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Vol. 48 Issue No. 21

Anpetu Iyamni, Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Inside this Edition –

Chairman's Corner: Updating the Oyate (Editorial page, 3)

Memorial Day akicita honoring schedules

Floyd Kirk Jr. elected Vice-Chairman in special election

Roundtable informs Tribal contractors about opportunities

Photo updates of Dakota Crossing grocery store construction

TZTS to hold summer film camp: 15 students will make short films On Native Ground

Fire claims lives of mother, daughter in Sisseton

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

Chairman's Corner –

Updating the Oyate

My friends and relatives:

On behalf of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Tribe, we want to congratulate and welcome Mr. Floyd Kirk Jr. as our new SWST Vice-Chairman. I look forward to working with Mr. Kirk throughout the remainder of this term. I also want to share my appreciation to all the candidates that put their name out there for the people to consider of fulfilling the vacant position; it is admirable and brave. Although special elections do not see high voter turn-out, we do appreciate all the Tribal members that took the time to cast their vote.

On behalf of the Tribe, we want to thank Mr. J. Garret Renville for his service as interim Vice-Chairman. He brought stability to central government and provided great leadership over the last forty-five days. We honored Mr. J G. Renville last Monday with a small lunch, star quilt, and Tribal commemorative coin and honor song.

On behalf of the Tribe, we want to congratulate all of our Tribal member seniors that graduated this year in all the Tribal schools, local public schools and other learning environments across the U.S. – CONGRATULATIONS! Also, congratulations and "good job" to all the parents and supporting cast that helped these young people through high school; keep encouraging them to excel and achieve the next level.

Current construction projects that are moving along are Dakota Crossing grocery store, Dakota Magic expansion, Winfield Thompson Sr. Memorial Dance Arena. These projects are continuously moving ahead and we look forward to the opening of our new grocery store; we will put our opening dates in the paper as soon as we know. The Job Fairs are going great and we want to thank all those involved with these Job Fairs. We look forward to hiring the best qualified and most enthusiastic people to make our store the best.

Tribal leadership was asked to declare a state of crisis in regard to the meth problem that seeped into our Tribal nation. Methamphetamines are a problem nationally. (I would argue it is a global problem.) However, Tribal leadership is not tasked with fixing the nation; that is the responsibility of our Congressional leadership. Tribal leadership is tasked with fixing our own backyard and that is exactly what we intend to do. Last week, on behalf of the Chairman's office, I sponsored and facilitated a meeting at the request of the elderly and Elderly Affairs Board. This meeting resulted in beginning the process of strengthening our Tribal penal code. Amendments will be made within the next six to eight weeks and will focus on harsh penalties and mandatory treatment for distribution, manufacturing, possession and ingestion of methamphetamines. Strong law is coming and I encourage anyone that uses or knows of someone using meth, to get into treatment. We have local resources that will help you get the treatment you need and, once again, "I will help you get into treatment and get you help," all you have to do is come see me. Finally, because of the crisis and urgency to strengthen Tribal law, leadership will be streamlining these amendments and implementing them as soon as they are ratified by Council. The Executive Committee invited key management to attend this inter-departmental meeting and we appreciate all those that participated. Now that we have established a plan to strengthen Tribal law against meth (to be implemented within six to eight weeks), we will begin working on a plan to strengthen treatment and treatment opportunities.

We met with the B.I.A. regional director last week and discussed the closure of our detention facility, fee to trust and called for assistance to help amend the Tribal Constitution (the process that is stated in our Tribal Constitution). The director will be writing a letter of support that will be sent up the chain in regard to helping us with funding for a new detention facility. The director will also provide technical assistance with the hundreds of appraisals we need for those Tribal members that would like to sell to, or exchange their land with the Tribe. Also, I will be proposing in the next regular Tribal Council meeting, per Tribal Constitution, upon a majority vote of the Council, to call upon the Commissioner of Indian Affairs to call for a special secretarial election for the purpose of making changes to our Tribal Constitution. Let me be very clear that this will not cost the Tribe hundreds of thousands of dollars. On the contrary, the regional office will fund this special election. I have been advocating changing our name back to the treaty name, Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Tribe (Treaty with the Sioux-Sisseton and Wahpeton bands). This is a matter of legality and although there are those that do not agree, this needs to be changed to reflect our Treaty identity as stated in the 1867 Treaty. We all know we are Dakota, but the Treaty is our prime document that establishes everything we have as a sovereign and we must protect these legal and binding bonds between the tribe and U.S. government.

This week I will be in D.C. to meet with Congressional leadership, Department of Justice, and Bureau of Indian Affairs. We have been doing everything our Congressional leadership has asked of us, however, we are not seeing any efforts on their end; this is unacceptable and I will be respectful, but I am not happy with the lack of communication and lack of fulfilling the trust obligation as spelled out in our Treaty between our Tribe and the U.S. government. We have been offering solution after solution but we are not getting anywhere with the B.I.A. or Congressional leadership. While the U.S. government launches hundreds of million dollar missiles into Syria, they cannot find five million dollars to help our Tribe build a new detention facility. The last alternative for us is to retrocede Tribal police back to B.I.A. and let the B.I.A. handle the issue of detention and funding. However, we are going to try our very best to get federal funding to build a new detention facility. I will give a full report upon my return.

In closing, when I agreed to run for office, I was fully aware the level of aggressive criticism that can come at this positon from all angles. I will not be deterred from pushing forward with my intentions to work with Council and Executives, towards better Tribal citizenship for the best interest of our Dakota people. However, for those of you that do not care for my leadership, do not blame or include my father or my family; especially my father! I am frustrated that the recently removed Vice Chairman, Donovan White, has the carelessness, insensitivity and crassness to include my father as part of his dissatisfaction of my leadership (in last week's letter to Oyate). If you want to aggressively criticize me that is fine, criticize me as hard and as ridiculously as you want, but do not pick on a 79-year-old man that has served this Tribe and his country honorably. Shame on you! My father's accomplishments are far greater and much more honorable than you will ever achieve in your life! Criticize me all you want; leave my father out of it.

Dave Flute, Chairman, Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Tribe.

SWST voters choose Vice-Chairman in special election

Floyd D. Kirk Jr. was elected in the special election last Tuesday, May 16, 2017, to fill the remainder of Donovan White's term. The Vice-Chair post had been temporarily filled by Garrett Renville following Mr. White's April 3rd suspension and subsequent removal from office.

Mr. Kirk took the oath of office and was sworn into office the following morning, May 17th, by Tribal Chief Judge BJ Jones. The ceremony was held at Dakota Magic, just before Vice-Chairman Kirk went to work with the other Executives and Council members. The day was spent in an interdepartmental meeting focused on coming up with specific proposals to curb what's being called the "meth epidemic" on the Lake Traverse Reservation. (Watch for an announcement when recommended action will be made public for Tribal members' input.)

Turnout at the seven District Center polls Tuesday was light, with a total of 875 registered voters casting ballots.

Here are official results tabulated by the Reservation Election Board and approved by Tribal Council.

(See graphic.)

Dakota Crossing grocery store: Construction progress in pictures

Here are photos taken last week, as work progresses quickly on the Tribe's new grocery store/c-store along Highway 10 on the east side of Sisseton. On Friday, May 19th, Tribal officials held an open house. Tours were provided for the public in the afternoon, allowing Tribal member stakeholders the opportunity to see firsthand what's going on.

Timetable is for the store and gas pumps to be operational in time for the 15th annual SWST Wacipi on the fourth of July weekend.

Watch for continuing updates in the Sota.

Concession stand vendors

Are you a concession stand vendor with plans to provide food and beverages at the 150th annual Fourth of July pow wow?

Then please note that Dakota Crossing will be taking orders for your needs.

Orders will be taken soon.

For more information, contact 605-698-2002.

Akicita Memorial Day observances on Lake Traverse Reservation

Continuing the tradition of honoring their fallen fellow service members, veterans from the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate United Veterans Association (UVA) – Dessert Era Veterans and Woodrow W. Keeble American Legion Post 314 honor guards – will travel to cemeteries, churches and homes across the Lake Traverse Reservation on the federal Memorial Day holiday, Monday, May 29th, 2017.

Here is the schedule, with estimated times and some may be early or late depending upon weather conditions and other factors:

1. LaBelle's Cemetery                             8:00 a.m.

2. St. Luke's Cemetery                           8:25 a.m.

3. St. Matthew's Cemetery                     8:40 a.m.

4. St. Matthew's Church                        8:55 a.m.

5. Mayasan Church                               9:15 a.m.

6. SWO Traditional Cemetery                9:30 a.m.

7. Long Hollow Church                         10:00 a.m.

8. Rollin Ryan House                            10:20 a.m.

9. Buffalo Lake Church                          10:50 a.m.

10. Gill's Cemetery                                11:15 a.m.

11. Sisseton Circle                                 12:00 noon

12. Lake Traverse Church                       12:30 p.m.

13. St. John's Church                            12:50 p.m.

14. Morgan Redday Home                     1:20 p.m.

15. Goodwill Church                             1:45 p.m.

16. St. Mary's Church                            2:00 p.m.

17. Bernard Family (Maynard Bernard) Cemetery.*

18. Renville Cemetery                            2:15 p.m.

19. Emmett Roberts Cemetery                2:45 p.m.

20. St. James Church                             3:10 p.m.

21. Big Coulee Church                          4:00 p.m.

*Recent addition.

Dakota Kit Fox Society

The Dakota Kit Fox Society in an honorable and humble tradition, will honor our fellow veterans and Dakota Warriors on the traditional Memorial Day (Tuesday) May 30th, 2017. The following are estimated times and some may be early or late depending on climatic conditions and other factors. Also, due to a family request, a tribute will be conducted at the "Janisch Veterans Memorial" near the Buffalo Lake District Center.

1.    LaBelle's Cemetery                         8:00 a.m.

2.    St. Luke's Cemetery            8:15 a.m.

3.    St. Matthew's Cemetery                  8:30 a.m.

4.    St. Matthew's Church                     8:45 a.m.

5.    Mayasan Church                            9:15 a.m.

6.    Sieche Hollow Cemetery                 9:45 a.m.

7.    St. Benedicts Cemetery                   10:10 a.m.

8.    Long Hollow Church                      10:30 a.m.

9.    Rollin Ryan Residence                    11:00 a.m.

10.  Max/Gill Family Cemetery              11:20 a.m.

11.  Francis Janisch Vets Memorial         11:30 a.m.

12.  Buffalo Lake Church                       11:45 a.m.

13.  Oyate Traditional Cemetery            12:15 p.m.

14.  Sisseton Veterans Circle                  1:00 p.m.

15.  Hoksina Wayakapi Cemetery          1:30 p.m.

16.  Morgan Redday Residence              2:00 p.m.

17.  Goodwill Church                           2:30 p.m.

18.  St. Mary's Church                          2:45 p.m.

19.  Renville Cemetery                          3:00 p.m.

20.  Bernard Family Cemetery               3:30 p.m.

21.  Pickerel Lake (South) Cemetery       3:50 p.m.

22.  St. James Church                            4:15 p.m.

23.  Emmett Roberts Residence              4:40 p.m.

24.  Moses Gill Cemetery                      5:00 p.m.

25.  Big Coulee Church Cemetery          5:30 p.m.

26.  Lake Traverse Church                     6:00 p.m.

27.  St. John's Church                           6:20 p.m.

Roundtable informs Tribal contractors of project opportunities

Photos by John Heminger

Submitted by Angie Marshall

Sisseton-Wahpeton Housing Authority

The Sisseton-Wahpeton Housing Authority held a contractors roundtable at Dakota Connection in Sisseton on Thursday, May 4th, from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon. Fifteen local Tribal and non-tribal contractors attended.

DelRay German gave an opening prayer.

James "JC" Crawford, SWHA Executive Director, gave the welcome and explained the SWHA has a number of current and upcoming projects and wanted to make the contractors aware of them and what will all be required of them as contractors.

With current funding requirements, contractors will need to provide current:

1) SWO Business License.

2) TERO Certificate.

3) SD Contractor's Excise Tax License.

4) Electrician's License.

5) Plumber's License.

6) HVAC Certification/License.

7) Proof of Insurance.

The SWHA also wants to make the contractors aware of the SWO compliance requirements with the Tax Office, TERO, SORNA Office, and SWO GIS/Zoning Office and what is available for the contractors through Sisseton Wahpeton College and SWO Planning Office.

Robert Starr, SWHA Contract Specialist, informed attendees of current and upcoming SWHA projects.

Current projects are:

*20 Rental Units going up at Enemy Swim.

*23 Rental Rehab units.

*20 homeownership rehab units.

2017 projects are:

*20 Homeownership rehab units.

*Barker Hill is being planned for an additional 82 units to include 12 homeownership units. Plans for the water and sewer infrastructure and roads are being finalized. Construction of the 82 units is not expected to begin until 2018.

The SWHA is putting in an application with Federal Home Loan Bank for 2018 funding to include 10 homeownership rehab units, 20 rental rehab units, and 10 new construction rental units of the 82 units going up at Barker Hill.

Jason Hannasch, from SWC, explained the Voc Ed Certification Programs being offered by the college.

DelRay German, TERO; Brenda Bellonger, SWO Tax Office; and Joan White from the SORNA Office, explained the requirements contractors must meet.

Ella Robertson from the SWO Planning explained available able assistance with grant opportunities and financial management programs for small businesses.

The event was well received by the attending contractors as well as a lot of positive feedback from both the contractors and presenters. Door prizes and a noon meal were provided by the SWHA for all who attended.

GROW SD receives grant for Sisseton Master Plan

The South Dakota Community Foundation recently awarded GROW South Dakota a grant to be used in leading a master planning process for Sisseton, SD. The grant will enable Grow SD to coach and facilitate meetings resulting in a community-inspired vision for Sisseton.

Lori Moen, GROW SD Chief Operating Officer, stated that "the master plan will be a guide as they develop a community wide vision. This tool will combine the visions and existing goals into one platform." The process will involve large and small group meetings that will identify the challenges and solutions for the priorities of Sisseton. These objectives will be incorporated into the plan. A Core Group will guide the process and keep the focus groups on task. The final product will be a written Master Plan that will provide a direction and communication strategy for the community at large. This tool will provide current and future leaders a community-based guide for policies, activities, and planning.

Moen anticipates another outcome besides the completion of a Master Plan, "I anticipate throughout this process a communication strategy will evolve where access to reliable information about the community regarding event planning, economic development, housing, downtown revitalization efforts, arts and culture, recreation, civic updates or education will be streamlined."

Planning for the initial community meeting is under way, and announcements are forthcoming. Watch local news; GROW SD's website (www.growsd.org) and Facebook page For more information about GROW South Dakota's housing and business development programs and services, please visit our website at www.growsd.org or call (605) 698-7654.

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SD Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Zimmerman May 2017 Column

A visit to the Cemetery

By Larry Zimmerman, Secretary

SD Department of Veterans Affairs

As Memorial Day approaches, it is a great time to pause and consider the true meaning of this holiday. Memorial Day represents one day of national awareness and reverence, honoring those Americans who died while defending our Nation and its values. While we should honor these heroes every day for the profound contributions they made to secure our Nation's freedom, we should especially commemorate them and their families on Memorial Day.

Let us never forget how fortunate we are to live in freedom and let us always commemorate our history and honor the sacrifices these heroes gave to protect that freedom.

Military life and ceremonies are inspired in tradition and symbolism and funerals for our fallen are no exception. Let me share with you some of the symbolism of military funeral honors.

The bestowing of military funeral honors is a way to show the nation's deep gratitude to those who have faithfully defended their country. This ceremony is the final demonstration a grateful nation provides to a veteran's family.

One of the best-known military traditions is the 21-gun salute or three volleys from rifles. This tradition comes from traditional battle ceasefires where each side would clear the dead. The firing of three volleys indicated that dead were cleared and properly cared for.

Originally composed to signal lights out, the somber tune of 'Taps' became a traditional way to pay tribute to service members honoring the extinguishing of a life.

At the end of a funeral the flag is removed from the casket and folded by the honor guard. With each fold representing something different - the first - liberty, second - unity, third - justice, fourth - perseverance, fifth - hardiness, sixth - valor, seventh - purity, eighth - innocence, ninth - sacrifice, tenth - honor, eleventh - independence and the twelfth fold - truth. In the folding, the red and white stripes are finally wrapped into the blue, as the light of day vanishes into the darkness of the night. Sometimes a few of the shells from the volleys may be inserted into the back fold before it is presented to the family as an expression of gratitude for the sacrifice they have made. It has also been said that the three sides of a folded flag are symbolic of the three colors in the flag, the three sided hat of the colonial soldiers and the colonists, the three branches of the national government, the three primary documents of our land (Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights), and of course, the three famous words form the soldier's motto - duty, honor, and country.

While visiting a cemetery it's not unusual to see coins on a veteran's grave. The coins are symbolic that a friend was there. It's said that a penny means they visited and wanted to say thanks. A nickel means they trained at boot camp together, while a dime means they served together and a quarter signifies they were with the veteran when he/she passed away.

Whenever attending a funeral where military services are conducted, please go out of your way to thank the leaders from the service organizations that conducted the military funeral honors. They are all volunteers honoring one of their heroes.

As Memorial Day draws near, let us ponder the life they made possible for us by their commitment and sacrifice. They paid the ultimate price for freedom, and it is our duty to keep their legacy fresh in the memories of future generations.

Delegation, USDA Secretary meet with tribal leaders, ag stakeholders, veterans

 Rapid City, SD – May 19, 2017 – U.S. Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) today joined U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue for a series of agriculture-related events in the Rapid City area, including a listening session with tribal leaders, a tour of pine beetle-infested timber, a roundtable discussion with agriculture stakeholders from around the state, a tour of Ellsworth Air Force Base, and a Veterans to Agriculture Initiative listening session.

"I want to thank Secretary Perdue for making South Dakota one of his first visits as head of USDA," said Thune. "The farmers and ranchers who help make agriculture our state's top industry are keenly aware of the sluggish agricultural economy, and I know they appreciated the opportunity to share their stories and ideas directly with the secretary. As we continue to work on the next farm bill, this kind of feedback will be critically important to ensure we get a bill that strengthens the agriculture economy and helps farmers stay on their land.

"I'm also glad Secretary Perdue was able to see firsthand the destruction that's been caused by the pine beetle epidemic in the Black Hills. Pine beetles are taking a toll on our forests and timber industry, and I look forward to working with the secretary to secure the resources we need to continue fighting this infestation."

"I thank my friend, Secretary Perdue, for taking the time to visit with local tribal leaders, veterans and ag producers to hear firsthand the unique challenges facing South Dakotans," said Rounds. "I appreciated the opportunity to visit Ellsworth Air Force Base with him to discuss the Dept. of Agriculture's 'Veterans to Agriculture' initiative, which would provide service men and women with educational opportunities to pursue an ag career in South Dakota following their service. I look forward to continue working with Secretary Perdue on ways we can turn around South Dakota's sluggish ag economy as Congress continues to develop the upcoming farm bill legislation."

"It's been an honor to call Secretary Perdue a friend through the years, but it was a special privilege to show him our tradition of agriculture and the people behind it in his role as our newest Agriculture Secretary," said Noem. "I've often said that ag policy is as much about farmers as it is about food. But it's also about our national security, because if other countries control our food supply, they can control us. Those concepts were reinforced today. Moreover, South Dakota is special in that we do a little of everything, from farming and ranching to forestry and research, which made it an essential stop for Secretary Perdue's first few weeks on the job and a necessary visit as we begin to work on the upcoming Farm Bill."

USDA accepting applications for Distance Learning and Telemedicine funding

Huron, SD May 19, 2017 – USDA Rural Development Acting Undersecretary Roger Glendenning has announced that the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) is accepting applications for the Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Grant Program funding for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017. The Notice of Solicitation of Applications (NOSA) outlines that applications are due July 17, 2017.

DLT grants are designed to provide access to education, training, and health care resources for rural Americans. The DLT Program supports telemedicine and distance learning services in rural areas through the use of telecommunications, computer networks, and advanced technologies that benefit rural communities.

Applicants are encouraged to review the FY 2017 application guide and sample material that is available online at: https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/distance-learning-telemedicine-grants. More information on how to apply for this funding is available on pages 22477-22482 of the May 16, 2017 Federal Register.

A minimum grant amount of $50,000 and a maximum grant amount of $500,000 will be awarded through a competitive process for FY 2017, based on requirements that can be found at 7 CFR part 1703. Of the funds made available this year, $1.6 million will be prioritized to provide for communication upgrades between ambulances, emergency transportation vehicles and medical facilities.

A couple of the prior South Dakota recipients include:

· Avera Health of Sioux Falls received a $494,518 grant to integrate 18 rural, under-staffed hospitals with Avera's ePharmacy network. A live pharmacist will provide prescription review & pharmacy support 24 hours a day. An automated dispensing machine will be deployed at each hospital to reduce medication errors & to improve patient safety.

· Mount Marty College, Inc. in Yankton received a grant of $116,445 to purchase video conferencing equipment to provide Master in Education curriculum to tribal colleges. This project will help train current and future teachers as well as provide professional development through distance learning instruction and assistance. The need for this project is underscored by the geographic location of the tribal schools as well as the need for qualified teachers in the region and the state. Furthermore, these areas lack adequate resources to train future teachers or to provide professional development and training to current teachers. The end-user sites are at tribal colleges located on three different reservations in South Dakota.

For more information in South Dakota contact General Field Representative Pat Hemen at (605) 968-1582.

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Energy Transfer Partners in the headlines

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has curtailed work on a natural-gas pipeline in Ohio after the owner, Energy Transfer Partners, reported 18 leaks and spilled more than 2 million gallons of drilling materials.

The pipeline regulator blocked Energy Transfer Partners, which also built the controversial Dakota Access pipeline, from starting horizontal drilling in eight areas where drilling has not yet begun. In other areas, where the company has already begun horizontal drilling, the FERC said drilling could continue.

The FERC also ordered the company to double the number of environmental inspectors and to preserve documents the commission wants to examine as it investigates the spills.

The biggest spill, in a pristine wetland along the Tuscarawas River about 50 miles south of Akron, covered 6.5 acres, the commission said, "coating wetland soils and vegetation with bentonite clay and bore-hole cuttings." A video provided by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency showed drilling mud a foot or two deep.

More from the May 16, 2017 Washington Post:

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has curtailed work on a natural-gas pipeline in Ohio after the owner,

Energy Transfer Partners has asserted that the spills of nontoxic drilling mud, used to cool and lubricate drilling equipment, were inadvertent and had been predicted in its permit application to build the Rover gas pipeline. The horizontal drilling is done to place pipelines well below ground to minimize the chances of contamination of rivers or wetlands.

However, the FERC said that its staff has "serious concerns" regarding the magnitude of the largest spill, "its environmental impacts, the lack of clarity regarding the underlying reasons for its occurrence, and the possibility of future problems."

It said that the largest spill was "several orders of magnitude greater than other documented inadvertent returns for this project."

The commission, which regulates all natural gas pipelines, said that "a stoppage of additional drilling is warranted to facilitate a review of Rover's efforts to search for and locate any potential releases."

The Ohio EPA has fined Energy Transfer Partners about $400,000 and asked the FERC for support. Craig Butler, the Ohio EPA director, said the company's response had been "dismissive," "exceptionally disappointing" and unlike any other response he has seen from a company in his 27 years at the agency.

The Rover pipeline is $4.2 billion project that would link the shale-gas-rich regions of Appalachia to Michigan and Ontario.

It is just one of many pipelines whose fate lies in the hands of the FERC, a technocratic and relatively obscure agency. The five-member commission has lacked a quorum since early February, putting new permits on hold. That has placed an obstacle in the path of the White House.

The Trump administration late Monday nominated two new members for the commission, potentially clearing the way for controversial, multibillion-dollar pipeline and natural-gas export projects like Rover, which was one of the last permits issued in February.

The White House picked Neil Chatterjee, energy policy adviser to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), and Robert F. Powelson, a member of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission since 2008.

President Trump has voiced support for new oil pipeline projects such as the Keystone XL and Dakota Access lines, and Gary Cohn, head of the White House National Economic Council, recently threw the administration's support behind a liquefied natural gas export terminal in Oregon's Jordan Cove that had been rejected by the FERC a few months ago.

The nominees, who must be confirmed by the Senate, would probably tilt the balance of the commission toward approving gas projects.

The Jordan Cove project was the only major LNG project the FERC has rejected. And the commission does not have jurisdiction over oil pipelines.

Nonetheless, leading Republicans and oil and gas industry groups have applauded the nominations.

Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Environment Committee, said in a statement that he was "thrilled" and that the nominations would "ensure Republican leadership" of the commission and "bring a great, pro-energy perspective."

Christopher Guith, a senior vice president at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, called the nominations "phenomenal picks" and said, "From strained competitive markets to crucial energy infrastructure, FERC faces many challenges, and these nominees will help move America toward a more secure energy future."

Height Securities said in a note to investors Tuesday that it would take about six weeks or more for the two nominees to be confirmed. "In the meantime, we believe FERC will continue avoiding controversial issues, even after quorum returns," the firm said.

That could change once there is a new chairman. Height Securities said that the White House is expected to name Kevin McIntyre, co-head of the energy practice of the Cleveland-based law firm Jones Day, to serve as FERC chairman, further cementing the position of industry supporters.

Height said that the list of pipelines delayed by the lack of a FERC quorum includes the Nexus crossing Ohio, PennEast serving Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and Mountain Valley, serving West Virginia and Virginia. The stalled merger of Westar and Great Plains, two utilities, would need the FERC's go-ahead once they finish ironing out final terms.

"For too long, FERC has merely served as a pit stop for the fossil fuel industry on its way to constructing dirty energy infrastructure," Sierra Club global climate policy director John Coequyt said in a statement. "This cannot continue."

A native of Lexington, Ky., Chatterjee has played a role in the passage of major energy, highway and farm legislation. Before working for McConnell, he worked in government relations for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and as an aide to then-House Republican Conference Chairwoman Deborah Pryce of Ohio.

Powelson was first nominated to the Pennsylvania PUC by Gov. Edward G. Rendell (D) and appointed chairman by Gov. Tom Corbett (R) in 2011. Powelson serves as the president of National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners.

Pushes EPA to approve ND underground CO2 storage application

Approval provides certainty for collaborative CCS project between EERC, Red Trail Energy

Washington, DC – May 9, 2017 – U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp today announced that she has successfully pushed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to approve North Dakota's application for regulatory authority over Class VI wells that are used for long-term underground storage of CO2.

At Heitkamp's meeting with EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt last week, he confirmed that his agency was likely to approve the North Dakota Industrial Commission's application, which Heitkamp repeatedly pressed EPA to act on. Approving the application for the state to regulate such wells will help North Dakota develop innovative carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies, drive down costs, and reduce carbon emissions.

"North Dakota can lead the country in developing technology to help reduce carbon emissions while also building a viable path forward for traditional sources of energy—and that's long been my goal," said Heitkamp. "At our meeting last week, Administrator Pruitt signaled that EPA was likely to listen to my calls to quickly approve North Dakota's application for regulatory primacy over these underground storage wells. This approval provides much-needed certainty for folks in North Dakota who are working to make carbon capture and storage commercially viable—driving down costs for utilities, and helping reduce emissions to address climate change."

Approval of the application is critical to advancing a collaborative project between Red Trail Energy and the Energy & Environmental Research Center at the University of North Dakota, but the state's pending application for regulatory authority over the project was causing uncertainty.

Heitkamp urged former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to approve North Dakota's application for regulatory primacy in January, and followed up with Administrator Pruitt in February after he was confirmed to his role.

Heitkamp has also received a commitment from Pruitt to visit North Dakota at their meeting last week. Heitkamp has long fought to make sure EPA focuses on smarter, more effective regulation—and by accepting Heitkamp's invitation to visit North Dakota, he can hear North Dakota ranchers, farmers, rural electric cooperatives, utilities, and tribal leaders concerns for himself.

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Legal reminders concerning DAPL pumping crude

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May 17, 2017 – The Dakota Access Pipeline is now pumping crude oil from the Bakken in North Dakota, to Illinois. They've already had a spill in South Dakota, and were not fined for it. They have no emergency spill plans or equipment in place.

Also, from a strictly legal standpoint, do not forget that:

1.) The Army Corps of Engineers approved the Dakota Access Pipeline without a full environmental review.

2.) Standing Rock and Cheyenne River both said NO to the Dakota Access Pipeline and hundreds of other tribes agreed with them through resolutions.

3.) Standing Rock was not consulted on the project despite burial grounds being in the path of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Furthermore, Dakota Access found proof of these sacred sites via burial markers and destroyed said evidence.

4.) Dakota Access started work on the project without permits, assuming they were a given.

5.) Police pointed loaded weapons at grandmothers and viciously wounded dozens of other civilians to ensure Dakota Access Pipeline completion.

6.) A federal judge has ruled that the government will assist ETP in hiding future knowledge of Dakota Access oil spills from the public.

7.) The construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline is a clear and substantial violation of treaty law, which under the U.S. Constitution, is the supreme law of the land.

Brief editorial comments from the editor's desk –

On and Off the Lake Traverse Reservation

Please read Chairman Flute's column in this edition, updating the Oyate.

The Chairman's column is being published this week on our Editorials page, page 3.

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As Chairman Flute said Tuesday night after the ballots had been counted, we also want to thank everyone who put their "hat in the ring."

Thank you for offering to serve your Tribe and Oyate in this special election.

We would also like to thank the Reservation Election Board, District boards, for their work in this process.

Also, thank you to the Tribes IT Department for setting up the monitors – allowing clear images of live updates in the ballot count.

Finally, thank you to the incredible, dedicated, KXSW announcer who goes to great lengths to provide live coverage of so many events, including the elections.

As he reminisced last Tuesday evening, it is not like in the old days with paper ballots being counted, and information updated as scratches on pieces of paper!

And bright and early the next morning Tom was there at Dakota Magic to live stream the swearing in ceremony conducted for Vice-Chairman Floyd Kirk Jr.

Pidamiya Tom.

You are a terrific human being, although the way you were wearing those big headphones last Tuesday, you did look like an alien from outer space!

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Tiospa Zina will hold a film school this summer.

Fifteen TZ students will make short films with On Native Ground during the camp.

It's scheduled to run from June 23-30.

For more information, check out the link on our Sota website, or use the following url:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGQQ3W6O-Zo&feature=youtu.be

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Tiospa Zina Tribal School held its high school graduation last Saturday afternoon, May 20th.

Watch for highlights in the next edition of your Sota.

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Also, look for an article and photos next week featuring the Sisseton Wahpeton College graduation, held on Saturday, May 10th.

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Enemy Swim Day School will hold its 8th grade graduation on Friday, May 26.

The ceremony will be held at 8:00 p.m. at the ESDS gym.

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

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

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

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Elder's Meditation:

"…the sacred ceremonies given to us by the Creator are the Heart of our existence. These ceremonies are our first duty." –Traditional Circle of Elders. NORTHERN CHEYENNE

Hidden in the ceremonies are many truths, many principles, many guidelines for living ? our access to the Unseen World, healing and visions. Because the Indian People didn't have schools or books, the Great Spirit gave us Ceremonies. The ceremonies are handed down from generation to generation to learn their meaning. Today, many Indian People live in cities or urban areas where it's hard to learn the ceremonies. We need to go to the Elders and learn the ceremonies so we can pass them on to our children.

Great Spirit, teach me the Secrets of the Ceremonies.

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Words to consider (or, perhaps not!):

Never explain--your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyway. Elbert Hubbard (1856 - 1915)

All human situations have their inconveniences. We feel those of the present but neither see nor feel those of the future; and hence we often make troublesome changes without amendment, and frequently for the worse. Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)

You see, wire telegraph is a kind of a very, very long cat. You pull his tail in New York and his head is meowing in Los Angeles. Do you understand this? And radio operates exactly the same way: you send signals here, they receive them there. The only difference is that there is no cat. Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955), when asked to describe radio

You can only be young once. But you can always be immature. Dave Barry (1947 - )

It has been said that man is a rational animal. All my life I have been searching for evidence which could support this. Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

Money can't buy happiness, but neither can poverty. Leo Rosten (1908 - )

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The Sota is always looking for news of the Oyate.

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

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Obituaries –

Services held for Betty Hagen

Betty Jean Hagen, 95, formerly of Sisseton, SD, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, May 15, 2017. She died peacefully surrounded by her family.

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, May 22, 2017, at Good Samaritan Village Chapel, on Marion Rd in Sioux Falls, SD.

Betty was born May 19, 1921, in Peever, SD, to Oscar and Helen (Richards) Hegna. She attended and graduated from Peever High School. In 1941 Betty married the love of her life, Edwin Hagen Jr. The couple were members of Grace Lutheran Church in Sisseton. They made their home in Sisseton and raised two daughters, Caralee and Cathy.

Betty attended Northern State University and graduated from the University of Minnesota. Her teaching career began in a country school. She touched many lives over her 33 year teaching career in Sisseton. Her husband Edwin, died in 2007 just prior to celebrating their 66th wedding anniversary. After moving to Sioux Falls, she made many new friends but also kept in contact with her dear friends and students in Sisseton.

Betty enjoyed reading, gardening, traveling, and playing bridge. She continued to play bridge into her nineties.

Her greatest joy was spending time with her family and friends, especially her grandchildren. Betty loved all animals, particularly her cats Meecie and Patches. Betty was loved by all who knew her. She often hosted friends and family and would always have homemade bread, brownies and chocolate chip cookies. The coffee pot was always on and the door was always open.

Grateful for having shared her life are her daughters Caralee (Gary) Heitmann of Groton, SD, and Cathy Tunge and husband Steve Kiefer of Sioux Falls, SD; grandchildren, Grady (Bobbi) Heitmann, Greg (Angela) Heitmann, Garrett (Sindi) Heitmann, Jackie (Bill) Ferguson, Christie Betsworth, and Caryn (Chris) Hanmer; 14 great grandchildren, Kristen, Kaitlin, Derek, Shayna, Estevan, Catalina, Alejandra, Antonio, Katie, Whitney, Matt, Max, Carys and Chloe; 2 sisters-in-law; and 2 brothers-in-law; special niece Eloise Hortness and many nieces, nephews and special friends.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and sister Joyce Hansen. Illness may have taken her life, but never her spirit. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and true friend. She was one in a million and will be dearly missed.

Services held for baby Andrew Grey

Andrew Joseph Grey IV was born and journeyed to the Spirit World on May 17, 2017.

Andrew is survived by his parents Liza Iyarpeya and Andrew J. Grey III; his maternal grandparents Barb and Randy Iyarpeya; great-grandparents Brenda Grey and Andrew Grey Sr.; aunties Jen Shepherd, Rose Iyarpeya, Bobbi Iyarpeya, Leta Grey, Andrea Grey; uncles Justin Grey, Wyatt Grey and Hunter Grey.

Preceded in death by a brother Chaske Sage Iyarpeya-Geshick; grandfather Andrew Grey Jr.; grandmother Sandra Keeble; maternal great-grandparents Wilfred and Roberta Fayant, Jesse and Violet Iyarpeya.

Baby Andrew was loved by many!

Funeral services for Andrew Grey were held Saturday, May 20 at 11:00 AM at St. James Guild in Enemy Swim. Val Augustson and Fr. Les Campbell officiated. Interment was at St. James Cemetery in Enemy Swim, SD.

An all-night wake was held Friday, May 19, 2017 beginning at 7 PM at the Enemy Swim Community Center.

Honorary casket bearers were All Andrew's family and friends.

Casket bearers were Michael Iyarpeya, Brian Paul, Lana LaBelle and Corey Shepherd Sr.

Chilson Funeral Home, Winsted, MN assisted the family with arrangements.

Fire claims lives of mother, daughter

A fire broke out in an apartment on Walnut Street in Sisseton last Saturday evening, May 20th, claiming two lives.

Details are not available as of the press deadline, but family members have said that it was Ashley DuMarce and her daughter Aja who lose their lives.

Please watch for funeral arrangements online and on KXSW-FM, and more information 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 must 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.

Vendors sought for 2017 Maga Farmers Market

Plans have begun for the seventh year of the Maga Farmers Market in Sisseton.

The market season will start June 9 and markets will continue each Friday through late September. This year the market will again be located along East Highway 10, in the lot east of the Rosalie's Restaurant. Maga Farmers Market will be open 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Fridays during the season.

Some regional vendors that will be participating grow their produce in "high tunnels" which allow them to sell fresh products earlier than those with traditional outdoor gardens. So even with the market beginning in the early summer, there will still be great fresh produce and other homemade food items available for sale.

"Maga" is the Dakota word for "garden" and we hope to have lots of fresh produce, flowers, specialty crops, eggs, value-added products and much more from local/area gardeners. If you are interested in selling produce and/or homemade goods at the markets, call the Roberts County Extension Office at 698-7627 for information on how to get registered.

Poetry of Trinity Thompson

"No Matter What…"

happens in this life,

understand that we as human beings

are far from perfect…

I never asked for this life

nor was I given a choice,

so…from nothingness to

who I am please hear my voice,

with all my flaws and imperfections

I walk this earth with interest,

my aim is to find a healing for my

people so together we can invest…

in a brighter future and preserve

our greatness as a nation,

like love…this knowledge is contagious

hope and happiness if only you listen,

obviously beyond the superficial…

always strive and do your best in life

no matter what.

 

By Trinity L. Thompson

E-ternal Entertainment

May 10, 2017

"Sophistication"

is breathing, sleeping, and dreaming,

it's a soft breeze from dragonfly wings…

yet allowing someone to feel loved

and appreciated by understanding

the very importance of life…

it's pain and loneliness waiting

to break free with hopes of sharing

a new happiness with the world,

sophistication has taught me to

idolize the power of your smile…

which makes me feel like my whole

world is peacefully wrapped up

in one never ending mile,

my composure and calmness

the epitome of … sophistication.

By Trinity L. Thompson

E-ternal Entertainment

May 3, 2017

Four plead guilty in tribal embezzlement case

Aberdeen, SD – US News & World Report –  May 19, 2017 (AP) –  Four of six people charged in a tribal embezzlement case in South Dakota have pleaded guilty in federal court in Aberdeen.

Carrie Godfrey, Gerald Heminger Jr. and Colette White pleaded guilty this week to conspiracy to commit theft from a tribal organization, the Aberdeen News (http://bit.ly/2rm87fY ) reported.

Court documents show the case involves the unlawful spending of more than $81,000 from Big Coulee District, a political subdivision of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate tribe.

Godfrey's plea agreement said she'll pay over $31,000 in restitution to Big Coulee. Heminger and White will pay Big Coulee more than $5,000 each.

Gerald German Jr. pleaded guilty to theft from a tribal organization. He agreed to pay nearly $17,000 to Big Coulee and $63,000 to the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate. The second payment is in connection to a separate case.

The defendants were on the executive board of the Big Coulee District. While board members receive a stipend, court documents show the group issued checks for personal use from 2011-13.

They are scheduled to be sentenced in August.

The two other defendants in the case are Ann German, who was the district coordinator, and Calvin Max Sr., who was on the executive board. German is scheduled for a hearing May 30. According to her plea agreement, she will plead guilty to conspiracy to commit theft from a tribal organization. No plea agreement has been reached in Max's case.

Big Coulee District administers assistance programs for home and emergency repairs.

Suspects arrested and detained after drug bust

Valley Express –  May 15, 2017 – The Grant County Sheriff's Office intercepted a vehicle transporting four pounds of high grade marijuana on Saturday, May 13, on Highway 12 near Big Stone City, SD.

The driver and two passengers were arrested for possession of four pounds of marijuana with the intent to distribute. Street value of the marijuana is over $20,000, according to Grant County Sheriff Kevin Owen.

All three are being held at the Grant County Detention Center on bond.

The individuals arrested were traveling from Minnesota to the Day County area.

The Big Stone Police Department assisted on scene.

Supporting local law enforcement

By Rep. Kristi Noem

May 12, 2017

Like many South Dakotans, I'm used to walking around town and seeing our local police officers working hard and keeping us safe. With National Police Week starting on Sunday, I'd like to take this time to say thank you to all of the men and women who serve in our state and across the country. I also want to help provide them with the necessary tools needed to combat the dangerous issues they face on a daily basis.

I recently visited the Minnehaha County Sheriff's Office, where I toured the jail and participated in a ride-along with deputies in order to see the challenges they face firsthand. Sheriff Mike Milstead and I spoke at length about the issues his deputies' face and the ways I can be of assistance.

The rate of violent crime in South Dakota has nearly doubled over the last 10 years. According to Sheriff Milstead, Minnehaha County alone has seen a 17% increase in violent crime this year as opposed to the same time last year. Every week, newspapers across the state report on drug busts, violent crimes, and an influx of gangs. These aren't just stories. According to local law enforcement, a high percentage of violent crime cases involve drugs. In order to better assist our law enforcement at home, I've asked the Department of Justice to step up its efforts to combat drug trafficking in our state.

In South Dakota people are getting addicted to drugs being channeled into our country illegally, such as meth and heroin. Sheriff Milstead informed me that he believes more than 90% of the meth and heroin comes from south of the border. It is critical for the federal government to support the efforts of our local law enforcement by halting the flow of drugs across our border.

I am proud to cosponsor several pieces of legislation to help address this acute need. The SMART Act authorizes the deployment of up to 10,000 more National Guard personnel and a number of new technologies to secure the border.

Another bill I support helps us catch up with drug traffickers' tactics. Many times, drug traffickers utilize "spotters" while they cross the U.S.-Mexico border. These people help them avoid law enforcement. Under current law, spotting is not actually a criminal offense. The bill, called the "Transnational Criminal Organization Illicit Spotter Prevention and Elimination Act," would change that.

These bills will help us protect our border and in doing so, will provide assistance to our local law enforcement as they fight against drugs and violent crime in South Dakota. We must realize that attacking the problem at the source is the best way to solve it.

Our local law enforcement are an integral part of the fabric of our community. They are our neighbors, our friends, and even our family. We owe them our unwavering support. This week, as we celebrate their service to our communities, state and nation, I hope you'll thank one of your local men or women in uniform for what they do every day.

Honors Veterans at AMVETS conference, talks fixes to VA Choice program

Bismarck, ND – May 20, 2017 – U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp today thanked veterans for their service and sacrifice while speaking at the AMVETS Convention's opening session. Heitkamp also updated veterans on her ongoing work to guarantee veterans the benefits and health care they earned.

Last month, the president signed into law a bipartisan bill Heitkamp helped introduce and pass to extend and reform the VA Choice Program so veterans can get care closer to home. Heitkamp's bill continues the program—which was set to expire in August—and also addresses concerns about the program through provisions to improve care coordination and make VA the primary payer. The legislation reduces out-of-pocket costs and confusion for veterans, and improves medical record sharing.

"After all that our brave veterans have done to keep us safe, the least we can do is provide them with the very best benefits and health care," said Heitkamp. "To live up to that obligation, I helped introduce and pass a bill extending and reforming the Choice Program so North Dakota veterans can get care in their home communities. That bipartisan bill, which the president signed into law last month, should reduce costs and confusion—and I'll work for further reforms to make sure this program works. But it's also vital that we fully fund the VA, as I'm pushing for in Congress, so veterans can continue getting care at VA hospitals and clinics."

Heitkamp also encouraged veterans to take advantage of the Vet Center she successfully pushed the VA to bring to Grand Forks. In April, Heitkamp announced that VA expanded operations at the Vet Center she pushed for, and moved it to a new, permanent facility.

The Grand Forks Vet Center offers counseling and other services to veterans, servicemembers, and their families at 3001 32nd Avenue South, Suite 61 in Grand Forks. It is currently open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The phone number is 701-306-4669. Vet Center services are also available in Bismarck, Minot, and Fargo.

Heitkamp has long worked to reform the Choice Program, which aims to allow veterans who have difficulty obtaining a timely appointment with the VA, or live more than 40 miles from a VA health care facility, to seek care from local providers. In August, Heitkamp held a roundtable to discuss fixes to the program and heard from North Dakota veterans and health providers about serious challenges in the program.

To improve the program, Heitkamp successfully pushed for the Fargo VA to directly take over scheduling for area veterans last year. That has helped in some cases, but Heitkamp continues to push to reform the program so veterans can access care near home more smoothly.

The Choice Program was created in 2014 when Congress passed a bipartisan bill to reform the VA and improve access to care, and since then Heitkamp has pushed to make sure it's implemented properly. In March 2016, Heitkamp helped introduce a bill to reform the Choice Program by giving the VA flexibility to improve care for North Dakota veterans by streamlining and consolidating community care programs, while eliminating bureaucratic obstacles preventing veterans from accessing care.

American Public Health Association on the internet –

Public Health Newswire

May 18, 2017

The Washington Post – OSHA suspends rule requiring firms to report injury and illness data electronically The Labor Department on Wednesday suspended an Obama-era rule requiring that companies electronically report their injury and illness records, a move that effectively keeps these records from being publicly disclosed for the immediate future. Several business groups, including the Associated Builders & Contractors, Associated General Contractors of America and the National Association of Home Builders, had challenged the 2016 Occupational Safety and Health Administration rule in court and lobbied the administration to jettison it on the grounds that it could unfairly damage the reputation of some of their members.

Roll Call – Senators push back on Trump drug abuse actions As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump pledged to tackle prescription drug abuse and the flow of illegal drugs into the country. But his White House efforts are off to a rocky start so far. … while Republican members continue to hold out hope Trump will keep his pledge to combat the opioid epidemic, a number of GOP senators are becoming more vocal in their criticism of his early actions on the issue. "I am alarmed at the defunding [of ONDCP] because that, to me, signals less emphasis on what I think is a deep problem," West Virginia Sen. Shelley Moore Capito said. "I think we need an overarching policy and I would like to see it remain in the White House where it would get the ultimate attention."

The Associated Press – Women in 30s now having more babies than younger moms in US For the first time, women in their early 30s are having more babies than younger moms in the United States. Health experts say the shift is due to more women waiting longer to have children and the ongoing drop in the teen birth rate. For more than three decades, women in their late 20s had the highest birth rates, but that changed last year, according to preliminary data released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

USA Today – Empathy goes a long way for teens struggling with mental health The opioid epidemic and recent media attention on suicide have put teen mental health under a spotlight, which raises concerns and questions among parents. The percent of high school students who considered and attempted suicide increased slightly between 2013 and 2015, federal data show, while the percent of high school students reporting symptoms of depression remained the same. Still, the numbers are startling: One in five teens has a mental health condition.

Arne Vainio: Expressing gratitude for the people we have around us

Indianz.com – May 19, 2017 –  I was at a two day medical conference a few weeks ago getting caught up on my continuing education credits. Some of these can be done online, but some are required to be done in a group setting.

I was in a group with a geneticist and we discussed the inherited basis of some diseases and the pitfalls that can come with genetic testing that can be ordered online. One of the sessions covered how climate change is allowing some diseases to survive in other parts of the world and how some insect borne diseases are moving north and what our role as physicians will be in that change.

There were sessions on mental health and I was able to be in a group with a psychiatrist leading the discussion on the approach to this difficult problem. The common problems of heart disease and diabetes had sessions of their own and I was able to gain insight from other doctors and the way they handled some of the issues all of us see on a day to day basis.

The very last session I attended had to do with gratitude and the relationships we form. There is a 75-year (so far) Harvard study that has followed over 700 men since they were young boys. Only a little over 60 of them still survive. Some of them started poor and stayed poor, some started poor and became wealthy and some of them started wealthy and became poor. One of the findings of the study was that one of the best predictors of longevity, or how long someone will live is the relationships we form. Those with strong relationships, whether marriage, family or friends, tend to live the longest.

Another study found that one of the best markers for happiness is gratitude. All of us have stressful lives and the number of things aggravating us seems endless. Work, kids, neighbors, bills…all of these things weigh on us and are sometimes the things we think about as we are falling asleep at the end of the day. It turns out, if you think of negative thoughts as your last thoughts of the day, this affects your dreams and imprints your brain to live in a negative framework. Some people always live in that frame of mind and we all know people like that. We may even be those people. Positive thoughts whisper. Negative thoughts scream.

If thinking negative thoughts at the end of the day can imprint your subconscious mind to live in a state of negativity, then it follows that thinking positive thoughts can imprint your mind to live in a positive state.

Is it really that easy?

It turns out there is quite a bit of truth to that and there is a project called three good things and it's a relatively simple thing to do. For one week, at the end of the day and just before you go to sleep, you write down three good things that happened to you that day. Just thinking it isn't enough and it has to be written down and it helps to detail what made those good things go well. Your subconscious mind will incorporate that into your dreams and will turn your outlook more positive. It seems simple and laughable and there are those who won't even try it because it seems so simple. There are those who hold tight to their negativity and are afraid to let it change.

Whatever your thoughts and beliefs are on the afterlife, the existence we have right now is the only one we are aware of. That means we get one go-around and one shot at making this life worthwhile. One week. Three good things. This is a relatively easy thing to do and I just finished my week last Friday. Sometimes I would forget and just before I actually fell asleep I would remember and have to get up and write them down.

Gratitude toward others is also important and when we express it, we often get more in return than we give. Who do you know who could call you at four o'clock in the morning and you would always answer that call? Who do you know that you could make that same call and they would always answer? Are they the same people?

What if you called one of those people and told them that? I did that last week. I have a friend in Seattle who retired 10 years or so ago and he is one of the best mechanics I have ever known. We worked on projects together when I was in residency and I have many times called him from Minnesota when I have something I'm working on that just isn't going right. Right now my father in law and I have an old tractor torn apart and I can't get the hydraulic system working again. I spent many nights looking online for tutorials on fluid dynamics and hydraulic theory, but to no avail. I finally called John and told him everything I'd done to that point and over the phone he guided me through his recommendations and I will be working on it again soon.

Before we hung up, I told him about that Harvard study and about gratitude. I thanked him for being my friend and my teacher for all these years and I told him if he ever called me at four o'clock in the morning, I would always answer the phone. He was quiet for a moment before he answered and his voice had a slight crack in it when he told me he would always answer the phone and he was glad we were friends.

I think about all the people who worked so hard to make sure I was able to become a physician and those who never gave up on me. Gratitude? I live it every day.

All we have is what this earth has given us. And each other.

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Arne Vainio, M.D. is an enrolled member of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe and is a family practice physician on the Fond du Lac reservation in Cloquet, Minnesota. He can be contacted at a-vainio@hotmail.com.

Ripple Effect –

Smart Watering

The Red River Basin may seem to have abundant water resources, but fresh clean water is a limited resource that we should conserve. Much of our treated drinking water is also used for landscape watering, so it pays to reduce water use and protect our supply by being wise about our home landscape watering practices.

The University of Minnesota Extension Service has put together some tips we all can use to ensure we are doing our part to take care of and conserve our limited water resources.

Although all plants need water to be healthy and grow, some - like lawns - actually need less water than we think, while others - like trees - need more. Knowing the what, when, where and how of watering in your garden or landscape is key to growing healthy plants and conserving our precious water supply.

Tips for maintaining healthy garden beds

What to water:

*Choose plants that will thrive in your existing soil type, light, space.

*Know which plants require consistently moist soil and those that prefer drier conditions.

*Note microclimates: dry shade, windy areas, poor drainage.

When to water:

*Early morning to allow leaves to dry and reduce foliar diseases.

*Feel the top 6 inches of soil. Dry? Time to water.

How and where to water:

*Water the base of plants to avoid getting leaves wet and reduce foliar diseases.

*Lay out soaker hoses or drip irrigation in early spring as plants emerge.

*Water deeply and less often to promote deeper, healthy roots.

Conserve water:

*Collect and use rainwater.

*Choose drought-tolerant plants that require less water.

*Add 2 to 3 inches of organic mulch to conserve moisture in soil and protect roots.

*Amend soil with compost to increase soil's water-holding capacity.

Tips for maintaining healthy shrubs and trees

*Select drought-tolerant species of shrubs (such as sumac, alpine currant, buffaloberry, spirea, ninebark, potentilla, smoke bush, gray dogwood, common bearberry, black chokeberry, forsythia, junipers) and trees (such as amur corktree, ginkgo, hackberry, Kentucky coffeetree, honeylocust, tree lilac, bur oak, American bayberry).

*Newly planted shrubs and trees require regular watering until they are established. Apply water to the root ball once a week.

*Water established shrubs and trees when the top 6 to 9 inches of soil dry out.

Tips for maintaining a healthy lawn

*Set your mower at 2.5 inches or higher to promote deeper roots.

*Water between 4 and 8 a.m. to reduce water loss due to evaporation or wind.

*A quarter-inch of water per week (minus any rainfall) is all that is needed to keep lawns alive during the summer.

*Keep intervals between watering as long as possible.

*Install a rain sensor, a soil moisture sensor, or a smart irrigation controller as part of your automated sprinkling system to reduce over-watering.

*Utilize drought tolerant turfgrasses to conserve water.

For more valuable information, go the University of Minnesota Extension Service website:

http://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/yard-garden/watering/water-wisely-tips/

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The RRBC is a grassroots organization that is a chartered not-for-profit corporation under the provisions of Manitoba, North Dakota, Minnesota, and South Dakota law. Our offices in Moorhead, MN and Winnipeg, MB can be reached at 701-356-3183 and 204-982-7250, or you can check out our website at www.redriverbasincommission.org.

Youth, school activities highlights –

Education watch on the Lake Traverse Reservation

Highlights of TZTS 2017 graduation wacipi

Here are pictures taken last Thursday evening, May 18th, at the Tiospa Zina Tribal School gym during the annual graduation pow wow. They are courtesy of Donald Eastman.

The annual cap and gown graduation ceremony was scheduled for Saturday, May 20th; watch for highlights in next week's Sota.

Tiospa Zina holds 8th grade graduation

Photos by John Heminger

Tiospa Zina Tribal School held a ceremony honoring its 8th grade graduates on Monday, May 15th.

The students will be continuing on to high school.

Attending and taking part in the ceremony was SWST Chairman Dave Flute.

The Chairman addressed the graduates, encouraging them on their life journeys and to be connected to their roots as Dakota people.

Here are photo highlights.

UTTC honors Spring 2017 graduates

Bismarck, ND – UTN –  Over 350 family members, friends and well-wishers packed the college gymnasium May 12 to congratulate the new graduates of United Tribes Technical College (UTTC).

Sixty-nine students, many with beads and feathers on their mortar-board hats, were honored during the college's Spring Commencement Ceremony.

"I want you to dream, I want you to hope," said guest speaker Dr. David E. Yarlott Jr., president of Little Big Horn College, Crow Agency, MT. "Don't be afraid to take on challenges. If I had sat back, I wouldn't be a college president today."

Yarlott has been president of Little Big Horn since 2002. He is currently chair of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC), an association of the nation's 37 member tribal colleges. He used his own path in higher education as an example for how tribal college graduates can succeed.

"I grew up on the Crow reservation, went to the local public schools, and off the reservation to a university; experienced culture shock, quit and came back home," he said.

Then he heard about Little Big Horn College starting up and out of curiosity he enrolled. "From there on it just seemed to roll," he said, taking him forward in education to and through earning a doctorate at Montana State University.

"Even if things seem a little scary, challenge yourself," he told the graduates. "You have more in your heart than you know. If nobody else believes in you, believe in yourself. It can get lonely, but persevere. There's always going to be challenges; there's always going to be failure. But don't let failure stop you. Use that as a learning tool, a stepping stone, to get to where you want to be."

Yarlott commended and congratulated the students for putting-in the long hours and hard work to graduate. UTTC grads came from 18 different tribal nations. He urged them to push-on and don't stop now.

"Whether it's in a career or continuing with education, you have to sacrifice," he said, "and often be away from family, in order to gain."

The graduates selected as their class motto a quote from former First Lady Michelle Obama: "We've got a responsibility to live up to the legacy of those who came before us by doing all that we can to help those who come after us."

UTTC commencement featured the presentation of diplomas for Bachelors of Science (BS) and Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees, and certificates of completions. Ten graduates earned the four-year BS degree in Business Administration and nine in Criminal Justice.

The ceremony concluded the 2016-17 academic year and was followed by a traditional meal for all who attended. Honor songs were rendered by the Wise Spirit Singers.

UTTC is governed by the tribes of North Dakota: Three Affiliated Tribes of the Mandan/Hidatsa/Arikara Nation, Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate, Spirit Lake Tribe, Standing Rock Tribe, and Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians.

Student and athletic awards were presented during an earlier event, along with the announcement of scholarship awards.

Included among the graduates is Myrriah Helen Gray-Eagle (SWST), Mandan, ND, who earned an AAS degree in business Administration AAS.

SD students taking the next steps

By Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.)

May 19, 2017

Every spring, a new group of students takes a big step into the next phase of life upon graduation. Whether students are moving on from high school, college or a technical institute, each graduate has an opportunity to use his or her talents, education and determination to shape their future and begin a new journey in life. I congratulate all 2017 graduates as they step out into the world to make a mark of their own.

We are fortunate in South Dakota to have good, quality grammar and high schools and more than a dozen universities and technical colleges, allowing our young people to receive a top-notch education right here at home. We are grateful for the teachers and professors across the state who dedicate their lives to educating our youth. Their commitment to education and teaching plants the seeds for a brighter, stronger South Dakota in the future.

As they step out into the world, I hope this year's graduates remember the values and lessons instilled in them by their teachers, families, communities and neighbors. When our four kids graduated high school and college, Jean and I gave them as much guidance and advice as we could, but at the end of the day, it was their responsibility to choose what they wanted to do in life and to make it happen. We are tremendously proud of the people they have become, and we are glad they have all chosen to stay right here in South Dakota to put their talents to use and raise families of their own. One of our greatest joys in life is watching them raise our grandchildren, the next generation of South Dakota students.

The United States truly is the land of opportunity, and receiving an education is the first step that allows us to achieve our dreams. Graduation opens up a brand new world to discover, and I encourage graduates to explore each opportunity that comes their way.

Regardless of our graduates' next plans, I hope they will move into their next chapter with a problem-solving, kind and generous attitude about whatever happens in life. A motto that I come back to time and again, especially in my current job as a senator, is, "leave this world better off than when you entered it." I work to do that as I represent South Dakota in the Senate and I hope that South Dakota's young people will follow a path in life that gives them the opportunity to make this a better world for themselves and for all future generations of Americans. They have been given the tools they need to succeed; the future is now theirs to shape.

Noem accepting applications for Fall interns

Washington, DC – Rep. Kristi Noem is accepting applications for fall internships in her Washington, D.C.; Sioux Falls; Rapid City; and Watertown offices.

Student interns will work with staff on various constituent service and communications projects, as well as assist with legislative research. Both South Dakota and Washington, D.C., internships provide students with first-hand knowledge of the legislative process and the countless other functions of a congressional office.

College students who are interested in interning in any of Representative Noem's offices should submit a cover letter and resume to Michael.Maloof@mail.house.gov by Friday, July 14, 2017. For more information, contact Michael Maloof at 202-225-2801.

Garden Corner

Submitted by Eric Hanssen

Browns Valley, Minnesota

Since spring is almost upon us it's time to complete one more pruning chore – removing the double leaders from young spruce trees. Colorado and Black Hills spruces are popular trees in our state (perhaps a little too popular) for their attractive pyramidal forms. Unfortunately, they are also prone to developing two or more leaders and this result in competing trunks rather than one. As these trunks expand they eventually touch and the bark between them becomes compressed and imbedded. This makes for a weak connection and given enough wind or ice loading, the tree breaks at the union of the trunks. The multiple trunks occur when the terminal dies and several of the branches in the whorl just below this point begin to turn upward to form a new terminal. Sometime just one assumes dominance and a single new terminal forms but often two or more attempt to become dominant and continue to grow upward at the same rate. This most often occurs while the tree is young so the correction is easy, just prune off all the upward angled shoots but one to assume the role as leader. Do not worry if the one you leave is bent to the side. It will straighten and form the new trunk. If you do not want to remove all but one because of a concern that this will create an empty spot along the trunk, you can just tip them back a few inches so that one is taller than the rest. This one will become the new leader. Crown gall was a common problem on many plants when I worked in Michigan but I do not see it very often in South Dakota. This is likely because many of the hosts for the disease are not hardy to our climate. I occasionally receive a sample of crown gall on burning bush. I did, however, receive a picture of what appears to be crown gall occurring on a cherry tree. The galls on cherries typically form above ground, near the graft union, though they sometimes occur at or slightly below the soil level. The galls are rounded with an irregular, rough, dark surface. A mature gall can be anywhere from less than an inch to several inches in size. Young trees can be stunted by the disruptive girdling from a large gall. The galls are due to soil-borne bacteria so management is fairly difficult. We do not have chemicals that are effective against this bacterium and since it can survive in the soil destroying infected trees will not necessarily rid the disease from the row. If it occurs in a shelterbelt it is probably best to just remove the plant and if it begins to appear on other cherries or plum, just avoid planting these trees on the site in the future.

This article comes from Professor John Ball, SDSU Forestry Specialist in his Pest Update publication available online at http://sdda.sd.gov/conservation-forestry/forest-health/tree-pest-alerts/.

Legals

Statement of Nondiscrimination

Venture Communications Coop

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA (not all bases apply to all programs). Remedies and complaint filing deadlines vary by program or incident.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible Agency or USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program discrimination complaint, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html and at any USDA office or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.

USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.

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Request for Bids

Requesting SEALED bids for:

Pow Wow Grounds Softball Crow's Nest

The Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate is requesting the selected Carpenter Contractor to replace the existing crow's nest at the SWO softball field.

This project contractor will supply all equipment, parts and labor to complete the project by June 23rd.

     Tear down existing crow's nest

     Dispose of debris

     Construct 17" x 9' crow's nest on existing foundation with food stand below

     Build with sloped metal roof

     Build staircase from ground level to doorway

1/3 of payment is available at start of project upon request of contractor

Payment in full shall be paid upon completion of project

A walk through is scheduled for Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 12:00pm (noon).

All bids MUST have the following attached:

     SWO Business License

     TERO Certification

     General Liability Insurance/Workmen's Comp

Please submit sealed bids to:

SWO Procurement Office

Attn:  Fran Tease

BY 4:00 pm on Friday, May 26, 2017

Bid opening will be Tuesday May 30, 2017 at 10:00 am Chairman's Suite

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; Business License Ordinance Chapter 53 and Tax Ordinance Chapter 67; and Chapter 75 Sex Offender Registration.

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Request for Bids

Requesting SEALED bids for:

Pow Wow Grounds (2) Concession Stands

This project contractor will supply all equipment, parts and labor to complete the project by June 23rd.

Contractor must furnish all necessary machinery, equipment, tools, labor, fasteners and other means of construction.

Dispose of debris.

Contact Procurement Office for Specs.

1/2 of payment is available at start of project upon request of contractor.

Payment in full shall be paid upon completion of project.

A walk through is scheduled for Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 12:00 pm (noon).

All bids MUST have the following attached:

SWO Business License

TERO Certification

General Liability Insurance/Workmen's Comp

Please submit sealed bids to:

SWO Procurement Office

Attn:  Fran Tease

BY 4:00 pm on Friday, May 26, 2017

Bid opening will be Tuesday May 30, 2017 at 10:00 am Chairman's Suite

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; Business License Ordinance Chapter 53 and Tax Ordinance Chapter 67; and Chapter 75 Sex Offender Registration.

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Request for Bids

Requesting SEALED bids for:

Pow Wow Grounds Electrical

The Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate is requesting the selected Carpenter Contractor to upgrade, bury, install and perform all necessary hook-ups for the proposed electrical work as outlined below.

This project contractor will supply all equipment, parts and labor to complete the project by June 23rd and approved by Tribe.

Possible underground bury existing electrical lines in an attempt to eliminate the overhanging existing electrical lines and poles.

Wiring of the softball crow's nest.

Working with Whetstone Valley to bring additional power to the Grounds as may be necessary

Underground wiring and electrical hookups for new RV pads.

A walk through is scheduled for Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 12:00 pm (noon).

All bids MUST have the following attached:

SWO Business License

TERO Certification

General Liability Insurance/Workmen's Comp

South Dakota Electrician License (Contractor/Journeyman)

Please submit sealed bids to:

SWO Procurement Office

Attn:  Fran Tease

BY 4:00 pm on Friday, May 26, 2017

Bid opening will be Tuesday May 30, 2017 at 10:00 am Chairman's Suite

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; Business License Ordinance Chapter 53 and Tax Ordinance Chapter 67; and Chapter 75 Sex Offender Registration.

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Request for Bids

Requesting SEALED bids for:

Pow Wow Grounds (5) RV Pads

The Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate is requesting the selected Carpenter Contractor to build (5) five RV pads.

This project contractor will supply all equipment, parts and labor to complete the project by June 23rd.

Contractor shall provide appropriate gravel for grading and fill.

Contractor will provide all supplies and materials.

Dimensions of concrete pad shall be 35' x 75', concrete pad will be 6" in depth.

Concrete pad shall include rebar reinforcements.

Finished edges and smooth finish.

1/3 of payment is available at start of project upon request of contractor

Payment in full shall be paid upon completion of project.

A walk through is scheduled for Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 12:00 pm (noon).

All bids MUST have the following attached:

SWO Business License

TERO Certification

General Liability Insurance/Workmen's Comp

Please submit sealed bids to:

SWO Procurement Office

Attn:  Fran Tease

BY 4:00 pm on Friday, May 26, 2017.

Bid opening will be Tuesday May 30, 2017 at 10:00 am Chairman's Suite.

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; Business License Ordinance Chapter 53 and Tax Ordinance Chapter 67; and Chapter 75 Sex Offender Registration.

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Request for Bids

For Labor and Materials

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

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

Scope of Work:

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

General specifications:

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

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

Award:

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

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

Deadline is June 16, 2017.

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

 

Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate

Lake Traverse Reservation

State of South Dakota

In Tribal Court

Case: D-17-380-244 & D-17-381-245

In the matter of the change of name of Giahna Sa Ohitekah Winyan Webster and Wakinyanwin Ulani V. Skey Webster, Minors

And concerning:

Megal LaFromboise, Petitioner.

ORDER AND NOTICE OF

HEARING

Notice is hereby given that Petitioner's request for a change of names from Giahna Sa Ohitekah Winyan Webster to Giahna Sa Ohitekahwin LaFromboise and Wakinyanwin Ulani V. Skey Webster to Wakinyanwin Ulani Skye LaFromboise shall be heard before the Honorable BJ Jones, Chief Judge of Tribal Court, in the Courtroom of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Tribal Court at Agency Village, South Dakota at 8;45 a.m. on the 5th day of June, 2017.

Dated this 3rd day of May, 2017.

By order of the Court:

BJ Jones, Chief Judge.

Attest:

E. Pfeiffer, Clerk of Courts.

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Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate

Lake Traverse Reservation

State of South Dakota

In Tribal Court

CASE: D-17-396-260

In the matter of the change of name of LAHONA JADE HARWOOD, Minor Child

And concerning:

Heather Courtney Hopper, Petitioner

ORDER AND NOTICE OF

HEARING

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Petitioner's request for a change of name from LAHONA JADE HARWOOD to LAHONA JADE HOPPER shall be heard before the Honorable B.J. Jones, Chief Judge of Tribal Court, in the Courtroom of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Tribal Court at Agency Village, South Dakota at 1:30 P.M. on the 22nd day of JUNE, 2017.

Dated this 10th day of May, 2017.

BY ORDER OF THE COURT:

BJ Jones, Chief Judge.

Attest:

E. Pfeiffer, Clerk of Courts.

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Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate

Lake Traverse Reservation

State of South Dakota

In Tribal Court

CASE NO: D-17-301-165

In the matter of Everett Black Thunder, Plaintiff

Vs.

Danielle Brown, Defendant

And concerning:

O. B.T.,

W. B.T.,

W. B. T.,

Minor Children.

NOTICE OF HEARING

TO: DANIELLE BROWN

Take notice that a hearing will be held at the above named Court, Agency Village, outside the city of Sisseton, County of Roberts, South Dakota, on the of 22nd day of JUNE, 2017 at the hour of 1:00 P.M or as soon thereafter as possible.

You are required to be at the hearing. Upon request, the Clerk will provide you with a copy of the Petition describing the matter.

Dated this 9th day of May, 2017.

BY ORDER OF THE COURT:

BJ Jones, Chief Judge.

Attest:

E. Pfeiffer, Clerk of Courts.

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Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate

Lake Traverse Reservation

State of South Dakota

In Tribal Court

CASE NO: D-17-236-100 et seq

In the matter of Shilohy Bagola, Sarlit Bagola, Harlee Bagola, Josiah Bagola, and Garon Headswift, Minor children.

And concerning:

Kalise Bagola, Mother and

Jerwyn Rodlund, Alleged Father

ORDER FOR PUBLICATION

The Court being satisfied by Affidavit filed herein that personal service cannot well be made, it is Ordered that Kalise Bagola and Jerwyn Rodlund, who is/are the respondent(s) in the above entitled matter, be notified by three (3) weeks publication in full of the Notice of these proceedings in the regular issue of a qualified newspaper.

Dated this 8th day of May, 2017.

Michael Swallow, Tribal Court Judge.

Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate

Lake Traverse Reservation

State of South Dakota

In Tribal Court

CASE NO: D-17-236-100 et seq

In the matter of Shilohy Bagola, Sarlit Bagola, Harlee Bagola, Josiah Bagola, and Garon Headswift, Minor children.

And concerning:

Kalise Bagola, Mother and

Jerwyn Rodlund, Alleged Father

NOTICE OF HEARING

Take notice that Petition for Emergency Custody of the above named children has been filed and a hearing will be held at the above named Court, Agency Village, outside the city of Sisseton, Roberts County, South Dakota on the 7th day of June, 2017 at the hour of 2:00 o'clock p.m. or as soon thereafter as possible.

You are required to be at the hearing. Upon request, the Clerk will provide you with a copy of the Petition describing the matter.

Dated this 8th day of May, 2017.

BY ORDER OF THE COURT:

Michael Swallow, Tribal Court Judge.

Attest:

Lois Kohl, Clerk of Courts.

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SISSETON WAHPETON OYATE

IN TRIBAL COURT

LAKE TRAVERSE RESERVATION

STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA

CASE NO: D-17-301-165 et seq

IN THE MATTER OF:

Everett Black Thunder, Plaintiff,

Vs.

Danielle Brown, Defendant,

And concerning:

Ohitika Black Thunder,

Wiyakpa Black Thunder,

Wicahpi Black Thunder,

Minor Children.)

ORDER FOR PUBLICATION

THE COURT being satisfied by Affidavit duly filed herein that personal service cannot well be made, it is Ordered that, DANIELLE BROWN, who is the Respondent in the above-entitled matter, be notified by (3) three weeks publication in full of the Notice of these proceedings in the regular issue of a qualified newspaper.

Dated this 9th day of May, 2017.

BJ Jones, TRIBAL COURT JUDGE.

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SISSETON-WAHPETON OYATE

IN TRIBAL COURT

LAKE TRAVERSE RESERVATION)

STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA

CASE NO: D-17-431-295

IN THE MATTER OF:

Z.B.,

Minor Child,

And Concerning:

A.B., Juvenile Mother, by,

VALETTE KEOKE, Parent

And STORM BLUE, Alleged Father.

NOTICE OF HEARING

Take notice that a hearing will be held at the above named Court, Agency Village, outside the city of Sisseton, County of Roberts, South Dakota, on the of 14th day of JUNE, 2017 at the hour of 2:00 P.M or as soon thereafter as possible.

You are required to be at the hearing. Upon request, the Clerk will provide you with a copy of the

Petition describing the matter.

Dated this 18th day of May, 2017.

BY ORDER OF THE COURT:

BJ Jones, TRIBAL COURT JUDGE

ATTEST:

Eileen Pfeiffer, Clerk of Courts.

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SISSETON-WAHPETON OYATE

IN TRIBAL COURT

LAKE TRAVERSE RESERVATION

STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA

CASE NO: D-17-434-298

IN THE MATTER OF THE DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE OF:

COLLEEN DECOTEAU, Plaintiff

VS.

TODD MICHAEL BLORE, Defendant.

NOTICE OF HEARING

TO: TODD MICHAEL BLORE

Take notice that a hearing will be held at the above named Court, Agency Village, outside the city of Sisseton, County of Roberts, South Dakota, on the of 15th day of JUNE, 2017 at the hour of 10:00 A.M. or as soon thereafter as possible.

You are required to be at the hearing. Upon request, the Clerk will provide you with a copy of the

Petition describing the matter.

Dated this 18th day of May, 2017.

BY ORDER OF THE COURT:

BJ Jones, TRIBAL COURT JUDGE

ATTEST:

Eileen Pfeiffer, Clerk of Courts.

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Request for Proposal

SWO Department of Transportation

12554 BIA Hwy. 711, PO Box 509

Agency Village SD 57262

LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP BRIDGE PRELIMINARY ENGINEERING PROJECT

Request for Proposal

Notice: The Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Department of Transportation herein gives notice that bid proposals will be accepted for the Lawrence Township Bridge.

Replacement Project

Project Information: This structure, 000000055137290, is located in Roberts County on the Lake Traverse Indian Reservation of South Dakota. The structure is located 2.00 miles South and 0.50 East of Peever, SD on 129th Street.

Scope of Work: For additional information, Scope of Work and plan attachments regarding the project please contact:

Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Department of Transportation Office, (605) 742-0432

1.  cliffordE@swo-nsn.gov, Office (605) 698-8355

2.  toniH@swo-nsn.gov, Office (605) 698-8230

Proposals will be accepted until 3 pm central time Friday, June 09, 2017 at the address above or via email to clifforde@swo-nsn.gov

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Trading Post ads

Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate

Job Openings

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

School Resource Officer, Law Enforcement

Dispatcher, Law Enforcement

Animal Control Officer, Law Enforcement

Dakota Culture/Language Specialist, Education Department

Academic Technology Specialist, Education Department

File Clerk/Receptionist, Child Protection Program

Closing Date: May 19th, 2017 @ 04:30 PM

Teacher (3), Early Head Start Child Care Worker (3), Little Steps Day Care

Office Manager, Public Defender's Office

Chief Academic Officer, Education Department

Workstation Specialist (2), MIS/IT Computer Support Specialist I, MIS/IT

Computer Support Specialist II, MIS/IT

Closing Date: May 26th, 2017 @ 04:30 PM

Deputy Public Defender, Public Defender's Office

Closing Date: June 2, 2017 @ 04:30 PM

Application and job description information can be seen at SWO Human Resources Office or http://www.swo-nsn.gov/contact/employment. 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).

 

Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate of the Lake Traverse Reservation

Dakota Nation Gaming Enterprise

Position: CEO.

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

Qualifications:

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

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

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

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

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

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

o   Experience with multiple-site management is preferred.

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

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

OPEN UNTIL FILLED.

Submit resume to: Heather Williams, E-mail: heatherw@dakotamagic.com

 

Sisseton Wahpeton College

Has the following vacancy:

Extension Coordinator. There is an opening for a full-time Extension Coordinator at SWC. Requirements are: Bachelor's degree in Agriculture or related field. Position closes at 4:30 p.m. on May 25, 2017. Visit our website www.swc.tc for a complete job description and application or contact the HR office at 605-698-3966, ext. 1118.

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Tiospa Zina Tribal School

2017 Summer Program Vacancies:

(Student Sessions: May 30-June 8 & July 24-August 3):

Vacancy: (8) Teachers (Student Sessions only) Qualifications: Current South Dakota Teaching Certificate (Elementary, Secondary, or Special Ed)

Opening Date: May 10, 2017

Closing Date: May 24, 2017

Vacancy: (3) Paraprofessionals (Student Sessions only) Qualifications: High School Diplima/GED and passing score of 461+ on the Paraprofessional Praxis or 48+ college credits, and 1 year directly related experience

Opening Date: May 10, 2017

Closing Date: May 24, 2017

Vacancy: (2) Cooks (May 30 through August 4) Qualifications: High School Diploma/GED and 100+ Child and Adult Nutrition Services training hours

Opening Date: May 10, 2017

Closing Date: May 24, 2017

2017-2018 School Year Vacancies:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vacancy: Special Education Teacher Qualifications: Current Teaching Certification in any state meeting the requirements for the position in which applying

Opening Date: April 25, 2017

Closing Date: May 9, 2017

Vacancy: Cook (6 hours/day) Qualifications: High School Diploma/GED and holds or is willing to obtain state certification in Child and Adult Nutrition Services

Open Date: May 12, 2017

Closing Date: May 26, 2017

Vacancy: Dishwasher Qualifications: High School Diploma/GED

Opening Date: May 12, 2017

Closing Date: May 26, 2017

Vacancy: Administrative Assistant Qualifications: Associates Degree or equivalent from a 2 year college or technical school and 1 year directly related experience

Opening Date: May 12, 2017

Closing Date: May 26, 2017

2017-2018 Extra Curricular Activities Vacancies:

Athletic Vacancies - Applicants must meet the South Dakota High School Activities Association requirements at time of application and have 2 years experience. Athletic Coach Applicant Questionnaire is to be submitted along with TZTS employee application.

5/6 Boys Basketball Coach

5/6 Girls Basketball Coach

Jr. High Boys Basketball Coach Jr. High Girls Basketball Coach Head Girls Varsity Basketball Coach Head Volleyball Coach Winter Cheer Coach Assistant Football Coach

Assistant Boys Varsity Basketball Coach

Assistant Girls Varsity Basketball Coach

Assistant Track Coach

Assistant Volleyball Coach

Assistant Wrestling Coach

Extra-Curricular Activities Vacancies:

AISES Adviser Debate/Individual Events Destination Imagination Adviser Drum Adviser Horse Club Adviser Junior Class Adviser Military Club Adviser National Honors Society Adviser Oral Interpretation Adviser Speech Adviser Weight Room Monitor

If you would like to apply to be a part of the TZ tiwahe you may pick up an application and background check form from the TZTS HR office located at #2 Tiospa Zina Dr. Agency Village, SD 57262. Applications may also be printed off the HR web page. Completed applications may be sent to PO Box 719, Agency Village, SD 57262. Faxed to: 605-698-7686. For further information call 605-698-3953 ext. 208. Indian Preference employer. At will employer. All applicants are subject to a Background Check and Pre-Employment Drug Test, pursuant to SWSB policy and United States Code Title 25 Chapter 34 - Indian Child Protection and Family Violence Prevention.

 

Enemy Swim Day School

Enemy Swim Day School has the following positions open for the 2017-2018 school year:

*Elementary Teachers

*Middle School Language Arts Teacher

*Middle School Social Sciences Teacher

*Middle School Science Teacher

*Special Education Teacher

*Dakota Language Teachers (Male & Female)

*Para Educators

*FACE Parent Educator

*Bus Drivers

For more information on any of these positions please see the school website at www.esds.us and look under Employment Opportunities or inquire at the school during regular business hours or contact Nadine Contreras at (605) 947-4605, ext. 3097.

 

Dakota Magic Casino

Job Openings

Cage Department:

Cashier (Full-Time) as needed Graveyard

Count Department:

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

Foods Department:

Bus Persons (Full-Time) as needed

Cashiers (Full-Time) as needed

Dishwashers (Full-Time) as needed

Wait Staffs (Full-Time) as needed

Hotel Department:

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

Housekeeping Department:

Porter (Full-Time) as needed

Security Department:

Officer (Full-Time) as needed

Slots Department

Technician (Full-Time) as needed

Smoke/Gift shop Department:

Clerk (2 Full-Time) Day, Swing

Surveillance Department:

Observer (Full-Time) as needed

Closing Date: May 26, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.

High School Diploma or GED required for most positions.

Two identifications documents required upon hire.

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

 

Dakota Magic Casino

Job Opening

The Administration Department Is Now Accepting Applications For

Position: Associate Manager (Full-Time)

Job Description: Manage casino operations on an assigned shift. Be responsible for all departments, personnel and policies and procedures on assigned shift. In addition, handle customer relations, complimentary and any other management decision necessary for immediate resolution within scope of their authority.

Closing Date: until filled.

Starting Wage: D. O. E. High School Diploma/GED required. Supervisor experience required. Minimum 3 years experience in Indian gaming. Extensive knowledge of all areas of gaming. Must be able to work weekends, holidays Schedule will rotate as needed

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)

 

Dakota Magic Casino

Job Opening

The Cage Department Is Now Accepting Applications For

Position: Manager (1 Full—Time)

Job Description: Direct and supervise the overall operation of the Casino Cage operations to include: the accurate and timely exchange of financial instruments, TITO tickets, and table game chips, training and evaluating the performance of cage personnel, and ensuring the all tribal, state, and federal gaming regulations are followed. Closing Date: until filled.

Starting Wage: D. O. E. Required: Bachelor's degree in finance or business related and 4 years of progressive experience in Cage operations of which at least 2 years as a Cage Manager. Associates degree in finance or business related and 6 years of progressive experience in Cage operations of which at least 2 years as a Cage Manager 8 years combination of education and progressive experience in Cage operations of which at least 2 years as a Cage Manager. Ability to train and develop a Tribal member successor.

If interested please submit application to Human Resources Department 16849 102nd Street SE Hankinson ND 58041 For complete Job Description contact Heather Williams 701-634-3000 ext. 2426 Indian Preference will apply / EEO (Please Provide Tribal Enrollment)

 

Dakota Sioux Casino & Hotel

Job Openings

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

ADMINISTRATION: ASSOCIATE MANAGER (1 PART-TIME). GENERAL FUNCTION: The purpose of this position is to maintain interdepartmental communications to ensure the smooth    operation of the property and promote the highest degree of customer satisfaction. REQUIREMENTS: High school diploma or G.E.D. equivalency. Minimum of three years 'experience in gaming, preferably supervisory experience. Must be able and willing to work any and all shifts. Knowledge of casino             operations, policies and procedures. Excellent communication skills, both written and oral. Be able to handle diverse situations. Be able to stand/walk for long periods of time. Must obtain a Key Gaming License.

This position will close on June 2, 2017 at 4 pm.

Indian Preference will apply/EEO.

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

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

 

Dakota Sioux Casino & Hotel

Job Openings

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

FACILITIES: MAINTENANCE (1 FULL TIME) GENERAL FUNCTION: Maintain the Casino building and grounds to provide a neat, safe, and clean environment. REQUIREMENTS: Must have a high school diploma or G.E.D. equivalent. 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. Ability to work any or all shifts. Must be able to do moderate amounts of lifting and climbing. Will be required to obtain a Non Gaming license upon hire. Must be 21 years of age.

This position will close on May 24, 2017 at 4 pm.

Indian Preference will apply/EEO.

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

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

 

Dakota Connection Casino

Job Openings

Facilities/Maintenance Department:

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

Opening date: Thursday, May 18, 2017

Closing date: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 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.

 
 

 

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