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Volume 51 Issue No. 43

Anpetu Iyamni, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020

Inside this Edition –

Weekly Tribal Chairman's Update

Candidates certified for SWO General Election Tuesday, Nov. 3

Proposed Amendments on Nov. 3rd ballot

SD Democrat candidates hold SWO meet and greet

SWO members to call COVID-19 E.F.A. to complete assistance application

Lagoon upgrade nears completion at Barker Hill Housing

JR Rondell passes 750 miles mark in walking/running club

Reminder: Deadline for receiving copy is Friday noon

Weekly SWO Tribal Chairman's Update

Hau mitakuyapi, hello my relatives.

The SWO is now open, but that doesn't mean we should start slacking on protecting ourselves from COVID-19. Please continue to wear your mask, wash your hands, and social distance.

All of our construction projects, including the food pantry, new daycare, and COVID-19 Quarantine Facility are on schedule and coming along quickly.

Dan Ahlers, the democratic candidate for U.S. Senate from the State of South Dakota, and Remi Bald Eagle, a Veteran and Mniconjou Lakota from Cheyenne River running as a Democrat for a position on the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission, stopped by SWO Tribal Headquarters on October 15 for a Meet and Greet.

I hope you will join me in voting for them. Both of these men, if elected, will be strong advocates for Tribes and the protection of our ancestral lands and waters. Right now, we are not being represented and we are living during a time when our Tribal sovereignty is under attack. The people who are in power now don't have our best interests in mind. They are failing to meet treaty and trust obligations owed to Tribes. They do not listen to us or talk to us and are trying to take what is left of our Native lands and resources.

We need to vote. This year more than ever. You can vote early too. If you haven't registered to vote, you have until Monday, October 19 to do it. To register and to vote early, go to the county courthouse with your Driver's License or Tribal ID.

Mitakuye Oyasin, Hupahumaza.

Candidates certified for SWO General Election Tuesday, Nov. 3

General election candidate lineup changes; Bryan Akipa, Brandon Gypsy Wanna will be on ballot for Heipa Councilperson

(Editor's note: The Sota was informed on Saturday, Oct. 17, that Bryan Akipa and Brandon Gypsy Wanna will be on the ballot for Heipa District Councilperson, that Merlin Jay Renville's nomination is withdrawn.)

Agency Village, SD – Oct. 13, 2020 – The SWO 2020 general election will be held Tuesday, November 3rd, coinciding with the local, state and national elections.

Voting will take place in the seven District centers from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., with masks and social distancing required.

Tribal Council will meet afterwards in the admin building, where the Reservation Election Board will count ballots; public access limited to a maximum of five guests for each candidate due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The count will be broadcast on the SWO Tribal Council YouTube Channel and on Venture Cable Channel 390.

Candidates certified for the general election are as follows:

Executive Offices

Candidates for Tribal Chairperson: Delbert Hopkins Jr., Ella Robertson.

Candidates for Tribal Vice-Chair: Eddie Johnson (incumbent), Lisa Jackson.

Candidates for Tribal Secretary: Myrna Thompson (incumbent), Winfield Rondell Jr.

District Offices

Big Coulee District: Danielle DeCoteau, Lydia Riveria.

Buffalo Lake District: Louis Johnson (incumbent), Lorraine Rousseau

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

Heipa District: Bryan Akipa, Brandon Gypsy Wanna.

Lake Traverse District: Dionne Crawford-Lake, Shannon White.

Long Hollow District: Curtis Bissonette (incumbent), Janell Cook.

Old Agency District: Floyd Kirk Jr., Brandon Adams.

SWO Emergency Management –

COVID-19 by the numbers

Agency Village, SD – Oct 15, 2020 – Here are updated COVID statistics as of today.

SD Overall: 7102 Active (797 new)

ND Overall: 4,947 Active (705 new)

Codington: 223 Active

Day: 27 Active

Grant: 66 Active

Marshall: 12 Active

Roberts: 40 Active

Richland: 33 Active

Sargent: 17 Active

SD Daily Pos% Rate is 14.7%

ND Daily Pos% Rate is 10.45%

Please use caution and remember to practice the 3W's (WASH hands, WEAR a mask, WATCH your distance).

SWO DARE Covid-19 Response Team request for donations

Agency Village, SD – Oct. 17, 2020 – Mitakuyapi!

If you can spare some pejuta for our quarantine families dealing with Covid-19 please help us by dropping off what you can with the SWO DARE Covid-19 Response Team.

We are being asked for cedar, sage, bitter root and bear root, also wahpe and wastemina. All medicines that can help reduce the immune response that causes infections when positive with Covid-19.

We can be found in the rotunda in the admin building; ask for Tammy, Sonny or Allison.

We can get these out to our families and have it available with your help.

Many of our traditional medicines are being overharvested everywhere, so this is our hope there are relatives out there with enough to share.


*Donations can be mailed also:


12554 BIA 711

Sisseton, SD 57262

KXSW live-streams SD Democrat candidates meet and greet

Another SD Democratic meet and greet set Monday at Rosalie's in Sisseton at 6 p.m.

Agency Village, SD – Oct. 15, 2020 – KXSW Radio Announcer Tom Wilson put a South Dakota Democrat candidates "meet and greet" on Facebook live this afternoon from the rotunda in the SWO admin building.

Prior to the Facebook event, the candidates met with Tribal Council in chambers.

"It is my pleasure as Tribal Chairman," said Chairman Hopkins, "to welcome new allies to our Sissetowan Wahpetowan homelands."

"Meet Dan Ahlers and Remi Bald Eagle."

"Dan Ahlers is from Dell Rapids, South Dakota. He is the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate from the State of South Dakota."

"Remi Bald Eagle is a Veteran and Mniconjou Lakota from Cheyenne River. He is running to represent us as a Democrat for a position on the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission."

Joe Williams gave an opening prayer.

Here are highlights from a transcript.

District 1 Representative Steven McCleerey began, announcing his bid for re-election.

He said would "give you a little background on myself."

"I farm north of Sisseton, used to be in the dairy business up until 2005, a cow/calf operation."

"We farm about a thousand acres."

"I'm used to saying, 'We', my father passed away at the end of February of this year, so it's myself and mother and (other family)."

"in the state legislature, I am running for my fourth term."

"I am presently on State Affairs, Commerce and Energy, Military and Veterans, and Retirement Law. Those are the committees that I have."

"I am presently the assistant minority leader on the Democrat party."

He said he would "appreciate" questions on any of the legislation, the "many, many bills last year."

"We had … over 500 bills that we took into … the state legislature."

He handed the microphone to Jennifer Keintz, who is a candidate for District 1 House Rep.

"Hi, my name is Jennifer Keintz."

"I live in Eden and I'm probably in a new face and a new name for a lot of people."

"I'm a first time candidate running for the House of Representatives."

"I have a real estate broker's license and am a co-owner in Dakota View Realty and Auctions … some of you may have seen a lot of our signs around Sisseton and the area."

"I live outside Eden with my husband Corey and we have a four year old daughter, Amelia."

"I decided to run for the state legislature after spending a couple of days with Representative McCleerey out in Pierre and my big takeaway from those two days was, I don't know how anybody could spend time out here and not think, 'Okay. I want to try to make things better and change our state for the better.'"

"I think that we have several different issues that we really need to focus on as a state."

"I think that the priorities of our district are being represented to some degree in Pierre and I think that we want to make sure that everyone's voices are heard and everyone's issues are addressed."

"Education is an extremely important issue to me. I believe that educating our children is the best investment that we can possibly make as a society and healthcare is also critical."

"I think we're really seeing in this time of COVID-19 how essential our healthcare workers are and our healthcare facilities."

"And we need to make sure that our rural areas continue to have access to healthcare."

"And I think also jobs and the economy in our rural communities, we want to have good jobs that people have access to so they'll want to stay in our areas and help our communities thrive."

"I'm happy to answer any questions or speak individually with any of you and look forward to meeting you and working with you."

SD District 1 Senator Susan Wismer was next.

"Good afternoon," she introduced herself, "Susan Wismer from Britton."

"I'm running for re-election to the state Senate."

"I'm a proud Democrat."

"I'm a multi-generational Democrat and my grandfather and my uncle of the Jones family served in the legislature before me for District 1."

"I am not one to sign on to, or how about trying to get a lot of laws (on the) books."

"My immediate concerns right now are about the lack of partisan balance in the state legislature."

"I'm in the Senate, there are 35 seats and there are only five Democrats in the state Senate."

"Those five Democrats are so important because they can speak truth to power."

"When all of those other Republican legislators who go into a closed caucus room to make decisions where the public can't see what's happening. And they go in there and make decisions."

"It's up to the Democrats to point out flaws, who they're hurting and try to at least make sure that the people understand what's really happening out there and here."

"District 1 has historically sent Democrats to the state legislature because we do have a few more registered Democrats in our district than in most of the other districts in the state."

"So the rest of the state really counts on us."

"We do really end up representing working people all over the state because we're one of the few districts where Democrats can get elected."

"And I think it is so important that District 1 send three Democrats working hard for working people back to Pierre."

"Another one of my issues is Medicaid expansion."

"We passed on so many federal dollars by not expanding Medicaid, and it's not just the dollars, it's the people that don't have healthcare that would have had healthcare if we had expanded Medicaid."

"And then I'm an accountant. I speak numbers. I've spent quite a bit of time on the appropriations committee."

"To me, a budget is a moral document."

"It says where we're going to spend our money, where our priorities are."

"And lots of times it's easy to say, 'Oh, I'm for education or healthcare.' But the proof of the pudding comes when legislators take their votes."

"And when they get elected saying that they think education and healthcare is important, but then they vote saying, 'Oh, we just don't have what it takes to get the job done.'"

"They're not being truthful with their voters when they run."

"And when they come back from Pierre, once they've learned what the real issues and the difficulties are out there, I think it's our responsibility to explain it to our voters."

"And that's what I've tried to do in my years in the legislature."

"I appreciate very much this opportunity to speak with you."

The District 1 candidates called for questions before turning the podium over to the two statewide candidates.

Susan Wismer responded to what someone asked from the floor.

"… There's a lot of interest in the presidential race. And I agree, I'm definitely very interested in that as well."

"My leader at the Senate at the state level is Senator Troy Heinert, who comes to us from Rosebud."

"He's the Senate minority leader. And then in the House we have Representative Shawn Bordeaux, a Democrat who serves also from Rosebud."

"What I would like to do is to point out a couple of things that legislators in Pierre do vote on (for) the Native American population."

"One of them, it's been up for the last several years, we've been trying to get tribal IDs to qualify as identification, both for commercial purposes and then also for purposes of serving as the picture ID for identification at elections."

"We have not been successful in doing that."

"The Republican majority has not seen fit to do that yet."

"They have some technical problems with that, that have not been addressed. So that's one of the issues that we're still working on and we haven't gotten that done yet."

She brought up healthcare.

"You might think, 'Well, Native Americans are provided healthcare by IHS.'"

"And that is true."

"But I also know that there are constant budget shortages at IHS and lots of times, if you have to go to other medical providers in order to get healthcare, you end up stuck with the bill."

"Well, the South Dakota state government is working hand in hand with IHS to try to get some connections made that starts out by being referred by IHS to a Medicaid provider, establishes the connection so that those IHS dollars can flow through."

"And it's brought on several million dollars worth of healthcare improvements and more services available to Native Americans."

"So those are just two things that I can think of off the top of my head that we do deal with Native American issues in Pierre … more than you think."

Steven McCleerey took over, "To pick up from Senator Wismer which she started upon, Medicaid expansion, when Governor Daugaard was in office, we tried to expand Medicaid and we fell short because the other party was not numerous enough to enable us to do that."

"And I would assume at this point, we've probably lost an area of $800,000,000, I haven't kept track exactly."

"But being that did not get expanded when you see a clinic or a hospital or healthcare around the state has to close their doors, that's part of why that happened because there's that large gap of what we as a public or community hospital and clinic get paid."

"So that's huge, nursing homes would be the same way, that's why we have seven or eight of those closed."

"If you do not have Medicaid expansion to make up that gap difference, it's very, very difficult to keep those running and keep those going and it's a huge, huge question mark on what happens."

There was a question about CARES Act funding, "$47 million (for public schools in South Dakota)."

"I hear that our Native American students weren't part of any of that, correct?"

Rep. McCleerey responded, "That is correct."

"And two weeks ago when we were in Pierre I had an amendment to make sure to try at least to get the extra 500 dollars (per student) that Native American schools and education did not get."

He said, "There's 3.4 million … we were going to ask for, as of now, from what I can gather, you can check with Dr. Johnson (SWO Education Director Dr. Sherry Johnson)."

"You did not get those."

"Public and private schools get them, Native American schools did not."

"That's still on the table."

"Unfortunately, what happened there is somebody called question and when a question's called all conversation and other amendments, we were all done."

"I was next in line to bring that amendment through the floor so that the school system would get that extra $500."

"There are 6,700 native American kids to go to school … that was $3.4 million that would have been available."

"We tried, but we didn't make it work."

There was a question about taxes "the state collects for tobacco and alcohol and fuel," brought up by Karen White.

"Our tribe needs those taxes," she said.

"How would you support our Tribe into getting those taxes back?"

Senator Wismer responded.

"You mentioned several different types, fuel tax, tobacco taxes, I heard, and also just a general question about road funding."

"I have never pulled out the agreements that the tribe has with the State Department of Revenue about collecting taxes, and then what portion of them goes back to the tribe."

"I'll admit that there's some research that I would have to do there in order to answer that question knowledgeably, but on the overall concept of the tax should go back to benefit the people that it comes from, I of course agree completely."

"And if some part of that still isn't happening, I'd be more than willing to work on that issue with you."

"It's very unique."

"The issue is very unique to every tribe."

"I believe every tribe has their own collection and reimbursement agreement with the state regarding the different taxes, and it's just complicated enough that I can't take it past that."

Dustina Gill brought up "a question in regards to the different bills that are being proposed that will affect us either directly or indirectly…."

 "Is there a process to ... I know they are called cracker barrels … to have some kind of, something similar to this (to allow) input from people … to have more direct contact with the tribes … consult."

"I think if I understand the question right," Steven answered, "it's how can the communication be better with ourselves and tribal members."

"And those happen in your cracker barrel, we have those that are in session."

"We can certainly try and address my role, whether it's in a big city community wide effort, or we have one here at the tribal office,"  he said.

"Those are the things that are important to us. Because for us, in order to know how the vote on particular bills that affect tribal people, we need more input."

Rep. McCleerey went "back to the tribal ID bill."

"Shawn Bordeaux and Representative Peri Pourier from Pine Ridge were sponsors of that bill, which I co-sponsored."

"Those are the kinds of issues that we need to hear from Native American people."

"Now that was going really well, but my opponent stood up and more or less killed that bill."

"So that's where we need to hear back and forth discussion of tribal affairs, that are meaningful for you."

"I was on the right track, but that is one that did not pass in the House chambers and that was taken down."

"So I'm assuming, Dustina, that's where you were kind of coming from."

"We're certainly open to doing cracker barrels wherever."

There were questions from the floor, and discussion, concerning education of Native students.

A question was raised, "…We are in an identity crisis. Will you work with us to reform the educational system?"

Senator Wismer responded, "We worked hard on Senator Troy Heinert's bill last session to allow the establishment of ... (Oceti Sakowin) schools based on a cultural model."

"It flew through one house … but then at the last minute, in the other house of the legislature, it was killed."

"And so that effort failed after a lot of hard work by a lot of legislators and Native American education professionals."

Rep. McCleerey said, "I'll add a little bit to that."

"Those types of bills come to state affairs, those are of high importance, high quality, that's when our committee decides if that something goes up or down."

"We had passed that on to state affairs very, very handily, went to the House of Representatives to the floor."

"If I can back up … I remember being on a committee, four years ago when I was on education committee, we had some bills that came forward for Native Americans to improving the native culture in public schools."

"That is one that was passed."

"Myself and Shawn Bordeaux brought those."

Steven noted that having had "a great effect."

He explained about "identity bills, those types of things … if they get put in the wrong committee…."

"Let me put it that way, it's a very political policy process there."

"If someone doesn't like a certain thing, it gets put into a committee that will not see the light of day."

"That's what happens."

Lee Ann Eastman spoke, "I know you guys already talked about it, but a lot of people are asking about the tribal ID, using a tribal ID to vote. There's a lot of people making comments about that."

"So maybe you could just explain that again."

Steven responded, "That bill was put in front of Representative Shawn Bordeaux and Representative Peri Pourier brought that bill."

"… (It) would have … the eligibility for Native Americans, whatever tribe you are, with the address that's on your (card) … enable you to go to register to vote."

"And then when you were able to vote, you could use that ID card for that, and for other purposes, you know, for different entities and different businesses, you'd be able to use that for an identification."

Jennifer Keintz spoke on the issue:

"I'd like to comment on that."

"I was actually in Pierre during this time…."

"That was a really eye-opening experience for me, as someone who was contemplating running for the legislature."

"And I do just want to say that I would be 100% in support of tribal ID being used for voting identification and other purposes."

"I think instead of making it harder for people to vote, I think we should be making it easier for people to vote."

"And that's one of the ways to do that."

Someone spoke from the floor, "… wondering what you view is on changing the penalties for ingestion of a controlled substance from felony to misdemeanor."

"I know that came up last year … and I just want to know how you feel on it."

Jennifer said, "Since I'm holding the microphone I'll just make one brief comment on that."

"My understanding is South Dakota has some of the harshest drug laws and is perhaps the only state in the country that has a felony for ingestion."

"I am opposed to that."

"I think we should not have such strict penalties in those kind of cases."

"I mean, one mistake can ruin someone's life."

"And so I really like to see a re-evaluation of that particular law."

Steven also responded, "I'll agree with everything there."

"That can be taken care of with this election."

"Medical marijuana, and then legalizing marijuana."

"You can look at the jails here or the prisons or whatever, the numbers are way too high."

"And because of something of that nature, people are getting sent to prison because of something that, in my opinion, is more of a sedative, okay?"

"Calm you downwards."

"If you look at alcohol or alcoholics, you tend to have vicious results because they always want to fight…."

"I would be all in favor. Felonies, different categories, and I know Senator Kennedy, I room with Senator Kennedy, he had a great stride to make some real, real differences there, and unfortunately that was another one that just didn't get the ... I guess, the respect of the administration."

Susan Wismer also spoke, "Just a short, I agree."

"One of my few Senate trips of going with Senator Kennedy in Florida,"

"The Senate, because there had been an interim study community where he really tried. He couldn't get the interim committee to bring in ... Our prisons are full and overflowing so that even ... we just have a lot of problems with our criminal justice system."

"And we certainly don't have near enough addiction treatments and problem solving courts."

"We're making slow, slow starts at it, but we're not anywhere near where we need to be on that issue."

Next topic brought up was the 2020 census.

From the floor: "… I know the President put a stop to the (census) before the job was complete."

"I wonder if it got stopped in this district as well?"

"My daughter was working the census and she didn't get to finish the job."

"So I was wondering what you know about that."

Senator Wismer said, "The census was cut off because there's a Republican in charge in Washington, DC, and they are not interested on getting a full count."

"It's a travesty when this happened, and I have some real fears about what the repercussions are going to be, not only on the allocation of federal dollars, but also, we'll be going into redistricting this cycle."

"I served on the redistricting committee 10 years ago."

"There are lots of games that are played in that redistricting process and not having a full and fair census count is going to create all sorts of problems in that process."

Joe Williams spoke, "Years ago, in Washington DC. I met with Ben Reifel when he was campaigning … and George McGovern, met with him."

Joe said, "I didn't register as Republican and Democrat at that time…."

He talked about having changed because "we had to go up to Washington and make proposals … I did not agree with some of the issues and I still don't do it today…."

"I'm a Democrat."

"I got to meet person running today, Ahlers."

"We had coffee, you sat there and had discussions with what my concerns were after 86 years plus."

"I've seen that school built, didn't have no school here."

"I've seen voc-ed many times with construction to train the Indian people by the help when we went to Washington, made proposals."

"Is it Democrat?"

"I've seen it happen and so this is what we had today."

Joe asked, "How do we address the dream of the young people that are here today?"

"What is your dream? How do we support that dream?

He said that is his "main concern."

"What can we bring today so they can live their dream?"

"What can we do?"

"We have a lot of individuals today that was associated with many people with masters, doctor's degree, different ones and what was your dream?"

"I asked, I have known him when he first started the … I've seen your dream. How do we support the dream?"

"What can we bring back here?"

"Where did the young people go on to college with their degrees?"

"I have a daughter-in-law that is a doctor. She's had a of dream to be a MD."

"We had many veterans."

"I associated with Tribal Council for many years."

"I talked to many chairman's in the past sat back there, little place."

"We used to go to a house before we had any buildings here with tribal meetings."

"We sat on the floor … One time we had a meeting down in the Lake Traverse, no doors, no windows, no lights, no nothing."

"We had a meeting."

"See, I've seen the growth of what we have."

"So this is what they're proposing today."

"How do we Dakota people … What can we do? "

"What can you do for the Dakota people?"

"So what is a dream … talking to people today?"

"The college kids."

"I met a young man, a young boy. I said, 'What's your dream … you want it to be addressed?'"

"Then he said, 'I'm the only junior in high school.'"

"What is his dream? So where do we go? What are we going to do?"

"I've been in politics and I watch."

"As an elder, as I stand here today as an elder, I have no more dreams any more because I'm an elder."

"Anyway, that's my proposal to direct the people to how do you help him with the gentleman sitting over there, how do we support? How's he going to support or dream?"

"Today, as I stand here today, these young individuals have student loans."

"I heard one of the Senators say, 'I'm going to give him a thousand dollars.'"

"The people, the young people that I have associated and talked to, one individual said, 'I'm still paying my student loans after 13 years.'"

"How many more are out there going to have this issue."

There was another speaker from the floor,

"Hau Mitakuyapi, Terry Bird emakiyapi."

"I'm from Sisseton, I'm a homeowner in Sisseton, South Dakota but I lived in one of our tribal housings, Peever Flats, for few years and my question is about police brutality and the incidences, the people incidences that keep happening, that continue to harm our communities."

"And after George Floyd, a conversation began around demilitarizing the police, allocating those resources to better training for the police departments that are … for our police officers as well as the mental health and substance misuse of allocating resources for the community so instead of putting them in the prison system or in the jail system, that they're actually getting the help and support they need but also the help that our police officers need…."

"And I would also ask that question for Dan Ahlers, where do they stand on this issue both locally and nationally and we do ask these issues as tribal members as well."

"I just want to let you know that we are thinking about it at all levels of governing."

Steven McCleerey replied "That's a very good question."

"It's not just local, it's also federal government."

"I think we've learned a lot in the last three, four months of brutality and police officers that maybe should have a job or maybe shouldn't have a job."

"We've got the law enforcement center up here and I think as far as I know, they do a very, very good job of screening those people but maybe that grade needs to be rose up a little bit and I know from my perspective, my youngest daughter went to school … in Minnesota … one of the largest schools that brings law enforcement people into public also and from what I'm aware that they do a very good, but some of it in my opinion is personality and how we were raised and grown up at home."

"I think if you take a look and I'm going to be somewhat critical here, if you look at the last three, four years of how the attitudes have changed, the respect that's changed and the responsibility of what we have for each other, that's changed."

"That needs to go back to where it was to get that empathy … back…."

"So we actually have a heart dealing with individuals and when we go to arrest somebody."

Dan Ahlers, candidate for US Senator spoke, "Thank you for that question."

"As a former state legislator and a member of the Appropriations committee, we were very concerned about this very issue."

"It's been brought up many times and I can tell you at least at the state level but there are people that are concerned about that."

"We did go through the DCI training and review it, ask a lot of questions."

"I hope that continues … I know it did while I was there because it is important."

"Fortunately, most of our officer training comes right from one location."

"So it's a little easier … but overall at the national level and at the local level here for you as members of the tribe, we need to make sure that there's funding, that you can have adequate law enforcement here, homegrown law enforcement people from the community."

"When you have people from the community doing law enforcement, you get people that care about the community."

"It's about opening those lines of communication. Making sure that that everyone is involved in that process, and it's about reinvesting in our communities."

"It's not about defunding police," he said.

"It's about reinvesting in communities and making sure that our law enforcement have the tools but they're also involved in part of that community that they serve."

"That is the most important thing that I can tell you that I would offer for you."

"And that I would fight to make sure that our tribes have the money they need to have their own law enforcement and people to monitor themselves."

Dan Ahlers introduced the next speaker:

"I've had the privilege of touring the state with Remi Bald Eagle."

"I feel like we're brothers, we're the same age. Our wives actually have the same schooling and background in journalism and we've had a lot of fun together."

"I am so thankful that we have Remi running for the PUC."

"You couldn't ask for a better commissioner."

"He has got the right frame of mind for the Public Utilities Commission."

"He is here to protect mother earth and he is here to represent you in Pierre."

Remi said, "I appreciate the opportunity to walk the lands of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate today and I think you for the opportunity to speak to you."

"I am running for Public Utilities Commission for the State of South Dakota. "

"Like you, I have seen what has happened to our treaty territory."

"Like you, I have tried to voice my opposition."

"I tried to voice our concerns for our land to the government and like you, they didn't hear me."

"So today I'm running for Public Utility Commission to make sure that the Oceti Sakowin has a voice in what is happening at the state level."

"Too often, the State of South Dakota is making decisions without representation of the Oyate."

"I plan to change that," he said.

"I think that there are three commissioners that sit on a commission and I think that the electric company, I think that the pipeline companies already have enough votes on the Public Utility Commission."

"A vote for me is a vote for Unce Maka."

"A vote for me is a vote for the Oceti Sakowin."

"I intend to make sure that the state of South Dakota and the Public Utility Commission and anybody who wishes to do business in the State of South Dakota knows the concerns of the Oceti Sakowin."

"I was with you on a Cannonball River when we stood against the Dakota access pipeline."

"The KXL pipeline is going to run just a few hundred feet from where I grew up along your Cheyenne River."

"I was born in Eagle View."

"I was raised along the Cheyenne River between Cherry Creek and … not far from where my father was born a hundred and one years ago this year."

"…I was raised in that way in a traditional way, in the way of service that when the people ask you to do something, you can not refuse."

"I joined the Army right out of high school and I spent a 22 year span with a break in service and went to college."

"I am a Combat Veteran of the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan."

"I also served on tours to Korea."

"When I came home, I went to work in my old high school … and when Chairman Frazier became Chairman of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, he asked me to work for him as an intergovernmental affairs coordinator and that's what I do today."

"I want to remind everybody that the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe is not afraid of anybody and neither am I."

"I will be happy to tell people what their jurisdiction is and what it isn't."

"I will be happy to be the voice of a Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate when jurisdiction comes up."

"I intend to make sure everybody knows whose land they are on."

"That is my goal."

"That is who I am and that I don't know how much more I can say other than that."

Remi thanked the SWO for being invited.

He then turned to Dan Ahlers and introduced him "as my good friend."

"He is a good man with a good heart."

"Most importantly, he believes in the sovereignty of our tribes."

"I was watching the other day and a reporter asked him (about) the checkpoints on Cheyenne River … 'How do you feel about it.'"

"And without hesitation, he (Ahlers) said, 'I support them. The tribes have the right to protect the people.'"

"That's Dan Ahlers, our next Senator from South Dakota."

Dan Ahlers said hello and thanked the Tribe for the opportunity "to meet you this evening to talk about the issues and for you to get to know a little bit more about each of the candidates."

"My name's Dan."

"I'm a small business owner from Dell Rapids, South Dakota."

"I've been a business owner there for 20 years. I live there with my wife, Amy, and our two sons Jackson and Aaron."

"I am currently the chamber president in Dell Rapids."

"Like many of you, I've been working with our local community members, organizations, and businesses to help get through this health crisis and economic crisis."

"I also spent six years in the state legislature, and I spent most of that time on the appropriations committee, and was involved with how we spend our dollars balancing our state budget and making sure that we invest those tax dollars in the best way to serve you in the best possible way."

"So I have experience on the ground level, and I understand that the policies that we make in government and how they impact us."

"I'm running for the United States Senate, because I've been watching what's going on in Washington."

"We have partisan bickering, constant fighting and nothing getting done, and our representation in Washington is out of touch with the people of South Dakota."

"Right now, we're more concerned about judge appointments than getting another stimulus package out and getting aid to people that need it the most."

"We need to make sure that on the reservations that you get your money directly from the federal government."

"You shouldn't have to be working through the state."

"As your next US Senator, I will work to get rid of that bureaucracy to get rid of that red tape, to make sure that you were treated on an equal level as the United States government."

"You deserve that respect."

"You deserve that type of representation in Washington, and that's what I really want to do for all of our Native tribes."

"I want to be that sounding board."

"I want to be that representative that speaks up for you to make that your voices are heard, that your concerns on healthcare and education and infrastructure and economic development are met."

"After meeting with your Council, and hearing that most of the funding that you're getting today is the same that you were getting a decade and two decades ago, and unlike many places in this country, you're actually growing."

"You need more aid, you need bigger schools, you need access to better healthcare."

"I want to help you get that done."

"I want to be that person that you can access, and I will always be that way for you."

"As a state legislator, if you go to the website, you'll find my cell number."

"If you look at any of my campaign material, my website, or my Facebook page, you're going to see my cell number, because I want you to be able to contact me."

"I want you to be able to reach me the most important work I did up here, were the things that you gave to me."

"Those were the things that were most rewarding to me and made me feel like I was actually getting something done."

"During my time in the legislature, I spent two years on this state tribal relations committee and I left there frustrated and disgusted, because there was so much that we could have done, so many worthy projects, but the power to do absolutely nothing."

"In Washington, I will have the power to make a difference for all of you, and I expect that if I'm elected as your next us Senator, that you will hold me accountable and make sure that I do that for you."

"I want to go back and I want the federal government to honor those treaties. The commitments that were made so many years ago that, to this day, those promises haven't been kept."

"You deserve to have your sovereignty."

"You deserve to have your access to quality healthcare, not off the reservation, but on the reservation."

"Your children deserve the same education as anyone else in this country, and we need to work on economic development and educational development so that we can grow."

"The next generation of people who will give back to this community, who will serve this community."

"Whether it be law enforcement, your next teachers, or your next doctors, but it takes people that are committed to making sure that that happens and I will be that person for you."

"I know that working together, we can build a country that doesn't just represent some people, but every American."

Remi reminded the Oyate, "Mitakuyapi, you have two days, two businesses days left to register to vote."

"You have tomorrow, you have Monday."

"Early voting started now."

"You can already start voting, and November 3rd is less than three weeks away."

"This next three weeks are extremely important for you to get your voice and vote."

"I was raised that it is everybody's responsibility to protect our people."

"We do that today by voting."

"Voting is our weapon … vote, vote, vote…."


The complete video is available at the following url:

SWO COVID-19 construction projects photo update

Agency Village, SD – Monday, Oct. 12, 2020 – The Native American Day holiday did not prevent Consolidated Construction crews from working today. This was the scene at the food pantry; across the street the foundation had been dug for the new daycare center (between Dakota Western and the OEP building). Sota photo.


Sisseton, SD – Oct. 14, 2020 – Carpenters were completing sheathing the roof today at the quarantine and isolation facility adjacent to the Sisseton IHS.

According to Construction Specialist Jesse Larsen, who is supervising the COVID-19 projects for the Tribe under the Planning office, the facility is about three weeks ahead of schedule.

He reports that the other projects – daycare center and food pantry – are slightly behind due to a delayed start of "a couple of weeks" but that the general contractor is confident they can be completed by the December 30 deadline.

General Contractor COVID-19 projects progress report

Submitted by Consolidated Construction

Agency Village, SD – Oct. 15, 2020 – Key accomplishments:

*All building footings are poured for the Pantry main building except for the loading dock are which will be finished yet this week

*Walls have started on the pantry and they will start pouring walls on Friday 10-16

*Back filling of the Daycare will be completed today 10-15 and they will start digging for foundation

*Concrete crew is expected to start setting up for footings on the Daycare tomorrow 10-16

*Electrical in the pantry walls is disconnected

*The components arrived for the Pantry steel building

*Water line connection was made at the street at the Daycare today 10-15 will start running waterline up to building location tomorrow

Upcoming tasks for next week:

*Concrete crew will finish the walls on the Pantry mid next week

*Back filling of pantry walls is scheduled for next Wednesday late afternoon depending on walls finishing and cure time

*Day care footings will continue throughout the week, expect walls to start towards the end of the week

*Site utilities will continue throughout the week at the daycare

Four people injured after ambulance flips on metro overpass

Grant-Roberts Ambulance, carrying Sisseton patient, rolls over

By Jordan Schroeer

West Fargo, ND – (Valley News Live) – Oct. 16, 2020 – Four victims were taken to the hospital following an ambulance rollover crash in West Fargo.

A viewer sent in the photo of an ambulance flipped on the southbound lane of Veterans Blvd. on the I-94 bridge around 7:30 Friday morning.

FM Ambulance says the ambulance involved was from Roberts County and was taking a patient to Sanford Medical Center.

Four other ambulances responded to the scene and took victims to the hospital.

This crash along with several others forced parts of I-94 to close from the diversion bridge to the fairgrounds exit. The interstate re-opened around 8:35 a.m.

LTUC restores water to Agency Village

Agency Village, SD – Oct. 15, 2020 – KXSW Radio reports that water has been restored to Agency Village this afternoon:

Lake Traverse Utility Commission (LTUC) John Cloud and crew restored water to all tenants in the Agency Village area.

Pidamaya John, JJ Marks and Richard Williams.

Lagoon upgrade nears completion at Barker Hill Housing

Agency Village, SD – Oct. 16, 2020 – Upgrade of the sewer system for Barker Hill Housing is nearly complete, with final work expected in the next two weeks, according to project supervisor Cliff Eberhardt.

Cliff, Dept. of Transportation Director, was tasked with oversight by the SWO Tribe, which received a federal grant for the project.

The upgrade means that the Sisseton-Wahpeton Housing Authority can bring the planned new homes to Barker Hill II. Lack of adequate sewage treatment was the final obstacle.

Contractor is J&J Earthworks, Milbank, SD.

Absentee voting in Roberts County

By Mimi Larsen

Sisseton, SD – Oct. 20, 2020 – According to Roberts County Auditor Dawn Sattler, a total of 1262 absentee ballots had either been mailed out upon request, or picked up in the office, and of those, 865 have been returned (as of Wed., Oct 14).

Absentee ballots can be mailed to the Auditor's Office, can be dropped into the drop box in the courthouse parking lot, or can be brought to the office in-person.

Anyone who has not requested an absentee ballot can vote absentee in-person at the courthouse during regular business hours (8;00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. M-F) before election day (Tuesday, Nov. 3). Absentee ballots can still be dropped off on election day, but must be received by the Auditor's office by 3:00 p.m. to be counted.

All absentee ballots are sent out with a return envelope already addressed to the courthouse.

The drop box sits at the west side of the north parking lot at the courthouse. It was purchased in April due to Covid-19 restrictions, and while the courthouse is currently open with normal office hours, the drop box continues to be available to anyone who prefers not to enter the courthouse, or wants to drop off anything for any office in the courthouse outside of regular business hours.

"The box is very secure," said Sattler. "It is checked periodically throughout the day [for content], and is under constant surveillance by courthouse cameras." If the box is tampered with, courthouse personnel have the ability to access video history.

With this in mind, absentee ballots can be put into the drop box at any time up to election day.

SD launches nationwide effort to fill Law Enforcement positions

Pierre, SD – Oct. 16, 2020 – Today, South Dakota kicked off a nationwide law enforcement recruitment campaign with the primary goal to fill open positions within the Departments of Public Safety, Corrections, and Game, Fish and Parks.

"In South Dakota, we salute law enforcement for their hard work to keep our communities safe and strong," said Gov. Kristi Noem. "While other states and cities are demonizing law enforcement officials, South Dakota is going to take a different path. We respect the work public safety officials are doing to keep our communities safe and welcome you to come join us."

The career opportunities available today in South Dakota are ideal for individuals who want to live, work, and play in a state that respects freedom and personal responsibility. The State of South Dakota offers a competitive benefits package for employees and has the friendliest tax environment in the country.

"Attracting and retaining the right people in state government is a high priority," said Commissioner Darin Seeley of the South Dakota Bureau of Human Resources. "Nowhere is the importance of experience and dedication to service more important than in public safety positions like these."

Visit to learn more and to begin your search today.

More Hunting

By Governor Kristi Noem

October 16, 2020

Every year when the third weekend in October rolls around, South Dakota comes alive with hunters looking to enjoy the very best pheasant hunting in the world. The pheasant is South Dakota's state bird (as far as I know, we're the only state that shoots our state bird) and blaze orange may as well be our state color.

For my family, pheasant hunting is more than an event, it's a tradition. Dad took us big-game hunting growing up, but it was my Grandma Dorris who inspired me to love bird hunting. She showed me how pheasant hunters work as a team. She taught me about the tremendous work the dogs do – flushing the birds, finding and bringing them back after they've been shot – all with a smile on their face. And Bryon and I did the same for our kids – all great hunters as well.

Visitors from around the country and across the world come to shoot pheasants in our great state, spending more than $175 million annually and supporting roughly 18,000 South Dakota jobs. This year, as South Dakota is increasingly in the national spotlight due to how we've responded to the pandemic, we can expect many visitors to come shoot our state bird with us.

After more than 100 years of pheasant hunting tradition, we want to ensure that the second century of pheasant hunting in South Dakota is as fantastic as the first. My Second Century Initiative to expand pheasant habitat is a program that encourages farmers to increase habitat opportunities on their land. Farmers often plant marginal acres just to help make ends meet; this program gives them another option to expand habitat without losing the ability to cash-flow their operations. I'm so grateful to our many partners for their help to raise awareness about these vital efforts.

Hunt for Habitat is an important component of my Second Century Initiative. Through this program, the Department of Game, Fish, and Parks (GFP) raffles off several big game hunting tags, with all of the proceeds going towards habitat. Additionally, you can donate to the Second Century Habitat Fund by going to GFP's website or calling 605-773-4503.

Let's keep in mind, especially in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, that pheasant hunting is one of the very best ways that we can enjoy time with loved-ones while practicing social distancing. CDC is clear that time spent outdoors is safer than time spent indoors. And if you're not 6 feet apart while pheasant hunting, you're doing it wrong!

So I'd encourage each and every one of you to get out and enjoy our pastime these next few months. The season has been extended this year, so there's even more time to enjoy it! Let's get our families outside and mentor some new hunters, just like Grandma Dorris did for me. And let's all remember to be safe. Enjoy this pheasant season, and I hope to see you in the fields!

Thune joins Fox News's Neil Cavuto to discuss social media censorship

"I would hope that there would be bipartisan interest in bringing these companies to account."

Sioux Falls, SD – Oct. 15, 2020 – U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet, today joined Fox News's "Your World With Neil Cavuto" to discuss Twitter's and Facebook's censorship of online material. Thune noted that the CEOs of Twitter, Facebook, and Google will be testifying in front of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation later this month.

On social media censorship:

"Well, I think they act as a filter, and they create a bubble for users. And they created algorithms for users to see what they think those users want to see. And this is a big problem. I mean you have got – you've got, now, three companies essentially editing everything and limiting what the American people have access to in terms of users on these platforms. So, they've got to be accountable."

On the Commerce Committee's hearing with big tech CEOs:

"You now have essentially three companies that have virtually monopoly power in their space of the market, and I think there has to be some accountability. Now, the Democrats up until now, as you pointed out, have been interested in that as well. Currently it's Republicans, conservative content, that seems to be getting censored. But I would hope that there would be bipartisan interest in bringing these companies to account. Not only because of the monopoly power, but also because of the shield against liability that they have with respect to the way that they moderate content. Those issues need to be looked at, and it's time for Congress to have that conversation."

Thune has introduced two bipartisan bills, the PACT Act and the Filter Bubble Transparency Act, that would require online platforms to be more transparent and accountable.

Low Income Assistance available to telephone subscribers

In response to concerns about the affordability of telephone service for low-income citizens, Venture Communications is authorized to offer Lifeline to our customers. Lifeline is a federal telephone assistance program. To be eligible for this program, the applicant must participate in at least one of the following public assistance programs: Food Stamps (SNAP), Federal Public Housing Assistance, Medicaid, or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Veterans Pension or Survivors Pension.

To be eligible for the Enhanced Lifeline or the Link-Up programs, the applicant must live on tribal land and participate in at least one of the following public assistance programs: Food Stamps(SNAP), Federal Public Housing Assistance, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Medicaid, Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations, Tribally Administered Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) General Assistance Program or Tribal Head Start (meeting income qualifying standards).

Lifeline provides eligible subscribers with a credit of $9.25 each month on the basic service portion of their telephone bill. The discount applies on the main home telephone line listed in the name of the eligible telephone company subscriber. Lifeline subscribers may also receive blocking of long distance calls on their telephone line at no charge.

Enhanced Lifeline provides subscribers expanded eligibility opportunities and additional telephone service discounts. They may also receive long distance blocking on their telephone at no charge. Eligible subscribers for Enhanced Lifeline must live on Tribal Land.

If you meet the eligibility requirements, you can apply inn one of three ways: enter your application online at (for a quicker response); mail your paper application to the lifeline Support Center, or obtain an application from our main office in Highmore or the office in Sisseton. When you no longer participate in any of the qualifying public assistance programs, you are no longer eligible for Lifeline or Link-Up. Each household is only able to receive one Lifeline discount. You are obligated by law to notify Venture Communications and advise us of your ineligibility. If you have any questions about Lifeline or Link-Up, please contact us at 852-2224 for more information.

Editorials –

Sota guest editorial –

Hundreds of Tribal and Indian Country leaders endorse Joe Biden

Endorsements include Chairman Hopkins, SWO Tribe

October 16, 2020

"We need Joe Biden, a leader who truly understands what Tribal sovereignty is and knows how to support Tribal nations in their nation building efforts."

Yesterday, nearly 200 tribal and Indian leaders announced their endorsement of Joe Biden for President of the United States. In an open letter, the leaders praised Joe Biden's record as someone who understands Indian Country, and is willing to fight for the resources tribal nations need in order to be successful. The leaders write that as they continue to face enormous challenges to protect the health, safety, and welfare of their nations, Indian Country needs a leader who is willing to take bold action and make the investments that are needed to keep tribal citizens safe, a leader like Joe Biden.

The endorsements follow the release of the Biden-Harris Plan for Tribal Nations last week. The plan will work to uphold the United States' trust responsibility to Tribal nations, strengthen the Nation-to-Nation relationship between the United States and Indian Tribes, and work to empower Tribal nations to govern their own communities and make their own decisions.

The Joe Biden campaign on Thursday released a list of nearly 200 tribal and Indian leaders who have endorsed the 2020 Democratic presidential ticket.

The endorsement pledge reads:


I am proud to give my support for Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election. As Indian Country continues to face enormous challenges to protect the health, safety, and welfare of their nations, we need a leader who is willing to take bold action and make the investments that are needed to keep our tribal citizens safe.

Throughout his tenure in the political arena, Joe Biden has demonstrated time and time again that he is a leader who understands Indian Country, and is willing to fight for the resources our tribal nations need in order to be successful. We need Joe Biden, a leader who truly understands what Tribal sovereignty is and knows how to support Tribal nations in their nation building efforts.

I am proud to do everything I can to ensure that Joe Biden is elected this November and am thrilled to work with his administration to ensure Indian Country has a seat at the table of decision making in every matter that affects our people for generations to come."

Open letters from Tribal Candidates

Open letter to the Oyate

Oct. 17, 2020

Exciting news unfolded in the Tribal elections. I will be in the General Election.

The REB will give me a letter Monday to make it official, in exchange I will withdraw my Civil Action against the Heipa Election Board.

The REB and the family group that runs the entire Heipa District will say Jay Renville officially withdrew his nomination that pushed me into the general election.

My side of the story is:

After the primary election a disenfranchised voter told me she was denied her vote and she was planning to vote for me. Also, she stated not all the election board was present and all voting material had been put away. The time was 6:59 p.m.

The disenfranchised voter is highly credible and has an outstanding reputation.

So I filed a Civil Action in Tribal Court against the Heipa Election Board.

The Tribal Judge set a time and date for the hearing. Papers were served to the election board.

I was hoping the disenfranchised voter's vote would be counted. This would result in a tie run-off election between Gypsy and I. The other allegations might or might not add up to anything.

The Reservation Election Board called me Friday evening. I spoke to the group via speaker phone.

The said Jay Renville had officially withdrawn from the election this put me into the General Election and they wanted me to withdraw my Civil Action Monday morning.

I talked with the voter and my family they are all okay that I should accept the deal.

So Monday morning I will receive my letter from the REB and withdraw my Civil Action.

A lawyer told me the Judge would have likely voided the entire Heipa primary resulting in an all new district primary election for everyone. The family group realized we were in the right and did this to stay out of trouble.

All the twists and turns make the process very exciting.

Bryan Akipa.

Brief editorial comments from the editor's desk –

On and Off the Lake Traverse Reservation

The Chairman is providing an update weekly to help keep Tribal members informed about what leadership is doing on their behalf.

We support and encourage these updates being disseminated in the Sota and thank the Chairman for taking time to prepare them for us.

Along with SWO Emergency Management, Law Enforcement, Community Health, IHS, and other programs as needed, the Chairman will be holding briefings throughout the week via KXSW. Check KXSW Announcer Tom Wilson's Facebook page for updates.

Check out the SWO EMS Facebook page for official Tribal government information.

Remember too, KXSW/CNB TV is broadcasting Tribal Council meetings live on the SWO Tribal Council YouTube Channel:

The SWO DARE team has created a new Facebook page, "SWO DARE COVID-19 Response."

Public Information Officer Allison Renville will be updating the Oyate here: "This is the informational hub for the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate DARE Covid-19 Response team, our goal is the keep the public informed with accurate information regarding this pandemic and how it affects our community."

Besides Tom Wilson's Facebook page, there is now also a Dakota Radio Station KXSW 89.9 Fm page on Facebook.

Breaking news/updates are also available on the Sota website.

Watch for the link to our new site coming soon.


Everyone is encouraged to continue wearing face masks, wash your hands frequently, maintain physical distance, and follow other COVID guidelines.

For assistance, call the Tribal and IHS COVID hotlines.

SWO 24-hour COVID-19 Hotline:


IHS COVID-19 Hotline (Symptoms Line):


Coteau des Prairies Symptoms Line:


Sanford Hospital - Webster:



To better understand the impact of COVID-19 and plan future services, SWO Health programs are partnering with the Great Plains Tribal Epi Center to conduct the Tribal Impact and Needs Assessment. This assessment expands on the previous survey to help better understand worries about the virus, testing availability, quarantine and isolation information, and more.

See the notice elsewhere in this issue of the Sota or go to the following url:

Everyone's input is appreciated by the SWO Health programs.


The Sisseton Wahpeton College Dakota Studies department has created an excellent video, in Dakota-iyapi, explaining how to keep ourselves and our community safe from the spread of the coronavirus.

Here is the link:


The SWO general election is just three weeks away.

We'd like to remind the candidates of our free open letters from tribal candidates section in the Sota.

There is no charge to submit a written statement on behalf of your campaign.

Also, SWO political advertising is available at a substantial discount off commercial rates.


We request prayers for our Oyate members incarcerated at the Mike Durfee State Pen.

The facility has been hit with high numbers of positive COVID-19 cases, similar to the outbreak at the Women's Prison at Pierre.

Please pray for all our incarcerated Oyate!


Elder's meditation:

"Peace… comes within the souls of men when they realize their relationship, their oneness, with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the center of the Universe dwells Wakan-Tanka, and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us."

–Black Elk (Hehaka Sapa) OGLALA SIOUX

If we are to know peace we must look within ourselves. In order to do this, we must learn to be still. We must quiet the mind. We must learn to meditate. Meditation helps us locate and find the center that is within ourselves. The center is where the Great One resides. When we start to look for peace, we need to realize where it is within ourselves. When we experience conflict we need to pause for a moment and ask the Power within ourselves, "How do you want me to handle this? What would you suggest I do in this situation?" By asking the Higher Power for help we find peace.


Words to consider (or, perhaps not!):

Nothing surely is as potent as a law that may not be disobeyed. It has the force of the water drop that hollows the stone. A small dainty task, if it be really daily, will beat the labours of a spasmodic Hercules. - Anthony Trollope (1815 - 1882), We Have Met the Enemy: Self-Control in an Age of Excess, 2011

Efficiency is intelligent laziness. - Anonymous

It is better to be quotable than to be honest. - Tom Stoppard (1937 - )

No problem is so formidable that you can't walk away from it. - Charles M. Schulz (1922 - 2000)

Since we cannot know all that there is to be known about anything, we ought to know a little about everything. - Blaise Pascal (1623 - 1662)

All power corrupts, but we need the electricity. - Unknown

Look for the ridiculous in everything and you will find it. - Jules Renard (1864 - 1910)

A strong conviction that something must be done is the parent of many bad measures. - Daniel Webster (1782 - 1852)

If you aren't fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm. - Vince Lombardi (1913 - 1970)

If fifty million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing. - Anatole France (1844 - 1924)


The Sota is always looking for news of the Oyate.

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

For submission deadlines and other information, see below:

Except for holidays copy to be considered for publication – news, advertising, editorial opinion letters, etc. – is to be submitted to: Sota, P.O. Box 5, Wilmot, SD 57279 by 10:00 a.m. on Thursday. FAX and e-mail submissions will be accepted until 12:00 noon on Friday.

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

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

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

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

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


Obituaries –

Services held for Betty Engverson

Funeral service for Betty Lou Engverson, 81, of Wadena, MN, formerly of Sisseton, SD was held Monday morning, October 12, 2020 at the Buffalo Lake District Center, Eden, SD with Pastor Morgan Redday and Billy Keeble officiating.

Pallbearers were Brandon Kirkeby, Caleb Greybuffalo, Jay Greybuffalo, Elias Monen, Justin Krueger and Joe Turchin.

Honorary pallbearers were all Betty's relatives and friends.

Interment is in the Buffalo Lake Presbyterian Cemetery, Eden, SD

There was an all-night wake service the Buffalo Lake District Center on Sunday.

The Cahill Funeral Chapel of Sisseton, SD was in charge of arrangements.

Betty Lou Greybuffalo-Engverson was born on July 1, 1939 in Sisseton SD.

Betty was eagerly welcomed to the world by her parents, Father John Greybuffalo and mother Goldie Varns along with her older sister Lorraine and brothers Henry, Duane, and Elwood.

Betty attended school in Sisseton, SD until the 8th grade and then moved to Watertown and later to Sioux Falls, SD.

Betty attended church frequently and later on was an active member of the First Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls. SD.

Betty enjoyed watching her favorite TV shows and always had fun going thrift shopping.

She would play her favorite records which included Elvis Presley, Freddy Fender, and Wayland Jennings and have her daily coffee.

Betty also loved to listen to her fair share of gospel music which came from her devotion to the church.

Betty worked in nursing homes around Sioux Falls and eventually ended her career at the Good Samaritan Society after 15 years before moving back to Sisseton.

She married Kenneth Engverson in the 1950s and to this union 2 daughters, Darla and Mary, and 2 sons, Russell, and Kelvin were born.

One of her favorite things was attending Pow-wow gatherings along with their music.

When Betty moved back to Sisseton she would spend most of her time with her dearest companion Sonny Dumarce. Together they adored listening to Hank Williams Sr. and spending their time in the garden that they shared.

Betty spent her final days at the Meadows in Wadena MN where she was happy to hear country music and to connect with her family.

Betty passed away at the Meadows of Wadena on October 8, 2020.

Thank you to everyone for the support and love of Betty and who contributed pictures, words, and wisdom.

We love you more than you even know and goodbye until we meet again.

Written by Mary Kirkeby (daughter), Brandon Kirkeby (grandson), and Taylor Kirkeby (granddaughter).

"What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset." - Chief Crowfoot

Her beautiful life will forever be cherished in the lives of her family: sister Lorraine Rousseau of Sisseton, SD; her children Russell Engverson of Wadena, MN, Darla Halverson of Deer Creek, MN, and Mary Kirkeby of Sioux Falls, SD; Her grandchildren Terri Krueger of Henning, MN; Justin Krueger of Deer Creek, MN, Taylor Kirkeby of Canton, SD, and Brandon Kirkeby of Sioux Falls, SD; her great grandchildren Nico Nakota Krueger, Aiyana Marthaler Krueger and Joseph Turchin.

Betty was preceded in death by her father John Greybuffalo and mother Goldie Ella Varns, a sister Darlene and her brothers Duane John Greybuffalo, Henry Orville Greybuffalo and Elwood Levi Greybuffalo; children Eugene Engverson, Sweetie Engverson and Kelvin Engverson; and her husband Kenneth Engverson.

Services held for Jack Barse

Funeral service for Jack Barse, Ohitika Najin Wicasta, "Tough Standing Man," 45, of Sisseton, SD was held Thursday morning, October 15, 2020 at St. Kateri's Hall, Sisseton, SD with Pastor Vern Donnell and St. Mary's Episcopal Lay Readers officiating.

Pallbearers were Jason LaFontaine, Austin Barse, Justin Barse, Arnold Williams, Bill Felix, Stanley Barse Jr. Jacob Barse, Ride Dirtseller, Travis Max, Lawren Barse, Gary White Jr, David Barse, and Russell Barse.

Honorary pallbearers were Darell DeCoteau, Phillip Barse, Jeremy Barse, Elliott Barse, Mason Kohl, Gabe Desrosiers, Simon Keeble, Cody DuMarce, Gabe Kampeska, Troy Barse, Bruce German, all Basketball players he coached through the years and all his nephews.

Pianist was Billy Kohl and Drum Group was Noisy Bear.

Interment is in the St. Mary's Episcopal Cemetery, Agency Village, SD.

There were wake services on Tuesday and at St. Kateri's Hall, Sisseton, SD.

The Cahill Funeral Chapel of Sisseton, SD was in charge of arrangements.

Jack Frank Barse "Ohitika Najin Wicasta" was born on July 19. 1975 in Sisseton, South Dakota to Frank Barse and Mona Williams.

He was named after his grandfather Frank (Jack) Barse.

He attended school at Big Coulee Head Start, Peever Elementary, Sisseton Middle School, Sisseton High School and graduated from Tiospa Zina Tribal School in 1993.

He played basketball and football in high school.

Later in life Jack took up bowling and golf, he even bowled a perfect 300 game.

Jack and his sons spent their summers out on the golf course; he enjoyed coaching their traveling basketball teams "Tiwahe Tapa" and took them too many tournaments.

Jack loved fishing, hunting, reading, going to the casino and doing scratch tickets, he was an avid Chicago bears fan.

He supported his children in their sporting events and was very proud of them.

Jack worked at the Wahpeton Indian School, Dakota Magic Casino, Dakota Sioux Casino, Dakota Western in Veblen, and at the Sisseton-Wahpeton Housing Authority.

Jack met his soul mate Nadine in 1997; in this union they started their family, their daughter Paige, sons Ryan, Jack Jr., Caleb, and Frankie. He adored his grandchildren, Jaxon, Lily and Zayne. His family was everything to him.

Jack is survived by his wife Nadine, children Paige, Ryan, Jack Jr. Caleb, and Frankie, his father Frank, mother Mona Williams, brothers Arnold, Justin, Austin, Sisters Lisa, Janessa and Jonita, and his grandchildren Jaxon, Lily, and Zayne, maternal grandmother Yvonne Williams.

Jack is preceded in death by his sister Rosanna, two infant brothers, maternal grandfather Ed Williams, paternal grandparents Frank and Violet Barse and nephew Jalen.

For Jack's obituary and online registry please visit

Service Monday for Arnold DeCoteau

Funeral service will be held for Arnold Lee DeCoteau, 81, on Monday, October 19, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. at the Big Coulee District Center, rural Peever, SD.

Wake service was held on Sunday at the Big Coulee District Center.

Arnold passed away on October 14, 2020 at Tekakwitha Living Center, Sisseton, SD.

Cahill Funeral Chapel, Sisseton, SD, is serving the family.

Graveside service Oct. 30 for Sara Hayes

Graveside service will be held on Friday, October 30, 2020 11:30 a.m. at Ascension Presbyterian Cemetery at Big Coulee, South Dakota for Sara Anne Hayes.

And all night wake service will be held Thursday, October 29th beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the Old Agency District Center, Agency Village.

Sara Anne Hayes, age 58, of Sisseton, South Dakota, began her spiritual journey on August 4, 2020 at Sanford Medical Center in Fargo, North Dakota surrounded by her family and the caring nurses and staff at Sanford.

Sara Lawrence was born on August 17, 1961 in Sisseton, South Dakota to Lillie Mae Bird and Samuel Lawrence. She attended school in Sisseton, South Dakota where she met and fell in love with her soul mate, Elden Hayes. They were united in marriage on June 15, 1978 and had 4 children. Sara and Elden remained married until his passing on Aug 17, 2015.

Sara worked very hard throughout her life and had a wide variety of jobs throughout the years. She most recently worked as the District Coordinator for Old Agency District Center. Sara also enjoyed helping people, anytime she could and if she couldn't help, she would refer them to someone who could.

Sara always hard a close relationship with God, thanks to her uncle Eldon Lawrence. Her family knew the importance of prayer and having a relationship with God, thanks to her. Sara created a loving, caring and supportive home for her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed spending time with her family, watching horror movies, and TV shows, listening to music, and fishing with her husband and sons.

Sara will be greatly missed by those that knew her, but they know she is rejoicing in heaven with God, her mother and the love of her life.

Sara is survived by her children; Karen Hayes, Elden Hayes Jr, and Stephan Hayes, all of Sisseton, SD and Jesse (Elizabeth) Hayes of Sioux Falls, SD, her grandchildren; Jessica Hayes and Emanual Hayes, brothers Robin (Melonene) Lawrence, Richard Lawrence, sisters Joni (Perry) Mahpiyasna and Sonya (Marlon) Lawrence all of Sisseton, SD, and an aunt Sylvia (Mike) Owen and numerous nephews, and nieces.

Sara was preceded in death by her husband Elden, her parents, Sam and Lillie Mae, maternal grandparents, Laura Renville and Samuel Bird, and paternal grandparents Marie Ironheart and Melvin Lawrence, and many aunts and uncles.

Graveside service Oct. 30 for Lillian Lawrence

Graveside service will be held on Friday, October 30, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at St Mary's Episcopal Cemetery, Agency Village, South Dakota for Lillian Lawrence.

An all night wake service will be held Thursday, October 29th, beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the Old Agency District Center, Agency Village, SD.

Lillian M. Lawrence, 92, passed away on July 10, 2020 at Fargo, ND.

Lillian Mae (Bird) Lawrence was born on Sept. 16,1927 in Sisseton, SD to Samuel Bird and Laura Renville Bird. Lillian grew up and attended school in the Peever, SD area. After her education she was united in marriage to Samuel A. Lawrence. The couple resided in Chicago, IL and Oakland CA in the early years of their marriage before returning to the Peever, SD area until Samuels death in September of 1970.

Lillian enjoyed doing crossword puzzles, reading, and "watching her soaps". Lillian passed away at Sanford Medical Center in Fargo, N.D. due to illness.

Lillian is survived by sons; Robin and Richard Lawrence, daughters; Sara Hayes, and Sonya Lawrence and her adopted daughter Joni Lawrence, and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Lillian is preceded in death by her parents Sam and Laura, husband, Samuel, four brothers; Kenneth, Milton, Curtis and Lincoln, and sisters; Thelma, Beverly, and Karen.


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.

KXSW livestreaming Tribal Council meetings to YouTube channel

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From the National Weather Service –

Northeast SD Weather Forecast

Oct. 19-23, 2020

Monday: A chance of snow before 1 pm, then a chance of rain and snow. Mostly cloudy, with highs mostly in the middle 30s. South southwest wind between 5 and 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Monday Night: A chance of snow after 1 am. Mostly cloudy, with lows mainly in the upper 20s. East southeast wind between 10 and 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Tuesday: A chance of rain and snow before 2 pm, then a slight chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with highs mostly in the lower 40s. South southwest wind between 8 and 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Tuesday Night: Mostly cloudy, with lows mainly in the upper 20s. West wind between 8 and 11 mph.

Wednesday: Partly sunny, with highs mostly in the lower 40s. West southwest wind between 6 and 10 mph.

Wednesday Night: A slight chance of rain and snow. Mostly cloudy, with lows mainly in the lower 30s. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Thursday: A chance of rain and snow. Mostly cloudy, with highs around 40. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Thursday Night: A slight chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with lows mainly in the middle 20s. Chance of precipitation is 10%.

Friday: A slight chance of rain and snow. Partly sunny, with highs mainly in the middle 30s. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Open letter to the Oyate

September 21, 2020

Our Oceti Sakowin prisoners all across the Northern Plains from every penitentiary to those who are free respectfully ask all Sisitunwan and Wahpetunwan people to elect Myrna Thompson in her candidacy for Secretary in the upcoming election. We have a lifetime alliance with her as a Dakota woman who is spiritually powerful and fully capable of leadership.

Her track record of honesty and helping others to live a good life speaks intelligently for itself. This is always a natural part of her character and stature that comes from discipline and positive teachings.

She comes from the stories of our women from the old days who walked hundreds of miles into enemy lands to liberate our people who were captured. She exemplifies these women by speaking out against discrimination, upholding our Treaty Rights, protecting our Sovereignty, being kind, and supporting our incarcerated women. Life behind the walls and fences of prison is a complicated issue. Our women do not belong in any correctional facility and new laws need to be established to begin releasing them.

We need to build a permanent Lakota and Dakota language and culture education system in all of South Dakota's prisons. We formally invite Myrna to help us do this with the executive assistance of Jeannie Hovland who is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Native American Affairs. This is going to take a lot of people and money to accomplish. It must be done.

Many years ago Myrna began her journey with us and it is always an honor for her to talk to our prisoners. Her way of singing is a meaningful expression of words and different high pitches of healing.

She used to bring Rollin Ryan, Barb Ryan, Florence Seaboy, and many Dakota people in for our meetings and events. Rollin liked to perform our Oinikaga (Rite of Purification) ceremonies for us. Him and Barb gave us lots of buffalo meat, sage, cedar, tobacco, and money. Florence liked to stand behind our drummers and wicaglata (be an echo) to all of their songs.

The American Indian Movement fought hard for Justice and Equality for our tribes, our people, our prisoners, and those who didn't have a voice. In South Dakota this fight still goes on. I ask Myrna to find legal people who will help Dennis Lufkins and Burton Lohnes get out of prison. Dennis is old and it would be meaningful for him to be reunited with his families. He did a lot of carpentry and mason work for the Department of Corrections. Burton was sentenced as a teenager to life in prison without parole. This is illegal. He must be re-sentenced to a set number of years.

Nelson Mandela and Myrna, and anyone who understands the political realities of prison, know that we are tied together by the unspoken words of authentic hope and survival. Nelson was given a perfect chance for early release off of Robben Island where he was kept as a political prisoner, but instead he chose to stay imprisoned and in doing so, he gained the attention of millions of people from around the world who supported his causes and eventually returned South Africa to his people.

Myrna doesn't give up on us. She values her work with all of us as we move from one day to the next. We ask her to meet with us as soon as she can. The best time to do this would be on any weekday evening when we have evening recreation from 6:15 to 8:00 p.m.

Stacy Brant Jr. left us for the Spirit World a few weeks back and his death is going to take a long time to be settled in our thoughts. His whole life was spent around our ceremonies. He was a singer who knew the old songs and his voice inspired people to dance and find their place in our circle of tribal life. We will never forget him.

All of the Sisitunwan and Wahpetunwan prisoners send words of Dakota sympathy to the families of Cornelius Kirk who was killed while walking on a road. Kenneth St. John helped us to fill our pipes and remember all of his relatives.

It is a righteous thought to know that Neil Young could come to our people, team up with Butch Felix, and other musicians, and sing some of Buddy Red Bow's songs.

I ask to have pictures and articles of the horseback ride that Perry Little and Jim Hallum did this year for the people who were killed at the White Stone Hill Massacre Site on September 3-5, 1863. These can be sent to me at the: South Dakota State Prison, P.O. Box 5911, Sioux Falls, SD 57117-5911.

From this day forward I want to call Stacy Brant Sr. my brother for the memory of his son. I ask him to create a song for all Oceti Sakowin prisoners. I request he make a video of this song, and all of his songs, and have Myrna get it to us.

George Blue Bird, Sioux Falls, SD.

"Who Dat is"

By Hoopty

Hangs round the steps

Got me sneaking peekz of you

Brings a feeling to my heart each time

A thing only you can do

Mostly spending time making songs

Putting windows on these walls

Keeps my mind off baby and you

Pharmaceutically balanced out some

Drifting in my own mind

Wrote this shyt the same way

For about the 50th time

Daisy get inda whip with me

One more ride


Love you, Daisy, keep your head up.

Finish the program now.

Everything will be okay.

Levi DuMarce III.

Siletz Tribe names Smith to General Manager position

Siletz, OR – Oct. 1, 2020 – Gerald L. Smith, a member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, has been named the new general manager of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians. His first day was Sept. 14.

Smith has served as the Tribal administrator (equivalent to general manager) of the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe in Fallon, Nev., the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Indian Reservation on the Idaho-Nevada state line and the Reno Sparks Indian Colony; and general manager for the Quileute Tribe in Washington state. He also has served as the chief operating officer for the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, business manager/personnel at Chemawa Indian School in Salem, Ore., and has worked in organizations in New Mexico and Washington, D.C.

Smith has been a member of the Siletz Tribal Athletic Commission since 2001. The commission promotes and creates the rules and regulations for different types of sports activities at Chinook Winds Casino Resort in Lincoln City, Ore.

His hobby is boxing and he competed in his first boxing match at age 9. He has been a local and state boxing coach since 1980. While his current schedule limits his time, he assists when possible with basic training for the Rip City Boxing Team in Portland, Ore.

Smith was the manager of the 1996 USA Olympic Boxing Team that competed in Atlanta. Six team members later won professional boxing world titles, including Floyd Mayweather Jr., Fernando Vargas, Antonio Tarver, David Diaz, Eric Morel and David Reid.

For USA Boxing, Smith was the vice chairman of the International Committee. He was a national referee, judge, coach and manager. He said he was honored to serve on USA teams in Cuba (tournament), Russia (tournament), Thailand (World Cup), Poland, Germany (world championships), Ireland, Halifax and Ottawa (Canada Cup) in Canada, and national tournaments and dual country matches throughout the U.S.

Smith holds a bachelor's degree in business administration, personnel and industrial management, from the University of Oregon.

In addition to being an enrolled Warm Springs Tribal member, Smith has Tribal affiliation with the Jemez Pueblo in New Mexico and the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community in Scottsdale, Ariz.

His wife, Gloria Culbertson, is a Portland State University graduate and an enrolled member of the Fort Peck Tribes in Montana. Her mother, Tillie Thompson, is an enrolled member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Tribe in South Dakota.

Gerald and Gloria's three sons also are college graduates - Alexander from Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kan., and Lonnie and James from Portland State.

James is married to Siletz Tribal member Theresa Smith and their three children - Sophia, Harry and Dean - are Siletz Tribal members. Three of Gerald and Gloria's eight grandchildren currently attend college and two others are high school seniors.

JR Rondell recognized by Health & Fitness Center

Passes 750 miles mark in Walking/Running Club

By Sara Lincoln

SWO Health & Fitness Director

Agency Village, SD – Oct. 15, 2020 – We have a choice either to be the cloud that blocks the sunshine, or to be the SUNSHINE.

The SWO Diabetes Center will always try and be our Community's Sunshine.

One of our "Rays of Sunshine" is JR Rondell.

Before Covid-19 hit our community, he was one of our faithful regulars, rain or shine, he was at the SWO Diabetes Center.

When the SWO Diabetes Center had to shut down he had a choice to make let Covid-19 win and give up his daily routine.

He chose to be "healthy."

He made sure he ran and walked every day.

He took advantage of SWO Diabetes Center Covid-19 Walking/Running Club, and kept his miles tracked and presented to the staff at the SWO Diabetes Center.

With all his relentlessness and determination, he was finally able to achieve 750 Miles!

Congratulations, JR!

If you see him around give him head nod.

More than 120 inmates test positive for COVID-19 at Mike Durfee State Prison

Pierre, SD – (KELO) – Oct. 16, 2020 – More mass testing has taken place in South Dakota Department of Corrections facilities.

During mass testing at Mike Durfee State Prison this week, a total of 127 inmates tested positive for COVID-19 with 22 inmates testing negative. The inmates who tested positive have been isolated.

DOC officials say all education, inmate skills training and work programs on the MDSP campus in Springfield have been temporarily suspended. Inmate transfers to and from the facility are also suspended at this time.

An earlier COVID-19 outbreak was reported at the Women's facility in Pierre. The DOC says 249 inmates and staff members at that facility have recovered. There are just 10 remaining active cases. The positive cases were diagnosed during three rounds of mass testing conducted last month.

ND DOCR experiencing increase in positive COVID-19 cases

Bismarck, ND – Oct. 16, 2020 – Routine surveillance testing conducted this week by the North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (ND DOCR) has revealed an increase among staff and residents who are currently positive for COVID-19. As of October 16, 2020, active positive cases totaled 80 (37 staff, 43 residents). This represents a net increase in positive cases of 54 (12 staff, 42 residents) from the last week. No staff or residents are currently hospitalized due to COVID-19.

"Leadership, operations staff, facility staff, education, behavioral health, and medical staff are all helping each other with the goal of supporting residents and staff through this time, and to keep the entire DOCR community healthy," said Dr. John Hagan, State Correctional Health Authority. "I am immensely proud of the entire DOCR corrections community for their enthusiastic response in meeting the challenges presented by increased COVID-19 cases in the region."

The largest number of infections at the ND DOCR are located at the North Dakota State Penitentiary (NDSP) where 19 staff members and 39 residents are currently positive. All residents testing positive for the virus are immediately placed in a medical isolation unit. The medical condition of each resident in isolation is monitored at least twice daily by ND DOCR medical staff. Staff who have tested positive or who have been determined to be a close contact of a positive are notified and required to immediately leave the workplace.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, ND DOCR has implemented a number measures to mitigate the spread of the virus within its facilities. Public access to facilities is limited and in-person visitation remains suspended indefinitely. Employees are required to complete a health screen and temperature check prior to reporting for work each day. Face masks are mandatory in all ND DOCR facilities. Additionally, ND DOCR has begun wastewater testing. This new technology, combined with surveillance testing, will allow for ND DOCR to better anticipate and manage future facility outbreaks.

"As we experience an increase of cases not only at the ND DOCR, but as well as across the state, we need to take the health and safety of our staff, residents, students, and those on supervision very seriously," said Dave Krabbenhoft, Interim Director. "We will continue to monitor the cases and close contacts to help mitigate the spread the best we can."

All ND DOCR COVID-19 data can be found by visiting COVID-19 cases in both staff and residents are updated Monday-Friday if there are changes to previous data; total testing numbers are updated every Wednesday.

ND COVID-19 vaccination plan and submission to CDC

Bismarck, ND – Oct. 16, 2020 – Gov. Doug Burgum, in conjunction with the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH), announced today that North Dakota has submitted its COVID-19 vaccination plan to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The plan can be found at

"We're deeply grateful to all of the agencies and partners involved in this collaborative effort to develop a comprehensive COVID-19 vaccination plan," Governor Burgum said. "North Dakota is ready to take action as soon as a safe and effective vaccine becomes available."

North Dakota's planning efforts are based on CDC guidance to anticipate a phased availability of vaccines within the state. This COVID-19 vaccine plan outlines how a future COVID-19 vaccine will be prioritized, equitably allocated, distributed and administered in North Dakota.

"We have been planning for months to ensure we have a detailed plan ready to be able to distribute and administer the COVID-19 vaccine as successfully as possible when it becomes available," said NDDoH Immunization Program Manager Molly Howell. "We're appreciative for our partners who continue to assist us in this process. Preparations and planning will continue while awaiting an approved vaccine."

Key areas addressed in this plan include enrollment of health care providers to administer vaccine, storage and handling, prioritization, allocation, distribution, and data reporting. The plan will be updated as additional information about the COVID-19 vaccine becomes available. It is still unknown who will be prioritized for COVID-19 vaccine and when a vaccine will be available.

North Dakota included pharmacies, long-term care facilities, corrections, universities, health care providers, local public health, tribal entities and other key stakeholders in the planning process.

"In North Dakota, we have a close connection with health care, nonprofits, community groups and others that has strengthened our response to COVID-19," said Kylie Hall with the NDSU Center for Immunization Research and Education and member of the vaccine planning team. "Our partners are continuing to prepare for the day when a safe and effective vaccine is available so we can distribute it equitably and efficiently."

In August, North Dakota was selected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as one of four states to be part of a pilot project to plan for the distribution of a future COVID-19 vaccine.

For more information on COVID-19 vaccine, visit

Prairie Doc® Perspectives –

Dental Health affects overall Wellness

By Debra Johnston, M.D.

I remember feeling jealous of my grandparents as a child. During one of our summer visits, I realized that while my siblings and I were told to brush our teeth, my grandparents would simply pop their teeth out and drop them into a glass. That seemed like a lot less work! Besides, I thought that no teeth would mean no trips to the dentist, and thus no poking and prodding of sharp instruments in my mouth. Although our dentist and his team were unfailingly caring and gentle, I was always nervous.

As I recall, when I expressed my newfound enthusiasm for the convenience of false teeth, Grandma informed me that wearing dentures would mean giving up fresh corn on the cob. That was all the incentive I needed. I kept brushing.

Soon, I realized that a healthy smile meant something more than the ability to enjoy garden bounty. I sensed my tough-as-nails mother and grandmother each were ashamed of their smiles. Without understanding why, I could see that people were judged by the condition of their teeth. Dental health seemed to be an indication of a person's place in society.

With the benefit of age, and medical training, I learned that the impact of dental disease goes well beyond dietary inconvenience and social embarrassment. People with unhealthy mouths may suffer from malnutrition, which can be both a cause and an effect of their dental problems. Others may unfairly perceive them as less trustworthy, and less employable.

Emergency rooms and medical clinics see the consequences of delayed or absent dental care. Patients seek antibiotics and pain medicines to "get them by" until they can see a dentist. These treatments may convert a raging infection to a smoldering, but temporarily bearable, one. However, they don't fix the underlying problems.

There is another layer to the interplay between dental and physical health: many medical diseases and their treatments may cause or worsen dental problems. The antidepressant I give a patient might cause dry mouth, which worsens tooth decay. The medicine to prevent a broken hip may severely damage the bone of the jaw. Diabetes increases the risk for dental disease which in turn, can worsen a person's diabetes management.

Additionally, research shows that poor dental health increases our risk for heart attacks and could possibly lead to premature births.

All in all, there are myriad reasons to take care of our teeth and gums, no matter our age. So, thanks, Grandma, for convincing an impatient child to keep brushing.


Debra Johnston, M.D. is part of The Prairie Doc® team of physicians and currently practices family medicine in Brookings, South Dakota. For free and easy access to the entire Prairie Doc® library, visit and follow Prairie Doc® on Facebook featuring On Call with the Prairie Doc® a medical Q&A show streaming on Facebook and broadcast on SDPB most Thursdays at 7 p.m. central.

Youth, school activities highlights –

Education watch on the Lake Traverse Reservation

Tiospa Zina Golf season ends with State Tournament berth for 2 golfers

Submitted by Darell DeCoteau

TZ Golf Coach

Caleb Barse finished tied for 16th place and Quintin Abbey finished tied for 60th place. There were over 120 participants in this year's State golf meet.

The golfers traveled to Hot Springs, SD and played at Southern Hills Golf Course.

The Tiospa Zina golf team was made up of four golfers: Quintin Abbey, Sr.; Caleb Barse, Jr.; Kenneth Johnson, Jr.; and Franky Barse, both Freshmen.

The team is coached by Darell Decoteau, with assistance from Jim Pearson and Jack Barse.

Students: Ag/natural resources summer employment

Are you a graduating high school senior or in your first year of college and would like to experience working with natural resources this summer?

If so, Dept. of Agriculture/Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) will be offering a summer Pathways position working out of the Sisseton NRCS office and the NRCS Tribal Liaison Office based out of the SWO Realty Suite in the Tribal Admin building.

This summer opportunity would give you a chance to shadow different disciplines within the NRCS branch of government employment.

If you have an interest in working to protect and/or improve our Soils, Water, Air, Plants, and Animals, this might be the summer experience for you.

This position will be open on USAJOBS on Oct 13th for normally only a two-week application timeline so if you have an interest, it is important you get started by going onto and create your profile following the instructions below.

How to Apply for a Federal Job Through USAJOBS

You must create a USAJOBS profile to apply.

1. USAJOBS requires users to have a account. Sign up with

2. Sign into USAJOBS, create your profile, and upload your resume.

3. Search for jobs that interest you.

4. Review the job announcements to see if you qualify.

5. Prepare your application in USAJOBS.

6. Submit your application through USAJOBS to the federal agency with the job opening.

If you have any questions about NRCS and would like any information, you can reach Lorne Aadland at the NRCS office at 698-7639 ext. 109 or

Due to Covid and working restrictions Lorne has limited access to the Tribal Office phone 698-8224.




Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate

Old Agency Village, South Dakota

Sub-Contract bids will be received at the office of the Construction Manager-at-Risk: Consolidated Construction Company, 4300 N Richmond Street, Appleton, Wisconsin, until 2:00 p.m. CDT on Friday October 23rd, 2020. Bids shall be submitted in accordance with the Instructions to Bidders, Specification Section 00 2113. Bids shall be lump sum basis, and with no alterations or attachments to the bid form contained in the specifications. Preference will be given to those contractors that can meet an aggressive and accelerated construction schedule

TERO Fees and Rules apply to this project, as well as tribal wage rates. Construction Manager and Subcontractors shall comply with the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Tribal Employment Rights Ordinances (TERO). Tribal Preference will be considered.

Per SWO Tribal Laws, all awarded subcontractors will be required to complete (prior to arrival on site) the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Tribal Sex Offender Registration Compliance form.

The Scope of Work includes various bid packages for the addition and construction of a 8800SF daycare facility in Sisseton, SD, including but not necessarily limited to the following:

Selective Demolition


Rough Framing


Joint Sealants




Doors, Frames, and Hardware

Vinyl Windows

Glass and Glazing

Gypsum Board Assemblies

Acoustic Ceilings

Commercial Flooring


Foodservice Equipment

Domestic Plumbing


Electrical and Fire Alarm

Low Voltage, Security and Monitoring

Bid documents as prepared by HKG Architects can be viewed at the office of the Construction Manager at Risk, Consolidated Construction Company, 4300 N Richmond Street in Appleton WI and 1355 Airport Road in Bismarck, ND. SWO TERO Office. Exchanges: Construction Plans Exchange in Bismarck ND, Fargo-Moorhead Builders Exchange, Grand Forks Builders and Traders Exchange, Minot Builders Exchange, Dickinson Builders Exchange, Williston Builders Exchange, Plains Builders Exchange in Sioux Falls, Aberdeen Builders Exchange, Construction Industry Center in Rapid City SD, Billings Builders Exchange, Minneapolis Builders Exchange, Dodge Scan in Minneapolis MN, Construction Bulletin Project Report Publication, CMD Group, and Construct Connect.

Contractors desiring a copy of the Bid Documents may obtain them through the iSqFt plan service or by contacting the Construction Manager: Brett Christofferson at 920-882-2569 and e-mail An alternate contact is Mike Barsness at 701-557-3703 and email Bidders desiring hard copies may obtain them by providing a non-refundable payment of $300.00 per set, at the time of request.

Bidding Documents will be available on October 9th, 2020.

The Construction Manager reserves the right to reject any and all bids and rebid the project until a satisfactory bid is received, and to waive any informalities or irregularities.







CASE NO: D-18-794-613


T.B. JR., J.B. and E. B.,

Minor Children,

And concerning:





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 27th day of OCTOBER, 2020 at the hour of 1:00 P.M or as soon thereafter as possible.

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

Petition describing the matter.

Dated this 8th day of October, 2020.


/s/ Gina Ruggieri, TRIBAL COURT JUDGE

ATTEST: Eileen Pfeiffer, Clerk of Courts







CASE: D-20-676-476




And concerning:

DAWN EAGLE, Petitioner



NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Petitioner's request for a change of name from AZLYN RAYNE DWARF to AZLYN RAYNE DWARF-HEMINGER shall be heard before the Honorable Gina Ruggieri, Judge of Tribal Court, in the Courtroom of the Sisseton Wahpeton Tribal Court at Agency Village, South Dakota at 11:00 A.M. on the 29th day of OCTOBER, 2020.

Dated this 8th day of October, 2020.


/s/ Gina Ruggieri, TRIBAL COURT JUDGE

ATTEST: Eileen Pfeiffer, Clerk of Courts







CASE: D-20-671-470





NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Petitioner's request for a change of name from CHASKE BRENT MONTREAL to ZENDAYA ROSE MONDAL shall be heard before the Honorable Gina Ruggieri, Judge of Tribal Court, in the Courtroom of the Sisseton Wahpeton Tribal Court at Agency Village, South Dakota at 11:30 A.M. on the 10th day of NOVEMBER, 2020.

Dated this 16th day of October, 2020.


/s/ Gina Ruggieri, TRIBAL COURT JUDGE

ATTEST: Eileen Pfeiffer, Clerk of Courts


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Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate

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

Police Officer, Law Enforcement

Dispatcher, Law Enforcement

Administrative Assistant, Health and Social Services

Intake Coordinator/Receptionists, Youth & Family TREE

Closing Date: October 23rd, 2020 @ 12:00PM (Noon)

Teacher Aide, Enemy Swim Head Start

Project Director, TREE

Parole Officer, Department of Parole

In-House Attorney, Tribal Executive Committee

Positions Open Until Filled

Application & supporting documents can be emailed to ArnoldW@SWO-NSN.GOV or DeniseH@SWO-NSN.GOV. Contact Arnold Williams 698-8238 or Denise Hill 698-8251 with questions. (Tribal preference will apply).


SWO Fuel Inc.

SWST Fuel Inc, Sisseton, SD is looking for a full-time propane/fuel driver and full-time HVAC Tech. For driver, valid CDL is required Hazmat endorsement and medical card is preferred but can help obtain. For HVAC Tech either Certificate or at least 1 year experience is required. Please call (605) 698-3521 to inquire.



Tiospa Zina Tribal School

Job Openings

Special Education Teacher - $3,000 Signing Bonus

Middle School Science Teacher

Bus Driver

Bus Monitor


Basketball Cheer

Assistant Girls Basketball

Jr. High Assistant Wrestling

Please contact Jennifer Williams, Human Resources Director by email at 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


Enemy Swim Day School

Job Openings

Bus Monitor

Enemy Swim Day School has openings for 3 bus monitor positions for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year. The 3 routes are: Sisseton, Old Agency, & Peever; bus monitor will be picked up and dropped off. This is a part-time position with a minimum of 4 hour per day on school days. Requirements: HS Diploma/GED, and pass a background check. If interested please pick up an application from the business office or visit our website: Call (605) 947-4605 or (888) 825-7738 and ask for Ed Johnson for details. Indian preference policies apply. Open until filled.

Facilities Assistant II

Enemy Swim Day School has two opening in the facilities department for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year. The position requires a general knowledge of cleaning and maintaining classrooms and school grounds and physically able to perform the duties as required. Requirements: HS Diploma/GED, and pass a background check. This is a school year position. The hours are from 3pm to 11pm, Monday through Friday. The position includes health/vision insurance and retirement. If interested please pick up an application from the business office or please visit for an application and job description. Call (605) 947-4605 or (888) 825-7738 and ask for Ed Johnson to inquire about the position. Indian preference policies apply. Open until filled.





POSITION: General Manager

PROPERTY: Dakota Magic Casino, Hankinson, ND

REPORTS TO: Chief Executive Officer, Dakota Nation Gaming Enterprise


The General Manager (GM) works with Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Dakota Nation Gaming Enterprise (DNGE) by profitably managing the daily gaming and business operation of the Dakota Magic Casino; more specifically, to provide overall planning and management of profit centers and various support functions, to maximize departmental productivity and meet the growth objectives of the DNGE.


1.  Overall responsibility for the management of all components of Dakota Magic Casino, including casino operations, food and beverage, convenience store, finance, marketing, maintenance, hotel, convention center, and any other new and supporting departments.

2.  Provides regular reports to the DNGE CEO to assist the development of business objectives, organizational policies and coordination between appropriate departments.

3.  Provides monthly financial and department reports to the DNGE CEO and the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Tribal Council.

4.  Analyze activity reports and financial statements to determine progress towards objectives.

5.  Provide oversight of renovation/construction projects.

6.  Ensure adherence to corporate accounting procedures.

7.  Direct and coordinate new or continuing operations to maximize returns on investments and increase productivity.

8.  Other duties and responsibilities as necessary to fulfill the requirements and function of this position.


*B.S./B.A. degree in business related major and three (3) years of upper management casino experience, or A.A. degree with five (5) years of upper management casino experience, or ten (10) years of upper management casino experience.

*All applicants must have a minimum of five (5) years experience in a management position in a class III gaming facility over the following departments: Slots, Table Games, Marketing, and Finance

*Professional knowledge of management concepts, principles and practices of the Indian Gaming industry.

*Knowledge of developing and implementing organizational plans.

*Eligible for a Primary Management Official (PMO) Gaming License

*Display strong interpersonal and facilitator skills

*Proven writing and computer skills


*Must satisfactorily complete a 90 day probationary period

*Must be licensable by the SWO Gaming Commission

*Must obtain a PMO Gaming License


*Excellent people skills

*Ability to hire, provide direction and develop short/long range plans

*Ability to provide direction and manage department heads and related personnel

*Ability to budget prioritized workload

*Must identify key factors impacting personnel and develop effective programs to maximize performance

*Appropriate dress code

*Able to handle pressure as well as diverse conditions

*Repetitious computer work



Send applications and résumé to:

Chris Kolle, CHRO at

Closing date: Friday October 23, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. (CST)





POSITION: General Manager

PROPERTY: Dakota Sioux Casino, Watertown, SD

REPORTS TO: Chief Executive Officer, Dakota Nation Gaming Enterprise


The General Manager (GM) works with Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Dakota Nation Gaming Enterprise (DNGE) by profitably managing the daily gaming and business operation of the Dakota Sioux Casino; more specifically, to provide overall planning and management of profit centers and various support functions, to maximize departmental productivity and meet the growth objectives of the DNGE.


1. Overall responsibility for the management of all components of Dakota Magic Casino, including casino operations, food and beverage, convenience store, finance, marketing, maintenance, hotel, and any other new and supporting departments.

2. Provides regular reports to the DNGE CEO to assist the development of business objectives, organizational policies and coordination between appropriate departments.

3. Provides monthly financial and department reports to the DNGE CEO and the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Tribal Council.

4. Analyze activity reports and financial statements to determine progress towards objectives.

5. Provide oversight of renovation/construction projects.

6. Ensure adherence to corporate accounting procedures.

7. Direct and coordinate new or continuing operations to maximize returns on investments and increase productivity.

8. Other duties and responsibilities as necessary to fulfill the requirements and function of this position.


*B.S./B.A. degree in business related major and three (3) years of upper management casino experience, or A.A. degree with five (5) years of upper management casino experience, or ten (10) years of upper management casino experience.

*All applicants must have a minimum of five (5) years experience in a management position in a class III gaming facility over the following departments: Slots, Table Games, Marketing, and Finance

*Professional knowledge of management concepts, principles and practices of the Indian Gaming industry.

*Knowledge of developing and implementing organizational plans.

*Eligible for a Primary Management Official (PMO) Gaming License

*Display strong interpersonal and facilitator skills

*Proven writing and computer skills


*Must satisfactorily complete a 90 day probationary period

*Must be licensable by the SWO Gaming Commission

*Must obtain a PMO Gaming License


*Excellent people skills

*Ability to hire, provide direction and develop short/long range plans

*Ability to provide direction and manage department heads and related personnel

*Ability to budget prioritized workload

*Must identify key factors impacting personnel and develop effective programs to maximize performance

*Appropriate dress code

*Able to handle pressure as well as diverse conditions

*Repetitious computer work



Send applications and résumé to:

Chris Kolle, CHRO at

Closing date: Friday October 23, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. (CST)





General Information

Title: Corporate Marketing Officer

Department: Marketing

Reports To: Chief Executive Officer

Gaming License: Key

Summary of Occupation:

The Chief Marketing Officer leads marketing operations, guest service and guest retention. As part of the marketing operations, (s)he takes care of the company's media and industry relations, advertising, interactive programs, communications as well as market and guest research. Advertising responsibilities include printed promotions and electronic promotions such as web sites and social media.

Knowledge and Certification, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge and Certification


*At least 21 years of age

*Bachelor's Degree in Marketing or related business degree

*10+ years of marketing managing experience

*Tribal casino marketing experience

*Database Marketing Experience with advanced working knowledge of Excel, Access, and SQL queries is highly desirable and the key attribute for the selection of this position.

*Direct experience with Players' Club and Player Development Operations is a plus.

*Ability to develop tribal members within the Marketing Department



*Strong computer skills with experience in word processing, databases, and spreadsheets (ability to demonstrate proficiency)

*Strong project management skills

*Highly organized and ability to adapt quickly to changing priorities

*Excellent written communication skills

*Excellent verbal and interpersonal communication skills

*Accurate and detail-oriented

*Excellent problem solving skills



*Displays leadership qualities and the ability to serve both internal and external guests

*Must be able to manage departmental budget and control labor and expenses

*Ability to maintain high confidentiality

*Ability to independently manage multiple tasks in a professional manner

*Ability to maintain a professional demeanor

*Excellent employee development and instructional skills

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

1. Executes and monitors strategic plans, both short and long range, to achieve objectives regarding revenue, profitability, guest acquisition and retention, and increasing brand awareness.

2. Oversee marketing, promotions, advertising, database/direct mail, player development, rewards club, and social media for three locations.

3. Develops and implements marketing strategies to maximize market share.

4. Researches potential opportunities for incremental revenues.

5. Manage marketing budgets maintaining cost effect ratios of revenue to expense.

6. Act as a role model for team members by focusing on the demonstration of positive action, behavior, attendance, work ethic, and guest service.

7. Researches and develops new marketing ideas with the goal of introducing and developing new guests to our facility that will result in increased revenue.

8. Prepares monthly reports and proformas for the General Manager on key metrics developed to measure the effectiveness of the marketing department activities.

9. Ensures all marketing promotions and event information is disseminated and coordinated within all casino departments at all three locations.

10. Responsible for public relation activities and campaigns to promote the image and awareness of the property in the community and region.

11. Oversee and ensure consistency in brand standards and company image.

12. Help other department managers with marketing solutions that help increase revenue.

13. Responds to guests' complaints, concerns, and suggestions in a timely manner.

14. Adheres to all regulatory, departmental, and safety regulations and policies.

15. Responsible for hiring, retaining, promoting, motivating, performance evaluations, training, disciplining, and terminating employees with concurrence of the General Managers and Human Resources Managers.

16. Must adhere to the safety rules and regulations of the Dakota Nation Gaming Enterprise and marketing departments.

Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this position, the team member is frequently required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. The team member must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50lbs.

Working Environment

Office, gaming floor, and convention center environment including flashing lights, frequent loud noises and cigarette smoke. Extensive computer use. Must be flexible with work schedule. Must be willing to work any hours and/or shift, as assigned, according to business needs. Occasionally must deal with upset guests. High volume direct public contact.

Conditions of Employment

Tribal and Gaming Industry Experience is Preferred

Must complete a 90 day probationary period

Must be licensable by SWO Gaming Commission



Send applications and résumé to:

Chris Kolle, CHRO at

Closing date: Friday October 23, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. (CST)



Dakota Magic Casino

Job Openings

Hotel Department:

Room/Laundry Attendant (5 Full-Time) 8:00 am to finish

Housekeeping Department:

Attendant (20 Full-Time) Graveyard

Marketing Department:

Customer Service Technician (Full-Time) Swing

Shift Supervisor (Full-Time) Swing

Security Department:

Dispatcher (Full-Time) Rotating

Support Services Department:

Laborer (4 Full-Time) where needed

Closing Date: October 23, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.

Starting Wage: D.O.E.

High School Diploma or GED required for most positions. Two identifications documents required upon hire.

If interested please submit application to Human Resources Department, 16849 102nd Street SE Hankinson ND 58041.

For complete Job Description contact James Neconish 701-634-3000 ext. 2582

Indian Preference will apply / EEO (Please Provide Tribal Enrollment).

Must be licensable by the SWO Gaming Commission.


Dakota Magic Casino

Job Openings

The Human Resources Department Is Now Accepting Applications For

Position: Benefits Specialist (Full-Time) Day

Job Description: Process new enrollments and terminations to determine eligibility for the company's health and 401k plans. Distributes employee benefits insurance documents. Inputs employee and dependent information for all eligible employees, ensuring accurate payroll deductions. Processes employment verification pertaining to assistance programs. Maintains insurance and 401k files. Processes short and long term disability paperwork.

Closing Date: October 23, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.

Starting Wage: D.O.E.


High School Diploma/GED

At least two (2) years' experience in health insurance.

Thorough knowledge of office practices: Microsoft office.

Minimum of three (3) years' of data processing experience.

If interested please submit application to

Human Resources Department

16849 102nd Street SE Hankinson ND 58041

For complete Job Description contact James Neconish

701-634-3000 ext. 2582

Indian Preference will apply / EEO

(Please Provide Tribal Enrollment)

Must be licensable by the SWO Gaming Commission


Dakota Sioux Casino & Hotel

Job Openings

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


*MANAGER (1 Full-Time)

GENERAL FUNCTION: Manage, plan and coordinate the activities and operations on the cage department. Administrator of all cage regulations, policies, procedures and related internal controls.

REQUIREMENTS: High school diploma or G.E.D. equivalent. A.A. degree in Finance/Accounting/Business Administration required. Bachelor's degree in Finance/Accounting/Business Administration preferred. Two years previous experience preferred. Able to stand for long periods of rime. Must obtain Key Gaming License upon hire. Must be able to manage a rotating work schedule.

This position will close on October 22, 2020 at 4pm.

Indian Preference will apply / EEO

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

Two forms of ID are REQUIRED upon hire.

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


Dakota Sioux Casino & Hotel

Job Openings

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



GENERAL FUNCTION: Supervise the porter department staff assuring that the casino is viewed by guests and employees as a safe and clean environment. Using optimal supervision - will maintain equipment, supplies and allocated resources.

REQUIREMENTS: High school diploma or GED equivalent. Supervisory experience. Effective communication skills. Physically able to lift 40 to 50 lbs. Able to stand, walk, bend and/or stretch for prolonged periods of time. Must be able and willing to work any shift. Must obtain a Non-Gaming license upon hire. Must be 21 years of age.

This position will close on October 22, 2020 at 4pm.

Indian Preference will apply / EEO

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

Two forms of ID are REQUIRED upon hire.

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


Dakota Sioux Casino & Hotel

Job Openings

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


*GIFT SHOP CLERK (1 Full-Time Rotating Shifts)

STARTING WAGE $11.50 plus excellent benefits package!

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

REQUIREMENTS: Must have a High school diploma or G.E.D. equivalent. Must be neat in appearance, must have working knowledge in retail sales operation. Operate Infogenesis Point of Sale system cash register, receive various payment types. Must be 21 years of age for cross training purposes. Must be able to lift, bend and use a step ladder. Must obtain a Non-Gaming License upon hire.

This position will close on October 22, 2020 at 4pm.

Indian Preference will apply / EEO

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

Two forms of ID are REQUIRED upon hire.

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



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