TC Energy attempts to buy
off the Tribe
To the Editor:
As you may know, the Trump administration recently lost a battle at the Supreme Court over KXL: in July, the justices upheld a Montana court’s injunction against KXL construction based on potential violations of the Endangered Species Act. But TC Energy, the Canadian company building KXL, is working hard to get around environmental protections and secure permits. There’s a good chance they will eventually succeed — if we don’t stop them. Biden has said that he will shut the pipeline down if elected, but since we don’t know what will happen in November, we must keep fighting.
Cheyenne River Grassroots Collective is doing more than just organizing demonstrations. In recent days, it outed TC Energy for going, secretly, to several Cheyenne River Tribal Council members in a clandestine attempt to buy off the tribe. The oil company offered $22,000 annually to each tribal member to let the “zombie pipeline” pass through our treaty territory unmolested. But just as the Black Hills are not for sale, the Missouri River and the Ogallala Aquifer are not on offer to the highest bidder. KXL would put both at risk, and we won’t tolerate the destruction of our water systems.
Instead, we will collaborate with Cheyenne River Grassroots Collective and the Indigenous Environmental Network to ramp up resistance to TC Energy and KXL. Man camp construction continues just off our western border. West-end districts on my reservation like Cherry Creek and Bridger, closest to KXL’s intended path, are most vulnerable. We’ll hold events in those communities to keep the people activated against Big Oil, and together, we will protect the Cheyenne River Nation.
Wopila tanka — thank you for your solidarity!
Madonna Thunder Hawk
Cheyenne River Organizer
The Lakota People’s Law Project
Big thanks to Christy at
Native Sun News Today
To the Editor:
My name is Jeff and my Mum Mrs. Sheila Wilson contacted a kind person at Native Sun News a couple of years ago to ask about the newspaper and info about the First Nation Peoples. (I apologize if I have got the terminology incorrect)
I think she actually rang your Office in Rapid City and spoke with an extremely helpful and kind lady, who arranged to send my Mum some back issues of the paper and over the years they conversed and she either ordered or was sent a paper every 3 or 4 months.
Sadly Sheila, my Mum passed away unexpectedly on Monday 14th Sept; I just wanted to say a BIG THANK YOU to the kind person who took the time to send the Native Sun News all the way from South Dakota to North Wales in the UK.
Receiving the paper would brighten her day and open a world of topics, issues and debate that we never hear of back in the United Kingdom. (Although I think it was the oil pipeline protests that did make it to the UK news channels). Reading the articles in Native Sun News gave her a lot of pleasure, as the News the correspondents reported on was so far removed from what happens in the UK. Or from the main stream media copy that is pushed by the Murdoch outlets.
Anyway I really appreciate the warmth and kindness of the lady (I think it may have been a Kirsty or Kristy) who spoke with my Mum, you are a warm and generous person “Diolch yn fawr” which is “thank you very much” in Welsh.
Kind Regards and stay safe
Endorsement of Joe Biden for President
To the Editor:
My name is Harold Frazier and I am currently serving as the Chairman of the Cheyenne
River Sioux Tribe. I am officially endorsing Joe Biden for President of the United States of
America and I am asking that everyone vote for Joe Biden this election.
Over the course of many years I have had the opportunity to experience what it takes to lead a sovereign nation and I have seen the work Joe Biden did during his terms as Vice-President of the United States. I believe Mr. Biden will foster a mutually respectful relationship between the federal government and tribal nations.
It is important for all Native Nations to encourage tribal members to participate in the election process to ensure that tribal governments have a federal administration that is willing and welcoming of our desires of peace and honoring the treaties.
We Native Americans are proud of our land and our participation in the beautifully diverse cultures we bring to this nation. I am proud to support Joe Biden in the hopes that the agreements made between our nations in the name of peace will honored by United States of America.
Harold C. Frazier, Chairman
Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe
SIHA SAPA 1868 OOHENUMPA
Running for the Senate in
To the Editor:
Hi, my name is Judd Schomp. I am running for SD State Senate in District 27. District 27 includes the counties of Oglala Lakota, Bennett, Jackson, Haakon, and a portion of Pennington county.
I am running for Senate for numerous reasons, and I would like to share them with you. First of all, we currently have very little representation in the State Senate. Our current Senator is considered an absentee resident, which means that she does not even live in our district, which I do. Second of all, our State Senate in Pierre has a Republican super majority.
There are 30 Republican State Senators, and only 5 Democratic Senators. District 27 typically elects a Democratic Senator. When legislators meet in Pierre, they break up into groups called “caucus meetings,” to discuss ideas, laws, and how to vote on certain issues. The caucus meetings are split between Republicans and Democrats.
This means that District 27 gets stuck in the small room with only 4 other Senators, and that our voice in this district is barely heard. If I am elected, I will gain District 27 a chair in the big room with 30 other Senators, where I can bring our issues to the table in front of 30 other State Senators. District 27 is a huge area in Western South Dakota. We feel left out when it comes to State Government. With a seat in the Republican Caucus, maybe we will finally be heard.
One of my main goals, if I am elected, is to be a mediator between the Governor and the Tribal President. Tensions have flared many times between the State and the Tribe over the past 2 years. What I would like to do, is be the person that can call both of them to the table, where they can work out their differences, and move forward. I feel we need to build on our communication lines, and start working together. I am asking for your vote on November 3rd. Thank you,
Judd Schomp for State Senate, District 27