Tribes hold Trump feet to fire on tar-sands pipeline permit

GREAT FALLS, Montana – Counsel for the Rosebud Sioux Tribe and the Ft. Belknap Indian Community held U.S. President Donald Trump’s feet to the fire in a federal court case here Sept. 12, as the chief executive’s defense argued to dismiss the native nations’ lawsuit against him for permitting the TC (TransCanada) Energy Corp.’s Keystone XL Pipeline. Litigating on behalf […]

Haaland and Warren battle for tribes in Congress

RAPID CITY— In December, 2018, the United States Commission on Civil Rights released a 300-plus page report entitled “Broken Promises: Continuing Federal Funding Shortfall for Native Americans.” Broken Promises was a comprehensive study that began with explaining the Federal Trust Relationship, and the structure of the federal budget in regard to Native American programs. Five chapters dealt with Criminal Justice […]

‘New dawn’ on Rosebud: Tribal electric utility voters triumph

VALENTINE, Nebraska – Sept. 14, 2019 marked the first time that tribal members gained the majority of seats on the board of directors in the 70-year history of the power company supplying the Sicangu Nation’s electricity. “Unprecedented! Historic!” exclaimed tribal enrollee Rosebud Cordier, a leader of the grassroots citizen action group Oyate For Fairness & Equal Representation (OFFER), which formed […]

Grandma gets the boot after a fire in her home

RAPID CITY – A grandmother has been evicted from her house after nearly four years of living in Lakota Homes; due to a fire she had no responsibility for. During the early morning hours of August 4, 2019, Connie Hopkins and her family were traveling back from Pine Ridge following the Oglala Nation Powwow. Upon arriving at her house in […]

Lesson learned from the book ‘Sapiens’: Tribes fail because they cannot cooperate

RAPID CITY— A couple of years back a meeting was held at Rosebud Casino, chaired by Elgin Bad Wound with assistance from Leonard Little Finger, among others. Those in attendance were met, in earnest, to find a way to bring all the disparate and far flung divisions of the Oceti Sakowin together in common cause, from Fort Peck, to Pine […]

Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community opens public exhibit celebrating the tribe’s history, people and culture

PRIOR LAKE, MN – The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) recently opened a public exhibit that celebrates and chronicles the history of the tribe and allows visitors to experience Dakota culture. The exhibit is located in Hoċokata Ti (2300 Tiwahe Circle, Shakopee), the SMSC’s new cultural center and gathering space. The 3,805-square-foot exhibit, titled Mdewakanton: Dwellers of the Spirit Lake, […]

2018 Indian Gaming Revenues of $33.7 Billion Show a 4.1% Increase

WASHINGTON – Vice Chair Kathryn Isom-Clause, and Associate Commissioner E. Sequoyah Simermeyer of the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) released the Fiscal Year 2018 Gross Gaming Revenue numbers. FY 2018 revenues total $33.7B, an overall increase of 4.1% over FY 2017. The GGR for FY 2018 is the highest in Indian gaming history; and, unlike previous years, all of the […]

Pow/MIA recognition

PIERRE – At the request of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs, Gov. Kristi Noem has proclaimed Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, as “POW/MIA Recognition Day,” calling on all South Dakotans to honor those men and women who fought bravely for our freedoms. “While we are grateful to all of those who have served our nation, this day is designated […]

It is time for the Democrats to wise up

A special election was held in North Carolina to fill a vacant seat in the House of Representatives. The election went to the Republican Candidate Dan Bishop over the Democrat Dan McGready. Many political pundits projected this early election as a reflection of how the election would go in 2020. We hope that the Democrats learned a big lesson from […]

Golden West Telecommunications annual meeting includes board elections, meal, prizes & entertainment

  WALL–Golden West Telecommunications Cooperative members who attend the annual meeting on Saturday, Sept. 28, will elect three board members and will review and vote on proposed changes to the organization’s articles of incorporation and bylaws. In addition, members at the cooperative’s 67th annual meeting held at the Community Center in Wall can choose from one of four restaurants for […]