changes to the THIRA along with terrorism Nexis and attached to the application.

Followed up the Angel DeCoteau re: surveillance equipment from the 2018 Homeland Security Grant was ordered and began process for reimbursement from Homeland Security. (100% reimbursement)

Continued discussion and meetings with DCA to let them know we will be attending Big Coulee District meeting to discuss: Alert Sense and how to sign up, shelter at the district centers should the need arise and what shelter supplies. Will updated district members on possible mitigation project at the east end of housing that floods and has standing water after a heavy rains. Answered any questions district member have.

Discussed with Chairwomen the cost of cost from a private supplier vs. Federal surplus in Huron. Will submit cost benefit to council and discussed letter to procurement for ordering of 50 to 75 cots from Federal Surplus in Huron.

Worked with IHS and assisted with opening driveways to help dialysis patients get to the facility for their appointments.

Tribal Law Enforcement

Gary Gaikowski, Chief of Police

Month of February was mostly a month of snow storms and cold. Law Enforcement's main goal was the continue to respond to emergencies within the Lake Traverse Reservation. Working with Tribal Road Department and Emergency Management Dept. we were prepared to get where we were needed to go. Tribal Roads Department said that we were top priority for them and would assist us when called. If it was someone out of propane, call for an emergency, dialysis patient, elderly needed help etc.

Staff - No staff changes. We will be Hiring Three Police Officer Positions and One Transport Officer in the coming weeks.

Detention - Continue to work on the CTAS grant for the Detention project and a COPS grant. The timeline got pushed back to March 12, 2019.

We did have a Conference call with the BIA about the Detention Project and Tribal Council and Executives were updated. We will also be looking into the Indian Highway Safety Grant for FY20.

We have our Law Enforcement Community Survey Report done. Thanks to the SWO Education Department for accumulating those for us.

Officers completed their taser training for one of our annual trainings.

Public Defenders Office

Viva Jo DuBois/Brooke Owen

For the month of January 2019, we had 4 cases that were closed, 1 case was dismissed and we won a jury trial. So far, for the month of February, we have 10 open cases. 1 of those cases was closed and numerous cases had to be rescheduled due to the weather.

We still have no Public Defender at this time.

Our office is presently working on re-establishing our policy and procedures manual.

Tribal Historic Preservation Office

Dianne Desrosiers, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer

Purpose: To inform the SWO of the activities and focus of the Tribal Historic Preservation Office, Tribal Archives and the Cultural Preservation Board.

SWO Home site and Archeological Surveys: THPO continues to accept and process applications throughout the year for archeological surveys. If an archeological survey is needed, please contact our office to fill out the necessary paperwork. A survey is required on all trust lands or any project which is receiving federal assistance such as Indian Health Service-water and sewer. We are compiling our list for home-site surveys for the 2019 field season. Due to budget constraints the applicant will be responsible for the survey costs.

Utility Projects: THPO is in ongoing consultation with the local utility to companies, who service our communities. We have conducted several archeological surveys for the buried cable and fiber optic projects within our original boundaries and have been in consultation with Whetstone Valley, Traverse and Lake Region Electric Companies for compliance with Section 106 of the NHPA.

THPO is currently working with Traverse Electric Association to conduct fieldwork in spring 2019 for their proposed projects in Agency and Big Coulee areas.

Crowned Ridge Wind Project: Is a 600 Megawatt wind farm proposing to erect approximately 300 turbines. There is no federal nexus. Consultation is ongoing. THPO participates in weekly calls to monitor progress on reports, schedules and planning for the upcoming field season. THPO drafted a SoW and negotiated a budget, which was accepted by the project developer. Our field staff conducted a Traditional Cultural Property (TCP) survey of the corridor with the archaeological survey team. Phase I of the fieldwork began on June 19, 2017. The Project consists of 3 Phases: Phase 1-42 mi Transmission Line; Phase II- 300 megawatts in Grant & Codington Counties; and Phase III-300 Megawatts in Codington & Deuel Counties. Fieldwork continued thru the 2018 field season. THPO continues to consult on the project and are preparing for the upcoming field season, spring 2019. We hope to complete the TCP survey for the turbine locations along with additional changes as well as survey of the collector lines, access roads and crane paths, these portions of the survey were not completed in the 2018 field season. We are looking forward to continuing the survey efforts for Phase III of the project. SWO will continue to collaborate with YST and Spirit Lake Nation to fulfill our contractual obligations on the project.

Dakota Range Wind Farm: No Federal nexus. Like the Crowned Ridge Project SWO conducted a TCP survey which ran concurrently with the archeological survey working with QSI and drafting a joint report for submission to SD PUC and SHPO. Dakota Range I, II and III were completed in October 2018. THPO is still consulting on this project. THPO drafted our portion of the report and that was incorporated into the final report for submission to SD SHPO.

Day County II Wind: THPO is currently consulting on this project all the fieldwork was completed in the 2018 field season. We will continue to consult and will have input into the final report and construction monitoring.

FCC: The SWO TCNS review process seen a significant drop in the amount of review fees paid for requests. This has drastically impacted our revenue. We anticipate that the income generated from conducting reviews will continue to decrease as companies refuse to pay these fees to Tribes. THPO along with Heritage Consultation Solutions are finalizing a notification letter which will go to industry explaining the SWO process thereby giving them the opportunity to pay the fees for our review and comment on their project. Heritage Consultation Solutions and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation is also looking for solutions for tribes who continue the review process but are not compensated for their work. We currently (since the government shutdown) have in excess of 300 requests for review. As stated above we no longer receive payment for the reviews we are doing. We will re-evaluate our process and determine what changes we can make to alleviate the amount of work required for the reviews. Several tribes are litigating the FCC. When THPO received final approval (TC Motion) the deadline to join the lawsuit passed.

FAA: THPO is consulting on Airport expansion projects within our aboriginal homelands. We have upcoming projects for the 2019 field season for TCP survey and construction monitoring. FAA will be hosting a meeting in second week in April to inform tribes of upcoming airport project reviews for compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act.

ND-SHPO: North Dakota tribes and their THPO's along with the SWO THPO have requested a meeting with the ND SHPO for the purpose of discussion of TCP site recordation for the ND site forms. To date SHPO has not been in agreement with tribes. Tribes have discussed how best to pursue the recordation and evaluation of sites in the North Dakota site database. Recordation of sites would allow them to be entered into the ND site database which would allow them protections under state guidelines. THPO's attended the planning meeting with the ND SHPO office on February 13, 2019. The ND Indian Affairs Commission-Scott Davis have been instrumental in tribal efforts to work with the state of North Dakota in the protection and preservation of sites which are significant to tribes. Tribes drafted a resolution to create a study of the differences between the archeological and tribal perspectives on eligibility. Currently ND SHPO does not concur with tribal efforts.

ND DOT Federal Highway: Consultation on DOT and Federal Highway projects is ongoing.

SD DOT Federal Highway: THPO continues ongoing consultation on SD DOT projects which receive federal funding from the Federal Highway Administration. We have an upcoming meeting scheduled to discuss upcoming DOT projects and the construction season.

University of Iowa: THPO is consulting with the University of Iowa on remains which were discovered in Iowa for their disposition per the Memorandum of Understanding signed with University of Iowa and consulting tribes. A meeting is being planned for this spring.

Dakota Connection Expansion Project: THPO is participating in the planning of the expansion of Dakota Connection. THPO has a land use permit for an area north of the casino/c-store which was set aside for future development of a cultural center complex.

THPO Archeological Survey Process: The core duty of our office is compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act which requires archeological review of all Federal lands (that includes lands held in trust by the federal government) prior to any ground disturbance. We work diligently to provide services to the SWO and individual tribal members in their efforts to obtain adequate housing/home ownership, tribal development, road projects and/or water, sewer and utility projects. Once we receive a completed application, the application is processed and that application is put on a list for archeological survey (which is on a first come first serve basis). We try to have at least 4 survey apps before we schedule surveys. Thus we are not doing one survey at any given time but wait to have at least four. The archeologist and field crew usually have a quick turn-around and most often a site can be cleared within two (2) weeks. In cases of emergency (such as water and sewer) the survey can be expedited and we have done that on occasion depending on the situation.

Our forms are available on the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate website: (go to natural resources and scroll down to THPO) as well as in the THPO office, Tribal Realty and LTUC. (The THPO office archeological surveys are contingent upon weather conditions).

Tribal Secretary's March report

Introducing: Tribal Secretary's staff

March 19, 2019

Submitted by Myrna Thompson

SWO Tribal Secretary

Han Mitakuyepi.

Two months have passed since we were sworn in to office. As you may recall, we were sworn in on Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019.

We have had several administrative leave days since, beginning with the "Polar Vortex," the subzero temperatures that we experienced and more recently the snow and blowing snow causing hazardous road conditions.

In any case, it has been a very busy two months with several meetings and tough decisions being made.

The government shutdown was another unusual factor that we dealt with.

Also, the Elderly Resource Coordinator transitioned to another position within the Tribe which left that position vacant; a temporary hire was brought in to process the elderly food coupons.

There were several challenges we faced in January; February was a little better but the inclement weather still wreaked havoc on conducting Tribal affairs in a timely manner.

There are 25 programs, with four (4) additional programs under Behavioral Health and two (2) additional programs under Health Administration and nearly double the amount of budgets under the oversight of the Tribal Secretary' s Office; six (6) boards/committees; not including the Flandreau Indian School and the Circle of Nations School.

The goal of the Tribal Secretary's Office is to be responsive to the needs of the people we serve and support those programs that provide the needed services to the community members.

I have a hard working staff:

My political appointees are: Chanda Joseph, Executive Assistant; Kathleen Robertson, Administrative Assistant.

Each of them has over 20 years in federal service.

We are getting organized and we strive to operate from a strong foundation of trust and respect, holding this office to a high standard while enforcing policies and procedures of the SWO. Transparency and Accountability is a wish of the people. The program reports will be in the "Sota Iya Ye Yapi" monthly so that the people are able to read about the services that are provided to the community and if unaware, will be able to seek some of the resources that are available.

The health and education program staff are the experts in their field of work and hold themselves to a higher standard of accountability in the services provided to the community. Our unified mission is to pull forward as a team to improve services to the people in the community as well as attempt to close the gaps in services not being provided but identified as a need. The overall mission is to make a difference in our community.

Following are the reports from programs under this office:

Child Protection Program

Debra Divine, Program Manager

Function/Mission Statement: The purpose of the SWO Child Protection Program is to provide a tribally administered social services delivery system. Standards of child placement practices are in accordance with the standards of the State of South Dakota and the Child Welfare League of America.

The Child Protection Program offers six (6) categories of services. The following services are available through the program: child protection services, (abuse, neglect and exploitation), child placement services (foster care), adoptive services, licensing activities for adoption and foster care, parenting classes, and preventative services to families identified as "at risk".

The goal of the Child Protection Program is to re-enforce and strengthen family values and stress management in those families experiencing dysfunction. By providing the identified services, we help such families cope successfully with stress so they are able to provide a nurturing home environment for their children. Program success is not measured by those children who are able to adjust well to out-of-home placements but by the number of parents who are able to successfully undertake the responsibility of parenthood. In this undertaking, we rely on the strengths of each other, of the extended family and of the tribe as a community concerned about our future.

Data for the month:

The SWO Child Protection Program has legal custody of eighty-seven (87) children. Following is the breakdown on type of placements:

Foster Care:   26

Group Care:   08

Boarding School   04

Pre-Adoptive Placements  06

With Parents   25

With Relatives   17

For the month of February, 2019, one (I) child was adopted.

For the month of February, 2019, the Child Protection Program received thirty-one (31) referrals. Following is the breakdown:

Neglect    13

Neglect/Drug   04

Child Abuse/Drugs  01

Physical Abuse   02

Physical Abuse/Drugs  01

Sexual Abuse   03

Juvenile Prostitution/Drugs 01

Pregnant/Drugs   02

Request Financial Assist.  03

Clothing Orders   01

For the month of February, 2019, the SWO Child Protection Program received one-hundred thirty-seven (137) ICWA notices. Thirteen (13) of these were SWO members and ICWA eligible.

For the month of February, 2019 we had three (3) persons apply for foster care licensure The SWO Child Protection Program has an on-going need of recruiting and retaining foster parents, this has been a continuous challenge for not only the tribes but a statewide need. The SWO Child Protection Program along with the State of South Dakota continue its efforts in recruiting Native American foster families for those children who cannot remain in their homes due to safety risks.

The SWO Child Protection Program is in need of funding for additional staff. This would allow the client/caseworker ratio to decrease allowing for more effective case management.

Child Support Enforcement

Diana Canku, Program Manager

Function/Mission Statement: Establish, modify, and enforce child support orders, collect/disburse payments, locate absent parents, and establish paternity through genetic testing.

Data for the Month:

Vanessa Carison and I attended online training on February 5, 2019 on the OCSE 34 report that we submit quarterly. The training addressed some changes that were made in the reporting form regarding various types of dollars collected and distributed.

We had problems with our server being down on February 11, 2019. The server apparently overheated and shut itself down. This prevents us from being able to connect to the network so we are unable to access email, send faxes, and scan documents. I.T. came and was able to get it back up around 10:00 am.

The child support cases have now all been entered into the Model Tribal Systems software program. This program will provide prompts to the caseworkers when any action is needed on a case or when the case is scheduled for review.

We continue to have clients signing up for direct deposits. We currently have 138 clients receiving direct deposit.

The OCSE quarterly report was submitted on February 15, 2019.

The collections are through February 20, 2019. There were 560 receipts for February.

Community Health Education

Audrey German, Program Manager

Staff: Brandon Gypsy Wanna, Wellness Coordinator; Sandi Bernard, Weliness Educator; Linda Obago-Nicolar, Tobacco Prevention Specialist (Located at I.H.S.).

Function/Mission Statement: To provide community health education services in a manner that empowers Tribal members to make positive, progressive and sustained personal choices about healthy lifestyles, utilization of available health services, and prevention of chronic diseases.

Data for the month:

Chronic Disease Prevention

1. February is Heart Health Month. Heart disease is the number one cause of death for our

relatives living on the Lake Traverse Reservation. Heart disease prevention activities

hosted and organized this month were:

a. CHE 411 Show on CNB TV airs every Tuesday from 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM. For February, the show focused on heart health. Dates of the show were: 2/5, 2/12, 2/19 & 2/26. The 2/12 show, "Opioid Public Health Crisis", was an hour show with guest speakers brought in by Melissa Favila, Tribal Opioid Response Program.

b. CHE Facebook Page: 473 reached

c. Wear Red Day event held at the Tribal Administration Building Rotunda on February 14tho 70 people received heart health education (tobacco, nutrition, diabetes program resource), 3 tobacco quit kits were given out, 57 people completed "Hands Only CPR" and 56 people received point of care screening (blood pressure, colorestrol, and blood glucose) by Public Health Nursing.

d. Hypertension Lunch & Learn - February 5th at the Tribal Administration Building. 6 people received education.

2. STD Prevention

a. HepC Prevention Education -9 relatives received education

Cancer PreventionlEducation

1. Breast & Cervical Cancer Early Detection Initiative - funded by the Great Plains Tribal Chairman's Health Board for two sub-awards for a total amount of $26,000.00. Planning activities are underway. Will commence activities once participant supplies are received.

2. Colorectal Cancer Screening Initiative - funded by the Great Plains Tribal Chairman's Health Board for a sub-award for $10,800. Activities are ready to be implemented once participant supplies are procured and received.

Tobacco Prevention/Cessation

a. Consults/Contacts - 6

b. Education-70

Injury Prevention

a. Car Seat Safety Education - 8 caretakers

b. Child Passenger Distribution - 7 rear facing convertibles or 3-in-i

Dakotah Pride Center

Richard Bird, MS, LAC, Program Manager

Function/Mission Statement: To promote and sustain the quality of life, integrity, and empowerment of SWO Tribal Members by planning, developing and providing alcohol & drug addiction services consistent with the behavioral, physical, cultural and spiritual values of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate of the Lake Traverse Reservation.


1. Evaluations for Treatment Services - Completed 17 evaluations 11 females and 6 male. Recommendations for inpatient treatment services 14; for intensive outpatient services 3.

2. Medically-Monitored Inpatient Treatment Services - On February 8, 2019 ii clients completed inpatient treatment of which 7 were men and 4 were female. On February 18, 2019, 11 clients admitted to inpatient treatment, 8 men and 3 female. This group completes March 22, 2019. For the fiscal year we have admitted 46 clients; of these 41 have successfully completed.

3. Intensive Outpatient Treatment Services - This group started on February 19, 2019 with 6 clients signed up to attend. Due to the severe weather conditions we are having problems maintaining group consistency. We are scheduled to complete on April 4, 2019.

4. Contract Health Referral and Placement Services - As of February 28, 2019 we have two clients placed at the Keystone Treatment Center in Canton, SD and two clients placed at the Taligrass Recovery Center in Sioux Falls. To date we have placed 15 clients at Tallgrass Center and 11 clients at Keystone Center for a total of 26 clients for this fiscal year of 2019.

5. Transitional House Placement Services - As of February 28, 2019, we currently have 6 men and 1 female housed at the halfway house at Dakotah Pride Center.

6. Aftercare and Continuing Care Services - This group meets every Tuesday at 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Dakotah Pride Center. This group averages between 8-12 members consistently attending on a weekly basis.

7. Dakotah Pride Adolescent Services - We currently have two youth females who are in an Inpatient Youth Program. We currently refer youth in need of services to the TREE Program. In Community Outreach: All staff have some interaction with the community, whether it be parents or walk-ins, staff identified with CO do regular outreach as part of their job duties.

Services Provided:

Intervention: 9 Children were provided interventions

19 Family Liaison visits by Intervention Staff

15 Children Assigned (goal is to see each child at least once per week)

4 Attempts were made (slower month due to weather and closures)

Tracking: 28 Children were screened by Ages & Stages, Denver or BDI

65 children assigned (slower month due to weather and closures)

New Intakes: 18 Children (13 newborns) registered to the program. ECIP Staff took turns registering the children.

Referrals made during the month:

1. IFSP/IEP Meetings: # 1

2. Developmental Delays- Total # 2

3. Birth to Three Referrals (IFSP) -2

4. Northeast Ed Coop-

5. Midwest Special Coop -

6. Early Head Start-

7. Sisseton Preschool -2

8. Milbank.

9. Head Start.

Monthly Parent Meeting: February 20, 2019. First Tooth/First Exam. Importance of early dental care for 0-5 children, Dr. Zimmer, I.H.S dental department. (Due to bad weather, instead of canceling this parent meeting, parents are welcome to bring their child in to the office to do one of several monthly activities with their child in order to get assistance with diapers/laundry soap.)

Upcoming Parent Meeting: Wednesday, March 13th. First Tooth/First Exam. Importance of early dental care for 0-5 children, Dr. Zimmer, I.H.S dental department, (due to weather closure, this event will take place for our March Parent Meeting.

ECIP Newsletter for February, featuring Dakota winter words, activity for children-Prepared by Terra Haug, Adm. Assistant.

Meetings: Weekly Staff meetings.

1st 1,000 Days Interagency Meeting.

Tribal Education Meeting.

Tribal Education Department (TED)

Dr. Sherry Johnson

Mission Statement: It is the mission of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Tribal Education Department to provide a comprehensive network of services for quality lifelong learning.

TED Monthly Data from February 1-21":


JOM grade checks processed: 95

JOM grade gift cards processed: 146

JOM other requests: 3

Yukini Lessons Completed: So far in the newly developed 3rd grade curriculum are 23 lessons that are completed

Yukini Grants Submitted: Preparing to submit ANA Grant Application. Attended a grant writing training on the ANA grants February 13th and 14th. Grant is due on April 15th 2019. Also looking itno a Native Youth and Culture Fund Grant. This one will be due on March 12th 2019.

Workplace Submittals: 98

Ulysses K. Abraham Tribal Elderly Nutrition Center

Betty Jo Kirk, Program Manager

Statement of Services Rendered, Month/Year January 1, 2019 through January 31, 2019:

Number of Service Days 11

Units of Service Provided 349

477/Employment Training Service Center

Elias Mendoza, Program Director

Public Law 102-477 is unique among Federal legislation, in that it allows Federally-recognized Tribes and Alaska Native entities to combine formula-funded Federal grants funds, which are employment and training-related into a single plan with a single budget and a single reporting system.

Last year Congress enacted the Indian Employment, Training, and Related Services Consolidation Act to make the "477" demonstration project permanent, expand it to a total of 12 federal agencies, and strengthen tribal rights while streamlining the agency approval process.

Shortly after the POTUS signed into law PL 115-93 the 477 program was no longer a demonstration act and since then we have changed our name to 477/Employment Training Service Center. Our program has been in existence for over twenty (20) years and has operated the same since its inception. Shortly after I entered into the position I began to evaluate the program and ascertain what changes, if any, required modification so that we were keeping in time with the needs of our community. We operate under a three (3) year grant cycle and currently in our third cycle.

In addition to the federal funds we receive, we also have oversight to funds from a non-profit agency that operates our financial literacy program, Mazaska Woha. This is a two (2) year grant that was turned over to our office from the SWO Planning Department in August 2017. This grant technically ends in March 2019 but we were given an extension to operate being that the grant sat dormant for six (6) months prior to our taking it over; the extension gives us until August 2019 to operate.

Currently, there are eight (8) types of services we operate with federal funds and one (1) type of service with non-profit. Most recently as of November 2018, SWO Tribal Council and Executives requested my assistance in the day to day operation of Little Steps Daycare which now gives me oversight often (10) distinct types of services (programs):

TANF - Amy Wright, Case Manager

TANF stands for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. The TANF program is time limited, it assists families with children when the parents or other responsible relatives cannot provide for the family's basic needs. The Federal government provides grants to States and Tribes to run the TANF program.

Ten (10) TANF appointments were made and seven (7) of them came on time for their appointments. The other two (2) cancelled and rescheduled but still did not come to their rescheduled appointment. One (1) has to wait to apply because she was terminated from employment.

*Employment Assistance, Classroom Training, Adult Work Experience – Bessy Janisch, Case Manager.

The Employment Training Service Center assists in employment related services to retain and help in employment some of the services offered are vehicle repair, work related clothing, gaming license reimbursement. Classroom training assists TANF eligible participants up to 24 months and job training placement service During the month of January the program added a new classroom training participant to make 3 that are full-time students. There were four work experience applications with three that began their training periods. Employment assistance had 17 applications with five being approved and processed with different support services being such as vehicle repair, gaming license reimbursement, work related clothing and first month's rent and deposit, two were denied due to time frame or false information provided, seven were still incomplete and were not followed up on by the applicant and three are still waiting to be completed by applicant.

Summer Youth Work Experience, Childcare - Chrissy Heminger, 477 Data Specialist/Case Manager.

To help the low income to no income families by assisting with Childcare funding to the local daycare facilities, reimburse and disburse childcare payments in a timely manner. Run supply requests weekly to get payments over to finance for all programs in our office, coordinate the summer youth program for 8 weeks during the months of June - July. Handle federal reporting for TANF on a quarterly basis, work closely with child support to generate reports needed from TANF, Monthly TANF state reports, send out monthly and biweekly billing sheets for daycares.

Currently have 3 local daycares licensed with the tribe: Little Steps Daycare; Lori Shultz; Westside Afterschool Program.

Kids assisted - 25

Families assisted - 14

Approved 2 ongoing families on TANF

I family ineligible - over income

Assisted 10 random people with applications

*Adult Education, GED, Financial Literacy - Mary Barse, Adult Education Coordinator/Financial Literacy Instructor.

This service provides a wide range of classes to the community: GED, Career Pillars, MindSet, Basic Computers, and Financial Literacy.

GED program currently has 24 enrolled students. All Students work either in the classroom setting or from another location which I am able to track through my computer the hours they are putting in.

Ages 18-25: 11 students; Ages 25-30: 10 students; Ages 30-40: 3 students

GED students referred to Vocational Rehabilitation: 3 Students

Daily Transport Monday through Thursday: 1 Student

GED Completions this month: 0 Completions

New Students TABE Assessments: 2 Students

As of Jan. 2019 we no longer have an evening tutor but the lab will remain open for those that would like to utilize it. A day tutor is needed to help our students achieve their full potential. After speaking with Vocational Rehab we have seen a number of students needing the one-on-one tutor due to being out of school for a period of time.

Career Pillars- 2 Enrolled; 2 Completed

Mindset - 0 Enrolled; 0 Completed

Basic Computers- 0 Enrolled; 0 Completed

Financial Literacy-Scheduled Class- Cancelled due to weather

This month we have had lower enrollment into any classes due to the weather and recovering from the holidays.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW AND CONCERNS: Overall, the "477" program is running with little to no hiccups other than the side effects of closures due to weather causing interruption in services. During the government shut down there was no interruption of services nor will there if any future shutdown were to occur during FY 19 as we have sufficient carry-over to see the program through.

I would like to recommend that the current Executives and Council reaffirm through council motion the name change of 477/Employment Training Service Center from ET Demo and also recommend that this change be reflected in the administrative flow chart. Also, I would like to recommend that the flow chart reflect that Little Steps Daycare is now under the 477 programs and no longer a stand-alone program.

Food Distribution Program

Mark Thompson Sr., Manager

Function/Mission Statement: The Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) is administered at the Federal level by the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. We provide food assistance to income eligible families in the Roberts, Day and Marshall Counties; also assist tribal members in the other surrounding counties. Each month participating households receive a food package to help them maintain a nutritionally balanced diet.

Data for the month:

*February participation was 624 individuals and 245 households. Our participation numbers went down from last month slightly.

*We are currently operating on a Continuing Resolution from our granting agency.

*We did receive our drawdown funding through the month of March.

Generation Indigenous (Gen-I)

Sharon Morey, Program Manager

Mission Statement: Promote positive American Indian youth development and family engagement through the implementation of early intervention strategies to reduce the risk factors for suicidal behavior and substance abuse.

Goal 1: Implement evidence-based and practice-based approaches to build resiliency, promote positive development, and increase self-sufficiency behaviors among Native youth.

*Clients on individual therapy case load being seen at Tiospa Zina Tribal School: 11 with 10 sessions in February due to snow days

*Clients on individual therapy case load being seen at Sisseton Middle School: 7 one closing out this month. 6 sessions this month due to snow days

*Clients in art therapy group held weekly on Tuesdays after school: 5 youth currently registered. 3 group held on 2/5-3 attending; 2/19-none in attendance; 2/26- 1 attended and 3 called in.

*Clients on individual therapy case load being seen at office: 2 sessions in office and one phone session due to closure

*Collaboration meetings attended: attended 1 monthly meeting-Northeast Youth Coalition Meeting

Goal 2: Promote family engagement

*Parent Contact: 3 meetings with 2 families

*Collaborating and planning family focused events with VMYC and DVPI programs with first event scheduled for March 28. Event was moved due to delay in obtaining supplies and weather issues. 2 planning meetings attended

Goal 3: Increase access to prevention activities for youth to prevent methamphetamine use and other substance use disorders that contribute to suicidal behaviors, in culturally appropriate ways.

*Communication with Jeremy Red Eagle about supporting traditional games trips. Mr. Red Eagle met with Dr. Mason to discuss next steps.

*Registration, hotel rooms and mileage provided for 6 youth and 3 chaperones provided to Jeremy Red Eagle and Subseca to attend the Ihanktonwan Woniya Wakan hand game tournament.

Goal 4: Hire additional behavioral health staff.

Sisseton-Wahpeton Head Start and Early Head Start

Lynn Halbert, Director

OUR PHILOSOPHY: Children are sacred. They are valued and respected; and viewed as strong, competent, and capable of understanding the most important part of living on this Earth... the spiritual nature of life.

Head Start is a federally funded program with the goal of promoting school readiness by enhancing social and cognitive development and through assorted educational, health, nutrition, social, and family support services. Each of the Head Start and Early Head Start centers provides Teaching Strategies as their source of curriculum ages 0-5.

We service 134 Head Start Students in Agency Village, 20 Head Start Students at Enemy Swim Head Start and 40 Early Head Start Students in Agency Village. Goals:

I. Dakotah Language and Culture.

2. Parent Involvement/Farther Engagement/Parent Curriculum.

3. Attendance.

4. School Readiness.

We have had extreme cold temperatures, snow and windy conditions this month. We are thankful that the hiring freeze was lifted for our program. We need to get some applicants hired. I am working on the COLA Grant, the OHS annual report, I attended the TSO meeting, Education manager and Early Head Start Site manager worked on the baby curriculum last week. We held meeting with Policy Council members this week we will be working on our next 5-year grant. We had planned to hold a Policy Council retreat; the Head Start travel/training money was frozen so we had canceled those meetings.

Erin Griffin the director of Dakota Studies at the Sisseton Wahpeton College is working with Head Start and is allowing two of her students; Raven LaFromboise and Tanner Sager to come and do student teaching at Head Start. Their first two weeks are scheduled as observation, they will shadow our teaching staff during scheduled teaching times. Following the first two weeks, they will begin student teaching. They will be with us from February 26- April 23, 2019. Our college is wonderful!

Family Fun Night was held on February 28 we had a total of 37 in attendance Dr. Zimmer - Dental, Delaine R. - Nutrition, and Gypsy Wanna -SWO-Health were here. Thank you for caring and being here for our children, parents and community your presence at our Family Fun Night is greatly appreciated.


Heads Start needs: Cook - 1, Bus Driver / Custodian -1, Teacher aide (2), Teacher and Health Assistant.

Early Head Start Needs: Teacher -1 & Teacher aide.

Higher Education Program

Janel Williams, Program Manager

Mission Statement: The mission of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Higher Education Program is to provide educational benefits to members of the Tribe, demonstration of cultural awareness that will encourage the Oyate to make post-secondary education a lifelong goal.

The undergraduate "Tuition Reimbursement" award is $56/credit hour earned and graduate level is awarded at $75/credit hour earned with the letter grade of at least a "C" grade or better.

*Program Summary: During the month of February 2019, the program awarded a total of 26 payments to undergraduate and graduate level students which include the semester(s) fall 2018 and spring 2019. The program also awarded two diploma incentives; this incentive requires a copy of the diploma and the final transcript.

The program will award the spring grade incentive until July 28 and due to the weather delays and closures the program will extend the deadline date for the fall semester (February 28) to March 15.

Project Indigenous LAUNCH

(Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children's Health)

April Eastman, Program Manager

Five-year Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grant.

Function/Mission Statement: The aim of Indigenous LAUNCH is to improve the weilness of children 0 - 8 years of age by supporting the families and caregivers who are raising children. The project will advance SWO First 1 ,000 Days Initiative efforts to get upstream of adverse childhood experiences in order to promote lifelong wellness.

The Indigenous LAUNCH goal is for children to thrive in safe, supportive environments and enter school ready to learn and able to succeed. In order to achieve this goal, SWO plans to expand and enhance its home visiting capacities through replication of the Family Spirit Program developed by the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health. Family Spirit is the only evidence-based, home-visiting program ever designed specifically for Native families. The project will also implement the Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation model, another evidence-based project that teams a mental health professional with early childhood program staff and caregivers to improve the social, emotional and behavioral health of children in early childhood programs. The third vital partnership is with SWO's Dakotah Language Institute to adapt the Family Spirit workbook and curricular materials, as well as to serve as a language and cultural advisor in planning and implementation of the project.

Project LAUNCH will begin providing home visiting services in fall 2019. The Community Coordinator will have a caseload of 8 mothers receiving the Family Spirit curriculum during year one and add up to 25 additional mothers each additional year to serve a total of 108 mothers. We calculated an additional 88 participants (partners and additional children 0-8 years receiving Family Spirit services) for a total of 196 at the end of the five-year grant.

The Young Child Wellness Advisory Group consists of the following partnerships:

1) Early Childhood Intervention Program (FS trainees)

2) Indian Health Service Behavioral Health (FS trainee)

3) Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Head Start (IECHMH consultation)

4) SD Department of Health (WIC, Nurse/Family) (Referrals)

5) Dakotah Pride (FS trainee)

6) SWO Community Health Education (FS trainee)

7) Dakota Language Institute (Elder/Cultural Advisor/Curriculum Adaption)

8) SWO Tribal Education Department

9) Great Plains' Tribal Chairman's Health Board (Healthy Start) (FS trainee)

10) CARIES Cavity-Free Prevention Services

We are currently in the process of meeting with each of our prospective partners and discussing the level of commitment to receive the Family Spirit curriculum training (on-site July 2019) and implementation of the curriculum with their clientele. The number of people served through the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation is to be determined.

Monthly accomplishments:

1) Submitted the Continuation Application on February 1', 2019. Due date: February 4th, 2019. The LAUNCH staff worked on this time sensitive project remotely to ensure that it was ready for submission one working day before the deadline. This was not an easy task considering that we were closed for 3 days during this particular week, due to the weather.

2) We have met with 6 of the project partners (listed above), 3 meetings have been rescheduled due to weather, and we have one additional project partner that we need to schedule a meeting with to discuss collaboration. Staff goal to convene the YCW Advisory Council for first meeting during the first week of March 2019.

3) Lead Evaluator/Data Specialist: Began compiling a list of all the data the SWO

LAUNCH Project will need to collect as outlined in the grant application. Also created a tracking workbook (data collection points) for all meetings, partner contacts, trainings, and other grant objective related data sets.

4) Community Coordinator: Developing a job shadowing schedule to gain a better understanding of the programs and services available to our community members.

5) Johns Hopkins University partnership; participated in an introductory staff phone call with the Family Spirit Trainers to identify project expectations, technical assistance, on-site training date, and to discuss cultural adaptation of the learning materials before the training takes place in July 2019. There are a total of 63 lessons in the Family Spirit curriculum and each individual trained will test on each lesson in order to become certified as a trainer.

6) The Community Needs and Readiness Assessment project is underway. LAUNCH partnered with the Tribal Maternal Infant Early Childhood Home Visiting (TMCIECHV) program to complete the task. We hosted our 2nd of the 4th meeting in the process on Feb. 21, 2019. The end goal for the project is to update the Community Resource guide for service provider referrals for families with children 0-8 years of age.

7) The LAUNCH staff attends the following coalition meetings geared towards family/early child population to coordinate and integrate efforts:

a. First 1,000 Days: Mapping event 2/21/19; 3rd Thursday of month. April E.

b. Community Safety; 3rd Friday of Month. No longer attending, does not fit within the scope of the grant objectives.

c. Behavioral Health Interagency Team. 4th Thursday of month. Mary/April.

d. SWO Health Plan Work Group. Every other month, 3rd Monday. Shannon.

e. Early Childhood Intervention Parent Meeting. 3rd Wednesday. Mary.

f. Human Service Board. 4th Tuesday of the month. April E.

g. CARIES – 3rd Wednesday of month. Mary L.

h. Other: TBD

Tribal Opioid Response Project

Sara DeCoteau, Project Director for SAMHSA

PURPOSE: To increase Tribal Government's public health capacity to respond to the national opioid abuse and overdose crisis through development and implementation of collaborative prevention, treatment, and recovery support services for Tribal citizens diagnosed with Opioid Use Disorder (OUD).

STAFF: Melissa Favila, Nurse Care Connector (Full-time); Bridgette Neilan, Project Manager / Data Specialist (25% time); Sara DeCoteau, Health Coordinator/ Project Director for SAMHSA.


1. Develop annex to SWO Health/Tribal Action Plan (2016-2020) for TOR and coordinate efforts with other stakeholders for collective impact.

The project has migrated objectives and activities from the grant work plan to the Strategic Activities Plan (SAP) template received from the National American Indian/Alaskan Native

Addiction Technology Transfer Center, which has been funded by SAMHSA to provide technical assistance to TOR grantees. The SAP will be submitted to the Grant Program Official (GPO) during the week of February 25. On 2/19, the TOR staff met to work on the SAP. The Tribe's proposed First Responder and Good Samaritan Immunity Code is awaiting presentation to the Tribal Council by the Judicial Committee for approval in March. (The code is a prerequisite to the Indian Health Service entering into a Naloxone Access Agreement with SWO Law Enforcement to dispense opioid reversal drugs in accordance with Indian Health Manual, Part 3 - Professional Services, Chapter 35.)

Objectives Progress / Status / Updates: The Naloxone Access Agreement between IHS and the Tribe for SWO Law Enforcement has been drafted. Between the IHS Pharmacists and SWO Legal Counsel, the language is being fine-tuned. It will been to be finalized at the IHS Area Office and approved by Tribal Council before it can be signed by the Tribal Chairwoman. The initial Agreement is with SWO Law Enforcement, but there can be additional Agreements with

other entities, as requested. Collaboration for collective impact on the Health Plan was promoted through attendance of Community Safety Team (2/15), First 1,000 Days Interagency Forum (2/21), and Behavioral Health Interagency Team (2/28).

2. Organize one workforce (employee) education activity annually to increase awareness about the opioid epidemic and resources that are available for recovery and overdose prevention.

The NOVA PBS film Addiction was viewed by SWO Education Department staff on 2/22, and they are retaining it for additional viewing in their department. Following discussion at the Tribal Executive Committee meeting on 2/22, the Vice Chairman's Office has requested four viewing sessions for staff. An "Addiction Film Viewer Survey and Guided Discussion" has been created in Survey Monkey to collect feedback from the workforce on what they thought of the film, what they learned and touched their hearts, and what additional information they would like about the opioid epidemic. There are plans to show the film next month at the First 1,000 Days Interagency Forum. Once the Naloxone Access Agreement is executed, the TOR staff will assist in training first responders.

3. Implement outreach, community education, mass media activities (at least six per year, including citizens returning from military

The project explored the opportunity of a partnership with the South Dakota Department of Health to develop community education materials for pregnant women that would be funded via a $20,000 sub-award. After evaluating our capacity, we declined.

1 Link to Addiction on South Dakota Public Broadcasting: (SWO has a physical copy of this film).

Wacinyan Tipi (House of Hope)

Yolanda Starr, Program Manager

Mission Statement: To restore the basic integrity and dignity of Dakota values of each individual who passes through our doors by operating a shelter and developing a plan to enable them to regain their social, physical, emotional and spiritual values.

Program Manager - Yolanda Starr - 605-698-2020 -

Resident Volunteers - 3

Current Residents - Adults -27

Children -20

February Applications - Adults - 13

Children- 13

Monthly Events:

Resident Meeting held February 27, 2019. Went over Tom from C&S Pest Control will be back next week for the final recheck of all the rooms.

Went over goals and achievements of the residents and what to expect for the upcoming months.

Dora will still be doing Arts and Crafts on Sundays with the families as long as the weather holds up

Upcoming Events:

We would still like to schedule a food safety class. Would also like to see if someone could come in and do some cooking classes for the residents. One of the residents would like to do a beading class for the residents.

Wiyukcan ka Ecunpi Project

Heather Flute, Chief Academic Officer/Program Manager

Mission Statement: The Wiyukcan ka Ecunpi project team continues to work hard on the grants Implementation Plan. Each team member spends at least 70% of their time at school site working with our tribal students. Our goal is to incorporate the seven areas of: Academics, College and Career, Behavior and Suicide Prevention, School Readiness, Culture, and Research. Each Staff is required to spend at least 70% of their weekly time at school sites per week.

Staff Student Engagement: W.E Monthly Data from Feb Pt 2 1st: 85/68 hours

This month the numbers and percentages are low due to snow days and the difficulty of traveling to schools. One these days, staff used this time as office prep. time.

SWO Youth Department

Derrick McCauley, Manager

Mission Statement: "We are here to inspire, we are here to encourage, but most importantly we are here to guide our youth through structured physical activities, cultural awareness, community involvement and developing life skills"

Monthly Activities: Pink Power Club, Life Talks, Model Car Building, Robotics, Teen Art, Fitness, Arts/Crafts, Weekly Meal (Mon & Fri)

February Events: Sioux Falls Skyforce game 02/09/19, Super Bowl Party 02/03/19, Jr NBA Skills Challenge 02/01 / 19

Monthly Reporting:

It has been a slow month for the SWO Youth department partly because of all the snow fall and school cancellations that have happened. We have seen a bigger increase in youth attendance when we added two weekly meals to the program. As we sit right now we will be planning for 3 months of Junior Basketball Academy, which will equip the youth with a teamwork based attitude. We know how important sports play in the lives of the youth on the SWO Reservation so it is very important to us to focus mainly on mental and emotional toughness of members.

Our female co-workers at the VMYC have established the Pink Power Club! Girl Club, which is for girls ages 5-13. This activity will focus on life skills, peer-peer mentorship, and community involvement through structured weekly activities. This group has been meeting for the past 3 weeks and has taken ownership of the advertising and recruiting of more members. Along with the activities we try and incorporate weekly meal prepping. This gives young ladies the opportunity to learn the basics of meal making in case they would be home along or helping cook for siblings.

We have added a couple seasonal workers to begin the new year and they have been great in helping implement activities or assist with events. Kegan Huff, Derris Funmaker and Missy Huff are the new faces to the program. Kegan and Derris have great sports knowledge and have played some college basketball. Missy brings a lot of years of working with the youth to the table. We are very fortunate to have such a great group of workers that have something invaluable to bring to the youth.

Overall we are still learning as a program, but have been very consistent in the past couple years reaching a majority of the community with our events and activities. There is always room to grow and I believe each year brings new challenges for our department and this is certainly one of the years where we will see our passion and dedication be tested. We will be sending our monthly attendance report when February is over and also be on the look-out for our monthly newsletter and monthly calendar.

Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Youth and Family TREE

SWO Behavioral Health

Shobi Zetina, Director

PURPOSE: Provide a comprehensive, family-centered, trauma informed, evidence-based, coordination and integrated outpatient system of care including early intervention and recovery support services to meet the complex needs of adolescent and transitional age American Indian youth and their families/primary caregiver with SUD and/or co-occurring mental disorders.

GOAL: 1) Enhance, Expand and provide comprehensive services to 50 underserved American Indian adolescents and transitional aged youth and their families/primary caregivers with SLID and/or co-occurring mental disorders. 2) Provide Tobacco Prevention and Intervention 3) Provide treatment to pregnant mothers with Substance Use Disorders, 4) Continue to provide Evidence based services and Practice (EBSPs).

ACHIEVEMENTS: Youth and Family TREE continue to collaborate with other program agencies, such as, Dakotah Pride, Aliive Roberts County, Tribal Opioid Response, Local private and public schools, and tribal, local and federal originations. TREE has also activated several Memorandum of Understanding and Agreements with various agencies. This month, Youth and Family TREE have services students to surrounding schools including Tiospa Zina Tribal School, Sisseton High School, Enemy Swim Day School and Circle of Nations School. Our Intensive Outpatient Treatment program did start in the beginning of January but more services have been expanded this month. Groups such as mental health support groups, co-occurring support groups, and IOP groups are starting March 4, 2019. We are pleased to have a student placement from Mt. Marty that started with us February 25, 2019, Elieen Pfieffer is completing a Human Service degree.

BARRIERS: The Youth and Family TREE program along with SWO Behavioral Health Department are still in need of transportation for clients. We are looking into the schools providing rides to students that are in need of services. However, schools are also finding that transportation is an issue. Weather and administrative leave days have played a significant role in our ability to deliver our tasks and objectives for the goals of February.

Home Health Care and Elderly Affairs

Bonnie Thompson, Director

Our medical transportation is funded by Indian Health in Aberdeen, SD. Both elderly and non-elderly may receive assistance, providing they are not on Medicaid and enrolled here also a referral from Indian Health. The board meets every second Monday of every month and the elderly protection team meets every third Wednesday of the month. There is monies available for glasses, this is for the elders 55 years and older. They may receive $140.00 each appointments can be at Indian Health optometry Sisseton, SD at 742-3793 or Dr. Grimsrud.

Mayuteca Day Treatment Program

Skyman Redday, Manager

Mission Statement: To improve the physical, spiritual, emotional, mental and behavioral health of the tribal members effected with substance use disorders and his/her family through, an integral holistic system based on a balanced program of patient care through education counseling, group therapy and spiritual guidance.

Vision: The SWO tribal member will be resilient, sustainable, healthy and productive for the community.


We have been having preliminary discussions with the Roberts County Sheriff s Office to have one of our workers go into the jail to offer pre-treatment services to our incarcerated people. With this we hope to get our people some much needed services while they are incarcerated, when they are released they can transfer into either Day Treatment services or in-patient services with Dakota Pride, whatever level of care their assessment say they need. We hope that this will also help them with whatever kind of sentencing that may be looking at.

We had a staff member attend the Long Hollow District meeting this month, they handed out pamphlets and answered questions the District members had.

We have A.A. meetings from 12-1 Monday, Wednesday and Friday, this is open to the public, we have been seeing around 6-7 community members come for these meetings.

We had Mariah Hazel Stands do our Family days on 02/11/19 - 02/11/19.

Marlin Farley did Mending Broken Hearts training with clients on 02/27/19, 02/28/19 and 03/01/19.

February has been a slow month for us, due to the amount of snow days we had. We are usually open when the Tribe closes due to weather, but this month the weather has been bad enough that we decided not to put our clients in danger of trying to make it in. We do call and check in with the clients when we have unexpected days off, just to see how they are doing.

SWO Diabetes (Health & Fitness) Center

Sara Lincoln, Director

Sara Lincoln, Program Manager

Pauline White Thunder, Administrative Assistant

Natasha Renville, Incentives Coordinator

Danielle Grey, DPP Coordinator

Ashley Lee, Fitness Trainer

Lonnie Seaboy, Maintenance

Chelsey Owen, Outreach

Tyler Bellonger, Fitness Room Attendant

Glenn Fineday, Trainer/Outreach

The SWO SDPI Program's mission is to implement programs and to work with other health programs to treat and prevent diabetes complications and prevent/manage cardiovascular diseases on the Lake Traverse Reservation. The purpose of the SWO Fitness and Diabetes Programs is to educate and empower people in our community to be proactive in improving their personal fitness and health levels.

Our Goals for respective Grants:

Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI): Funding Cycle January 2019-December 2019

SDPI Outcomes System(SOS): Target is IHS eligible participant's that live on the Lake Traverse Reservation with a BMI greater than 25 with a Pre-Diabetes Diagnosis and utilize the Diabetes Center and/or IHS. GOAL: 244

Health Screening: We provide a health screening, which entails Blood Glucose, Blood Pressure, BMI, Height, Weight, Waist Circumference, Ale, and Body Fat Mass. GOAL: 500

Community Events: This goal includes all outreach we provide at health fairs, general council, district days, and/or elderly days. GOAL: 1500.

Monthly Activities: This goal includes all our monthly activities, walk/runs, gardening, elder games, cornhole tournaments, iron man, district challenge, and any other event we add to our monthly activities. GOAL: 1500.

AstraZeneca: Funding Cycle November 2018-December 2019

Community Outreach: Outreach to get out information about cardiovascular disease. (UNDUPLICATED PARTICIPANTS). GOAL: 1000.

Tracked Participant's: Monitor and track all the information for the health screening for 3-6 months. GOAL: 200

SWO Food Pantry

Geno Locke, Manager

Mission Statement: Serve the SWO tribal members with food boxes as needed.

Goals met this month:

1. Feeding South Dakota delivered 2/14/19 for Food Supply

2. Rapid City no donation this month

3. Produce handed out on Mondays members that sign up for month totaling 37 tribal members the WalMart produce donation

4. For the total of family that used the Food Pantry and WalMart Produce total 244 families

5. Food Pantry hired a part time worker for 45 days

6. No action is needed at this time

"Little Steps" Daycare

Leona Iyarpeya, Manager

Number of staff:

7 Full-time Childcare Workers

3 temp Childcare Workers, the Cook, the assistant director and director.

Number of Children Enrolled:

41 Full-time

4 ET/Demo

Number of tribal employees: 34

Number of non-tribal employees: 4 (Dakota Connection, IHS, Coteau Des Prairies, Tiospa Zina)

Number attending SWC: 2

Number receiving state subsidy: 7

Number receiving tribal subsidy: 11

This month at Little Steps we have been working on working on the letters D, E, and F. We will be learning the numbers 3 and 4, our shape for the month is a heart (cante) and the colors are pink, red and purple. We will also be teaching the children the Dakotah words for the numbers, shape and colors for the month. Will be working with Jessica Evenson from South Dakota Birth to Three to begin screening the children that are 0-36 months, so that we can catch the little ones that may have any kind of learning/gross motor delay. Our priority here is to make sure our little ones are growing and learning every day. Ihaijpi Cikáistina "Little Steps" Daycare and the parents will be fundraising for new outside play equipment. We will be working with Aspire to help with our fundraising efforts.

Health Services Administration

Sara DeCotean, Director

Function/Mission Statement: Administer SWO's Indian Health Service Comprehensive Health Care Services Contract (Indian Self-Determination and Educational Assistance Act or "638" IHS Master Contract); implement health initiatives and grants; participate in interagency coordination activities to promote collaboration and collective impact; and plan and develop services that will improve health status, quality, and access to care (SWO Health Plan).

The FY/1 9 Award was executed February 5 after delays related to how SWO calculates Indirect Costs, the lengthy Government shutdown, holidays, and weather-related closures.

Twenty children have been approved for the Orthodontics program this fiscal year. Five children completed to date, ten first payments and eight second payments were reimbursed to Delta Dental of South Dakota, SWO's fiscal intermediary. Currently, SWO has 153 children who are in some phase of treatment or waiting to start treatment.

Tribal Elderly Affairs Program was reimbursed for January non-emergency medical transportation payments to 265 Tribal members referred through the Indian Health Service Purchased Referred Care Program. The year-to-date reimbursement amount is for 1,056 referrals.

Health Administration has oversight in start-up of two new grants funded through Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Indigenous Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children's Health (LAUNCH) Cooperative Agreement, funded $2.76 million over five years, has three of 3.5 staff on board, is settling into a renovated building, submitted the Year 2 continuation grant this month, and is in a developmental year before starting services. Tribal Opioid Response (TOR), funded for two years, is fully staffed of 1.25 employees who are preparing to start services. This month the Strategic Activities Plan annex to the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Health Plan, standard operating procedures and resource directory are being worked on, while community education about the opioid epidemic has commenced. Separate reports for TOR and LAUNCH have been submitted.

We are also partnering with Great Plains Tribal Chairmen's Health Board to start-up the Tribal Maternal Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) project, funded by the Administration for Children and Families. GPTCHB is the grantee, and the Lake Traverse Reservation is where the services will be implemented. Similar to LAUNCH, the grant is for five years and is in a developmental year. It will employ two Community Health Workers. It's Project Manager, who will be based in Rapid City, was hired and assumed duties 2/25. T-MIECHV and LAUNCH are working in tandem to conduct a Community Needs and Readiness Assessment, which includes the community resource mapping activities currently underway that the funding agency requires to be completed by the end of February (bad weather or not).

The two-year effort of disseminating results from the Pregnancy Health Survey for Parents of Newborns on the Lake Traverse Reservation concluded this month with the final set of infographics and articles published in the Sota Iya Ye Yapi and placed on the First 1,000 Days website. They focus on findings about Adverse Childhood Experiences in our community, the resources available to support mothers and fathers as they assume the important role of parenting, and startling results showing that SWO infants are experiencing harsh events (ACEs) during their first 1,000 days. All are on the First 1,000 Days website The infographics were developed in partnership with Collaborative Research Center for American Indian Health at Sanford Research (who funded the survey in 2015-2016). Together with consortium partners at South Dakota State University, we have submitted a draft article, "Father's Pregnancy Health Survey at Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate of the Lake Traverse Reservation" to the SWO Local Research Review Board, requesting pre-publication approval. Ours was the first time EVER that fathers were engaged in this type of survey, and much was learned about how very involved fathers are during the first 1,000 days, the influence they have on maternal behaviors (such as breastfeeding), and potential opportunities to improve services for fathers.

Despite bad weather, the Community Safety Team, First 1,000 Days Interagency Forum, and Behavioral Health Interagency Team met this month. We also attended Diabetes Team and Human Services Board. Community Safety Team is promoting implementation of a Naloxone Access Agreement between IHS and SWO Law Enforcement, pending adoption by the Tribal Council of Chapter 36A Alcohol & Drug Abuse Treatment Act: First Responder and Good Samaritan Immunity Code. Other Safety Team topics include elder falls prevention, child passenger safety, and air quality. Community Resource Mapping was the focus for the First 1,000 Days Interagency Forum, which will inform future collaborative effort. Fifteen of twenty-eight BHIT participants responded to a Survey Monkey aimed at getting feedback and ideas for future work of that Team; compiled results will be discussed at the 2/28 meeting. Diabetes Team is launching use of Continuous Glucose Monitors for patient with high Alc levels and figuring out the subscription details so that GoodHealthTV can be available in all clinic waiting rooms.

Health Administration coordinates the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Health Plan (2016-2020) to achieve collective impact on 15 priority initiatives. The Health Coordinator is the Lead for #4 (First 1,000 Days) and #12 (Grant Writing), the Co-Lead for #5, #8, and #15, and active in all of the other initiatives. SWO stakeholders meet every-other-month to discuss progress achieved, and the Year 3 of 5 progress report is at: This month, an annex to the plan for Tribal Opioid Response was completed. With ten new awards, the Grant Writing initiative is at 91% of reaching its target goal of 11 new funded grants. The number of positions funded under these grants is 15.2 employees. We are currently working on one grant, Vocational Rehabilitation Service Projects for American Indians with Disabilities from the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, Department of Education. The Funding Opportunity Announcement has not yet been posted by Grants.Gov, but we have a working draft.

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Act/First Responder and Good Samaritan Immunity Code

The SWO Tribal Council gave approval to a new Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Act/First Responder and Good Samaritan Immunity Code last Tuesday, March 19th.

Here are highlights:




This Code shall be known as the Naloxone Access and First Responder Immunity Code.

This Code shall be construed to promote the following:

1. Pursuant to the Revised Constitution and By-Laws of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate, the Tribal Council shall, among others, "promote public health, education, charity, and such other services as may contribute to the social advancement of the members of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate." In order to effectuate this power and responsibility, the Tribal Council has determined a need to ensure protection for the members of Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate, this Code shall protect eligible recipients, including first responders, who in good faith administer opioid overdose rescue treatment, including naloxone, to individuals believed to be suffering from acute overdose from prescription and illicit opioids.

2. In 2017, drug related crimes on the Lake Traverse Reservation had increased by 548% since 2008. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, drug overdose was the leading cause of death in 2013, with overdose deaths exceeding motor-vehicle related deaths in 36 states and the District of Columbia. Since 2000, the drug overdose rate has increased 137%, including a 200% increase in the rate of overdose deaths involving opioids.

3. Naloxone is a prescription medication that when administered to an individual experiencing an opioid-related overdose restores the individual to consciousness and normal breathing. Naloxone is virtually always effective when administered correctly.

4. In use for more than thirty (30) years, naloxone is non-addictive and can easily be administered by someone who has training in overdose recognition and naloxone administration. People with such training identify opioid overdoses and indications for naloxone as well as medical experts do.

5. Overdose education and naloxone distribution programs that train family members, friends, and others in a position to assist someone experiencing an opioid-related overdose can

This Code shall apply to opioid-related overdoses and shall take precedence over any general laws of applicability.

The following definitions shall apply to this Code:

1. "De-identified data" means the removal of information such as name, telephone number, medical record number, social security number and other data that would identify an individual's connection with information. The purpose to de-identify data is so that such information can be preserved for research and informational purposes without identifying any particular individual.

2. "Drug-related overdose" means an acute medical condition that is the result of the ingestion

or use by an individual of one or more controlled substances or one or more controlled substances including but not limited to in combination with alcohol, in quantities that are excessive for that individual that may result in death, disability, or serious injury. An individual's condition shall be deemed to be a "drug-related overdose" if a reasonable person of ordinary knowledge would believe the condition to be a drug-related overdose that may result in death, disability, or serious injury.

3. "First responder" means a person who responds immediately to an emergency and shall include law enforcement officers, security officers, rangers, firefighters, and emergency medical services workers. It shall also include other individuals who, in a professional or personal capacity, responds rapidly to an emergency or critical incident and renders assistance.

4. "Health care professional" means an individual licensed, certified, or otherwise authorized by the Tribal, Federal or State government to prescribe drugs.

11. "Naloxone" means an opioid overdose reversal medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration that can temporarily reverse the effects of an opioid overdose and prevent death. Naloxone is not a controlled substance and more than one dose may be necessary to maintain opioid reversal.

14. "Opioid" means a controlled substance derived from opium or a synthetically manufactured medication, that includes but is not limited to heroin, morphine, codeine, oxycodone (Oxycontin), hydrocodone (Vicodin, Norco), fentanyl (Duragesic), hydromorphone (Dilaudid), oxymorphone (Opana) and methadone.

15. "Opioid Overdose Toolkit" means a rescue treatment kit that includes two doses of a naloxone product indicated for reversal of opioid overdose with instructions. The kit may additionally include supplies such as gloves or a face shield to provide rescue breathing.

16. "Opioid-related drug overdose" means an acute condition when an excessive amount of opioid, or another substance with which an opioid was combined, is swallowed, inhaled, injected or absorbed through the skin, intentionally or unintentionally, leading to extreme physical illness, decreased level of consciousness, respiratory depression, coma, or the ceasing of respiratory or circulatory function and possible death.

17. "Standing order" means a pre-written, non-person specific order issued by a health care professional that authorizes the dispensing of a drug to, or administration of the drug by, an individual or individuals who satisfy pre-determined criteria.


1. All medical facilities shall assign a MCP or equivalent who is a licensed medical professional with prescribing authority who will establish a standing order for dispensing opioid overdose rescue toolkits to eligible recipients.

2. Standing orders authorize the dispensing and administration of opioid overdose rescue treatment toolkits, including medication, to individuals whom the eligible recipients believe, in good faith, are suffering from opioid overdose. Rescue treatment medication issued under this section is for legitimate medical purpose in the usual course of professional practice.

3. All medical facilities shall develop local training and certification for first responders and eligible recipients using a curriculum that has been pre-approved by the MCP.

4. Eligible recipients shall include:

a. An individual who is at risk of experiencing an opioid-related overdose;


1. A first responder who has completed requisite training, and who renders opioid overdose rescue treatment to a person in need on the Lake Traverse Reservation, shall not be liable to such person assisted for civil damages for any personal injuries which result from acts or omissions by such persons rendering opioid overdose rescue first aid, which may constitute ordinary negligence. Those individuals include persons acting under the direction thereof in this section, who forcibility enters the residence of any person in order to render opioid overdose rescue first aid to a person reasonably believed to be in need shall not be liable to such persons for civil damages incurred as a result of such entry. The immunities provided in this section does not apply to acts or omissions constituting gross, willful or wanton negligence.

2. Notwithstanding any other Tribal law, it shall not be a crime for a person to be under the influence of, or to possess for personal use, a controlled substance, controlled substance analog, or drug paraphernalia, if that person, in good faith, seeks medical assistance for another person while such other person is experiencing a drug-related overdose, and the person seeking medical assistance fully cooperates with medical and law enforcement personnel, remains on scene and identifies themselves. This provision shall not apply to a person seeking medical assistance if such person sold controlled substances, controlled analog, or drug paraphernalia to the person for whom medical assistance is requested or to any other person. No other immunities or protection from arrest or prosecution for violations of the law are intended or may be inferred.

3. Notwithstanding any other Tribal law, it shall not be a crime for a person who while experiencing a drug-related overdose, and in need of medical assistance, to be under the influence of, or to possess for his or her own personal use, a controlled substance, controlled substance analog, or drug paraphernalia, if the person or one or more other persons at the scene of the overdose, in good faith, seek medical assistance for the person experiencing the


1. The attending physician in an emergency department, or a physician's designee, shall make reasonable efforts to obtain a signed patient consent to disclose information about the patient's opioid-related overdose to family members or others involved in the patient's health care including but not limited to the patient's primary health care provider, as well as SWO Behavioral Health and substance use disorder treatment programs.

2. The attending physician in an emergency department, or a physician's designee, shall make reasonable efforts to obtain a signed patient consent to disclose information about the patient's opioid-related overdose to family members or others involved in the patient's health care including but not limited to the patient's primary health care provider, as well as SWO Behavioral Health and substance use disorder treatment programs.

3. An attending physician or physician's designee, Indian Health Service physician or physician's designee or Indian Health Service pharmacist or pharmacist designee, shall make reasonable efforts to obtain a signed patient consent to disclose information about the patient's opioid-related overdose to SWO Behavioral Health and substance use disorder treatment programs.

4. If release of information consent cannot practicably be provided because of the patient's incapacity or an emergency circumstance, the physician, or physician's designee, may disclose information about a patient's opioid-related overdose in compliance with applicable privacy and confidentiality laws.

5. In the event an Indian Health Service patient experiences an opioid-related overdose, the patient's physician or physician's designee, shall provide the patient with educational material about addiction and a list of resources for substance use disorder treatment programs, including but not limited to SWO Behavioral Health and substance use disorder treatment programs.

6. Indian Health Service shall develop and implement a comprehensive and collaborative treatment plan of follow-up for patients treated in an emergency department and with their consent, refer them to any substance use disorder treatment program. Risk assessment, treatment planning, and continuity of care referral services shall occur after medical stabilization of the patients.


1. It is the intent of the Tribe, to establish and maintain a registry, database or other collection mechanism to track de-identified data to evaluate the data collected regarding:

a. The number of times and amount of naloxone administered to an individual experiencing opioid-related overdoses;

b. The number of time naloxone administration resulted in a reversal of an opioid-related overdose;

c. The number of opioid overdose rescue treatment incidents in which an approved opioid antagonist was administered; and

d. Any other naloxone activities deemed relevant to effective implementation of this Code.


1. Any Tribal Programs and the Indian Health Service shall promulgate policies and procedures necessary to implement their responsibilities under this Code.

Lisa Jackson represents SWO Tribe at Congressional field hearing

Big Coulee District Councilwoman Lisa Jackson represented the SWO Tribe at a U.S. Congressional field hearing last Wednesday, March 20th, at Bismarck, ND.

The five North Dakota tribes were invited to attend the hearing, which was conducted by the three Congressional delegates representing the state in Washington, DC.

Lisa submitted the statement which Chairwoman Robertson had provided in Washington, DC (published in its entirety in the March 6th Sota).

Purpose of the hearing was to get the tribes' input in planning next year's Department of Interior/BIA budget.

Public safety is at the top of the list of concerns.

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


*In the Spirit of Woman's History Month: NAOMI PARKER BARKER US ARMY- KOREA. Naomi is our oldest female Veteran at 88 soon to be 89 in a couple of months. Naomi and I had a great talk and with her permission she is allowing me to post this. Naomi Parker was born 6-20-1920. Naomi came from a long line of service to our Country. She had 7 siblings (including step) in the Wars, and her step brother was Louis Williams, who was a POW. This gave her calling to have service to our Country. She entered the US Army 22 June 1950 into Fort Sam Houston for her Medic Training. She ended up being stationed in Yokohama, Japan from 1951-1953 and she took care of the wounded that were fighting in Korea as Korean War was then in full force. She was assigned to the U.N. The patients she cared for were from all countries. She married an active duty Army in 1956 and she stayed in the Military as a dependent and traveled all over with her husband and his orders until 1971 after he served 30 years. They had 4 children who were all born on the military bases, one overseas and the other at bases in the U.S. Her dates of service were (22 June 1950- 21 June 1953), honorably discharged. She attended Japanese Weddings, German Weddings and met so many diverse ethnic groups. She said one of her highlights was going to Mt. Fuji in Japan. She said she had so much fun in service to our Country and met so many people experienced so many wonderful things that she would have never had the opportunity to had she not joined the US Army. We are planning an honoring for Naomi in April 2019 and she will be speaking of these experiences. We have a couple of things that we wrote for and would like to present to Naomi at this time. We've had a couple of honoring in the past for Naomi at the DCC and the SWC but we want to do this specific for her while she is still young. We will invite the community to this wonderful event. We applied for the Korean Peace Medal as she may not have been boots on the ground but she did care for all the wounded Soldiers being on the United Nations war that were sent to Yokohama, Japan we are proud to announce they sent it to us to present to her. Stay tuned for the date! Pidamaya Naomi for allowing me to share a small portion of your story today!

*CORRECTION SPEC. JALIN CORDELL, US ARMY: Jalin was promoted to Specialist not PFC as I had posted. He was in Iraq May/Oct 2018 and Syria Oct/Jan 2019 and was promoted to Specialist while he was in Syria. His Grandpas are: the late Edward "Kenny" Seaboy Jr., Chet Cordell & Vine Marks, Sr. & Great Grandpas are Gerald (Little Joe) Heminger, Sr., Edward Seaboy, Sr. & Arnold Schoenrock. His Grandmas are Colleen Cordell & Etta Jo Marks. Dad & Mom are Johnny & Shannon Cordell . We are very proud of you Jalin keep up the great job of service to our great country!

*VIETNAM VETERAN ANNIVERSARY: Friday, March 29, 2019, IS BEING PROCLAIMED as "Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day," calling on all South Dakotans to recognize the courage, service and sacrifice of the men and women who served during the Vietnam War. We would like to honor and give a shout out to all our Akicita who served our Country during the Vietnam War. We had many that were KIA and many that came back wounded. We have Purple Heart recipients and many who still are in service to this day. We salute you and thank you from the bottom of our hearts! More than 27,000 South Dakotans served valiantly under difficult circumstances during the Vietnam War and 210 made the ultimate sacrifice. We have the SWO KIA during the Vietnam War and we will do a tribute. We do the Dakota Magic Honoring every other year and it's the other year so it will be held again March 2020, there are many other honorings throughout the state which I will post.

*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.

*VETERAN STORIES: We would like families of Veterans to submit to stories to the Sota to be printed. We would love to continue to read of stories of our Tribal Akicita and heroes. I think it would be beneficial for the younger generation to hear of service to our Country. Please attend Naomi's honoring.


Mar 29-Vietnam Veterans Open House-DAV Headquarters-Sioux Falls-1:00-3:00 pm (CT)

Mar 29-Vietnam/Vietnam Era Veterans Reception-SFVAHCS Front Foyer-4:00 pm-6:00 pm (CT)

Mar 30-Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day in South Dakota

Apr 6-State MOPH Convention-Rapid City DAV (101 E. Madison Street) - 1:00 pm (MT)


CRISIS LINE 1-800-273-8255 PRESS 1

GERI OPSAL, TVSO 605-268-0502





A home for our heroes

South Dakota's legacy of providing her senior veterans a place of comfort and peace in return for their service dates back to 1889, when the South Dakota Soldiers Home was created in Hot Springs. In 2016, we opened the doors to a new state-of-the-art veterans home.

Our vision for the Michael J. Fitzmaurice State Veterans Home (MJFSVH) is to be a recognized state and national leader in long-term veteran care, and a driving force in providing the best in nursing care, family wholeness, and ultimate enrichment for our heroes. Being the best means serving our residents with selfless and uncompromising loyalty, respect, integrity, and commitment.

Our MJFSVH staff is proud and committed to providing the residents with the highest quality of care in a warm and friendly environment. Our competent team of professionals, support staff, and volunteers are resident-focused and devoted to the veterans who live at our Home.

Our residents enjoy the comfort of modern accommodations as well as the convenience of common living and dining areas for socializing with new friends. They have access to complete medical services, pharmaceutical services, spiritual care, recreational programs, barber and beautician services, and physical, speech, and occupational therapy.

Veterans interested in calling MJFSVH their home can view a virtual video and do an online walking tour at:

I strongly encourage veterans, and or their families, to schedule a visit by contacting our staff at the State Veterans Home at (605) 745-5127.

Greg Whitlock, Secretary.

South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs.

Dem-NPL statement on ND state-tribal tax agreements

Bismarck, ND – March 21, 2019 – House Minority Leader Josh Boschee (D-Fargo) announced the passage of three bills to allow revenue sharing with North Dakota's tribal nations in the areas of oil and gas, alcohol, tobacco, and sales and use taxes. The bills are SB 2257, SB 2258, SB 2312.

"These agreements are an important step to strengthen our government-to-government relationship with North Dakota's tribal nations," said Rep. Boschee.

"The issue of double taxation on tribal lands in our state has long been an obstacle to those relationships. A fair and equitable method of taxation as envisioned by these bills would provide tribes with much needed revenue and allow the tribes and state to collaborate as equals on the many issues important to all North Dakotans, such as infrastructure, housing, education, health care, and public safety."

SB 2257

SB 2257 was approved by an 85 to 7 vote. It would allow the state to enter into agreements with North Dakota's tribal nations on alcohol and tobacco taxes, both wholesale and retail.

An agreement approved by a tribe would establish equivalent taxes on alcohol and tobacco products on the reservations.

The state would collect those taxes on the tribes behalf and allocate those revenues back to the tribes based on the number of enrolled members.

SB 2258

SB 2258 was approved by a 77 to 15 vote.

It would allow the state to enter into agreements with the tribal nations on sales and use taxes.

Currently sales and use taxes are not collected from tribal members on the reservation.

If a tribe chose to enter into an agreement with the state, it would establish a tax equal to the state level, with the state and tribal governments receiving an equal share of the revenues.

The part on revenue sharing was added by the House Finance and Tax Committee, which generated opposition from several Dem-NPL legislators.

That amendment will have to be reviewed by the Senate before final passage.

SB 2312

The third bill, SB 2312, was approved by an 84 to 8 vote.

It authorizes a state-tribal agreement on the sharing of oil and gas tax revenues with the Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara (MHA) Nation. Under the bill, 80 percent of the revenue from oil produced on tribal trust lands goes to the tribe and 20 percent goes to the state. On fee lands 80 percent of the revenue goes to the state and 20 percent to the tribe. Revenue from the tax currently is split 50-50 between the state and the tribe.

(Editor's note: Attorney Greg Paulson is working on behalf of the SWO to negotiate tax agreements with the states of South Dakota and North Dakota.)

Tribal court finds Wolf Point man guilty of murder

By Sam Wilson

Billings Gazette – March 19, 2019 – A Wolf Point man has been convicted of murder in Fort Peck Tribal Court after the U.S. Attorney's Office in Montana declined to prosecute him for fatally shooting another man in July.

A jury on March 5 found Chance Martell, 23, guilty in the killing of Wolf Point resident Roger Bissonette, 47, at Martell's home. His sentencing is scheduled for Thursday.

Tribal police responded July 27 to a shooting in the reservation town and found Martell, still carrying a gun, and witnesses who were shouting that he had shot Bissonette, according to charges filed by Fort Peck Tribal Prosecutor Scott Seifert.

Bissonette died at the scene from two .22 caliber gunshot wounds to the chest, according to the charges. The shooting was investigated by the FBI and the Fort Peck Tribal Police.

Federal prosecutors declined in January to file charges against Martell, according to a statement released Tuesday by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Montana.

"As in all cases under its consideration, the responsibility of the U.S. Attorney's Office is to determine whether it can prove all elements of a federal crime beyond a reasonable doubt," the statement read. "In this case, we could not prove any crime was committed when the shooter used deadly force in a dispute with Mr. Bissonette."

The FBI on Monday referred inquiries about the incident to the U.S. Attorney's Office. In an earlier statement released to the Wolf Point Herald after the shooting, the FBI confirmed it was investigating a "possible homicide," along with tribal police.

Tribal prosecutors were able to convince the jury that Bissonette was lured to Martell's residence and had not posed a threat before Martell shot him with a rifle in his front lawn, Seifert said Tuesday. The pair had fought earlier in the day, he said, but Bissonette was unarmed when he arrived later that night.

"It looked like it was going to be a mutual fight again, but it didn't end up that way," Seifert said. "That was our argument, that it was essentially planned."

He noted that the tribe does not have a "stand your ground*type law, and needed to demonstrate to the jury only that Martell had provoked the attack.

Typically, felonies prosecuted by the Fort Peck Sioux and Assiniboine Tribes can carry a maximum sentence of one year in jail and a $5,000 fine, according to the tribes' Comprehensive Code of Justice.

Seifert, however, said he intends to pursue an "enhanced punishment" during sentencing that could send Martell to jail for up to three years, with a maximum fine of $15,000.

Business owner and business face federal charges for embezzlement and theft from Indian tribal organizations

Defendant prosecuted as part of the Guardians Project, a federal law enforcement initiative to combat corruption, fraud, and abuse in SD

Sioux Falls, SD – March 18, 2019 – United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a business owner and his business have been indicted by a federal grand jury for embezzlement and theft from an Indian tribal organization.

Dustin Martin Kirk, age 46 of Sisseton, South Dakota, was indicted on March 5, 2019, on two counts of embezzlement and theft from an Indian tribal organization.

Two counts in the indictment relate to his dissolved business, Siouxland Lumber & Materials, LLC.

Kirk appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge William D. Gerdes on March 11, 2019, and pleaded not guilty to the Indictment.

The Indictment alleges that between in or about August 2016 and December 2018, in the District of South Dakota, Dustin Martin Kirk and his business embezzled, stole, and converted more than $1,000 of monies, funds, credits, goods, assets, and other property belonging to Dakota Nation Development Corporation and the Sisseton-Wahpeton Housing Authority, both of which being entities of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Tribe and Indian tribal organizations.

The maximum penalty upon conviction on each count is up to 5 years in prison and/or a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Restitution may also be ordered.

The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeremy Jehangiri is prosecuting the case.

The charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

The case was brought pursuant to the Guardians Project, a federal law enforcement initiative to coordinate efforts between participating agencies, to promote citizen disclosure of public corruption, fraud, and embezzlement involving federal program funds, contracts, and grants, and to hold accountable those who are responsible for adversely affecting those living in South Dakota's Indian country communities.

The Guardians Project is another step of federal law enforcement's on-going efforts to increase engagement, coordination, and positive action on behalf of tribal communities.

Led by the U.S. Attorney's Office, the participating agencies include: Federal Bureau of Investigation; the Offices of Inspector General for the Departments of Interior, Health and Human Services, Social Security Administration, Agriculture, Transportation, Education, Justice, and Housing and Urban Development; Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division; U.S. Postal Inspector Service; U.S. Postal Service, Office of Inspector General.

For additional information about the Guardians Project, please contact the U.S. Attorney's Office at (605) 330-4400. To report a suspected crime, please contact law enforcement at the federal agency's locally listed telephone number.

Sisseton man charged with Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a child

Sioux Falls, SD – March 18, 2019 – United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Sisseton, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for aggravated sexual abuse of a child and for abusive sexual contact.

Storm Gaylord Blue, age 25, was indicted on December 4, 2018.

He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Veronica L. Duffy on March 5, 2019, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

According to the Indictment, in October 2017, in Roberts County, South Dakota, Blue engaged in forcible sexual acts with a child.

The maximum penalties upon conviction for each count are as follows: life imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, or both; a mandatory minimum term of five (5) years, up to life, of supervised release; $100 special assessment for victim/witness fund; $5,000 assessment to the domestic trafficking fund; and restitution may be ordered.

The charges are merely accusations and Blue is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

The investigation is being conducted by the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Tribe's Law Enforcement and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeremy R. Jehangiri is prosecuting the case.

Blue was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

A trial date of May 14, 2019, has been set.

Editorials –

Sota editorial –

How Time may judge leaders

Repeated from Sota #11-2019

Our concern is with elected leaders of our SWO Tribe, and how Time might judge them.

First, Time may ask whether each has used their temporary authority solely for benefit of the Oyate or if they used that power for personal interests.

Second, Time may ask each if they held ego in check and understood that winning an election does not suddenly turn a person into a master of the complex skills needed to manage a tribal nation and did they seek out the best qualified advisors.

Third, Time may ask each, after serving their term in office, if they had compassion and gratitude for the Oyate who placed hope and trust in their leadership.

Of the Oyate, Time may ask what have you done to assist your leaders in how to answer these questions.


Brief editorial comments from the editor's desk –

On and Off the Lake Traverse Reservation

We are disappointed to have vital issues facing the new Council continue to be stalled.

First, it was the Trump-imposed federal shutdown.

Then the winter storm cycle that caused days upon days of Tribal program shutdowns – culminating in a major blizzard and power outages (followed now by potential for serious flooding).

Now, coming out of the storm, we find leadership apparently failing the number one basic rule (see our March 13th editorial, re-published this week) regarding putting members' needs above personal interests.

Perhaps the suspension of the Chairwoman can bring about a catharsis – a comprehensive behind-the-scenes look into how the Tribe is managed.

And no one should be ignoring the federal indictments involving the Tribe's Dakota Nation Development Corporation!

Last week in Council chambers, Vine Marks asked what is meant by "an investigation."

He was referring to investigations made when Executives and/or Council members are suspended, pending a removal hearing.

Vine made the point that an investigation is only meaningful if it's done by credible outside, objective resources.

That point was also made by Lorraine Rousseau, who had spoken earlier – this was Tuesday afternoon – during discussion of what everyone seemed to agree is a flawed HR grievance process.

Removal hearing for Ella Robertson as Chairwoman is scheduled in Council chambers this Friday morning, March 29.


Thank you to Tammy and Darrell DeCoteau for gathering donations and delivering them last week to relatives at Santee.

Theirs was the first public effort by the SWO to respond to our sister tribe's state of emergency.

And thank you to the Oyate who came to Dakotah Language Institute last Monday with donations and cash for their run to Nebraska that evening after work.

It is not always about waiting for others to do something rather what we ourselves take responsibility for … taking action and doing what needs to be done.


Thanks also to Tom Wilson and John Heminger for also taking supplies to Santee on behalf of the SWO Tribe.

See updates provided by KXSW and videos by John Heminger Photography on Facebook.

John has also been providing videos calling attention to local flood prevention as the risk remains high.


Remember that Pine Ridge has also declared a storm-related emergency, and its people are in need of assistance.

See the article provided by MAST and Great Plains Tribal Chairmen's Association elsewhere in this Sota.


If you are concerned that your property may be flooded and need sandbags, please contact the Tribe's Emergency Management Coordinator Jim Pearson at 605-742-0919.

Sandbag filling operations are underway at the SWHA maintenance garage on the east side of Sisseton.


We extend congratulations to Naomi Barker and are glad to hear from our TVSO Geri Opsal that Naomi will be honored for her service to our country.

Watch for announcement of the place and time.

Please read what Geri says about Naomi in her report to our veterans in this week's Sota.


Our thanks to Tribal Health Coordinator Sara DeCoteau for providing an historical look at the Tribe's addiction recovery programs.

There is a lot of information in this week's Sota, but we encourage readers to include Sara's chronology of the Sisseton-Wahpeton alcohol treatment services.

Sara's article brings back memories.

We recall visiting New Hope Manor in 1971, when the Tribe's alcohol treatment center was located on the hillside above Agency Village.

We interviewed the staff and residents and took pictures for a feature we published in the Valley News.

At that time we would meet monthly with Moses Gill to write up a Chairman's column for the newspaper.

Chairman Gill's office, the headquarters of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Tribe, was then located in the Joe Robbie Center, downtown Sisseton.


Elder's Meditation:

"Everything's so simple, and we make everything so complicated. That's why we're confused."

–Vickie Downey, TEWA/Tesuque Pueblo

The Creator designed a very simple set of Laws for us to follow. If we follow these simple things, we'll be happy. If we don't follow these simple things, our lives become complicated. For example:

Respect Mother Earth

Love one another

Be truthful

Give to your brother and sisters

Be gentle with each other

Be happy

Following these simple Laws will have great rewards.


Words to consider (or, perhaps not!):

It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets. - Voltaire (1694 - 1778)

The human brain starts working the moment you are born and never stops until you stand up to speak in public. - George Jessel

We are here on Earth to do good to others. What the others are here for, I don't know. - W. H. Auden (1907 - 1973)

That's the funny thing about havin' a kid. They come with their own set of problems; make everything else you were worried about seem kinda silly. - Greg Garcia, Raising Hope, Dead Tooth, 09-28-10

Good judgement comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgement. - Unknown, quoted by Jim Horning

The pursuit of happiness is a most ridiculous phrase; if you pursue happiness you'll never find it. - C. P. Snow (1905 - 1980)


The Sota is always looking for news of the Oyate.

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

For submission deadlines and other information, see below:

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

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 and must be brief, ideally 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.

Earlier receipt of copy is always appreciated. So, if you are aware of a date or message that needs to be publicized or advertised, please let us know about it in advance of the weekly deadline.

The preferred way to submit typed articles and ads, art and photos, is by e-mail.

The editor can be reached at the following e-mail address:

For more information, leave a message on the Sota production office voicemail (605) 938-4452, or send a fax to the 24-hour dedicated line (605) 938-4676.


Obituaries –

Funeral for Lesley Kampeska

Funeral service for Lesley "Les" Kampeska, 51, of Wilmot, South Dakota was held Thursday afternoon, March 21, 2019 at the SWO community center, Agency Village, SD with the Rev. Fr. Charles Chan, John Cloud III Senior Catechist, Clyde Kampeska, and Darrell Mireau officiating.

Pallbearers were Calvin Max Sr., George Neilan, Alex Wanna, Thomas Lee, Jacob Keeble, Thurman Frenier, and Mark Schindlebower.

Honorary pallbearers were Lydell Barse, Lisa Barse, Jodeen Crawford, Romy Schindlebower, Ann Keeble, Lynette LaCroix, Margaret Roy, Ashley Lee, and Fran Bird.

Interment will be in the St. Mary Episcopal Cemetery, Agency Village, South Dakota in the spring.

Wake services were held Tuesday evening and all-night Wednesday at the community center.

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

Lesley passed away at her home in Wilmot, SD that she shared with her companion of two years, George Keeble on March 12, 2019 of a massive heart attack.

Lesley had one daughter, Kaydeen Rose Kampeska, and two grandsons, Wesley and Kade St. John. She loved these three dearly.

She also has two sisters, Jackie and Rhonda Kampeska.

She was the youngest daughter of Wesley Kampeska and Amelia "Dutchy" Schweigman Kampeska.

Her mother passed away when she was four years old, and Lesley and Kaydeen lived with her dad and grandpa Wesley.

Lesley worked at Dakota Magic Casino when it opened as a cashier then as a supervisor.

She loved her job, counting money and working with numbers. She was well liked by her staff. When she was working as a porter she would always stop and chat, laugh and joke then move on.

Lesley also worked at the Wilmot Nursing Home taking care of all the elderly. She loved their stories, laughing and talking with them.

Lesley never stayed in one place for long, and she missed her father and was very lonesome.

Les will be missed, her laughter and her smile. She is with her father now and will be together again forever.

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

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.

Correcting a misunderstanding –

There is no current Tribal justice center plan

By CD Floro

Sota Editor

We found Chairwoman Robertson's testimony provided to the U.S. House requesting DOI funding for the Tribe's justice center somewhat confusing – not right away or we would have suggested changes, but after the fact.

Some of the language provided to the Chairwoman sounded outdated … had not Tribal Council ended the comprehensive "campus-style" justice center project last fall?


After having received substantially less funding than requested for construction from the BIA, Tribal Council gave up the project.

In hindsight, holding a public ribbon-cutting ceremony was premature.

Instead, there are now two separate projects: one, building a new detention facility (jail); and the other, building a new treatment facility.

Scott German has been hired as coordinator of the detention facility project; the Tribal Secretary's office is responsible for planning a new treatment facility.

Here is a chronology of justice center planning provided by Tribal Health Administration:

August 2003: Tribal Council authorizes Law Enforcement to apply for funds to replace the existing jail to meet current safety codes.

December 2005: Tribal Council passes a resolution identifying the following priority Behavioral Health needs (Chemical Dependency, Mental Health, Youth Treatment, Detox, Transitional Care, Inpatient and Outpatient Services for Adult and Youth).

October 2006: Tribal Council adopts a facility master plan for a "Community Justice & Rehabilitation Center (CJRC)" identifying need for a facility that would address the co-occurring conditions of substance abuse/addiction, criminal behaviors, and antisocial (mental health) disorder.

September 2007: SWO Behavioral Health Workgroup participated in the first-ever Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Association Policy Academy on Co-Occurring Substance Abuse and Mental Health Disorders for Tribal Governments in Phoenix, AZ.

January 2008: Behavioral Health Action Plan for Co-Occurring Substance Abuse & Mental Health Disorders was adopted by Tribal Council. Behavioral Health Interagency Team was formally organized.

December 2008: A Criminal Justice Planning Committee was established by Tribal Council. Plans are drawn up for a two-level, 111,240 gross sq. ft. facility to house 100 people (adults and juveniles, male and female) and provide detention, non-medical detoxification, behavioral health treatment, and transitional services. The total estimated cost was $36.8 million (including the pre-design work already completed).

February 2009: Tribal Council established planning and development of the proposed Community Justice and Rehabilitation Center as the number one legislative priority for federal appropriations.

March 2009: Tribal Council authorizes applying to the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs' Bureau of Justice Assistance "Recovery Act: Correctional Facilities on Tribal Lands Program Competitive Grant Program" for the suggested maximum funding level amount of up to $15 million.

May 2009: SWO submits an application to the Department of Justice (DOJ), Bureau of Justice Assistance, for a Recovery Act: Correctional Facilities on Tribal Lands Program grant. Had it been awarded, the grant would have funded nearly half of the total construction cost. Unfortunately, a keystroke error during the electronic submission resulted in it being rejected by the grant processing technology so that it was not considered.

March 2011: Tribal Council adopts a health plan and authorizes implementation. Behavioral Health is ranked as the first priority health status problem based on a comprehensive review of mortality rates, burden of illness, workload data, and relative cost. The CJRC concept is a vital component of the Health Plan. However, Behavioral Health scored lower in do-ability because of the high cost of the proposed new Community Justice and Rehabilitation Center, and implementation as an initiative ranked 8th priority.

October 2011-February 2012: Regrettably, plans for the CJRC stalled and became dormant despite the fact that, during the period from 2005-2010, SWO engaged in intensive planning.

March 2013: As authorized by Tribal Council resolution, a Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS) proposal is submitted to update the master plan.

August 2013: Tribal Chairman's Office convenes a series of meetings to mobilize an alternative plan. Meetings were held to develop a funding proposal to take to Washington DC or Shakopee.

September 2013: A funding request for the alternative plan (detention facility) is developed by the Tribal Chairman's office. The SWO Administration Building construction is completed, and a number of the programs that were included in the original plans for the Community Justice and Rehabilitation Center move to it.

January 2014: Direction from Tribal leadership continues the alternative plan for detention. Therefore, no effort is made to implement the CTAS grant at this time.

June -September 2014: Need for treatment for pregnant women is discussed through Tribal Secretary's Meth Task Force. The proposed plan is for Tribal Council to provide $500,000 for Dakotah Pride Center to expand or renovate. An action plan for drug endangered infants is developed.

January -May 2015: Conversations takes place with Dakota Nation Development Corporation (DNDC) about financing the CJRC through tax credits. Discussion is on contracting with DNDC to perform the developer role provided in the CTAS grant. Travois New Markets is interested in the project. Preliminary discussion takes place with EKM&P, who is still agreeable to working with us to revise the design for Travois New Markets.

May-June 2015: Tribal Council abolishes the Dakota Nation Development Corporation Board of Directors. This effort is discontinued.

June 2015: Tribal Council requests members of Congress to assist in securing Federal appropriation assistance to plan, construct, and staff the proposed CJRC. Planning is re-engaged.

July 2015-January 2016: Tribal Leadership revives the Community Justice and Rehabilitation Center effort and make plans to utilize the Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation PA4 grant awarded in 2013. The July scope of work and budget from EKM&P is revised to reflect that idea so that the package can be submitted to the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) for prior approval. Progress is delayed due to absence of the Tribal Attorney who was working on it, assignment to the other attorney, and then back to the original attorney again.

February 2016: Before the prior approval package for the Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation PA4 grant can be submitted, the Bureau of Justice Assistance (funding agency) states it may be a conflict of interest for EKM&P to work on our.  project because EKM&P is a subcontractor to the National Indian Justice Center. Eventually, the BJA determines there is no conflict of interest.

June 2016: Tribal Council approves an agreement with Carlson West Povondra Architects and EKM&P, to provide services for the CJRC  planning phase, with the Dept. of Justice grant as the funding source, and to authorize Tribal Chairman David Flute to sign the contract. Deliverables include:

1. Reactivate the project development team.

2. Re-engage leadership and key stakeholders.

3. Renew the services of the A&E firm for professional support.

4. Revise and update the plans that have been dormant for several years.

5. Technically define phased funding construction components that will result in incremental usable spaces;

6. Identify and mobilize potential financing options for construction.

7. Develop partnerships with potential to provide revenue streams to sustain operating costs, including loans and other financing.

8. Begin to develop the integrated programming that will be essential to make the project operational.

SWO executes the contract to help the Tribe implement its Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation PA4 grant. The Tribal Chairman and Tribal Legal Office convene the Community Justice and Rehabilitation Center Planning Work Group.

July 2016: Tribal Council adopts a new health plan, which identifies Behavioral Health as the #1 priority health status priority and addictions as the #3 priority. The CJRC is Priority #6 in the health plan because the facility is to be focused on rehabilitation and treatment, and Dakotah Pride Center will be located in it.

September 2016: The Community Justice and Rehabilitation Center Planning Work Group meets with Tribal Council as part of a three-day onsite visit. The Master Plan and Pre-Architectural Program, which were updated in order to describe the size and scope of the facility, are finalized.

November 2016: A two-day onsite visit with Carlson West Povondra Architects and EKM&P takes place November 9-10. Objectives of the two-day work session were: (1) to present and discuss draft schematic design; (2) to work on the Staffing Plan (as basis for calculating operational costs) for Law Enforcement/Detention and Dakotah Pride Center; and (3) to address questions for the project budget regarding TERO tax, excise tax, and business license. The work session was also attended by SWO's lobbyist, Mark Van Norman. Two events may potentially affect the future of this project. One is that a recent assessment of the SWO detention facility has resulted in an edict by the Bureau of Indian Affairs to close the facility within a month. The BIA has indicated they may have $3 million that could be used to erect modular units. Depending on the decisions that are made regarding whether to pursue funding for modular units, where they would be placed, and how they would be laid out, the CJRC concept could be affected. Secondly, the Presidential election may affect national policy. A number of changes to the draft schematic design and budget were requested, pushing back the timeline for project completion.

January 2017: Carlson West Povondra Architects and EKM&P completes Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation PA4 deliverables for the project.

June 2017: The Tribal Council and staff meets with the transition correction team from the Great Plains BIA. They report on the technical assistance they have provided, which included inmate tacking forms and facilitating a conversation with Roberts County due to overcrowding of the Roberts County Jail. As a result of their negotiations, they are able to secure 14 more beds at Roberts County Jail and were also able to negotiate holding areas. For the long-term, SWO comes in at #3 on the ranking system for new detention facilities behind Hopi and Blackfeet. Hopi has been waiting on the list for several years without appropriations. SWO also needs to work the appropriation process for more Operation and Maintenance funding for staffing and support costs, which can be initiated by a letter requesting technical assistance, they said. They advocated that SWO consider alternatives to detention, such as treatment, drug court, and sanctions. There is discussion on the strategy that is being sought with the Congressionals for South Dakota, Arizona, and Montana, which is to request $45 million for new construction ($15 million each for Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate, Hopi, and Blackfeet).

August 2017: To address public safety and combat methamphetamine and other illicit drugs distributed and used on the Lake Traverse Reservation, SWO adopts the Controlled Substance Act in August 2017. The new law imposes mandatory 6-72 month sentencing and requires treatment. Yet, the demand for treatment created by the Act far exceeds the Tribe's capacity to provide it.

October-November 2017: Tribal leadership authorizes establishment of intensive outpatient and day treatment services independent of Dakotah Pride Center to address the need for longer-term treatment and the Tribe's Controlled Substance Act. This initiative is funded through the grant programs developed under the Tribe's action plan and through program support.

May 2018: The Tribal Chairman testifies before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Regarding the Need for Phase II construction, requesting $4,841,300 to construct the addiction treatment component of the comprehensive SWO Community Justice and Rehabilitation Center (Oyate Woazani Yuteca Tipi). This amount will represent the second installment in a phased construction approach that will culminate in a $30.2 million facility that will concurrently address public safety, restorative justice and treatment. In the new facility, inpatient capacity shall be doubled from 12 to 24 beds and intensive outpatient treatment expanded. The facility will be designed so that clientele can gradually transition from secure detention to residential treatment and recovery support housing in the same facility. Conversely, it will have capacity so that swift and certain sanctions can be applied and clients returned to secure housing when relapse occurs. Some of the units will be convertible so as to be used as either secure or non-secure housing to address the changing needs of residents. Treatment can be initiated inhouse while preserving public safety and compliance with sentencing under Tribal Law.

June 2018: The work group meets with Carlson West Povondra Architects and EKM&P to complete revisions to the Pre-Architectural Document, staffing plan, conceptual design, and budget for the detention component of the Community Justice and Rehabilitation Center in preparation for a meeting with the Bureau of Indian Affairs scheduled on the 26th.

September 2018: The Tribe is notified that the amount of funding for construction of the detention center component of the CJRC is $4.8 million, substantially less that anticipated and that the Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS) application from the Bureau of Justice for additional funding was not awarded.

October 2018: Tribal Council terminates its contract with EKM&P and decides on an alternate plan, to build a detention facility only – effectively ending the plans for a Community Justice and Rehabilitation Center that would include treatment and detention under one roof.

Link to summary presentation report 2016 for the Community Justice and Rehabilitation Center:

Funding committed as of December 2016:

$197,446          Department of Justice grant 2006-DD-BX-0439 for master planning and programming and portions of concept design using the Planning of New Institutions (PONI) facility planning process

$89,435 Department of Justice grant 2008-DD-BX-0604, utilized to conduct the

environmental assessment and archaeological, topographical, and geotechnical surveys

$270,000          Comprehensive Health Care Services for the Lake Traverse Reservation Indian Self-Determination Contract No. HHS-1-241-2009-00001 for project schematic design

$500,000          Department of Justice Correctional Facilities on Tribal Lands Program: Renovation, Grant Number 2009-IP-BX-0083

$156,002.98     Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation, Bureau of Justice Assistance, Department of Justice (2013)


Leadership chair candidate: 'People are dying for a change'

By Roger Larsen

Huron, SD – Daily Plainsman – March 1, 2019 – Democrats looking to win back the White House and send more of their own to Pierre must start having meaningful conversations and work to find answers to tough questions like why so many people are abandoning the party, one of six state leadership candidates says.

"People are dying for a change right now," Allison Renville of Sisseton said at the District 22 Democratic Forum on Thursday.

"To be a Democrat is actually like being something where you have to care about people, you have to want to help people and you want to have to secure this future that sometimes we're just not promised anymore," she said.

Renville, 34, is a member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Tribe. She is also a member of a Gold Star Family. One of her uncles was an Army medic when he was killed in action in the Vietnam War.

She unsuccessfully ran for the Democratic nomination for District 1 state Senate in 2018 and two years before that was a Bernie Sanders delegate to the Democratic National Convention.

But Renville has been active in Democratic politics since the early 2000s and is now seeking the chairmanship of the South Dakota Democratic Party. Central Committee members will vote March 23 in Oacoma.

A social media consultant who has done political consulting work for candidates, she said the party is now gearing up for the 2020 cycle. The hope is to bring presidential candidates like Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J.; Sen. Amy Klobucher, D-Minn.; and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., to the state.

"There's just so many candidates across the board that are going to be wanting to hear voices like ours," Renville said.

A major challenge is to recruit young voters and retain those who are registered Democrats at a time when the party numbers lag behind Republicans and independents, third party or no party affiliation, she said.

"How do we get everybody back?" she asked. "How do we move us back to where we're of the people and we're talking about human decency rather than party politics and divisive topics and identity politics?"

Renville, in her presentation, asked the party faithful at the forum how they would like to create change and how the state party can help their community. People in some isolated areas of the state feel disenfranchised and left out, she said.

"Right now, the party itself has a large focus on tribal communities, but it wasn't always like that," Renville said.

"People like me and other organizers within the nine tribes in South Dakota, we had to beg people to pay attention to us, to help us," she said.

She asked how the lessons that have been learned can help other vulnerable communities. Another challenge is how to recruit young, college-age voters to the party. The key is not only to attract them to Democratic philosophies, but to engage them "so it becomes the cool thing to do," Renville said.

While the 60-day period leading up to Election Day is the major push, the process of building excitement and enthusiasm must begin months before that, she said.

It must include conversations, talking about politics, asking questions about current events, she said.

"There's so much lack of excitement when it comes to doing these things, so the passion of the party that used to be just huge eight, nine, 10 years ago isn't there anymore because we've been so disheartened by the American government over the last however many years," Renville said.

"How do we grab those people who are still optimistic enough to be able to start networking and open up those opportunities to make it a statewide thing rather than just campus-wide, rather than just community-wide where we can start putting out what you call direct action," she said.

Open letter to the Oyate

What is going on with the taxes in Roberts County?

I read with interest the article in the Sisseton Courier about the ag land taxes. The way it was worded - "someone dropped the ball." It looked more like a bomb going off to me. The way I understood it, 10 years ago when the state switched from assessing the value of land based on the selling price (using comparable sales) to the amount it will produce (productivity) - when this happened, the Assessor did not properly apply the new way of assessing. What was the outcome for the average taxpayer in Roberts County?

If the tax code had been applied properly, according to the article, the mil levy would decrease about 20%. At an assessment of 85% of Actual True Value, the property taxes paid in Roberts County were $3,228,468. That 20% translates to $645,693. This went on for 9 years - $645,693 x 9 = $5,811,237. This is the amount the people who were overtaxed had to pay to meet the budget of Roberts County.

The current Assessor did not want to immediately implement this, but wanted to spread it out over three years. People who were undertaxed already had over $5 million they had not paid - obviously. They did not need $100,000's more taken off their taxes. What about the rest of us who came up with the over $5 million they should have paid? The underpayers were put on at 85% assessment of Actual and True Value. What about the rest of us who are on at 95% or 100% or sometimes above? At 15% above the 85% rule (we who are paying 100%), over 10 years - that would result in more millions the rest of us would have to pay.

How did this translate to me personally? I pay around $16,000 in property taxes per year. My assessments are 20% higher than Actual and True Value. 20% of $16,000 = $3200. Over 9 years, that's $28,800. That's equals the cost of someone's pickup I paid for who got assessed lower and paid that much less in taxes.

How many of you who over paid have also bought a new pickup for somebody who underpaid? At over $5 million, a lot of you.

Now, what about the townships where people overpaid taxes the last years? A township is 6 miles by 6 miles, or 36 sections. For the 5 townships that overpaid, that's 180 sections. I was told by farmers that it would be between $4,000 and $6,000 per section for taxes. Let's use $4,000 to be conservative. That means, with 180 x $4,000 = $770,000 per year, for 9 years = $6,480, 000 those townships overpaid. Again, that's a lot of pickups these townships financed for other townships, since the Assessor didn't apply the tax code properly by the new law that went into effect in 2010.

This happened in Brown County, and the Commissioners were honest enough to admit what went on, and try to make it a little bit right. I have spoken to the attorney for the people suing over this. By law, you can only go back one year to contest the taxes, so only $720,000 could be recovered in a class action suit. But again, that's a lot of pickups that could be financed.

Now you think this is a mess, and a lot of people were defrauded, but stay tuned for next week's letter. We're just getting started.

God's love and peace, James Pirmantgen.

11019 407th Ave

New Effington, S.D. 57255


U.S. Air Force Brass Ensemble coming to Sisseton

The United State Air Force Band Offutt Brass Ensemble will take the audience on "An American Musical Journey" at their Thursday, March 28 concert at the Sisseton Performing Arts Center.

The free entertaining and patriotic community concert will include works by Arron Copland, Leonard Bernstein, John Williams and Arthur Pryor's virtuosic trombone feature, "The Theme & Variations on the Blue Bells of Scotland." The program begins at 7:00 p.m. and is sponsored by the Sisseton Arts Council.

Offutt Brass, the brass ensemble of the United States Air Force Heartland of America Band, is stationed at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. Comprised of two trumpets, horn, trombone, tuba, and percussion, Offutt Brass showcases the Air Force's excellence and precision in every performance with a diverse repertoire featuring classical selections, patriotic favorites, jazz and popular music, new compositions and distinctive arrangements.

In addition to community concerts, Offutt Brass also performs patriotic music and fanfares for military ceremonies and important civic events throughout Nebraska and other areas of the Midwest.

As professional Airmen-Musicians, Offutt Brass is committed to inspiring our American public, communicating our Air Force core values, and honoring our nation's veterans through the power of music. They are proud to represent our nation's Airmen who fly, fight, and win in air and space.

Honor every Woman

The SWO Community Health Education Program has received a grant from the Great Plains Tribal Chairman's Health Board. The Honor Every Woman grant will be used to increase the screening rates of cervical cancer and breast cancer for women aged 21- 65.

Prevention is achieved through regular screenings and early treatment. The screening test for cervical cancer is the Pap test while a mammogram screens for breast cancer.

Transportation is a barrier that prevents many women from getting screened. The grant helps with this by providing a gas card to the women when they complete their screening.

Requirements are:

*Must be receiving health care at the Woodrow Wilson Keeble Memorial Health Care Center.

*Must be age 21 or older for cervical cancer screening.

*Must be age 40 or older for breast cancer screening.

*Mammogram appointments call 742-3771.

*Pap appointments call 698-7606.

For more information contact the Community Health Education Program at 742-3651.

Historical view of Tribe's alcohol program –

Remembering the Sisseton-Wahpeton Nutrition Enrichment and Alcohol Control Program

Submitted by SWO Health Coordinator Sara DeCoteau, as a tribute to past and present work in recovery services

Does history matter?

There are important lessons to be learned from the vision, struggles, and successes of projects from the past.

The intent of this story is to remember a project from whence emerged the modern-day Dakotah Pride Center, as well as the Extension, Child Protection, Maternal/Child Health and Diabetes programs.

Other Tribal programs may also recognize their roots. It began with an innovative and exciting program first funded in 1970 by the Center for Disease Control. Its name was the Nutrition Enrichment and Alcohol Control Program.

In 1969 members of the Sisseton Wahpeton Health Council traveled to Atlanta, Georgia to advocate for funding to address the dual goal of alcohol rehabilitation and nutrition. The Association on American Indian Affairs (AAIA) likely acted as a go-between to open the doors for the Health Council, which was a critical role they played often and well. This may well have been the important trip financed in part by grandpa selling a cow, as former Councilwoman Joyce Country often recalls, bringing to mind past sacrifices and proactive efforts to achieve change.

An historic meeting of the Health Council was held April 24, 1970 to plan the budget for a community-designed project that would become the Nutrition Enrichment and Alcohol Control Program. "Alcoholism is one of the biggest problems on our Reservation," the minutes stated. Attendees included Irene Gronau, Dorothy Gill, Goldie Cloud, Lucinda Heminger, Etta Finley, Arnold Ryan, Elijah Blackthunder, Chris Johnson, Charlotte Davies, Bruce Renville, Nancy Kitto, Louella Quinn, Dormalie Robertson, Esther Country, Hildreth Venegas, Rita Zimmer, Linda Schult, and Mike Lufkins. According to the minutes, a rough draft budget had to be sent by the following week to Bill Byler at the Association on American Indian Affairs and later to Washington D.C., and the project intended to hire local people as nutritional aides and counselors "to help families or the alcoholics themselves." At the suggestion of Mr. Chris Johnson, a committee was formed to "draw up" the budget and narrative and "put together and get efforts of all agencies involved": Bruce Renville, Elijah Blackthunder, Irene Gronau, Dorothy Gill, Chris Johnson, Hildreth Venegas, and Willard LaFromboise.

In those years, the Federal fiscal year ran from July 1 through June 30. Funds must have been awarded as a result of the committee's efforts, because in August 1970 the Health Council meeting minutes records that a "deposit of money for the Nutrition/Alcohol Program must go to some bank"; and the Waubay bank was selected. It was decided that the Health Council Executives would be bonded for $15,000 to manage the Federal funds. The following month, on September 29, 1970, employees Bill Iron Moccasin (New Hope Manor Residential Manager) and Diana Whipple (Home Economist) presented a report on the progress of the nutrition/alcohol program. In addition, a guest identified as a "Methodist worker at Blue Cloud Abbey" described plans to contact church groups concerning possible donations needed for the program.

A First Quarter progress report for the period July 1- September 30, 1971 survives to the present day and provides a snapshot as the Nutrition Enrichment and Alcohol Control Program began its second year of operation. It was staffed by a Director, Home Economist, Public Health Advisor, Public Health Advisor, three nutrition aides, three alcohol counselor aides, and live-in residential staff for the New Hope Manor treatment center and Child Care Center. The Director, Mr. Grady Renville, reported that start-up problems such as turnover in staff were "more or less corrected." The program is now an accepted part of this community.... The stigma attached to the manor has been reduced. This is indicated in increased AA attendance." He stated that in its first sixteen months of operation, the program had served 61 children in the Child Care Center and 71 unduplicated adults at New Hope Manor. The nutrition services, involving home visits and food demonstrations, were harder to implement. Mr. Renville noted "gimmicks" had to be used to "interest people in our nutrition component."

On October 1, 1970, the nutrition component was headed up by Miss Patricia Pfeifer, B.S., a 1971 graduate of the University of Minnesota, who replaced a Mrs. Diana Whipple (the first Home Economist, who left the project after the first year due to her husband returning from Vietnam). As one success, she reported 36 babies had been put on the Similac Program since startup, 14 of which started since she came on in August (a dubious accomplishment when viewed through the lens of history and current knowledge about breastfeeding, but important if the alternative was cow's milk or the old canned milk and syrup mixture routine that many reared during that era recall). Miss Pfeifer reports two food demonstrations were held at the kitchen facilities of New Hope Manor, involving making pickles from the cucumbers grown at their onsite garden. She also referred to demonstrations on use of pressure canners by the previous Home Economist but noted they were poorly attended by mothers (because, she thought, the mothers did not have gardens). She also reported that the Sixth Annual Tribal Fair had been held September 18th, with the nutrition aides encouraging and helping families bring in their products for display. She and the three nutrition aides set up a display at the Tribal Fair and served chocolate flavored non-fat dry milk and peanut butter cookies (which may or may not have been one of the "gimmicks" Director Renville noted was needed to generate interest in the nutrition component). There was a big emphasis on training of the aides. The report did not include an employee roster but mentions that Mrs. Audrey MacConnell had been hired to replace Mrs. Maude Abraham as one of the nutrition aides (Mrs. Abraham having left to care for grandchildren).

The project had a Public Health Advisor, Mr. Delbert Carvell. His report references working well with the District Judge to "clean up the city jail, including meals" and alcohol training underway for himself and the two alcohol aides. As a testament to success in getting people to utilize New Hope Manor (which faced initial stigma, according to Director Renville's report), Mr. Carvell says that when they closed over the Fourth of July weekend, they had 27 people present on the morning of July 6 "for alcohol problems of one sort or another." As a result of what must have been much hard work, people were aware of New Hope Manor and motivated to seek help.

The report for New Hope Manor treatment center (also referred to elsewhere in the report as the half-way house) was submitted by Mr. Bill Iron Moccasin, identified as "Resident Staff." The first New Hope Manor was located in the former BIA day school in the Long Hollow District. Mr. Iron Moccasin reported that during that during first quarter, services were provided to six women and twenty-seven men. "Of these, 12 were repeaters, 18 were voluntary and 15 were court committed." The collaboration with the nutrition component was visible in the workload measure recorded -- the weight of each "guest" entering and leaving the program! It is reflected, too, in "Work Therapy" for guests that included, but was not limited to, garden and chicken raising projects. New Hope Manor entered nine garden exhibits in the Tribal Fair the month before the report was written, winning ribbons for each. Mr. Iron Moccasin also notes that they had been canning from their garden and that they continued to hold weekly AA meetings "as part of rehabilitation and community involvement." As with the Home Economics report, there was no complete staff roster; but Mr. Iron Moccasin, as well as Mr. Orsen Bernard (Aide), had both resigned to "take other jobs"; and Mr. Archie White had recently been hired as an Aide.

Mr. Sylvester Goodteacher, signing as "Resident Staff," wrote the Child Care Center report. This was very busy component of the project that served 43 children between July 1 and September 30, 1970 (a cumulative total of 62 during the initial sixteen months of the grant). He attributed child placements to parent neglect/excessive drinking, although some were due to mothers being in the hospital. Again, in keeping with the nutrition enrichment focus of the project, weight and growth of each infant and child were recorded daily, and the workload measure reported to the funding agency was the weight of each child "in" and "out." Mr. Goodteacher reported that three daily meals were served "according to menus provided by the Home Economist." "When the children are brought to the CCC, we immediately feed and bathe them," he wrote. Mr. Goodteacher also reported their policy was to obtain temporary custody from the County Judge. They kept a follow-up report on children returned to their families, generally to their natural parent, and took a "firmer manner" with parents of children returning for a repeated placement. In this quarter, they had one adolescent in long-term placement who would otherwise, it was thought, be in the State Training School. Philanthropic efforts were successful in that Mr. Goodteacher stated the CCC was making good use of donated items and money and that there had been "visitors from different towns and interest groups".

After the initial couple of years of this pioneering work, funding for the Alcohol Control Program was transitioned to the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). On October 10, 1973 the Health Council signed an agreement with the Tribal Council to assume management responsibility for Research Grant 1R18MH 22416-01 until May 31, 1975, by which time the Tribe had instituted central finance and a human resource office. Following enactment of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, in 1978 administration of "mature" Indian Alcoholism Programs was transferred from NIAAA to the Indian Health Service (Reference Tribal Council Resolution 77-73). For several years, IHS used Buy Indian contracting authority to fund the Tribal programs at the same level they had received from NIAAA. Then, in FY/1980, the contracting authority evolved to the Indian Self-Determination and Educational Assistance Act (Reference Executive Resolution 79-04). This was the same year the Alcohol Control Program moved from town to Agency Village. Beginning in 1982, the alcohol program (by that time renamed Dakotah Pride Center, no longer New Hope Manor) was incorporated in the Tribe's "638 Master Contract".

What are the lessons learned that can be conveyed to the new generation that have inherited the recovery support work in the present, including those working in new grants as innovative as the Nutrition Enrichment and Alcohol Control Program was in its day? One is that visionary and hopeful work was pioneered on the Lake Traverse Reservation as early as 1970 and well documented in well-written reports. Secondly, with support of the leadership of those days, much was accomplished in as few as sixteen months, but the work took its toll and resulted in considerable staff turnover. Fast forwarding, we know the effort has been led and carried on by many, many dedicated workers through the years who have never given up. It is surreal that the problems and challenges of the past in many ways, like a "Back to the Future." Approaches such as "Work Therapy" are every bit as relevant and were either ahead of their time or have come in vogue.

The fact that many of current-day Tribal programs have their root in the Nutrition Enrichment and Alcohol Control Program should be remembered and the kinship between them honored and celebrated. How much of today's problems of methamphetamine and opioid use disorders and Adverse Childhood Experiences are as much the same as they are different and worse - as huge then as they feel now? As the Director stated in the Year 2, Quarter 1 report: "This is certainly not the easiest kind of work, but the staff should be complimented for their efforts" -- as true today as it was then. Thank you for caring and helping and making a difference!

Prairie Doc® Perspectives –

The Astonishing, Life-Sustaining, Sacred Tear

By Richard P. Holm, MD

Washington Irving once said, "There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love."

Normal human tears are a biological wonder composed of a watery portion for providing the cornea hydration and nutrition; a mucous lubrication component for making a tear slimy; and a third thin outer layer of oil for slowing evaporation. Put together you have the astonishing, life-sustaining, curative, slippery and slow-to-evaporate human tear. Vision is completely dependent on tears because the cornea, for purposes of transparency, is designed without blood vessels and is kept alive only by the nutrition it receives from tears.

"Dry eye," is a condition related to issues involving the eye surface, including the loss of the effectiveness of tear film. Symptoms include pain, itching, burning, redness and mucous around the eye with fluctuating vision that interferes with recreation, reading and even driving. Paradoxically, watery eyes usually indicate a dry and inflamed eye with reactive, poor-quality tears.

The most common causes for dry eye are side effects from many medications. These include decongestants, antihistamines and meds used for acne, fluid excess, blood pressure or bladder spasm.

Environmental causes include extensive reading, eye surgery, excessive computer use, contact-lenses, low humidity, wind or fans blowing on the face and a diet without enough oil or certain minerals and vitamins.

Primary medical causes for dry eyes include immunologic conditions like diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, scleroderma, low thyroid, Sjogren's syndrome, vitamin A deficiency and just plain aging.

Dry eye affects twice as many women as men, and in the U.S. alone, we spend $3.8 billion in health care dollars for this condition, with societal costs estimated at $55 billion a year.

For treatment, we focus on situations causing symptoms and then find ways to avoid those situations.

We can include in our diet enough fish, flaxseed or flaxseed oil, liver, carrots, broccoli and walnuts.

Protective eyewear can help.

Doctors treat some cases with surgery by plugging the tear ducts that drain tears away.

Eye drops that reduce inflammation can help.

Artificial tears are often prescribed, but as helpful as tears from a dropper may be, they are never as good as the real deal.

Nothing will ever compare to the value and the sacredness of a human tear.


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Youth, school activities highlights –

Education watch on the Lake Traverse Reservation

TZ third graders in action

Submitted by Ms. Jana Hansen

In Math we have been studying Area and Perimeter so the students created their own Keya on graph paper and figured out Area and Perimeter of their shape.

Every morning we have a meeting where we greet each other,"Anpetu Waste."

We also listened to an Iroquois creation story "Earth on Turtles Back" and made a mosaic Keya.

ESDS students of the month honored

Submitted by Rebecca Dargatz

School Community Director

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

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

The school wide expectations are…

Awanicihdka: Be Safe.

Waokihi: Be Responsible.

Waunsida: Be Caring.

Woohoda: Be Respectful.

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

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

Students of the Month receive a student of the month shirt and a dinner hosted by ESDS.

The February 2019 Students of the Month are: Kindergarten – Amelia Simon, 1st Grade – Miguel Gallardo, 2nd Grade – Storm Black Thunder, 3rd Grade –Feather Campbell, 4th Grade – Cali Eagle, 5th Grade – Echo O'Riley, 6th Grade – Tessa Eberhardt, 7th Grade – Leticia De Loera, and 8th Grade – Tristan Rockwood.


Request for Bids

Requesting sealed proposals for:

The Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Planning Department is seeking proposals from qualified, experienced professionals to facilitate development of a Financial Plan for Debt Reduction and investing in future development of water and sewer infrastructure and expansion of the Connection Casino Development Site. This Financial Plan should include the development of a Prospectus to procure Tribal Economic Development Bonds (TED Bonds), which are tax-exempt bonds SWO will use for debt reduction and to construct the expansion of the Connection property that will include a new water supply, wastewater treatment plant and storage systems that would be owned and operated by the tribe.

All sealed bids must include and be submitted by April 12, 2019 @ 4:00 pm CST.

Applicants must submit the following as a part of their proposal:

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

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

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

4. Itemized budget needed to perform the scope of work, including all fees and reimbursable expenses (such as supplies, travel, and overhead).

5. Incremental payment schedule that is based on completion of deliverables delineated in the work plan.

6. Desired length of contract must be addressed within proposal. The preferred contract length is one year.

Required Documentation:

1.  Statement of qualifications, competence, and capacity to perform the scope of work.

2. Current South Dakota Driver's Licenses, and willing to get a tribal driver's license if proposal is accepted.

3. Able to pass a background check, if proposal is accepted.

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

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

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

Contact the Procurement Office for specifications:

Please submit sealed proposals to:

SWO Procurement Office

Attn: Lennie Bernard-Peters

PO Box 509

Agency Village, SD 57262

By 4:00 pm on Friday, April 12th, 2019

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



Request for Bids

Requesting sealed proposals for:

The Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate is seeking proposals from qualified, experienced professionals to facilitate development of an Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (IECMHC) program that will be used by Project Indigenous LAUNCH. The consultant will utilize the IECMHC toolkit developed by the Center of Excellence to guide the work plan. The work plan can be implemented through a combination onsite and offsite interactions. The consultation program will incorporate the four, required foundational building blocks: 1) eligibility, 2) service design, 3) workforce, and 4) infrastructure. These services are expected to begin immediately and extend for an approximate time frame of 6 months. The scope of work shall not exceed a $10,000.00 maximum budget. Proposals will be accepted on a continuous basis until a consultant is hired.

All sealed bids must include:

Applicants must submit the following as a part of their proposal:

Bio-sketch or resume of academic and professional credentials, technical competence, experience, and expertise.

Two References that highlight the applicant's ability to perform the scope of work.

Work plan to perform the scope of work delineating deliverables, timelines, costs, roles and functions.

Required Documentation:

Statement of qualifications, competence, and capacity to perform the scope of work.

Current driver's licenses.

Able to pass background checks.

Copy of SWO Business License, if proposal is approved.

Contact the Procurement Office for specifications:

Please submit sealed proposals to:

SWO Procurement Office

Attn: Lennie Bernard-Peters

PO Box 509

Agency Village, SD 57262

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



Request for Bids

Requesting sealed proposals for:

Project Indigenous LAUNCH is looking for an individual to serve as a Parent Partner consultant to the core LAUNCH team, which consists of the Project Director, Lead Evaluator/Data Specialist, Community Coordinator, and the Behavioral Health Specialist. The. Parent Partner will serve on the Young Child Wellness Advisory Group, which consists of community partners focused on Infant and Early Childhood mental health and wellness. The Parent Partner will function as an independent consultant, not an employee. As such, the Parent Partner will be responsible for furnishing his/her own supplies, overhead, and transportation as part of billed charges. The Parent Partner is also responsible for payment of all taxes required by Law.

The function is for a community member to inform the work of the project, assist with conducting outreach and engagement efforts with families, and participate in leadership and capacity building opportunities.

All sealed bids must include and be submitted by April 22nd, 2019:

Proposal Guidelines:

Cover letter or Statement of Intent.

Resume of experience, expertise, education/academic and professional credentials.

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

Incremental payment schedule that is based on completion of deliverables delineated in the project timeline.

Desired length of contract must be addressed within proposal. The preferred contract length is one year, with the option to extend the contract year-to-year without re-advertising or renegotiating.

Required Documentation:

Able to pass Indian Child Protection and Family Violence Prevention Act background checks, if proposal is chosen.

Willing to complete the required trainings, as applicable.

Acknowledgement that the laws, policies and courts of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate of the Lake Traverse Reservation shall govern the contract and work performed.

Copy of SWO Business License, if proposal is approved.

Documentation for Indian Preference, if applicable.

Contact the Procurement Office for specifications:

Please submit sealed proposals to:

SWO Procurement Office

Attn: Lennie Bernard-Peters

PO Box 509

Agency Village, SD 57262

By 4:00 pm on Monday, April 22nd, 2019

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



Request for Bids

Requesting sealed proposals for:

The Youth and Family TREE Program is looking for a Recovery Coach for the following: Engages with patients in the Addiction Treatment Program and encourages them to maintain sobriety, participate in recovery-oriented activities and develop a network of sober supports. Participates in group treatment activities and models effective group participation and recovery-oriented perspective for patients with substance use disorders. Helps patients identify and access needed resources and recovery supports.

Consultant will provide the following:

One on one coaching and support to those in need

Respond as needed to referrals from community stakeholders

Facilitate a community-based peer support group

Participate in staff, community and program meetings

Work regularly with community partners

Participate in regular clinical supervision

Provide rides/transport clients to their support groups/treatment sessions

Collect data and complete reports in a timely manner

Provide community presentations of the project

Provide warm-handoffs/referrals to other programs and services in the community Recovery Coach will report to the Youth and Family TREE Director

Consultant and Tribe will ensure compliance with the Indian Child Protection and Family Violence. Prevention Act requirements (25 U.S.C. Chapter 34) and provide compliance to Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Behavioral Health.

Consultant will be considered a mandatory reporter as a childcare provider under the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Chapter 38 Codes of law.

All sealed bids must include and be submitted by April 5, 2019:

Applicants must submit the following as a part of their proposal:

Bio-sketch or resume of academic and professional credentials, technical competence, experience, and expertise.

Required Documentation:

Statement of qualifications, competence, and capacity to perform the scope of work.

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

Copy of SWO Business License, if proposal is approved.

Contact the Procurement Office for specifications: LennieBP@SWO-NSN.GOV

Please submit sealed proposals to:

SWO Procurement Office

Attn: Lennie Peters

PO Box 509

Agency Village, SD 57262

By 4:00 pm on Friday April 5, 2019

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



Request for Bids

Requesting sealed proposals for:

The Wiyukcan ka Ecunpi Project is looking for individuals to provide guidance and mentoring sessions to various age groups of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Youth for at least 3 to 5 hours per week. The Individual will also be responsible for providing a final report that entails a detailed overview of the Mentor's performed duties to the Wiyukcan ka Ecunpi Project's Chief Academic Officer. The preferred contract length is one year.

All sealed bids must include and be submitted by April 8th, 2019:

Proposal Guidelines:

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

Cover Letter or Statement of Intent.

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

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

Itemized budget needed to perform the scope of work, including all fees and reimbursable expenses (such as supplies, travel, and overhead).

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

** Bid packets are available for additional help in completing the proposal. Please Contact Lennie Bernard-Peters at, 605-698-8302 or Collette Haase at, 605-698-3911 ext. 8258 to request the packet.

Required Documentation:

Able to pass a background check, if proposal is accepted.

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

Copy of SWO Business License, if proposal is approved.

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

Contact the Procurement Office for specifications:

Please submit sealed proposals to:

SWO Procurement. Office

Attn: Lennie Bernard-Peters

PO Box 509

Agency Village, SD 57262

By 4:00 pm on Monday, April 8th, 2019

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


Trading Post ads

Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate

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

GED Tutor, Employment Training Program

Academic Technology Officer, Education- Wiyukcan ka Ecunpi

Student Support Specialist, Education- Wiyukcan ka Ecunpi

Protective Services Worker, Child Protection Program

CHR Generalist, CHR/MCH

Technician V, Facilities/Maintenance

Bookkeeper V (Must have minimum of AA degree in Accounting), Finance

Closing Date: March 22nd, 2019 @ 4:30 pm

Health Assistant, Head Start

Bus Driver/Custodian, Head Start

Teacher, Head Start & Early Head Start

Teacher Aide, Head Start & Early Head Start

Young Child Wellness Behavioral Specialist (LAUNCH) Half-Time, Health & Social Services

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).



The Sisseton School District 54-2 has 1 full-time Title VI Home School Coordinator opening. The position conducts home visits to students of the Sisseton School District. Applicant must own their own vehicle with auto insurance as transportation is required in special cases. 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

Foods Department:

Buffet Attendant (3 Full-Time) Day, Swing

Cashier (3 Full-Time) Day, Swing

Cook II (3 Full-Time) Swing

Dishwasher (3 Full-Time) Day, Swing

Wait Staff (3 Full-Time) Swing

Support Services Department:

Laborer (Full-Time) Rotating

Surveillance Department:

Observer (2 Full-Time) where needed

Closing Date: March 29, 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 Connection Casino

Job Openings

Position: Controller Trainee (Assistant Manager)

Summary: This is a trainee position. Will be trained in the areas of supervising and learning the overall functions of the Accounting Department. Upon successful completion of training, will assume the position of Controller.

Qualifications: Applicants must have an AA/AS Degree in accounting or similar field,             BA/BS  preferred. Excellent people skills, supervisory skills, effective problem solving skills. 2 years of accounting supervisory experience. Must be an enrolled member of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate. Must be able to obtain the proper Gaming License (PMO).

Salary: Determined by guidelines set in Career Path Training Program

Opening Date: Monday, March 25, 2019

Closing Date: Monday, April 8, 2019 @ 4:00 p.m.

DNGE Career Path applications are available at all three DNGE Casinos and the TERO office. Apply with Human Resources Department, call or write for job description.

Submit application, and/or credentials to:

Human Resources Department

Dakota Connection Casino

46102 SD Hwy 10

Sisseton, SD 57262

1-605-698-4273 ext. 3118 or 3113


Dakota Sioux Casino & Hotel

Job Openings

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

TABLE GAMES: BLACKJACK DEALER (2 Full-Time) Rotating & On Call as needed.

GENERAL FUNCTION: To deal the assigned game in accordance with all applicable policies and procedures as stated in the Dakota Sioux Casino Dealer's Manual. Pay winnings or collect losing bets as established by the rules and procedures of a specific game.

REQUIREMENTS: High school diploma or G.E.D. equivalent. Experience preferred but not necessary, will provide training. Knowledge of arithmetic, demonstrate effective communication skills, Must be able to work any/all shifts. Must be willing to work 8+ hours if needed. Must be able to stand for long periods of time (1 to 2 hours at a time). Must demonstrate excellent attendance practices and customer service skills. Using mathematics to solve problems. Must obtain a Key Gaming License.

This position will close on March 27, 2019 at 4 pm.

Indian Preference will apply / EEO.

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

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


Dakota Sioux Casino & Hotel

Job Openings

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


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 March 22, 2019 at 4 pm.

Indian Preference will apply / EEO.

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

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




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