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Volume 49 Issue No. 29

Anpetu Iyamni, Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Inside this Edition –

151st annual Sisseton-Wahpeton Wacipi: Photo scrapbook (See Section 2)

Grand opening of Sisseton-Wahpeton Veterans Cemetery celebrated last week

Groundbreaking held for SWO justice center construction project

Tribal Realty public forum on land acquisition policy changes this week

Enemy Swim Day School recruitment insert inside this week's Sota

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

Groundbreaking held for phase I of the Tribal justice center

By CD Floro

Sota Editor

It's been a long-held dream of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate to build a comprehensive justice center here on the Lake Traverse Reservation. First, it would serve as Tribal Law Enforcement command center, and a safe, secure detention center for housing inmates. Second, and in stages, comprehensive rehab services would be added. The vision is that no longer would our community members have to be transported far away to be incarcerated and/or treated for addiction and other mental and physical illnesses. Treatment and housing would be available right here, where support of family and friends can happen.

After all, the original jail was never meant to be permanent. It was constructed in 1974 as "a temporary facility."

We recall a Congressional hearing held by Senator Daschle in the 1990s in the old Tribal courtroom. (1996 as I recall.) Chuck Ward was Chief of Police back then. The court was standing room only, the hallway outside lined with people interested in listening as well as providing input.

There was a litany of complaints about unsafe housing conditions for inmates and difficulties faced by officers and dispatchers.

A short-term "fix" was discussed, but neither the Tribe nor the BIA nor Congress had the will to make it happen. The idea did not appeal to your editor either. Mobile "jail" cells, similar to metal cargo shipping containers, would have been brought in and surrounded by barbed wire and "gulag style" lighting.

The long-term "fix," of course, and it was discussed, was construction of a safe, secure, new facility to house inmates and law enforcement offices separate from Tribal Court.

A study was conducted, but the will to make it happen faltered as funding was unavailable.

And, as for many decades, the Tribe simply "made do" with what it had. Patch leaks from the roof that brought ceiling tiles down over inmates' bunk beds. Re-purpose utility rooms to make more space for offices. Shuffle rooms between court services and law enforcement needs.

After all, the jail was still operating, despite its dilapidated and worsening condition.

A ray of hope came a decade later, in 2006. Tribal Chairman Jerry Flute, Council members, the Reservation Planning Commission (RPC) and Law Enforcement Capt. Gary Gaikowski worked with a Colorado firm – EKM&P, Inc., the same firm hired to conduct the current study – to provide Council with a comprehensive justice center "master plan."

I remember the coffee table quality color book with designs and illustrations of the "campus."

Present for its unveiling in October were representatives of Planning, Dakotah Pride, Little Voices Group Home, TZTS Alternative School Program, and Drug Court.

Everything was included, from the police command center, detention facility, and a host of community resource offices and meeting rooms for rehabilitation.

But the EKM&P report was not optimistic about funding.

While funding was found for site evaluation, the Colorado firm's spokesperson Gail Elias said, "Dollars to finance the building cannot be found in the BIA budget until at least fiscal year 2008."

"But I am not extremely optimistic (about the BIA)," she added in comments to Tribal Council.

Gail spoke of the need to look at other options and grant sources, as well as asking Congress for "legislative funding."

The overall goal, then as now, is to provide everything needed right here, rather than having to send people away.

But, as in the mid-1990s, the need was not critical as the Tribe was chugging along with an engine that, while running far beyond expected miles, was still running.

All that changed, dramatically, over a year ago when the BIA closed the Tribal jail.

It failed on dozens of points on the federal government check list of what is required for a detention center to operate.

And we have seen Tribal leadership grab the ball and run with it. While this effort should have been done in previous years, that point is moot. What matters is that the Tribe can no longer wait to fix the problems.

Last Thursday afternoon, July 12th, the Tribe held a formal groundbreaking for phase one of the justice center.

Those present and taking part in the groundbreaking ceremony were: Tribal Chairman Dave Flute; Old Agency District Councilman Nippy Owen; Tribal Attorney Shaun Eastman; Eric Shepherd, SWO Justice Center Project Manager; Capt. Gary Gaikowski, SWO Tribal Law Enforcement; Judy Bucklin Vrchota, aide to Senator John Thune; Tyler Lee Tordsen, aide to Senator Mike Rounds; Renae Aarfor, Sen. Heitkamp's regional director for southeastern North Dakota; Cody Morsching, aide to ND Rep. Kevin Cramer; and Jessica Lee, aide to ND Senator John Hoeven.

The ceremony demonstrates Tribal leaders' commitment to this vision – no longer something that can stay on a "wish list" but a necessity.

Not only does it show commitment by Tribal Chairman Dave Flute and Council, but the groundbreaking also demonstrates a shared commitment by Congressional delegates. The presence of aides to our South Dakota and North Dakota Congressional office-holders shows that support.

(We heard firsthand from Senator Mike Rounds, his support to seeing that the Tribe gets needed funding.)

We've heard, in recent months, how the Tribe's lobbying effort has been supported by the Congressional delegates. And that $18 million has been appropriated in the latest budget for the BIA detention center construction fund.

What we are waiting for, is how the BIA divides that money among tribes needing new jails.

The Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Tribe is on that list along with the Blackfeet and Mescalero Apache tribes.

We've been informed that the other tribes are seeking funds for local community jails, while Sisseton-Wahpeton is seeking a regional facility. Being a regional facility would bring in revenue to help with operating costs; it would also benefit other regional tribes by providing housing for their inmates closer than other jails. It will also cost more to build than a single community facility.

So, here is where we are.

Groundbreaking accomplished.

Commitment demonstrated.

Next step: holding the BIA accountable to provide support for building this first phase, the Sisseton-Wahpeton detention facility, to replace the old jail that it neglected and, eventually, shut down.

Watch to see what the BIA does.

That will determine what comes next, and how quickly this first phase is undertaken.

Watch for updates.

Project Manager Eric Shepherd announced on a recent KXSW SWO Planning Show that information will be shared regularly concerning the justice center project. There will be, he said, a public web page.

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


Veteran in crisis? Call 1-800-273-8255, press 1

*Cemetery Grand Opening: It takes a village to raise a child is a great analogy, but in our case, it took a village of all who helped make our Grand Opening/Cemetery dedication a huge success. I pray I don't forget anyone but here goes: For the dedication portion: Jerome Renville Sr. & crew who set up the 2 teepees and to Ron Yellow Bear who did the paperwork for the request for us & Jerome Renville Jr. & crew also set up the canopy and chairs for our honored guests. To Wambdi Cook who helped Gabe mow, ensuring it looked perfect. To all the Honor Guards, Tribal, local & out of towners who brought their crew to take part in the dedication - Veterans Honoring Veterans - it doesn't get much better than that! The Honor Guards were: Desert Era Veterans, Kit Fox Society, American Legion Post #314, Sisseton Otto Quande Renville Post, VFW Post 3342 Sisseton, Am Vets Post #3342, Am Vets #151 Appleton, MN, DAV Milbank/Sisseton Post #19, VVA NESD Post #1054, Birch-Miller Post #9 Milbank, SD & all the individual Veterans that arrived in uniform - Pidamaya from the bottoms of our hearts. It was such an emotional heart felt dedication all the speakers, drum songs, Pat Schubert singing the National Anthem, stories by the speakers, the attendees, the volley fire & taps and the roll call, something that will never be forgotten. The great speeches by Chairman Flute, Mayor Jaspers, Secretary Zimmerman, Russell Hawkins, Honorable Randy Reeves & the Congressional Offices of Rounds, Thune & Noem. Thanks to Tyler Torsdon, Judy Vrchota and DelRay German for reading the Letter of Congrats. Randy Reeves shared some great news that he brought to our Nation as he so eloquently put but they decided that they will allow us to keep our grant open and they allocated monies for items on our wish list of unmet needs. This is truly an honor and Delano Renville helped with submitting that list; he was instrumental in many aspects of this grant and I'm very proud to say that this being given to us is a testament of his hard work and dedication to ensure our Nations Heros have a resting place that their families can come & visit … after all they earned it by serving our Great Nation. The other big news that we had was that a film crew was sent to us the day prior to the Grand Opening; there were 7-8, some from New York and some from Minneapolis. The reason this was wonderful was that we were selected as 1 of 2 cemeteries under the National Cemetery Grant Program that was selected to have a documentary filmed to be showcased on August 12, 2018 in Boston at the 40th Anniversary of the National Cemetery Grant Program. There are over 112 National Cemeteries and out of those we are the 12th tribal cemetery. They filmed our area and the entire Grand Opening/Dedication as well as getting shots of all the Honor Guards, they also selected 5 people whom they did interviews with that will be part of the documentary. We will be given a link as well as CDs for our archives of which I will share with all of you. The meal that followed was catered by Dakota Magic Casino, and the dream team came down and worked their magic again. The tables and area were decorated by Vanessa Carlson & Shobe; it was so beautiful and felt like a banquet from a ballroom. Pidamaya to the ladies they sure made us look good! Diantha Larson, Tribal Member made the star quilt that duplicated our tile work in the committal shelter that we gifted to the Under Secretary Reeves, he said he will cherish it always, our beautiful wreath was made by Sisseton Flower Shop. Thank you to everyone who took pictures and documented this also. We are very proud of the cemetery and will keep it up to National standards always. Pidamaya - forever grateful!

*4th Bataan Memorial March: We had a great turnout, the weather treated us good and it did not rain. We want to thank everyone who participated and to our Honor Guards thank you for making this a great memorial event. It was our 4th year and every year it's just as exciting. Thank you to OEP, Fish & Wildlife Department for the use of the use of the side-by-sides for those that cannot make the full walk and to Tom Wilson who is always leading the pack playing great music and sharing the community live. We will have our 5th Bataan Memorial March next year, always the Friday of the pow wow weekend, keep it in mind.

*Veteran Honor Flight: The ND Native Veteran Honor Flight Committee had their latest meeting up at DMC on June 21, 2018. It was reported by the President of the committee, Richard Marcelles, that there is enough funding now for a chartered trip. Michael Schreiner and I went to the meeting and brought back applications for those that may be interested in going on this trip. The order of priority is: WWII, Korean, Vietnam, and Gulf, all others. There is no cost for this flight, only if you want to purchase souvenirs. The trip is 36 hours long, 8AM to 8PM the next night. It's for ALL veterans whether your combat or not. The chartered flight will be from Fargo, ND to Regan National Airport, Washington DC. Some of the sights we will visit will be the Arlington National Cemetery, Iwo Jima Memorial FDR Memorial, National Archives, Lincoln Memorial, Korean Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, WWII Memorial , Driving Tour of DC and a Banquet. You will be treated like Royalty should you choose to participate. If you want to take a guest (son, daughter, grandchild the reason is that the stories are passed down to the generations), they only have to pay 750.00 for whole trip. There will be 4 medical persons (Doctors, Nurses) on the flight and one for each bus in Washington, DC. It's an amazing experience. If you have Netflix, watch "Honor Flight, the Movie." It will give you an idea what the experience is like. The first flight will have 80 Veterans total and up to 25 guests. If you interested please contact me, I have the applications in my office. I have 4 interested veterans I want to reiterate this is for all veterans - they want to ensure this flight is full so they have asked me to please recruit interested Veterans to go on this. It is a total of 36 hours out of your life and the memories will last you a lifetime, and you will receive a commemorative jacket of this honor flight!

*TAPS: To the family of Gordon Redday, US Army Veteran who made his journey 12 July 2018. His burial will be at our Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Veterans Cemetery on Monday 16 July 2018 @ 10AM.

*GI Bill Info: 1-888-442-4551, ask any questions check eligibility!

*Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255 Press 1 for Veterans.

*Make the Connection: 1-888-823-7458 (inspiring stories about Veterans).

Contact information: American Legion Post #314 Woodrow Wilson Honor Guard: Clayton Ellingson, Commander 1-605-924-1266 / Vietnam Veterans Kit Fox Society - Doc Wanna, Commander Phone:# 698-3299 / Desert Era Veterans - Jesse Chanku, Commander 1-605-956-0197: Geri Opsal, TVSO 698-3388 or 268-0502. GABE: 1-605-419-1007 - PLEASE SCHEDULE IN ADVANCE AT LEAST 5-7 DAYS AS HE MAY BE BOOKED.

Have a great and safe week.

Geri Opsal, TVSO.

SWO Realty calls for public forum

The Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Realty Department is calling Oyate to come to a public forum on "land acquisition/exchange/partitions" this Tuesday, July 17th.

The event will be held from 1-3 p.m. at the SWO elderly nutrition center.

Purpose is to consult with Tribal members about updating and revising Tribal Realty's land acquisition policy.

All interested individuals are encouraged to attend this public forum to make verbal comment or to submit written comment.

When: Tuesday July 17, 2018 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Where: Tribal Elderly Nutrition Center

Call 605-698-8419 for more information..

(Editor's note: Please see the notice elsewhere in this Sota.)

Commission on Native Children begins addressing challenges facing Native youth

Washington, DC – July 9, 2018 – U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp today announced that the Commission on Native Children, which was created by her bipartisan bill that became law in October 2016, started its work and held its first meeting today.

Since introducing her bill to create the Commission in 2013, her first bill as a U.S. senator, Heitkamp successfully pushed for its passage which happened in 2016, fought to get the Commission funded, and pushed for the prompt appointment of Commission members after it became law. Now that every position on the 11-member Commission has been filled, the Commission is studying strategies to address the major economic, social, justice, health, and educational disparities experienced by Native American children— and offer sustainable solutions to significantly improve outcomes.

"The upsetting circumstances facing Native children— including generational poverty, adolescent depression, high rates of abuse, and a lack of adequate educational opportunities— have been largely ignored by the general public and improperly addressed by the federal government. These conditions are simply unacceptable, and our nation needs to honor its sacred obligation to our tribes and truly improve the outcomes of Native youth," said Heitkamp. "Since first arriving in the U.S. Senate, I've fought to create, fully fund, and fully staff this Commission. With today's first meeting, the Commission can finally begin examining solutions designed to expand the range of opportunities for children in Indian Country. We can't continue to do what we've always done and expect a different result. Now is the time to alter our approach as we work to improve graduation rates, intervene in abusive situations, build better career paths, and treat the effects of childhood trauma. With the Commission's findings, we can build hope in our tribal communities and work to dramatically change the futures of these kids— our kids— so every child has the opportunity to succeed."

The Commission is comprised of individuals specializing in juvenile justice, social service programs, Indian education, and mental and physical health, and includes several members from North Dakota.

"The constant threat of a traumatic experience is a national reality for too many kids on too many reservations. And for years, the federal government has neglected to fully understand and treat the immense amount of trauma inflicted on generations of Native families," said Dr. Tami DeCoteau, Member of the Commission on Native Children, enrolled member of the Mandan, Hidatsa, & Arikara Nation, and Bismarck-based clinical psychologist specializing in trauma-informed care. "This Commission is a chance to turn an important page in that long and tense history and to raise awareness about the issues impacting children's physical and mental health that have been overlooked for too long. Senator Heitkamp has consistently been a champion for Native youth, and that shows through her efforts to create the Commission and to make sure it can carry out its task of building much-needed opportunities for underserved children. I look forward to updating her on our Commission's progress as we support the education, health, and economic needs of young people across Indian Country."

In October 2013, Heitkamp spoke on the floor of the U.S. Senate to discuss her first bill and the complex challenges facing Native American children in North Dakota, the Northern Plains, and across Indian Country.

Tribal governments face numerous obstacles in responding to the needs of Native children. Existing programmatic rules and the volume of resources required to access grant opportunities stymie efforts of tribes to tackle these issues. At the same time, federal agencies lack clear guidance about the direction that should be taken to best address the needs of Native children to fulfill our trust responsibility to tribal nations.

To help reverse these impacts, the Commission on Native Children will conduct a comprehensive study on the programs, grants, and supports available for Native children, both at government agencies and on the ground in Native communities, with the goal of developing a sustainable system that delivers wrap-around services to Native children. Then, the 11-member Commission will have three years from its full appointment and funding to issue a report to address a series of challenges currently facing Native children.

The Alyce Spotted Bear and Walter Soboleff Commission on Native Children, named for the former Chairwoman of Mandan, Hidatsa & Arikara Nation in North Dakota, and Alaska Native Elder and statesman, respectively, has been widely praised by a cross-section of tribal leaders and organizations from North Dakota, Alaska, and around the country.

Editorials –

Sota guest editorial –

'Dark Money': New documentary offers up-close and 'Harrowing portrait' of how secret corporate cash is destroying American Democracy

After Citizens United, says director Kimberly Reed, "you could just see political power slipping out of the hands of the average citizen and into the hands of a handful of super-rich people."

By Jessica Corbett, staff writer

(Published on Friday, July 13, 2018 by Common Dreams.)

The PBS documentary Dark Money, which paints "a rather harrowing portrait of democracy under threat" in the years that have followed the U.S. Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United ruling, opens in New York City on Friday night following its festival premiere at Sundance earlier this year.

This "densely packed documentary," set in director Kimberly Reed's home state of Montana, "earnestly and obsessively addresses campaign finance reform, its history, and vital importance," declares The Hollywood Reporter.

A notable departure from her deeply person debut film Prodigal Sons, Reed tells the Guardian she was inspired to make Dark Money because, "when I heard about the Citizens United decision, you could just see that if the Supreme Court gave a green light to corporations to spend unlimited money in political campaigns, you could just see political power slipping out of the hands of the average citizen and into the hands of a handful of super-rich people."

As The Hollywood Reporter outlines:

The central point is crystal clear: Since Citizens United, anything goes where elections are concerned, and the practitioners of shadowy politics are so skilled at covering their tracks that it's becoming increasingly difficult, and sometimes impossible, to identify who's backing whom. Dark Money effectively pinpoints how the smear campaigns function in an election; they paint with a wide brush, are often misleading or outright lies and often show up just days before voting, leaving the accused no time to respond or identify who is making the wild claims.

The film focuses on Montana, which instituted some of the country's strictest campaign finance rules after copper barons bought off politicians and destroyed large portions of the state's land during the early 20th century. After the Supreme Court's landmark ruling, Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock—who's now the governor—tried, but ultimately failed, to prevent the decision from affecting the state.

Despite that disappointment, Reed is optimistic about "bottom up" efforts to change campaign finance rules and the role that her film can play in unveiling how the secretive web of corporate-funded groups is undermining American politics.

"I think awareness of this is spreading. I see it taking root, and I see state legislators who are starting to focus on this a bit more," she says. "One of the things I hope our film does is raise awareness with the public that they can talk about this issue and hold their elected officials accountable. And make sure that they know that people are paying attention and they're voting on this well."

Dark Money is scheduled to be screened at select theaters throughout the country for the rest of the summer.

(Editor's note: Look around, see devastating consequences of following the lead of powerful international corporations instead of rational, science-based policy for the common good of all people, the land, the water … all life.)

Brief editorial comments from the editor's desk –

On and Off the Lake Traverse Reservation

Readers are invited to save the second section of this week's Sota, which we are providing as a "scrapbook" of images from the 151st annual Sisseton-Wahpeton Wacipi.

Special thanks to photographer John Heminger for capturing some amazing photos of Oyate and friends who gathered at the SWO ceremonial grounds through the weekend of July 6-8. John has a keen eye for framing pictures that tell stories. And throughout the pow wow we were again reminded of so many amazing stories, so many people rich in appreciation for their indigenous traditions.

This section is devoted solely to pictures.

Watch for news coming from the SWO Pow Wow Committee, which will be published on our regular newspaper pages when available.


Enemy Swim Day School is also featured in a special section inserted in this week's Sota.

This colorful section, focusing on positive programs for students, is part of a recruitment drive for the 2018-19 academic year.


Watch for updates from the Reservation Election Board.

As soon as REB has released a list of candidates certified to run in the 2018 SWO elections, we will publish it – along with updated information about voting rosters and dates for the primary and general elections.

We have been notified that there is at least one more hearing to determine certification, scheduled on Friday, August 3rd.


We want to give a shoutout to Veteran Service Officer Geri Opsal and her team, for organizing a very successful annual Bataan Memorial March on the morning of the first day of Wacipi.

Please see photos taken by John Heminger, highlighting the walk, which honors the memory of all Bataan Death March survivors, and our late Tribal veterans Winfield Thompson Sr. and Louis Williams.

Also, congratulations on successfully organizing last Thursday's open house of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Cemetery.

Having the cemetery located here on the Lake Traverse Reservation is not only important to our Tribal veterans, but to all veterans of this region.

Again, please see John's photos from this event. Also, thank you to Danielle DeCoteau, Tamara St. John, and the SD State-Tribal Relations office, for sharing photos of the grand opening.


Another major event for the Tribe was also held last Thursday, in the afternoon.

That was a formal groundbreaking ceremony for the SWO justice center.

First phase of the comprehensive center, which will eventually have rehabilitation services, is construction of a detention facility (jail) and law enforcement communication center.

Watch for more information on the project, as funding is secured and construction plans given final approval.


Please see this week's update on the Dakota Magic Casino renovation.

The countdown now stands at 25 weeks until completion.

Check out this space provided by the Sota for the construction project update each week (or as they are provided).


Elder's Meditation:

"It was good for the skin to touch the earth, and the old people liked to remove their moccasins and walk with bare feet on the sacred earth… The soil was soothing, strengthening, cleansing, and healing."

–Chief Luther Standing Bear, TETON SIOUX

Touching the earth – getting grounded, centered. There is magic in touching the earth and feeling her healing power. This is especially healthy to do during a troubling time when our minds are racing or can't stop thinking or are locked onto fear or resentment. When I need to feel free I can go to the Mother Earth. The Mother Earth is full of life and love. She always gives her powers to those who come to her. The Mother Earth is alive.


Words to consider (or, perhaps not!):

I don't want any yes-men around me. I want everybody to tell me the truth even if it costs them their jobs. - Samuel Goldwyn (1882 - 1974)

The only function of economic forecasting is to make astrology look respectable. - John Kenneth Galbraith (1908 - 2006)

No one gossips about other people's secret virtues. - Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

Home is where the heart is, so your real home's in your chest. - Joss Whedon, Zack Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen, and Jed Whedon, Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog, 2008

Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before. - Mae West (1892 - 1980), Klondike Annie (1936 film)

An education isn't how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It's being able to differentiate between what you do know and what you don't. - Anatole France (1844 - 1924)

An inventor is simply a fellow who doesn't take his education too seriously. - Charles F. Kettering (1876 - 1958)

You have to surrender to the fact that you are of too many in a highly competitive field where it is difficult to stand out. Over time, through your work, you will demonstrate who you are and what you bring to the field. Just stay with it and keep working. - Lisa Kudrow, Vasser Commencement Address, 2010

Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it. - Andre Gide (1869 - 1951)

It is our responsibilities, not ourselves, that we should take seriously. - Peter Ustinov (1921 - 2004)


The Sota is always looking for news of the Oyate.

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

For submission deadlines and other information, see below:

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

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

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

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

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

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

-- CDF

Obituaries –

Services Monday for Gordon Redday Sr.

Gordon Reginald Redday Sr., "Hehake Gi" (Brown Elk), age 79, of Sisseton, South Dakota, journeyed to the Spirit World on Thursday, July 12, 2018.

He was born on August 29, 1938 in Sisseton, South Dakota, the son of Howard and Josephine (Bigtalk) Redday.

Gordon graduated from Sisseton High School and furthered his education at Dakota Business College in Fargo, North Dakota.

Gordon proudly served in the United States Army, entering on August 18, 1961 and was honorably discharged on May 26, 1964 achieving the rank of Corporal. During his time in the Army, he studied artillery and was stationed at Fort Richardson, Alaska. He was a U.S. Army Artillery Vietnam Era Veteran. Gordon enjoyed his time serving his country and enjoyed telling his family and friends his memories.

Gordon was a member of the EMTMVO for IHS for many years, active member and past Vice Commander of the American Legion Post 314, Native American Veterans Association, and was an ordained elder at Goodwill Indian Presbyterian Church.

Gordon enjoyed attending Powwows and seeing his friends, driving around, riding motorcycles, and telling stories. He was a talented self-taught artist who knew the story and meaning behind everything he saw or made. He was also a knowledgeable teacher who helped others assisted with the Sisseton Wahpeton Dakota Language Dictionary. Gordon had a great sense of humor and could find joy in any situation.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Noreen (Many Deeds) Redday; son, Dezmond Redday; parents, Howard and Josephine Redday; brothers, Roger Redday Sr., Floyd Redday Sr., Darren Joseph Redday; and sister, Giala Mae Redday.

Gordon is survived by his children, Gordon Reginald Redday Jr., Marsha Redday, Roxane Redday, Angela Redday; 24 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; brothers, Dennis W. Redday Sr., Howard L. Redday Jr., Morgan L. (Darleen) Redday Sr., Emmett G. Redday (Annette Heironimus), LeRoy R. Redday; sisters, Phyllis Redday, Maxine Redday Renville (Darrel), Brenda Redday, Betty Redday Dwarf (Clayton), Bonita J. Redday Wilson (Glenn), Maria B. Redday Decoteau (Brian); and many nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Honorary casket bearers are Solomon Harvey Quinn, Wambdi Gill and Raven Phillbrick, Marvin Strong III, Erik DuMarce, Lucy and Mick Kjarr, Ron "Yellow Bear" Spence, Darryl Renville Sr., Fred Ducheneaus, Anthony St. John, Jared Redday, and Jim Phillbrick.

Casket bearers are David Bird, Derrick Redday, Mike Redday, Howard Redday III, Roger Redday Jr., Wesley Redday, Robert Renville Sr. and Chris Wilson.

Funeral services for Gordon Redday Sr. will be held Monday, July 16th, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Community Center in Old Agency Village, South Dakota. Morgan Redday Sr. and Gerald Heminger Jr. will officiate.

A wake will be held on Saturday evening at the Community Center in Agency Village, South Dakota. An all-night wake was held Sunday, July 15, 2018 beginning at 7:00 PM at the Community Center in Old Agency Village, South Dakota.

Interment with Military Rites will be held Monday, July 16, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at the Sisseton-Wahpeton Veterans Cemetery in Sisseton, South Dakota.

Serving the family is Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted, Minnesota. 320-485-4447.

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.

Open letter to the Oyate

It's been seven months since Chairman Flute and Tribal Council forced the elders to use their gift cards at the Tribal grocery store and disrespected them by not consulting with them first.

And despite the elders' opinions on why they wanted to continue to go to Walmart and asked Chairman Flute to reconsider their decision to send the elders to the Tribal grocery store with their gift cards they dishonor the elders by ignoring them and forcing the elders to go to the Tribal store.

Then they commit discrimination against the elders by letting the Enemy Swim District choose between the Tribal store and Hy-Vee while forcing the other elders to use their gift cards at the Tribal store and allowing out of the area elders to go to Walmart while forcing the other elders to go to the Tribal store with their gift cards.

I don't know about you, but that sounds like discrimination to me.

You know, if Tribal Council is going to make a motion to force all the elders to use their gift cards at the Tribal store, then it should be all elders.

This is a shout out to all the elders who wish to continue to go to Walmart and the families of elders.

Election time is coming up.

Maybe it's time to elect a whole new Chairperson and Council persons.

Elect a new Chairperson and Councilpersons that will actually listen to the elders concerns and opinions and not dishonor them by ignoring them as present Chairman and Council do.

Elect a new Chairperson and Councilpersons who won't violate the elders rights as present Chairman and Council do.

A new Chairperson and new Council that will give the elders back their right to choose.

It's said that Indian tribes respect their elders and value their opinions, so, think about it, people, do you really want to re-elect a Chairman and Council that treats its elderly so badly, or elect a new Chairman and Council, one that will hopefully uphold the Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Tribe's respect and commitment to its elders.

Jim Philbrick, Elder.

Open letter to the Oyate

Time is once again upon us as SWST-LTR Tribal Members to cast our votes.

Previously, I asked those living on the Reservation to petition (for) Tribal members to sign up Tribal members living off the Reservation for voting rights … by absentee ballot.

Regardless of what others out there are trying to terminate … about the US Constitution, those of us Tribal members who do live off the Reservation do have voting rights for federal and state elections constitutionally.

I still find it strange that we do not have Voting Rights Tribally living off the Reservation by Absentee Ballot should we not be in the Military, hospital, or incarcerated.

Yes the Tribe's Constitution is a bit older than I – yet, not much has changed in voting rights for those of us residing off the Reservation … a Constitutional violation from the Tribe.

Thank you.

Laura J. White.

GROW SD to host Quickbooks workshop

GROW South Dakota will be hosting a free workshop on Tuesday, July 24, titled "QuickBooks: Basics" in Webster. Kelly Weaver with the Small Business Development Center is a Certified QuickBooks Instructor and will be conducting the workshop. Also, Kelly will be on hand for questions.

Check in time will begin at 8:45 a.m. with the workshop starting at 9:00 a.m. and continuing to 12:00 noon at the Lake Region Business Center conference room, 1209 Main Street, in Webster.

It is free and open to both small and large-sized businesses.

To pre-register for the event please contact: Melissa Waldner, 605-345-3159, or Olivia Lone, 605-345-4668,

Or visit drafted - for on-line registration. Registration deadline is Thursday, July 19, 2018.

The training will be provided in partnership with the Small Business Administration.

GROW South Dakota is a non-profit agency based in Sisseton, South Dakota serving over 10,000 annually through housing, community and economic development.

For more information about the Workshop call (605) 626-2565. GROW South Dakota is an equal opportunity lender, employer and provider.

Free concert at Zion Community Church, Wilmot

"Out of the Dust," a Nashville-based recording artist, will be giving a free concert at Zion Community Church in Wilmot, SD, Monday, July 30 at 7 p.m.

The husband and wife duo Chris and Stephanie Teague have been making their way around the country this summer giving house and church concerts with their pop folk style music.

The Teagues' story of downfall, divorce, and miraculous redemption and remarriage is woven deep into the fabric of their music, and it is one that has been shared all over the world through outlets such as Fox News, The 700 Club, and Family Life Today.

The passion they share is to tell of God's beautiful and majestic redemption through music that is stirring, thoughtful, and uniquely their own.

Worship Leader Magazine called them "One of the best undiscovered bands in the country" and CCM Magazine raved of the "tight-knit harmonies and rousing choruses" that are found on their debut album that allows any listener to "connect with their honesty and emotional delivery."

Their single "All That I'm Made For" has had success on radio stations across the nation as well as in the UK and Canada.

The public is invited to attend this donation-based tour. Attendees may make a donation at the conclusion of the concert to support their ministry. Learn more about Out of the Dust at their website,

More than 130,000 injured vets due tax refunds because of computer glitch

By Kathy Kristoff

Moneywatch – July 12, 2018 – More than 130,000 U.S. veterans who were released from service due to injuries sustained in combat are due substantial federal income tax refunds because of a Department of Defense error that stretched on for decades.

For 25 years, between 1991 and 2016, a computer glitch at the agency caused non-taxable disability severance payments to be subject to income taxes, a Defense Department official told CBS MoneyWatch. The government is now trying to help veterans or their survivors recover these old overpayments, each of which is expected to result in refunds of $1,750 or more.

For vets who may be due a refund, the compensation process is likely to be complicated given that many taxpayers not have saved decades-old tax records. However, it is well worth the effort. The National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP), a nonprofit advocacy group that originally discovered the tax mistake, estimates that some veterans are due refunds exceeding $10,000.

"I would encourage veterans and surviving family members to contact a Veterans Service Officer to help navigate the process," said Doug Nordman, a retired military officer who now writes The Military Guide blog. "Every case is going to be different."

Where are these refunds coming from, and how can vets claim them?

Disability payments made to combat-injured veterans are supposed to be tax-free. The problem occurred when the Defense Department's automated payment system failed to differentiate disability severance payments from taxable income from 1991 to 2016.

As a result, the agency withheld its standard 20-25 percent from pay, and some 300,000 combat-injured servicemen and women released from service during that 25-year period unknowingly overpaid their taxes. Some of these veterans are believed to have spotted and corrected the error on their own. However, many had no idea that they had overpaid. The government believes more than 130,000 have yet to claim refunds.

U. S. tax law typically bars taxpayers from filing refund claims more than three years past the tax return filing date. But after discovering the error, the National Veterans Legal Services Program felt the mistake was so egregious that it was set to file a lawsuit against the government for not flagging and fixing the mistake.

Instead, two U.S. senators -- Sen. Mark Warner, D.-Virigina, and Sen. John Boozman, R-Arizona. -- in 2016 sponsored legislation to allow all affected veterans to claim refunds – regardless of the statute of limitations – eliminating the need to sue. That law, the "Combat-Injured Veterans Tax Fairness Act," passed and went into effect at the beginning of 2017. It has taken the Defense Department until now to determine which veterans were affected by the tax issue and how much each vet overpaid.

How would I know if I am due a refund?

Many veterans (or their deceased spouse/relative) who got a disability discharge between January 1991 and the end of 2016, and also received a disability severance payment from the Defense Department, are likely to be affected. (Regular monthly disability income payments made by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs are apparently not impacted.)

If vets received one of these severance payments and didn't already file a refund claim, they should receive a letter in the mail from the Defense Department explaining how much income they received that was subject to improper taxation. They have one year from the receipt of that letter to file an amended tax return and claim their refund.

When should I expect that letter?

The Defense Department started sending these letters on July 9 and expects to continue the notifications through July 20.

What if I don't get a letter?

If vets believe they're due a refund but don't receive official notification, they may still file an amended tax return and claim it. The process is just more difficult.

How do I make a claim?

If veterans got a letter, there are two options. They can follow the instructions to fill out a full form 1040X (amended return) using the amount of improperly taxed income in the DoD letter. There is also a simplified default method, which requires that they merely write "Disability Severance Payment" on line 15 of the 1040X form and claim a standard refund amount that is based on the year that they received a severance payment.

The default refund amount is:

$1,750 for tax years 1991 through 2005

$2,400 for tax years 2006 through 2010

$3,200 for tax years 2011 through 2016

What's the best method to use?

The default method is the simplest, but it could result in a lower payout if service people were in the military for a long time or were higher-ranking officers.


Because the improperly taxed lump-sum disability severance payments were based on a formula that multiples two months of base pay by every year of service. For example, if a vet's base pay was $1,000 per month and he or she was in the service for five years ending in 1991, the person would've paid tax on an additional $10,000 in income ($1,000 x 2 x 5). Assuming a 25 percent tax rate,a vet would've overpaid by $2,500. In this case, the default payment would offer $750 less than due.

However, if you had the same base pay but were in the service for just three years ending in 1991, you would have overpaid on just $6,000 -- resulting in $1,500 of overpaid tax. In that case, the default method for claiming a refund would be the best deal.

Experts expect the Defense letters to provide details on the amount of income on which affected veterans were improperly taxed, which should make the determination of which method to use simpler.

If I want to file a full 1040X to get the better refund, do I need to have a copy of the appropriate year's tax return?

Yes. If you don't have it (understandable), you can request it from the IRS. But realize that even the IRS has a limit on how long it maintains old tax returns. If the relevant tax return is more than seven years old, vets may have to reconstruct it as best they can.

"We certainly hope there is going to be a lesser standard of proof applied to these cases, but we don't yet know," said David Sonenshine, senior staff attorney with the National Veterans Legal Services Program.

IRS officials could not say Thursday whether normal standards of proof would be waived with these returns. All Disability Severance claims should be sent to:

Internal Revenue Service

333 W. Pershing Street, Stop 6503, P5

Kansas City, MO 64108

What if the service member is deceased?

If a deceased vet's surviving spouse filed a joint return for the relevant year, he or she can use the same 1040X procedure as everyone else. However, if you are a court-appointed representative or trustee filing on behalf of the estate, you will need to file an additional form – Form 1310 (Statement of Person Claiming a Refund Due to a Deceased Taxpayer) -- as well.

What if I'm due a refund but don't get a notification letter from the Defense Department?

Vets may still file a refund claim, but they will need a copy of the form DD-214 or a letter from the Defense Finance and Accounting Services explaining the severance payment. They will also require a copy of the VA disability determination letter that specified that the service member's injury or illness was incurred as a direct result of armed conflict while in extra-hazardous service, or in simulated war exercises, or caused by an instrument of war. Don't have those? Contact the Defense Finance and Account Services to get the necessary proof.


The Defense Department recognizes that the process for claiming a refund is complex, and is in the process of compiling a list of resources to provide help for former service members. This list is expected to be provided to the media on Monday. The NVLSP is also standing by to help. You can reach this organization by email at

Healthy Kids column –

Stress Epidemic

By Sonia J. Magat, D.O., Ph.D.

Within the last 2 decades, there has been a continuous rise in society-wide stress with consequences showing in the worsening of people's health and well-being.

Stress related disorders and diseases such as obesity, diabetes, sleep disorders and cardiovascular diseases have also increased. In 2016-2017, there was a 36% increase in anxiety among adults, mainly baby boomers and millennials.

In America today, schools report more behavioral problems encountered, there is less civility in many workplaces and people exhibiting increased aggression and tension at home and in public is now normal.

Social inequality triggers the stress epidemic. Factors contributing to social inequality are income, assets, education and family background. There is income inequality in the U.S. with about 90% of the population having less than 50% earned income.

In order to address this stress epidemic, we need to understand the sources of stress in the biological and psychological levels.

The new book by the psychologist, Daniel P. Keating, ("Born Anxious", 2017), gives a comprehensive summary of the cycle of stress dysregulation, social inequality and stress epidemic as well as providing means of breaking the cycle.

Dr. Keating wrote that one biological origin of stress can occur early in life in response to adverse experiences. A modification occurs in the way that the genes are expressed called "epigenetic modification" Genes produce and release biochemicals in the body for specific purposes. In response to stress, the hormone cortisol is released. Once the stress is over, another gene is designed to turn off the output of cortisol. However, when epigenetic modification occurs, the feedback system shuts down and the cortisol release is not turned off, producing a build- up of cortisol in the body resulting in a constant state of stress called stress dysregulation (SDR). Increased cortisol level is toxic to most organs, causing diseases/disorders. This SDR can happen at any age, from early childhood to adulthood. What more, this epigenetic modification is passed down to generations.

Breaking the cycle leading to stress epidemic entails a change in our lifestyle, good parenting and better communication with others. Some of the means suggested by Dr. Daniel P. Keating in his book includes:

A.  Early Childhood to adolescence:

*Parental responsiveness and secure attachments

*Mindful parenting: setting appropriate-age boundaries and expectations, promoting resilience.

*Strong social connections with a range of people at different times during development.

B.  Adulthood

*Regular physical activity and mindfulness based stress reduction

*Social support and integration

*Reduce workplace stress. Develop a sense of purpose in the tasks we have

*Prenatal care and wage support during maternity leave

There is also a decline in social status among the population due to decrease investment in human development. A Nobel- prize winning economist, James Heckman reported in 2010 that when children are provided early development and learning programs, benefits will reduce overall expenditures. For every dollar invested in high quality comprehensive programs, there is an equivalent return of 2 to 7 dollars in savings to the country.

In Canada, aspects of social support are viewed as a "right" rather than public charity. In the US, Americans are fighting to keep Social Security and Medicare because they consider these programs as social insurance, not charity, since they have paid for them.

In order to reduce the stress that we and our family experience, consider how our choices affect our health and our children's development. Encourage resilience and practice mindfulness. Consider what individual "rights" are available for opportunities to "thrive" rather than "struggle" to improve the quality of the social environment that we live in.

The goal to avoid stress in our lives and reduce the stress epidemic in our society should begin with ourselves, our family and our social connections and ultimately help to promote a healthier and less stressful present generation of Americans.

Your Cancer-Prevention Strategy

When thinking about your day-to-day life, your plans probably don't include surgery or chemotherapy. While no one can ward off cancer for certain, many risk factors lie within your control. Follow these five steps to help defend against the big C.

1. Control Your Weight

About two-thirds of American are considered overweight or obese. Extra pounds can help increase your cancer risk, especially when the excess weight has settled around your waist. Fat tissue produces hormones such as estrogen. These hormones promote abnormal cell growth and are linked to colon cancer.

Take Action: Your doctor can help you determine your ideal weight. Small changes— including reducing portion sizes, avoiding fried foods and sugary drinks, consuming plenty of vegetables, or exercising more—can help make a big difference. By reaching and maintaining a healthy weight, you may reduce your cancer risk.

2. Eat More Fruits and Veggies

Fruits and vegetables contain high levels of antioxidants, which can help keep your body healthy and ward off your cancer risk. It's recommended that you fill at least two-thirds of your plate with vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and beans.

Research has shown that fruits and veggies can help protect against lung, mouth, and esophageal cancer, among others.

Take Action: Load up on fruits and veggies, as well as whole-grain bread and pasta, to help get the most health benefits. Remember to check with your doctor before changing your diet.

3. Limit Red and Processed Meat

Food manufacturers add compounds called nitrites to foods like lunchmeat and hot dogs. They help with color and fight bacteria that make you sick—but nitrites also may contribute to tumor formation.

Research shows that regularly eating any amount of processed meat increases the risk of stomach and colorectal cancer. Red meat (beef, pork, and lamb) also has been linked to colorectal cancer, though scientists aren't quite sure why. Eating more than 18 ounces of red meat per week increases the risk.

Take Action: Choose fish, poultry, and beans as your sources of protein more often than red meat or processed products. And cook all meat by baking, broiling, or poaching. Frying, or grilling at a high temperature also may produce potentially cancer-causing compounds.

4. Stay Active

The American Institute for Cancer Research estimates that diet and exercise habits contribute to close to one-third of the most common cancers in the U.S.

Staying active helps to boost your immune system, so it can help nip tumors in the bud. What's more, exercise controls levels of hormones that influence cancer risk.

Take Action: Any amount of exercise is better than none. Start where you are and build up slowly—say, adding a 10-minute walk per week, and working toward 30 minutes of moderate activity each day. And keep moving, even if you do receive a cancer diagnosis. Exercise both helps to improve your quality of life during treatment and helps increase your chances of surviving.

5. Curb Smoking and Drinking

Smoking tobacco is ranked as the chief cause of cancer worldwide, leading to almost 6 million deaths per year.

And lung cancer isn't the only malignancy linked to tobacco. Toxins from cigarettes can contribute to tumors in your colon and rectum, kidney and bladder, mouth, and breast, among other places. Cigars, pipes, and "light" cigarettes are also considered a threat.

Keep tabs on your alcohol consumption, too. Your risk for cancer, including mouth, larynx, esophagus, liver, breast, and colorectum, increases if you consume more than two alcoholic beverages per day. Consuming small amounts on a regular basis can increase your risk for certain cancers, such as breast, as well.

Take Action: If you are a smoker, quit. If you choose to drink alcohol, don't consume more than the recommended daily amount of alcohol. For men, it is two standard drinks per day; for women, it is one standard drink a day.

Tilt the Odds in Your Favor

Though cancer is the second-leading cause of death in America, the number of survivors is growing. Even if malignancy alters your agenda, healthy lifestyle choices can help treatments work better and improve your life while you undergo them.

The information provided is intended to help you make informed decisions. Consult your physician before making major changes in your lifestyle or health care regimen.


Provided by United Healthcare Insurance Company.

Tackling Juvenile Diabetes

By Rep. Kristi Noem

July 13, 2018

Never underestimate the power of your story. That's typically my advice when folks ask what they can do to influence policy. Just tell your story.

Each week, dozens of South Dakotans do.

In some cases, people will share how federal policy impacts their jobs or career fields. In other instances, they'll offer up changes that could create more opportunity. But many times, they'll talk about a challenge their family faces, recognizing that many others likely face the same obstacle. That was the case when I met with a juvenile diabetes research advocate this summer.

It's rare to find a family whose story hasn't been touched by diabetes. In South Dakota alone, more than 40,000 people live with the disease, many of whom are children.

I had three nephews who were diagnosed young. My nephew Hunter learned he had Type I diabetes when he was in elementary school, and his brother was diagnosed a few years later. Another one of my nephews was just diagnosed a couple years ago. He's 17 now. Growing up with juvenile diabetes has rarely been easy for my nephews, but more often than not they've embraced the challenge, learning resilience, personal responsibility, and compassion for others. I'm pretty proud of them.

We've learned together, as a family, how to manage the disease, but it took time to make the necessary adjustments. Nonetheless, the changes made a world of difference. Unfortunately, an estimated 21,000 South Dakotans aren't even aware they have the disease, as it's easy to cast aside the symptoms, which include extreme thirst, itchy skin, increased hunger, unexpected weight loss, or slow-healing wounds. Some people also experience drowsiness or extreme nausea. If you or someone you love has experienced these signs, it's important to consult a doctor.

Even in the short time since my nephews were diagnosed, new information about how to best manage diabetes has surfaced. And more investments are being made into research and biomedical innovation every day.

From a policy perspective, we've cut some of the burdensome red tape that had made it difficult for innovation to thrive. For instance, in 2016, the 21st Century Cures Act was signed into law. This landmark legislation removed regulatory burdens that slow the pace of scientific advancement and put patients at the heart of the regulatory review process. It also modernized clinical trials and streamlined processes that made it difficult to translate discoveries into FDA-approved treatments.

Many of these policy changes came because people were willing to tell of the challenges their families faced. Your experiences can have an incredible impact too, so never underestimate the power of your story.

A Hard Pill to Swallow

By Richard P. Holm, MD

I know it's human nature to try to find the easiest way of doing something and to look for ways to avoid unnecessary work. Unfortunately, our modern tools of convenience and entertainment have led us to the couch where we watch others move their muscles instead of moving our own. Why then is it a surprise that we feel so tired, weak, sad, and listless as we just sit there? What makes it worse is that while we're watching, somebody advertises a pill that falsely promises to provide all the same good health benefits that come from the exercise we are lacking. Is it a surprise that we believe it?

A friend told me about his brother who actually said, "I don't have to exercise or watch what I eat anymore since I'm taking a statin (lipid-lowering drug)." Indeed, many medicines, herbs, and vitamins inappropriately promise that sort of thing.

In fact, there are many people who will sell you medicine which promises to prevent strokes, heart attacks, hardening of the arteries, and aging. Many of these pills have some theoretical basis for that promise. Take for example vitamin E, which had a large group of scientists thinking it could prevent premature aging. In a long-term study, however, vitamin E simply didn't make any significant difference in reducing heart attack, stroke, or death.

Another example of a false promise is chelation. A very specific treatment for heavy metal poisoning, chelation has recently become popular in alternative medicine practices as a treatment for heart disease, theoretically decalcifying the arteries to prevent heart disease and strokes. One would like it to work, but under scientific scrutiny, it simply removes necessary calcium from your bones and doesn't significantly reduce vascular calcium deposits. Those who advertise chelation will tell you differently, but (as you know, dear reader) words that are meant to sell a product are different than words meant to explain a scientifically proven fact.

Bottom line: There is no magical pill or potion for the condition of inactivity. Watching others run down the football field won't improve your vascular health or give you the energy, strength, and positive attitude that comes with a walk or a work out. Walk a mile (12 blocks) a day and see what happens. Exercise is powerful medicine; you just have to do it.

Watch On Call with the Prairie Doc® most Thursdays at 7 p.m. central on SDPTV and follow the Prairie Doc® on Facebook and YouTube for free and easy access to the entire Prairie Doc® library.

Youth, school activities highlights –

Education watch on the Lake Traverse Reservation

Team Wambdi competes in tournament

The Team Wambdi boys, and SWO Ladies, competed last week in the 16th annual Maricopa Native Basketball Tournament, sponsored by the NABI Foundation.

The tourney was held from July 8-14 at Maricopa, Arizona.

Games have been broadcast live over KXSW-FM by announcer Tom Wilson.

In a video of Coach Francis Crawford, Francis thanks the community for fundraising, and Tribal Executives and Tribal Council for their support for the travel and opportunity to compete on behalf of the SWO.

The coach also thanks Tom and KXSW for traveling with the team and streaming the games live over the radio and internet.

Watch for results, and photos, in next week's Sota.

"Totus Tuus" vacation Bible program offered

The "Totus Tuus" VBS program is being offered at St. Kateri Tekakwitha Hall in Sisseton, SD.


Youth in grades 1-6 (2018-19 school year):

Monday, July 23rd through Thursday, July 26th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (bring a sack lunch)

Youth in grades 7-12 (2018-19 school year):

Sunday, July 22nd through Wednesday, July 25th from 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Potluck will be shared on Wednesday, July 25th from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at St. Kateri's Hall.

Please bring a dish to pass.

The kids will put on a little program.

Everyone is welcome!

To register contact Michelle at the Catholic Community Center, 120 E Chestnut St, Sisseton; or call 698-7414; or go to the website



Multiple Federal Home Loan Bank

Homeownership Rehab Projects


The Sisseton Wahpeton Housing Authority (SWHA) on this 13th day of July, 2018, herein provides notification that bids will be received for multiple Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLB) Rehabilitation Projects for multiple homeowner residences in various locations within the Reservation.

The Scope of Work and Bid Schedules for homeownership projects within each round may be found at the Sisseton Wahpeton Housing Authority office and provided by the Contract Specialist or FHLB Inspector Glen Wanna.

Contractor Requirements to be submitted with sealed bids:

*Copy of Tribal Business License

*Copy of Liability Insurance

*Copy of Workmen's Comp

For more information please contact the following:

SWO Tribal Employment Rights Office (TERO)

Mr. Delray German                 


SWO Tax Office (Business License)

Ms. Linda Thompson


Sealed bids for the first round of homeownership rehab projects must be submitted by a filled in bid sheet and will be received by the Sisseton Wahpeton Housing Authority beginning on July 16, 2018 and ending on July 23, 2018 at 2:00 pm. Sealed bids for the second round of homeownership rehab projects must be submitted by a filled in bid sheet and will be received by the Sisseton Wahpeton Housing Authority beginning on July 23, 2018 and ending on August 13, 2018 at 2:00 pm. Any bids received after this time and date will not be opened and sent back to the bidder. Acceptable sealed bids for the first round will be opened by the SWHA Executive Director, SWHA Contract Specialist and SWHA Housing Board on July 23, 2018 at 3:30 pm in the SWHA Conference Room and second round on August 13, 2018 at 3:30 pm in the SWHA Conference Room.

Notice of this Request for Bids herein is posted on the bulletin boards of Sisseton Wahpeton Housing Authority, Sisseton, SD; SWO TERO Office, Agency Village, SD; as well as the Sota Iya Ye Yapi Tribal Newspaper.

The Sisseton Wahpeton Housing Authority and SWHA Board of Commissioners reserves the right to accept or reject any and/or all bids received for this project. For further information and a copy of the SWHA Bid Schedules for Scopes of Work please contact:

David Spider, Contract Specialist

Sisseton Wahpeton Housing Authority

605 Lydia Goodsell St.

Sisseton, South Dakota 57262

Phone: 605-698-3901


Cell: 605-237-1748




Project: Enemy Swim Head Start

RFB#: 07/05/18

The Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Head Start on this 5th day of July, 2018 herein provides notification that bids will be received for the Enemy Swim Head Start Roof Replacement Project located in Enemy Swim, South Dakota on the west side of the Enemy Swim Community Center.

Work performed will include equipment, transportation, permits, materials and labor to complete the following per specifications and any manufacturer's warranty specifications and will include a contractor's warranty of work for one-year commencing from completion and acceptance of the project.

*Removal & disposal of the existing shingles

*Removal and replacement of the existing underlayment and decking/sheathing

*Removal and replacement of existing roof insulation

*Removal and disposal of the existing soffit, fascia, gutters, downspouts and splashguards

*Inspection, removal and disposal of all existing vents

*Install vent for cooking stove

*Install hood for cooking stove

*Removal and resetting of any existing antennas or satellites

*Materials and installation of underlayment, felt material, decking/sheathing

*Materials and installation of D rib steel, insulation, foam, lumber, versa vents and all other materials and hardware

*Materials and installation of .032" thickness seamless rain gutters, downspouts, splash blocks or approved equal

*Materials and installation of soffit, fascia and drip edge

*Materials and installation of all new furnace, sewer and other vents

*Site cleanup and removal of all debris and materials

Bidder shall be responsible for conducting site review, inspection of project area and recording and taking all measurements associated with furnishing materials and completing the tasks listed above. To schedule the site review, contact Lynn Halbert at 605-698-3103.

Sealed bids must have bid schedule sheet completed in full with quantities, unit cost per bid item, total cost per bid item and total cost for project. Failure to complete the bid schedule completely will result in an incomplete bid and will not be considered.

All sealed bids must include, along with bid schedule sheet:

*Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Tribal Business License

*Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate TERO Certification, if applicable

*Workmen's Compensation Coverage

*Liability Insurance

Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate TERO and Tribal Tax requirements:

*TERO Tax - 3.00 %

*SWO Tribal Use Tax - 5.50 %

*SWO Tribal Excise Tax - 2.00 %

Any questions regarding TERO and SWO Tribal Tax please contact the SWO TERO Office or the SWO Tribal Tax Office at (605) 698-3911.

Sealed bids will be received by the Procurement Office beginning on July 16, 2018 and closing on July 30th at 3:00 pm with project and company name on the envelope. Any bids received after this time and date will not be opened and sent back to the bidder. Acceptable sealed bids will be opened by the SWO Head Start Director, Procurement and Tribal Secretary's office on July 30th at 3:30 pm at the Tribal Secretary's Office, Tribal Administration Building.

Notice of this Request for Bids herein is posted on the bulletin boards of Sisseton Wahpeton Housing Authority, Sisseton; SD; SWO TERO, Agency Village, SD; SWO Head Start, Agency Village, SD; Enemy Swim Head Start, Enemy Swim, SD; and copies of the same supplied to all building suppliers and builders exchanges located on or near the Lake Traverse Reservation, SD. The SWO Head Start reserves the right to accept or reject any and/or all bids received for this project.

Contact the Procurement Office for copies of bid schedule, specifications and copies of any other forms and/or project documents: or 605-698-3911 Ext. 8258

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



Request for Proposals

Enemy Swim Day School is soliciting bids for a cleaning contractor to provide janitorial services. Our school, located at 13525 446th Avenue, Waubay, South Dakota is approximately 65,000 square feet, and in the 2018-19 school year will serve approximately 200 students and 65 staff on a daily basis. We require a contractor to provide the nightly cleaning of the school facilities during the school year between the hours of 3:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m., from August 13, 2018 to May 31, 2019. A pre-bid meeting and walk-through will be held on an individual basis, please call Ed Johnson at (605) 947-4606, ext. 3030 to schedule a date and time.

The chosen contractor must be able to provide, at the contractor's own expense, the background clearances required under tribal, state, and federal law for each worker they assign to our facility. We will explain to the contractor how to obtain those clearances. Contractor must also comply with the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Tribal Business License Ordinance Chapter 53. The Request for Proposals document may be obtained from the Business Office at the Enemy Swim Day School or email Ed Johnson, Facilities Manager, Proposals are due via email to Ed Johnson ( or fax to: (605) 947-4188, mailed or hand-delivered to Ed Johnson, Enemy Swim Day School, Facilities Manager, by 1:00 p.m. on Friday, July 27, 2018.







CASE NO: D-18-677-499



And concerning:


RONALD HEITLAND, Jr., Alleged Father, Parents.


Take notice that the hearing on the Petition for Termination of Parental Rights of the above named minor child will be held at the above named Court, Agency Village, outside the city of Sisseton, County of Roberts, South Dakota, on the of 1st day of AUGUST, 2018 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 10th day of July, 2018.



ATTEST: Eileen Pfeiffer, Clerk of Courts


Trading Post ads

Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate

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

Cook, Head Start

Closing Date: July 20th, 2018 @ 04:30 PM

Parole Officer, Department of Parole

Payroll Manager, Payroll/Finance

Bus Driver/Custodian (2-positions), Head Start

Teacher (4-positions), Head Start

Teacher Aide (4-positions), Head Start

Closing Date: July 27th, 2018 @ 04:30 PM

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


Sisseton School District 54-2

Positions Available

The Sisseton School District 54-2 has an opening for a full-time cook. Application may be picked up at the business office at 516 8th Ave W Sisseton, SD 57262. Position is opened until filled. It is the policy of the Sisseton Board of Education that no otherwise qualified person will be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any district program or activity on the basis of race, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, natural origin, or disability. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies: Superintendent of Schools, 516 8th Avenue West, Sisseton, SD 57262-1262, (605) 698-7613 Ext. 113 or 114.

The Sisseton School District 54-2 has openings for regular and substitute bus drivers wage is at $19.50 an hour. Includes health insurance and retirement contributions. Employer will fund CDL class B license. If interested, contact Joe Anderson for more information at 698-7613 Ext. 240. EOE.

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



Browns Valley Public School

Browns Valley School is seeking a long-term Elementary teacher for the 2018-2019 School Year. Applicants are required to have an Elementary K-6 License.

Application Process: Application forms may be requested from the district office, 320-695-2103 or downloaded from

Send cover letter, three letters of recommendation, resume, copy of transcripts and current Minnesota teaching license to:

Denise Pikarksi

Browns Valley School

Box N 118 Church Street

Browns Valley, MN 56219

Open until filled.



Browns Valley Public School

Browns Valley School is seeking a full-time Title VI Teacher for the 2018-19 school year.

Application Process: Application forms may be requested from the district office, 320-695-2103 or

Send cover letter, three letters of recommendation, resume, copy of transcripts and teaching license to:

Denise Pikarski, Principal

Browns Valley School

Box N 118 Church Street

Browns Valley, MN 56219

Open until filled.



Dakota Magic Casino

Job Openings

Count Department:

Team Member (5 Full-Time) 3:00 am to finish

C-Store Department:

Clerk (Full-Time) where needed

Foods Department:

Bus Person (5 Full-Time) where needed

Cashier (2 Full-Time) where needed

Hotel Department:

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

Night Audit Clerk (Full-Time) Graveyard

Management Information Systems Department

PC Technician (Full-Time) Rotating

Purchasing Department:

Clerk (Full-Time) Day

Security Department:

Officer (6 Full-Time) Rotating

Slots Department:

Technician (3 Full-Time) where needed

Smoke/Gift shop Department:

Clerk (Full-Time) Day

Table Games Department:

Dealer (3 Full-Time) Rotating

Uniforms Department:

Attendant (2 Full-Time) where needed

Closing Date: July 20, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.

Starting Wage: D.O.E.

High School Diploma or GED required for most positions

Two identifications documents required upon hire

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


Dakota Sioux Casino & Hotel

Job Openings

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



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

REQUIREMENTS: 1-3 months related experience. Able to occasionally lift or move up to 25 lbs. Must obtain Non-Gaming license upon hire.

*SERVICES CLERK "Shuttle Driver"(2 Full-Time) Various shifts/weekends

GENERAL FUNCTION: Provides services to guests of hotel and/or casino which include: bellhop duties, coat check duties, and shuttle driver.

REQUIREMENTS: High school diploma or G.E.D. preferred. Must have good customer service skills. Ability to communicate verbally. Ability to handle diverse situations and/or people. Must obtain Non-Gaming license upon hire. Must have valid driver's license. Ability to lift 75lbs. Standing, bending, stooping and reaching. Available to work weekends and late nights. Exposure to outside weather conditions.

These positions will close on July 18, 2018 at 4 pm.

Indian Preference will apply/EEO.

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

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


Dakota Sioux Casino & Hotel

Job Openings

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


GENERAL FUNCTION: Must have excellent customer service background. Must have good   communication skills, must greet customers and welcome varies venders entering establishment.

REQUIREMENTS: Must have a High school diploma or G.E.D. equivalent. Must be neat in appearance, must have working knowledge in retail sales operation. Operate Micros system cash register, receive varies payment types. Must be able to lift, bend and use a step ladder. Must obtain a Non-Gaming License upon hire.

This position will close on July 18, 2018 at 4 pm.

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):

CAGE: CASHIER (1 Full-Time)

GENERAL FUNCTION: Responsible for providing out casino guests with excellent cashier services efficiently and accurately while maintaining a friendly and positive attitude. Services include cash exchange and check cashing transactions, as well as other monetary transfer of funds.

REQUIREMENTS: High school diploma or GED equivalent. Available to work all shifts (day, swing, graveyard) Total accountability for imprest bank. Computer knowledge helpful. Customer service a must. Must obtain Key Gaming License upon hire.

This position will close on July 18, 2018 at 4 pm.

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

Accounting Department:

Revenue Audit Clerk/Slot Analyst (1) primarily week-ends, Friday-Tuesday. Good oral and written communication and motivational skills, computer literate, knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Word, Infinium, Oasis Windows, accounting skills required. Previous bookkeeping experience, 6 months accounting experience. Ability to maintain confidentiality & handle confidential material. Must be at least 21 years old, must have a High school diploma or GED. Must be able to obtain a Key Gaming License.

Restaurant Department:

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

Opening date: Thursday, July 12, 2018

Closing date: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 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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