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Volume 50 Issue No. 29

Anpetu Iyamni, Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Inside this Edition –

First look at 152nd annual Sisseton-Wahpeton Wacipi: Watch for reports of specials, more photos

Special election for Tribal Vice-Chair August 1st: Ballot to include Dakota Crossing and elderly cards

Tribal Council, Judicial Committee got to work to restructure for-profits

Council terminates DNDC; SWHA to manage tax credit housing

Report to Akicita from VSO Geri Opsal

Dakotah Pride Center observes 40th anniversary

Summer 2019 General Council: Part III

Dakota Crossing: Sota editorial in pictures

Reminder: Deadline for receiving copy is Friday noon

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


*5th Annual Bataan Memorial March: We had 91 marchers sign in and the day was nice with a little rain. Chairman White said a few words asked the families to remember what the POW's endured for our Freedoms. Enroute Kit Fox did a gun volley and played taps. When we got to the entrance of the Pow Wow grounds Chairman White stopped the marchers and introduced the artist of then new entrance sign and photo of Winfield Thompson, US Army POW WWII. It was very emotional for all of us and we will be able to look at that for years to come. Thanks for all coming out next year it will be the 6th annual march. Thank you to Wounded Warriors who came and participated.

*General Kicklighter - It was an honor to meet him. See accompanying photos. One is of our living oldest female veteran Naomi Parker, US Army who shared some stories with him, also of Chairman White who presented the General with a Pendleton blanket. Thank you to Chairman Grey and Chairman Hawkins for bringing the General to the Pow Wow and to our homelands so that we could all meet him. The family was all enjoying the pow wow and fascinated with the dancers.

*Great job Honor guards at the 152nd Wacipi. It makes me proud to see you all in action bringing in the colors and the wonderful compliments that are bestowed upon each and every one of you. Keep up the great work!

*TAPS: To the family of David Running Hawk, USMC, who made his journey are condolences are with each and every one of you. To Sonja Jenson, whose father Halvor Skaarhaug, US Army, also made his journey this past week.

*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.

*War on Drugs: Please continue to call the numbers below with any tips or concerns we need to continue this fight to get the drugs out of our Community.


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

GERI OPSAL, TVSO 605-268-0502





Lt. General Claude M. Kicklighter

Lt. Gen. Claude M. Kicklighter commanded the US Army, Pacific (Western Command) from July 1989 to his retirement on 31 August 1991. He graduated from Mercer University in 1955 with a degree in biology and later from George Washington University with an MSA in Management of National Resources. He also attended the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

In Vietnam Kicklighter served as Assistant Chief of Staff for the 101st Airborne Division from 1970-1971. In 1975-1976 he served as a Logistics Management Staff Officer for the Office of Defense Representative in Tehran, Iran. This was not long before the 1979 hostage crisis.

Major command assignments for Kicklighter were commanding the Division Artillery for the 24th Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, Georgia, from 1977-1978. From 1984-1986 he commanded the 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks.

Other important assignments for Kicklighter included Director for Security Assistance for the US Army Security Assistance Center and Chief of Staff for the US Army Material Development and Readiness Command in Alexandria, Virginia, from 1981-1984. Prior to his final Hawaiian command, Kicklighter served as Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics and Director of the Army Staff for the Office of Chief of Staff in Washington, DC.

Gen. Kicklighter's awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, and the Bronze Star Medal.


While serving in Vietnam, he was Sam "Sammy" Wilson's CO, and he credits Sammy with saving his life.

Tribal Council, Judicial Committee begin re-structuring For-profits

Attorney Steven Sandven, with help from JoAnne Ybaben (California attorney experienced in Indian law), walked Tribal Council members and the Judicial Committee through the process of putting the Tribe's for-profit businesses under a Section 17 corporation. Others assisting in the presentation were consultants Michael Roberts and Bruce Jones.

Also attending were: James Bird, Manager, and Amanda Quinn, bookkeeper, from Fuels Inc. and Agency Village C-Store; and Weston Quinn, DNGE CFO/Acting CEO.

Council members attending were: Chairman White, Interim Vice-Chair Crystal Owen, Big Coulee District Councilwoman Lisa Jackson, Enemy Swim District Councilwoman Cheryl Owen, Long Hollow District Councilman Curtis Bissonette, and Heipa District Councilman Winfield Rondell Jr.

Judicial Committee members present: Lorraine Rousseau, Rhonda Kampeska, Lexie Fancher, Shannon White, Gypsy Wanna. Chanda Joseph was the only member not in attendance.

The session was held Thursday, July 11th, at Dakota Sioux Casino.

Steven said many tribes across the country have formed corporations under Section 17 of the Indian Reorganization Act (IRA) of 1934; some he has helped.

He said a big advantage is that this type of tribal corporation has 80 years of case law for support.

For the SWO Tribe, he said, the biggest advantage in a Section 17 corporation is that it would be less likely influenced by Tribal politics than entities set up under Chapter 80.

Scope of the re-structuring is so far limited to Dakota Western, SWO Fuels Inc., Agency Village C-Store, and Dakota Crossing if Council decides the Tribe can afford to give it a complete reboot. Gaming could be included.

And now would be a good time to make the change, according to Steven, since Tribal Council has already suspended Chapter 80 for allowing for-profit management to go unchecked so long it has cost the Tribe a lot of money.

Michael Roberts' financial assessment of Dakota Crossing shows a loss of $1.8 million in the first 19 months of the 23 months it has operated. The grocery store debt is over $12 million.

Michael is now reviewing finances of Fuels Inc. and Agency Village C-Store.

Before getting into Section 17, Steven talked about Chapter 80.

He guided participants through an informational booklet, first looking at the Tribe's Chapter 80, which "governs all your business."

The documents show Tribal Council adopted Chapter 80 as a new code on Nov. 30, 2016.

Lorraine Rousseau, former Judge and long-time Judicial Committee member and chair, found fault with the way Chapter 80 was written and approved.

One participant called Chapter 80 "… a mess."

There was a discussion, why did this Tribal Council suspend Chapter 80.

Big Coulee District Councilwoman Lisa Jackson commented, "In January we were faced with legal issues … three months (later) we still could not get a response."

"We wanted the DNI board removed," she said.

It was "recommended we suspend them (board members)."

"One of the biggest problems," she said, "was lack of information … not making documents/records available."

Missing documents were discussed.

A rewritten Chapter 80 may be a good idea, however, for some of the Tribe's entities.

For example, low-income housing tax credit projects.

These are agreements with investors that need to stay in place for a 15-year term and cannot be changed.

This, Steven explained, protects the investors and the Tribe.

Also, he said, USDA revolving loan funds work well under Chapter 80.

Consensus was to move for-profits to Section 17 but to leave tax credit housing under Chapter 80.

"Do you want to keep the grocery store open or not?" asked Steven.

He recommended not moving the store (to Section 17) before deciding on keeping it open or not.

JoAnne talked about how a tribal Section 17 corporation "is a separate legal entity."

"Liable as its own corporation … (with) separate structure."

It is "not part of tribal government."

Because of the "enormous body of law" over the years since the IRA was passed, "(you) don't have to come up with a whole new structure."

"It's already available," she said.

Steven gave examples, beginning with the Ho Chunk Nation.

"For Chairman Black Hawk," he said," it has provided 20-plus years (of) stability."

He talked about other tribes having commercial enterprises that are now "debt free."

The articles of incorporation, he said, can be "broad … gives the tribes freedom to make choices."

"But gives direction."

Sample documents were provided.

Steven called "this … a place to start."

"Politics has hampered entities of the Tribe."

Enemy Swim District Councilwoman Cheryl Owen said people in her District ask, "When do we have a voice … in that money" and talked about the "corporate veil … why we want it restructured."

Chairman White said, "One of the things we need to do, is to protect (the people)."

"We don't want a Council to come in and change (the structure or the board)."

He said, "Good Council, bad Council … how do we protect the people?"

The solution? "Post everything, all financials."

He called for "transparency … not hiding financials … any expenditure, transaction."

There was discussion about what Council wants in Section 17:


"Nepotism policy."

"Background checks."

"The biggest checks and balances is public access to financials/books."

Steven talked about putting all the financial transactions on the internet.

A lengthy discussion took place on the number of people on the board and what qualifications were needed.

Long Hollow District Councilman Curtis Bissonette asked, "Is this going to keep politics out of business?"

"We want someone on the board who is not going to be influenced by Tribal politics."

Heipa District Councilman Winfield Rondell Jr. added, "Because of our history with us, we need to be out of this."

Bruce Jones was asked to talk about his experience sitting on a bank board of directors.

He advised what works for other corporate boards.

There were several hours of discussion, including conversation over lunch in the Casino restaurant, over qualifications and guidance for a board.

Here are snippets from the conversations:

"Business-minded people with real qualifications."

"No personal gain allowed."

"Philosophy of transparency … but board deliberations are confidential."

"Process withheld but transactions disclosed."

There were discussions on distribution of profits and reinvestment into the businesses.

These talks were preliminary, and Steven Sandven is taking input from Council and the Judicial Committee and putting it into a follow-up report.

It will include proposed articles of corporation, board qualifications, and examples of how other tribes handle distributions.

Steven is due back to meet with Council and the Judicial Committee on August 19.

Watch for more information.

Tribal Council call for a "vote" on Dakota Crossing

Council decided last week to give the Oyate a say in the fate of their grocery store.

The issue, as well as where elderly cards can be spent, will be included on the ballot of the August 1st special election for Tribal Vice-Chairperson.

Wording of the ballot questions has not been finalized.

Unofficial candidates for the election are:

*Marc Beaudreau.

*Edmund Johnson Jr.

*Gretta M. Simon-Lavergne.

*Crystal F. Owen.

*Arnold White Jr.

Council terminates DNDC, SWHA to manage tax credit housing

Dakota Nation Development Corporation, originally incorporated as Dakota Nation Housing Development Corp., was terminated last week by Tribal Council action.

DNDC manages rental units constructed through low income housing tax credit investments.

Investors benefit by getting credit with the IRS for their tax obligations and tenants benefit by having their rents subsidized by the federal government.

The job of managing these tax credit units – including those at Dakota Magic Apartments, Sisseton IHS Housing, and Barker Hill – will be assigned to the Sisseton-Wahpeton Housing Authority (SWHA).

While these units will be managed by SWHA, they will remain separate under a new board, which is yet to be formed.

Housing Director Eric Shepherd will serve as CEO of that board.

Some of the problems leading to this action are past due rents and water damage to the Dakota Magic Apartments.

Water has caused foundations and walls to crack in many of the Magic apartments, ductwork to buckle.

The Sota reported last month the crumbling structure and how inadequate furnaces had been installed when the apartments were built.


Dakota Nation Development Corporation, originally incorporated as Dakota Nation Housing Development Corp., was terminated last week by Tribal Council action.

DNDC manages rental units constructed through low income housing tax credit investments.

Investors benefit by getting credit with the IRS for their tax obligations and tenants benefit by having their rents subsidized by the federal government.

The job of managing these tax credit units – including those at Dakota Magic Apartments, Sisseton IHS Housing, and Barker Hill – will be assigned to the Sisseton-Wahpeton Housing Authority (SWHA).

While these units will be managed by SWHA, they will remain separate under a new board, which is yet to be formed.

Housing Director Eric Shepherd will serve as CEO of that board.

Some of the problems leading to this action are past due rents and water damage to the Dakota Magic Apartments.

Water has caused foundations and walls to crack in many of the Magic apartments, ductwork to buckle.

The Sota reported last month the crumbling structure and how inadequate furnaces had been installed when the apartments were built.

One of Bruce Jones' responsibilities is to develop repair plans and funding, then to begin what he considers will be a long legal process –determining liability in the engineering and/or construction.

Council roundtable on detention center

By CD Floro

Sota Editor

A scheduled visit by regional BIA officials last Friday, July 12, did not happen. Purpose had been to discuss moving ahead with the detention center project.

Reason given for the no-show was the state of emergency due to flooding at Standing Rock.

The flooding caused at least two deaths, occupants of a car that fell into the water when a road collapsed.

Tribal Council did, however, meet in a roundtable discussion with lobbyist Mark Van Norman, who traveled here from Washington, DC. Mark has been helping the Tribe negotiate in Congressional and federal agency offices for additional funding for the justice center.

Also present were Gary Gaikowski, Tribal Chief of Police, and Bruce Jones, consultant.

The BIA approved $4.875 million for new construction to replace the old jail that it condemned two years ago.

On Friday, Council was trying to get the BIA to move those funds into a regional BIA account where the Tribe can earn interest and begin drawing down money as needed.

Chairman White said he hoped that the project could be done this construction season.

But it doesn't seem the BIA is in a hurry to help make that happen.

Mark had set up a teleconference phone call from the Council suite to other BIA officials involved in the project.

Heipa District Councilman Winfield Rondell Jr. complained that "these people" on the phone and the area officials who were supposed to have come "are too low to make the decisions."

"We need to talk to the (higher) ones who can do that."

In the conversation we learned that the contract is "sitting" on a Bureau official's desk in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The mood in the Council suite was one of frustration.

Mark talked about support from the Congressional delegates.

Verlyn Beaudreau, as Interim Chairman, had reported last month on a trip to DC, when he and then-project manager Scott German, along with Mark Van Norman, made the rounds of the Congressional offices.

The Congressionals, Mark reported, remain very supportive.

Council discussed Governor Kristi Noem's willingness to write her former colleagues in the U.S. House in support of the Tribe; and Rep. Dusty Johnson, who visited here last month, pledged his support.

Mark suggested Chairman White come to Washington and lobby Congress.

The Chairman said he would not even consider travel unless it was assured he would be face-to-face with the Congressionals; when Verlyn and Scott went they met with staffers not with the Congressionals themselves.

The teleconference discussion covered number of beds, with the BIA saying a replacement facility is approved for 20 minimum security beds – an increase from the 16 in the old jail and the Tribe saying no, plans for the new jail have always had 25 beds.

The response was that the confusion is because "holding cells" are not considered "beds." There are to be holding cells and detox cells meant to house people for only short periods of time.

Council and Mark made it clear to the BIA folks on the other end of the phone line that the Tribe is pursuing additional funding – through the Congressionals – for adding maximum security cells, providing space for 25 more inmates.

The need for a jail is critical, according to Tribal leadership, because of the meth crisis and related violent crime. And the Congressional delegates and Gov. Noem have promised to help the Tribe meet its public safety needs.

Because of drug trafficking and violent crime, it was said, if the complete jail facility were built today (25 minimum and 25 maximum security cells), it would be full.

There was also discussion about increased support needed for operational expenses when the facility is up and running.

Part III in a series of articles –

June 2019 General Council: SWO Tribe's annual fiscal check-up

By CD Floro

Sota Editor

The following Sisseton-Wahpeton elders who passed away over the last year were recognized during the June general council by the Elderly Affairs Board.


Big Coulee District:

*Ackerman, Daniel Jerome Ybarra, 62, 6/17/2018.

*DeCoteau, Thomas William, 65, 6/4/2018.

*Quinn Sr., Alvah Dwaine, 66, 10/11/2018.

*Schwartz, Gerald Donnie, 61, 10/24/2018.

*Schoenrock, Jeffery Allan, 6/19, 2019.


Buffalo Lake District:

*Banish, Joseph James, 79.

*Wilson, Mary, 88.

*DeMarrias Sr., Eugene Tony, 77.

*Cochran Jr., Gary Charles, 57.

*Maestas, Gary Louis, 64.

*Crawford, Carol Marie, 74.

*Owen, Earl Rex, 78.

*Greybuffalo, Elwood Levi, 85.


Enemy Swim District:

*Crawford, Amy Myra, 82.

*Robertson, David Chaske, 55.

*Gill, David Cornelius, 63.

*Fayant, Deborah Marie, 59.

*Owen, Ronald Patrick, 70.

*Keeble, Gabriel Gale, 64.

*Campbell Sr., Iver Newton, 55.

*Fayant, Ronald James, 57.

*Eagle-Anderson, Nadine Rae, 68.

*Williams, Gerald Fred, 73.

*Jackson, Dennis Lavern, 61.

*Eagle, Ione N. "Goodbird," 98.


Heipa District:

*Banish, Clarence Myron, 67.

*Greene, Zola Rae Ann, 64.

*St. John, Robert Edward, 72.

*LaBelle, Milton Lyle, 76.

*Peterson Sr., Joseph Darrell, 78.

*Donnell, Vernald Earl, 93.

*MacConnell, Clifford Charles, 67.

*Moy, Phoebe Louise, 87.

*LaBelle, Theodora Faye, 72.

*Savre, Lyle Allen, 81.

*Robertson, Karen Rae, 74.

*Renville, Dean Randall, 55.


Lake Traverse District:

*Starr, Steven John, 61.

*Brant, Dennis Quincy, 73.

*Stanton, Debra Kay, 60.

*Bird, Tyrone Sylvester, 71.

*Ducheneaux, Celestine, 86.

*Robertson, Georgia Anne Charlene, 63.

*DeMarrias, Sampson George, 71.

*James, Vastana Opal, 86.

*Keoke, Rose Mary, 59.

*LaBatte, Leonard Gene, 58.

*Ellestad, Terry Lee, 63.


Long Hollow District:

*Cloud-Hawkins, Frances Nyleen, 60.

*Mandan, Martha Hilda, 82.

*Ward, Sharon Lettecia, 69.

*Grey Cloud, Mary Ann, 84.

*Simon, Michael Leroy, 77.

*Redday Sr., Gordon Reginald, 79.


Old Agency District:

*Sheppard, Douglas Stewart, 70.

*Anderson, Jacquelyn Joy, 61.

*Lawrence, Melodie Annette, 55.

*Hill, Kenneth Duwayne, 60.

*Brant, Evangeline, 95.

*Arechigo, Harriet Margaret, 78.

*Bernard, Orsen Kerwin, 83.

*Renville, Caroline Corrine, 94.

*Huff, Frances Grace, 76.

*Larson, Pernel Ellen, 78.

*Shepherd, Della Mae, 73.

*Buffalo-Renville, Benedict Arnold, 60.

*Riley, Kevin Paul, 60.

(Watch for part IV next in this series of articles on the June 2019 general council.)

Dakotah Pride Center observes 40th anniversary

"We had an amazing turnout today! 136 people signed in! I am so grateful for all the support from everyone, for the Executives, all the help and encouragement, we could truly feel the good positive energy today. Thank you Dakota Crossing for the food and those that borrowed us canopies. 40-plus years and I have been here for nine of them and I feel truly lucky and blessed to be a part of a great team!" – DaVonna Keeble, Facebook post on July 3rd.

By DaVonna Keeble

Dakotah Pride Center celebrated its 40th anniversary on Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019.

The Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Tribe Alcohol program was established in July 1969 with Grady Renville serving as director.

It was first housed in the old Long Hollow Day School building and relocated to its current residence in 1979 and renamed Dakotah Pride.

At the time of the move, Francis Gill was the director.

Later directors were Ed Godfrey, Mayvonne (Crawford) Smith, Sue Thompson, LeeAnn Tallbear and the current director, Richard Bird.

Dakotah Pride Center is a state-accredited 12-bed facility which holds approximately nine groups per year. It is primarily funded through Indian Health Service as part of the Indian Health Service Contract.

For its 40th anniversary Dakotah Pride had an open house, welcoming the community to come tour the building and see the artwork made by very talented artists.

Throughout the year they are often in "cycle" so many cannot see past the front reception area.

Every piece of artwork in the building was made by past clients as either a group project or as a gift to the program.

If you walk through the building, although it's dated, there are more than 50 pieces of artwork decorating the hallways and bedrooms.

Even many of the ceiling tiles are painted including a mural of the milky way on the ceiling in the Group Room.

The community was encouraged to ask questions and look around; counselors Brianna Donnell and Clarice BearHill were available to give tours and explain what happens during the cycles.

Oftentimes there is a stigma around treatment centers.

It can be intimidating.

If you have never had a reason to come to the treatment center or even if you have, the goal is to encourage people and let them know if they or a loved one is seeking help, Dakotah Pride Center is here to help.

Outside, M.C. and Inpatient Counselor Ronald "Chaske" Hill invited people to come share their stories or offer encouraging words.

Guest Speaker and Dakotah Pride consultant Gene Thin Elk explained the history of the Red Road Approach and how our traditional ways help aid in recovery.

Felicia Farley and Joan Zephier shared their personal journey of recovery.

Franklin Keeble Sr., who has been a huge supporter of Dakotah Pride Center and often plays for sobriety dances in the community, gave a few words and shared a newspaper from 1986 which had an article about the first annual Recognition Day which acknowledged Chemical Dependency people.

Other staff helped sign people in and get them signed up for door prizes and hand out free t-shirts.

The amount of people that showed up was overwhelming with 136-plus people signed in. Much more than was anticipated.

It was amazing to the see the support from the community and Tribal Executives who allowed staff to come show their support.

Dakotah Pride Center is hoping for a new facility in the future and was thankful to be able to share this day with so many people.

Judge Michael Swallow recognized

Each year at the National Tribal Child Support Association (NTCSA) Annual Conference, awards are presented to recognize the hard work and special efforts made by individuals and agencies to promote tribal child support enforcement.

At its recent annual conference, NTCSA announced its 2019 Judges Award for Professional Excellence.

The award was presented to the Honorable Michael Swallow, Associate Judge, Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Tribal Court.

Showing RESPECT to Native Americans

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

July 12, 2019

During my time working as your governor and now U.S. senator, I've had the privilege of establishing friendships with tribal members from all nine reservations in South Dakota. As governor, Jean and I invited tribal leaders to our home to simply break bread and get to know each other on a personal level. It's a small thing, but we've also made a concerted effort to employ tribal members and people with close ties to the reservations on my staff. I believe those personal relationships help me better understand the challenges facing our tribal communities. It has been an honor to spend time—sometimes simply driving the backroads—with tribal leaders concerned about water quality, education or roads. We've discussed many critical and immediate concerns but one issue that has touched my heart is the emotional toll that our sometimes-dark history continues to have on our Native American neighbors today. We can't change the past but we can continue to reconcile with it, and each other.

Throughout history, Native Americans have been subjected to federal laws that are offensive, immoral and outright racist. For example, there are federal laws in place that allow the government to forcibly remove Native American children from their homes and send them to boarding schools. There are also laws that allow the government to push Native Americans into forced labor as a condition of receiving benefits. It's shocking to read through some of the old laws that made their way through Congress and were signed into law.

Sadly, a number of these laws are still on the books today. While they are not enforced, there is no reason for them to be a part of our federal code. They are a tragic reminder of past hostility and racism toward Native Americans.

Since 2016, I have introduced legislation called the RESPECT Act that would repeal a number of these outdated laws related to the treatment of Native Americans. Last Congress, my bill passed out of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee unanimously, and passed the full Senate unanimously. Unfortunately, the House of Representatives ran out of time at the end of last Congress to pass it.

That is why I introduced it again this Congress, this time with bipartisan, bicameral support. In the Senate, I was joined by Sens. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) and James Lankford (R-Okla.) in introducing it, and the House version of the bill was introduced by my friend Rep. Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) along with Reps. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) and Tom O'Halleran (D-Ariz.). We have strong bipartisan, bicameral support this time around, and I'm optimistic we'll be able to get it across the finish line and signed into law by President Trump.

We can't rewrite the past. But we can keep working together toward furthering respect and unity for the next generation. It's our duty to do everything we can to make the future better for all Americans. Passing the RESPECT Act is one small way we can show understanding, compassion and progress. I'll keep pushing this legislation forward because it's long-past time for these bills to be removed from the federal code of laws.

DOJ enables direct tribal access to FBI national sex offender registry

Registry helps tribal governments and law enforcement track and identify sex offenders

Washington, DC – July 11, 2019 – The U.S. Department of Justice announced today a new tool giving tribal governments the ability to directly input data and gain access to the FBI's National Sex Offender Registry (NSOR) using the Tribe and Territory Sex Offender Registry System (TTSORS). The system connection will be available to all tribal governments already participating in the Tribal Access Program (TAP), which allows information sharing between tribal and federal government criminal information systems.

TTSORS is a no-cost registry system provided by the Justice Department's Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART). The Department's Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) developed the connections which allows tribes to seamlessly submit new and updated sex offender information directly from TTSORS to NSOR.

"The Department of Justice is dedicated to addressing the public safety crisis in American Indian and Alaska Native communities, including the high rates of sexual violence against women and children," said Attorney General William P. Barr. "Providing a direct connection to the FBI National Sex Offender Registry gives tribal law enforcement the information they need to investigate and prevent these heinous offenses."

American Indian and Alaska Native people suffer persistently high rates of victimization, including from sexual assault. According to a 2016 study funded by the National Institute of Justice, more than four in five American Indian and Alaska Native adults have experienced some form of violence in their lifetime, and more than half of all American Indian and Alaska Native women have experienced violence from an intimate partner. In June, the department extended a deadline for tribes to apply for up to $167 million in federal funds through August 16, 2019, to support crime victims throughout Indian country.

"The direct connection between the National Sex Offender Registry and Tribe and Territory Sex Offender Registry System provides increased resources for identifying, tracking, and sharing information about persons convicted of committing these crimes," said Gwendena L. Gatewood, Chairwoman of the White Mountain Apache Tribe of the Fort Apache Indian Reservation. "It will also allow for further improvements in providing a safer community for all involved to integrate tribal law, custom, tradition and practices in a comprehensive fashion consistent with holding offenders accountable."

"Standing Rock has always had a priority of ensuring public safety," said Mike Faith, Chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. "Technological advances to our systems ensure that our SORNA staff are able to input offender information and get back in the field while ensuring compliance is maintained."

The Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, Title I of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006, requires that, when an offender initially registers or updates his or her information in a jurisdiction, that the state, tribe, territory or District of Columbia must submit immediately the information to NSOR as well as other jurisdictions where the offender has to register. TTSORS is a fully functioning registry system that complies with SORNA requirements. TTSORS was created to assist the Indian tribes that have elected to implement SORNA.

Since 2015, the SMART Office, OCIO, the FBI, the Office of Tribal Justice, Community Oriented Policing Services and the Office for Victims of Crime, have worked together to develop the Tribal Access Program to provide tribes direct access to national crime information systems for both criminal and non-criminal justice purposes. This includes the ability to directly enter NSOR data and enhance the capacity to collect and submit fingerprints and palm prints to the FBI. TAP has been instrumental in assisting tribes with ongoing implementation of SORNA. In fiscal year 2019, the department expanded TAP to 25 more tribes, for a total of 72 participating tribes.

IEN among groups seeking injunction to overturn President Trump's mew KXL pipeline permit

On July 10, 2019, the lead Plaintiffs in the original litigation that halted the Keystone XL (KXL) Pipeline – the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) and North Coast Rivers Alliance (NCRA) – filed a motion in Montana Federal Court seeking an injunction blocking construction of the KXL Pipeline.

The motion argues that President Trump's issuance on March 29, 2019 of a second Presidential Permit reapproving the KXL Pipeline was unconstitutional and unlawfully evades the additional environmental reviews that the federal courts have previously ordered.

The Keystone XL Pipeline would pose grave risks to the environment, including the climate, cultural resources, water resources, fish and wildlife, and human health and safety.


The Keystone XL (KXL) Pipeline would be an environmental disaster. The 830,000 barrels per day of toxic tar sands oil it would unleash could push global warming beyond the point of no return, propelling our Planet into an ecological tailspin. The Indigenous Nations and the conservation community are united in their condemnation of this reckless, unneeded and destructive project.

On March 27, 2017, the Indigenous Environmental Network and North Coast Rivers Alliance filed the first suit against President Trump's original Presidential Permit approving KXL. They won a series of rulings in Montana Federal Court, culminating in Judge Brian Morris' Final Judgment on November 8, 2018 overturning the approval because it violated federal environmental laws.

After TransCanada appealed Judge Morris' ruling, on March 15, 2019 these Plaintiffs won a second victory, when the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected TransCanada's appeal.

Having lost in both the trial and appellate courts, on March 29 President Trump resorted to the extreme measure of openly defying those court orders by reapproving KXL with a new Presidential Permit without conducting the additional environmental reviews that the courts had ordered. However, because President Trump revoked his 2017 Presidential Permit, the Court of Appeal ruled that the litigation challenging that permit was moot and thus has been dismissed.

Therefore, to block the KXL Pipeline the Indigenous Environmental Network and the North Coast Rivers Alliance have once again sought protection from the federal courts. Their motion, filed today in Montana federal court, tells the courts that "President Trump . . . is not above the law." They show that under Article III of the United States Constitution, President Trump's unlawful conduct is subject to review by the federal courts. And, they demonstrate that President Trump's attempt to reapprove the KXL Pipeline without compliance with the previous court rulings, and in disregard of this nation's environmental laws, must be struck down as unconstitutional.

IEN and NCRA have confidence that the federal courts—long the protectors of our civil liberties—will once again rise to the challenge and enforce the Constitution and the laws of this land, and restore respect for the law as our Founding Fathers intended.


Established in 1990, IEN was formed by grassroots Indigenous peoples and individuals to address environmental and economic justice issues both in North America and throughout the planet. IEN's Executive Director Tom B.K. Goldtooth has been at the forefront of Native and environmental leaders who have called upon President Trump to renounce the KXL Pipeline.

"President Trump is attempting to sidestep the law and we have no fear challenging him. The KXL pipeline would be a disaster for Indigenous communities along its route," Mr. Goldtooth stated. "We are at a pivotal moment in human history in which we must deal with climate change or risk extinction. The tar sands crude oil that KXL would transport is the dirtiest oil on the planet, and its extraction has already destroyed entire swaths of boreal forests and wetlands in Alberta. We need to keep our fossil fuels in the ground and stop the expansion of tar sands at its source." Mr. Goldtooth added.


Established in 1990, The Indigenous Environmental Network is an international environmental justice nonprofit that works with tribal grassroots organizations to build the capacity of Indigenous communities. IEN's activities include empowering Indigenous communities and tribal governments to develop mechanisms to protect our sacred sites, land, water, air, natural resources, the health of both our people and all living things, and to build economically sustainable communities.

Learn more here:

Editorials –

Sota editorial –

A look at the Oyate's grocery store: Dakota Crossing

Please, Oyate, consider this week's editorial simply as a photo collage, with no words putting one perspective or another on whatever the pictures mean – to each of you.


Brief editorial comments from the editor's desk –

On and Off the Lake Traverse Reservation

Please see our "first look" photos taken at the 152nd annual Sisseton-Wahpeton Wacipi in color on the back page of this edition of your Sota.

There is much more to come!

More photos from other photographers, including John Heminger.

And results of specials from the Pow Wow Committee.

Our thanks to Veterans Service Officer Geri Opsal for providing information on the fifth annual Bataan Memorial March and honoring held for General Kicklighter Saturday evening.

Thank you, John Heminger, Geri, and Joe Carillo (Chicago Guerilla Journalist) for photos.

We are planning to republish an article we wrote years ago on Sam Wilson.

Watch for that to come.

His service in Vietnam is what made the ties to the Tribe for the General.

It is also an amazing story of courage.


Our thanks to DaVonna Keeble for sharing the story of Dakotah Pride Center's 40th anniversary in words and pictures; she has often stepped in to help the Sota with news coverage.

We share prayers with her also, for the sudden loss in her family.


We want to underscore Tribal Secretary Myrna Thompson's correction and clarification.

She and Jake both have dedicated much time and energy as Tribal Liaisons to our incarcerated men and women. Over many, many years.

Earlier this year we were invited to meet with inmates at the SD State Women's Prison at Pierre but were unable to travel.

The Tribe, however, was represented as the Tribal Secretary attended.

Correspondence we have with inmates shows how much they appreciate being thought of, cared about, and reached out to … as they serve their time.

Thank you, Myrna, and Jake Thompson, for all your outreach.

We'd like to see others get involved.


Welcome back to the Sota pages, Vine Marks!

We are grateful for having Vine's column return for our readers.

Please see his second Dakota-iya column – "Ehanna Dakota Woyakapi" – this week in your Sota.


The 2019 Summer Bash was re-scheduled to last Saturday, July 13th.

Watch for highlights in next week's Sota, coming from Alpha Jo DuMarce.


Elder's meditation:

Grandfather, Great Spirit, once more behold me on earth and lean to hear my feeble voice. You lived first, and You are older than all need, older than all prayer…You are the life of all things."


Great Spirit – Sometimes I don't feel like praying. Sometimes when I have done something wrong, I'm ashamed to come to You. Even though You have always been there for me, I sometimes choose to stay away. It's hard for me to understand what all knowing is. Sometimes it's hard for me to see how much You really care. But I know if I take a few minutes and think about what I know to be true about You, the things change and I am able to realize Your power and Your love. Today, I'll start by thinking of You. I'll think about all the times You have helped and guided me in the past. You are life, You are love, You are power, You are desire, You are truth, You are principle, You are intelligence, You are courage. With You I am everything; without You I am nothing.


Words to consider (or, perhaps not!):

The best way out is always through. - Robert Frost (1874 - 1963)

If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at the people he gave it to. - Dorothy Parker (1893 - 1967)

The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread. - Anatole France (1844 - 1924), The Red Lily, 1894, chapter 7

The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do. - Walter Bagehot (1826 - 1877)

Humor is everywhere, in that there's irony in just about anything a human does. - Bill Nye, Interview with, April 2005

Mothers may still want their sons to grow up to be President, but according to a famous Gallup poll of some years ago, some 73 percent do not want them to become politicians in the process. - John F. Kennedy (1917 - 1963), Profiles in Courage, 1956

I think it's always a good move to listen to that inner voice, if it doesn't lead to a crime. - Lisa Kudrow, Vasser Commencement Address, 2010

What happens when the future has come and gone? - Robert Half

A fashion is nothing but an induced epidemic. - George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950)

All movements go too far. - Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

As I know more of mankind I expect less of them, and am ready now to call a man a good man upon easier terms than I was formerly. - Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)


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 –

Services Tuesday for David Running Hawk

Funeral service for Davie Running Hawk, 52, of Sisseton, SD will be held on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the SWO community center, Agency Village, SD.

Wake service will be held at the community center at 8:00 p.m. Monday.

David journeyed into the spirit world on Thursday, July 11, 2019 at Sanford Hospital in Fargo, ND.

Cahill Funeral Chapel, Sisseton, is in charge of arrangements.

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

Notice of editorial policy

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

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

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

SD Attorney General visit: Correction, additional comments

Tribal Secretary Myrna Thompson, who has a long history of serving as Tribal Liaison to incarcerated Oyate, wanted to correct, clarify, and expand on the comment provided in last week's Sota. Notes had the Tribal Secretary saying "Natives are 90 percent of the state's inmate population. We need better treatment rather than sending them to prison."

While yes, she definitely wants readers to know she very much supports treatment over sending them to prison, what she said was that Natives are far over-represented compared to the total population of the state (although not 90 percent of all inmates).

It indicates, she says, the "racial profiling" that has been going on for years.

Myrna recalled the U.S. Civil Rights Commission hearings at Rapid City in the 1990s.

She and others of the Tribe testified alongside representatives of the other tribes.

Problems of racial profiling and over-representation in jail cells, was clear and convincing.

She sees it continuing today.

(Editor's note: The Commissioner that came from Denver for that hearing told the Sota he recalled a similar hearing 25 years earlier, and that "nothing has changed." He also acknowledged that the Commission has no enforcement authority.)

Myrna also brought another issue up with Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg.

While it is out of the state's jurisdiction, she argued that the Guardians Project is not doing what it should be doing.

She believes strongly that it is the federal government's responsibility to investigate and bring to justice gangs bringing drugs into the state and onto the reservations, to investigate and prosecute human trafficking and serious crimes of violence. But also that the tribes are sovereign and tribal courts should be the place where lesser offenses are handled, those involving tribal members.

Open letter to the Oyate

This is an update on meth use on our tribes. This has to do with meth and what it brings spiritually.

Our group of Elders, for the Wambia Hedaska Sundance Oyate, has been talking about helping our young people before we began Sundance these last five years.

Now, as a commitment to our word and prayer, we have been teaching our youth the ways of the Wambdi Hedaska Sundance and Sweat ceremonies.

A lot of our youth fell into meth use and some have taken the road of suicide.

In my years of travelling, the Standing Rock Reservation and on our own reservation, there has been a lot of meth use and I had come to know meth's dark side of spirituality, where continued use opens the door to spiritual possession, causing young people to harm others and themselves.

Through our ceremonies, we had helped some of these youth be themselves over more, and yet our youth have families also.

Meth use in the homes causes dangerous fumes in the rooms of their homes, leaving little children to breathe in these toxic fumes.

I had witnessed a few of these children possessed by dark spirits.

These dark spirits are known as demons, and in our Dakota tongue, Wakan Sica.

Our elders and many others through prayer have prevailed against these demons.

Through prayer, with help from our Creator and the Good Spirits that He sends, we can combat the dark spirits.

People could pray in their own way for help to dispel these demons.

For myself, I am giving something back to my people who had prayed for me back in 1970 when I got my orders that I was going to Vietnam.

I had come home for the first time.

These other time through four heart attacks and I was healed by the Wambdi Hedaska and I continue to stand with others against meth and suicide.


Francis Eagle.

Open letter to the Oyate

After reading more information about the "People," perhaps its best for you to stay as the People where you have learned another man's ways and means – $14 million in debt (buy now never pay later-consumer issues).

I do not know how Ms. Sherry you would ever be able to explain to non-Tribal members things as such especially "educationally" how so much can be done with so much money/funding and it's not a debt cancellation for any of US ... it's just like them in Washington, DC and it's not their pocketbook either to indulge oneself into spending so much and yet there is the homelessness on the reservation, there are no jobs, etc. etc., ie, the reservation for Tribal members is no better off than what is now called the United States of America – poverty stricken from someone else's spending ... no mascots there!

...Then to read how some Tribal members are federally charged with money crimes/RICO laws of which are also against the Tribe or "People?" in what the Constitution reads as "treason" … Tribal defectors....

Mahza-ska "People" and someone around there once so stated: "the Tribe is uhn chi ka (for me to ever spell a word of Native on paper-pronunciation). I responded "pathetic is an understatement" ... I will remain SISSETON-WAHPETON SIOUX TRIBE-LAKE TRAVERSE RESERVATION-SISSETON AGENCY ... with my ancestors and elders.

Thank you Chairman White for the invite for Elder breakfast ... sorry I missed it. I'm one of those who resides off the reservation in Legal SWST-LTR representation plus I've been forced homeless for something around there I know nothing about ... it is also good to read in the Sota the concerns of the Elders with their land heirs .... the BIA of the DOI-Office of Indian Affairs (OIA) along with more Acts (Freedom of Information-FOI) of Congress, some tribes as well as Tribal members from various parts of the Indian Country, & the "whole conglomerate of those who "think" it best for everything to return to the Tribe when I am of the Great Sioux Nation. I have been in contact with at least one in the Aberdeen, SD BIA indicating one day there will never be any more IIM accounts perhaps to delete the OST of the DOI and for me it's hard to believe some Tribal members obtain BIA jobs only to have their land heirship given over to the Tribe. I've never asked any of them what that must feel like for them, yet they go along with it. Guess the Cobell vs the US Dept. of the Interior lawsuit did not cover the ever corrupted within the agency....

Then the Tribe allegedly is owed all that land when none of you were around with my Ancestors who had to strive back then....

It is GOOD for me to again read you Mr. Vine Marks Sr. in the Sota Native language I was wondering when you were ever coming back and for me to ever ask you to also translate what you put there in English for me et al; I read out loud the words and not all of them are yet translated due to memory bank.

I also wanted to share some things with you Crystal Owen yet I could not find you now you are Interim Tribal Secretary and for now I will leave my sharing be till things improve around there with another Tribal Election of which I am not allowed to vote off the reservation unless ... stipulations and conditions.

There is quite a few more things for me to express SWST-LTR more can's (can do behavior) out of the worms/snaky people/deceive:

I've read and heard (of which I cannot confirm or deny) the Tribe sold its Sovereignty back in June through September 2003 for some $29,000.00 plus+ to some film media ordeal somewhere in Florida....

Then it's come to one's attention of a Yellow book perhaps stolen Property from one Tribal Member and handed over to the Tribes alleged Archives Dept. The book is of the Tribe titled at this time to the best of my recollection: Tihann/Yi hanni … it was passed down to Tribal Member from Elder now Ancestor. IT WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED you return the stolen property Tribal Archives to its Rightful Owner before the feds come in your direction for possession of stolen property.

There are no longer lines on the USA map SWST-LTR indicating your existence any longer and in reading the Sota Tribal Newspaper you do not exist any longer either ... I do not have all of that 100% information from my Ancestors and/or Elders because some of them are in Heaven now ... guess those lines on the map will remain off till something out there is brought to pass....

Ake whan zhi.

Laura J. White.

P.S. My spelling of the Native words is okay – no one can ever explain to me how that would ever actually be done....

ND man sentenced in Drug conspiracy

Sioux Falls, SD – July 8, 2019 – United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Killdeer, North Dakota, man convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance was sentenced by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.

Dustin Eck, age 35, was sentenced on July 2, 2019, to 9 years in federal prison, followed by 4 years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

The charge related to Eck obtaining methamphetamine in Denver, Colorado, and selling it to individuals in South Dakota between December 2017 and March 2018. Eck was discovered to be in possession of methamphetamine after a traffic stop near Rapid City on March 8, 2018.

The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the South Dakota Department of Criminal Investigation, and the South Dakota Highway Patrol. Assistant U.S. Attorney Ben Patterson prosecuted the case.

Eck was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Two men sentenced for Drug and Gun charges

Sioux Falls, SD – July 11, 2019 – United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that two men convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance and Possession of a Firearm During a Drug Trafficking Crime, were sentenced by U.S. District Judge Charles B. Kornmann.

Dayvon Byrd, age 29, from Watertown, South Dakota, convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance, was sentenced to 60 months in federal prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release, a $1,000 fine, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Joshua Noel Paul, age 38, from Watertown, South Dakota, convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance and Possession of a Firearm During a Drug Trafficking Crime, was sentenced to 211 months in federal prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release, a $1,000 fine, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Byrd was indicted by a federal grand jury on June 13, 2018, and a Superseding Information was filed on November 16, 2011. He pled guilty on December 7, 2018. Paul was indicated by a federal grand jury on March 13, 2018, and a Superseding Indictment was filed on June 12, 2018. He pled guilty on September 14, 2018.

The convictions stem from a methamphetamine conspiracy in and around the Watertown and Sisseton areas from November 23, 2017, through February 28, 2018. The conspiracy involved over 500 grams of methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance. Byrd, and three other co-defendants, Alexis Dumarce, Amos Hall, and Danny Callahan, were selling methamphetamine brought to South Dakota from California by Paul and co-defendant Victor Caperon. Caperon and Paul were found with six pounds of methamphetamine on February 28, 2018, during a traffic stop in Corson County, South Dakota. This methamphetamine was intended for sale in the Watertown and Sisseton areas.

Drug trafficking is an inherently violent activity. Firearms are tools of the trade for drug dealers. It is common to find drug traffickers armed with guns in order to protect their illegal drug product and cash, and enforce their illegal operations.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. The Department of Justice reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of its renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney's Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and local communities to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.

This case was investigated by the Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force, South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, Corson County Sheriff's Office, Mobridge Police Department, and the Watertown Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan N. Dilges prosecuted the case.

Byrd and Paul were immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Current and former tribal officials indicted for Embezzlement and Theft

Defendants prosecuted as part of the Guardians Project, a Federal law enforcement initiative to combat Corruption, Fraud, and Abuse in SD

Sioux Falls, SD – July 12, 2019 – United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced today that past and present Crow Creek Sioux Tribe councilmembers were indicted by a federal grand jury for embezzlement & theft from an Indian tribal organization, and aiding and abetting.

Roland Robert Hawk, Sr., age 50, Francine Maria Middletent, age 55, Roxanne Lynette Sazue, age 62, and Jacquelyn Ernestine Pease, age 34, all from Ft. Thompson, South Dakota, were indicted on July 9, 2019. All four defendants appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Veronica Duffy on July 12, 2019, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

According to the Indictment, in about March 2014 through February 2019, Hawk, Middletent, Sazue, and Pease embezzled, stole, willfully misapplied, willfully permitted to misapply, and converted to their own use over $1,000 of monies, funds, credit, goods, assets, and other property belonging to the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe. During the timeframe, Hawk served as the elected Treasurer of the tribe, and all of the other defendants worked for Hawk in the tribe's finance office. In their respective leadership roles and employment positions, the defendants had the opportunity to access the funds that were embezzled from the tribe.

The maximum penalties for each defendant upon conviction are as follows: 5 years imprisonment and/or a $250,000 fine; 3 years of supervised release; $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund; and restitution may be ordered.

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

The investigation is being conducted by the U.S. Attorney's Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeremy R. Jehangiri is prosecuting the case.

Hawk, Sr. was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service. Defendants Pease, Middletent, and Sazue were released on bond. A trial date has not been set.

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.

Prairie Doc® Perspectives –

Taking antibiotics for granted

By Richard P. Holm, MD

We take a lot of things for granted. With the advent of antibiotics in the 1930s and 40s, we saw a true change in longevity and a reduction in premature death from infectious diseases. Now we are seeing deaths from bacteria which are resistant to every antibiotic and it's not just the sick and decrepit who are affected. Recent studies show many more people are dying in the U.S. from antibiotic resistant bacteria than from AIDS. It's a real crisis resulting from too much of a good thing.

Resistance is due to excessive and over-use of antibiotics, which are often incorrectly seen as the cure for whatever ails us. The most glaring example is when antibiotics are given for what is obviously the common cold, making absolutely no difference in the course of the illness. Often, I hear from the patient, "Why not start an antibiotic to keep this viral bronchitis from turning into pneumonia?" To that question I usually answer, "You are correct, when bacterial pneumonia occurs, it often follows a common cold, but studies show antibiotics don't prevent the occurrence of that pneumonia following the cold. Rather, it becomes a pneumonia resistant to treatment."

So why are we over-using antibiotics? Most experts say it is from patient or parent expectation. One study showed that if the doctor perceives the parents expect antibiotics for their children, 65 percent of the time the doctor will prescribe antibiotics. Conversely, when parents do not indicate an expectation for antibiotics, even when the children are similarly ill, the doctor prescribes them only 12 percent of the time. Ultimately the doctor is responsible but too often yields to pressure to provide unnecessary treatment.

Another reason for growing antibiotic resistance has resulted from use of antibiotics in animal and poultry feed which boosts animal growth and profits. In the U.S. antibiotics are now limited for use only when a veterinarian prescribes them, but similar limits are not in effect in India and other countries. Also, veterinarians are prescribing the newer broader spectrum antibiotics only for the care of sick individual animals, not the entire herd. These new moves are a start, but closer monitoring of usage needs to occur. The good news is that in countries where efforts to use fewer antibiotics are successful, within a few years, antibiotics become effective again.

Based upon current science, rather than expecting an antibiotic from the doctor, it's in our best interest to discuss options and use antibiotics only when they are necessary. We can also benefit by taking time to read food labels carefully, choosing antibiotic-free products.

Let's not take antibiotics for granted. By avoiding the overuse of antibiotics, we can save ourselves from a real crisis.


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Youth, school activities highlights –

Education watch on the Lake Traverse Reservation

Summer school at ESDS

By Rebecca Dargatz

School Community Director

Students attending the Toka Nuwan Wayawa Tipi Summer Academic Program in the month of June had the opportunity to attend Music with Paul & Diana.

This year students performed the Three Little Piggies Opera.

The students look forward to learning a performing a new program every summer!

Enemy Swim Day School holds Backyard Bash

By Rebecca Dargatz

School Community Director

The Toka Nuwan Wayawa Tipi Community Education Department held its annual Backyard Bash on Thursday, June 27th, 2019.

Attendees were able enjoy music, door prizes, inflatables, giant lawn games, bubbles (sponsored by Wiyukcan), and playground.

The 8th grade class provided everyone with a wonderful cookout.

There were giveaway items sponsored by Partnership With Native Americans.

There were 249 attendees.

We enjoyed spending the evening with all of the families!

From the Sisseton Wahpeton College Facebook Page

SWC held its first Wooden Stick Lacrosse Tournament Saturday, July 6th.

Thank you to those that came out to play and support!

The results of the tournament are as follows:



1st - Twin Cities Lacrosse

2nd - Lightning Sticks

3rd - Waditake

4th - Wateca



1st - Waste Potato

2nd - Coyotes

3rd - Warriors

4th - Susbeca


We would like to give a special thank you to those that made this event possible: the SWO Powwow Committee, Still Smoking Design, Big Coulee Youth, Tanka Bars, Twin Cities Native Lacrosse, Joe Horse Capture, LaVerne Whitebear, and Johnny Labatte.

Wopida Tanka!


Request for Proposals

Enemy Swim Day School is soliciting bids for a cleaning contractor to provide janitorial services. Our school, located at 13525 446th Avenue, Waubay, South Dakota is approximately 65,000 square feet, and in the 2019-2020 school year will serve approximately 200 students and 65 staff on a daily basis. We require a contractor to provide the nightly cleaning of the school facilities during the school year. The contracted hours will be 3:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m., from August 1, 2019 to June 1, 2020. A pre-bid meeting will be required for bid submittal and to review bid expectations and walk-through. Please call Ed Johnson at (605) 947-4606, ext. 3030 to schedule a date and time.

The chosen contractor must be able to provide, at the contractor's own expense, the background clearances required under tribal, state, and federal law for each worker they assign to our facility. We will explain to the contractor how to obtain those clearances. Contractor must also comply with the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Tribal Business License Ordinance Chapter 53. The Request for Proposals document may be obtained from the Business Office at the Enemy Swim Day School or email Ed Johnson, Facilities Manager, Proposals are due via email to Ed Johnson ( or fax to: (605) 947-4188, mailed or hand-delivered to Ed Johnson, Enemy Swim Day School, Facilities Manager, by 1:00 p.m. on Monday, July 29, 2019.



Request for Proposal

The Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Department of Transportation herein gives notice that proposals will be accepted for the Big Coulee Road, Shoulder Widening & Asphalt Surfacing and Other Incidental Items Project (Stabilization GEO Grid).

Project Information:

The Big Coulee Road Shoulder Widening & Asphalt Surfacing Project is located in Big Coulee District of the Lake Traverse Reservation, South Dakota. Bid items will be available through the SWO DOT.

Statement of Work:

For this project the contractor shall be required to supply specified materials (with exception given to Government or tribal furnished items), to complete the project in accordance with the approved BIA plans and Standard Specifications for Construction of Roads and Bridges on Federal Highway Projects, FP-14 with amendments.

Additional Information:

For additional information, Quantities and Construction Plan attachments regarding the project, please contact:

Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate

Department of Transportation

Tel. (605) 698-8355

Cell (605) 268-1775


Proposals will be accepted until 3:00 pm central time Thursday, July 25, 2019 via email to



Request for Bids

Requesting sealed proposals for:

The Youth and Family TREE is looking for a Family Therapist, knowledgeable in the area of co-dependency counseling, cultural based therapy and multifamily group facilitation.

Consultant will provide the following Codependency services:

A two-day, culturally based, codependency session with youth and their caregivers/family.

All sealed bids must include and be submitted by July 19, 2019:

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

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

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

3.  Itemized budget needed to perform scope of work.

Required Documentation:

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

2.  Must be able to pass a federal background check, if approved.

Length of Contract

Two days


Shall not exceed $1,920.00

Contact the Procurement Office for specifications:


Please submit sealed proposals to:

SWO Procurement Office

Attn: Lennie Peters

PO Box 509

Agency Village, SD 57262

By 4:00 pm on Friday July 19, 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.






Sisseton Wahpeton Office of Child Support Enforcement Agency,





It has been established that the SWOCSE and the Court cannot locate or serve the following Defendants in the following cases:

HATTIE BIRDSBILL, Case #: I-19-057 - Scheduled for July 25, 2019 @ 9:00 o'clock a.m.

NINA ROBERTSON, Case #: I-16-016 - Scheduled for July 25, 2019 @ 9:00 o'clock a.m.

LEIGHLONNIE GOODSELL, Case #CS-19-054, July 25, 2019 @ 1:00 o'clock p.m.

Therefore, it is hereby ORDERED that Notice by Publication is hereby provided herein on the various HEARINGS FOR CHILD SUPPORT and that a hearing will be held on the dates and times as shown, to occur at the Tribal Court, SWO Admin Building, Old Agency, South Dakota.


Upon request, the SWOCSE Clerk will provide you with a copy of the pleadings/filings describing the matter.

Dated this 23rd day of May, 2019



Michael T. Swallow

Presiding Judge



Melinda Carlson

SWOCSE Clerk of Court


Trading Post ads

Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate

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

In-House Attorney, Tribal Executive Committee

Closing Date July 19th, 2019 @ 04:30PM

Program Manager, Wacinyan Tipi

Truancy Interventionist, Education Department

CD Technician, Dakotah Pride

Bookkeeper, Finance

Closing Date July 26th, 2019 @ 04:30PM

Sexual Assault Advocate, Sexual Assault Services

Teacher (2 positions, starting wage $13.00), Head Start

Dakota Culture & Language Teacher, Head Start

Bus Driver/Custodian, Head Start

Teacher (starting wage $11.50), Early Head Start

Teacher Aide (starting wage $11.00), Early Head Start

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

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).


Enemy Swim Day School

The Enemy Swim Day School is seeking a Dakota Language Teacher. Qualifications: Dakota Language Teacher Licensure preferred or willing to work toward certification. For more information about the position call (605) 947-4605 or (888) 825-7738 and ask for Dr. Nadine Eastman, Superintendent. Indian preference policies apply. This position is open until filled. Applications can be found on our website or stop by the school. Send application, resume, 3 letters of recommendation, and credentials to: Enemy Swim Day School, 13525 446th Avenue, Waubay, SD 57273.



Sisseton Housing & Development Commission

The Sisseton Housing and Redevelopment Commission has an opening for a full time Executive Director.

The Executive Director reports directly to the Board of Commissioners. Responsible for oversight of the day to day operations of the Sisseton Housing and Redevelopment Commission, including, but not limited to, the general administration and maintenance of the physical buildings. Directs and answers for all personnel. Ensures that the property is maintained in good physical condition with a stabilized fiscal operation and that all tenants and properties adhere to standards and rules set by Federal, State, and Local governance.


Directs policy development and planning.

o   Provides input to Board of Commissioners to assist with decisions regarding development of all policies affecting the housing commission.

o   Works with community partners to address future organization and growth strategy.

o   Provides quality materials and support to the Board of Commissioners to enable them to maximize the effectiveness of their governance of the Commission.

o   Facilitates the strategic planning and economic forecasting processes.

o   Takes a leadership role in creating an organization that has a high level of integrity, professionalism, and progressive analytical-critical thinking.

o   Participates in regular meetings of the Board of Commissioners to report on operations and discuss problems. Recommends changes in objectives, policies, and operating procedures.

Implements goals and procedures.

o   Ensures compliance with all covenants of the properties.

o   Oversees the development and implementation of a Capital Improvement/Asset Management plan.

o   Ensures all policy and procedure manuals relating to the authority's management program reflect current authority and HUD regulation.

o   Ensures resident and community involvement in policy development.

o   Adheres to all company personnel directives per the manual of operations and procedures.

Manages, supervises, and directs the operations of the authority.

o   Trains and is responsible for work performed by all staff members.

o   Prepares, processes, and signs all forms, leases, and related papers as required by regulations.

o   Enforces all policies of the Housing and Redevelopment Commission and all other governing agencies.

o   Ensures that residents are provided with a clean, safe, well maintained community.

o   Conducts all move in and move out inspections, and keeps a detailed record of the findings.

o   Works with tenant organizations. Meets with tenants to assess feedback and attitudes leading toward general improvements.

o   Supervises outside contractors working on the properties.

o   Ensures all maintenance requests are handled on an immediate on-call basis.

o   Continually inspects property and improvements, recording deficiencies and taking the necessary action, within budgetary allocations.

Manages, supervises, and directs the financials of the authority.

o   Makes bank deposits.

o   Maintains an accurate payroll record.

o   Oversees and help collect all rents.

o   Maintains necessary records of all financial transactions of the property.

o   Prepares and reviews all check vouchers presented to the Board of Commissioners for approval.

o   Makes and establishes all budgets, and works within the established budget.

o   Provides the Board of Commissioners with data or reports on financial statements, tenant data, and maintenance at the regular meetings.

o   Prepare reports to be submitted to HUD.


Strong Microsoft office familiarity and skills

Bachelor's degree or 4-6 years of progressive work experience in public administration and/or business

Progressive management experience in public and affordable housing

Strong understanding of finance, human resources, community development, public administration, and business

Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Willingness to work with individuals of various diverse backgrounds

Must be bondable and pass a criminal history background check

Applications may be picked up Monday-Friday 8:00AM-5:00PM, excluding the noon hour at 123 East Chestnut Street, Sisseton, South Dakota. Completed applications must be accompanied by a resume and be submitted to the office at 123 East Chestnut Street, Sisseton, South Dakota 57262 no later than 5:00PM CDT on Friday, July 26th. If you have questions you may contact the Management Office at (605)698-3463. Sisseton Housing and Redevelopment Commission is an Equal Opportunity Employer.




Tiospa Zina Tribal School

Tiospa Zina Tribal School is advertising for a High School Administrative Assistant Position.

A High School/GED Diploma is required and an AA/BA is preferred.

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

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

Application Materials can be found at the TZTS Documents link: All applicants are required to complete both the Application and *Background check forms.

Tiospa Zina is an Indian Preference employer.

*All applicants and employees are subject to both 25 U.S.C. 3207: The Indian Child Protection and Family Violence Prevention Act and the 42 U.S.C. 13041: Crime Control Act



Dakota Magic Casino

Job Openings

C-Store Department:

Clerk (Full-Time) where needed

Cage Department:

Cashier (2 Full-Time) Graveyard

Golf Course Department:

Bartender (Full-Time Seasonal) where needed

Cook II (Full-Time Seasonal) where needed

Pro Shop Attendant (Full-Time Seasonal) where needed

Supervisor (Full-Time Seasonal) where needed

Marketing Department:

Customer Service Technician (Full-Time) Swing

Revenue Audit Department:

Revenue Audit Clerk (2 Full-Time) Day-rotating weekends

Smoke/Gift shop Services Department:

Clerk (Full-Time) where needed

Surveillance Department:

Observer (3 Full-Time) Swing, Graveyard

Technician/Observer (Full-Time) Day

Uniforms Department:

Attendant (Full-Time) where needed

Closing Date: July 19, 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

C-Store Department:

Clerk/Cashier (3) full-time, rotating shifts, day, swing, graveyard, includes weekends & holidays. Excellent customer service skills; math skills essential; ability to operate necessary equipment; physical ability to lift moderate amounts of weight; previous experience working with money preferred; strong organizational skills managing various functions; dependable & available to work any & all shifts. Must be at least 21 years old & have a High School diploma or GED.

Deli Attendant (1) full-time, rotating shifts, day, swing, graveyard, includes weekends & holidays. Ability to operate necessary equipment. Physical ability to stand for long hours, clean, lift heavy objects up to 30 lbs., and restock inventory; 6 mos. Previous cooking experience preferred, 6 mos. working with the public. Knowledge of food preparation safety requirements. Must be dependable & available to work any and all shifts. Must be at least 18 years old and have a High School Diploma or GED.

Restaurant Department:

Prep Cook/Cook (2) full-time, rotating shifts, day, and swing, includes weekends & holidays. Previous experience is preferred. Must be able to multi-task; have the ability to work under pressure; the ability to operate necessary equipment; knowledge of food preparation safety requirements and ability obtain a "Food Handlers" certification; physical ability to clean, lift heavy object up to 20 lbs. or more and restock inventory. Have the physical ability to stand for prolonged periods of time. Appropriate dress code. Must be very dependable. Must be at least 18 years old & must have a High School Diploma or GED.

Facilities/Maintenance Department:

Porter (1) full-time, graveyard, includes weekends & holidays. Good customer service skills; ability to operate necessary equipment and the physical ability to lift heavy objects up to 50 lbs. or more. Have physical mobility throughout facility & surrounding grounds; dependable & available to work all shifts. Must be at least 18 years old.

Security Department:

Officer (1) full-time, rotating shifts, day, swing, graveyard, weekends, holidays, and the ability to work flexible hours. Mobility throughout the facility 50% percent of time; will be stooping, bending, walking for long periods of time, able to lift up to 50 pounds, computer skills required for report writing. Will be exposed to noise and tobacco smoke. Appropriate dress code. Must be at least 21 years old & have High School Diploma or GED. Must be able to obtain a Key Gaming License.

Opening date:  Thursday, July 11, 2019

Closing date:    Wednesday, July 17, 2019 @ 4:00 p.m.

All positions will be exposed to noise & tobacco smoke.

Indian preference will apply/EEO Employer.

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


Dakota Sioux Casino & Hotel

Job Openings

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

HOTEL: Maintenance (1 Full-Time)

GENERAL FUNCTION: Maintain the Hotel and grounds to provide a neat, safe, and clean environment.

REQUIREMENTS: Must have a high school diploma or G.E.D. equivalent. Previous experience in one or more maintenance areas required. Possess carpenter, electrical, or plumbing abilities. Knowledge in general maintenance repair. Must have necessary tools to complete work orders. Must have valid driver's license. Must be able to work any or all shifts. Must be able to do moderate amounts of lifting and climbing. Must be able to obtain a Non-Gaming license upon hire.

This position will be opened until filled.

Indian Preference will apply / EEO.

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

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


Dakota Sioux Casino & Hotel

Job Openings

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


GENERAL FUNCTION: To provide courteous and efficient beverage service to customers of the casino.

REQUIREMENTS: High school diploma or GED equivalent. Basic math skills, a must for money handling responsibilities. Basic reading and computer skills. Basic knowledge of beer, wine and spirits. Familiarity with standard drink recipes. Excellent communication skill. Good organization skills. Must complete Techniques of Alcohol Management (TAM) Training. Able to stand/walk for long periods of time. Able to lift 50-65 lbs., continuously reach, bend, lift, carry, stoop and wipe. Hazards may include but are not limited to slipping and tripping. Must obtain Non Gaming License upon hire.

This position will close on July 19, 2019 at 4pm.

Indian Preference will apply / EEO.

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

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


Dakota Sioux Casino & Hotel

Job Openings

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


GENERAL FUNCTION: Clean rooms, halls, restrooms, elevators, and stairways according to standards.

REQUIREMENTS: 1-3 months related experience. Must have the ability to move or lift up to 25 lbs. Must obtain Non-Gaming License upon hire.

This position will close on July 18, 2019 at 4pm.

Indian Preference will apply / EEO.

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

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


Dakota Sioux Casino & Hotel

Job Openings

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


GENERAL FUNCTION: To greet customers immediately, provide excellent customer

service, and to make sure the customer has a wonderful dining experience.

REQUIREMENTS: High School Diploma or GED required. Customer Service experience. Operate cash register, wait tables and counting money. Must be licensable by DNGE Non-Gaming. Stooping, bending, standing for long periods of time, or lifting up to 50lbs. Required to rotate shifts, work holidays and weekends.

This position will close on July 18, 2019 at 4pm.

Indian Preference will apply / EEO.

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

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




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