sota on-line masthead

 

Picture Picks of the Week

Don't miss out -- Click here
View the best pictures from this week's Sota
In full color!

Link to KXSW Reznet videos here.

SWO GIS Online

Regional COVID-19 Map

Worldwide COVID-19 Map

Next Sota will be printed, distributed Tuesday, May 26 due to Monday's Memorial Day observance; Please remember the sacrifices of our Veterans/Akicita

Tribal Council suspends Chairman White

Agency Village, SD – May 22, 2020 – SWO Tribal Council suspended Chairman White for unspecified "violation of the code of ethics" this afternoon.

The suspension is pending until a removal hearing is held.

SWO Tribal Secretary Myrna Thompson has five days to serve formal charges on the Chairman, then he will be given an opportunity to respond.

From the SWO Constitution and By-Laws:

ARTICLE VI - VACANCIES, REMOVAL AND RECALL FROM OFFICE

Section 1. If a Councilman or Officer shall die, resign or be removed from office for cause, the Tribal Council shall declare the position vacant. (As amended by Amendment No. XXVlll, effective December 7, 2000.)

(a) The affected District shall fill the vacancy of a Councilman by holding a special election within sixty (60) days of the declared vacancy. If an Executive Officer position becomes vacant, a reservation election shall be held to fill the vacancy within sixty (60) days of the declared position. (As amended by Amendment No. XI effective November 15, 2006.)

(b) If an Executive Officer position becomes vacant, a reservation wide Election shall be held to fill the vacancy within forty-five (45) days of the declared vacancy.

Sec. 2. Any Councilman or Officer who is proven guilty of improper conduct or gross neglect of duty shall be removed from the Council by an affirmative vote of five of the Council members, provided that the member shall be given full opportunity to reply to any and all charges at a designated Council meeting; and provided further that the member shall have been given a written statement of the charges against him at least five (5) days before the meeting at which he is to be given the opportunity to reply. The Councilman or Officer found guilty of improper action shall not vote on his own removal. (As amended by Amendment XXIV, effective April 15, 1997.)

Sec. 3. The voters of any District, by petition signed by twenty percent (20%) of the Registered voters in the District, may request the recall of a District Councilman for cause. The recall of members of the Executive Committee may be requested by a petition signed by twenty percent (20%) of the registered voters from the Reservation-at-large. The Tribal Council shall hold a special election on all such recall petitions. Any resulting vacancies shall be filled under Section I of this Article. No more than one recall election for each Councilman or Officer shall be held for each term of office. (As amended by Amendment No. XXIX, effective December 7, 2000.)

Sec. 4. Any Councilman or Officer, who fails to attend three (3) successive monthly meetings without excuse, shall be considered to have resigned his office. The Council shall then declare the position vacant and fill the vacancy pursuant to

the provisions of Section I, of this Article.

Sec. 5. Any petition for recall for cause shall clearly state specific charges or reasons which may include but is not limited to: abandonment of office, dereliction of duty, dishonesty, incompetency, or heedless of public opinion. (As added by Amendment No. XXX; effective December 7, 2000.)

ND Joint Information Center –

Positive COVID-19 Test Results

Bismarck, May 22, 2020 – Results listed are from the previous day.

INDIVIDUAL WHO DIED WITH COVID-19

· Man in his 80s from Cass County with underlying health conditions.

COUNTIES WITH NEW POSITIVE CASES REPORTED TODAY

Burleigh County - 2

Cass County – 74

Eddy County – 6

Emmons County – 1

Grand Forks County – 1

Griggs County – 1

Richland County – 1

Ward County – 1

Williams County - 3

BY THE NUMBERS

77,447 - Total Number of Tests Completed* (+2,477 total tests from yesterday)

62,830 – Total Unique Individuals Tested* (+1,551 unique individuals from yesterday)

60,513 – Total Negative (+1,463 unique individuals from yesterday)

2,317 – Total Positive (+90 unique individuals from yesterday)

After investigation it was determined that one case from Cass was from out of state and one case from Cass was determined to be a false positive.

3.6% – Daily Positivity Rate

Because the serial tests completed and added to the total number of tests completed can result in new individuals who test positive, the daily positivity rate will be calculated using the total positives for the day by the daily number of tests completed instead of the daily number of unique individuals tested.

147 – Total Hospitalized (+3 individuals from yesterday)

39 – Currently Hospitalized (+0 individuals from yesterday)

1,405 – Total Recovered (+65 individuals from yesterday)

52 – Total Deaths (+1 individual from yesterday)

* Note that this does not include individuals from out of state and has been updated to reflect the most recent information discovered after cases were investigated.

For descriptions of these categories, visit the NDDoH dashboard.

For the most updated and timely information and updates related to COVID-19, visit the NDDoH website at www.health.nd.gov/coronavirus, follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and visit the CDC website at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.

  Obituaries Editorials Editor's column Education
Legals
Trading post

 

 

Volume 51 Issue No. 21

Anpetu Iyamni, Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Inside this Edition –

2020 Memorial Day observances to follow COVID-19 guidelines

Chairman White updates the Oyate on COVID-19 state of emergency

"SWO COVID-19 Testing Day" at Dakota Magic Thursday

Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate lose Kurt BlueDog

Census 2020 lagging on Lake Traverse Reservation

April 2020 Tribal Council proceedings

IHS COVID-19 Hotline Phone Number 605-742-3735

SWO COVID-19 Hotline Phone Number 605-698-8249

Reminder: Deadline for receiving copy is Friday noon

CARES Act Direct Assistance to SWO government arrives; COVID-19 Updates and CRF funding

By Tribal Chairman Donovan White

I am happy to report that SWO has received just over $15 million dollars or 60% of the Tribe's share of the ($8 billion) Direct Assistance for Tribal Governments set-aside though the CARES Act's Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF).

The remaining 40% will be distributed in coming weeks – more funds are coming.

We want to make sure, however, this sudden influx of CARES Act funding does not turn into a free-for-all – as has happened in the past, with new funding.

I am officially putting the COVID-19 Taskforce, led by the Tribal Vice-Chairman, ON NOTICE to stop spending money assuming that it is reimbursable through the CARES Act or FEMA. That is a risky assumption.

The COVID-19 Taskforce reports directly to Tribal Council and must submit detailed expenditure budgets for the $1.1 million in Emergency Funding it attained in the middle of March 2020.

This $1.1 million Emergency Funding is NOT part of the CARES Act appropriation that falls directly under my management and the Planning Office.

This money was taken from the remaining Settlement funds that are supposed to be for the new jail; now that the CRF is here it needs to be reimbursed and returned.

Circumventing the Tribal Council's authority over $1.1 million Emergency Funding is a blatant violation of the tribe's procurement policies and a constitutional violation.

Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) - Time and Purpose Restricted Funding

Let me make it clear that CRF monies must be expended within a certain period of availability [time restriction] for purposes that are identified in the award documents.

My team and the consultants we have hired are working around the clock to ensure that these initial $15 million dollars are budgeted and spent according to the grant guidelines.

CRF monies must be used to pay extrabudgetary or unbudgeted "necessary expenditures" arising due to the COVID-19 outbreak between March 1 and December 30, 2020.

To this end, here are some of needed COVID-19 RESPONSE projects moving forward.

SWO CARES Act Crisis Response

The Coronavirus hit our tribe hard both in terms of mortality (death) and morbidity (illness) rates as well as financial losses from our casinos and for-profits.

We project that by the time this is said and done, we will be out at least $10 million dollars in revenues including losses from our hampered gaming operations as well as unexpected loss of life.

Suffice to say that due to poor financial infrastructure, which predates me and my team, our tribe was not ready to produce a faster and stronger response to this pandemic.

Thus, in line with CARES Act funding guidelines, we are prepared to undertake some short-term development projects that will provide long-term sustainability for future outbreaks or crises.

We consider the following as necessary expenditures to be incurred as a result of the public health emergency caused by COVID-19 on our reservation.

COVID-19 Quarantine & In-Patient Tribal Hospital

Due to the lack of COVID-19 quarantine wards in our local medical facilities, we are planning to build a special local COVID-19 tribal hospital next to the Woodrow W. Keeble Memorial Health Care Center.

We want to make sure that our tribal members have access to quality services locally when the infection hits them or their families instead of having to travel to distant cities.

Post-COVID, the facility can be repurposed as the long-term chemical dependency treatment facility we have been wanting, to assist members of our tribe afflicted by alcohol and drug addictions.

COVID-19 Tribal Prison & Police Station

Last month, we had confirmation that one South Dakota correctional facility has been hit by the coronavirus. Due to overcrowding and infection danger posed by COVID-19, many inmates were released.

We will move forward with plans to build a long-term correctional facility at SWO.

Funding also affords us the opportunity to update our tribal police station which is needed to better quarantine and house short-term detainees including those infected who refuse to self-isolate.

Our tribal police can attest that it has been increasingly difficult to fight crime and process lawbreakers with the current limited facilities and staffing.

COVID-19 Tribal Homeless Shelter

I have mentioned before my great concern for our homeless Oyate population, as it relates to COVID-19. They have been more prone to getting infected due to alcoholism and drug addiction.

We must take care of our own. To do this more effectively, I am recommending that we build a special COVID-19 shelter that will serve the cultural and chemical dependency needs of our homeless Oyate members.

Enemy Swim Elderly Safe-Haven Center

Two weeks ago, we had an alarming scare at Enemy Swim with infections skyrocketing in a matter of days, putting our elders there at high risk for infection and likelihood of death.

We have the funding to support construction of a safe haven building to house and protect our SWO elderly population, and we are starting the planning process.

Curfew, Stay-at-Home and Self-Quarantine Orders Still in Effect

Our curfew, stay-at-home and self-quarantine orders are working on the reservation. Our numbers have remained low despite infection and death figures increasing across the state and region.

Please continue to abide by our curfew, the stay-at-home and self-quarantine orders, which continue in effect and will remain into the foreseeable future.

Our tribal police, with my support and the support of your Tribal Council, will continue to enforce these orders to ensure the safety of our elders and those most vulnerable to COVID-19.

SWO Road Blockade Ended

Let it be known that just as we safely ended our highway blockade at SWO, we continue to stand united with our Oglala and Cheyenne River sister tribes who are maintaining COVID-19 checkpoints to protect the health of their members.

We need to make sure that we stand together through thick and thin as the Great Sioux Nation in defense of our sovereignty and treaty rights.

2020 SWO Tribal Council Elections; Election Code Change Push Back

It has come to my attention that the SWO Judicial Committee, which has proposed updating our Tribal Election Code, has been receiving push back from some of your elected Tribal Council members.

Again, I want to reiterate that, just as the State of South Dakota has done by going to a 100% mail-in voting, so should SWO go, in the upcoming election.

Our old Election Code puts at risk our elder and off-reservation populations ability to vote in the fall. Now there is an opportunity to open our elections to ALL of our membership, including beyond our reservation borders.

It is time for our off-reservation tribal member voices to be heard. They are counted and used in most of our funding formulas and the tribe receives funding for them, even while most do not ask or receive any help from the tribe.

Their voices deserve to be heard in our elections. If your current Council and establishment again oppose them, then once again they will have to drive hours upon hours if they want to vote. And that is wrong.

Tell Council and the Executives, they must no longer be kept silent at the polls.

"SWO COVID-19 Testing Day" Thursday at Dakota Magic

Agency Village, SD – May 17, 2020 – Tribal Chairman White announced that a "Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate COVID-19 Testing Day" has been scheduled this Thursday, May 21st, at the Dakota Magic parking lot.

The North Dakota National Guard has mobilized to bring COVID-19 testing kits to all the North Dakota reservations; SWO is the last to be tested.

Last week, in a conference call with the North Dakota and South Dakota Tribal Liaisons it was arranged that the South Dakota Department of Health will also furnish kits.

IHS personnel will be present to assist with the testing.

Here is the schedule:

8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Front Line & Casino Workers.

1:00-3:00 p.m. Public testing.

Lanes will form according to State residency.

ND Testing Kits will be oral (but may change due to inventory).

SD Testing Kits utilize different samples.

ND and SD forms need to be signed separately by IHS staff.

Those who come for testing are advised to please observe physical distancing guidelines.

For information, call the SWO 24 hour COVID-19 Hotline: 605-698-8249.

Observing Memorial Day 2020 on the Lake Traverse Reservation

United Veterans Association –

Federal Memorial Day Observance Schedule

Continuing the tradition of honoring their fallen fellow service members, veterans from the Sisseton-Wahpeton United Veterans Association (UVA) – Desert 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 25, 2020.

(Please read the Kit Fox Society press release below concerning restrictions being followed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.)

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

1.    St. Luke's Cemetery            8:00 a.m.

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

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

4.    Mayasan Church                            9:00 a.m.

5.    Sisseton-Wahpeton Traditional       9:30 a.m.

6.    Ryan Family Cemetery                   10:00 a.m.

7.    Cook Family Cemetery                   10:15 a.m.

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

9.    Buffalo Lake Church                       11:00 a.m.

10.  Gill Family Cemetery                     11:15 a.m.

11.  Oyate Veterans Cemetery                11:45 a.m.

12.  Sisseton Veterans Circle                  12:00 noon

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

14.  St. John's Church                           12:45 p.m.

15.  Redday Family                               1:15 p.m.

16.  Goodwill Church                           1:30 p.m.

17.  St. Mary's Church                          1:45 p.m.

18.  Bernard Family Cemetery               2:15 p.m.

19.  Pickerel Lake (South) Cemetery       2:30 p.m.

20.  St. James Church                            2:45 p.m.

21.  Roberts Family Cemetery                3:15 p.m.

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

Dakota Kit Fox Society –

Traditional Memorial Day Observance Schedule

The Dakota Kit Fox Society in an honorable and humble tradition, will honor our fellow veterans and Dakota Warriors on (Saturday) May 30th, 2020. The following changes are estimated times and some may be early or late depending on climatic conditions and other factors.

Due to the current pandemic, we do not expect relatives of the deceased to be present during our ceremonies, nor do we expect any food offerings as was in family traditional practices. Instead, we encourage our relatives to practice safety measures for their protection and well-being during their Memorial Honoring of our Akicita.

1.    LaBelle's Cemetery                         7:00 a.m.

2.    St. Luke's Cemetery            7:15 a.m.

3.    St. Matthew's Cemetery                  7:30 a.m.

4.    St. Matthew's Church                     7:45 a.m.

5.    Mayasan Church                            8:15 a.m.

6.    Sieche Hollow Cemetery                 8:45 a.m.

7.    Oyate Traditional Cemetery            9:15 a.m.

8.    St. Benedicts Cemetery                   9:45 a.m.

9.    Cook Family Cemetery                   10:00 a.m.

10.  Long Hollow Church                      10:15 a.m.

11.  R. Ryan Family Cemetery               10:40 a.m.

12.  Max/Gill Family Cemetery              11:00 a.m.

13.  Francis Janisch Vets Memorial         11:15 a.m.

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

15.  Oyate Veterans Cemetery                12:30 p.m.

16.  Sisseton Veterans Circle                  12:45 p.m.

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

18.  M. Redday Family Cemetery           1:45 p.m.

19.  Goodwill Church                           2:15 p.m.

20.  St. Mary's Church                          2:30 p.m.

21.  Renville Cemetery                          3:00 p.m.

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

23.  Pickerel Lake (South) Cemetery       4:00 p.m.

24.  St. James Church                            4:20 p.m.

25.  Roberts Family Cemetery                4:45 p.m.

26.  Moses Gill Family Cemetery 5:10 p.m.

27.  Big Coulee Church                         5:45 p.m.

28.  Sacred Hill Cemetery                      6:15 p.m.

29.  Lake Traverse Church                     6:45 p.m.

30.  St. John's Church                           7:00 p.m.

Unofficial list of SWO candidates

Deadline for candidates to file letters of intent for the 2020 SWO election was May 8, 2020. Here is the unofficial list of candidates. The Reservation Election Board (REB) is responsible for background checks and determining eligibility and will release an official list once the certification process is complete.

Executive Offices

Candidates for Tribal Chairperson: Delbert Hopkins Jr., John Kampeska, Jesse Larsen, Ella Robertson, LeeAnn TallBear, Donovan White (incumbent).

Candidates for Tribal Vice-Chair: Lisa Jackson, Eddie Johnson (incumbent). (There will be no primary election.)

Candidates for Tribal Secretary: Winfield Rondell Jr., Myrna Thompson (incumbent). (There will be no primary election.)

District Offices

Big Coulee District: Danielle DeCoteau, Lydia Riveria, Norma Perko.

Buffalo Lake District: Louis Johnson (incumbent), Lorraine Rousseau, Arnold White Jr.

Enemy Swim District: Cheryl Owen (incumbent), Dallas Owen, Brice Roberts.

Heipa District: Bryan Akipa, Branden LaBatte, Charlene LaFontaine, Merlin Jay Renville, Gypsy Wanna.

Lake Traverse District: Dionne Lake, Michael Selvage Jr., Shannon White.

Long Hollow District: Curtis Bissonette (incumbent), Janel Cook, Gretta Lavergne, Darrell Quinn Jr.

Old Agency District: Brandon Adams, Floyd Kirk Jr., Milton "Nippy" Owen (incumbent), Gladys Renville, Martha Renville.

Reminder from SWO Emergency Management

Agency Village, SD – May 15, 2020 – We are happy to announce that barricade at the entrance of the Enemy Swim Housing has now been removed.

We would like to commend the residents of Toka Nuwan for their cooperation which has been vital in the containment and mitigation of COVID -19.

We believe your efforts have saved lives.

We are grateful to the families who have provided meals to our staff and to the individuals who have stepped up to serve as security officers and DARE staff.

Although Day County residents who were ill have recovered, we are still advising everyone to take personal responsibility by continuing to practice social distancing and essential travel only.

The 24-hour curfew for youth is still in effect and will be enforced.

We are also asking that you continue to wear your uncomfortable masks and gloves while out in the community!

Thank you again for your continued patience and cooperation.

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

You can call the 24-hour/seven day a week SWO COVID-19 Hotline:

605-698-8249.

SWO EMS weekly report

Submitted by Courtney Clark

Agency Village, SD – May 16, 2020 – Week of May 10-16.

Monday COVID-19 Statistics:

*SOUTH DAKOTA: 3614-2187-34=1393

*Codington: 15-15=0

*Day: 10-4=6

*Grant: 3 -0=3

*Marshall: 1-1=0

*Roberts: 14-8=6

The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and Disaster Assistance Reserve Employees (DARE) delivered food to just under 1,000 households last week to assist tribal members who have been physically and/or economically affected by COVID-19.

As a result of this rapid response and cooperation of the community by sheltering in place, the number of active cases in Day County have significantly decreased.

Last week the Department of Emergency Management ordered additional PPE through Great Plains Tribal Chairman's Health Board. Representatives from the Chairman's Office, Vice Chairman's Office, Tribal Council, and the Incident Command System met to collectively discuss ways in which the Tribe can utilize reimbursements and grants, within the scope of the FEMA grant, to our best advantage.

They went over the process of completing reimbursement forms, budget allocation, food distribution, voter registration, coordinating of COVID testing, upgrading daily health check-in procedures for DARE employees, Critical Incident Stress Management for DARE employees, future trainings, Enemy Swim checkpoint demobilization, continuation of support to those in non-congregate sheltering, and goals for next week.

Since the project in Enemy Swim has demobilized, more emphasis can be placed on continued training of DARE Employees and mitigation strategies at the Emergency Operations Center which is housed in the rotunda of the Tribal Administration Building.

Friday COVID-19 Statistics:

*SOUTH DAKOTA: 3887-2574-44=1269

*Codington: 16-15=1

*Day: 10-9=1

*Grant: 7-2=5

*Marshall: 1-1

*Roberts: 18-12=6

(Note: See photos on page one of EMS and DARE/volunteer workers preparing food and essential item packages last week in the Tribal admin building rotunda.)

Message from Crystal Owen –

Go online to complete the Census 2020

SWO Community Planner Crystal Owen shared a link to the Census 2020 website last week, and told the Sota that the Lake Traverse Reservation response rate is extremely low.

"The Lake Traverse Reservation response rate is 18.2%," she said.

"That's way below the South Dakota response rate of 58%."

"If you don't want a census worker to come to your door, I highly recommend that you self-respond for your household as soon as possible."

"It is quick and easy, just go to www.2020census.gov from any computer."

"If you are Native American, your tribal affiliation will be asked."

"Your Tribe and your country will thank you for taking care of this ASAP."

"Please go online to fill out the census form," she said.

Census 2020 statistics as of May 10, 2020:

Kentucky has the highest cumulative total self-response rate (62.2%) for all Southern states, followed by Tennessee (58.3%) and Alabama (56.5%).

Explore response rates across the United States at 2020census.gov/en/response-rates. #2020Census

From the desk of Geri Opsal, Tribal Veteran Service Officer

*MEMORIAL DAY HONORS: The regular and traditional honors will be done as the schedule posted shows but we ask you each to please adhere to the following rules. NO meal preps, no sack lunch, no approaching the honor guards for handshaking or hugs. This is a hard time for all and they are doing the honors for their fallen but also need to adhere to the safe distancing during this time. We know traditionally this is how we honor them but they asked as well that these precautions are being taken.

*SISSETON-WAHPETON SIOUX VETERANS CEMETERY: SWVC.ORG:

The cemetery is open for families that are going up to visit their loved one's final resting place. Remember no more than 10 people gathered in 1 place. Stay well. We have been fortunate in that we haven't lost anyone during this Covid-19 pandemic. Please call either of us if you have any questions.

*TAPS: To the BlueDog and Hayes Families. Kurt BlueDog, US Army, who made his journey on 5/12/2020, condolences to the family and friends. Floyd Hayes, US Navy, who made his journey on 5/13/2020 our condolences to his family and friends. Our prayers are with you all.

*VETERANS: If at any time you lose your DD 214 discharge paperwork remember we can help you and send away for them for you. It's important to have those documents in your possession or in a safe place for your family to locate. Our office also maintains these records for you as well. You can call me at 698-3388 with questions anytime. Thank you.

*VETERANS CEMETERY: Gabe has been busy all week mowing the cemetery and installing headstones, he has also helped put in headstones in the surrounding cemetery. Remember if you have family there the cemetery gates are open to visit your loved one's final resting place. We will put out the flags for them on Memorial Day as well.

*GI BILL HOTLINE: 1-888-442-4551, also you can call Shane Oliver 1-605-773-3648 or Ryan Fowler: 1-605-773-3565, leave a message and they will call you back- if you have any questions of interruptions during the Covid-19 pandemic.

*Again, please pray for our Veterans that are ill or fighting some sort of battle at this time. We have so many that are having health issues that need our prayers. And stay safe, stay at home unless it's for groceries or medical. Protect your family and friends from others.

*PLEASE CALL IF YOU NEED:

VETERAN/ELDERLY EMERGENCY CONTACTS

*Kit Fox Society: Duane "Doc" Wanna 1-605-237-2168

*American Legion Post #314: Clayton Ellingson 1-605-924-1266

*Desert Era Veterans: Jesse Chanku 1-605-956-0197

*Gabe Fischer 1-605-419-1007

*Geri Opsal 268-0502

Burgum releases guidelines for large gatherings, events

Bismarck, ND – May 15, 2020 – Gov. Doug Burgum today announced guidelines for large gatherings, banquets, ballrooms and event venues as part of the ND Smart Restart plan, while also outlining the plan as a phased approach to recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The North Dakota Department of Commerce worked with more than a dozen representatives of business and industry to collaboratively develop the recommendations for the ND Smart Restart of event centers and other venues in collaboration with the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH).

"Thanks to the contribution of this diverse workgroup, these recommended protocols balance the importance of controlling the spread of infection with the ability to safely proceed with events of limited size with additional precautions," Burgum said. "These protocols empower local decision-making as our state's COVID-19 response continues to focus on our ability to test, trace and isolate positive cases to save lives and livelihoods."

Under the recommendations, large gatherings in facilities can be up to 50 percent of their certificate of occupancy, up to 250 people. Gatherings of any size shouldn't be held if proper distancing can't be maintained. Food service still must comply with the ND Smart Restart restaurant and universal standard protocols found at ndresponse.gov. The recommendations also include physical distancing guidelines and venue activity guidelines such as encouraging contactless payment systems.

The governor amended an executive order to strongly encourage the adoption of the large gathering protocols by recreational and sports arenas and music and entertainment venues, which had been closed under the previous order.

The guidance includes recommendations for holding events larger than 250 people when the state reaches reduced risk levels as defined under the ND Smart Restart plan, which was outlined by Burgum today.

The ND Smart Restart was developed with input from statewide industry workgroups and prepared by the NDDoH and the Department of Commerce in conjunction with the Governor's Office. It provides North Dakota businesses and residents with clarity and specifics about the state's plan, including a color-coded health guidance system for economic reactivation – similar to the fire danger signs seen along the state's roadways – with health guidance inspired by the White House's gating criteria for reopening. The plan also includes specific instructions for high-risk populations.

"By continuing to follow public health guidance and exercise individual responsibility, every North Dakotan can play an important role in saving lives and livelihoods and fully reactivating our economy," Burgum said.

The NDDoH today confirmed 52 additional cases of COVID-19 out of 2,310 total tests conducted, which included 1,404 newly tested North Dakotans. With 64 newly recovered cases, the number of active cases decreased to 648. The state has seen 1,071 recovered cases and 42 deaths of individuals with COVID-19, including two deaths reported today. Thirty-five people are hospitalized.

For more information on the state's COVID-19 response, visit www.health.nd.gov/coronavirus or www.ndresponse.gov.

(Editor's note: These guidelines can help the SWO Tribe plan reopening Dakota Magic Casino and Convention Center.)

NDDOT to visit five reservations to issue Non-Driver Photo ID's for voting

Bismarck, ND – May 15, 2020 – The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) will visit five tribal reservations May 19-26 to provide Non-Driver Photo Identification (ID) Cards that can be used for voting purposes.

The photo ID cards will be issued for North Dakota residents who do not have a driver license or a tribal identification card. The Non-Driver Photo ID Card provided at these locations will be free to the public if they are 18 and older.

NDDOT staff will obtain photos and documents at tribal locations. The paperwork will be processed overnight, and the Photo ID card will be mailed to residents within 5 days.

Dates and times for Photo ID Events:

Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa: May 19, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.- Braves Event Center, 1210 William Hardesty Street, Belcourt

Spirit Lake Tribe: May 20, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. - The Blue Building, 816 3rd Ave N, Fort Totten

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe: May 21, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Courthouse, 303 2nd Ave, Fort Yates

Mandan, Hidatsa, & Arikara Nation: May 22, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. - 4 Bears Casino, 202 Frontage Rd, New Town

Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate: May 26, 1 p.m.- 4 p.m. - Dakota Magic Casino, 16849 102nd St SE, Hankinson

Documents needed to receive a Non-Driver Photo ID Card:

Must provide a Certified Birth Certificate, Court issued name change if applies (Certified Marriage Certificate, Divorce Decree, Adoption Order)

Social Security Card

Proof of ND Resident Physical Address – documents listed below

Most current government issued property tax statement

Current mortgage, lease, rental document

Current homeowners/renters insurance policy

Current utility bill (electricity, gas, water, sewer, cable, recycle)

School/College Transcript issued within 6 months

Current financial statement (issued by financial institution, government entity, government regulated entity)

Current pay stub or statement from employer

Current vehicle insurance policy/statement

Current resident certificate or Tribal ID issued by a North Dakota Tribe with North Dakota resident address

Current formal resident statement issued by property owner/renter

Current relief Agency or Shelter Certification

The NDDOT is committed to safety and limiting spread of the coronavirus, therefore we recommend that residents wear personal protective equipment. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided at the event.

For questions about Photo ID events, please call the state Indian Affairs Commission office at 701-328-2428. For more information about North Dakota voting requirements go to state website: vote.ND.gov.

Many driver license services such as change of address, replacements and more are available online at www.dot.nd.gov.

PEUC is up and running at ND Job Service

Bismarck, ND – May 15, 2020 – Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) is now accepting certifications from qualified applicants. The PEUC program provides a 13-week extension of benefits to Unemployment Insurance claimants who have exhausted a regular current claim.

Beginning Thursday, May 14, letters are being sent to applicants who have submitted claims for PEUC aid since April 4, when Job Service North Dakota began accepting PEUC applications. The letter can also be found by logging into UI ICE and checking the "Correspondence" tab.

Applicants who qualify for PEUC aid will receive the same weekly benefit amount as their regular UI claims plus the $600 FPUC benefit each week. The FPUC additional payment is currently available through the week ending 7/25/2020.

The system will allow claimants to certify all past weeks for which they are eligible under program rules.

The only place to file a PEUC claim is on jobsnd.com. Claimants should beware of scams. There is no fee to file for unemployment compensation. Job Service North Dakota will never ask for any kind of payment in order to process a claim. If a claimant gets a phone call from someone identifying themselves as a representative of Job Service North Dakota, they should never send money.

IMPORTANT: No PEUC payments can be made until the claimant has certified their eligibility.

Applicants may file a claim for PEUC, as well as regular Unemployment Insurance, and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance at jobsnd.com

Unemployment Insurance Benefits Automated Phone System: 701-328-4995

Legislation to provide flexibility in using CARES Act funds

Legislation would allow state, local and tribal governments to use existing funding to make up for lost tax revenue – without spending more money or bailing out states who have spent recklessly

Washington, DC – May 12, 2020 – U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) has introduced legislation to improve flexibility for state, local and tribal governments in using existing COVID-19 relief funds. The legislation permits up to 25 percent of funds already allocated to local governments through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to cover lost tax revenue. State, local and tribal tax revenues fund vital services such as education, local law enforcement, fire departments, road construction and Medicaid services.

"Every sector of our economy has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic," said Rounds. "By allowing states to use part of their previously-appropriated COVID-19 relief funds to recoup lost state, local and tribal tax revenue, we lessen the chance that South Dakota communities will have to make difficult decisions to raise taxes or cut essential services – such as education and road repair – in the future. We should not provide any additional funds to bail out states who have spent recklessly. My approach would give our local governments greater flexibility to use existing funds to weather the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis – without spending new money."

"For weeks, I've been working with President Trump, Senator Rounds, Leader McConnell, Secretary Mnuchin, and others to get South Dakota the flexibility we need to fight COVID-19," said Governor Kristi Noem (R-S.D.). "South Dakota is a fiscally responsible state, but COVID-19 has hit our state sales tax revenues hard. Senator Rounds' bill will give us the flexibility we need without bailing out fiscally irresponsible states."

The CARES Act established the $150 billion Coronavirus Relief Fund to help state, local and tribal governments respond to the coronavirus pandemic. South Dakota received $1.25 billion from this allocation.

Rosebud Reservation under lockdown as tribe has 14 positive COVID-19 cases

By Levi Rickert

Rosebud Indian Reservation – Native News Online – May 13, 2020 – Rosebud Sioux Tribe President Rodney Bordeaux on Wednesday issued a lockdown for the entire Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota beginning at midnight tonight. The lockdown will remain in effect until Sunday, May 17, 2020 at 6 a.m. – CDT.

The action came after Rosebud Sioux tribal leaders learned of 14 active cases of COVID-19 on the reservation.

"I had hoped that this was not necessary. Unfortunately, there were too many people in our community who refused to take precautions of social distancing and the wearing of masks in public and also refused to self-quarantine or take any of this seriously," Bordeaux said in a video released on Wednesday.

During the announcement, Bordeaux said the tribe will put five checkpoints on state and federal highways that include U.S. 83 and U.S. 18 as well as South Dakota state highway 44. While the checkpoints will be established, he said commercial traffic onto the reservation and non-residents will be able to travel through the reservation and will be instructed not to stop to visit anyone on the reservation.

Businesses will be allowed to remain open on a limited basis between the hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the lockdown in order to allow people to get needed supplies. Those needing dialysis treatments also will be allowed to travel to their treatment sites, and medical professionals and their staff will be allowed to travel while performing their official duties.

Bordeaux says his office will develop a list of essential employees who can go to work. Residents must show proof they have medical or dental appointments if they want to leave the reservation and come back during the lockdown.

"The goal of the lockdown is so that we can do the contact tracing that we need to do to work on suppression of the spread of the virus," he said in a live announcement.

The Rosebud Indian Reservation is located in south central South Dakota on 1,979 square miles with a population of 11,354 in 2017.

Gov. Noem's standoff against tribal COVID-19 checkpoints

Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate: The Seven Council Fires stand united

Agency Village, SD – Indianz.com – May 12, 2020 – The Oceti Sakowin of the Dakota/Nakota/Lakota Oyate or Seven Council Fires of the Great Sioux Nation stand united to protect our Native people from the ravages of the Coronavirus COVID-19.

Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate represents two of the traditional Seven Council Fires, and we have conferred with our sister Dakota/Nakota/Lakota Nation Tribes and we stand united in supporting our inherent sovereignty and treaty rights to protect our Native people.

Our Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate and the Spirit Lake Tribe entered the 1867 Sioux Nation treaty preserving our traditional lands at the Lake Traverse Reserve and Spirit Lake Tribe.

The 1868 Sioux Nation Treaty set aside the Great Sioux Reservation as the "permanent home" of our Sioux Nation tribes, including the Cheyenne River and Oglala Sioux, our traditional Itancan—leaders—reserved our rights to self-determination and self-government.

Perhaps the most essential power of sovereignty is self-defense, protection the lives of our Native Peoples.

The Federal Courts have consistently ruled that Indian nations have inherent sovereign authority over our "members" and our "territory," and the Federal Courts have expressly ruled that our Indian nations retain jurisdiction over our highways:

*In Rosebud Sioux Tribe v. South Dakota, 900 F.2d 1164 (8th Cir. 1990). Rosebud reversed the district court's decision which had sustained the state's exercise of jurisdiction over highways running through reservations in the state.

*Accordingly, in South Dakota v. Spotted Horse, 462 N.W.2d 463 (1990) affirmed that the State has no jurisdiction over Indians—or tribal police officers—on tribal reservation roads.

In contrast, Tribal Police retain authority to stop, detain, search and transport or eject all alleged offenders—Indian or non-Indian—on reservation highways. For example, in United States v. Terry, (8th Cir. 2005), the Federal Court of Appeals explained:

The Supreme Court has recognized that tribal law enforcement authorities possess "traditional and undisputed power to exclude persons whom they deem to be undesirable from tribal lands," and therefore have "the power to restrain those who disturb public order on the reservation, and if necessary to eject them."

Reasonably, Tribal governments have the power to protect the public health and safety on reservation roads. In Terry, our Federal Court of appeals ruled that tribal police have the authority to "detain non-Indians whose conduct disturbs the public order on their reservation," and upheld the Oglala Sioux Tribe's overnight detention of a non-Indian offender and the search of his pick-up under the so-called "automobile exception" to the 4th Amendment's warrant requirements.

Some cite Federal road regulations concerning consultation and agreements, but those regulations allow for immediate action to protect public health.

Here again, our Indian nations have authority to protect our own Native people from outside infection during the National COVID-19 Emergency declared by the President and affirmed by the Congress of the United States.

A number of South Dakota state legislators have written to the Governor, questioned the threats of litigation, explaining:

"We do not wish to be party of another lawsuit that will ultimately cost the people of South Dakota more money. We wish to work with all parties involved for a reasonable, legal, and appropriate solution that address the concerns of all sovereigns involved."

Sisseton-Wahpeton Chairman Donovan White said, "All of our Seven Council Fires stand in unity with the Cheyenne River and Oglala Sioux Tribes. The Governor should work with her state legislators, work with the Tribal Chairmen and Councils, acknowledge the sovereign authority of the Cheyenne River and Oglala Sioux Tribes and come up with a reasonable plan to assist them in protecting public safety and health of our Native people in South Dakota with public announcements, etc. After all, our Native people are four times more likely to succumb to the COVID-19 Coronavirus."

Oglala Sioux Tribe to Gov. Noem: "Your threats of legal action are not helpful"

Pine Ridge, SD – KOTA TV – May 9, 2020 – Two Oglala Sioux Tribe's travel checkpoint monitors stand in the cold wind gusts on Saturday, watching for cars traveling to Red Shirt on BIA Highway 41. Before each car enters the reservation, the monitors ask: Do you have a fever? Do you have a cough? Do you have an essential business? This is the safety measure that Governor Kristi Noem wants the tribes to remove.

"We have not closed any non-tribal roads or highways," President of Oglala Sioux Tribe says. If you have an essential business, or you are doing "...importation of goods, mail, any transportation of freight through the reservation, we are allowing that. And we track that as well, so checkpoint A will inform checkpoint B to be expecting this individual or this transportation goods to be exiting in this amount of time."

Since roads are still accessible, the Oglala Sioux Tribe is bewildered by Governor Noem's demand.

"As far as you know, do you even see any issues why...?"

"No, I don't."

In a conference on April 16, the Tribe informed and discussed with the State's high-rank officials about the Tribal Border Monitoring Plan, which includes the travel checkpoints.

"No objection was raised by any State official to the Tribal Border Monitoring Plan or the Tribe's travel checkpoints on the April 16 call," President Bear Runner says. When asked if they were ever informed of the disapproval of the checkpoints, the President says, "She has never had any contact other than the phone call that we had on April 16th."

On the other hand, President Bear Runner has been in daily communication with their agent from Bureau of Indian Affairs. "And we got a re-affirmation from him last night in a meeting stating that no, the Department of Interior nor the Bureau of Indian Affairs has ever notified the tribe or ever seen a non-compliance from the tribe in the procedure set forth."

Bear Runner says their only intent is to protect the people, and they are open to discussion in a government to government manner. However, President Bear Runner says, they have actually never received the letter demanding them to remove the checkpoints from Noem or her office at all. They, in fact, learned about this letter from social media and from the news.

"Is it normal that the governor doesn't really send the letter to you guys?"

"No, and that is just, for me, it's a sign of disrespect for a sovereign nation or another government agency."

Bear Runner says, the only way to get through this health crisis, is work together, and it is not helpful to try to threaten them with "legal action."

Standoff in South Dakota: Cheyenne River Sioux refuse Governor's demand to remove COVID checkpoints

Democracy Now – May 12, 2020 – Transcript of interview between Amy Goodman and Juan González of Democracy Now, and the Chairmen of the Oglala Sioux and Cheyenne River Sioux Tribes.

There's a standoff brewing in South Dakota, where two Native American Indian tribes are upholding their sovereignty by defying orders by Governor Kristi Noem to remove COVID-19 checkpoints from their territories. The Cheyenne River Sioux and Oglala Sioux tribes say the checkpoints are the best way to protect against the coronavirus entering their communities, which are not equipped to handle an outbreak. The governor says the checkpoints — which are set up on highways on tribal land — are illegal. We speak with the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe's Chairman Harold Frazier, who says he is defending his people's "right to live."

AMY GOODMAN: We begin today's show with the standoff in South Dakota, where two Native American Indian tribes are defying orders by South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem to remove COVID-19 checkpoints from their territories. The Cheyenne River Sioux and Oglala Sioux tribes say the checkpoints are the best way to protect against the coronavirus entering their communities, which are not equipped to handle an outbreak. The governor says the checkpoints — which are set up on highways on tribal land — are illegal. On Friday, she gave the tribes 48 hours to remove them and threatened legal action. Both the Cheyenne River Sioux and Oglala Sioux have refused, and the checkpoints are still running. In a Facebook Live video Saturday, Oglala Sioux Tribe President Julian Bear Runner said that Governor Noem was threatening the sovereignty of the Oglala people.

PRESIDENT JULIAN BEAR RUNNER: South Dakota's governor, Kristi Noem, threatened the sovereign interests of the Oglala people when she issued an ultimatum to us on May 8, 2020. … Governor Noem miscalculates our level of dedication to protect our most vulnerable people from crony capitalism, threats to force us to open our economy as they chose to do so. There is no way to place a value on what we have to lose if we let them insult us this way. My relatives, we have been here for millions of years. Whatever they brought to our lands has proven to be poison.

AMY GOODMAN: Seventeen South Dakota lawmakers signed a letter over the weekend urging the South Dakota governor to seek a resolution with the tribes. As of Monday, the state had not yet filed any lawsuit. South Dakota has a COVID-19 death toll of at least 34 and has had more than 3,600 confirmed cases.

For more, we go to Eagle Butte, South Dakota, to the reservation, where we're joined by Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Chairman Harold Frazier. Chairman, welcome to Democracy Now! Thank you so much for joining us. Can you explain what's happening now? How many checkpoints, COVID checkpoints, have you set up? And what are they for? What are you doing when the cars are stopped?

HAROLD FRAZIER: Yeah, good morning. Right now we have nine checkpoints on our reservation. And, you know, one of the biggest concerns we have is safety. And we are looking, and as soon as we get more equipment, we intend to put up another checkpoint.

You know, the main purpose of these checkpoints is to try to, number one, keep the virus out. And number two is track if it comes in, because we've always been saying that the virus does not travel, it's the people with virus that travel. So, we know that that's the only way that that virus will get into our homes, is if it's brought in from the outside. And that's the main purpose of these checkpoints, is to keep our people safe and also to ensure that [inaudible] have the right to live.

JUAN GONZÁLEZ: Well, Chairman Frazier, what about the governor's perspective or viewpoint that these checkpoints are illegal? What's your response to that? Could you talk about your treaties, the existing treaties between your nation and the federal government, that might have some bearing on this or do have bearing on this?

HAROLD FRAZIER: Well, you know, we kind of look, you know, and, number one, my — the people who elected me to this position, they're the ones that are, I guess, so-called my boss. The governor is not my boss, or the federal government. It's the people that live here. That's who I work for, and that's who I take directives from and such.

But they haven't — you know, we stepped up to do this. We feel that we have every right to do this. We have a treaty, the 1868 Fort Laramie Treaty, Article 16. In that article, it says that, you know, before any White man can travel or reside on our lands, they must get consent from the Indians first. In addition to our treaties, there's case law. There's even our Constitution, that we swore to uphold against all enemies foreign and domestic, that they give us all the legal right to do what we're doing.

You know, a lot of times — and we've been studying the laws of this country for quite a while. How can somebody own something without paying for it? And that's the way we look at it, that these lands, these roads, they are ours, because we were never paid for it. So we have every legal right to do that. And it doesn't matter, you know, what comes today, tomorrow. We're still going to be here. We're still going to have and maintain our checkpoints.

AMY GOODMAN: Chairman Frazier, can you describe what happens at a checkpoint? And have you been at one? Talk about the people who are stopping the cars and what they're doing when they stop them.

HAROLD FRAZIER: Well, yeah, I've been there to all of our checkpoints numerous times. You know, if a driver rolls up — and it all depends. You know, if a driver rolls up, they're asked some health questions. There's a questionnaire that they have to be filled out, and they're filled out by our deputies. So, there's really no — you know, I've seen some motorists where they just roll down their window partway and answer the questions.

If they're coming in for essential travel, if they're a resident of the reservation or a member of the tribe or family to a resident or a member, they're asked the questions, and they come in. If you're a motorist coming from a hot spot, your license plates show that, every day we monitor that, where are people — where's the areas that we've got to be concerned with. And if their vehicle is coming from that, then they will be asked to reroute their travel and not come through our lands.

But we allow any commercial vehicles coming, because we need to have supplies just like everyone else. Medical people, they definitely are rolled in. But also, too, essential, and that's the Postal Service, the agriculture. That's a big thing on our reservation. So, things like that, they're allowed to come and go, but they're all stopped and asked to fill out these questionnaires.

And to expedite a lot of locals, particularly the agriculture, numerous times they come and go to — sometimes they have land in other areas. So, they — what we put together was a process to obtain a permit, an agriculture permit or essential travel permit. And them motorists usually just roll up, just show their permit number, and they're allowed just to keep going. Usually, it just probably takes a minute to a minute and a half. And if you're not coming from a hot spot, you're generally just allowed to just roll on.

So, it's not really any, in my opinion, hindrance of any motorist. And again, the main purpose is to try to save lives. And I know there was [inaudible] that we should work together. And that's something that I agree with. But with our population, with our lack of medical facilities, things like that, we know, and we just look to our relatives to the south, the Navajo Nation, and see what's going on there. And that could easily be us. And we've been watching that, so that's why we stepped up to do these type of actions, to try to keep our people safe and definitely save their lives.

JUAN GONZÁLEZ: And, Chairman Frazier, you mentioned the lack of medical facilities. Could you talk about that? Because you issued a stay-at-home — strict stay-at-home measures, while the governor of the state did not, of South Dakota did not. What is the situation? You only have eight hospital beds and one ICU, as I understand it, on your lands?

HAROLD FRAZIER: Well, we have eight hospital beds. We don't have no ICU. There are six ventilators. We have one respiratory therapist. And I'm being told by our medical people that generally they monitor two to three ventilators, and they could do four, but that's pushing it. The nearest facility for critical care is in Rapid City, and it's about a three-hour drive just to get to Rapid. And that has always been the practice of the Indian Health Service, is to get the care that some of our people need, they generally get referred out.

But when we started this, we started looking at numbers and the number of residents. And when we broke it down, that maybe 50% would possibly get the virus. And when we — they were saying that 80% can be handled at home, and that left 20%. And we looked at the numbers, and we realized that there is a potential that we may need 1,200 beds. And when we only have eight, I mean, that really woke up a lot of people here at home.

AMY GOODMAN: Chairman Frazier, can you talk about the one confirmed COVID case you have had on the reservation and how the checkpoint led you to be able to identify that person?

HAROLD FRAZIER: Yeah. That patient come in, I believe, like on a Thursday. And they knew where they come from. Our command center, which works directly with the checkpoints, they knew the patient come from an area that what we called a hot spot. Our medical people immediately started monitoring every day, you know, being in contact and so forth.

And then, that following Tuesday is when the patient wasn't feeling well. They took her into the hospital. They ran a test and was tested positive, in a matter of less than probably eight hours, I would say, because the very next morning they already knew the contact, of who they were, and then people were put into quarantine. And right now the patient is doing well, and we're pretty happy about that.

But that's the whole purpose of that, because if we didn't know any of that, and the individual come and they didn't realize that they were infected by the virus, they could have easily went, and, you know, immediately that could have went into a community spread, which is something that we know we're definitely not capable of handling.

JUAN GONZÁLEZ: And, Chairman, the governor has threatened to take your tribe to court over the checkpoints, while other lawmakers have urged her to try to negotiate and reach a common agreement. Could you talk about the state's relationship to your tribe over the years?

HAROLD FRAZIER: Well, you know, it's just — as a matter of fact, I was just reading something last night. Rapid City, a lot of our members live out there, from us, Oglala, Rosebud. A lot of our Sioux relatives live out there. And there's a IHS service unit out there. And they ran some tests, and there were 16 positive cases. And I was just reading that, and I was going to get some verification later today. But it sounded like one of the individuals that tested positive, the state Department of Health didn't even contact that individual 'til three days later. So, you know, we've been — we know the treatment we get from the state and the federal government. And that's why we're really doing these things, because we know when times get tough, all we have is each other.

AMY GOODMAN: I mean, this is a very significant situation.

HAROLD FRAZIER: And it's important that we step up and — yes.

AMY GOODMAN: You have Governor Noem, the South Dakota governor. I mean, when you look at the meatpackers in Sioux Falls, for example, the mayor was begging the governor to shut down the plant. This is before Trump's executive order that said the state couldn't. You had hundreds and hundreds of workers, mainly immigrant, overwhelmingly immigrants, who were testing positive. And yet the governor refused to do this. This is the same governor now that is saying she will challenge you, demanding you take down these checkpoints. So what are you willing to take this to, Chairman? Could this lead to a showdown, a standoff, not just legally, but between the state and your tribe?

HAROLD FRAZIER: Well, you know, we have no other alternative. We won't back down, no matter what they do. Whether it's through the court or they come by force, we will be still there, because we live here. And, you know, we looked at everything. When we started planning and getting ready back in early March, that's some of the scenarios we threw out at our plans, was for legal, as well as medical. So, I'm confident that, you know, if you want to — if she wants to take us to court, go ahead and do it. And I believe in my heart that we're going to be successful.

And the main reason why is we're doing these things for the right reasons. It's not to benefit economically, or we're not doing this to destroy somebody's business, their lives. I mean, we're doing it for the good, you know, the good of God. And what we've been saying is, you know, the number one right is the right to live. I know that I've seen words being thrown out there about liberties and civil rights and First Amendment rights, Second Amendment rights and so forth. But the right to live, I believe, is above all of them. And that's what we want to do: ensure that our residents here have that right to live.

JUAN GONZÁLEZ: And, Chairman Frazier, you mentioned courts. Could you talk about the recent victory of the Cheyenne River Sioux over the Trump administration, where the Trump administration attempted to use some federal COVID-19 moneys that were intended for the tribes to go instead to the Alaska Native corporations?

HAROLD FRAZIER: Yeah. You know, it was nothing against the Native villages, but we felt that business corporations, that's chartered under the state, that is not federally recognized — we felt that they shouldn't get that, because we believe that that money was set aside for Native Americans.

And, you know, the interesting thing, as of today, we still have not been notified how much we're going to receive here on Cheyenne River. I know a lot of our relatives in North Dakota and the other South Dakota tribes have received or been at least notified how much they're going to receive. But as of this morning, we have not been notified what we're going to receive. So, we've been kind of thinking, well, I guess they're pretty upset for us taking them to court; maybe they ain't gonna give it to us. But, I guess, hopefully by today, we would know if we're going to receive any of that funding.

AMY GOODMAN: That's from the CARES Act. The tribes were demanding something like $20 billion, ultimately was settled on $8 billion, but that's been very slow to make its way out to the various nations. Finally, Harold Frazier, very quickly, if you can talk quickly about the significance of a legal battle here and what it could mean, for example, for the future of ongoing struggles, like your fight against the Keystone XL pipeline?

HAROLD FRAZIER: Oh, yeah, I mean, most definitely. And, you know, there's already been case law. The recent one in reference to roads and highways was in 1990. And I just can't think where they're coming from, you know, reading what the lawmakers at the state Legislature put out there. I mean, and then, even that, the governor has been on briefings saying that they have no jurisdiction. So, I mean, I'm just kind of totally shocked, and almost unbelievable what's going on, because there's no way that they can win. There's just no way. And, yeah, and then, too, we're trying to focus and stay prepared for this pandemic, and just to have another issue is kind of unbelievable.

AMY GOODMAN: Well, I want to thank you so much, Harold Frazier, for joining us, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe chairman, speaking to us from Eagle Butte in South Dakota from the reservation.

Commentary

From a Facebook post by John Bates about the COVID-19 checkpoints on his reservation:

Do not listen to Kristi Noem's lies!

Essential services are getting through!

We have gas, groceries, all the trucks go through.

Ranchers are allowed to get an essential business permit that allows them and their employees access.

There are active construction projects with people coming from Rapid and all over.

We are worrying that Governor Noem may threaten to cut off essential supplies and services to the reservation.

She again is confrontational and misrepresents the facts.

We are a nation under distress and under attack by our state government.

The poorest and most disenfranchised citizens of this great country are now under even greater duress.

South Dakota governor holds off on threat to sue

Sioux Falls, SD – AP and Indian Country Today – May 12, 2020 – South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem on Tuesday held off her threat to sue Native American tribes that have set up highway checkpoints intended to keep the coronavirus away from their reservations, saying instead she would like to work out an agreement.

The Republican governor gave two tribes — the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and the Oglala Sioux Tribe — 48 hours from Friday afternoon to remove checkpoints from state and federal highways or face a lawsuit. She said her office has been getting complaints that the checkpoints have caused a headache for people trying to enter the reservations for ranching or store deliveries.

But the tribes kept the checkpoints, citing the threat of the virus, combined with their vulnerable populations and poor medical facilities, as urgent reasons to control access.

Noem said she sent a letter Tuesday to Cheyenne River Sioux Chairman Harold Frazier asking him to talk through an agreement on the checkpoints on the Cheyenne River Indian reservation in the northern part of the state. She said she planned a similar letter to Oglala Sioux president Julian Bear Runner on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation in the southwest corner of the state.

She described the conflict as a "sticky situation" between federal, state and tribal authorities.

"What we're looking for is clarification," Noem said.

In Noem's letter addressed to Frazier, she again asked for the removal of all checkpoints on U.S. and state highways that go through the reservation as part her a three-part plan.

"I continue to want our governments to work together cooperatively, and believe we can both accomplish our goals," the letter said. "As we combat this pandemic, I am proposing a plan that respects tribal sovereignty, federal law and state sovereignty as well."

Noem said checkpoints can be placed on Bureau of Indian Affairs or tribal roads and must allow access to emergency services, food delivery, energy and medical supplies and private property access within the reservation.

Frazier said during an interview with KIPI radio posted on the tribe's Facebook page that he received the letter. "We are just now looking at it and we are working on writing up a response."

"I think it's important that we maintain our course, stay focused and keep doing what we are doing," he added. "We realize why we are doing these things, and it's basically to try to save lives."

The tribes have taken a vigilant approach to the global pandemic, at times locking down their reservations, while Noem's strategy has been mostly hands-off in an effort to keep businesses afloat.

Amid fears that Native Americans could be particularly vulnerable to the coronavirus pandemic, tribes across the country have taken an aggressive approach to preventing infections by sealing borders and mandating testing. Frazier has said the Cheyenne River Sioux were worried their eight-bed hospital facility could easily be overrun.

So far, there have been only three cases confirmed between both reservations. But after two Oglala Sioux members were confirmed to have the coronavirus on Monday, the Pine Ridge reservation went into a 72-hour lockdown with only emergency travel allowed.

Meanwhile, South Dakota officials reported that COVID-19 deaths rose by five Tuesday, to 39. Forty-nine new cases were reported, bringing the state's total to 3,663.

Chase Iron Eyes, a spokesman for the Oglala Sioux president, said his office would carefully consider a request from the governor to discuss the checkpoints, but that he had not yet received a letter or notification from the governor. The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Noem's letter.

Noem said Monday she had been talking to the tribes for weeks trying to resolve the checkpoints, and on Tuesday brought her tribal relations secretary, David Flute, to her regular briefing to detail those efforts. Flute, a former chairman of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate, said that he had tried to reach out to both tribes last month to work out some of the complaints that state was getting with the checkpoints. Flute said that elected leaders from both tribes turned down his requests to have a conference call.

Noem's relationship with some of the tribes has been tense since she took office in 2018, mostly over a longstanding conflict about construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.

Noem defended her approach to relations with the tribes, saying she has sought to open up lines of communication. But when asked by reporters whether she would proceed with the lawsuit if she can't reach an agreement with the tribes, she said, "I'm not certain about that question."

SD will take Native American tribes to court over coronavirus checkpoints

By J. Edward Moreno

The Hill – May 13, 2020 – South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) on Tuesday said that she will follow through with her promise to take Native American tribes to court over their coronavirus checkpoints.

The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and Oglala Sioux Tribe have set up checkpoints into their reservations to monitor highway traffic and contain the spread of COVID-19 after detecting their first case last month. Noem said that the checkpoints have hampered the state's response to the pandemic.

"We do have people that have been going to these areas that have been involved in essential services that have not been allowed to go forward," Noem said. "We have people who live in tribal areas, and also have property there such as cattle or ranches, and they're not allowed to go there and check on their property or to do normal day-to-day business."

On Friday the governor sent letters to both tribes giving them a 48-hour deadline to remove the checkpoints, which they rejected.

"We have an inherent and sovereign right to protect the health of our people, and no one, man or woman, can dispute that right," Julian Bear Runner, president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, said in a video posted to Facebook over the weekend.

Both tribes have issued lockdowns, stay-at-home orders and curfews, while Noem has taken a more relaxed approach across the state. Native Americans have shown to be one of the demographics disproportionately impacted by the virus: the Navajo Nation, for example, which consists of about 170,000 people, has more coronavirus cases per capita than any state in the U.S. with about 1,786 cases per 100,000 people.

In April, the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs warned that tribes could not put up checkpoints unless they consulted the state, which Noem has indicated is not the case.

On Sunday a group of bipartisan state lawmakers told Noem that her "statement that Tribal governments do not possess the ability to establish checkpoints within the boundaries of their homelands is not accurate," which the tribes have also insisted.

"We do not wish to be party to another lawsuit that will ultimately cost the people of South Dakota more money," the legislators added.

SD DOT puts up checkpoint advisories for motorists around two Indian reservations

Pierre, SD – KELO News – May 13, 2020 – Motorists traveling on several highways in western South Dakota are now being advised they face checkpoints at the Pine Ridge and Cheyenne River Indian reservations.

The South Dakota Department of Transportation has put portable message boards in place.

The Oglala Sioux Tribe and the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe are checking traffic to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading on their reservations.

There are differing versions circulating about how motorists have been treated and whether they've been allowed to enter without travel paperwork.

The message boards are at key locations.

For the Pine Ridge reservation, SDDOT placed the portable devices at these spots:

In Kadoka, at the junction of SD73 and SD248 junction, for travelers southbound on SD73;

Twenty miles south of Kadoka, at the junction of SD44 and SD 73, for travelers westbound on SD44; and

In Martin, approximately 500 feet west of the traffic signal on US18, for travelers westbound on US18.

For the Cheyenne River reservation, SDDOT put the boards at these locations:

Junction of SD34 and SD73, for travelers in that area; and

Junction of SD73 and US212, for travelers in that area.

Governor Kristi Noem issued a 48-hour notice Friday telling the two tribes to take down the checkpoints on state and federal highways or face legal action. She instead sent a letter Tuesday to OST President Julian Bear Runner and CRST Chairman Harold Frazier suggesting they should take down those checkpoints but could run checkpoints on BIA roads.

Noem told news reporters Tuesday afternoon she recognized that federal enforcement would be necessary.

Asked by KELOLAND News Tuesday whether there had been discussions with the state DOT about advisory signs for motorists, Noem replied, "No, we haven't considered putting up any kind of warning system or using the DOT to let travelers know that would be checkpoints ahead. Obviously we have every extra resource focused on COVID-19 in the state of South Dakota, and DOT has been incredibly helpful to us as well in responding to extra duties and responsibilities. The capacity to do that, with as many checkpoints as are out there, would be something that I would wonder if we even have the ability to do."

The South Dakota Department of Transportation on its 511 traveler-information system meanwhile was still showing 'disturbance' areas Thursday morning at locations on highways SD 20, US 212, and SD 34 in the area of the Cheyenne River reservation; and on highways SD 44 and US 18 in the area of the Pine Ridge reservation.

Update –

Pierre, SD – KELO News – May 14, 2020 – The state Department of Transportation provided more information Thursday about signage posted in areas of western South Dakota, where the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and the Oglala Sioux Tribe are operating highway checkpoints to control who travels onto their reservations.

The tribal governments are trying to limit the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19 into the local populations who live within the Pine Ridge and Cheyenne River reservations.

There is a checkpoint located on the Oglala Lakota County line for eastbound traffic on US 18 entering from Fall River County, according to Kristi Sandal, the department's information officer. She said the Oglala Sioux Tribe is operating a variable message sign at that location. It says, "ROADS CLOSED."

The state department doesn't have a variable message sign on that route, she said, but has a static sign at the junction of US 18 and US 385 that reads: "Pine Ridge Reservation Thru Traffic Only."

The state department has a variable message sign on US 18 at the Oglala Lakota and Fall River County line near the tribe's Prairie Wind Casino, and a variable message sign on SD 407 just north of the Nebraska border, according to Sandal. They read "ROAD CLOSED," she said, although through-traffic is being allowed.

There are also message boards regarding the Pine Ridge reservation checkpoints:

In Kadoka at the junction of SD 73 and SD 248. for travelers southbound on SD 73.

At the junction of SD 44 and SD 73 that is 20 miles south of Kadoka, for travelers westbound on SD 44.

In Martin, on US 18, approximately 500 feet west of the traffic signal, for travelers westbound on US 18.

Those signs say, "Pine Ridge Reservation, Local traffic only."

For the Cheyenne River reservation, there is a variable message sign at the junction of US 212 and US 83 west of Gettysburg, according to Sandal. It reads, "COVID CHKPOINT AHEAD / CONSIDER ALT ROUTE."

There are also message boards at the junction of SD 73 and SD 34; and at the junction of SD 73 and US 212, according to Sandal.

The state department also has a variable message board at the junction of SD 73 and SD 34, near the community of Billsburg in Haakon County, she said. But the sign has been turned off for several weeks, according to Sandal, because the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe isn't stopping vehicles on SD 34.

She said the checkpoint has been operating on Takini Road, near its junction with SD 34.

Editorials –

Sota guest editorial –

Stop the blame and anger

By Saginaw Grant

April 18, 2020

I see so much blame and anger in the world right now.

People don't feel they have power and are looking for someone or something to blame.

Stop it!

Now isn't the time to blame.

It's not time to worry about political parties, the color of someone's skin or their religion.

The illness doesn't care about those things.

The disease will grow within someone causing as much damage as possible while spreading to others...growing and becoming more powerful.

Like the disease our choices grow within us and spread to those around us.

We can choose to grow hate and spread that in the world or we can nurture compassion, understanding and love then choose to spread that.

Those choices begin within the family and now we are spending more time together than in the recent past.

This is the time to truly pray and think about who you want to be and the story you want to leave behind.

Let us place less importance on our differences or things we can't control.

Let us find common ground, learn from one another, share traditions and learn to love.

Maybe when we stop using the things we can't control as an excuse we can stop the bad feelings and grow as a people.

*****

Actor Saginaw Grant is hereditary Chief of the Sauk & Fox nation, Ioway/Otoe-Missouria Nations.

Sota guest editorial –

How can non-Natives understand the State-Tribe Standoff?

(Shared from a Facebook post by Steve Hickey, May 11, 2020)

My daughter Kaitlyn is a PhD candidate at the University of Manitoba focused on land conflict issues with the Sioux Nation and opportunities for reconciliation. I asked her to read some of the chatter on my Facebook page about the present border disputes in South Dakota and tell me what she thinks needs to be said about the history of the land in all of West River SD. It's nothing she intended to be polished or published. It's just a reply to her dad. Sadly this history is not taught in South Dakota so most have no idea. Here you go:

Lands obtained from 1877 to 1887 were acquired through the "Sell or Starve" act, which cut off treaty rations until the Sioux gave up the Black Hills. This came right after the decimation of the buffalo—the federal government was awarding buffalo killers with medals, a presenter said killing one buffalo was worth years of government assimilation efforts. Their people fought for their freedom to exist until we gunned them down at Wounded Knee.

Then the government went further with most devastating policy in Indian Country. In 1887 the Dawes Act, which has since been admitted to be blatantly unconstitutional, took 2/3 of Sioux land without consent or even consultation. If a non-tribal member today owns land West river, its roots are in "sell or starve" or allotment.

Can you imagine if the federal government came into a South Dakotans property and said, we think you only need this many acres and we'll be selling the rest of it. Also, you don't get to keep the money, we'll be using that to remove and civilize your children. Can South Dakotans fathom what it would be like for the government to tell them what to do with their land? Allotment dictated land use and rights to the Sioux—told them what to do with it and withheld rations until they complied. Lands sold to Whites were given titles outright, while the Sioux had the land held in trust and were subjected to federal oversight. Our state used competency tests which measured how much the Indian had adopted to the White man's way of life and withheld land allotments on that basis. Lands owned within current reservation borders are the result of allotment fracturing. Meaning, after an Indian died, the government, not the family or the tribe, divvied up the inheritance. Lands became so fractured they became worthless for personal use. In Rosebud, some 30% of reservation land is owned by Indians. People need to start asking why.

How can we expect Indians to exercise private property rights if we keep dictating what they can and cannot do with their land? It's hard to act like an American when you aren't given the same rights as everyone else. Where are the South Dakotans crying out for their personal freedoms?

The supporters of Noem's Covid policies need to seriously consider the double standard when it comes to personal freedom. We're fine to march on capitol buildings for haircuts but we're going to tell the Sioux how to behave? This is a group of people that has been regularly told of the greatness of America and denied the privileges and right as citizens. Indians weren't legally allowed to practice a religion other than Christianity until 1978. So much for the first amendment. South Dakotans might have more in common with the Sioux than they think when they realize the Sioux have been fighting for their personal freedoms long before "all men are created equal with inalienable rights" was written. Whenever the Sioux take a stand, South Dakota loses its mind. But one month of a pandemic is a gross violation of South Dakotan rights. Its shameful that there are entire books written about South Dakota state violence. What a thing to be known for.

Their poor behavior does not justify our poor treatment. Drinking, entitlements, violence shouldn't be the go to cop-out every time something happens in Indian country. Have we ever thought after over a century of government-imposed wardship that maybe their bad behavior has something to do with us? Their social dysfunction doesn't need to come into the checkpoint argument. Noem didn't close the state down, which is fine but these are communities that do not have the health resources to take care of their people. If you have to go to Rapid to get a rattlesnake bite taken care of you probably don't have enough ventilators. This is a community trying to do the best they can in the situation they've been presented.

We also have to stop talking about treaty rations or annuities as welfare or government generosity. The federal government did not have the funds available to purchase the lands they were forcing the Sioux to cede, so they agreed to provide services for those on the reservations. These are treaty payments not benevolence. If I owed another South Dakotan money for a purchase would it be acceptable for me to refuse to pay until the original owner acted the way I wanted them to? Would it be acceptable for me to never pay the debt? Want to know why Indians are entitled? Because we made it that way.

Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackburn said "a more ripe and rank case of dishonorable dealings will never, in all probability, be found in our history" when reviewing the government's handling of the Sioux. That's not a statement that's coming from an Indian sympathizer, its from the highest bench in the nation. South Dakotans need to learn their history if they're ever going to ease tensions with the Sioux. Stop talking about what they're doing and start asking why. Even if their actions are wrong, you have to understand where they're coming from. We systematically went after every area of their culture and then made it incredibly difficult for them to live in ours.

Brief editorial comments from the editor's desk –

On and Off the Lake Traverse Reservation

We are sad to report the passing of Kurt BlueDog this past week.

Despite his ongoing battle with cancer, Kurt has been returning to the Lake Traverse Reservation often.

Most recently, unfortunately, for the passing of his sister Jackie.

Kurt has seemed almost larger than life to lots of people.

Yet he has had many, many friends.

His has had an outgoing, engaging personality.

For him, the law and business were really about friendships, about alliances.

Maybe that is how we might best remember him.

He has had his hand in many, many projects bringing protections to sovereignty and economic growth across Indian country, and he has always remembered his people here in the Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Tribe.

Now he will be coming home to Toka Nuwan for his final resting place.

*****

Please read Chairman White's update concerning the COVID-19 state of emergency.

And note the information on "SWO COVID-19 Testing Day" at the Dakota Magic parking lot this Thursday.

Anyone wishing to be tested is welcome to come to Dakota Magic from 1:00-3:00 p.m. for testing.

For more information, call the SWO 24-hour hotline: 605-698-8249.

Check out SWO Emergency Management's updated Facebook page, KXSW Radio, and the Sota website for updates as they become available.

To keep up with current changes in the COVID-19 cases across the state/region and worldwide, check out our SWO GIS online maps:

Regional Map COVID-19:

https://arcg.is/T9vem

Worldwide Map COVID-19:

https://arcg.is/Pji0n

Our thanks to GIS Program Manager Mike LaBatte for sharing with the Oyate.

Link to the Sota website:

www.earthskyweb.com/sota

Direct link to the Sota news page:

www.earthskyweb.com/news.htm

*****

Readers, please note we have discontinued publishing totals of COVID-19 persons in the region each week.

There is mounting evidence that numbers of actual cases are far under-reported.

There are reports of patients in our area becoming ill as early as February who were later discovered to have been infected by this novel virus.

The links remain on these pages and on our website, which also features breaking news as it happens and/or becomes available throughout the week.

(See the links above.)

*****

Thank you to John Heminger for the photos honoring our 2020 graduating seniors that are being published this week in your Sota.

We plan to share more of John's graduation photos for Tiospa Zina (final plans are being made by the school now) and SHS (which held its "social distancing" ceremony last weekend) in coming weeks.

Also, thank you to Courtney Clark for providing a report and photo highlights of the Tribe's Emergency Management team and volunteers as they respond to the COVID-19 pandemic on the Reservation.

*****

Elder's meditation:

"If the Great Spirit wanted men to stay in one place He would make the world stand still; but He made it to always change…"

–Chief Flying Hawk, OGLALA SIOUX

The Elders tell us change occurs in two directions. They say, "That which is built is constantly being destroyed; that which is loose is being used to build the new." In other words, change is constantly going on. Many times we hear people say, "I hate change." Does it make sense that the Great Spirit would design people to hate it? The Great Spirit designed people with change abilities such as visioning, imagery and imagination. Maybe we need to learn to use these tools and then we'll look forward to change.

*****

Words to consider (or, perhaps not!):

Anarchism is founded on the observation that since few men are wise enough to rule themselves, even fewer are wise enough to rule others. - Edward Abbey (1927 - 1989)

No one means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous. - Henry Adams (1838 - 1918)

If you haven't found something strange during the day, it hasn't been much of a day. - John A. Wheeler

It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong. - Voltaire (1694 - 1778)

What we call 'Progress' is the exchange of one nuisance for another nuisance. - Havelock Ellis (1859 - 1939)

...when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth. - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859 - 1930), (Sherlock Holmes)

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius -- and a lot of courage -- to move in the opposite direction. - E. F. Schumacher

Advertising is a valuable economic factor because it is the cheapest way of selling goods, particularly if the goods are worthless. - Sinclair Lewis (1885 - 1951)

*****

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 and advertising – is to be submitted to: Sota, P.O. Box 5, Wilmot, SD 57279 by 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:

earthskyweb@cs.com

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 –

Oyate lose Kurt BlueDog

Kurt BlueDog, Wiconhpi Toiciye, passed away due to cancer related complications on May 12, 2020.

He was born to Jerena BlueDog on February 25, 1950 and delivered at home by his grandfather, Elmer Rockwood Sr.

He attended school at Enemy Swim Day School, Waubay High School, and attended college at the University of South Dakota graduating in 1972.

He then served as a Commissioned Officer with the First Calvary Division (paratrooper) in the U.S. Army as a Signal Officer.

He graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Law and was sworn in as a member of the State Bar Association in 1977.

Kurt was preceded in death by his maternal great grandfather Sunkatoiciye (Chief BlueDog) and by his maternal great uncle Msgt. Woodrow Wilson Keeble, and by his step-father Emmett Roberts and his mother, Jerena BlueDog Roberts and by siblings Keith Verlan Roberts, Sheila Roberts, Gwen Roberts, Gail Heis, Keith Kerwin Roberts, Jackie Birney and by many other fine relatives.

He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years Violet BlueDog nee Little, a proud member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe; five children including Kristin Hendricks of Pennsylvania (fiance Joe Sandbakken, CW5, U.S. Army); Brandy Late of Ft. Campbell, KY (Sgt. David Late, U.S. Army); Brian BlueDog of New Hope, MN (wife Rachel); step-daughter Michelle Mills of Crystal, MN; and stepson Chad Mills of Albuquerque, NM (wife Nancy); grandchildren Zachary, Alyssa, Jessica, Braden, Elizabeth, Sage, Justin, Jeremy, James, Conner, Daniel and Adrian Kurt; great-grandchildren Cj, Davan, Aiden, Nakai, Aubrey, Elias, and Cante.

He is also survived by his aunt, Germaine Rockwood of Watertown, South Dakota; siblings Sandra Melius of Sioux Falls, S.D. and Lawrence, KS, Rachel Roberts of Watertown, SD, Kevin Roberts of Waubay, SD (Darlene Jo), Roxanne Roberts of Watertown, SD, Michael Roberts (Iris) of Prior Lake, MN; brother-in-Law Rex Birney of Ortley, SD, Bridgette Roberts of Sioux Falls, SD, Debra Roberts Ross of Granite Falls, MN, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Throughout his 43-year career as an attorney, Kurt was always a proud and supportive member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Tribe.

His early career led him to a seven-year term as a Staff Attorney with the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) of Boulder, CO. In addition to handling a heavy workload of federal court litigation on behalf of Native Americans, he assisted in drafting and enactment of legislation to include the American Indian Religious Freedom Act, the Texas Band of Traditional Kickapoo Act, and the Tribally Controlled College Assistance Act.

His most recent projects included: assisting in coordinating the 2,600 acre purchase and trust land declaration of the Black Hills sacred site "Pe Sla" on behalf of the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota Sioux Tribes; assisted in prosecution, settlement and distribution of funds to ten tribes in the Federal Court; and placement of a memorial to his Grandfather Sunkatoiciye at Enemy Swim Lake.

He is a former Chief Judge for the Fond du Lac, Lower Sioux and Prairie Island Tribes Tribal Courts (over 20 years).

He also served as an adjunct professor at the William Mitchell and Hamline University Schools of law teaching Federal Indian Law.

Among other tribal clients, he served for over 20 years as Legal Counsel to the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community and the Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Tribe.

At the time of his passing he was serving on the Board of Directors-Executive Board for the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) (24 years), the NIGA Spirit of Sovereignty Committee (6 years), Vice Chairman for NARF, the Minnesota Historical Society (4 years), and the Advisory Committee for the Smithsonian Museum-Native American Veteran's Memorial Project.

It was Kurt's wish to have a private family burial at Bluedog Lake in South Dakota.

Statement on behalf of former Tribal Chair

To the Kurt Blue Dog Family, the Enemy Swim District and all the members of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate formerly known as the Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Tribe:

It is with great sympathy and profound gratitude we, the living former Tribal Chairmen, send this joint letter to the family, relatives, and friends of Kurt Blue Dog.

We worked with Kurt during each of our respective administrations for the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate. Kurt worked on numerous issues and represented hundreds of tribes, including ours, resulting in the protection and enhancement of tribal sovereignty and jurisdiction. To name a few of these issues, Kurt was instrumental in working with the US Congress and others to ensure the integrity of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, safeguarding the Indian gaming industry from the challenges of Internet gaming, supporting the treatment of Indian tribes as governments capable of establishing, directing and operating tribal government programs and services without undue interference by the IRS through the enactment of the Tribal General Welfare Exclusion Act. Kurt also assisted in securing different settlements that brought millions to our tribe and other tribes. These are just a few of the many services and accomplishments of our relative.

We also acknowledge Kurt's military service and his contributions to our country, and we further recognize his tireless efforts contributing to Master Sergeant Woodrow Wilson Keeble receiving the Congressional Medal of Honor from President George Bush.

Kurt's devotion to Indian Country is unmatched, honorable, and dutiful and displays the true character of being a modern Dakota Warrior.

We, the former chairmen of our great tribe, join together, to express our deepest condolences for our relative, Kurt BlueDog.

Russell Hawkins

Andy Grey

Michael Selvage

Robert Shepherd

David Flute

Graveside service for Floyd Hayes

Floyd Cyril Hayes, 83, of Agency Village, SD passed away at Coteau Des Prairies Hospital on Wednesday May 13, 2020.

There will be graveside Funeral services on Monday, May 18, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at the Sisseton-Wahpeton Traditional Burial Grounds.

There will be visitation on Monday also from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at the Cahill Funeral Chapel, Sisseton, SD.

All COID-19 precautions will be strictly followed.

Notice of editorial policy

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

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

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

Former contractor sentenced to 24 months in federal prison for Embezzlement scheme

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

Sioux Falls, SD – May 12, 2020 – United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced today that a former contractor was sentenced for an embezzlement scheme involving tribal funds, which he pleaded guilty to on September 23, 2019.

Dustin Martin Kirk, age 48, of Sisseton, South Dakota, was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison, and ordered to pay $384,289 in restitution and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Following his release from custody, Kirk will serve 3 years of supervised release.

U.S. District Judge Charles B. Kornmann presided over the sentencing hearing.

According to court documents, between August 2016 and December 2018, Kirk and his now-defunct business, Siouxland Lumber & Materials, LLC, embezzled, stole, and converted nearly $400,000 of monies, funds, credits, goods, assets, and other property belonging to Dakota Nation Development Corporation and the Sisseton-Wahpeton Housing Authority, both of which are entities of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Sioux Tribe and Indian Tribal Organizations.

At times material to this case, the Dakota Nations Development Corporation ("DNDC") and the Sisseton-Wahpeton Housing Authority ("SWHA") were separate agencies of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Sioux Tribe, a tribal government that received federal assistance in excess of $10,000 during each calendar year of 2016, 2017, and 2018.

On behalf of the tribe, DNDC administered tax credit housing. DNDC was a legal entity and it filed the incorporating documents with the South Dakota Secretary of State.

SWHA administered federal housing programs, and it is governed by a tribal board.

Kirk established Siouxland Lumber & Materials, LLC, on April 29, 2016. The company dissolved on May 4, 2018.

Defendant was the sole owner of Siouxland Lumber, and he used his company and its bank account for personal expenses and to withdraw money for non-business related purchases, including gambling.

Kirk was ordered to self-report to the U.S. Marshal's Service or Bureau of Prisons to begin serving his term of imprisonment on June 2, 2020.

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

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeremy R. Jehangiri prosecuted the case.

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

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

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

Former Crow Creek officials sentenced for embezzlement scheme

Defendants Prosecuted as part of the Guardians Project, a lederal law enforcement initiative to combat corruption, fraud, and abuse in SD

Sioux Falls, SD – May 6, 2020 – United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced today that two former Crow Creek Sioux Tribe councilmembers and one former employee were sentenced for their roles in an embezzlement scheme involving tribal funds.

Roland Robert Hawk, Sr., 51, was the former elected treasurer of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe. Hawk was sentenced to 42 months in federal prison, and ordered to pay $325,762.50 in restitution and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Following his release from custody, Hawk will serve 3 years of supervised release. Hawk was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Francine Maria Middletent, 55, was a former elected councilmember of the same Tribe. Middletent was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison, and ordered to pay $273,817.55 in restitution and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Following her release from custody, Middletent will serve 3 years of supervised release. Middletent was released on bond and ordered to report to the federal prison designed by the Bureau of Prisons at a later date.

Jacqueline Ernestine Pease, 34, was sentenced to 3 years of probation, and ordered to pay $74,100 in restitution and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Pease worked in the Tribe's Finance Office, where Hawk was the overall supervisor and where Middletent worked as Chief Financial Officer.

Chief U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange presided over each of the sentencing hearings. Chief Judge Lange called the embezzlement scheme "terrible" and "despicable," stating that the crimes involved a high level of "intentionality."

"Crow Creek citizens need to know that their government works and that theft and embezzlement will not be tolerated. This case should go a long way toward restoring that confidence," said U.S. Attorney Parsons.

According to court documents, in about March 2014 through February 2019, Roland Robert Hawk, Sr., Francine Maria Middletent, Roxanne Lynette Sazue, Jacquelyn Ernestine Pease, Tina Grey Owl, and Brandon Sazue embezzled, stole, willfully misapplied, willfully permitted to misapplied, and converted to their own use approximately $1,000,000 of monies, funds, credit, goods, assets, and other property belonging to the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe. Between Hawk and Middletent, the tribe sustained a loss of nearly $700,000.

During times relevant to each defendant's case, Brandon Sazue served as Chair of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe, Hawk served as the elected Treasurer of the tribe, Roxanne Sazue was also chair, and Middletent and Grey Owl were elected councilpersons. When not serving in their respective leadership positions, all defendants, except for Brandon Sazue, worked for Hawk in the Tribe's Finance Office. In their respective leadership roles and employment positions, the defendants had the access and opportunity to the funds that were embezzled from the tribe.

The maximum penalties for each defendant upon conviction are as follows: 5 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, or both; 3 years, of supervised release; $ 100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund; and restitution may be ordered. Other than Hawk, all of the defendants were released on bond pending sentencing.

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

The case was brought pursuant to The Guardians Project, a federal law enforcement initiative to coordinate efforts between participating agencies, to promote citizen disclosure of public corruption, fraud, and embezzlement involving federal program funds, contracts, and grants, and to hold accountable those who are responsible for adversely affecting those living in South Dakota's Indian country communities. The Guardians Project is another step of federal law enforcement's on-going efforts to increase engagement, coordination, and positive action on behalf of tribal communities. Led by the U.S. Attorney's Office, the participating agencies include: Federal Bureau of Investigation; the Offices of Inspector General for the Departments of Interior, Health and Human Services, Social Security Administration, Agriculture, Transportation, Education, Justice, and Housing and Urban Development; Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division; U.S. Postal Inspector Service; U.S. Postal Service, Office of Inspector General.

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

Clarification of Reservation's COVID-19 Hotlines

IHS COVID-19 Hotline:

605-742-3735

Sisseton, SD – May 5, 2020 – The Woodrow W. Keeble Memorial Health Care Center has announced a hotline – 605-742-3734 – for persons who suspect they may have come into contact with someone having COVID-19 or is experiencing symptoms.

If you have questions about testing or want to schedule a time to come in to be tested, call this number.

Please call before coming to the clinic.

The line is manned during WWKMHCC regular business hours: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday-Friday; 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday.

IHS has provided Abbot devices (testing analyzers) to all IHS units and tribal clinics.

Turnaround time on a test is less than one hour.

The test is 95 percent accurate for finding out if someone is positive but less accurate for verifying that someone is negative.

It no longer takes days for a test to be sent to an outside lab and come back.

Test results are reported to the SD Department of Health, however, they can an take several days before being posted on the statewide coronavirus website.

SWO 24-hour COVID-19 Hotline:

605-698-8249

The Tribe's COVID-19 hotline number – 605-698-8249 – is a resource line to the SWO Emergency Management's Incident Command Center.

It is staffed by Tribal workers, who are non-health personnel.

Call SWO COVID-19 hotline anytime 24 hours a day seven days a week to report an emergency, needs for quarantined households, or to inquire about SWO resources.

People who have active health issues should NOT call the Tribe's number.

They should call the IHS number if they are a patient of IHS.

If anyone is having trouble breathing or has a high temperature, they should call 911.

Youth, school activities highlights –

Education watch on the Lake Traverse Reservation

Sisseton Wahpeton College 2020 graduating class

Agency Village, SD – May 15, 2020 – Sisseton Wahpeton College is proud to announce its graduating class of 2020!

You are leaders in our community and we recognize and honor your many accomplishments!

Congratulations Gabriel Akipa, Willow Eastman, Rex Godfrey, Lynn Halbert, Travis Herrick, Kendra Hofland, Leona Iyarpeya, Eric Jens, Billy Keeble, Farrell Knight, Sarah LaBatte, Raven LaFromboise, Jamerick Moton, Bridgette Neilan, D'Laino Paige, Ron Redday, Tanner Sager, Jennifer Shepherd, Coddee Sierras, and Eric Wanna Sr!

Tanyan Ecanunpi!

Healthy Kids column –

Post-COVID Age: The "New Normal"; Choices and Preparation

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

During a war, or when a nation is afflicted by a famine or plague, the government will be judged by how ready it is to "contain the damage or build defenses." In the past, how well a nation was doing was measured by the gross domestic product (GDP), which is a measure of the goods and services produced and consumed. However, the economic index GDP does not measure the quality of life of the citizens. It has been reported that within the last 50 years, when the GDP tripled, the life satisfaction has not increased.

When the pandemic due to COVID-19 hit the U.S. early this year, the people witnessed the lack of readiness and the marginal response of the government leaders in combating and containing the corona virus as well as the overall effect on the health and well-being of the nation as a whole. What we witnessed was the inequality: many under- represented minorities, indigenous people and people living in poverty without social and economic safety net. This made them vulnerable to illness and infection (COVID-19). With the limited response from the government leaders, the people reacted by listening the scientific task force and resources they offered, protecting themselves by sheltering at home and practicing social- distancing. They became aware of those individuals whose jobs are vital to the health of the people: first, the health care workers (doctors and nurses) and first responders who were in the frontline of the war, then the supermarket retailers, police, public transportation workers and teachers who helped people during the quarantine.

Aside from the unprecedented loss of lives, many people have lost their jobs, unable to secure enough finances to keep their homes and support their families. Together with the progression of illness due to the uncontrollable effects of COVID-19, while awaiting new treatments and vaccine, life satisfaction is at a minimum.

This crisis will probably lead to a post-COVID future of a "new normal." What this "new age" will be like may depend on how the people will react to prepare themselves. We have choices to make this post-COVID age better.

In order to continue to "flourish" during this pandemic, we can practice to develop positive emotions, engagement and finding meaning in our lives. These are the core elements needed according to author Martin E.P. Seligman ("Flourish", 2011). It is known that people with a robust immune systems are better equipped to ward off infections. What other factors influence our immune system?

*There are reports on the influence of positive emotions on infectious illness. Optimists are less vulnerable to common colds (rhinovirus infection) due to lower interleukin-6, the protein that causes inflammation. There is also a decrease in the level of the hormone cortisol during stress. Be optimistic. Make a choice to help change the country's healthcare system. Learn more and participate as much as you can in the social and economic policies being enacted. Make good choices in electing government leaders who will change the inequality in healthcare and society in general.

*Engagement and positive relationships- During the pandemic, we have seen solidarity and cooperation. People are making friends, helping others and volunteering. There was a general feeling of gratitude, compassion and respect for all the "essential" workers during this time. Families are closer and more connected together during the sheltering at home. We have the choice to make gratitude and kindness part of a long-term change.

*Finding meaning in our lives- Many have shown determination in making the most of this confinement at home with the belief that it is for the safety of others. They are not thinking only of themselves. They are realizing that this adds meaning to their lives too. We are all in these hard times together and we can make a difference in other people's lives.

Together, we have the potential opportunity to start a new age with new beginnings of friendships and global interconnectedness. Equity in public healthcare and society, wealth and prosperity redistribution from the few to the rest of the people in this country. We have a choice to help reshape our healthcare and society with emphasis on well-being and life satisfaction, not simply on economics and politics. We have choices to prepare for the "New Normal."

Legals

SWO REALTY & INDIAN LAND TENURE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

SWO Realty is recruiting one innovative, collaborative, and focused high school aged youth that is interested in exploring a career in tribal land. Realty will be offering one Tribal Land Intern position. It is the goal of Realty to keep this intern rooted in their home communities for a full summer of work embracing their interests in tribal land through a dynamic partnership with the Indian Land Tenure Foundation.

The Selected intern will engage in a 10 week paid internship between June and August 2020. This is a paid internship position and will be compensated at an hourly rate of $15.50 not to exceed more than 40 hours per week. Each intern will experience a tailored learning plan to enhance their knowledge of tribal land management in Indian Country, exploring their strengths and improving their weaknesses.

Interested students must submit a letter of intent please include picture, by mail or email by May 22, 2020 close of business day. Attention Jerry Eastman PO Box 509 Agency Village SD, 57262 or jeastman@swo-nsn.gov. The Realty staff will conduct the interviews with the same set of questions for each applicant. The applicants will be ranked using a scoring sheet on personality, motivation, computer skills, and transportation. All scoring sheets will be tallied and the highest scoring applicant will be selected. Interviews will be conducted on May 26, 2020 over the phone. This position will be set up as a remote station employee to minimize risk during this covid-19 period. However, the selected intern will be required to complete the orientation process for this position.

Intern Requirements:

*Interns should have completed their sophomore; junior or senior year of high school. Internships are for high school students only. College students are not eligible.

*Interns cannot be an immediate family member of current department staff.

*Must commit to 400 hours of work.

*Must be capable of utilizing the Realty Database System.

*Must possess a valid driver's license.

Duties and Responsibilities:

*Required to keep a brief daily log of their internship activities.

*Electronic filing & scanning

*Data Entry - upload data into the Tribal Vue System database.

*Organize the filing system in the vault by Tract number or other identifying properties.

*Leases - scan and upload, track the acres by use description

*Deeds - compile information by tract number (how much interest was purchased and date purchased and price).

*Statistics & gather information from vault.

*Prepare land proposals for the legal review of potential land purchases

*Assist with duties in different areas of the Tribal Realty Department, such as the leasing area when asked.

*Assists the Realty Manager in resolving problems arising on Tribal Lands by researching the issue.

Summary:

The position is located in the Tribal Realty Department, Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate and works under the direct supervision of the Land Acquisition Clerk. Intern Land Acquisition Assistant provides assistance to land owners, other realty staff and the public on land acquisitions, land purchases, land exchanges, partitions and Fee to Trust Transaction for the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate.

This position will follow 25 CFR parts 151 and 152 on land acquisitions and become familiar with the Land Acquisition Law P.L. 93-491, dated October 26, 1974 and the Inheritance Law, Pl. 98-513, dated October 19, 1984 specifically designated for the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate.

We are excited to provide this opportunity to the selected student. Our goal of this experience to support the next generation of Native American land managers in becoming employable in the agricultural and conservation sectors through cultivating field and site based leadership development initiatives.

21-2tc

 

SWO Reservation Election Board

Request for Proposal

2020 SWO Tribal Election Background Checks

1.  Summary

The Reservation Election Board of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate of the Lake Traverse Reservation is accepting proposals to complete background checks of potential candidates in the 2020 SWO Tribal Election. The purpose of the RFP is to provide a fair evaluation for all candidates and to provide candidates with the evaluation criteria against which they will be judged. Should you be awarded the bid for this project, this service shall require a contract negotiated with the Reservation Election Board. The contract shall be governed under the laws of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate of the Lake Traverse Reservation and shall outline the terms, scope, budget and any other necessary items.

2.  Proposal Guidelines and Requirements

Proposals must include a detailed list of fees to conduct background checks for 60 potential candidates (number of actual candidates will not be known until May 8, 2020) with a complete explanation of the nature of those fees. If your proposal includes the hiring of sub-contractors, you must clearly state this in your proposal. Background checks must include criminal history in Tribal, Federal and State Criminal Justice Systems. Proposals must also include ability to complete background checks in the following time-period: commencing May 11, 2020 and shall be completed no later than June 8, 2020.

3.  Timeline

Proposals are open from 9:00 am May 11, 2020 and due no later than 12:00 pm Friday, May 22, 2020. Proposals may be hand delivered to a Reservation Election Board member or to the Vice Chairman's Office in the Tribal Administration Building located at Agency Village, SD. Proposals may also be mailed to: Reservation Election Board, Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate, P.O. Box 509 Agency Village, and S.D. 57262. All mailed proposals must be received by the Reservation Election Board by 12:00 pm Friday May 22, 2020, any proposals received after this time and date shall be returned unopened. The name of the bidder or firm selected will be decided on or about May 22, 2020. Negotiations with the successful bidder should conclude no later than May 26, 2020.

4.  Qualifications

Must have a minimum of two (2) years' experience with conducting of background checks in Tribal, Federal and State Criminal Justice Systems. Must possess a SWO Business License.

5.  Format

All Proposals must be typed and should not exceed five (5) pages (not including cover page or attachments). Include Company name, address, web site, telephone number, fax number, email address and primary contact person and must be signed by the person(s) authorized to sign on behalf of the company.

Date: May 5, 2020

20-2tc

 

Tribal Education Department

Request for Bids

Requesting sealed proposals for:

A consultant to provide professional services for the creation of the Year One draft of the Tribal Social Science Standards. The consultant shall work with the Standards Writer to ensure the development for the Year One draft Social Science standards which will include Dakotah history, civics, social studies and geography. The consultant and the standards writer will development plan. The consultant will review all work, tasks, and plans on a bi-monthly basis. Provide analysis and guidance of tasks and goals. Provide at least one on-site visit and/or zoom depending on SWO quarantine guidance

All sealed bids must include the following and be submitted by May 29, 2020:

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

1.  Resume of academic and/or professional credentials, experience, and expertise as outlined in the position description.

2.  Cover letter or Statement of Intent.

3.  Detailed Scope of Work plan.

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

5.  Itemized budget needed to perform the scope of work.

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

Required Documentation:

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

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

3.  Documentation for Indian Preference, if applicable.

4.  Signed W-9 form, if proposal is chosen.

Contact the Procurement Office for specifications: lenniebp@swo-nsn.gov

Please submit sealed proposals to:

SWO Procurement Office

Attn: Lennie Peters

PO Box 509

Agency Village, SD 57262

By 4:00 pm on Friday, May 29, 2020

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.

20-2tc

 

REQUEST FOR BIDS/PROPOSALS (RFB/RFP)

Project: SWO Head Start & Early Head Start Security Door System

RFB#: 05-07-2020

Bids Open - May 11, 2020 8 am

Bids Close - May 22, 2020 4 pm

Start Date of Security Project will begin: June 29, 2020

The Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Head Start on this 7th day of May, 2020 herein provides notification that bids will be received for the SWO Head Start and Early Head Start Project located in Agency Village, South Dakota.

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.

*Vendor is Responsible for providing and installing all necessary equipment and wiring

*Vendor is responsible for all labor, necessary tools and equipment, initial configuration of the system, and training of key staff member on the use of the system.

*System installation will be done and completed during summer when school is not in session.

*Installation will occur during normal hours of operation (8am-4pm) unless other arrangements are made

*Vendor should be capable of providing service and support for the installed system in a timely manner

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.

Point of contact

Landon LaFromboise - Transportation & Maintenance Manager

Address: 45698 Veterans Memorial Dr. Agency Village, SD 57262

Office Phone: 605-698-3103 ext 125

Email: landonl@swo-nsn.gov

Sealed bids must have bid schedule sheet completed with:

*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. Bid sheet can be picked up in the procurement office.

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

Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Tribal business license

Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Tero Cerification, 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

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 May 26, 2020 at 10am 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: lenniebp@swo-nsn.gov or 605-698-3911 ext 8302

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 Rate & Compliance plan; business License Ordinance Chapter 53 and Tax Ordinance Chapter 67; and Chapter 75 Sex Offender Registration.

20-2tc

 

Sisseton Wahpeton College

Notice of Bids

SWC is seeking bids for miscellaneous plumbing, lawn care, concrete work, fencing, electrical, and carpentry work. Contact Russ Eberhardt for details of each category.

Closing Date for all the above requests for bids is May 29th, 2020, at 4:30 pm. All bids will be accepted by Russ Eberhardt in the SWC Facilities Office. Please call 605-742-1109 with questions.

All TERO standards will apply. All taxes will be contractor responsibility. All licenses and insurance will be the contractor's responsibility. Proof will be required and maybe requested prior to bid acceptance.

20-3tc

 

SISSETON-WAHPETON OYATE

IN TRIBAL COURT

LAKE TRAVERSE RESERVATION

STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA

CASE NO: D-20-419-218

IN THE MATTER OF THE DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE OF:

JENNIFER DOBBS, Plaintiff,

VS.

SAMUEL DOBBS, Defendant.

NOTICE OF HEARING

TO: SAMUEL DOBBS

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 2nd day of JUNE, 2020 at the hour of 11:30 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 30th day of April 2020.

BY ORDER OF THE COURT:

­/s/Gina Ruggieri, TRIBAL COURT JUDGE

ATTEST: Eileen Pfeiffer, Clerk of Courts

20-3tc

 

LEGAL NOTICE

In the Tribal Court of the

Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate

Lake Traverse Reservation

State of South Dakota

IN THE MATTER OF:

Enemy Swim Day School, Plaintiff,

vs.

Brice Roberts, Defendant.

Case No. C-20-136-073

SUMMONS

TO: Brice Roberts

40 Hatle Drive

Sisseton, SD 57262

and

315 Maple Street

Summit, SD 57266

NOTICE TO ABOVE-NAMED DEFENDANT:

You are hereby summoned and required to answer the complaint of the Plaintiff in the above entitled action, which complaint is on file in the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Tribal Court of the Lake Traverse Reservation, South Dakota.

YOU HAVE 20 DAYS after receiving this summons to file an answer with the court and to serve a copy on the other party or take other lawful action. Please note that if you were served by certified mail or served outside of the reservation land you have 28 days to answer the complaint. Please further note that this summons is being served by publication in a local newspaper of general circulation at least once per week for 3 weeks beginning on May 6, 2020. Service by publication is complete upon expiration of the 3-week period.

FAILURE TO FILE AN ANSWER WITHIN THE TIME ALLOWED MAY RESULT IN A DEFAULT JUDGMENT BEING ENTERED AGAINST YOU WITHOUT NOTICE.

19-3tc

 

SISSETON-WAHPETON OYATE

LAKE TRAVERSE RESERVATION

IN TRIBAL COURT

STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA

Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Child Support Enforcement Agency,

vs.

VARIOUS DEFENDANTS AS SHOWN BELOW

ORDER OF PUBLICATION

& NOTICE OF HEARING

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

WALTER CHANKU Jr., Multiple cases Scheduled for May 26th, 2020@ 9:00 a.m.

JOSEPH GOODBIRD, Multiple cases Scheduled for May 26th, 2020@ 9:00 a.m.

GARRY OWEN JR., Multiple cases Scheduled for May 26th, 2020@ 9:00 a.m

CLAYTON ROSS JR., Multiple cases Scheduled for May 26th, 2020@ 9:00 a.m

BRYANT DECOTEAU Multiple cases Scheduled for May 26th, 2020@ 10:00 a.m

JOEL BYZEWSKI Multiple cases Scheduled for May 27th, 2020@ 9:00 a.m

LOREN GREELEY SR., Multiple cases Scheduled for May 27th, 2020@ 9:00 a.m

CHRISTOPHER THENNIS Multiple cases Scheduled for May 27th, 2020@ 9:00 a.m

RON WALLENSTEIN I-15-053 Scheduled for May 27th, 2020@ 9:00 a.m

ANNETTE BLACKTHUNDER CS-03-203 Scheduled for May 27th, 2020@ 10:00 a.m

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

DUE TO COVID-19 ALL HEARINGS WILL BE BY TELEPHONE. PLEASE CONTACT CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT BEFORE HEARING DATE TO GET SET UP.

ALL ABOVE DEFENDANTS ARE HEREBY GIVEN NOTICE AND ARE ORDERED TO ATTEND THE HEARINGS AND THAT FAILURE TO DO SO MAY RESULT IN A WARRANT FOR YOUR ARREST.

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

Dated this 19th day of February 2020.

BY THE ORDER OF THE COURT:

ATTEST:

/S/

Gina Ruggieri, Presiding Judge

/S/

Melinda Carlson, SWOCSE Clerk of Court

20-3tc

April 2020 SWO Tribal Council proceedings

SPECIAL TRIBAL COUNCIL MEETING

Wednesday, April 1, 2020, 11:10 AM

TiWakan Tio Tipi Council Chambers

 

TRIBAL COUNCIL MEMBERS PRESENT:

BIG COULEE:                      Lisa Jackson (called in)

BUFFALO LAKE:                 Louis Johnson

ENEMY SWIM:                     Cheryl Owen

HEIPA/VEBLEN:                  Winfield Rondell Jr.

LAKE TRAVERSE:               Francis Crawford (11:18)

LONG HOLLOW:                 Curtis Bissonette

OLD AGENCY:                     Milton Owen

 

TRIBAL EXECUTIVES PRESENT: Tribal Chairman Donovan White, Tribal Vice-Chairman Edmund Johnson Jr., and Tribal Secretary Myrna Thompson (11:12)

 

CALL TO ORDER: Tribal Chairman Donovan White called the meeting to order at 11:10 AM with two (2) Executives and six (6) Council members from seven (7) Districts answering Roll Call. Opening Prayer for the Buffalo Lake District said by Old Agency Tribal Council Member Milton Owen.

 

Note:      Due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic and to encourage social distancing, Tribal Council Members were allowed to participate in this meeting via conference call.

 

MOTION NO. 1: made by Francis Crawford, second by Cheryl Owen, question by Curtis Bissonette, in resolution form, to adopt the SWO Tribal Council Order - Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Directive, with changes, as presented by Tribal Chairman Donovan White.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 1: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

MOTION PASSED.

Resolution No. SWO-20-036

 

Note:      Tribal Secretary Myrna Thompson excused from the meeting to participate on a conference call.

 

MOTION NO. 2: made by Francis Crawford, second by Winfield Rondell Jr., question by Cheryl Owen, to have Tribal Lobbyist Mark Van Norman draft language to send to the North Dakota and South Dakota Senators and Congresspersons, to include gaming facilities in the Paycheck Protection Program funding.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 2: 16 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 3: made by Francis Crawford, second by Louis Johnson, question by Curtis Bissonette, to transfer the management and supervision of the Barker Hill Housing - Phase II Project to Sisseton-Wahpeton Housing Authority.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 3: 16 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 4: made by Lisa Jackson, second by Winfield Rondell Jr., question by Cheryl Owen, to select IDS+A for the initial 20% Architectural/Engineering Planning Services for the SWO Detention Center, in the not-to-exceed amount of $300,000.00, with the BIA Detention Center Grant as the funding source, and to authorize Tribal Chairman Donovan White to execute the Contract pending legal review, and to submit the necessary paperwork to the BIA for the initial grant drawdown, as presented by Planning Director Michael Roberts.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 4: 15 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2). 0 Opposed. 1 Abstained: Tribal Vice-Chairman (1). 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 5: made by Winfield Rondell Jr., second by Cheryl Owen, question by Lisa Jackson, to hire Wipfli LLP CPAs and Consultants to assist Dakota Crossing Grocery Store with accounting needs, and to provide COVID-19 bailout relief services to the Tribe, to be managed by the Planning Director, in the not-to-exceed amount of $25,000.00 per month, with the Settlement account as the funding source, and these funds will be reimbursed with the Coronavirus Relief Funds when received, and to authorize Tribal Chairman Donovan White to execute the Contract, pending legal review, as presented by Planning Director Michael Roberts.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 5: 11 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Lisa Jackson (2). 5 Opposed: Milton Owen (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1). 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 6: made by Winfield Rondell Jr., second by Cheryl Owen, question by Lisa Jackson, to hire Steven Gunn as a Special Attorney, to assist with the loan and grant packages for the CARES Act, to be managed by the Planning Director, in the not-to-exceed amount of $7,500.00 per month, with the Settlement account as the funding source, and these funds will be reimbursed with the Coronavirus Relief Funds when received, and to authorize Tribal Chairman Donovan White to execute the Contract, pending legal review, as presented by Planning Director Michael Roberts.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 6: 13 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2). 3 Opposed: Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1). 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 7: made by Francis Crawford, second by Cheryl Owen, question by Winfield Rondell Jr., to hire Mark Van Norman as a Special Consultant, in addition to his lobbyist duties, to assist the Planning Director with identifying grant funding and infrastructure opportunities, in the not-to-exceed amount of $2,500.00 per month, with the Settlement account as the funding source, and these funds will be reimbursed with the Coronavirus Relief Funds when received, and to authorize Tribal Chairman Donovan White to execute the Contract, pending legal review, as presented by Planning Director Michael Roberts.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 7: 15 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2). 0 Opposed. 1 Abstained: Tribal Vice-Chairman (1). 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 8: made by Francis Crawford, second by Winfield Rondell Jr., question by Cheryl Owen, in resolution form, that due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, to request from the IHS Great Plains Area Office to utilize space at the Sisseton IHS Service Unit as a hospital for COVID-19 patients, and to request the IHS Great Plains Area Office to allocate additional funding to provide staff, beds, ventilators, and other necessary equipment for this purpose.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 8: 16 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

MOTION PASSED.

Resolution No. SWO-20-037

 

MOTION NO. 9: made by Francis Crawford, second by Winfield Rondell Jr., question by Milton Owen, to have the Tribal Vice-Chairman research the possibility of refinancing all SWO loans at lower interest rates.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 9: 16 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 10: made by Curtis Bissonette, second by Francis Crawford, question by Cheryl Owen, to authorize the Tiospa Zina Tribal School, Enemy Swim Day School, Head Start, and Early Head Start to close until May 1, 2020, to protect the health and safety of the students and staff, and to authorize the schools to provide meals and continued learning for students.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 10: 16 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 11: made by Francis Crawford, second by Milton Owen, question by Lisa Jackson, to go into Executive Session to discuss a personnel matter, at 3:42pm.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 11: 16 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 12: made by Cheryl Owen, second by Winfield Rondell Jr., question by Lisa Jackson, to come out of Executive Session, at 4:10pm.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 12: 14 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 2 Absent From Vote: Francis Crawford (2). 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 13: made by Lisa Jackson, second by Milton Owen, question by Winfield Rondell Jr., to acknowledge Big Coulee District Motion #12, of the February 23, 2020 Big Coulee District Meeting.

*Approve Adult Membership: Kerina Provost and Tanner Tall Bear.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 13: 14 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 2 Absent From Vote: Francis Crawford (2). 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 14: made by Lisa Jackson, second by Cheryl Owen, question by Winfield Rondell Jr, to acknowledge Big Coulee District Motion #13, of the February 23, 2020 Big Coulee District Meeting.

*Approve Youth Membership: Raymond Eagle Jr., Kalilah Fallis, and Kimia Tall Bear.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 14: 16 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 15: made by Francis Crawford, second by Winfield Rondell Jr., question by Louis Johnson, to terminate the Employment Agreement with Wanette Lenling as the Tribal Public Defender, for cause, effective today (4/1/20), and to advertise for this position.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 15: 13 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2). 0 Opposed. 3 Abstained: Milton Owen (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1). 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

MOTION PASSED.

 

Note:      Tribal Secretary Myrna Thompson returned to the meeting.

 

MOTION NO. 16: made by Curtis Bissonette, second by Myrna Thompson, question by Francis Crawford, to approve the SWO COVID-19 Taskforce Response Plan, with changes, and to have the Tribal Vice-Chairman in charge of this effort and to establish the SWO COVID-19 Taskforce and meeting schedule, with daily/weekly updates to be provided to Tribal Council.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 16: 9 For: Milton Owen (2); Louis Johnson (1); Francis Crawford (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 8 Opposed: Cheryl Owen (3); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Lisa Jackson (2). 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 17: made by Francis Crawford, second by Curtis Bissonette, to adjourn.

MEETING ADJOURNED 4:37PM.

 

Respectfully Submitted, Verlyn Beaudreau, Recording Secretary

 

SPECIAL TRIBAL COUNCIL MEETING

Friday, April 3, 2020, 1:39 PM

TiWakan Tio Tipi Council Chambers

 

TRIBAL COUNCIL MEMBERS PRESENT:

BIG COULEE:                      Lisa Jackson (called in)

BUFFALO LAKE:                 Louis Johnson

ENEMY SWIM:                     Cheryl Owen

HEIPA/VEBLEN:                  Winfield Rondell Jr.

LAKE TRAVERSE:               Francis Crawford

LONG HOLLOW:                 Curtis Bissonette (called in)

OLD AGENCY:                     Milton Owen

 

TRIBAL EXECUTIVES PRESENT: Tribal Chairman Donovan White, Tribal Vice-Chairman Edmund Johnson Jr. (called in), and Tribal Secretary Myrna Thompson

 

CALL TO ORDER: Tribal Chairman Donovan White called the meeting to order at 1:39 PM with three (3) Executives and seven (7) Council members from seven (7) Districts answering Roll Call.

 

Note:      Due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic and to encourage social distancing, Tribal Council Members were allowed to participate in this meeting via conference call.

 

MOTION NO. 18: made by Lisa Jackson, second by Cheryl Owen, question by Francis Crawford, to rescind Tribal Council Motion No. 65, of 3/30/20, "to close Dakota Magic Casino, Dakota Connection Casino, and Dakota Sioux Casino for one (1) additional week, (three weeks total, which began Sunday, March 22), and to authorize employees to be paid during this closure, with the closure and financial situation to be reviewed at the end of this week.", as recommended by Interim DNGE CEO Robert Mudd.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 18: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 19: made by Lisa Jackson, second by Winfield Rondell Jr., question by Cheryl Owen, to authorize Dakota Nation Gaming Enterprise, Dakota Magic Casino, Dakota Connection Casino, and Dakota Sioux Casino to furlough non-essential employees, effective April 6, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and to have the Human Resources staff available to assist employees with unemployment applications, as recommended by Interim DNGE CEO Robert Mudd. (As amended via Motion No. 26, of 4/6/20)

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 19: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

MOTION PASSED. (As amended via Motion No. 26, of 4/6/20)

 

MOTION NO. 20: made by Winfield Rondell Jr., second by Cheryl Owen, question by Curtis Bissonette, to approve the SWO Fuel Inc. & Agency C-Store verbal report, as presented telephonically by General Manager James Bird.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 20: 14 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 3 Absent From Vote: Francis Crawford (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1). 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 21: made by Milton Owen, second by Cheryl Owen, question by Winfield Rondell Jr., to approve the Dakota Western Corporation report, as presented by General Manager Robert Huff.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 21: 16 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 1 Absent From Vote: Tribal Vice-Chairman (1). 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 22: made by Winfield Rondell Jr., second by Cheryl Owen, question by Myrna Thompson, to approve the I-29 Motel report, as presented by Manager Nicole Wanna.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 22: 16 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 1 Absent From Vote: Tribal Vice-Chairman (1). 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

MOTION PASSED.

 

Note:      Tribal Vice-Chairman Edmund Johnson Jr. now present in Council Chambers.

 

MOTION NO. 23: made by Winfield Rondell Jr., second by Cheryl Owen, question by Francis Crawford, to approve an Addendum to the Legal Services Agreement with David Geyer of Delaney, Nielsen & Sannes P.C., to serve as the temporary Public Defender for SWO Tribal Court, under the same terms as his current Agreement, and to authorize the Tribal Chairman to execute the Addendum, pending legal review, as presented by Tribal Chairman Donovan White. (Motion rescinded via Motion No. 28, of 4/6/20)

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 23: 16 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1). 0 Opposed. 1 Abstained: Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

MOTION PASSED. (Motion rescinded via Motion No. 28, of 4/6/20)

 

MOTION NO. 24: made by Lisa Jackson, second by Winfield Rondell Jr., question by Cheryl Owen, to approve an Addendum to the Legal Services Agreement with Alexander Vian, to serve as Prosecutor for the SWO Tribal Court until the position is filled, and to authorize the Tribal Chairman to execute the Addendum, pending legal review, as presented by Tribal Chairman Donovan White.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 24: 14 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1). 3 Opposed: Milton Owen (2); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 25: made by Francis Crawford, second by Winfield Rondell Jr., to adjourn.

MEETING ADJOURNED 3:08PM.

 

Respectfully Submitted, Verlyn Beaudreau, Recording Secretary

 

SPECIAL TRIBAL COUNCIL MEETING

Monday, April 6, 2020, 10:52 AM

TiWakan Tio Tipi Council Chambers

 

TRIBAL COUNCIL MEMBERS PRESENT:

BIG COULEE:                      Lisa Jackson (called in)

BUFFALO LAKE:                 Louis Johnson

ENEMY SWIM:                     Cheryl Owen (called in)

HEIPA/VEBLEN:                  Winfield Rondell Jr.

LAKE TRAVERSE:               Francis Crawford

LONG HOLLOW:                 Curtis Bissonette

OLD AGENCY:                     Milton Owen

 

TRIBAL EXECUTIVES PRESENT: Tribal Chairman Donovan White, Tribal Vice-Chairman Edmund Johnson Jr. (called in), and Tribal Secretary Myrna Thompson

 

CALL TO ORDER: Tribal Chairman Donovan White called the meeting to order at 10:52 AM with three (3) Executives and seven (7) Council members from seven (7) Districts answering Roll Call. Opening Prayer for the Buffalo Lake District said by Old Agency Tribal Council Member Milton Owen.

 

Note:      Due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic and to encourage social distancing, Tribal Council Members were allowed to participate in this meeting via conference call.

 

MOTION NO. 26: made by Lisa Jackson, second by Cheryl Owen, question by Winfield Rondell Jr., to amend Tribal Council Motion No. 19, of 4/3/20, to change to the language to furlough, with the Motion to now read: "to authorize Dakota Nation Gaming Enterprise, Dakota Magic Casino, Dakota Connection Casino, and Dakota Sioux Casino to furlough non-essential employees, effective April 6, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and to have the Human Resources staff available to assist employees with unemployment applications, as recommended by Interim DNGE CEO Robert Mudd."

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 26: 16 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 1 Absent From Vote: Tribal Secretary (1). 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

MOTION PASSED.

 

Note:      Tribal Vice-Chairman Edmund Johnson Jr. now present in Council Chambers.

 

MOTION NO. 27: made by Winfield Rondell Jr., second by Cheryl Owen, question by Lisa Jackson, to hire Mindy Worder to serve as the temporary Public Defender for SWO Tribal Court, until the position is filled, under the same terms as offered to the previous temporary Public Defender, with the current GSA mileage rate, and to authorize the Tribal Chairman to execute the Employment Agreement, pending legal review, and to begin advertising for this position, as presented by Tribal Chairman Donovan White.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 27: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 28: made by Winfield Rondell Jr., second by Francis Crawford, question by Lisa Jackson, to rescind Tribal Council Motion No. 23, of 4/3/20, "to approve an Addendum to the Legal Services Agreement with David Geyer of Delaney, Nielsen & Sannes P.C., to serve as the temporary Public Defender for SWO Tribal Court, under the same terms as his current Agreement, and to authorize the Tribal Chairman to execute the Addendum, pending legal review, as presented by Tribal Chairman Donovan White."

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 28: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 29: made by Francis Crawford, second by Edmund Johnson Jr., question by Milton Owen, to hire McCabe CPA firm, to provide accounting services for the EDA/DNI entities, in the amount of $8,000.00 per month, with the Emergency Account as the funding source, as presented by Tribal Vice-Chairman Edmund Johnson Jr.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 29: 8 For: Milton Owen (2); Louis Johnson (1); Francis Crawford (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1). 9 Opposed: Cheryl Owen (3); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Lisa Jackson (2); Tribal Chairman (1). 0 Abstained. 1 Absent From Vote: Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Not Voting.

MOTION DEFEATED.

 

Note:      Motion No. 29 resulted in a tie vote. The Tribal Chairman's vote was required to break the tie.

 

MOTION NO. 30: made by Winfield Rondell Jr., second by Cheryl Owen, to adjourn.

MEETING ADJOURNED 12:46PM.

 

Respectfully Submitted, Verlyn Beaudreau, Recording Secretary

 

SPECIAL TRIBAL COUNCIL MEETING

Thursday, April 16, 2020, 10:34 AM

TiWakan Tio Tipi Council Chambers

 

TRIBAL COUNCIL MEMBERS PRESENT:

BIG COULEE:                      Lisa Jackson

BUFFALO LAKE:                 Louis Johnson

ENEMY SWIM:                     Cheryl Owen

HEIPA/VEBLEN:                  Winfield Rondell Jr.

LAKE TRAVERSE:               Francis Crawford (11:00)

LONG HOLLOW:                 Curtis Bissonette (10:40)

OLD AGENCY:                     Milton Owen

 

TRIBAL EXECUTIVES PRESENT: Tribal Chairman Donovan White, Tribal Vice-Chairman Edmund Johnson Jr. (10:43), and Tribal Secretary Myrna Thompson

 

CALL TO ORDER: Tribal Chairman Donovan White called the meeting to order at 10:34 AM with two (2) Executives and five (5) Council members from seven (7) Districts answering Roll Call. Opening Prayer for the Buffalo Lake District said by Old Agency Tribal Council Member Milton Owen.

 

MOTION NO. 31: made by Lisa Jackson, second by Cheryl Owen, question by Winfield Rondell Jr., to authorize the submission of the loan applications to the Great Plains Bank or other suitable financial institution, for the SBA Payroll Protection Program for the COVID-19 pandemic, and to authorize Tribal Chairman Donovan White to execute the necessary documents, as recommended by Attorney Steven Gunn.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 31: 15 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

MOTION PASSED.

 

Note:      Lake Traverse Tribal Council Member Francis Crawford now present at meeting.

 

MOTION NO. 32: made by Lisa Jackson, second by Winfield Rondell Jr., question by Cheryl Owen, to authorize the Tribal Chairman and Tribal Secretary to submit the necessary documents and information to the U.S. Department of Treasury, to apply for the CARES Act Title V - Relief Fund, and to authorize the Executives to sign the necessary documents, as recommended by Attorney Steven Gunn.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 32: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 33: made by Edmund Johnson Jr., second by Francis Crawford, question by Milton Owen, to authorize the Sisseton-Wahpeton Housing Authority (SWHA) to utilize the funding already received from the Tribe, to pay bills and invoices for the Dakota Nation Development Corporation (DNDC) housing units, up to $150,000.00, and these funds will be reimbursed when the SWHA receives its allocation for the DNDC.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 33: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 34: made by Myrna Thompson, second by Francis Crawford, question by Lisa Jackson, to reactivate the Constitution Revision Committee and the Reservation Election Board to begin their processes for the upcoming elections.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 34: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 35: made by Lisa Jackson, second by Winfield Rondell Jr., question by Cheryl Owen, to approve an Addendum to the Contract with Avisen Legal, P.A., to assist the Tribe with employment issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and to authorize Tribal Chairman Donovan White to execute the Addendum, pending legal review.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 35: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 36: made by Francis Crawford, second by Lisa Jackson, question by Cheryl Owen, in resolution form, to request the U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Indian Affairs to remove Tara Sweeney as Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 36: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

MOTION PASSED.

Resolution No. SWO-20-038

 

MOTION NO. 37: made by Francis Crawford, second by Lisa Jackson, question by Winfield Rondell Jr., to direct the EDA/DNI entities to provide their IRS 941 Forms or the last four (4) months of payroll and benefits information to the Tribal Vice-Chairman by Friday, April 17, 2020, so the information can be compiled to apply for the Payroll Protection Program.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 37: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 38: made by Francis Crawford, second by Lisa Jackson, question by Winfield Rondell Jr., to approve the following budgets: Realty - FY2020 Internship Grant Award; Fish & Wildlife - Cooperative Extension; F&W - Agriculture; F&W - Wildlife; F&W - Fisheries; F&W - Recreation; and F&W - Invasive Species, as submitted by Budget Supervisor Lexie Fancher.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 38: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 39: made by Francis Crawford, second by Lisa Jackson, question by Myrna Thompson, to oppose the raising of the water levels on Lake Traverse, as proposed by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and that consultation with the SWO needs to happen for this proposal.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 39: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 40: made by Francis Crawford, second by Winfield Rondell Jr., question by Lisa Jackson, to transfer $50,000.00 to the Emergency Management - Natural Disasters account, with Gaming Revenue as the funding source.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 40: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 41: made by Lisa Jackson, second by Winfield Rondell Jr., question by Edmund Johnson Jr., to authorize the Tribal Vice-Chairman to establish an emergency account to pay for the benefits of laid-off Central Government Employees, in the amount of $250,000.00, with the Justice Center Set-Aside as the funding source, and that these funds will be reimbursed with the CARES Act funding.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 41: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 42: made by Winfield Rondell Jr., second by Lisa Jackson, question by Milton Owen, to approve the Executive Committee Meeting Minutes of Tuesday, April 14, 2020.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 42: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 43: made by Winfield Rondell Jr., second by Edmund Johnson Jr., to adjourn.

MEETING ADJOURNED 1:36PM.

 

Respectfully Submitted, Verlyn Beaudreau, Recording Secretary

 

SPECIAL TRIBAL COUNCIL MEETING

Friday, April 24, 2020, 10:07 AM

TiWakan Tio Tipi Council Chambers

 

TRIBAL COUNCIL MEMBERS PRESENT:

BIG COULEE:                      Lisa Jackson

BUFFALO LAKE:                 Louis Johnson

ENEMY SWIM:                     Cheryl Owen

HEIPA/VEBLEN:                  Winfield Rondell Jr.

LAKE TRAVERSE:               Francis Crawford (10:40)

LONG HOLLOW:                 Curtis Bissonette

OLD AGENCY:                     Milton Owen

 

TRIBAL EXECUTIVES PRESENT: Tribal Chairman Donovan White, Tribal Vice-Chairman Edmund Johnson Jr., and Tribal Secretary Myrna Thompson (10:18)

 

CALL TO ORDER: Tribal Chairman Donovan White called the meeting to order at 10:07 AM with two (2) Executives and six (6) Council members from seven (7) Districts answering Roll Call. Opening Prayer for the Buffalo Lake District said by Old Agency Tribal Council Member Milton Owen.

 

MOTION NO. 44: made by Winfield Rondell Jr., second by Lisa Jackson, question by Cheryl Owen, to approve the Wiyukcan ka Ecunpi Carryover Budget, as presented by Education Director Dr. Sherry Johnson.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 44: 14 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 45: made by Lisa Jackson, second by Winfield Rondell Jr., question by Milton Owen, to approve the Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation Policies, as presented by Education Director Dr. Sherry Johnson.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 45: 14 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 46: made by Curtis Bissonette, second by Winfield Rondell Jr., question by Milton Owen, to approve the resolution, "Authorization to Submit the Department of Health & Human Services - Administration for Children and Families Native American Language Preservation and Maintenance FY 2020 Grant", as presented by Education Director Dr. Sherry Johnson.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 46: 14 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

MOTION PASSED.

Resolution No. SWO-20-039

 

MOTION NO. 47: made by Curtis Bissonette, second by Milton Owen, question by Lisa Jackson, to approve the Tribal FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) Policies, as presented by Education Director Dr. Sherry Johnson.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 47: 14 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 48: made by Lisa Jackson, second by Cheryl Owen, question by Louis Johnson, to approve the Head Start & Early Head Start: 1) Enrollment Improvement Plan; 2) 2% COLA from the Office of Head Start; 3) Financial report; 4) Food report; 5) Attendance report; and 6) Director and Manager reports, as presented by Education Director Dr. Sherry Johnson.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 48: 14 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 49: made by Winfield Rondell Jr., second by Curtis Bissonette, question by Milton Owen, to authorize the Education Office to submit an application for a Library Services Grant for the Sisseton-Wahpeton College, as submitted by Education Director Sr. Sherry Johnson.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 49: 14 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 50: made by Winfield Rondell Jr., second by Cheryl Owen, question by Milton Owen, to authorize the Tribal Education Consultations, scheduled for May 11, 2020, to be completed with the submission of written reports, as presented by Education Director Dr. Sherry Johnson.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 50: 14 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 51: made by Winfield Rondell Jr., second by Curtis Bissonette, question by Cheryl Owen, to authorize the Tiospa Zina Tribal School, Enemy Swim Day School, Head Start, and Early Head Start to close for the remainder of their current scheduled school years, to protect the health and safety of the students and staff, and to authorize the schools to provide meals and continued learning for students, as presented by Education Director Dr. Sherry Johnson.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 51: 14 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

MOTION PASSED.

 

Note:      Tribal Secretary Myrna Thompson now present at meeting.

 

MOTION NO. 52: made by Lisa Jackson, second by Cheryl Owen, question by Winfield Rondell Jr., to authorize the Local Research & Review Board to conduct meetings, in accordance with SWO Chapter 77 - Research Codes, as presented by Education Director Dr. Sherry Johnson.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 52: 15 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 53: made by Lisa Jackson, second by Milton Owen, question by Cheryl Owen, to authorize the Hiring Committee to conduct meetings, to hire for Federal and Grant positions, that are not Gaming Revenue, Tax Revenue, or Lease Income funded.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 53: 15 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 54: made by Cheryl Owen, second by Winfield Rondell Jr., question by Milton Owen, to approve the Education Office report, as presented by Education Director Dr. Sherry Johnson.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 54: 15 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 55: made by Lisa Jackson, second by Cheryl Owen, question by Winfield Rondell Jr., to authorize the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate and Dakota Nation Gaming Enterprise (DNGE) to submit applications for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), and to authorize Tribal Chairman Donovan White, DNGE CEO Robert Mudd, and DNGE CFO Weston Quinn to sign the necessary documents for their respective entities, as recommended by Special Attorney Steven Gunn.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 55: 15 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 56: made by Winfield Rondell Jr., second by Myrna Thompson, question by Cheryl Owen, to proceed with the feasibility study and the conceptual architectural & engineering for the site plan, for the proposed inpatient treatment center, as recommended by Consultant Mark Van Norman.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 56: 15 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

MOTION PASSED.

 

Note:      Lake Traverse Tribal Council Member Francis Crawford now present at meeting.

 

MOTION NO. 57: made by Lisa Jackson, second by Milton Owen, question by Cheryl Owen, to approve the Community Transit budget modification, with the FTA grant as the funding source, and to authorize Tribal Chairman Donovan White to execute the documents, as presented by DOT Director Cliff Eberhardt.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 57: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 58: made by Milton Owen, second by Cheryl Owen, question by Curtis Bissonette, to approve the Road Safety Improvements Project budget modification, with the Federal TTP as the funding source, and to authorize Tribal Chairman Donovan White to execute the documents, as presented by DOT Director Cliff Eberhardt.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 58: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 59: made by Lisa Jackson, second by Milton Owen, question by Myrna Thompson, to approve the Big Coulee Road Project budget modification, and to approve the Agreement with J&J Earthworks to complete this work, with the Federal TTP as the funding source, and to authorize Tribal Chairman Donovan White to execute the documents, as presented by DOT Director Cliff Eberhardt.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 59: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 60: made by Winfield Rondell Jr., second by Cheryl Owen, question by Curtis Bissonette, to approve the Lawrence Bridge Replacement Project Carryover budget, and to authorize Tribal Chairman Donovan White to execute the documents, as presented by DOT Director Cliff Eberhardt.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 60: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 61: made by Lisa Jackson, second by Winfield Rondell Jr., question by Cheryl Owen, to have the Legal Office assist the SWO DOT to research if the Community Transit qualifies for the Paycheck Protection Program.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 61: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 62: made by Lisa Jackson, second by Cheryl Owen, question by Winfield Rondell Jr., to have Attorney Kim Lowe assist the SWO DOT with reviewing the current Community Transit contacts and documents, to begin the process of the Tribe assuming the management of the program.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 62: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 63: made by Myrna Thompson, second by Curtis Bissonette, question by Cheryl Owen, to approve the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Certifications and Assurances, and to authorize Tribal Chairman Donovan White to execute the documents, pending legal review, as presented by DOT Director Cliff Eberhardt.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 63: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 64: made by Myrna Thompson, second by Cheryl Owen, question by Lisa Jackson, to approve the Department of Transportation report, as presented by DOT Director Cliff Eberhardt.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 64: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 65: made by Winfield Rondell Jr., second by Louis Johnson, question by Curtis Bissonette, to authorize the TERO Commission to conduct meetings as necessary, and not on a regular monthly schedule, to approve Indian Preference Applications for businesses, per SWO Chapter 59 - TERO Ordinance, with the stipends to be paid from TERO fees, as presented by TERO Director DelRay German.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 65: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 66: made by Lisa Jackson, second by Winfield Rondell Jr., question by Myrna Thompson, to authorize the Human Service Board to conduct meetings as needed, to review and approve applications for the Irene Groneau Scholarship, as presented by HSB Member Lisa RedWing.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 66: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 67: made by Myrna Thompson, second by Lisa Jackson, question by Winfield Rondell Jr., to approve the resolution, "Authorizes Submission of Application to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Supporting Tribal Public Health Capacity in Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Grant", and to authorize Tribal Chairman Donovan White to sign the Certifications and Assurances for this grant, as presented by Health Director Leah Fyten and CHE Manager Audrey German.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 67: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

MOTION PASSED.

Resolution No. SWO-20-040

 

MOTION NO. 68: made by Curtis Bissonette, second by Milton Owen, question by Myrna Thompson, to approve the revised SWO Administrative Flow Chart, with changes, as presented by Tribal Secretary Myrna Thompson.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 68: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 69: made by Francis Crawford, second by Curtis Bissonette, question by Louis Johnson, to approve the: THPO NPS budget FY20; Elderly Nutrition Title VI Part A FY21 budget; and Elderly Nutrition Title VI Part C FY21 budget, as presented by Tribal Vice-Chairman Edmund Johnson Jr.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 69: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 70: made by Francis Crawford, second by Lisa Jackson, question by Cheryl Owen, to authorize Dakota Nation Gaming Enterprise to develop a plan for the possibility of re-opening the Dakota Magic Golf Course (with to-go food orders), C-Store, and Smoke Shop, and the Dakota Connection C-Store and Tire & Oil Shop, with the plan to include proposed safety and sanitizing precautions, along with needed personnel, for Tribal Council review.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 70: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 71: made by Francis Crawford, second by Lisa Jackson, question by Cheryl Owen, to have DNGE CEO Robert Mudd and CFO Weston Quinn file claims with the DNGE's insurance company for interruption of business, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 71: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 72: made by Francis Crawford, second by Lisa Jackson, question by Winfield Rondell Jr., to approve the Authorization to Release and Disclose Health and Medical Information form, with changes, and to develop policies and procedures to ensure the confidential control of the information, as presented by Tribal Chairman Donovan White.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 72: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 73: made by Francis Crawford, second by Milton Owen, question by Curtis Bissonette, to have Legal Counsel Greg Paulson finish drafting the Banishment Ordinance/Code, for Tribal Council review.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 73: 16 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1). 1 Opposed: Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 74: made by Myrna Thompson, second by Lisa Jackson, question by Winfield Rondell Jr., to request that the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate receive direct funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), instead of having to request this funding from the States in which disasters occur on the Lake Traverse Reservation, and to authorize Tribal Chairman Donovan White to sign the request, as presented by Tribal Vice-Chairman Edmund Johnson Jr.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 74: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 75: made by Curtis Bissonette, second by Lisa Jackson, question by Francis Crawford, to authorize the Tribal Vice-Chairman to establish an account for Tribal and non-Federal COVID-19 related funding that the Tribe receives, as presented by Tribal Vice-Chairman Edmund Johnson Jr.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 75: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 76: made by Francis Crawford, second by Lisa Jackson, question by Louis Johnson, to transfer $1.1 million from the Detention Center Set-aside, to the Tribal Emergency account, with the funds to be reimbursed when the Coronavirus Relief Fund/CARES Act funding is received, as presented by Tribal Vice-Chairman Edmund Johnson Jr. (As amended via Motion No. 8, of 5/4/20)

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 76: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

MOTION PASSED. (As amended via Motion No. 8, of 5/4/20)

 

MOTION NO. 77: made by Lisa Jackson, second by Cheryl Owen, question by Edmund Johnson Jr., to transfer $500,000.00 from the Earned Interest account, to the Gaming/Payroll accounts, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with the funds to be reimbursed when FEMA, CARES Act, or other COVID-19 related funding is received, as presented by Tribal Vice-Chairman Edmund Johnson Jr.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 77: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 78: made by Edmund Johnson Jr., second by Lisa Jackson, question by Milton Owen, to transfer $250,000.00 from the Escheat account, to the Gaming/Payroll accounts, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with the funds to be reimbursed when FEMA, CARES Act, or other COVID-19 related funding is received, as presented by Tribal Vice-Chairman Edmund Johnson Jr.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 78: 17 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Francis Crawford (2); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Vice-Chairman (1); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 79: made by Francis Crawford, second by Curtis Bissonette, to adjourn.

MEETING ADJOURNED 1:37PM.

 

Respectfully Submitted, Verlyn Beaudreau, Recording Secretary

 

SPECIAL TRIBAL COUNCIL MEETING

Tuesday, April 28, 2020, 11:51 AM

TiWakan Tio Tipi Council Chambers

 

TRIBAL COUNCIL MEMBERS PRESENT:

BIG COULEE:                      Lisa Jackson

BUFFALO LAKE:                 Louis Johnson

ENEMY SWIM:                     Cheryl Owen

HEIPA/VEBLEN:                  Winfield Rondell Jr.

LONG HOLLOW:                 Curtis Bissonette

OLD AGENCY:                     Milton Owen

 

TRIBAL COUNCIL MEMBERS ABSENT:

LAKE TRAVERSE:               Francis Crawford

 

TRIBAL EXECUTIVES PRESENT: Tribal Chairman Donovan White, Tribal Vice-Chairman Edmund Johnson Jr. (11:58), and Tribal Secretary Myrna Thompson

 

CALL TO ORDER: Tribal Chairman Donovan White called the meeting to order at 11:51 AM with two (2) Executives and six (6) Council members from seven (7) Districts answering Roll Call.

 

MOTION NO. 80: made by Milton Owen, second by Winfield Rondell Jr., question by Lisa Jackson, to approve the Dakota Nation Gaming Enterprise (DNGE) plan to re-open the Dakota Magic Golf Course, C-Store, and Smoke Shop, and the Dakota Connection C-Store and Tire & Oil Shop, effective May 1, 2020, as submitted by DNGE CFO Robert Mudd.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 80: 14 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Louis Johnson (1); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Milton Owen (2); Lisa Jackson (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Tribal Secretary (1). 0 Opposed. 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

MOTION PASSED.

 

MOTION NO. 81: made by Lisa Jackson, second by Cheryl Owen, question by Winfield Rondell Jr., to accept the grant award from NDN Collective for the COVID-19 Community Response & Action Grant, in the amount of $75,000.00, and to authorize Tribal Chairman Donovan White to execute the Grant Agreement, pending changes and legal review, and to approve a grant match in the amount of $60,000.00, with the Tribal Emergency account as the funding source, as presented by Planning Director Michael Roberts.

WEIGHTED VOTE ON MOTION NO. 81: 9 For: Cheryl Owen (3); Lisa Jackson (2); Winfield Rondell Jr. (3); Tribal Secretary (1). 5 Opposed: Milton Owen (2); Curtis Bissonette (2); Louis Johnson (1). 0 Abstained. 0 Absent From Vote. 1 Not Voting: Tribal Chairman.

MOTION PASSED.

 

Note:      Tribal Vice-Chairman Edmund Johnson Jr. now present at meeting.

 

MOTION NO. 82: made by Winfield Rondell Jr., second by Cheryl Owen, to adjourn.

MEETING ADJOURNED 12:00PM.

 

Respectfully Submitted, Verlyn Beaudreau, Recording Secretary

Trading Post ads

Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate

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

Vocational Rehabilitation/Outreach Specialist, Education Department

Guardian Ad Litem, Tribal Court

ICWA Attorney, Tribal Court

DVPI Project Coordinator, Behavioral Health

Native Connection Project Director, Behavioral Health

DVPI Case Manager, Behavioral Health

Closing Date: May 29th, 2020 @ 04:30PM

In-House Attorney, Tribal Executive Committee

Positions Open Until Filled

Application can be 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).

 

Tiospa Zina Tribal School

Job Openings

Special Education:

Two Special Education teachers, elementary/secondary. $3,000 signing bonus for these positions.

Elementary School:

Three classroom teacher positions. $1,500 signing bonus for these positions.

Two General Ed Para-educators

Middle School: Math/Science classroom teacher positions. $1,500 signing bonus for these positions.

Please contact Jennifer Williams, Human Resources Director by email at jwilliams@tzts.us for more information.

Tiospa Zina Tribal School

PO Box 719

#2 Tiospa Zina Dr.

Agency Village, SD 57262

Phone: (605) 698-3953 Ext. 208

Fax: (605) 698-7686

http://www.tzts.us

21-2tc

 
 

 

Return to Sota Home Page